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Shakira's advice for Pique

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Jolly: Chelsea earn efficient win

Premier League

Fantasy follow-up: Week 17

Late derby drama, a dodgy red and Santi Cazorla's wardrobe malfunction. It was a big weekend in the Premier League!

Outstanding performances:

Charlie Austin, QPR (7.1)
Maybe a fire extinguisher can cool off the QPR forward. Three goals against West Bromwich Albion moved him to 11 on the season. He has four goals and one assist in his last two games played.

David Silva, Manchester City (8.1)
At Crystal Palace, the Spaniard scored his first goal since Oct. 25 and then added a second.

Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea (9.8)
Recorded his league-high 12th assist and then scored a goal against Stoke to keep his team in first...

Shakira tells Gerard Pique where to play Lionel Messi

Pique included six Barcelona players in his Best XI but one was out of position, according to Shakira.

When Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique posted his dream lineup on social media, he probably didn't expect (gentle) criticism to be directed at him from his wife.

That's precisely what happened, though, as pop star Shakira chastised her husband for playing his Barca teammate Lionel Messi out of position. 

 By Mark Worrall

Player Ratings: Terry, Fabregas excel as Chelsea's class tells at Stoke

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: John Terry (2') Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

"Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to sing when Chelsea win away," was the song belted out by the Chelsea supporters, as Jose Mourinho's men bossed the Britannia Stadium and ran out 2-0 winners against Stoke City thanks to goals from veteran Chelsea captain John Terry and midfield general Cesc Fabregas, thus ensuring that this Christmas will be especially festive for Blues supporters.

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"We're top of the league", was another chant made repeatedly by the vociferous...

Three Points: Efficient victory sends Chelsea three points clear

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: John Terry (2') Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

STOKE, England -- A trio of observations on Chelsea's 2-0 win vs. Stoke in the Premier League.

1. Chelsea are top at Christmas

So Chelsea top the Premier League table at Christmas. That outcome long seemed a certainty but Manchester City's recent run of victories meant defeat at Britannia Stadium could have cost the Blues their lead.

Instead, they produced the right sort of response after the defending champions clawed back from a nine-point deficit in the space of three weeks, albeit partly because...

Roma's attack failing to replicate last season's success

AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia believed his side defended well against AC Milan and needed better organisation in their set piece opportunities.

When Roma sold Mehdi Benatia this summer and lost Leandro Castan to a non-life-threatening brain injury, it only seemed natural to assume that the side's defence would suffer. The attack, it seemed, should only improve; no one was sold, and Juan Iturbe arrived to give the side a much-needed threat from outside of the box. Yet, against Milan on Saturday, a recent Roma vulnerability reared its ugly head once again: The side did well enough to contain one of the more dangerous men in this campaign in...

U.S. Hot List: Cameron shines, while German-Americans struggle

Everton and USA goalkeeper Tim Howard has revealed how tough it was signing for Manchester United at 23, and his own favourite shot stoppers.

It's no secret that for many key members of the United States national team, the second half of 2014 was one to forget on the club front.

Now, thankfully, a new year is finally on the horizon.

MLS capped its season two weeks ago. Liga MX followed suit seven days later. And this past weekend's games in Germany, France and the Netherlands marked the last matches before those circuits closed up for their respective winter breaks. Only the teams in England keep playing though the holidays, and,...