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MANCHESTER, England - The Manchester derby was a fixture that filled the blue half of the city with dread during Uniteds glory years under Alex Ferguson.Now, its United fans who are starting to fear the worst when one of English footballs biggest matches comes around.City is looking for a sixth win in its last seven Premier League games against United when the fierce rivals meet at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. City beat United 4-1 and 3-0 last season and dished out Uniteds heaviest ever Premier League loss in 2011, a 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford.Its a very different story to the period from 1990-2001, when United never lost to City as Ferguson laid the foundations of his trophy-winning empire.Both teams need a win to keep on the tail of undefeated leader Chelsea, which holds a four-point lead over second-place Southampton and also plays in a derby — against west London rival QPR on Saturday.City, six points behind Chelsea in third, is going through a poor run of form that continued with a surprise loss to Newcastle in the League Cup on Wednesday. United is in eighth place, 10 points off Chelsea, as it continues a rebuilding job under Louis van Gaal.Here are some things to know about this weekends games in England:___ROONEY RETURN?After serving his three-match ban for kicking an opponent, Wayne Rooney was due to be back for United this weekend.However, there is a doubt surrounding the England strikers fitness after he was seen apparently limping at a promotional event at Old Trafford on Monday. United hasnt officially given an update on Rooneys condition.Fellow striker Radamel Falcao could also be back for United after missing the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday because he was hurt in training three days earlier.If Rooney and Falcao are declared fit, they could join a three-man frontline with Robin van Persie that was last fielded by Van Gaal in the 2-1 win over West Ham on Sept. 27.Rooney is the record scorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals.___SILVA WORRYAs if no wins in three matches wasnt enough of a concern for City manager Manuel Pellegrini, he also saw playmaker David Silva limp off against Newcastle with a twisted knee.The absence of Silva would be a major blow for City, with the Spain international one of the teams best players in its inauspicious start to the season.Fellow playmaker Samir Nasri returned against Newcastle after six weeks out but isnt up to full speed. City will rely heavily on Sergio Aguero, the Premier Leagues joint top scorer, for goals.___NO DefenceFor all of the attacking might on show on Sunday, there will be just as much scrutiny on defences that have kept just two clean sheets each this campaign.City manager Manuel Pellegrini focused on strengthening his defence in the off-season by signing right back Bacary Sagna on a free transfer and centre back Eliaquim Mangala for 32 million pounds (then $54 million), as well as a defensive midfielder in Fernando.But Pellegrini has not yet settled on a regular back four as he integrates his new signings and Mangala, English footballs most expensive defender, is struggling to adapt.Van Gaal has had to contend with a slew of defensive injuries that saw him first try a three-man defence and then revert to four at the back. He hasnt fielded the same defence two matches running and Phil Jones is now sidelined with shin splints.While Uniteds attack looks strong, the defence remains a work in progress. It means there shouldnt be a shortage of goals at the Etihad.___DROGBA ON A ROLLDiego Costa isnt the only inspired signing in Chelseas attack for this season.Didier Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell at the club and faced a tough task reproducing his exploits for Chelsea from 2004-12, when he scored 157 goals in 342 appearances and was always the man for the big occasion. But he hasnt lost his eye for goal.Filling in while Costa and Loic Remy were injured, the 36-year-old Drogba scored in each of the last three games — against Maribor in the Champions League, United in the league and Shrewsbury in the League Cup. He also played the full 90 minutes against United and Shrewsbury, despite the games being only two days apart.If I was a kid player and I played with this guy on my side, what more could I wish for? Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.Costa may be fit after illness and injury for the QPR game, however, and would surely be selected over Drogba.___SURPRISING SOUTHAMPTONJust like last season, Southampton has made a strong start to the Premier League. The question is: Can they keep it up this time?Ronald Koemans side is the nearest challenger to Chelsea after nine games and is looking for its sixth win in seven league matches when it visits Hull on Saturday. Not bad for a team which was ripped apart in the summer, when many of its top players like Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw left.Also Saturday, Liverpool travels to Newcastle and Arsenal hosts last-place Burnley, the only team without a win in all of Englands four leagues. Aaron Dell Sharks Jersey ." 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Week 2s biggest games include Florida facing Miami and Notre Dame travelling to the Big House to conclude their rivalry against Michigan in primetime on TSN2 and TSN 1050.(SportsNetwork.com) - Two Western powers collide Wednesday as the Houston Rockets welcome the Sacramento Kings to the Toyota Center. The Rockets hope to get center Dwight Howard back to combat Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins. Howard has missed three straight games with a strained knee and leads the Rockets in rebounds with 11.3 and is second in scoring with 18.8 ppg. Howard hasnt played since Nov. 17 versus Memphis. Houston is second in opponents scoring at 91.7 ppg and posted a second straight win with Mondays 91-86 triumph versus New York. James Harden scored 36 points on 11-of-22 shooting and made 7-of-12 3-pointers, while Donatas Motiejunas ended with 13 points and eight rebounds. Harden is third in scoring with 25.2 ppg and has five games with at least 30 points this season. I just know I had to be aggressive, Harden said of his performance against the Knicks. I knocked down shots and tried to make plays. Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not play and is questionable Wednesday. Beverley is posting an average of 12.6 ppg for the Rockets, winners in five of the last games. The Rockets are a game behind Memphis (12-2) in the Southwest Division with an 11-3 mark and have a 5-2 record at home. Houston is 2-1 on a five-game homestand and will close it out Friday versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Sacrammento has won three in a row and four of its last five games, and improved to 2-0 on a four-game road trip with Tuesdays 99-89 victory over Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.dddddddddddd. Cousins muscled his way to 22 points and 12 rebounds, Omri Casspi scored 22 points and Ramon Sessions added 15 for the Kings. We had a little adversity at halftime with the whole coach situation, Cousins said. So I just tried to come out and be aggressive, hit them in the mouth early and get our team rolling. Head coach Mike Malone was ejected in the second quarter. Cousins has recorded double-doubles in each of the last seven games and leads the NBA in rebounding (12.3 rpg). The Kings, who opened the game on a 19-4 run, played without Rudy Gay (21.1 ppg) and Darren Collison (15.9 ppg). Gay is bothered by right Achilles tendinitis and Collison is nursing a bruised left quadriceps. Sacramento is trying to reach the 10-win mark Wednesday and will visit San Antonio on Friday. The Kings last started 10-5 in 2004-05, when they began the season with wins in 13 of the first 18 games. The Kings and Rockets split four meetings last season, and Houston has dominated the series in recent years with an 11-4 mark over the previous 15 encounters. Sacramento has lost 11 of the last 14 trips to Space City. ' ' '

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