United, Chelsea beaten; Liverpool climbs to 2nd

Updated 10 December 2013
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United, Chelsea beaten; Liverpool climbs to 2nd

LONDON: Manchester United crashed to a second home Premier League defeat in four days when they lost 1-0 to Newcastle United on Saturday while Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at struggling Stoke City.
Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool climbed to second in the table with a 4-1 romp over West Ham United at Anfield and Manchester City slipped one place to fourth after being held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Tottenham Hotspur travel to bottom club Sunderland later on Saturday while leaders Arsenal entertain Everton in one of two matches on Sunday.
Also on Saturday, Norwich City won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion while Crystal Palace picked up their second successive victory with a 2-0 home win over Cardiff City.
A well-taken 61st minute goal, stroked in from 10 meters by French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, dealt United their first home defeat to Newcastle in 41 years and delighted visiting boss Alan Pardew.
Pardew, who has guided Newcastle to five wins in six league games on a climb to sixth place, plotted a perfect plan for his team who subdued their hosts, controlled possession and seized victory with elan.
“It’s one of the top moments for me in my time here — it’s been 41 years we’ve been waiting,” he told BT Sport television. “It was a magnificent performance. I know we won’t get the headlines because of United and poor old David Moyes.
“But we deserve them because our players were magnificent. I asked them to play differently today, to keep the ball, and we did that. We made it difficult for them and it’s a great day for us.”
The home side, without suspended England striker Wayne Rooney and showing seven changes from the one defeated by Everton by the same score on Wednesday, were easily subdued by well-organized visitors who triumphed with few alarms.
It was the first time they had suffered back-to-back home defeats since May 2002 — and Moyes’ third defeat as manager in eight home games this season — and the result left United ninth, 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, who host Everton on Sunday.
The first victory for The Magpies at Old Trafford since February 1972 lifted them above Tottenham Hotspur into contention for a top six finish, four points above the champions.

Atletico opens Copa del Rey defense with easy win
Midfielder Arda Turan scored a double to help Atletico Madrid start its defense of the Copa del Rey title by easing to a 4-0 win at third-division Sant Andreu on Saturday.
Raul Garcia volleyed in Filipe Luis’ out-swinging cross in the 13th minute before Turan added two more goals.
Turan first slotted in Javier Manquillo’s backpass in the 20th and scored again from a series of tightly knit passes in the 56th.
David Villa and Diego Costa went on for Atletico after resting for the first hour and Villa sealed the victory in the 84th.
Later, Real Madrid, Getafe and Levante visit lower-division opponents, while Athletic Bilbao plays at fellow topflight side Celta Vigo.
The return legs of the round of 32 will be played in two weeks.

Ribery leads Bayern to 7-0 rout in Bremen
In Berlin, unbeaten Bayern Munich cruised to a 7-0 rout at Werder Bremen for the side’s 13th win from 15 games in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Franck Ribery marked his return from three weeks out with a cracked rib by scoring two goals and setting up two more for the league leaders.
Bremen defender Assani Lukimya turned Ribery’s cross beyond his own goalkeeper in the 21st minute, Daniel van Buyten scored six minutes later, and Ribery scored with a simple finish in the 38th.
The Frenchman crossed for Mario Mandzukic to score on the hour, Thomas Mueller made it 5-0 in the 68th, Ribery crowned his performance in the 82nd, and Mario Goetze wrapped it up in the 90th.
Also Saturday, Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated 10-man Schalke 2-1 to consolidate fourth place.


Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori get ready to serve up the action in Dubai championship

Updated 23 February 2019
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Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori get ready to serve up the action in Dubai championship

DUBAI: With the women’s tournament now over for another year, it is the turn of the men to wow the crowds in Dubai, with the men’s ATP event getting underway in the emirate this weekend.
The tournament has traditionally attracted some of the biggest names in the sport, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all having played in the past.
The 2019 entry list is no different, with Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas all on show this week.
World No. 6 and top-seeded Nishikori will get his tournament up and running against Frenchman Benoit Paire, while second seed Roger Federer — seven-time champion in Dubai who last won the title in 2015 — will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Croatian Marin Clilc has arguably the toughest opening match against the recent Rotterdam Open winner Gael Monfils.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who shocked Federer at the Australian Open, begins his campaign against the Australian Matt Eden.
Other notable first round ties see Tomas Berdych up against Aljaz Bedene and last year’s champion Roberto Bautista Agut playing India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Federer, apart from chasing an eighth title in what is likely to be his Swanson in Dubai, will also be hoping for victory next weekend to claim his 100th title on the ATP tour.
Nishikori, however, will be out to stop the Swiss ace and claim the $565,000 winner’s prize and his second title of the year having won the Brisbane International last month.