Janko fires Sydney FC into second

Dominic Bossi 10:32 PM   Marc Janko was all that separated Sydney FC from a youthful Jets side as the marquee man pushed the Sky Blues into second place on the A-League table with the only goal of the game.

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Do sport and politics mix? We will find out

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Michael Cockerill 9:00 PM   How much power does football really have?

Football to back Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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Dominic Bossi 5:09 PM   Footballers will be among the athletes showing support for the gay and lesbian community at Saturday's Mardi Gras.

Season over for Wanderers defender Hamill

Another blow: Brendan Hamill will miss the rest of the season.

Sebastian Hassett 5:37 PM   Hopes of the Western Sydney Wanderers hauling themselves off the bottom of the A-League table and defending their Asian Champions League triumph have been dealt a major blow.

Mike Mulvey begins Borneo adventure

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Jason Dasey 9:39 PM   Reflecting the occasional absurdity of professional sport and the roller-coaster life of a coach, Mike Mulvey went from hero to zero and back to hero in the space of just nine days.

Mariners facing huge payout for sacked coach 

Sacked: Phil Moss and captain John Hutchinson in December. Hutchinson will take over some coaching duties at the Mariners after Moss' axing.

Sebastian Hassett 9:51 PM   The cash-strapped Central Coast Mariners could be facing payouts of close to $500,000 after sacking coach Phil Moss on Friday and removing Wayne O'Sullivan as assistant coach.

Victory need to stay switched on, says Muscat

Comeback: Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre.

Michael Lynch 7:11 PM   Melbourne Victory must maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes if it is to see off the challenge of league leader Perth Glory on Saturday night and go top, says coach.

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Tottenham Hotspur confirmed to play Sydney FC on May 30

Sydney-bound: Harry Kane and Tottenham will play Sydney FC

Ian McCullough 12:06 AM   Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow is confident the A-League club can lure a glamorous top European side to face the Sky Blues every year after announcing Tottenham Hotspur would face the Sky Blues on May 30.

Evans, Cisse charged with spitting

Spitting furore: Papiss Cisse, right, accuses Jonny Evans.

Tom Williams 1:55 PM   Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged over allegations they spat at each other, the English Football Association announced on Thursday.

Chapman earns A-League youth gong

Connor Chapman in action against Henrique of Brisbane Roar.

12:18 PM   Melbourne City defender rewarded for his strong start at the A-League club with February's Young Player of the Month award.

Chelsea fans in new race row

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11:34 AM   Chelsea fans have allegedly been caught in a fresh race row, according to British media reports.

Phil Moss stood aside as Mariners coach

Phil Moss - sacked as coach of Mariners.

10:18 AM   Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss has been axed, with new technical director Tony Walmsley to take over the role for the rest of the A-League season.

Beckham effect 'pretty significant' on MLS

David Beckham in 2012 while playing for LA Galaxy.

9:38 AM   David Beckham's influence on soccer in the US extended well beyond his performances on the field.

Wanderers and Guangzhou play longest injury time in Asian football history

Zeng Cheng of Guangzhou receives attention during the Asian Champions League match between the Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande.

Eryk Bagshaw   The Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande have played out the longest known injury time in Asian football history.

Matildas beat Dutch 1-0 in Cyprus Cup

Lisa De Vanna.

Teenager Larissa Crummer has scored her first international goal to give the World Cup-bound Matildas a 1-0 win over The Netherlands in their Cyprus Cup tournament opener in Larnaca.

Greater challenges await for City's young title winners

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Michael Lynch   Its a sad fact of professional football life, but for the vast majority of the Melbourne City team of youngsters who won the 2014-15 National Youth League championship at the weekend, the triumph will probably be a career highlight.

'Heavy hearts' for Leijer, Victory after transfer

Leijer packed his bags in the past week and headed for Chinese League One side Chongqing Lifan.

Ronny Lerner   Melbourne Victory and their former defender Adrian Leijer parted ways with each other with heavy hearts, according to coach Kevin Muscat.

Spitting row mars United win

Evans appeared to spit towards the ground after a tussle with Cisse, who seemed to react by spitting at the Northern Irishman’s neck.

A spitting row involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse has marred Manchester United’s last-gasp 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday, while Chelsea preserved their five-point Premier League lead.

Roar and Wanderers still in ACL hunt

Brandon Borrello of Brisbane Roar in action during the ACL match in Japan.

Michael Lynch   Brisbane Roar's win in Japan keeps them in the hunt for a place in the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League, while titleholders Western Sydney Wanderers' loss is a setback but not a decisive one.

Wanderers need to be team everybody hates playing: Juric

Tomi Juric

Sebastian Hassett   The Western Sydney Wanderers won't climb up the A-League ladder or defend their Asian Champions League crown until they rediscover their defensive bite, star striker Tomi Juric says.

League leadership on the line as top two clash at AAMI

Two of Victory's key scorers: Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses.

Michael Lynch   It is first versus second, a clash between the adventurers of Melbourne Victory and the pragmatists of Perth Glory when the pair clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

A-League late mail

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Dominic Bossi   All the latest team information for round 20 of the A-League.

Sydney not daring to talk of title yet

Graham Arnold

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC are undefeated since the January break having collected 13 points from a possible 15 but coach Graham Arnold isn't daring to dream of silverware just yet. 

Postecoglou promises A-League stars will get shot at champions

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to reward some of the A-League's most in-form players with a call-up to the national team for their back-to-back European friendlies against Germany and Macedonia later this month.

Asian addiction to Aussie centre-backs continues as Leijer tries his luck

Adrian Leijer is the latest of the Australian centre-backs to try their luck in Asia.

Michael Lynch 1:00 PM   There's nothing a Chinese or South Korean soccer scout likes as much, it seems, as a big, strong, strapping Australian centre-back.

Merrick extends Phoenix stay

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick.

Wellington coach Ernie Merrick has signed a new deal to remain at the helm of the A-League club for another three years.

Man Utd manager plays down spitting row

FLASHPOINT: Manchester United's Jonny Evans clashes with Newcastle's Papiss Cisse at St James' Park.

Man United coach Louis van Gaal plays down controversy following an apparent spitting exchange between Jonny Evans and Newcastle's Papiss Cisse.

Newcastle blunders gift Man United victory

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Jason Mellor   It was perhaps fitting that a game so distinctly lacking in quality should be decided by an error and provide two major controversies - a refereeing blunder and a spitting competition.

Henderson shows worth as Liverpool down Burnley

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring his side's first goal.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson underlined his credentials to succeed Steven Gerrard as captain with an impressive goal-scoring performance in a 2-0 Premier League victory over Burnley on Wednesday.

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