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Newcastle's Gutierrez back and ready to fight for place

- The biggest cheer during Newcastle United's 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday came not after Papiss Cisse's goal but when Jonas Gutierrez began to warm up for the first time since overcoming testicular cancer.


'Batman and Robin' lead late Dortmund goal flurry 6:58pm GMT

BERLIN - Borussia Dortmund needed 'superhero' help from Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score three times in eight minutes late on for a 3-0 home win over Ruhr Valley rivals Schalke 04 on Saturday and claim a fourth straight Bundesliga win.

Law-makers reject fourth substitution proposal 6:49pm GMT

BELFAST - Football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), rejected the idea of a fourth substitution in extra time on Saturday but is considering dropping the one-match ban for "triple punishments".


Federation must take some blame, say crisis club Parma 2:19pm GMT

ROME, Feb 28 - Coach Roberto Donadoni believes financially-stricken Parma have been abandoned by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and he wants someone to take responsibility for the situation.


Tottenham's Eriksen happy to carry hopes of Spurs fans 27 Feb 2015

LONDON - If Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen gets his hands on the League Cup after the final with Chelsea on Sunday he can thank his father who coached him and was his harshest critic.


Lancaster unimpressed by closed-shop Premiership plan 27 Feb 2015

LONDON - A potential closed-shop English rugby Premiership could have a negative impact on player development and cause problems for the national team, England coach Stuart Lancaster suggested on Friday.


Time for World Cup compromise not confrontation - Gill 27 Feb 2015

BELFAST - Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has welcomed FIFA president Sepp Blatter's suggestion that the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar cannot be played later than Dec. 18.

Women athletes have more concussions than men, new study shows 27 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes vividly recalls falling on her head in practice and suffering her first concussion.

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