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Sep 13, 2014

Tennis-France reach Davis Cup final by beating holders Czech Republic

PARIS, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fired France into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 when they gave the hosts a 3-0 lead against holders Czech Republic on Saturday.

After dropping the first set the French duo beat Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(5) 6-1 to earn victory with a day to spare at Roland Garros.

Sep 12, 2014

Armitage on France radar for sevens and 15s

PARIS (Reuters) – England flanker Steffon Armitage is on a 10-man list of foreign players who could potentially be picked to play international rugby for France, the French federation said on Friday.

Toulon’s Armitage, who won five England caps between 2009 and 2010, is listed alongside South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott and Australian flyhalf Brock James as France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has been tinkering with his halfbacks since taking over from Marc Lievremont after the 2011 World Cup.

Sep 12, 2014

Rugby-Armitage on France radar for sevens and 15s

PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – England flanker Steffon Armitage is on a 10-man list of foreign players who could potentially be picked to play international rugby for France, the French federation said on Friday.

Toulon’s Armitage, who won five England caps between 2009 and 2010, is listed alongside South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott and Australian flyhalf Brock James as France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has been tinkering with his halfbacks since taking over from Marc Lievremont after the 2011 World Cup.

Sep 12, 2014

Tennis-Captain’s choice pays off as France lead Czech 2-0

PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet justified France captain Arnaud Clement’s faith with a crushing defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych as the hosts made a flying start in their bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 on Friday.

Gasquet, preferred to Gael Monfils for the second singles berth, played some sublime tennis to subdue the world number six 6-3 6-2 6-3 at a sun-baked Roland Garros before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga thrashed Lukas Rosol 6-2 6-2 6-3 to give Les Bleus a commanding 2-0 semi-final lead against the champions.

Sep 12, 2014

Captain’s choice pays off as Gasquet gives France early lead

PARIS (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet justified France captain Arnaud Clement’s faith with a crushing defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych to give the hosts a flying start in the Davis Cup semi-final on Friday.

Gasquet, preferred to Gael Monfils for the second singles berth, played some sublime tennis to subdue the world No.6 6-3 6-2 6-3 at a sun-baked Roland Garros.

Sep 12, 2014

Tennis-Captain’s choice pays off as Gasquet gives France early lead

PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet justified France captain Arnaud Clement’s faith with a crushing defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych to give the hosts a flying start in the Davis Cup semi-final on Friday.

Gasquet, preferred to Gael Monfils for the second singles berth, played some sublime tennis to subdue the world No.6 6-3 6-2 6-3 at a sun-baked Roland Garros.

Sep 9, 2014

Heat is on, Vuelta turns into boxing ring

By Julien Pretot

(Reuters) – Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni, who practises boxing in his spare time, might regret abandoning the Tour of Spain which has turned into a boxing ring on wheels.

On Monday, Russian Ivan Rovny and Italian Gianluca Brambilla traded punches without getting off their bikes, with Tinkoff-Saxo rider Rovny having to change sunglasses after being hit in the face.

Sep 5, 2014

After win over Spain, Deschamps sure he has the right core

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s friendly win over Spain on Thursday showed their run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil was no fluke and has strengthened coach Didier Deschamps’s belief that he is building his Euro 2016 campaign around the right core.

‘Les Bleus’ were never threatened by Spain and prevailed 1-0 thanks to Loic Remy’s second-half goal.

Sep 5, 2014

Soccer-After win over Spain, Deschamps sure he has the right core

PARIS, Sept 5 (Reuters) – France’s friendly win over Spain on Thursday showed their run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil was no fluke and has strengthened coach Didier Deschamps’s belief that he is building his Euro 2016 campaign around the right core.

‘Les Bleus’ were never threatened by Spain and prevailed 1-0 thanks to Loic Remy’s second-half goal.

Sep 4, 2014

Substitute Remy on target as France beat Spain

PARIS (Reuters) – New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France on Thursday.

The second-half substitute netted in spectacular style in the 72nd minute, pouncing on a pass from Mathieu Valbuena to give Didier Deschamps’s team a deserved victory.

    • 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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