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Feb 21, 2015

The truth will be ugly, Cookson says as CIRC report looms

ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) – Cycling should be ready to face an uncomfortable truth when the sport’s Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) publishes its report in the coming weeks, said the president of the governing body.

“We’ve committed to publishing the report they give us and we’re not going to get into a (soccer governing body) FIFA type situation of arguing about the report,” International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson told reporters at the track cycling world championships.

Feb 20, 2015

Pervis strikes gold again on home track

ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) – Francois Pervis showed he has no equal when it comes to racing over one kilometre as he became the first rider in 14 years to scoop a hat-trick of time trial titles at the track cycling world championships on Friday.

A day after successfully defending his keirin title, Pervis held off his challengers by a whisker to pick up his third successive time trial gold.

Feb 20, 2015

Doping in decline so technology now matters: Vaughters

MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) – Years of scepticism toward scientific and technological innovation have been wiped out recently as cycling has been recovering from major drugs scandals, according to former professional rider and now team manager Jonathan Vaughters.

American Vaughters, a former team mate of Lance Armstrong’s who admitted to doping during his career, launched Slipstream Sports in 2005 and Garmin-Chipotle — now Cannondale-Garmin after a merger with the Italian team. They started in the elite in 2008 on a strong anti-doping stance.

Feb 18, 2015

Luiz midfield option a qualified success for PSG

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc’s decision to field David Luiz in an unusual midfield position largely paid off on Tuesday in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

It was when he went back into the defence that PSG suffered.

PSG fell behind in the 36th minute after Branislav Ivanovic escaped from Luiz’s attention to head Chelsea in front, but Edinson Cavani levelled early in the second half as the hosts played higher up the pitch.

Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-Luiz midfield option a qualified success for PSG

PARIS, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc’s decision to field David Luiz in an unusual midfield position largely paid off on Tuesday in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

It was when he went back into the defence that PSG suffered.

PSG fell behind in the 36th minute after Branislav Ivanovic escaped from Luiz’s attention to head Chelsea in front, but Edinson Cavani levelled early in the second half as the hosts played higher up the pitch.

Feb 17, 2015

Chelsea’s Courtois lives up to expectations in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho conceded his Chelsea side ‘got away with it’ in a 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday and had one man to thank for a flattering result — Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium keeper made several brilliant saves, including one to deny PSG’s Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in added time at the Parc des Princes, to keep his team afloat ahead of the March 11 return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Feb 17, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea’s Courtois lives up to expectations in Paris

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho conceded his Chelsea side ‘got away with it’ in a 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday and had one man to thank for a flattering result — Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium keeper made several brilliant saves, including one to deny PSG’s Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in added time at the Parc des Princes, to keep his team afloat ahead of the March 11 return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Feb 17, 2015

Cavani header keeps PSG hopes alive in Chelsea tie

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain sustained their hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals when Edinson Cavani’s powerful second-half header salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday.

Cavani struck early in the second half to cancel out Branislav Ivanovic’s first-half header, which was scored against the run of play after the French champions had dominated from the start at the Parc des Princes.

Feb 17, 2015

Soccer-Cavani header keeps PSG hopes alive in Chelsea tie

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain sustained their hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals when Edinson Cavani’s powerful second-half header salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday.

Cavani struck early in the second half to cancel out Branislav Ivanovic’s first-half header, which was scored against the run of play after the French champions had dominated from the start at the Parc des Princes.

Feb 16, 2015

Preview: Injuries hit PSG as they prepare for Chelsea test

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain were never going to start as favourites against Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 clash but Saturday’s catalogue of injuries has damaged the French champions’ chances even further at the worst possible time.

PSG were cruising to a 2-0 victory against Caen in Ligue 1 but a series of injuries meant they finished the game with nine men and conceded two late goals in a 2-2 draw that left them third in the table.

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      "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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