Chelsea’s Pedro, Costa Muzzle Wolves in FA Cup

Wolverhampton: Second-half goals from Pedro and Diego Costa earned Premier League leaders Chelsea a 2-0 win in a difficult FA Cup fifth-round tie at second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Pedro headed in after 65 minutes following an intricate build-up involving Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Willian.
Costa sealed a place in the quarter-finals in the 89th minute after defender Matt Doherty inadvertently deflected a pass into his path.
The prolific Chelsea striker had the time and space to easily stroke the ball into the Wolves goal, finally killing off the Championship side's brave resistance.
Having accounted for the Premier League scalps of Stoke City and Liverpool in previous rounds, Wolves looked in the mood to add the division's leaders to that list.
In front of Molineux's biggest crowd for 36 years, the home side made an electrifying start.Asmir Begovic had already been required to tip a dangerous Conor Coady cross over his bar in the opening exchanges when for..

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Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix: Mo Farah Bows Out With European Document

London: Mo Farah ended his indoor career with a new European record, winning the 5,000 metres at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday in a time of 13 minutes 10.60 seconds.
Farah, Britain's four-times Olympic champion, plans to focus on road racing after the outdoor world championships in London in August when he will say his final farewell to the track.
The 33-year-old was helped to break the indoor mark at the Birmingham Indoor Arena in what became a two-way duel with Kenyan Albert Rop, who stretched him over the final two laps.
It was a fitting way for Britain's most successful long-distance runner to end his indoor career – and a marked improvement on his only other appearance this season, when he came seventh in a cross-country event in Edinburgh last month.”I knew from Edinburgh I needed to do some work,” he told the BBC. “I had to go away and leave my family behind to do more training. It has paid off. Hard work pays off.”
Farah shaved over half a second off th..

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FA Cup: Lacklustre Manchester Metropolis Held by Huddersfield

Huddersfield: Manchester City face an unwanted replay in the last 16 of the FA Cup after labouring to a 0-0 draw at second tier Championship side Huddersfield on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola's side struggled to find any tempo against Huddersfield and must now try again at the Etihad Stadium to book their place in the quarter-finals.
A disappointing day all round for City saw unused substitute Raheem Sterling apparently targeted with a plastic bottle thrown by a supporter from the main stand as as he warmed up in the second half.
The bottle missed the England winger, leaving Guardiola to worry more about his team's lacklustre display with star forwards including an off-key Sergio Aguero unable to break down the Terriers' stubborn defence.The Championship side began the game brightly and might have led early on through Rajiv van la Parra.
He was teed up on the edge of the City penalty area by Collin Quaner but his shot was too close to City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
But it was ..

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Gareth Bale Again With a Bang as Actual Madrid Prolong Lead

Madrid: Gareth Bale made an instant impact on his return from injury as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.
Bale had been sidelined three months and on his return took just 13 minutes to score as he swept home into the far corner after coming on as second-half substitute in a much changed Real line up.
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring of an otherwise uneventful contest when he bulleted home Isco's cross 12 minutes before half-time.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made seven changes to the side that started Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League last 16, first leg win with difficult La Liga trips to Valencia and Villarreal to come in the next week in mind.Morata was one those handed a rare chance to start up front with Karim Benzema left out of the squad altogether.
The Spanish international hadn't started any of Real's previous five league games, but made his case for more minutes as he powered home Is..

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Former Manchester United Star Yorke Denied Entry Into US

Manchester: Former Manchester United's treble winning striker Dwight Yorke has been denied entry to the United States due to a visa problem stemming from an Iranian stamp on his passport received after having represented the “World Stars” in a charity football match against “Iranian Stars” in Tehran in 2015.
“I couldn't quite believe what was happening. I have lost count of the number of times I have been to America, I love the country, yet I was being made to feel like a criminal,” the former Trinidad and Tobago captain was quoted as saying by the Sun.
“I had bought my ticket and checked in and was about to get on the flight when I was stopped by two officials. I thought 'what is happening here?'”They told me there was a visa problem and a red flag had come up against my name because of an Iranian stamp in my passport. I went there to play in a legends match to open a stadium and didn't even stay overnight.
“The two officials told me if I got on the flight I w..

