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Man Utd Count Cost of Stylish Premier League Win

Manchester United kept up their pursuit of leaders Manchester City with a 5-0 victory at Fulham but the three points came at a cost as England duo Phil Jones and Ashley Young were injured.

Both will now miss games over the holiday period and beyond. Jones, who was back in defense to replace Rio Ferdinand after a lengthy spell in midfield, was forced off early on after being hit in the jaw by the arm of Clint Dempsey.

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Kobe Bryant Day-to-Day with Torn Wrist Ligament

Kobe Bryant did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason finale against the Clippers on Wednesday night because of a torn ligament in his right wrist, and his status for the season opener on Christmas Day is up in the air.

A MRI revealed the extent of the injury, which occurred early in the in the third quarter of the Lakers' 114-95 loss to the Clippers on Monday night. Bryant was examined by Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Depending on the degree of the tear, he could be sidelined as long as three to four weeks.

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Arsenal Move Fixture over London Transport Strike

Arsenal have postponed their Boxing Day Premier League fixture with Wolves after threatened industrial action on London's Underground system, the club announced Thursday.

The Gunners were due to face Wolves as part of the traditional program on December 26 but have now shunted the fixture back 24 hours as London braces for travel disruption from the strike.

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Terry to Face Criminal Racism Charges

Chelsea and England football captain John Terry will face criminal charges for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, England's Crown Prosecution Service said Wednesday.

Terry has been ordered to appear in a magistrates court on February 1 over the incident in a Premier League match in October.

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Suarez Banned 8 Matches for Racially Abusing Evra

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's troubled disciplinary history hit a new low Tuesday when he was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League match.

The English Football Association punishment, which included a fine of 40,000 pound ($62,000), came less than a year after Suarez left Ajax while serving a seven-match ban in the Netherlands for biting an opponent.

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Holders Madrid Ease into Copa Last 16

Real Madrid brought the curtain down on 2011 by hammering lowly Ponferradina 5-1 at the Bernabeu on Tuesday to ease into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.

Already two goals up from the first-leg, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho sent out a largely second-string side that added further goals from Jose Callejon and Nuri Sahin in the opening period.

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South Korea Name New Football Coach

Choi Kang-Hee, coach of K-League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, was Wednesday named the new boss of the South Korean national team.

The Korea Football Association said Choi would replace Cho Kwang-Rae, sacked two weeks ago after a shock defeat to Lebanon left the 2002 semi-finalists at risk of missing out on the 2014 World Cup.

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Bulls' Rose Agrees to Extension

It seemed like something out of a movie script the moment the Chicago Bulls took Derrick Rose with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

The latest twist? A maximum contract extension.

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Fitness Boost for Ferguson ahead of Fulham Trip

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the club's injury problems are finally starting to clear up as he prepares to head to Fulham on Wednesday.

The first half of United's campaign has been dominated by Ferguson contending with one of the worst injury lists in his 25 years in charge at Old Trafford.

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Mancini Rules out Tevez Loan Move

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on Tuesday ruled out a loan move involving Carlos Tevez as the Premier League leaders prepared to meet officials from AC Milan.

City chiefs are due to meet Milan officials on Thursday to discuss Tevez's future but the Serie A club has made it clear they only want to sign the Argentinian striker on loan.

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