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United, Chelsea Draw 0-0 in Premier League

Wayne Rooney’s headline-grabbing presence fails to inspire Manchester United to victory over Chelsea as the title rivals play out a 0-0 draw.

As English Football Season Starts, Burma’s Gamblers Play the Odds

It may be illegal, but betting is a big part of the local culture, with gambling games for top-flight English football among the most lucrative.

‘Burmese Python’ Beats ‘Chocolate Thunder’ in MMA Showdown

The ethnic Kachin cage fighter Aung La N Sang, also known as the “Burmese Python,” defeats his American opponent Shedrick Goodridge.

‘Burmese Python’ to Take on ‘Chocolate Thunder’ in US Cage Fighting Match

Kachin cage fighter Aung La N Sang will face off against Shedrick Goodridge this weekend in New Jersey.

J-League Looks to Extend Influence in SE Asia

The English Premier League’s newest rival for regional audiences comes not from the major leagues of Spain or Italy, but from Japan

Asia’s diehards are opening their wallets to see Liverpool despite the fact that their touring Premier League heroes are experiencing a lean period in Europe.

Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa wins a landslide victory to be elected president of the Asian Football Confederation, replacing longtime rival Mohamed bin Hammam.

Manchester United clinched a convincing victory over Aston Villa, with Robin Van Persie scoring three times, as the club recorded its 20th league title.

Gareth Bale fronted a late fightback by Tottenham in a 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, while Liverpool and Chelsea drew 2-2.

As Southeast Asian money floods into English football while local leagues rot, the proposed Asean Super League might offer investors a viable alternative.

Steven Gerrard’s penalty sealed a second-half turnaround by Liverpool against Aston Villa, while Manchester United beat Sunderland 1-0 to maintain their 15-point title race lead.

Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea in their 2-0 victory West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, while Wigan beat Newcastle 2-1.

Chelsea staged a second-half comeback at Manchester United to earn 2-2 draw in the FA Cup on Sunday. In the Premier League Liverpool beat Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspurs beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday. The day before Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all clutched important victories.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said winning the League Cup final on Sunday ranked amongst his proudest moments because they are such a small club.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Wigan produced a flurry of goals to win their FA Cup ties. Arsenal lost at Blackburn and ended their cup run.

Football is falling under deep suspicion, sullied by a global web of match-fixing. ‘The beautiful game’ is under threat of becoming a dirty game.

After helping to bring badminton back to the lineup for this year’s Southeast Asia Games in Burma, Indonesia is pushing to restore tennis and gymnastics.

Organized crime gangs have fixed hundreds of football matches around the world, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and Champions League games, Europol says.

Liverpool held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw on Sunday to leave the stuttering champions nine points behind in the Premier League title race.