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Football: Algeria win, Ivory Coast snatch draw

Algeria won, Ivory Coast drew and Ghana lost as African qualifiers prepared for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with warm-up games Wednesday. Striker El-Hilal Soudani put Algeria ahead in first-half stoppage-time and Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider added a second goal for a 2-0 victory over Slovenia in Blida. It was an encouraging result for the Desert Foxes, at a ground where they are almost invincible, ahead of facing Belgium, South Korea and Russia in Group H during June's football showpiece event.

Football: Nigeria widen search for Cup sharpshooters

Nigeria have given first call-ups to Belgium-based Imoh Ezekiel and Michael Uchebo as the search for 2014 World Cup sharpshooters continues Wednesday with a warm-up against Mexico. Ezekiel plays for Standard Liege and Uchebo for Cercle Bruges and both could get a chance in the American city of Atlanta to show their worth. Coach Stephen Keshi is concerned about his goal-shy attack ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, where the Super Eagles' first-round rivals are Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iran.

Football: Nigeria widen search for Cup sharpshooters

Nigeria have given first call-ups to Belgium-based Imoh Ezekiel and Michael Uchebo as the search for 2014 World Cup sharpshooters continues Wednesday with a warm-up against Mexico. Ezekiel plays for Standard Liege and Uchebo for Cercle Bruges and both could get a chance in the American city of Atlanta to show their worth. Coach Stephen Keshi is concerned about his goal-shy attack ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, where the Super Eagles' first-round rivals are Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iran.

Football: Murray puts injury woe behind him to grab Palace point

Glenn Murray ended almost a year of frustration by scoring his first ever Premier League goal through a second-half penalty to secure a 1-1 draw for Crystal Palace against Swansea on Sunday. The 30-year-old, who was Palace's leading scorer last season with 31 goals but had not played since May because of injury and had only returned to action against Manchester United last weekend, slotted home the penalty eight minutes from time.

Drogba life story told in cartoon form

Didier Drogba walked at six months, left home at five and fell in love with the woman who was to become his wife at the tender age of 17. Those are some of the landmark events covered in an account of the Ivorian footballer's extraordinary life about to be published in cartoon form in France. Editions are also planned for Britain, where Drogba is still idolised by supporters of his former club Chelsea; Brazil, where he is due to play in the World Cup later this year, and Turkey, where he currently stars for Galatasaray.

Football: Ivory Coast squad for Belgium friendly

Ivory Coast squad announced by coach Sabri Lamouchi on Thursday for the World Cup warm-up match against Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday, March 5: Goalkeeers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren/BEL), Sayouba Mandé (Stabaek/NOR), Sylvain Gbohouo (Séwé San Pedro) Defenders: Kolo Touré (Liverpool/ENG), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart/GER), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, Serge Aurier (both Toulouse/FRA), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor/TUR), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor/TUR), Siaka Tiéné (Montpellier/FRA), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Brice Dja Djédjé (Marseille/FRA)

Football: Barca tie can be Man City watershed - Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wants his side to prove their emergence as a European force by overcoming his former club Barcelona in the Champions League last 16. The two sides face off in the first leg of their tie at City's Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, when the home side will be making their first appearance in the competition's knockout phase. In stark contrast, Barcelona have reached the semi-finals for the last six seasons in a row, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2011, but Toure says that tackling the leading sides is a key stage in City's development.

Football: Resurgent Adebayor strikes again for Spurs

The resurgence of Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor under recently appointed Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood continued at the weekend with an English Premier League winner against Everton. Shunned by previous boss Andre Villas Boas, the lanky striker has scored regularly since his recall and netted the only goal at White Hart Lane midway through the second half. A productive weekend for Africans in England saw Moroccan Marouane Chamakh, Nigerian Peter Odemwingie and Ivorian Wilfried Bony also on target. ENGLAND EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR (Tottenham Hotspur)

Football: English Premier League results -- collated

Collated English Premier League results on Saturday: Aston Villa 0 West Ham 2 (Nolan 46, 48) Chelsea 3 (Hazard 27, 34, 63-pen) Newcastle 0 Crystal Palace 3 (Ince 15, Ledley 27, Chamakh 69-pen) West Brom 1 (Thievy 46) Liverpool 5 (Skrtel 1, 10, Sterling 16, 52, Sturridge 20) Arsenal 1 (Arteta 69-pen) Norwich 0 Manchester City 0 Southampton 2 (Lambert 6, Davis 41) Stoke 2 (Odemwingie 38, Crouch 44) Sunderland 0 Hull 2 (Long 16, Jelavic 62) Swansea 3 (Routledge 47, Dyer 79, Bony 85) Cardiff 0 Playing Sunday

Football: English Premier League results -- 1st update

English Premier League results on Saturday: Aston Villa 0 West Ham 2 (Nolan 46, 48) Chelsea 3 (Hazard 27, 34, 63-pen) Newcastle 0 Crystal Palace 3 (Ince 15, Ledley 27, Chamakh 69-pen) West Brom 1 (Thievy 46) Liverpool 5 (Skrtel 1, 10, Sterling 16, 52, Sturridge 20) Arsenal 1 (Arteta 69-pen) Norwich 0 Manchester City 0 Southampton 2 (Lambert 6, Davis 41) Stoke 2 (Odemwingie 38, Crouch 44) Sunderland 0 Hull 2 (Long 16, Jelavic 62) Playing later Swansea v Cardiff (1730GMT) Playing Sunday
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