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Football: Sterling brace keeps Liverpool on title path

Liverpool nervously edged closer to a first league title in the Premier League era with a nail-biting 3-2 success over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers's side now boast a five-point advantage over second-place Chelsea, who had surprisingly lost 2-1 at home to bottom club Sunderland on Saturday and who will be their next opponents at Anfield next Sunday.

Football: Liverpool edge Norwich to close on title

Liverpool took another step towards a first league title since 1990 after winning 3-2 at Norwich City on Sunday to pull five points clear in the Premier League. Quick-fire early goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez put the visitors in control at Carrow Road, before Gary Hooper replied for fourth-bottom Norwich in the 54th minute. Sterling appeared to have made the points safe with a deflected shot minutes later, but a late Robert Snodgrass header obliged Liverpool to endure a nervy last 10 minutes.

Football: Suarez reaches historic 30-goal mark

Luis Suarez scored his 30th Premier League goal of the season at Norwich City on Sunday, becoming the first Liverpool player to achieve the feat since Ian Rush in 1987. The Uruguayan reached the milestone in the 11th minute at Carrow Road, converting a left-wing cross from Raheem Sterling to register his 12th goal in his last five appearances against Norwich. Suarez is now one goal short of the record goal tally for a 38-game Premier League season, which is jointly held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo. bur-thw/as

Football: Lennon blasts 'holiday' Celtic players

Neil Lennon says a half-time dressing-down inspired his players to come from two behind to seal a dramatic 3-3 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park. The Scottish Premiership champions trailed 2-1 at the break after they fell behind to goals from John Sutton and Zane Francis-Angol. Kris Commons missed a penalty before Anthony Stokes pulled one back for Celtic in first half stoppage time. However, following a heated team talk at the interval the Hoops came out fired up and soon found themselves level when Georgios Samaras prodded home in the 56th minute.

Chelsea's title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

By Josh Reich LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea's title ambitions suffered a major blow with a shock 2-1 home defeat by bottom side Sunderland on Saturday, handing the initiative to Premier League leaders Liverpool who visit lowly Norwich City on Sunday. It was manager Jose Mourinho's first league defeat at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches, with the winner coming from a cooly converted penalty by former Chelsea player Fabio Borini, who is on loan at Sunderland from the Merseyside club.

Football: Celtic held by late Sutton goal

John Sutton grabbed a stoppage time equaliser as Motherwell held Celtic to a dramatic 3-3 draw in a thriller at Fir Park. The home side had raced into an early lead when Efe Ambrose misjudged the flight of a lofted pass to let in Sutton to fire home a fifth minute opener. Kris Commons saw his 22nd minute penalty saved by Gunnar Nielsen before Zane Francis-Angol made it 2-0 when he poked past Fraser Forster in the 44th minute.

Football: Advantage Liverpool as Sunderland stun Chelsea

Sunderland condemned Chelsea to their first home Premier League defeat under Jose Mourinho with a stunning 2-1 victory on Saturday that took Liverpool a step closer to the title. Chelsea were bidding to take over from Liverpool at the summit, but their loss to the league's bottom club means that Brendan Rodgers's side can now open up a five-point lead if they win at Norwich City on Sunday.

Football: Swansea relegation fears eased by Bony double

A double by leading scorer Wilfried Bony gave Swansea an invaluable win in their battle against relegation on Saturday as they beat out of form Newcastle 2-1 for their first away win since November. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international scored at the end of each half -- the second from the penalty spot for his 14th league goal of the season -- to take them six points clear of the bottom three with three games remaining and a vastly superior goal difference to boot.

Football: Schwarzer makes first Chelsea league start

Former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was handed his Premier League debut for Chelsea against Sunderland on Saturday after Petr Cech came down with a virus. The 41-year-old, who retired from international football in November last year, joined Chelsea in July 2013 after being released by Fulham. He had previously only featured in cup competitions, with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City in the FA Cup fourth round on January 26. thw/dj

Football: Foxes on verge of clinching second tier title

Leicester City moved within touching distance of securing the Championship title after David Nugent fired the leaders to a 1-0 win over 10-man QPR on Saturday. Nigel Pearson's already-promoted side restored their seven-point lead over second-placed Burnley and now need just three more points from their last three games to go into the Premier League as champions of the second tier.
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