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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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Barca well-placed and with room for improvement, says coach

BARCELONA - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is happy with their position on the shoulders of La Liga leaders Real Madrid given the Catalans can only improve in the New Year.

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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.

20 Dec 2014

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.

20 Dec 2014

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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