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Chelsea has launched an appeal
to the Football Association after
John Terry's dismissal in Sun-
day's 4-1 FA Cup third-round
win over Peterborough.
Head coach Antonio Conte believed
referee Kevin Friend made an incor-
rect decision and Terry wrote on In-
stagram that he would appeal against
the red card and one-match ban.
Press Association Sport under-
stands that a hearing into the decision
will take place today.
Terry, making his first start since
the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in Oc-
tober and first appearance since No-
vember, was adjudged to be last man
when he fouled Lee Angol and was
shown a straight red card by Friend
for denying a clear goal scoring op-
He faces a suspension which would
rule him out of this weekend's clash
with Leicester, whom Chelsea are
bidding to succeed as Premier League
Terry wrote on Instagram on Sun-
day night: "I will be appealing and
hope the FA and the ref will look at it
and realise I didn't touch Lee Angol."
Conte said after the routine victory
over League One opponents: "I think
it wasn't right, this decision from the
Murray enhances rankings position
Andy Murray has enhanced
his position as world No 1 de-
spite losing for the first time in
29 tournament matches at the
Murray was beaten for the first
time since Kei Nishikori defeated
him in the quarter-finals of the US
Open in September when Novak
Djokovic won Sunday's Qatar Open
final in three sets.
Even though the result in Doha
brought Murray's excellent run to an
end, he has strengthened his stand-
ing due to the way the rankings work.
The winner of the Qatar event
collects 250 points but Djokovic
won last year's tournament as well
so simply retained his haul from 12
Murray, on the other hand, played
at the Hopman Cup last year where
there are no ranking points available.
As such, the 150 points he earned
in the Middle East are added to his
total and he now has a lead of 630
points over Djokovic rather than the
480 he held previously.
That means Murray - who re-
placed Djokovic as world No 1 after
122 weeks - will be the top seed for
the Australian Open, which starts in
Melbourne next week.
The Scot needs to reach at least
the semi-finals to guarantee he will
remain number one and having pro-
gressed to the final there five times,
he will be optimistic of doing that
Should Murray leave Australia still
top of the list, he will then have a
chance to extend the gap over Djok-
ovic once again.
Having become a father last Feb-
ruary for the first time, he took a few
weeks off to be with his wife Kim and
their newborn daughter Sophia Ol-
That means Murray only stands to
gain ranking points from events over
the same period of time this year.
Djokovic, by contrast, is at risk
of losing points due to the fact he
dominated in the early part of the
2016 season and even if he retains
titles, he will only retain points too
rather than collect more.
Nadal not ready for retirement
Rafael Nadal insists he would have
retired by now if he thought he could
no longer challenge the best players
in the game.
Much of Nadal's 2016 season was
plagued by injury but he was fit and
ready for the start of the new season
and made it to the quarterfinals of
last week's Brisbane International
before losing to Milos Raonic.
His recent injuries have led some
to question Nadal's future but the
30-year-old remains keen to try and
add to the 14 Grand Slam titles he
"If I believed that if [I] could not
have this chance during this next 11
months, I would be home fishing,"
he told reporters in Sydney.
"My real goal is to try to compete
for the important things and to com-
pete for the important things I know
I have to try to beat [Novak Djokovic
and Andy Murray].
"If I am working hard and I have
the motivation and passion to keep
going, I feel that if I am happy and
Nadal is clinging on to a place in
the world's top 10 heading into the
Australian Open, although he would
only need one win to better his effort
in Melbourne last year, where he lost
in the opening round to Fernando
"I feel that Melbourne is an oppor-
tunity to play well again and to have
positive feelings and then anything
can happen if I start to feel good and
competitive," he added.
"I love playing in Melbourne. It's
an unbelievable event. I'm very ex-
cited to come back. Last year was a
tough year and I just hope to change
things this year and play better
again."(SOURCE - SPORTINGLIFE)
Jose Mourinho to face the
'new Mourinho' in League Cup
LONDON --- Jose Mourinho is
preparing to face the man who
has been dubbed the "new Jose
The Manchester United manager
will lead his team against Hull to-
day in the first leg of the League Cup
semifinals. Hull is coached by Marco
Silva, a Portuguese manager who has
drawn comparisons with Mourinho.
"I'm Marco Silva only," said Silva,
who has been called a "kid friend"
"He's a friend also," Silva said.
"All Portuguese coaches are proud
of him for what he did before and
for me, what he continues to do in
Hull has been struggling in the
Premier League, sitting in last place
with only 13 points, while United has
won eight consecutive matches and
next faces Liverpool in the league on
"We play against Liverpool, a big
match for us, but we want to be in the
(League Cup) final," Mourinho said.
"So we are going to face this Hull
match with everything we have, all
the power we have, as we know it's
two legs but the second leg is away.
If we can do something in the first
leg that gives us the advantage, so
we will try to do that."
Liverpool plays at Southampton
on Wednesday in the other League
Cup semifinal, only days after the
team was held to a 0-0 draw by
Plymouth in the FA Cup.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
has since defended his decision of
making 10 changes and fielding the
club's youngest ever starting lineup
"If you want to see it (the result)
in a bad way then I am 100 percent
responsible, I have no problem with
that," Klopp said.
Besides the two legs of the League
Cup and the match against United,
Liverpool also has a replay at Plym-
outh and matches against Swansea
and league leader Chelsea in January.
After resting a number of key
players in Saturday's 4-0 FA Cup
win over Reading, Mourinho said
he will recall Antonio Valencia, An-
der Herrera, Paul Pogba and Zlatan
Ibrahimovic on Tuesday.
Defender Marcos Rojo is a doubt
with a muscle injury, however, after
coming off in the first half against
Reading. United are unable to call on
defender Eric Bailly, who is away at
the African Cup of Nations.
ROONEY TO WAIT?
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in
the starting lineup, Wayne Rooney
may have to wait for his chance to
become Manchester United's all-
time leading scorer after netting
his 249th goal for the club against
Reading, equaling Bobby Charlton's
Southampton, which lost all three
of its Premier League games over the
holiday period and was held to a 2-2
draw by Norwich in the FA Cup over
the weekend,has been hit by a trans-
fer request from captain Jose Fonte.
The Portugal defender was left
out against Norwich and manager
Claude Puel said he would not be
picked on Wednesday.
"Jose won't participate for this
game," Puel said. "We do not know
the future of Jose, it is a difficult
situation in the market."
Ibrahimovic wins Sweden libel
case over doping claims
STOCKHOLM --- A Swedish court
has fined the country's former
national track coach for accus-
ingZlatan Ibrahimovic of doping
during his time with Juventus.
The Varmland District Court
handed Ulf Karlsson a fine of 24,000
Swedish kronor ($2,650) for defam-
ing the Manchester United striker
with comments made during a panel
discussion last year.
Karlsson said, without presenting
evidence, that he was "convinced"
that Ibrahimovic doped because he
gained "10 kilograms of muscles"
within one year while at Juventus.
He made similar comments to a local
Though Karlsson later issued an
apology to Ibrahimovic, the Sweden
striker filed a defamation lawsuit.
Ibrahimovic, who has never tested
positive for doping during his career,
played for Juventus from 2004-06.
Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho acknowledges the crowd as
he walks from the pitch after the end of the English FA Cup Third Round
match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford in
Manchester, England on Saturday. United won the match 4-0. AP PHOTO
Andy Murray was runner-up in Doha but that has still enabled him to
improve his hold on the world No 1 spot. AP PHOTO
Chelsea's John Terry dejected after being sent off.
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