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Football: Scottish Premiership table

Scottish Premiership table ahead of this weekend's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Celtic 33 28 4 1 82 16 88 -- champions --------------------------------- Aberdeen 33 19 6 8 47 30 63 Motherwell 33 19 3 11 55 50 60 --------------------------------- Dundee Utd 33 15 9 9 57 40 54 Inverness CT 33 15 7 11 40 35 52 St Johnstone 33 14 6 13 41 34 48 --------------------------------- Hibernian 33 8 10 15 29 44 34

Football: Chelsea can cope with double bid, says Cech

Petr Cech insists Chelsea can cope with the demands of challenging for a Premier League and Champions League double as the Blues face Sunderland at the start of an eight-day period that could define their season. Jose Mourinho's side go into the latest round of Premier League matches in second place, two points behind leaders Liverpool. Victory at Stamford Bridge over bottom of the table Sunderland will ensure Chelsea increase the pressure on Liverpool, who travel to Norwich the following day.

Football: Two worlds collide as Brazil players push for reform

Brazil's old guard may hold sway with 73-year-old Marco Polo del Nero confirmed as the man to succeed octagenarian Jose Maria Marin as head of the Brazilian football Confederation. But if the game's hierarchy remains in place pressure to reform the domestic game is mounting from the bottom up via player pressure group Bom Senso (Common sense) FC.

Football: Lennon demands strong finish from Celtic

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has warned his players the hard work isn't over yet, despite his side having already wrapped up the Scottish Premiership title. The Hoops sealed their third championship in a row last month but still have five games to play, starting with a visit to high-flying Motherwell on Saturday. The Fir Park side are still battling it out with Aberdeen for second place and a shot at European competition next season.

Football: Russian Premier League table

Russian Premier League standings ahead of this weekend's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Zenit St Petersburg 25 16 5 4 54 26 53 Lokomotiv Moscow 25 15 7 3 45 17 52 CSKA Moscow 25 15 4 6 37 24 49 Dynamo Moscow 25 13 7 5 45 29 46 Spartak Moscow 25 13 5 7 40 28 44 FC Krasnodar 25 12 4 9 39 33 40 Amkar Perm 25 9 9 7 31 27 36

Football: Pressure on PSG ahead of Lyon final date

If they had their way, France's leading clubs would have done away with the League Cup a long time ago, but Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon both need the boost of winning Saturday's final. The sides meet at the Stade de France in the final of the country's secondary knockout competition just six days after Lyon beat the capital club 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland in Ligue 1. Under normal circumstances, PSG would be the heavy favourites, but a difficult last 10 days have considerably increased the pressure on Laurent Blanc's side.

Football: Martinez expects warm Goodison return for Moyes

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says David Moyes should expect a warm welcome when he returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United on Sunday. Moyes was in charge of the Toffees for 11 years before departing to replace Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford last summer, with Martinez succeeding him on Merseyside.

Football: Brazil set Chinese date with Argentina

Brazil and Argentina will hold a South American "Superclassico" gala match on October 11 at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, the countries' respective federations and South American confederation Conmebol said Thursday. Brazil won the last two editions of the occasional friendly series in 2011 and 2012. However, there was no game last year with Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari keen to give his players a free week in an already crammed schedule. ybl/cw/dj

Football: Barca blow as foot injury rules Neymar out for four weeks

Brazilian star Neymar could miss the rest of the club season after being ruled out for four weeks with an injured left foot, dealing Barcelona a worrying blow to their La Liga hopes. The club confirmed on Thursday that the 22-year-old picked up the injury in Barca's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday. He will now miss La Liga games against Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Getafe. However he has an outside chance of facing Atletico Madrid in what could be a title decider on the last day of the season.

Football: Atletico look to edge towards title before Chelsea visit

Atletico Madrid can take another step towards their first league title in 18 years when they host Elche at the Vicente Calderon on Friday. Los Rojiblancos need to win just four of their five remaining games to seal the championship and will be keen to finish off relegation threatened Elche early on with the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to come on Tuesday. "Within the group the only thing that is worrying us is how to approach the match against Elche in the best way possible," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.
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