Premier League title chase tightens as Chelsea shuts out Manchester City

Branislav Ivanovic scored in the 31st minute Monday night and Chelsea neutralized England’s most potent offense with a 1-0 victory at Manchester City in a key Premier League showdown.

Ivanovic scored on a 25-yard, left-footed shot when the ball rebounded to him after City captain Vincent Kompany slid to block Ramires’ shot, and the Blues ended Manchester City’s streak of 61 home league matches since November 2010 in which it had scored. Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill struck the goal frame for Chelsea.

Arsenal (17-3-4) regained the Premier League lead Sunday and is two points in front of City (17-5-2), which is ahead of Chelsea (16-3-5) on goal difference.



D-LEAGUE: Maine Red Claws forward Chris Wright was selected for the Futures Team for the All-Star Game. Wright, in his third season with the Red Claws, is averaging 20.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks this season.

The game will be played at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at New Orleans and will air on NBA TV. Players were selected by a vote of the 17 D-League head coaches.

WORLD CUP: The United States will play Turkey in the group stage of this summer’s World Cup of Basketball in Barcelona in a rematch of the 2010 final. The other Group C opponents: the Dominican Republic, Finland, New Zealand and Ukraine.


AMERICA’S CUP: Skipper Jimmy Spithill re-signed with the two-time America’s Cup champion, Oracle Team USA.

Spithill said he was offered jobs with other syndicates after leading Oracle Team USA’s stunning comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay in September. Oracle won eight straight races to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.



NATIONWIDE: Dylan Kwasniewski will run a full Nationwide Series schedule for Turner Motorsports this season.

The announcement came days after Turner Motorsport announced it could not field a Truck Series this year team for Jeb Burton because the sponsor had defaulted on its payment.

SPRINT CUP: Todd Parrott landed a crew chief position in the Sprint Cup Series with Tommy Baldwin Racing.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Salian Serette scored 13 points to lead Brewster Academy (4-11) to a 41-27 win over Berwick Academy (14-3) at Wolfeboro, N.H.

Suzanna Borg scored seven points to lead Berwick, which trailed 18-6 at halftime.


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