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Chelsea in good shape despite tie at Liverpool

Chelsea might have dropped two points at Liverpool in Tuesday's 1-1 draw, but there is a growing sense of inevitability about the Premier League trophy going to the Blues, who sit atop the standings nine points ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal. "There are 15 games remaining and 45 points," said Chelsea coach Antonio Conte. "It's important to draw against a ...

Swansea improves its survival chances

Swansea is one place above the EPL relegation zone after beating Southampton, 2-1, the Swans' third win in four games. Swansea is even on points with Middlesbrough and Leicester City, the two clubs immediately above them, in a survival battle that is growing in numbers.

Watford rocks Arsenal's title hopes

Arsenal's English Premier League title hopes suffered a grievous blow with a shock 2-1 loss to struggling Watford in the Gunners' first league loss at home since the opening weekend of the season when they fell to Liverpool. Watford entered the game with a seven-game winless streak. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger watched from the stands, serving the second of a ...

Real Madrid teammate defends Ronaldo after booing

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star lost possession twice in the first half of the match against Real Sociedad and was booed by Madrid fans. Ronaldo later scored the second goal in a 3-0 win over Real Sociedad.

Genoa rejects big offer for 'Cholito' Simeone

Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, is one of the hottest prospects in Italy's Serie A after scoring 10 goals for Genoa, but it rejected a $21 million offer for "Cholito" from Villarreal, which is reportedly seeking a replacement for Alexandre Pato, who moved to the Chinese Super League.

Chapecoense wins first game since plane crash

Brazilian club Chapecoense beat Inter de Lages, 2-1, in the Primeira Liga, a regional competition, for its first win since most of the team were killed in a plane crash in November.

FA Cup: Non-league teams draw EPL clubs

Sutton United will host 12-time champion Arsenal, while Lincoln City will play at Burnley in battles of non-league teams against Premier League clubs in the fifth round of the English FA Cup.

Mexico's Osorio denies plan to send Chivas to Gold Cup

With Mexico scheduled to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup, it won't send its "A" team to the Gold Cup later in the summer. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio denied that Mexico would send Guadalajara -- which only fields Mexican players -- as a substitute, saying it would be unfair for other Mexican players interested in representing the national team.

Maracana Stadium electricity will go back on

Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium, site of the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games, should get its electricity turned back out after the firm that manages the stadium agreed to pay most of an outstanding bill of $412,000. On Thursday, the Rio utility cut power due to unpaid bills.

Eintracht wins at Schalke for first time in 18 years

Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Schalke 04, 1-0, to earn its first win in Gelsenkirchen in 18 years and take over temporarily third place in the German Bundesliga. It won on 34-year-old Alex Meier's fifth goal of the season off a Makoto Hasebe free kick.

Ranieri looks on bright side of Leicester City draw at Derby

Wes Morgan's goal in the 86th minute earned Leicester City a 2-2 tie at League Championship club Derby County and a replay in their FA Cup fourth-round series.

Juventus says grazie to 'Uncle Pat'

Patrice Evra, who won two Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles in his two full seasons with Juventus, was sold to Marseille but not before the Italian club thanked the 35-year-old France international for his impact on the team.

Man United advances to EFL Cup final despite loss

Manchester United reached the EFL Cup final against Southampton even though it lost at Hull City, 2-1, ending a 17-match unbeaten run. United had won, 2-0, at home and went through thanks to Paul Pogba's goal.

Palermo changes coaches again

Palermo hired its fourth coach of season -- and 11th of the last two seasons -- when it hired Diego Lopez, who replaced Eugenio Corini, who had resigned earlier this week. The Rosanero is 11 points in the relegation zone.

Benfica youngster Guedes headed to PSG

French Paris St. Germain has signed 20-year-old Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes from Benfica for a fee of around $27 million. Guedes will provide cover for Uruguayan Edinson Cavani and give PSG another option out wide.