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Dec 11, 2014

Barca loss shows PSG not yet top Champions League contender

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s 3-1 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday showed the French champions, who suffered their first defeat of the season, still have a long way to go before winning the Champions League.

PSG, who reached the quarter-finals in the last two editions, finished second of Group F two points behind Barca after their lack of efficiency cost them dearly at the Camp Nou.

Dec 11, 2014

Soccer-Barca loss shows PSG not yet top Champions League contender

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s 3-1 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday showed the French champions, who suffered their first defeat of the season, still have a long way to go before winning the Champions League.

PSG, who reached the quarter-finals in the last two editions, finished second of Group F two points behind Barca after their lack of efficiency cost them dearly at the Camp Nou.

Dec 10, 2014

Astana retain elite status for 2015, but on probation

PARIS (Reuters) – Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team retained their elite status for 2015 following a review by the License Commission after being hit by a series of doping affairs, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday.

Astana, however, are “on probation”, according to UCI president Brian Cookson, as their license is under two conditions.

Dec 8, 2014

Disgraced Ferrari denies meeting with Astana team members

PARIS (Reuters) – Disgraced doctor Michele Ferrari has denied meeting with Astana team members last year as the Kazakh outfit, which features Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali in its ranks, sweats over its participation in next season’s top races.

Astana’s World Tour license — which guarantees a spot in the top events — is under review by the license commission, which is expected to tell the International Cycling Union (UCI) whether the team will keep their credentials later this week.

Dec 8, 2014

Cycling ready to explore mixed relay

PARIS (Reuters) – Mixed events could be part of cycling’s development at future Olympics, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Monday.

“Nothing will be changed for Rio (2016), we need to emphasize that,” Cookson told Reuters by telephone from Monaco, where he is attending an International Olympic Committee (IOC)session.

Dec 8, 2014

Olympics-Cycling ready to explore mixed relay

PARIS, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Mixed events could be part of cycling’s development at future Olympics, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Monday.

“Nothing will be changed for Rio (2016), we need to emphasise that,” Cookson told Reuters by telephone from Monaco, where he is attending an International Olympic Committee (IOC)session.

Dec 8, 2014

Solid Monaco poised for Champions League knockout spot

PARIS, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Monaco are full of confidence ahead of their decisive Champions League clash at home against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday, hoping their watertight defence will again prove hard to breach as they seek a last 16 place.

Monaco need to avoid defeat against the Russians if they are to qualify, a task that does not seem too daunting as they have conceded only one goal in their five matches.

Dec 3, 2014

Bianchi did not slow sufficiently, FIA report says

PARIS (Reuters) – French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi did not slow sufficiently under warning flags before crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix, an International Automobile Federation (FIA) report found on Wednesday.

“Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control at the same point on the track as (Adrian) Sutil,” concluded the 396-page report, a summary of which was released on the FIA’s website (www.fia.com).

Dec 3, 2014

Motor racing-Bianchi did not slow sufficiently, FIA report says

PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) – French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi did not slow sufficiently under warning flags before crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix, an International Automobile Federation (FIA) report found on Wednesday.

“Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control at the same point on the track as (Adrian) Sutil,” concluded the 396-page report, a summary of which was released on the FIA’s website (www.fia.com).

Dec 2, 2014

Bale checks “Life of Brian” to make sure his Moses isn’t Pythonesque

PARIS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – When Christian Bale landed the part
of Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, the latest
epic from the British director, he found unlikely inspiration in
Monty Python’s irreverent comedy film “Life of Brian”.

Bale, 40, had just finished filming “American Hustle” and
was not in the best physical shape to play Moses, who was
personified by the commanding figure of Charlton Heston in Cecil
B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” in 1956.

    • About Julien

      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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