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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

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Friends no more: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (right) collides with Chelsea's Fernando Torres during their match on Sunday in London. AFP-JIJI

Terry injured as Blues draw with Liverpool


LONDON — John Terry's return from a racism ban ended prematurely in pain Sunday as the Chelsea captain was carried off injured after scoring in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

The veteran defender headed in his 50th Chelsea goal from Juan Mata's corner in the 20th minute after missing the last four domestic matches for racially abusing an opponent.

But 15 minutes later, Terry fell awkwardly after a collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, was carried off on a stretcher and later left the ground on crutches with a brace on his right knee.

"He's in pain now. He'll go to hospital tomorrow for a scan," Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said. "We hope it's not a serious injury, but we'll see.

"He started the game very well, showing the qualities he has, and the experience and influence. It's a real shame he had to come off."

Manchester City staged a second-half comeback to beat Tottenham 2-1, and Kevin Nolan scored against former club Newcastle to give West Ham a 1-0 win.

Without Terry, Suarez was left unmarked in the penalty area to head in an equalizer in the 73rd minute.

The draw leaves Chelsea in third, three points behind leader Manchester United.

Liverpool, though, is languishing in 13th place, looking nowhere near producing its first title since 1990.

"That was our sixth draw, and in a lot of those games we've come back from being behind," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. "We've got great character and resilience and survival instincts in the group, and we're dominating games with the ball, but you need materials.

"If we can hopefully get one or two in January who can help us at the top end of the field we'll turn draws into wins. Luis just needs that support of instinctive goal-scorers."

Messi passes Pele's mark


BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi surpassed Pele's milestone of goals in a calendar year, scoring for the 75th and 76th time in 2012 to lead Barcelona to a 4-2 victory at Mallorca in the Spanish League Sunday. Messi is within nine goals of Gerd Muller's career record.

"Leo's records are spectacular," Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said. "It's spectacular when you think that he scores so many goals. Some few players reach these numbers in seven or eight seasons, he does it in one. And most of his goals are great goals."

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