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  • UEFA must act if Carvajal bite evidence conclusive, says Gabi April 15, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has called on UEFA to act if there is evidence Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal bit Atletico forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg. Carvajal, who could in any case be sanctioned by European soccer's governing body over a punch he threw at...
  • Marcelo's Champions League suspension bad news for Real Madrid April 15, 2015

    Holders Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico emerged from Tuesday's tempestuous 0-0 Champions League quarter-final draw knowing that Real left back Marcelo and Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez are out of next week's return leg. Each picked up a late booking in the clash at Atletico's Calderon stadium, a repeat of last...
  • Mario Mandzukic fit for Real Madrid clash in Champions League April 12, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has recovered from a right foot injury in time for the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid. The Croatia international missed Atletico's last two Spanish league games. Atletico hosts their crosstown rival on Tuesday in the first leg of their final-eight tie, which will be...
  • Mario Mandzukic out of Atletico's game against Sociedad April 6, 2015

    Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has an ankle problem and will miss Tuesday's La Liga game at home to mid-table Real Sociedad, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday. Mandzukic made little impact for the champions in Saturday's 2-0 win at bottom side Cordoba before making way for Fernando Torres after just...
  • Now, you can play Super Mario 64 right in your browser March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Do you miss Ninetendo's iconic Super Mario and want to play it right now? The classic 1996 game is now available for download thanks to Unity developer Roystan Ross who has created the Super Mario 64 HD that features the original game's first level- Bob-Omb Battlefield. Except for the...
  • Champions League: Atletico struggling for goals before Leverkusen clash March 17, 2015

    Atletico Madrid will need to put an end to a recent goal drought if they are to have any chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit in Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Atletico, last season's beaten finalists, have only scored once in their last four...
  • Here's why 'Super Mario' runs from left to right March 15, 2015

    London: Ever wondered why 'Super Mario' runs from left to right? It may be due to a common visual bias! There may be a fundamental bias in the way people prefer to see moving items depicted in pictures, according to new research. An analysis of photos of people and objects in motion...
  • Steven Gerrard accuses Mario Balotelli of disrespect after penalty swipe February 20, 2015

    London: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard accused team mate Mario Balotelli of showing disrespect after the Italian found himself at the centre of controversy despite scoring a winning penalty against Besiktas on Thursday. Balotelli stroked the ball home in the 85th minute to secure a 1-0 win at Anfield but only after...
  • The 'penny's dropped' for revived Mario Balotelli, says Brendan Rodgers February 15, 2015

    London: Brendan Rodgers watched Mario Balotelli break into a rare smile after his latest major contribution to a Liverpool triumph on Saturday and reflected with satisfaction: "I think the penny's dropped." 'At last', the Liverpool manager might have been tempted to add. After the wholly underwhelming start to life at Anfield,...
  • Atletico Madrid even stronger than last season: Juanfran February 14, 2015

    After they sold top scorer Diego Costa and fullback Felipe Luis to Chelsea, some predicted Atletico Madrid would struggle to repeat their achievements in 2013-14 when they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. The high-profile departures also included goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who returned to parent club Chelsea after...
  • Mario Balotelli rescues Liverpool as top-4 race intensifies February 11, 2015

    Mario Balotelli went from forgotten man to match-winner at Liverpool as his late goal against Tottenham tightened up the race for Champions League qualification in the Premier League on Tuesday. The maverick Italy striker came off the bench for just his second appearance in a month, and pounced for an 83rd-minute...
  • Substitute Balotelli grabs late Liverpool winner against Tottenham February 11, 2015

    Liverpool: Mario Balotelli came off the bench to grab a late winning goal for Liverpool in a 3-2 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League on Tuesday, boosting his team's chances of hauling in its rivals for Champions League qualification. Out of favor at Anfield in recent months, Balotelli entered in...
  • La Liga: Atletico thrash Real 4-0 in Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid thrashed crosstown rival Real Madrid 4-0 in a dominant derby performance on Saturday that threw open the Spanish league title race. The defending champion set the tone from the start as Tiago Cardoso and substitute Saul Niguez scored early before Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic sealed Atletico's most...
  • Out-of-favour Balotelli must improve in training, says Rodgers January 25, 2015

    London: Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli needs to improve in training if he wants to get back into the squad, manager Brendan Rodgers has said. Italian Balotelli, who is yet to score a league goal in 12 appearances since his 16 million pounds ($23.98 million) move from AC Milan in August,...
  • Daniel Sturridge set for Liverpool return, Rogers warns Balotelli January 25, 2015

