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Chelsea VS Liverpool

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  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games against Liverpool (W4, D4).
  • They have won one of their last seven games in all competitions.
  • The Blues have conceded 19 Premier League goals – only Norwich (21), Bournemouth and Newcastle (both 22) have worse records.
  • Their tally of 11 points from 10 games represents their worst start to a Premier League season, and equals the poorest by the defending Premier League champions (matching Blackburn’s tally in 1995-96).
  • Cesc Fabregas has recorded one assist in 10 Premier League appearances this season – compared to nine in his opening 10 games last season.
  • Jose Mourinho has suffered defeat in six of his last 12 Premier League matches, after losing just six of the previous 64.
  • Team news:
    • Chelsea’s Diego Costa hurt his ribs in midweek but the striker could play if the injury proves to be bruising rather than a fracture.
    • Nemanja Matic is available after serving a one-game ban, but Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois remain sidelined.


  • The Reds claimed three successive victories at Stamford Bridge in 2011 but are without a win there since then.
  • The Reds have drawn their last three Premier League games – the last time they recorded four consecutive draws was between December 2007 and January 2008.
  • They have won one of their last 10 Premier League away games (D5, L4). That was their victory at Stoke on the opening weekend of the season.
  • Christian Benteke has headed 14 Premier League goals since August 2012 – the joint-highest figure in the division (level with Olivier Giroud).
  • Team News:
    • Liverpool hope Christian Benteke will be available despite a knee problem.
    • Kolo Toure may miss out with a hamstring injury but James Milner returns from a one-match suspension.

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NBA Match Report: New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks

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Hawks celebrates as they secure their first win of the season by beating the Knicks on home ground.

Hawks celebrates as they secure their first win of the season by beating the Knicks on home ground.

Atlanta Hawks are looking more like the team that won 60 games last season and had the best record in the Eastern Conference.

After losing their season opener at home to the Pistons, the Hawks shot 51 percent from the field at the Madison Square Garden.

Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Al Horford added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks at home 112-101 for their first victory of the NBA season.

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Sharapova advances to WTA Finals Last Four

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Sharapova outclasses US Open Champion Flavia Pennetta by 7-5, 6-1.

Maria Sharapova fought her way through to the last four of the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating US Open Champion Flavia Pennetta with straight sets.

The third seed edged a tight opening set against the Italian, who had previously announced this would be her final year on the women’s tour, before running away with the second to seal a 7-5, 6-1 victory.

Sharapova’s win secured Agnieszka Radwanska’s place in the semi-finals.

Earlier, Radwanska beat top seed Simona Halep 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 but needed Sharapova to win in straight sets.

The Pole was two points away from losing the first set – and being eliminated from the tournament – but fought back to clinch victory.

Radwanska, Halep and Pennetta finished with one win and two defeats each in the Red Group, but Radwanska advanced because she won three sets in her matches and the others two.

World number four Sharapova, playing her first competition since Wimbledon following injury, had already qualified for the semi-finals.

“I’m a little bit surprised that I’ve been able to win three matches, as physical as some of those matches were,” said the five-time Grand Slam champion.

The final matches in the White Group take place on Friday with Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova competing for the two remaining places in the last four.

World number one Serena Williams is absent from the eight-player tournament in Singapore as she recovers from injury.

NHL: Chad Johnson saves the day for Buffalo Sabres

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Chad Johnson stretches out to make a stunning save.

Playing up against the Philadelphia Flyers, Johnson was steady, turning aside 30 of the 33 shots he faced.

However his biggest stop came in overtime and helped the Sabres pick up a third win in their NHL season.

That’s rookie Scott Laughton who was robbed by Johnson, and, as things tend to go in hockey, a big save at one end often leads to the game-winner at the other.

Only 33 seconds after Johnson’s miraculous stop, the puck was turned over by the Flyers as they entered Buffalo’s zone.

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