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Title rivals Chelsea and Man City pass West test

LONDON - Chelsea overpowered West Ham United 2-0 and Manchester City outclassed West Bromwich Albion 3-1 as the Premier League title rivals flexed their muscles at the start of a hectic holiday programme on Friday.

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Sweet Caroline interruption proves awkward for McIlroy

DUBLIN - Rory McIlroy, the world's number one golfer, experienced an awkward moment when he went to watch Ulster take on Connacht in a rugby match on Friday.

Tennis 26 Dec 2014

Smith anchors Australia on attritional day

MELBOURNE - Young captain Steven Smith compiled a watchful half-century to guide Australia to 259 for five at stumps and leave the third test against India delicately poised after an attritional opening day in Melbourne on Friday.

Australia 26 Dec 2014

Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players

LONDON - Jose Mourinho was purring like a cat that had devoured the leftovers from Christmas dinner but it did not stop him showing his professional claws after his Chelsea side eased past West Ham United 2-0 on Friday.

26 Dec 2014

Elgar composes another big score on favourite stage

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Reuters - Dean Elgar continued his fairytale form at his favourite venue on Friday, taking advantage of two moments of good fortune to plunder 121 for South Africa.

26 Dec 2014

Di Maria may miss United trip to Spurs

LONDON - Manchester United will await tests on winger Angel Di Maria to see if he has a chance of facing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the Argentine suffered a pelvic injury in training.

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