    Liverpool: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a return to action after more than four months out injured but Mario Balotelli's exile from the first team is set to continue. Sturridge, who has been out since August, will make his comeback in next weekend's home match against West Ham...
  • Mario Gomez ends misery with brace in Fiorentina cup win January 22, 2015

    Germany forward Mario Gomez, scorer of only one Serie A goal this season, struck twice in the first half hour to help Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-1 in the Italian Cup on Wednesday. Gomez, beset by injuries and a loss of form since joining Fiorentina in 2013, finally enjoyed some luck when...
  • Popular video-game character Mario becomes self-aware; now learns about his environment, experiences emotions, responds to voice commands January 20, 2015

    London: Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that allows Mario, a popular video-game character, to learn about his environment, experience emotions and respond to voice commands. Researchers at Germany's University of Tubingen programmed an artificial intelligence into Nintendo's Super Mario Advance so that Mario can play his own game. They claim...
  • Liverpool not keen on letting Mario Balotelli go December 27, 2014

    London: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he will not let go of Italian striker Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window. "It is not something I have even thought about. We have had a lot of games this season in a lot of competitions," Rodgers was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk. "At...
  • Mario Balotelli not suited to Liverpool's style, says Brendan Rodgers December 24, 2014

    Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool's squad for the festive programme but manager Brendan Rodgers was hardly effusive in his praise of the Italy's striker's credentials on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Balotelli has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his 16 million pounds ($24.88 million) move from AC Milan in...
  • Atletico Madrid set up Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid December 19, 2014

    Atletico Madrid set up a crosstown Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division Hospitalet on Thursday, advancing 5-2 on aggregate. Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Elche also won to complete the last 16. Striker Mario Mandzukic slotted in Atletico's opener in the 19th minute and headed in a...
  • Mario Balotelli banned for 1 match for social media post December 18, 2014

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The FA on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the "aggravated breach" of its discrimination rules. Balotelli...
  • Struggling strikers eclipsed by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo December 15, 2014

    London: Is it any wonder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still set the goal-standard in football? Ascending to their level, or getting anywhere near their scoring rate, seems beyond most contemporaries. Particularly for the strikers whose hype and profiles eclipse their prowess in front of goal. And especially for some of...
  • Mario Balotelli could return against Manchester United, says Rodgers December 12, 2014

    Mario Balotelli could return for Liverpool at Manchester United this weekend having returned to training after missing a month with a thigh injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday. The Italian, who has yet to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool since arriving from AC Milan in the close season,...
  • Mario Balotelli charged by FA for instagram message December 5, 2014

    Mario Balotelli was charged by the English Football Association on Friday for posting a message on a social media site that was criticized for being racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around...
  • Liverpool's Mario Balotelli apologises for social media post December 2, 2014

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli apologised on Tuesday for his social media post which appeared to contain potentially racist and anti-Semitic references. Balotelli, who made the post on his Instagram page on Monday, will be investigated by the Football Association (FA), according to British media reports. The 24-year-old Italian later deleted the post. "I...
  • Antonio Conte sees a positive in Mario Balotelli's struggles November 10, 2014

    Florence: Mario Balotelli is just another player and should be treated the same way as the others, Italy coach Antonio Conte said on Monday. Conte, who has called up Balotelli for the first time since he replaced Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach in August, said he would judge the maverick striker...
  • EPL: Ayoze Perez gives Newcastle 1-0 victory over Liverpool November 1, 2014

    Ayoze Perez came on at halftime to score the winner for the second straight week as Newcastle beat a lackluster Liverpool 1-0 Saturday in the Premier League. Moussa Sissoko broke into Liverpool's penalty area in the 73rd minute at St. James' Park and tried to play in Remy Cabella. Alberto Moreno...
  • Capital One Cup: Balotelli inspires Liverpool, Chelsea tame Shrews October 29, 2014

    Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town. On a night when Premier League West Bromwich Albion were dumped out by...
  • EPL: More frustration for Mario Balotelli as Liverpool draw October 25, 2014

    Mario Balotelli misfired in front of goal again as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Hull in the Premier League on Saturday. The Italy striker has made an underwhelming start to his Liverpool career and was criticised for exchanging shirts at halftime with Real Madrid defender Pepe in a...
  • Manchester United, Arsenal eye Brazil defender Mario Fernandes October 25, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United and Arsenal are eyeing Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes. Fernandes' club CSKA Moscow is understood to have placed a 20 million-pound price tag on the 24-year-old center-half, who can also play at right-back, reports Xinhua. "CSKA is always open to offers, but the...