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May 3, 2015

Soccer-Costa and Fabregas turned Chelsea into champions

LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – It could be argued that Chelsea effectively won the title before a ball was kicked in anger this season.

The fail-safe signings of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas provided the upgrade required to return Chelsea to the kind of dominance they enjoyed in Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Review of Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning season

LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – Chelsea hit the ground running with four consecutive Premier League wins, 15 goals and a swagger that was often missing during Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge.

New signing Diego Costa struck seven goals in those first four matches, including a hat-trick in a 4-2 home win against Swansea City and two in a 6-3 win at Everton.

Apr 30, 2015

Cech says new era beginning at Chelsea

LONDON (Reuters) – As Petr Cech prepares to move on to pastures new Chelsea’s long-serving goalkeeper believes the Premier League champions elect are beginning a new era of trophy gathering.

Cech is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after being usurped by Thibaut Courtois but he was back in action on Wednesday as Chelsea beat Leicester City 3-1 to move to within two points of the title.

Apr 30, 2015

Soccer-Cech says new era beginning at Chelsea

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – As Petr Cech prepares to move on to pastures new Chelsea’s long-serving goalkeeper believes the Premier League champions elect are beginning a new era of trophy gathering.

Cech is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after being usurped by Thibaut Courtois but he was back in action on Wednesday as Chelsea beat Leicester City 3-1 to move to within two points of the title.

Apr 29, 2015

Liverpool paying price for squandering Suarez cash

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool’s half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Monday’s tepid 1-0 defeat by relegation-threatened Hull City left Liverpool in fifth place and all but ended their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Liverpool paying price for squandering Suarez cash

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Liverpool’s half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Monday’s tepid 1-0 defeat by relegation-threatened Hull City left Liverpool in fifth place and all but ended their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Apr 28, 2015

Wimbledon the richest slam but prize money rises slow

LONDON (Reuters) – The prolific acceleration in the size of the overall prize money pot at Wimbledon is slowing but the grasscourt championships remains the richest of the four grand slams.

All England Club officials on Tuesday announced a seven percent overall rise, down from 10.5 percent last year, meaning overall prize money has surged by an eye-popping 152 percent since 2011 to 26.75 million pounds ($40.90 million).

Apr 28, 2015

Tennis-Wimbledon the richest slam but prize money rises slow

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – The prolific acceleration in the size of the overall prize money pot at Wimbledon is slowing but the grasscourt championships remains the richest of the four grand slams.

All England Club officials on Tuesday announced a seven percent overall rise, down from 10.5 percent last year, meaning overall prize money has surged by an eye-popping 152 percent since 2011 to 26.75 million pounds ($40.90 million).

Apr 27, 2015

Chelsea edge closer to title with Arsenal draw

LONDON (Reuters) – The man selling ‘Chelsea Champions 2015′ scarves outside The Emirates was a little premature but he is unlikely to be asked for refunds after they ground out a 0-0 Premier League draw at Arsenal on Sunday.

Apart from three penalty appeals, the strongest of which saw Arsenal’s goalkeeper clatter into Chelsea’s Oscar in the first half and put the Brazilian in hospital, there was precious little to raise the pulse on a dreary afternoon in north London.

Apr 26, 2015

Terry stars in another Mourinho masterplan

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea plucked a performance straight from the Jose Mourinho textbook — with John Terry writing a chapter all of his own — as they grafted to a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Sunday that leaves them almost certain to claim the title.

It was not particularly pleasing on the eye, but the fact Arsenal’s best two chances fell to a central defender and a late substitute spoke volumes for the control Chelsea enjoyed against a side boasting the creative talents of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.