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Mar 19, 2015

Soccer-England’s four Champions League places look safe — for now

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Despite the absence of any Premier League clubs in the last eight of the Champions League for the second time in three years it is likely to be at least three seasons before England could lose any berths in the competition.

England has been able to enter four clubs — currently three directly into the group phase and one into the playoff round — since 2001-02 and there seems little realistic danger of that situation changing until the 2017-18 season at the earliest.

Mar 19, 2015

Delighted Hodgson hands Kane his first England call-up

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, was named in the senior England squad for the first time by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

Hodgson included Kane in his 24-man squad for the March 27 Euro 2016 Group E qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley and the friendly against Italy later this month.

Mar 19, 2015

Soccer-Delighted Hodgson hands Kane his first England call-up

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, was named in the senior England squad for the first time by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

Hodgson included Kane in his 24-man squad for the March 27 Euro 2016 Group E qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley and the friendly against Italy later this month.

Mar 19, 2015

Britain to soften Olympic medal-based funding policy

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will continue to fund sports based largely on their Olympic prospects but will now also consider other factors such as participation levels, a report published on Thursday said.

The UK Sport report, produced after widespread consultation, revealed strong backing for the policy of focusing on potential medal success.

Mar 19, 2015

Sport-Britain to soften Olympic medal-based funding policy

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Britain will continue to fund sports based largely on their Olympic prospects but will now also consider other factors such as participation levels, a report published on Thursday said.

The UK Sport report, produced after widespread consultation, revealed strong backing for the policy of focusing on potential medal success.

Mar 19, 2015

Pellegrini maintains he is under no threat despite defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – Manuel Pellegrini insists he feels no pressure to keep his job as Manchester City manager but that won’t stop speculation that his time in the job will end this season following their elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday.

City lost 1-0 at Barcelona who won their round of 16 tie 3-1 on aggregate to knock the Premier League champions out of the competition at the same stage for the second successive season.

Mar 19, 2015

Soccer-Pellegrini maintains he is under no threat despite defeat

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Manuel Pellegrini insists he feels no pressure to keep his job as Manchester City manager but that won’t stop speculation that his time in the job will end this season following their elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday.

City lost 1-0 at Barcelona who won their round of 16 tie 3-1 on aggregate to knock the Premier League champions out of the competition at the same stage for the second successive season.

Mar 19, 2015

Something has to give when Liverpool host United

LONDON (Reuters) – Something will have to give when in-form Liverpool and bitter rivals Manchester United clash in one of the Premier League’s showcase fixtures at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool have won their last five league games and eight of their last nine and meet a United side who have won their last three league games and are undefeated in 17 of their last 19.

Mar 19, 2015

Soccer-Something has to give when Liverpool host United

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Something will have to give when in-form Liverpool and bitter rivals Manchester United clash in one of the Premier League’s showcase fixtures at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool have won their last five league games and eight of their last nine and meet a United side who have won their last three league games and are undefeated in 17 of their last 19.

Mar 19, 2015

Soccer-Something has to give when Liverpool host United

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Something will have to give when in-form Liverpool and bitter rivals Manchester United clash in one of the Premier League’s showcase fixtures at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool have won their last five league games and eight of their last nine and meet a United side who have won their last three league games and are undefeated in 17 of their last 19.