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Aug 18, 2014

Soccer-Napoli in at the deep end with Bilbao clash

ZURICH, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Napoli’s first game of the season could be also be one of their most difficult and important as they host Spain’s Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.

Arsenal, who visit Besiktas, will be aiming to reach the lucrative group stage for the 17th consecutive season while, at the other extreme Slovan Bratislava, Ludogorets Razgrad and Malmo are all trying to qualify for the first time.

Aug 17, 2014

Defiant Mekhissi-Benabbad wins 1,500, gold for Farah

ZURICH (Reuters) – Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad kept his vest on as he bounced back from his steeplechase disqualification to seal the men’s 1,500 metres at the European championships on Sunday and Mo Farah predictably won the 5,000 to complete a double.

Stripped of the 3,000 steeplechase gold for a shirtless celebration down the final straight on Thursday, Mekhissi-Benabbad responded by storming to victory, celebrating before he had even crossed the finishing line.

Aug 15, 2014

Dutch sprinter Schippers wins second gold with year’s best time

ZURICH (Reuters) – Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.

Schippers, who has switched from the heptathlon event where she claimed a world championship bronze last year, powered down the final straight to win in 22.03 seconds and easily beat American Tori Bowie’s previous best 2014 time of 22.18.

Aug 15, 2014

Schippers wins second gold with year’s best time

ZURICH (Reuters) – Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 meters this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.

Schippers, who has switched from the heptathlon event where she claimed a world championship bronze last year, powered down the final straight to win in 22.03 seconds and easily beat American Tori Bowie’s previous best 2014 time of 22.18.

Aug 14, 2014

Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

BERNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona.

CAS said in a statement that it had removed the clause which banned the 27-year-old from “any football-related activity” following an appeal by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) on Suarez’s behalf.

Aug 14, 2014

Soccer-Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

BERNE, Switzerland, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona.

CAS said in a statement that it had removed the clause which banned the 27-year-old from “any football-related activity” following an appeal by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) on Suarez’s behalf.

Aug 13, 2014

Dominant Farah eases to European 10,000 metres title

ZURICH (Reuters) – Britain’s Mo Farah put aside his recent fitness problems to claim his fourth European title by comfortably winning the 10,000 metres final on Wednesday.

The double Olympic champion was chased hard down the final straight by Turkish pair Ali Kaya and Polat Kemboi Arikan and compatriot Andy Vernon, but never looked in any real danger.

Aug 9, 2014

Blatter wants his critics to stand for president

ULRICHEN Switzerland (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wants his detractors to stand up and take him on in a FIFA presidential election rather than just criticise him, the FIFA president said on Saturday.

“If I were not criticised, I would not have any value,” the Swiss, who is in his fourth mandate after first being elected in 1998, told reporters. “People who say I should not be a candidate or I should not get elected, they can take the risk to be in an election. I took the risk in 1998.”

Aug 9, 2014

Soccer-Blatter wants his critics to stand for president

ULRICHEN, Switzerland, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wants his detractors to stand up and take him on in a FIFA presidential election rather than just criticise him, the FIFA president said on Saturday.

“If I were not criticised, I would not have any value,” the Swiss, who is in his fourth mandate after first being elected in 1998, told reporters. “People who say I should not be a candidate or I should not get elected, they can take the risk to be in an election. I took the risk in 1998.”

Aug 8, 2014

Napoli face Bilbao in Champions League playoff round

NYON Switzerland (Reuters) – Napoli, bidding to reach the Champions League group stage for the third time and the second in a row, were handed a daunting tie against Athletic Bilbao in the draw for the playoff round on Friday.

Arsenal, hoping to qualify for the 17th consecutive season, must face Turkey’s Besiktas and twice former champions Porto were also handed a difficult draw as they were paired against Lille, with the French club at home the first leg.