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Football: Rodgers happy with Liverpool's chosen path

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has no complaints about the way in which the Reds have reached the top of the Premier League table ahead of Sunday's showdown with big-spending Manchester City. City, bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour, won the Premier League in 2012 with a star-studded side many of whom are still at Eastlands. While Liverpool are not exactly paupers, being backed by US-based owner John W Henry and his Fenway Sports Group, the fact is they have spent considerably less on transfers than City, their opponents at Anfield this weekend.

Football: Rodgers vows Liverpool won't crack in title race

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has promised that if the Reds fall short in this season's Premier League title race, it won't be for a lack of mental resolve. Rodgers's in-form side will move to within a point of leaders Chelsea if they beat Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday. But while the likes of Chelsea and fellow title rivals Manchester City can both point to recent Premier League triumphs, the last time Liverpool finished a season at the very summit of English football was in the old First Division era in 1990.

RugbyU: Anglo-Welsh success gives Exeter first major trophy

Exeter coach Rob Baxter was delighted after his side won their first major piece of silverware with a 15-8 victory at home to Northampton in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final on Sunday. Early tries in each half from Chris Whitehead and Dean Mumm were acclaimed by the crowd at south-west English side Exeter's Sandy Park ground. And although Northampton, the English Premiership leaders and divisional rivals of Exeter, pulled a try back through Samu Manoa in the final 10 minutes, it wasn't enough to deny the home side.

Zimbabwe prophet sees red over Liverpool Premier League prediction

A Zimbabwean prophet has launched a $1.5 million legal claim against a South African sports broadcaster after it claimed he had predicted that Liverpool would win this season's English Premier League, it was reported on Wednesday. Despite the fact that Liverpool are currently second in the league with just 10 games to play, Spirit Embassy Church leader, Uebert Angel, denies ever making the claim. He says his reputation will be damaged if they do not win the title.

Blast at NH ball bearings plant shakes walls, breaks windows, injures 15 people; cause unknown

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. - An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant on Monday, shaking walls, shattering windows and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening. A New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. machine operator, Paul Clark, said he was outside in the parking lot on Monday afternoon when he heard the blast. "I was in my car backing out when I felt a rumble and heard a bang," he said. "I looked up, and snow on the building's roof was flying into the wind."

Severe weather cuts of rail links to south west England

LONDON (Reuters) - Severe flooding and landslips have completely cut off rail routes to large parts of south west of England as storms continue to batter southern Britain. Some areas of Somerset in south west England have been underwater for over a month in the wettest January on record, and the government has come under pressure for not putting enough resources into preventing flooding.

Football: No title for Liverpool this term - Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club's long wait to add to its collection of English titles will have to wait for another season. Sunday's 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion left Liverpool eight points behind leaders Arsenal ahead of their match against the Gunners at Anfield this weekend. Liverpool's immediate priority is to maintain a top four position that will see them qualify for next season's Champions League. But Merseyside rivals Everton are just a point behind Liverpool, with Tottenham Hotspur two adrift of the Reds.

Football: Rodgers faces rap over 'Manchester' ref

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces FA action, and a possible disrepute charge, after complaining about referee Lee Mason in the wake of his team's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City. Mason, who did appear to make errors on a number of key decisions against Liverpool, is based in Bolton which is technically in the county of "Greater Manchester." Bolton is never considered to be part of the city of Manchester but that did not prevent Rodgers from implying that Mason is from "Manchester". "We had no help whatsoever from the officials," said Rodgers.

Chinese spending in Britain surges

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The amount of cash Chinese tourists spent in Britain surged in the first half of 2013, with the British government set to launch a campaign to attract more of China's travellers. According to official British statistics, Chinese visitors in Britain spent 181 million pounds in the first half of 2013, up 132 percent year on year. British Culture Secretary Maria Miller said Thursday that Britain will become the most welcoming destination in Europe for Chinese visitors.

Scotland mourns pub helicopter crash victims

Candles were lit Sunday as Scotland remembered those who were killed when a police helicopter plunged through the roof of a Glasgow pub, while rescuers toiled to salvage bodies from the wreckage. Emergency service workers began attempts to winch the police aircraft back through the roof of The Clutha, where it is feared further corpses may be found under its carcass, raising the death toll. Eight fatalities have been confirmed so far. All three on board the helicopter and one man who was in the pub have been named.
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