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Jan 9, 2013

Japan’s Nishikori close to walking with the giants

TOKYO (Reuters) – Don’t let the toothy grin and lean frame fool you – Kei Nishikori’s run-and-gun style can bring down the giants of tennis and catapult the Japanese ‘superstar’ into the top 10.

A quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year, the 23-year-old has mapped out a three-year plan to win a grand slam and his jaw-dropping success at last October’s Japan Open underlined the threat he poses.

Jan 9, 2013

Tennis-Japan’s Nishikori close to walking with the giants

TOKYO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Don’t let the toothy grin and lean frame fool you – Kei Nishikori’s run-and-gun style can bring down the giants of tennis and catapult the Japanese ‘superstar’ into the top 10.

A quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year, the 23-year-old has mapped out a three-year plan to win a grand slam and his jaw-dropping success at last October’s Japan Open underlined the threat he poses.

Jan 8, 2013

Quake fears are not a factor, says Tokyo bid chief

TOKYO (Reuters) – Concerns that a major earthquake could strike during the 2020 Olympics will not affect Tokyo’s chances of hosting the Games, the city’s bid leader said on Tuesday.

Tokyo tiptoed into the bidding race after losing out to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 and with the country still recovering from a deadly tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in 2011.

Jan 8, 2013

Olympics-Quake fears are not a factor, says Tokyo bid chief

TOKYO, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Concerns that a major earthquake could strike during the 2020 Olympics will not affect Tokyo’s chances of hosting the Games, the city’s bid leader said on Tuesday.

Tokyo tiptoed into the bidding race after losing out to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 and with the country still recovering from a deadly tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in 2011.

Dec 17, 2012

Pressure mounts as Chelsea fritter away another trophy

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Losing one trophy could be regarded as misfortune but frittering away four in as many months is starting to look like carelessness of the highest order for Chelsea.

Beaten in the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup before becoming the first holders eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage, Chelsea were ambushed by Corinthians 1-0 in Sunday’s Club World Cup final in Yokohama.

Dec 17, 2012

Soccer-Pressure mounts as Chelsea fritter away another trophy

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Losing one trophy could be regarded as misfortune but frittering away four in as many months is starting to look like carelessness of the highest order for Chelsea.

Beaten in the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup before becoming the first holders eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage, Chelsea were ambushed by Corinthians 1-0 in Sunday’s Club World Cup final in Yokohama.

Dec 16, 2012

Corinthians stun Chelsea to win Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Paolo Guerrero snatched a 69th-minute winner as South American champions Corinthians stunned Chelsea to win soccer’s Club World Cup on Sunday.

Chelsea, who had been under pressure to win the tournament after becoming the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage, missed a string of chances to win the final.

Dec 16, 2012

Soccer-Corinthians stun Chelsea to win Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Paolo Guerrero snatched a 69th-minute winner as South American champions Corinthians stunned Chelsea to win soccer’s Club World Cup on Sunday.

Chelsea, who had been under pressure to win the tournament after becoming the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage, missed a string of chances to win the final.

Dec 15, 2012

Gun row a warning for Brazil World Cup: Blatter

TOKYO (Reuters) – The abandonment of last Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana final following shocking accusations police had pulled guns on players should serve as a warning for Brazil’s World Cup organizers, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Argentina’s Tigre refused to emerge for the second half after claims of police brutality, leaving Sao Paulo to pick up the trophy and heightening concerns over security for 2014.

Dec 15, 2012

Soccer-Gun row a warning for Brazil World Cup – Blatter

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The abandonment of last Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana final following shocking accusations police had pulled guns on players should serve as a warning for Brazil’s World Cup organisers, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Argentina’s Tigre refused to emerge for the second half after claims of police brutality, leaving Sao Paulo to pick up the trophy and heightening concerns over security for 2014.