Queens Park Rangers signed striker Loic Remy from Marseille to reinforce its attack as the English Premier League’s bottom team strives to avoid relegation.
Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen signed a one-year contract extention until the summer of 2013, the Premier League club said on its website.
Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 to give Rafael Benitez his first Premier League victory as Blues manager, while Queens Park Rangers remained winless.
New Zealand soccer coach Ricki Herbert named seven Europe-based players including captain Ryan Nelsen in his 23-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa.
Brazil beat Ivory Coast 3-1 to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup, while defending champion Italy was held to a 1-1 tie by New Zealand and Paraguay defeated Slovakia 2-0.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Sunderland beat Bolton 1-0 in English soccer’s Premier League as seven other games had to be postponed because of heavy snowfalls, including tomorrow’s meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United.
"I'm under contract at QPR at the moment and they're in a difficult situation."
- Ryan Nelsen on Jan 08, 2013