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Ex-US Gymnasts Element Abuse Accusations Towards Physician

New York: Three former members of the US national gymnastics team, including an Olympic medalist, have come forward to detail the sexual abuse they say was inflicted upon them by a former team doctor, CBS News reported.
John Manly — a California attorney representing more than 40 women in a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics for failing to protect his clients — says Lawrence Nassar may have abused hundreds of women over more than two decades, some of them Olympians and at least one as young as nine years old.
“We know that at least 60 have come forward, but my best estimate is it's in the hundreds and possibly more,” Manly told CBS television's 60 Minutes program in a report to be broadcast on Sunday.
“I believe that at the end of the day, there are members of every single Olympic team since 1996 he did this to.”
Nassar, 53, was arrested last November on charges of sexually assaulting a child in Michigan. In December he was indicted on federal charges of child pornography possess..

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India Open: Achanta Sharath Kamal Enters Quarters

New Delhi: Indian star Achanta Sharath Kamal thrashed Yuto Muramatsu of Japan to cruise into the quarter-finals of the India Open table tennis tournament here on Friday.
The 11th seeded Indian dominated from the start to script a 11-8, 11-7, 11-4, 14-16, 11-4 victory.
It was a cakewalk for top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov as well as the world No. 5 from Germany eased into the men's singles quarter-finals with a comfortable 11-3, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 victory over Portugal's Joao Geraldo.
Kamal built up a 6-3 lead before the fourth seeded Japanese rallied to equalise. But Kamal reeled off the points to take the first game quite comfortably.
The Chennai-born paddler hardly faced any resistance from the fourth seed in the next two games, winning them with ease but the Japanese staged a strong comeback in the next game.Muramatsu enjoyed a strong start to the fourth game as he opened up a 5-2 lead. But the Indian fought back to take the lead at 6-5.
With Kamal enjoying a two-point lead, the..

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Luis Suarez says Barcelona Have Not Given Up on Champions League

Barcelona: Luis Suarez said Barcelona have not given up on the Champions League despite a “difficult and painful” 4-0 drubbing by Paris St Germain in their last 16 tie this week.
“If we want to make history at this club, we have to turn this tie around,” Suarez said at a charity event in Barcelona on Friday.
“We are the best team in the world. If there is a team that can overturn this situation, it's Barcelona,” added the Uruguayan.
No team has overcome a 4-0 first leg loss to progress to the next round in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.Barca, who have won the competition five times, have reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League in the last nine years. That run looks likely to be broken when they host PSG in the second leg at the Camp Nou on March 8.
“To lose in the manner that we did in the last 16 is difficult and painful. It's going to be very difficult but it's a beautiful challenge,” said Suarez.
Suarez made it clear that the players were full..

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Manchester Metropolis’s Gabriel Jesus Out for ‘Two to Three Months’

Manchester: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned on Friday that teen sensation Gabriel Jesus could be out of action for up to three months and might not play again until next season.
The 19-year-old Brazil striker, who has scored three goals in five games since joining City in the January transfer window, broke a bone in his foot during City's 2-0 win away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Monday.
“He's coming back when he is fit,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. “I don't know if it will be the end of this season or next season… His recovery is between two and three months.”
City paid Brazilian club Palmeiras an initial £27 million ($33 million, 31 million euros) for Jesus.The striker scored at West Ham United and twice against Swansea City and Jesus was hoping to become the third City player — after Emmanuel Adebayor and Kevin De Bruyne — to score on each of his first three Premier League starts.
But he lasted just 15 minutes at south-coas..

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Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar Set for six Skilled Bouts This Yr

New Delhi: Set for a new innings in the professional boxing arena, former Commonwealth gold-medallist Akhil Kumar and his Asian medallist protege Jitender Kumar will compete in six bouts this year, starting with four-round contests on their debut night on April 1.
Akhil and Jitender, both of whom created a flutter in the 2008 Olympics with their lion-hearted performances, are set to make their professional debut in the undercard of the Double Asian title fight featuring Vijender Singh on April 1 in Mumbai.
While Akhil would be competing in the super lightweight category, Jitender would be seen fighting in the super featherweight division.
“We have been training for quite a while. I know it is just over a month's time before we make our debuts but we have the experience to adapt quickly and deliver the results,” Akhil said.”I have always gone the way Akhil has guided me and with him by my side, I am sure it will be another good journey,” added Jitender.
Both the effervescent Harya..

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