Mariappa scores but Palace lose
Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell both scored with spectacular volleys as Fulham came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 4-1 yesterday in the English Premier League. Palace took an early lead through Adrian Mariappa in the seventh minute, but Kasami brought Fulham level with one of the best goals of the season so far, when he controlled a long ball with his chest and volleyed in with his next touch from the right edge of the area.
Sidwell then added another highlight goal just before half-time when a free kick was blocked by the Palace wall and bounced into his path and he unleashed another volley from outside the area past goalkeeper Julian Speroni.
Dimitar Berbatov headed in the third in the 50th and Philippe Senderos added the fourth with another volley from close range five minutes later. The win lifts Fulham into 14th place with 10 points from eight games.
Federer makes winning start
BASEL, Switzerland (AP):
Roger Federer eased to victory in the first round at his hometown Swiss Indoors event yesterday, beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 6-2. Federer swept the final five games against the 60th-ranked Mannarino to win in 1 hour, 12 minutes.
Hampered by back injuries in a difficult season, Federer has won only one title as his ranking has dropped to No. 7. He also has yet to secure a place in the eight-man line-up at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals in London next month. A five-time champion at Basel, Federer is only seeded third this week and made just 51 per cent of his first serves yesterday. He needed 13 chances to break Mannarino's serve four times in the match.
The English Football Association has charged Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with improper conduct following a touchline confrontation with a referee during a Premier League match. Mourinho was ordered from the touchline in the 70th minute of Chelsea's 4-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday after taking exception to referee Anthony Taylor warning defender Branislav Ivanovic over time wasting at a throw-in. Mourinho sat among fans for the rest of the game.
The FA said in a statement released yesterday that Mourinho has until Thursday to respond to the charge. Mourinho lost his temper after being frustrated at perceived time wasting by Cardiff earlier in the match. He didn't attend the post-match news conference.