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Jul 8, 2015

Gasquet downs Wawrinka in battle of booming backhands

LONDON (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet sent French Open champion Stan Wawrinka flying out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, winning the battle of the slingshot backhands 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time.

Wawrinka, bidding for a rare French Open and Wimbledon double, looked out of sorts from the first set, spraying his groundstrokes uncharacteristically long and wide on a breezy Court One and failing to tame the stinging backhand of the 21st-seeded Gasquet.

Jul 8, 2015

Older and wiser Gasquet relishes win over Wawrinka

LONDON (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet will relish every moment of his Wimbledon victory over French Open champion Stan Wawrinka because reaching a grand slam semi-final is something that does not come round very often.

The 29-year-old Frenchman stunned an enthused Court One crowd with a spirited 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 quarter-final win on Wednesday, eight years after he last made the final four here.

Jul 8, 2015

Tennis-Older and wiser Gasquet relishes win over Wawrinka

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet will relish every moment of his Wimbledon victory over French Open champion Stan Wawrinka because reaching a grand slam semi-final is something that does not come round very often.

The 29-year-old Frenchman stunned an enthused Court One crowd with a spirited 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 quarter-final win on Wednesday, eight years after he last made the final four here.

Jul 8, 2015

Tennis-Gasquet downs Wawrinka in battle of booming backhands

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet sent French Open champion Stan Wawrinka flying out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, winning the battle of the slingshot backhands 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time.

Wawrinka, bidding for a rare French Open and Wimbledon double, looked out of sorts from the first set, spraying his groundstrokes uncharacteristically long and wide on a breezy Court One and failing to tame the stinging backhand of the 21st-seeded Gasquet.

May 24, 2015

Celebrating Drogba challenges ‘new Chelsea’ to emulate him

LONDON (Reuters) – The departing Didier Drogba threw down the gauntlet to the young Chelsea squad on Sunday as he led Premier League celebrations at Stamford Bridge, telling them they had to win more titles to stand comparison with the class of 2005.

Sporting the gold crown from the Premier League trophy, the 37-year-old Ivorian danced in front of a cheering crowd and his jubilant team mates after they finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy three weeks after clinching the title for the first time in five years.

May 24, 2015

Soccer-Celebrating Drogba challenges ‘new Chelsea’ to emulate him

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – The departing Didier Drogba threw down the gauntlet to the young Chelsea squad on Sunday as he led Premier League celebrations at Stamford Bridge, telling them they had to win more titles to stand comparison with the class of 2005.

Sporting the gold crown from the Premier League trophy, the 37-year-old Ivorian danced in front of a cheering crowd and his jubilant team mates after they finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy three weeks after clinching the title for the first time in five years.

Mar 15, 2015

Soccer-England hopefuls shine for Southampton

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster can look forward to an England call up next week with the praise of club coach Ronald Koeman ringing in his ears after an outstanding performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

But Forster, who saved attempts by Oscar, Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and Loic Remy as Chelsea peppered his goal in the second half, was not the only Saints player whose showing gives them hope of a run-out against Lithuania and Italy this month.

Mar 2, 2015

Terry urges team mates to replicate success of last decade

LONDON (Reuters) – John Terry earned the 13th major winner’s medal of his 20-year Chelsea career on Sunday with a commanding defensive performance and his first Cup goal, then urged his young team mates to use the win over Tottenham as a springboard to more success.

The 34-year-old central defender lifted the League Cup — his 12th trophy as captain — after scoring just before halftime in a 2-0 Wembley win.

Mar 2, 2015

Soccer-Terry urges team mates to replicate success of last decade

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) – John Terry earned the 13th major winner’s medal of his 20-year Chelsea career on Sunday with a commanding defensive performance and his first Cup goal, then urged his young team mates to use the win over Tottenham as a springboard to more success.

The 34-year-old central defender lifted the League Cup — his 12th trophy as captain — after scoring just before halftime in a 2-0 Wembley win.

Feb 26, 2015

Combative Costa may be more careful but won’t change his game

LONDON (Reuters) – Controversial Chelsea striker Diego Costa has no plans to modify his robust style of play though he concedes he may need to be more careful in future to avoid another ban.

The Brazil-born Spain international returned from a three-match suspension for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can last week, a penalty imposed on video evidence after a media outcry.