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LIVERPOOL, England -- Jose Mourinho riled his former assistant Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea successfully stifled Liverpool and sco Antworten

LIVERPOOL, England -- Jose Mourinho riled his former assistant Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea successfully stifled Liverpool and scored twice against the run of play to win 2-0 on Sunday and dent the Premier League leaders hopes of a first title in 24 years. Marco Fabian Jersey . However unambitious Chelsea appeared at Anfield, goals at the end of each half from Demba Ba, who seized on Steven Gerrards slip-up, and Willian ended Liverpools 11-game winning streak in the league. Mourinhos side is just two points behind Liverpool with two games remaining. "They obviously sat very deep -- I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one," said Rodgers, who was a coach at Chelsea between 2004 and 2008. "It was clear that theyd come certainly not wanting to win the game, with the time wasting." That claim was unsurprisingly challenged by Mourinho -- "Time wasting? Whats that?" -- with the Chelsea manager affronted by criticism of his tactics. "When a team defends well you call it defensive display," he told reporters. "When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you dont mention a defensive display." But Mourinho continued his policy of dismissing Chelseas title prospects, stressing: "We have no chance." Its not that unrealistic for Chelsea, but Manchester City has replaced Liverpool as the team which has the destination of the trophy in its own hands. Third-placed City closed the gap on Liverpool to three points by winning 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday, and it has a game in hand to play at Everton on Saturday. So by the time Liverpool plays at Palace next Monday it could have been knocked off the top on goal difference by City. Its a long time to dwell on a defeat that will suppress the fervour that had been growing at Liverpool that the team will win the English title for the first time since 1990, having started the season as 33-1 outsiders with bookmakers. Hours before kickoff, thousands of Liverpool fans lined the streets, preparing for the teams arrival at Anfield. It had the air of a victory parade, but whether the real thing takes place next month is now a lot more uncertain. "The bigger picture is that were still two points ahead of a team (Chelsea) that has spent an absolute fortune," Rodgers said. "If we win our two games well finish above them and then well see what happens with Manchester City. We achieved our objective of Champions League football." That competition is Mourinhos priority this season, resting several key players Sunday for Wednesdays semifinal against Atletico Madrid after the first-leg was a 0-0 draw. Mourinhos defensive tactics at Liverpool might have seemed to his critics to be anti-football, but they demonstrated his abilities to successfully set up a team to be well organized and frustrate opponents. While Chelsea defender Ashley Coles curling effort forced the first save of the game from Simon Mignolet, there was little attacking ambition from the visitors. Liverpool controlled the game, but without the speed or fluency of recent weeks as the hosts couldnt find a route to goal. In the opening 15 minutes, Phillippe Coutinho volleyed into the sidenetting and Mamadou Sakhos shot was cleared off the line by Cole before he mis-fired the follow-up from six yards. The last time Liverpool played here Gerrard was caught on camera telling the players: "This does not slip now." But it was Gerrard, usually the reliable heartbeat of the team and inspirational one-club player, who slipped in possession near the halfway line in the third minute of stoppage time, giving away the ball to Ba. With Gerrard unable to chase him down, the Senegal striker charged through on goal and coolly placed the ball past Mignolet and into the net. However much Liverpool tried to batter through toward the Chelsea goal in the second half, the defence held up well. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, a second-half substitute, are the leading scorers in the league with 50 goals between them, but they rarely came close to equalizing. Not even when facing 41-year-old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, deputizing for the injured Petr Cech, who repelled Joe Allens first-time volley with a low diving save just before the hour. A rasping strike from Gerrard was also thwarted and a downward header by the captain lacked power to trouble Schwarzer. As the end neared, Suarez could not connect with Coutinhos cross, and the Uruguay striker saw a shot turned over in stoppage time before Chelsea stunned Anfield again. Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres launched the breakaway, drawing Mignolet off his goal-line and then passing to Willian to walk the ball into the net. Mourinho jogged down the touchline, pounding the Chelsea crest on his coat in celebration. Miguel Layun Jersey . Off-season additions Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley did not train with the club today, prompting Nelsen to declare its too early to tell if either will be ready for Saturday. Mexico Jerseys . "Win basketball games," Collins said. He will get at least a few more chances. Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night. .The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBAs career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.Chapel Hill, NC ( - Attempting to keep pace near the top of the ACC standings, the Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels will square off at the Dean E. Smith Center on Monday evening. Roy Williams Tar Heels come in with plenty of momentum. North Carolina has won five straight games and 10 of its last 11, with the lone loss being a one- point setback to Notre Dame (71-70). UNC edged out Florida State on Saturday, 78-74, to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in-conference, good for third place in the conference standings, behind Virginia (7-0) and Notre Dame (7-1). Jim Boeheims Orange enter this game looking for some more consistency. The team opened league play with four straight wins, but has since dropped two of the last three games, including Saturdays 66-62 decision to Miami-Florida. The loss to the Hurricanes leaves Syracuse at 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the conference. These two storied programs have met just eight times previously. The series is knotted up at 4-4 thanks to Syracuses 57-45 victory last year at the Carrier Dome. It was a close game throughout, but in the end the Orange were unable to hold off the Hurricanes in a four-point loss at home. The setback spoiled a huge game from Rakeem Christmas, who netted a game-high 23 points. Tyler Cooney added 14 points, while Tyler Roberson notched a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. The Orange arent putting up big offensive numbers this season (68.4 ppg) despite having one of the top players in the league. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Christmas is certainly on his way to all-conference honors, as he ranks second in the league in sscoring (18. Alfredo Talavera Jersey. 3 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.9 rpg). Offensive balance comes in the form of Cooney (14.1 ppg) and Michael Gbinije (10.7 ppg). The duo have combined for 77 of the teams 98 3-pointers to date. Still, this is a team that dominates defensively in most games. Syracuses patented zone is once again causing fits for opponents, who are netting just 59.8 ppg on a mere .378 shooting effort. North Carolina may be one of those teams that can bust through that Syracuse zone and score a lot. The Tar Heels are certainly a talented offensive squad, averaging 79.3 ppg on a healthy .464 shooting. UNC has also imposed its will on the glass, where it outrebounds foes by nearly 10 boards per game (+9.9). Four of the teams five starters are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by guard Marcus Paiges 13.8 ppg. Big man Kennedy Meeks (6-9, 270) is a load down low, averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per outing. Brice Johnson (12.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is a strong frontcourt option as well, while Justin Jackson (10.3 ppg) and J.P. Tokoto (9.1 ppg) provide even more depth. The Tar Heels had no answer for FSUs Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who erupted for 35 points, but luckily, UNC got a collection of gritty performances that lifted the team over the visiting Seminoles on Saturday. Leading the charge was Paige and Johnson, who combined for 37 points in the victory. Paige was 6-of-13 from the floor and led the team with 19 points. Johnson was terrific inside, recording a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jackson and Meeks got involved offensively as well, tacking on 14 and 12 points, respectively. ' ' '

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