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Football: Moyes tells United to end season 'on a high'

Under-fire Manchester United manager David Moyes had urged his players to restore the club's battered pride by winning their four remaining matches this season. Speculation about Moyes's future intensified on Sunday following a 2-0 loss at Everton -- the Scot's former club -- which condemned reigning champions United to their 11th defeat of the season and meant they could not qualify for the Champions League.

Football: Argentine star Aimar axed by Malaysian club

Former Argentina star Pablo Aimar has been axed by Malaysia's Johor Darul Takzim after being sidelined by injury problems, the club's president said. The 34-year-old World Cup veteran was part-way through a two-year contract which reputedly made him the highest paid foreigner ever to play in Malaysia. Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the crown prince of Johor state, announced the move as part of a clear-out strategy which also involved replacing coach Cesar Jimenez with Bojan Hodak.

Football: Al-Saied goal gives Ahly narrow advantage

Egyptians Al-Ahly laboured to a narrow victory while Nigerians Bayelsa United and Ghanaians Medeama suffered setbacks at the weekend in CAF Confederation Cup play-offs. A powerful Abdullah Al-Saied shot earned Ahly a 1-0 first-leg win over Moroccans Difaa El-Jadidi in a game played behind closed doors at a Cairo military stadium for security reasons. Bayelsa, the last Nigerian club in contention for a CAF title this year, conceded a goal late in each half and slumped 2-0 at Ivorians Sewe San Pedro.

Football: Barca rumours 'groundless' - Zenit boss Villas-Boas

Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas on Monday dismissed out of hand rumours linking him with Spanish giants Barcelona. "All the rumours about my negotiations with Barcelona representatives are completely groundless," former Chelsea, Tottenham and FC Porto coach told reporters. "I've signed the contract with Zenit and I'm set to stay here until its expiry date." The 36-year-old Portuguese said he was completely focused on his work with Zenit adding he was happy with the club's plans to strengthen the squad.

Football: Barca rumours 'groundless' - Zenit boss Villas-Boas

Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas on Monday dismissed out of hand rumours linking him with Spanish giants Barcelona. "All the rumours about my negotiations with Barcelona representatives are completely groundless," former Chelsea, Tottenham and FC Porto coach told reporters. "I've signed the contract with Zenit and I'm set to stay here until its expiry date." The 36-year-old Portuguese said he was completely focused on his work with Zenit adding he was happy with the club's plans to strengthen the squad.

Football: Bony bags brace, first hat-trick for Diabate

Ivorian sharpshooter Wilfried Bony took his season goal tally from all competitions to 19 with a brace as Swansea defeated Newcastle 2-1 at the weekend. Bony gave the Swans breathing space in the fight against relegation after Nigerian Shola Ameobi had put the Magpies ahead in the English Premier League match. Malian Cheikh Diabate was the toast of Bordeaux, scoring his first hat-trick in a 5-2 drubbing of French Ligue 1 strugglers Guingamp. ENGLAND SAMUEL ETO'O (Chelsea)

Football: Ronaldo trains ahead of Bayern visit

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to take his place in the Real Madrid side for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at home to Bayern Munich on Wednesday after returning to full training on Monday. The Portuguese star has been sidelined by a hamstring injury since the first leg of Real's quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund three weeks ago.

Injured footballer Park Chu-young to begin rehab program at home: official

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean footballer Park Chu-young has received treatment for a foot injury and will soon begin his rehab program at home rather than returning to his club in England, an official here said Monday. "I understand Park has completed his treatment for foot inflammation," a high-ranking official with the Korea Football Association (KFA) said. "He will start his rehab program as early as Tuesday." The official added that Seigo Ikeda, the physical trainer for the men's national team, will help Park in his rehab.

Football: Atletico Madrid v Chelsea factfile

Factfile on Atletico Madrid and Chelsea ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg tie at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday: Form: Atletico need to win just three of their remaining four La Liga games to win the title for the first time since coach Diego Simeone played for the club 18 years ago. Friday's hard-fought 2-0 win over Elche stretched their winning run to eight games in domestic competition and they have been similarly strong in Europe this season.

Football: Arsenal have 'oil in the engine' - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes the returns of key midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will help his side secure their place in the Premier League's top four. Ozil, the club's £42.5 million ($70.7 million, 51.6 million euros) record signing, returned to action after missing seven matches with a hamstring injury as Arsenal won 3-0 at Hull City on Sunday. The German was overshadowed, however, by Ramsey, who had a hand in all three goals as Arsenal recorded a victory that kept them in front of Everton in the tussle for the final Champions League place.
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