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Jan 22, 2015

Soccer-Tottenham’s Adebayor back in favour but not with the fans

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor was restored to the starting lineup as captain against Sheffield United in their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday but left the pitch to a chorus of boos from the home fans.

The controversial Togo forward lasted 65 minutes of his side’s unconvincing 1-0 first leg win at White Hart Lane before being replaced by Spaniard Roberto Soldado, another of the club’s international pedigree forwards struggling for form.

Jan 21, 2015

Number of Russian doping cases a major concern – IAAF

LONDON (Reuters) – The number of Russian doping cases in athletics is a major concern, especially in race walking, the governing IAAF said on Wednesday after five walkers were banned by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

“As a result of these five new cases, a total of 23 elite Russian athletes have now been sanctioned under the IAAF Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme launched in 2009,” the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said.

Jan 2, 2015

Conspiracy theorist Mourinho tries to paper over cracks

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has become a master at protecting his players when the pressure is on and his complaints about the referee after his team were humbled 5-3 at Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday were not surprising.

The Portuguese coach acknowledged that his defence had made mistakes but he also bemoaned his side’s bad luck and pointed the finger at referee Phil Dowd for not awarding a first-half penalty for an inadvertent handball by Jan Vertonghen.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Conspiracy theorist Mourinho tries to paper over cracks

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has become a master at protecting his players when the pressure is on and his complaints about the referee after his team were humbled 5-3 at Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday were not surprising.

The Portuguese coach acknowledged that his defence had made mistakes but he also bemoaned his side’s bad luck and pointed the finger at referee Phil Dowd for not awarding a first-half penalty for an inadvertent handball by Jan Vertonghen.

Dec 22, 2014

Leeds defender Bellusci charged by FA in racism row

LONDON (Reuters) – Leeds United’s Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct by the FA for allegedly racially abusing Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome in a Championship game.

The FA said in a statement on Monday that Bellusci, 25, was accused of using abusive and/or insulting words towards Jerome at Carrow Road on Oct. 21.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-Leeds defender Bellusci charged by FA in racism row

LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Leeds United’s Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct by the FA for allegedly racially abusing Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome in a Championship game.

The FA said in a statement on Monday that Bellusci, 25, was accused of using abusive and/or insulting words towards Jerome at Carrow Road on Oct. 21.

Nov 12, 2014

Swede Ericsson severs ties with Caterham

LONDON (Reuters) – Marcus Ericsson has terminated all his agreements with the troubled Formula One team Caterham with immediate effect, the Swedish driver said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ericsson, who will miss the season-finale in Abu Dhabi should Caterham take part, has already agreed a deal to drive for Sauber next season alongside Brazilian Felipe Nasr.

Nov 12, 2014

Motor racing-Swede Ericsson severs ties with Caterham

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Marcus Ericsson has terminated all his agreements with the troubled Formula One team Caterham with immediate effect, the Swedish driver said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ericsson, who will miss the season-finale in Abu Dhabi should Caterham take part, has already agreed a deal to drive for Sauber next season alongside Brazilian Felipe Nasr.

Aug 26, 2014

Manchester United smash British record by signing Di Maria

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($98.77 million) on Tuesday.

Di Maria has signed a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on their website (www.manutd.com), with the fee breaking the British record of 50 million pounds Liverpool received from Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres in 2011.

Aug 26, 2014

United smash British record by signing Di Maria

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds on Tuesday.

Di Maria has signed a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on their website (www.manutd.com), with the fee breaking the British record of 50 million pounds Liverpool received from Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres in 2011.