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Jose Mourinho is ready to quit Real Madrid and return to Stamford Bridge to 'rescue' his beloved Chelsea. Sunderland have joined West Brom in the race to sign Reading central defender Alex Pearce, who has rejected a new deal and is a free agent in the summer. Millwall want to re-sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 19, on a three-month loan deal. Blackburn are expected to sign midfielder Lee Williamson and striker DJ Campbell this week
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Lionel Messi extended his record streak by scoring in his 12th consecutive Spanish league game to give leader Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Valencia on Sunday. Midfielder Ever Banega struck first for Valencia in the 33rd, only for Messi to level for the visitors from the penalty spot six minutes later. Former Valencia star David Villa had Barcelona's best chance late but failed to finish on the break before goalkeeper Victor Valdes made an excellent save to deny Roberto Soldado two minutes from time. Barcelona leads main rival Real Madrid by 16 points after the defending champions' 1-0 loss at Granada the day before from Cristiano Ronaldo's first career own goal. Atletico Madrid is second, trailing Barcelona by 12 points ahead of its game against Real Betis later.
German football fans heard an unfamiliar voice Sunday when a woman gave a running commentary on a men's football game on national TV for the first time. Christina Graf became the country's first female commentator at a men's professional football game when she covered Hertha Berlin's 5-1 win at Jahn Regensburg in the second division. ''I'm happy that I can start slowly with the second division at first,'' the 27-year-old Graf told the dpa news agency before the game. Graf beat out around 1,200 applicants to win a casting show for her new job with broadcaster Sky. ''It's a huge opportunity'' she said. ''But I'm not the very extroverted type and won't go ballistic.'' Claudia Neumann was the first female to commentate live on a football game for German TV in 2011 when the country hosted the Women's World Cup.
Wayne Rooney has revealed he asked Sir Alex Ferguson to take him off Manchester United penalty duties. Striker Rooney blazed his latest effort over against West Ham last month, the second time this season he has failed from the spot. Ferguson indicated he needed to make a change, and when United got another penalty against Fulham last weekend, it was Ryan Giggs who stepped up to put his side ahead. But Rooney has revealed Robin van Persie, who did not start on Saturday, has now taken over as United's number one taker. "To be honest it was my choice," Rooney told MUTV. "It wasn't good enough. I went in to speak with the manager and said I'd spoken with Robin and told him he could take them. "At a club like this, to miss two penalties like I did and not hit the target wasn't good enough."
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first own goal of his otherwise stellar career to condemn Real Madrid to a 1-0 defeat at Granada on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho's side fell into the same funk that has dogged it all season against lesser-name opponents. Ronaldo's career is packed with goals of all sorts and from all angles, but he had never in 10 and a half seasons found the back of his team's net until he headed a corner over goalkeeper Diego Lopez in a flubbed attempt to clear 22 minutes in. Madrid's slip, however, rested on the entire team as the defending champions failed to get a shot on target until the 58th minute. Madrid's fifth loss in 12 away games this season left it 15 points behind Barcelona before the Spanish league leader visits Valencia on Sunday.