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Africa Cup Of Nations

John Terry flummoxed by Chelsea performance

John Terry was at a loss to explain Chelsea's abject first-half performance after their dream of the greatest comeback in Barclays Premier League title history was crushed by Manchester United.

At last, Drogba scores a victory over malaria

In the wealthy world of Premier League football, treatment rooms are used to performing minor miracles. But this week the medical staff at Chelsea faced a problem that took them beyond the familiar turf of broken metatarsals and torn hamstrings: the club's star striker, Didier Drogba, was diagnosed with malaria. Even more remarkably, he is expected to be fit in time to play in tonight's derby match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

Guns out of Africa

Firearms are banned from South African stadiums for the duration of the World Cup. Emily Dugan reports on a growing campaign to extend the ban indefinitely

'Haunted' Adebayor quits Togo over shooting

The Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor announced his retirement from international football yesterday, saying he was "still haunted" by the deadly attack on his team at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

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Drogba returns – but Ancelotti warns 'we did fine without him'

Didier Drogba arrives back at Chelsea today from Africa Cup of Nations duty to a team that has scored 14 goals in three victories since he left. Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, marked the occasion by saying he doubted that Manchester United would cope so well without their own striking talisman, Wayne Rooney.

James Lawton: Liverpool must dither no longer – it's time to

Maybe it was an act of cynical cruelty by Guus Hiddink to suggest he might be available for the Liverpool job – and an additional twist of the knife for the club's ravaged sense of itself that if it was to happen he would first seek a dispensation from his football godfather Roman Abramovich.