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Rodgers Happy to See Liverpool Win Ugly

Brendan Rodgers claimed he had no qualms about winning ugly as Liverpool returned to the Premier League's top four with a scrappy 2-0 victory over Hull City.

Rodgers' side took the points despite an underwhelming performance thanks to Daniel Agger's first-half header and Luis Suarez's superb free-kick after the break.

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Moyes Furious with Webb after Latest Defeat

David Moyes labelled a controversial decision by World Cup final referee Howard Webb as "scandalous" in the wake of his team's 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

The Manchester United manager was incensed by a late decision not to award United a penalty kick when Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris challenged home winger Ashley Young and questioned whether England's most respected official should be operating in the Premier League.

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Gritty Leicester Made of Right Stuff Says Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson claims his side's 3-1 win at Millwall proves they have the character and spirit to win the battle for promotion to the Premier League.

Pearson's Championship leaders are four points clear of second-placed Burnley after weathering a determined Millwall fightback and some horrendous weather conditions at The Den on Wednesday.

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Celtic Need New Players, Admits Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his squad needs freshened up in the January transfer market after his side put in a "flat" performance in a 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle on Wednesday.

The Hoops secured their eighth consecutive win in the Scottish Premiership to maintain their 11-point lead at the top of the table.

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Chelsea Report £49.4m Losses for 2013

Chelsea made a £49.4million ($81.8m, 59.9m euro) loss in the last financial year, the English Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Turnover for the year ending June 30, 2013 was a record £255.8m ($424m, 308m euro), but the club's early Champions League exit contributed to the loss in income.

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Schumacher 'Stable' as he Enters New Year in Coma

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remained "stable" Wednesday after spending a third night in hospital with severe brain injuries sustained while skiing in the French Alps.

The German racing great entered the new year in an induced coma and a critical condition, with his family at his bedside in the French Alpine city of Grenoble and doctors unsure of his future.

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Venus Struggles into last Eight in Auckland

Venus Williams survived an error-strewn performance to reach the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic with a tense three-set win over Austrian Yvonne Meusburger Wednesday.

In the rain-disrupted match, the 33-year-old Williams was broken twice early as she dropped the first set 4-6 before rallying to win the next two 6-3, 6-2.

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Golf Star McIlroy and Tennis Star Wozniacki Engaged

Two-time major golf champion Rory McIlroy and former women's tennis world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced their engagement Wednesday in postings on Twitter.

McIlroy, the 24-year-old former world number one from Northern Ireland, posted pictures of himself and Wozniacki and a diamond ring on a woman's left ring finger.

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Anderson Shatters Windies Attack in Record Onslaught

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day cricket history on Wednesday, plundering the West Indies attack in a rain-shortened third ODI.

His whirlwind performance overshadowed a century by Jesse Ryder as the pair took New Zealand to 283-4 in a match reduced to 21 overs each side.

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Lisicki Pulls Out of Brisbane International

Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany has pulled out of the season-opening Brisbane International due to a gastrointestinal illness.

The seventh seed was due to meet Swiss player Stefanie Voegele in the second round on Wednesday.

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