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Mourinho backs Chelsea to avoid more Stoke misery

Jose Mourinho knows Chelsea must avoid a repeat of last season's nightmare trip to Stoke if they are to re-establish their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Mourinho's side travel to the Britannia Stadium 48 hours after Manchester City's 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace drew the champions level on points with the Blues.
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Real Madrid win Club World Cup

Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.
The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet.
Real added the year-ending trophy to the Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup titles they had already secured in 2014. They will also end the year on top of La Liga.
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Aussie media slate ‘whingeing’ India after Test loss

Beaten India were distracted by their gripes over the state of practice wickets and food as they reached their breaking point on their Australian tour, local media said yesterday.
M.S. Dhoni’s tourists fell 2-0 behind in the four-match series with a four-wicket loss to Australia in the second Gabba Test on Saturday, with the home side one win away from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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Hitman retains WBO title

The much-anticipated WBO international lightweight title fight between Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses and a challenger from across the Atlantic, Jeoge Rodiguez, lasted only four rounds at the Helao Nafidi Trade Fair Centre on Sunday morning.
The 12-round fight was stopped by a technical decision by the judges as Rodriguez was bleeding from a cut above his left eye.
The Argentinean challenger was knocked down in the third round, but it was in the fourth round where Hitman demonstrated his punching power, resulting in the technical stoppage of the bout before round five.
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Black Africa fire Isaacs, technical staff

Defending Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions Black Africa have fired head coach Brian Isaacs as well as members of the technical staff after a string of poor results. The club announced in a statement on Friday that Isaacs, along with his assistant Otto Landsberg, Eric Quest and technical staff member Pappy Matengu, had been relieved of their duties with immediate effect. “The Black Africa Exco has, through engagement with the technical team and players, identified several issues that need to be addressed in order to improve the football club’s current below-par performance. Read more about Black Africa fire Isaacs, technical staff

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Sterling lifts Rodgers

Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday.
Rodgers has endured stinging criticism in recent weeks after Liverpool slumped down the Premier League table and crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages.
A dismal 3-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday prompted Rodgers to admit Liverpool's squad lacked the unity that almost carried them to the English title last season.
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Real, Spain dominate European club scene

If, after years of unbridled success, 2014 was brutally disappointing for Spain on the international stage, it was a glorious year for the country at club level.
A thrilling title race in La Liga, home to the world's best player Cristiano Ronaldo and his great rival Lionel Messi, made it the envy of the rest of the continent, while Spain took a clean sweep of the European trophies and Real Madrid are in line to cap it all by becoming club world champions.
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Wallaby coach unfazed by overseas player drain

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is unfazed about a possible mass exodus of players after next year’s World Cup following the departures of veterans James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Lock James Horwill, captain at the last World Cup, on Wednesday agreed a three-year contract with Harlequins as he prepares for his first spell in English rugby.
On the same day, French Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles announced they had agreed a two-year deal with winger Ashley-Cooper.
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Smith defies India with third unbeaten knock

Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain fashioned an Australian fightback on day two of the second Test yesterday.
Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week’s Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock. He has scored 279 so far in the series.
His intuitive stroke-making was again a delight and he danced down the wicket to club spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for two sixes over long-on in one over.
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Team Namibia ends fifth at Zone 6

Namibia ended fifth overall with 45 medals at the recent Zone Six Youth Games held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The games run by the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) took place from December 5 to 14.
The team of 125 Namibian athletes competed in football (men and women), track and field, boxing, netball, swimming, and tennis.
The team also included Paralympic athletes.
Namibia collected seven gold medals, 15 silver and 23 bronze.
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