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Football: Cardiff cry foul over Palace loss - report

Cardiff City have demanded the Premier League annul a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace over allegations of cheating, the BBC said Thursday. Cardiff's lawyers allege in a five-page letter that Palace's sporting director Iain Moody tried to obtain information about the Welsh club's starting line-up before the game this month, the BBC said. Moody joined Palace after being sacked as Cardiff's head of recruitment in October. According to the BBC, Cardiff allege that Moody succeeded in discovering their line-up for the April 5 game, thereby breaching league rules.

Football: Cardiff cry foul over Palace loss - report

Cardiff City have demanded the Premier League annul a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace over allegations of cheating, the BBC said Thursday. Cardiff's lawyers allege in a five-page letter that Palace's sporting director Iain Moody tried to obtain information about the Welsh club's starting line-up before the game this month, the BBC said. Moody joined Palace after being sacked as Cardiff's head of recruitment in October. According to the BBC, Cardiff allege that Moody succeeded in discovering their start line-up for the April 5 game, thereby breaching league rules.

Football: Man City hopes fade after Sunderland setback

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes suffered a major blow as they needed a late Samir Nasri goal to rescue a 2-2 draw against bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday. Manuel Pelligrini's side are now six points behind leaders Liverpool with just one game in hand after they failed to beat a side seemingly destined for relegation. And it could have been worse, as two goals from Connor Wickham threatened to hand City only a second home defeat of the season, until Nasri saved face at the death.

Football: Advantage Arsenal as Palace stall Everton

Everton squandered an opportunity to reclaim fourth place from Arsenal in the Premier League after Crystal Palace ended their seven-game winning run with a 3-2 away victory on Wednesday. Everton were seeking to return to the Champions League places after Arsenal had leapfrogged them by beating West Ham United on Tuesday, but instead they remain in fifth place, a point behind Arsene Wenger's side with four matches to play.

Football: Man City run aground, Palace rock Everton

Liverpool's position atop the Premier League table was strengthened on Wednesday when title rivals Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Sunderland. Beaten 3-2 at Liverpool on Sunday, City were bidding to close to within four points of Brendan Rodgers's side in the first of their two games in hand. Fernandinho's 2nd-minute goal at the Etihad Stadium put City on track. But after Connor Wickham scored twice in the last 17 minutes, the hosts needed a fortuitous 88th-minute equaliser from Samir Nasri just to rescue a point.

Football: Man City run aground, Palace rock Everton

Liverpool's position atop the Premier League table was strengthened on Wednesday when title rivals Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Sunderland. Beaten 3-2 at Liverpool on Sunday, City were bidding to close to within four points of Brendan Rodgers's side in the first of their two games in hand. Fernandinho's 2nd-minute goal at the Etihad Stadium put City on track. But after Connor Wickham scored twice in the last 17 minutes, the hosts needed a fortuitous 88th-minute equaliser from Samir Nasri just to rescue a point.

Football: Man City run aground, Palace rock Everton

Liverpool's position atop the Premier League table was strengthened on Wednesday when title rivals Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Sunderland. Beaten 3-2 at Liverpool on Sunday, City were bidding to close to within four points of Brendan Rodgers's side in the first of their two games in hand. Fernandinho's 2nd-minute goal at the Etihad Stadium put City on track, but after Connor Wickham scored twice in the last 17 minutes, the hosts needed a fortuitous 88th-minute equaliser from Samir Nasri just to rescue a point.

Football: Sturridge doubtful for Norwich trip

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is a doubt for his side's trip to Norwich City on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, the Premier League leaders revealed on Wednesday. "A small strain was detected following a scan," read a report on the club website. "The 24-year-old will now undergo a treatment programme in order to try and be available for the trip to Carrow Road." Sturridge, who has scored 23 goals this season, was forced off in the 66th minute of his side's 3-2 win at home to Manchester City last Sunday.

Football: English Premier League table

English Premier League table after Wednesday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Liverpool 34 24 5 5 93 42 77 Chelsea 34 23 6 5 66 24 75 Man City 33 22 5 6 88 34 71 Arsenal 34 20 7 7 59 41 67 -------------------------------------- Everton 34 19 9 6 55 34 66 -------------------------------------- Spurs 34 18 6 10 48 48 60 Man Utd 33 17 6 10 56 38 57 Southampton 34 13 9 12 50 45 48

Football: Villa owner Lerner backs 'loyal' Lambert

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner on Wednesday gave his backing to manager Paul Lambert after two members of his backroom staff were suspended. "Our manager has been faced with some unexpected issues that could have very easily set the club back," Lerner told the club website. "In watching him handle matters, along with our chief executive (Paul Faulkner), I've seen total loyalty and commitment to Aston Villa."
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