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Man City loses, Liverpool held but Arsenal wins

Premier League: Man City loses at West Ham, Liverpool held by Hull, Arsenal beats Sunderland
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Manchester City and Liverpool endured Premier League frustration on Saturday following Champions League setbacks.

Having thrown away a winning position to draw at CSKA Moscow in midweek, City was stunned 2-1 by West Ham at Upton Park.

Diafra Sakho's seventh goal in as many games provided fourth-place West Ham with its latest eye-catching scalp while inflicting City's second loss of its title defence.

Leeds fires its second manager of the season

Leeds owner fires second manger this season, with Darko Milanic dismissed after 32 days
The Associated Press

LEEDS, England - Leeds owner Massimo Cellino fired his second manager this season, with Darko Milanic dismissed after 32 days at the second-tier club.

The former Slovenia international's winless six-game reign — the same as predecessor David Hockaday — ended after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton.

Neil Redfearn, who bridged the gap between Hockaday and Milanic with 10 points from 12 as caretaker manager, will resume control of the team — for now.

UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder

UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania following violence in Belgrade but deducts 3 points
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device, sparking fighting among players and fans.

UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder

UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania following violence in Belgrade but deducts 3 points
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device, sparking fighting among players and fans.

Canada ties worst ever soccer ranking

Canada ties worst ever FIFA soccer ranking, now looking up at CONCACAF minnows
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canada has never been lower on the world soccer ladder and now finds itself looking up at such minnows as St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, and Antigua and Barbuda.

The Canadian men slipped two places to No. 122 in the October rankings released Thursday by FIFA. That tied their August nadir.

Perhaps more worrying than being sandwiched between Niger and Liberia, Canada is ranked 16th in CONCACAF regions, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Ronaldo scores 70th as Real beats Liverpool 3-0

Ronaldo gets 70th Champions League goal as Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-0; Arsenal hits back
Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press

PARIS - Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.

While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski — a peripheral player this season.

Sunderland offers to refund fans after 8-0 loss

Sunderland offers to refund travelling fans after 8-0 thrashing at Southampton
Jack Bezants, The Associated Press

Sunderland says its players have offered to refund the ticket of every fan who attended its humiliating 8-0 defeat at Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Captain John O'Shea says on the club website that "we win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing, and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."

FIFA say 2018 WCup final arena 'ahead of schedule'

FIFA say the Luzhniki Stadium that will host the 2018 WCup final is 'ahead of schedule'
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russia is avoiding Brazil's mistakes.

That was the message as FIFA inspectors completed their tour of the arenas Russia is building for the 2018 World Cup - no delays here.

While Brazil's World Cup passed off largely smoothly, its build-up was dominated by the rushed finish to stadium construction and, even during the tournament itself, some stadiums were still unfinished and forced to deploy temporary seating and facilities.

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