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Dec 4, 2013

Olympics-Olympic sports need more air time, says Bach

Dec 4 (Reuters) – Most Olympic sports do not get enough television coverage outside the four-yearly Games and need more air time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

The recently-appointed president added that he wanted to get “couch potatoes off their couches” and said the IOC would be sympathetic to an African bid for the 2024 games.

Dec 2, 2013

Higuain double revives Napoli as goals flow in Serie A

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Gonzalo Higuain netted twice, the first a superb individual effort, to give Napoli a 4-2 win at Lazio while Fiorentina beat Hellas Verona 4-3 in a Serie A scoring spree on Monday.

Higuain’s goals brought third-placed Napoli back to life after three straight defeats and kept them within six points of leaders Juventus, who have 37, and three adrift of AS Roma.

Dec 2, 2013

Soccer-Higuain double revives Napoli as goals flow in Serie A

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Gonzalo Higuain netted twice, the first a superb individual effort, to give Napoli a 4-2 win at Lazio while Fiorentina beat Hellas Verona 4-3 in a Serie A scoring spree on Monday.

Higuain’s goals brought third-placed Napoli back to life after three straight defeats and kept them within six points of leaders Juventus, who have 37, and three adrift of AS Roma.

Nov 28, 2013

Lazio through in Warsaw tie marred by crowd trouble

BERNE (Reuters) – Lazio won 2-0 at Legia Warsaw on Thursday to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after a tie marred by violence when Italian fans fought with Polish police on the way to the stadium.

Olympique Lyonnais, Real Betis, Eintracht Frankfurt, Racing Genk, Sevilla, Trabzonspor, Anzhi Makhachkala, AZ Alkmaar and PAOK Salonika also advanced to the last 32.

Nov 28, 2013

Soccer-Lazio through in Warsaw tie marred by crowd trouble

BERNE, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Lazio won 2-0 at Legia Warsaw on Thursday to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after a tie marred by violence when Italian fans fought with Polish police on the way to the stadium.

Olympique Lyonnais, Real Betis, Eintracht Frankfurt, Racing Genk, Sevilla, Trabzonspor, Anzhi Makhachkala, AZ Alkmaar and PAOK Salonika also advanced to the last 32.

Nov 27, 2013

Basel strike a blow for Europe’s smaller leagues

BERNE (Reuters) – FC Basel struck a rare blow for teams from Europe’s smaller leagues, who often find themselves overwhelmed by their richer rivals from the “Big Five”, with their 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday.

UEFA reserves five places in the group stage for champions of Europe’s lower-ranked leagues, who have to play their way through a marathon qualifying competition held in July and August.

Nov 27, 2013

Soccer-Basel strike a blow for Europe’s smaller leagues

BERNE, Nov 27 (Reuters) – FC Basel struck a rare blow for teams from Europe’s smaller leagues, who often find themselves overwhelmed by their richer rivals from the “Big Five”, with their 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday.

UEFA reserves five places in the group stage for champions of Europe’s lower-ranked leagues, who have to play their way through a marathon qualifying competition held in July and August.

Nov 26, 2013

Basel brush past Chelsea but Londoners advance

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – Champions League outsiders Basel completed a remarkable double over Chelsea on Tuesday, winning 1-0 with a late Mohamed Salah goal although the stunned visitors still qualified for the last 16.

Chelsea, beaten 2-1 at home by the Swiss club in September when Salah was also on target, reached the knocut stage with a game to spare after Schalke 04 drew 0-0 at Steaua Bucharest but there was nothing else for coach Jose Mourinho to smile about.

Nov 26, 2013

Soccer-Basel brush past Chelsea but Londoners advance

BASEL, Switzerland, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Rank Champions League outsiders Basel completed a remarkable double over Chelsea on Tuesday, winning 1-0 with a late Mohamed Salah goal that visiting manager Jose Mourinho described as “ridiculous”.

Chelsea, beaten 2-1 at home by the Swiss club in September when Salah was also on target, still qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare after Schalke 04 drew 0-0 at Steaua Bucharest but there was nothing else for Mourinho to smile about.

Nov 26, 2013

Basel achieve Chelsea double but Londoners advance

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – Chelsea qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite losing 1-0 on Tuesday as a late goal from Mohamed Salah helped Basel complete an unlikely double over the 2012 winners.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech produced a string of outstanding saves in the first half to keep the dominant Swiss team at bay.