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Chelsea's title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

By Josh Reich (Reuters) - Chelsea's title hopes suffered a major blow with a shock 2-1 home loss to bottom side Sunderland on Saturday as manager Jose Mourinho suffered a Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge for the first time. Fabio Borini, on-loan from league leaders Liverpool, scored the winner with a penalty in the 82nd minute after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down Jozy Altidore, bringing an end to Mourinho's record of 77 unbeaten home league outings with Chelsea.

Football: Mourinho mocks referees after first home league loss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho angrily mocked the match officials after suffering his first home defeat in the Premier League in a 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea's defeat, which left them two points behind leaders Liverpool, having played a game more, was Mourinho's first in 78 home league matches at the helm of the London club. "I just want to say four things, and I'm sorry, because if you make me (answer) more questions, I will repeat in exactly the same way," Mourinho told Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.

Football: Mourinho suffers first home league defeat as Chelsea boss

Jose Mourinho suffered his first home league defeat as Chelsea manager in 78 matches after bottom of the table Sunderland stunned the Premier League title contenders 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Few gave Sunderland, managed by former Chelsea player Gus Poyet, much of a chance before kick-off and it looked like business as usual when Samuel Eto'o gave Chelsea, in their second spell under Mourinho, a 12th-minute lead.

Football: Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad

Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 sides competing in the World Cup in June, Brazilian financial daily Valor reported on Monday. The squad of reigning champions Spain is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of 474.1 million euros for Argentina and 470.2 million for hosts Brazil, according to sports analysis consultancy Pluri Consultoria. The company valued Germany's squad at 445.6 million euros with France coming in ahead of England at 398.6 million euros for Les Bleus to 354.2 million for Roy Hodgson's hopefuls.

Football: Terry admits red-card chat with referee

Chelsea captain John Terry said he'd spoken to referee Phil Dowd in the lead-up to the official's decision to send off Swansea's Chico Flores. Swansea had to play most of the match a man down after Flores was dismissed in the 16th minute for two reckless tackles at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. But it wasn't until the 68th minute that Demba Ba scored the only goal of the match Chelsea won 1-0 to stay second in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Liverpool with four games to play. "I just said, 'it's a second yellow for me'," Terry recalled.

Football: Zenit win again to go top in Russia

Zenit St Petersburg continued their winning run under new coach Andre Villas-Boas on Saturday, beating FC Krasnodar 4-1 to go provisionally top of the Russian Premier League. Brazilian forward Hulk claimed a hat-trick and Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon was also on target as Zenit made it four wins in as many matches since the 36-year-old Portuguese Villas-Boas took charge.

Football: Mourinho wants cure for Chelsea travel sickness

Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea to be on their guard as they bid to end a three-match losing streak away from Stamford Bridge when they travel to Swansea on Sunday. Mourinho's men head to south Wales having lost on the road at Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks. Chelsea headed into this weekend in second place in the Premier League table and buoyed by their 2-0 midweek win at home to Paris Saint-Germain that saw them into a Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid.

Football: Chelsea set their sights on Swansea

Chelsea's looming Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid will be put to one side as Jose Mourinho's side attempt to strengthen their Premier League title challenge at Swansea. The Stamford Bridge club will head to South Wales on Sunday having been boosted by this week's memorable victory over Paris Saint-Germain that took them one step closer towards clinching European football's top prize for the second time in three years. And they could receive a further lift immediately before kick-off when the outcome of Manchester City's trip to Liverpool is known.

Football: Mourinho fined, warned for Villa Park conduct

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 ($13,400, 9,700 euros) and warned about his future conduct after being sent off at Aston Villa last month, the Football Association announced on Thursday. A statement on the FA website said: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct following an independent regulatory commission hearing."

Football: Portugal coach Bento extends contract

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has signed a new contract to keep him in the job until 2016, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Wednesday. The 44-year-old, who replaced Carlos Queiroz as coach in 2010, was initially due to be out of contract after this year's World Cup in Brazil but will now stay through to the end of Euro 2016, which will be held in France.
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