LONDON - Champions Manchester United's hopes of retaining their English Premier League title suffered another major setback on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford by a composed Newcastle United.
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LONDON - English FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic appointed former Manchester City and East Germany striker Uwe Rosler as manager of the Championship club on Saturday.
ROME - Juventus showed why they are still the team to beat in Serie A as the fringe members of their squad helped move them six points clear of unbeaten AS Roma with a seventh straight league victory on Friday.
- Clubbed in a veritable group of death for next year's World Cup, Australia believe they can spring a surprise while fellow Asian qualifiers Japan, South Korea and Iran were more cautious with their optimism despite being dealt kinder draws.
- Rain scuppered New Zealand's chances of completing a first test win in over a year on Saturday as the opening match against West Indies at University Oval in Dunedin ended in a draw with the hosts just 33 runs shy of victory.
THOUSAND OAKS, California - Tiger Woods' closest challengers were left scratching their heads in disbelief after the world number one took control of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge with a 10-under-par 62.
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.