Sunday Ticker: Chelsea closes in on title, injury threatens Xavi's World Cup, & more

Sunday Ticker: Chelsea closes in on title, injury threatens Xavi's World Cup, & more

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Sunday Ticker: Chelsea closes in on title, injury threatens Xavi's World Cup, & more

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Chelsea moved one step closer to its first Premier League title in four years with an easy 2-0 victory against Liverpool on Sunday.

Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard scored the goals as Chelsea maintained its one-point edge over Manchester United, which defeated Sunderland, 1-0, on Sunday.

The Premier League title chase will come down to next Saturday, when Chelsea faces Wigan at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United closes its season with a home game against Stoke City.

Here is some other news from the weekend:

XAVI FACES WORLD CUP DOUBT

FC Barcelona star and Spanish national team midfielder Xavi is playing with a torn leg muscle that could sideline him for the World Cup.

Xavi revealed the injury after Barcelona's 4-1 win vs. Villarreal on Saturday. He insisted that he would be fine for the World Cup, but Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola admitted that Xavi was risking the World Cup to help Barcelona in its charge to repeat as Spanish champions.

FC TWENTE WINS DUTCH TITLE

Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz scored one of his team's two goals to help FC Twente clinch the Dutch League title with a 2-0 win vs. NAC Breda on Sunday.

Former England manager Steve McLaren helped guide Twente to the first league title in the club's history, edging Ajax, which also won on Sunday.

The match also signaled the end of Blaise N'Kufo's time with FC Twente. The Swiss striker is set to leave Twente to join the Seattle Sounders this summer.

QUICK KICKS

Bayern all but clinched the German Bundesliga title with its 3-1 win vs. Bochum on Saturday.

Juventus tied Catania, ending its hopes of a Champions League berth.

Italy calls in 29 World Cup candidates for mid-week mini-camp (No Giuseppe Rossi).

Paris St. Germain won the French Cup, defeating Monaco.

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What do you think of these developments? See Chelsea holding on to its lead in the final week? Praying Xavi stays healthy for the World Cup? Did you gain some respect for McLaren's managerial skills after leading Twente to the Dutch title?

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