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Mar 10, 2014

Soccer-Unlikely semi-finals help FA Cup regain some magic

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – Hull City can win the FA Cup for the first time, Wigan Athletic can retain the trophy, Sheffield United can reach the final for the first time in 78 years while Arsenal can end a nine-year trophy drought.

As the Daily Mirror newspaper proclaimed on Monday: “The Cup has got its magic back”.

Mar 8, 2014

Chelsea extend Spurs’ misery at Stamford Bridge

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have not lost at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for 24 years and that amazing record never looked in any danger on Saturday as a woeful defensive performance by the visitors saw them thrashed 4-0.

Chelsea jumped a provisional seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after Spurs imploded by conceding all four goals in the last 34 minutes at Stamford Bridge with defensive mistakes playing a part in every one.

Mar 8, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea extend Spurs’ misery at Stamford Bridge

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Chelsea have not lost at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for 24 years and that amazing record never looked in any danger on Saturday as a woeful defensive performance by the visitors saw them thrashed 4-0.

Chelsea jumped a provisional seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after Spurs imploded by conceding all four goals in the last 34 minutes at Stamford Bridge with defensive mistakes playing a part in every one.

Mar 6, 2014

Quenelle gesture offensive but no proof Anelka was anti-Semitic, says report

LONDON (Reuters) – Nicolas Anelka was banned because the ‘quenelle’ gesture he used to celebrate a goal is “strongly associated with anti-Semitic sentiments and anti-Zionist politics” according to the independent regulatory commission that ruled against him.

The commission published their 35-page written report into the case on Thursday and took the view that while there was no proof West Bromwich Albion’s 34-year-old French striker was “expressing or promoting” anti-Semitism when he used the inverted Nazi salute, the gesture was in itself offensive enough to warrant his five-match ban.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-Quenelle gesture offensive but no proof Anelka was anti-Semitic, says report

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Nicolas Anelka was banned because the ‘quenelle’ gesture he used to celebrate a goal is “strongly associated with anti-Semitic sentiments and anti-Zionist politics” according to the independent regulatory commission that ruled against him.

The commission published their 35-page written report into the case on Thursday and took the view that while there was no proof West Bromwich Albion’s 34-year-old French striker was “expressing or promoting” anti-Semitism when he used the inverted Nazi salute, the gesture was in itself offensive enough to warrant his five-match ban.

Mar 6, 2014

England victory leaves Hodgson with plenty of questions

LONDON (Reuters) – Adam Lallana almost certainly secured a place in the England squad for the World Cup but a generally sluggish performance in a narrow 1-0 friendly win over Denmark raised more questions than answers for coach Roy Hodgson.

Lallana’s arrival after 58 minutes – along with the halftime introduction of his teenage Southampton team mate Luke Shaw, who made his debut when he replaced Ashley Cole – helped liven up England after a pedestrian first half on Wednesday.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-England victory leaves Hodgson with plenty of questions

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Adam Lallana almost certainly secured a place in the England squad for the World Cup but a generally sluggish performance in a narrow 1-0 friendly win over Denmark raised more questions than answers for coach Roy Hodgson.

Lallana’s arrival after 58 minutes – along with the halftime introduction of his teenage Southampton team mate Luke Shaw, who made his debut when he replaced Ashley Cole – helped liven up England after a pedestrian first half on Wednesday.

Mar 5, 2014

Soccer-Sturridge goal eases England’s Wembley wobbles

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – An 82nd-minute header by Daniel Sturridge was the only top-quality moment in a laboured performance as a pedestrian England team squeezed a 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Sturridge, left unmarked at the far post, nodded substitute Adam Lallana’s cross beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel who had a superb match in goal for Denmark.

Mar 5, 2014

Late Sturridge goal saves day for dire England

LONDON (Reuters) – An 82nd-minute header by Daniel Sturridge was the only moment of quality in a dire performance as a pedestrian England team squeezed a 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Sturridge, unmarked at the far post, nodded substitute Adam Lallana’s cross beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel who had a superb match in goal for Denmark.

Mar 5, 2014

Soccer-Late Sturridge goal saves day for dire England

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – An 82nd-minute header by Daniel Sturridge was the only moment of quality in a dire performance as a pedestrian England team squeezed a 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Sturridge, unmarked at the far post, nodded substitute Adam Lallana’s cross beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel who had a superb match in goal for Denmark.