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Paraguay without Santa Cruz, Valdez for US game

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP)—Roque Santa Cruz and Nelson Haedo Valdez have been left off the Paraguay team that will play Mexico and the United States in exhibition games this month. Paraguay is coached by Gerardo Martino, who led the country to the second round of the World Cup last year. He says he omitted Santa Cruz and Haedo Valdez so they could play important club games. Santa Cruz pla...Full Story »

Balotelli apologizes for red card against Kiev

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MANCHESTER, England (AP)—Mario Balotelli apologized to his Manchester City teammates on Friday for the reckless tackle that earned him a straight red card in the Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev. The Italy striker was sent off for a studs-first lunge at Dynamo defender Goran Popov in the 36th minute of Thursday’s second-leg game in the last 16, leaving City with 10 men as the...Full Story »

Abidal recovering well from surgery - Guardiola

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal is recovering well from surgery to remove a liver tumour, coach Pep Guardiola said Friday. The 31-year-old French international underwent the three hour operation on Thursday at a Barcelona hospital. Neither the club nor the hospital have provided details about the kind of tumour Abidal has. "As far as we know, the operation went very we...Full Story »

Benzema says in best form since joining Real

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid's French international Karim Benzema believes he is in his best form since he joined the Spanish giants from Lyon in July 2009. The 23-year-old striker struggled to impress following his 35-million-euro move but he has scored nine goals in his last seven appearances, including once during Real's 3-0 Champions League win on Wednesday over his former side Lyon. "Now ...Full Story »

Mallorca vs Zaragoza preview - Aguirre: Don`t drop your guard

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by PA

Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre hopes to avoid complacency following his side's impressive 4-0 win over Valencia last weekend. That victory marked the most impressive result - and performance - of the season for the Aragonese outfit, but Aguirre has warned his players they remain in a relegation fight ahead of the Primera Division clash away to Mallorca. "Ever since the referee blew the final ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Getafe preview - Barca shelve Euro bid

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 by PA

Barcelona will put all thoughts of a possible meeting with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals to one side and instead focus on beating Getafe. Barca were today drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk in the last eight with the winner progressing to a meeting with either Real or Tottenham. "Right now we are not thinking about Madrid," said sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. "There is ...Full Story »

Irina Shayk & Arthur Sales Luanch New Xti Collection

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 by Socialitelife.com

Russian model, and Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend, Irina Shayk presented the launch of the new 'Xti 2011-2012 shoes collection in Madrid, Spain today. Shayk wore a sheer grey tank top with skintight black peekaboo leggings. Joining Irina was model Arthur Sales. Socialite Life readers will surely recognize Arthur as having been previously featured on Male Model Mondays. ...Full Story »

Mark Hughes flattered by Bayern Munich link but happy at Fulham

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Fulham manager No1 target to replace Louis van Gaal• Hughes says he will see out his Craven Cottage contract Mark Hughes, the Fulham manager, says he will turn down any approach to succeed Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich this summer. Mark Hughes has said it was "flattering" to be linked with the Bayern Munich job following reports he was the German club's No1 target to replace L...Full Story »

After Bayern, Inter focused on Serie A comeback

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

ROME (AP)—Having pulled off an impressive comeback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Inter Milan will now try to make up its five-point gap behind city rival AC Milan in Serie A. Inter hosts a Lecce team on the edge of the relegation zone this weekend, while Milan visits struggling Palermo without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. On Wednesday, Inter trailed Bayern 3-1 o...Full Story »

Barcelona's defender Eric Abidal has tumour removed from liver

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 by theguardian.com

• France international underwent three-hour operation• Messages of support from across the football world Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal is recovering in hospital after having a tumour removed from his liver. Barcelona have announced that Eric Abidal has had a liver tumour successfully removed after a three-hour operation on Thursday. The Spanish club said surgery on the...Full Story »

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