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Friday's Singapore stipes' report highlights

TOUCH AND GO: Faithfully (inside) beating last-start winner Spun Gold by a mere nose in Race 6 at Kranji on Friday night. Trainer Alwin Tan was questioned on the apparent improved performance of the horse.
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You can't keep Rangel down

Brazilian misses a hatful of chances, but scores a double for the Cup to stay with Selangor

Selangor's star striker Paulo Rangel (above, scoring)
Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy
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Bayern widen lead

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Ronaldo on target again

Cristiano Ronaldo (above)
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Suarez in 'fat' jibe

Luis Suarez (above)
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A joke Mr Ashley... Maybe!

Pardew brushes off newspaper report which says he will be sacked if Magpies lose to Stoke

"He's got one more game. If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he's gone. I have had enough." - Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (above) was quoted as saying about manager Alan Pardew.
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Rooney: Goal-hero and Devil

Wayne Rooney.
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Chelsea stroll suggests a title's on the way

TRIPLE TREAT: Oscar (left), Diego Costa and Willian deliver for Chelsea.
TRIPLE TREAT: Oscar, Diego Costa (left) and Willian (right) deliver for Chelsea.

While their title rivals laboured, Chelsea cantered.

Manchester City made a meal of their victory over Hull, but the Blues barely broke sweat last night in their Premier League match.

Gearshifts weren't required to see off the five-man midfield of Aston Villa. Jose Mourinho's men won 3-0 stuck in neutral.

Déjà vu dominates at Stamford Bridge. The locals have been here before. Mourinho's artisans controlled the game. His artists added the flourishes.

Chelsea rarely played particularly well.

None of their performers scaled the heights of peak performance. Perfection was neither offered nor required.

This was not a day for the magicians, but for Mourinho's tried and tested machines.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 22.

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Sean living a dream in Anfield

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