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Apr 2, 2015

Rugby-Toulon hope to get their sting back against Wasps

PARIS, April 2 (Reuters) – Smarting from last week’s “kick in the rear” against Toulose, RC Toulon manager Bernard Laporte said he would not hesitate to dump any under-performing player in Sunday’s Champions Cup quarter-final at home against Wasps.

Leaders Toulon squandered an 18-0 lead to go down to Toulose 34-24 in the Top 14 league last weekend.

Mar 31, 2015

Italy boss unhappy at UCI handling of Astana case

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of the Italian federation has expressed concern over the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) governance under new president Brian Cookson in the light of the Astana case.

In a letter sent on March 27, of which Reuters has obtained a copy, Renato Di Rocco asked why the management committee was not consulted by Cookson before he asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana’s license for recent doping scandals.

Mar 31, 2015

Exclusive – Italy boss unhappy at UCI handling of Astana case

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of the Italian federation has expressed concern over the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) governance under new president Brian Cookson in the light of the Astana case.

In a letter sent on March 27, of which Reuters has obtained a copy, Renato Di Rocco asked why the management committee was not consulted by Cookson before he asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana’s licence for recent doping scandals.

Mar 30, 2015

Astana’s fate not sealed yet, decision expected in two weeks

PARIS (Reuters) – Astana are expecting to learn whether they retain their World Tour (elite) license in about two weeks, a source within the Kakazh-funded team told Reuters on Monday.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that the International Cycling Union’s License Commission was to strip Astana, the team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, of their license following a series of positive anti-doping tests last season.

Mar 27, 2015

France given reality check by Brazil

PARIS (Reuters) – France suffered a serious reality check in their build-up to Euro 2016 on home soil when Brazil outclassed them in a friendly at the Stade de France on Thursday.

Les Bleus, who were unbeaten since last year’s World Cup quarter-final exit, lost 3-1 after being overwhelmed in the second half by the Brazilians.

Mar 27, 2015

Soccer-France given reality check by Brazil

PARIS, March 27 (Reuters) – France suffered a serious reality check in their build-up to Euro 2016 on home soil when Brazil outclassed them in a friendly at the Stade de France on Thursday.

Les Bleus, who were unbeaten since last year’s World Cup quarter-final exit, lost 3-1 after being overwhelmed in the second half by the Brazilians.

Mar 26, 2015

Brazil finding right balance in France win, says Dunga

PARIS (Reuters) – Brazil are finally finding the right balance eight months after being left traumatized by their World Cup debacle on home soil, coach Dunga said after they beat France 3-1 on Thursday.

A 7-1 semi-final defeat by eventual world champions Germany, followed by a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in third-place playoff left Brazil in tatters but Thursday’s friendly victory in Paris showed Dunga has put some self-belief back into the squad.

Mar 26, 2015

Soccer-Brazil finding right balance in France win, says Dunga

PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) – Brazil are finally finding the right balance eight months after being left traumatised by their World Cup debacle on home soil, coach Dunga said after they beat France 3-1 on Thursday.

A 7-1 semi-final defeat by eventual world champions Germany, followed by a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in third-place playoff left Brazil in tatters but Thursday’s friendly victory in Paris showed Dunga has put some self-belief back into the squad.

Mar 26, 2015

Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup

PARIS (Reuters) – Brazil inflicted France’s first defeat since the World Cup when a perfectly executed second-half performance earned them a 3-1 win in a friendly game at the Stade de France on Thursday.

Neymar and Luiz Gustavo scored after the interval with Oscar having cancelled out Raphael Varane’s first-half opener as the visitors notched a seventh consecutive win in the aftermath of their embarrassing World Cup campaign on home soil.

Mar 26, 2015

Soccer-Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup

PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) – Brazil inflicted France’s first defeat since the World Cup when a perfectly executed second-half performance earned them a 3-1 win in a friendly game at the Stade de France on Thursday.

Neymar and Luiz Gustavo scored after the interval with Oscar having cancelled out Raphael Varane’s first-half opener as the visitors notched a seventh consecutive win in the aftermath of their embarrassing World Cup campaign on home soil.

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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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