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Dec 11, 2013

Solid Chelsea ease to victory and top group

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea made sure they will go into next week’s draw for the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners with a routine 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday.

Demba Ba marked a rare starting berth to bundle in Chelsea’s opener after 11 minutes at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho’s side spent most of the rest of the match in third gear against the Romanian side who finished bottom of Group E.

Dec 11, 2013

Soccer-Solid Chelsea ease to victory and top group

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Chelsea made sure they will go into next week’s draw for the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners with a routine 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday.

Demba Ba marked a rare starting berth to bundle in Chelsea’s opener after 11 minutes at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho’s side spent most of the rest of the match in third gear against the Romanian side who finished bottom of Group E.

Dec 10, 2013

Fixing not ‘big issue’ but we’ll learn from cricket, says FA’s Horne

LONDON (Reuters) – Match-fixing and spot-fixing are not a “big issue” in English soccer despite six people being arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation this week, according to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

Horne was one of several senior officials from various sports summoned to a meeting with the Department of Media Culture and Sport on Tuesday as the fall-out from a sting set up by The Sun on Sunday newspaper continued.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Fixing not ‘big issue’ but we’ll learn from cricket, says FA’s Horne

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Match-fixing and spot-fixing are not a “big issue” in English soccer despite six people being arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation this week, according to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

Horne was one of several senior officials from various sports summoned to a meeting with the Department of Media Culture and Sport on Tuesday as the fall-out from a sting set up by The Sun on Sunday newspaper continued.

Dec 10, 2013

Mourinho says Chelsea outsiders for Champions League

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down his side’s chances of winning this season’s Champions League ahead of their final Group E match at home to Romanian club Steaua Bucharest.

Mourinho is bidding to win the competition for a third club, having taken Porto and Inter Milan all the way, but feels the Londoners who surprisingly won it in 2011 under Roberto Di Matteo are outsiders to reach the final in Lisbon.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho says Chelsea outsiders for Champions League

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down his side’s chances of winning this season’s Champions League ahead of their final Group E match at home to Romanian club Steaua Bucharest.

Mourinho is bidding to win the competition for a third club, having taken Porto and Inter Milan all the way, but feels the Londoners who surprisingly won it in 2011 under Roberto Di Matteo are outsiders to reach the final in Lisbon.

Dec 9, 2013

Blackburn striker Campbell arrested in spot-fixing probe

LONDON (Reuters) – Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a spot-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.

“Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested,” the Championship (second division) club said in a statement.

Dec 9, 2013

Soccer-Blackburn striker Campbell arrested in spot-fixing probe

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a spot-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.

“Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested,” the Championship (second division) club said in a statement.

Dec 8, 2013

Martinez urges patience with ‘unique talent’ Barkley

LONDON (Reuters) – With a World Cup looming and England searching for a new hero, Everton’s Ross Barkley appears to fit the bill although his club manager is warning against over-hyping the 20-year-old.

Barkley was outstanding in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday, producing a display of power, pace and awareness to earn the man-of-the-match award.

Dec 8, 2013

Soccer-Martinez urges patience with ‘unique talent’ Barkley

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – With a World Cup looming and England searching for a new hero, Everton’s Ross Barkley appears to fit the bill although his club manager is warning against over-hyping the 20-year-old.

Barkley was outstanding in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday, producing a display of power, pace and awareness to earn the man-of-the-match award.