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United's Falcao on target but gets no guarantees

BIRMINGHAM, England - Manchester United's injury-hit striker Radamel Falcao marked his return to the starting lineup for the first time since October with a second-half equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Aston Villa.

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Silva gives Man City win over Palace, United held

LONDON - David Silva sparkled for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace that wiped out Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday and added festive spice to the title race.

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Messi double, Suarez goal fire Barca rout

BARCELONA - Lionel Messi scored two late goals and Luis Suarez got his first in La Liga as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a point behind leaders Real Madrid. In-form Pedro put Barca ahead after 71 seconds, the second fastest goal in La Liga this season, with a clinical finish from a ball over the top of the defence by Ivan Rakitic. The signs were ominous for Cordoba as they found themselves encamped in their own half, although Barca did no

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Analysis - Cook dismissal better late than never for England

LONDON - With the World Cup two months away the England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain was very much a case of better late than never.

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England's Hartley sees red for elbow

LONDON - England hooker Dylan Hartley was sent off for elbowing an opponent playing for Northampton in a Premiership match against arch-rivals Leicester on Saturday.

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Disastrous Dortmund end year with loss at Bremen

BERLIN - Borussia Dortmund completed their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen on Saturday, their 10th defeat in 17 league games sending them into the winter break in 17th place, just a point off the bottom.

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