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Wellington Phoenix release Australia international Mitch Nichols

Sydney kept within touching distance with the teams at the top of the A-League as they held off Adelaide United.
Perth Glory completed a stunning comeback from two goals down as a 86th minute penalty was enough to take all three points.
James Troisi struck in the final 10 minutes to keep up the Victory's chase of A-League leaders Perth Glory.
Melbourne City won their third consecutive game thanks to Ritchie De Laet's winner.
A pigeon was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time as Melbourne City took on Brisbane Roar.

Former Socceroos attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols has parted ways with the Wellington Phoenix, his fifth A-League club.

The club said the 29-year-old leaves immediately after his contract was "mutually terminated."

Nichols has struggled to make an impact since joining the Phoenix on a two-year deal in the offseason, seeking a fresh start after a turbulent period in Australia which included a four-game ban after he admitted to cocaine possession.

While he was mostly been used off the bench in his...

A-League finals race taking shape as Melbourne Victory downs Newcastle Jets

James Troisi struck in the final 10 minutes to keep up the Victory's chase of A-League leaders Perth Glory.
Melbourne City won their third consecutive game thanks to Ritchie De Laet's winner.
A pigeon was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time as Melbourne City took on Brisbane Roar.

Melbourne Victory's tight 2-1 defeat of Newcastle is a crucial win in the context of the A-League title race.

Victory star James Troisi's unstoppable Saturday night strike, just four minutes from time, kept his team in touch with runaway leaders Perth, already three points clear.

But that same strike had dire consequences further down the table, with the Jets battling to stay in touch with the top six.

The gulf between sixth-placed Adelaide United and seventh-placed Newcastle is already seven...