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Aug 13, 2015

City seek early psychological lift against Chelsea

LONDON (Reuters) – The destination of the Premier League trophy will not be decided when current champions Chelsea meet their immediate predecessors Manchester City on Sunday, but the winners will get a welcome psychological boost for the long campaign ahead.

The meeting between two of the main title contenders has come early in the season but three points are three points whether they are won in August or May.

Aug 13, 2015

Soccer-City seek early psychological lift against Chelsea

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The destination of the Premier League trophy will not be decided when current champions Chelsea meet their immediate predecessors Manchester City on Sunday, but the winners will get a welcome psychological boost for the long campaign ahead.

The meeting between two of the main title contenders has come early in the season but three points are three points whether they are won in August or May.

Aug 12, 2015

Athletes must not feel obliged to reveal personal history says Coe

LONDON (Reuters) – International athletes should not feel they have to reveal their personal and private medical details to prove they are clean and have not been blood-doping, Britain’s IAAF presidential candidate Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

In a telephone interview with international media, Coe also said he still wanted to see the sport set up its own independent anti-doping agency to help combat allegations that the sport’s governing body is not doing enough to weed out drug cheats and is complicit in the sport’s doping problems.

Jul 27, 2015

Despite concerns, full steam ahead for Russia World Cup

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – The preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia marked both a first and last step on the road to the finals.

While Saturday’s draw was the start of the countdown to the event, the announcement on the same day that FIFA’s Executive Committee had endorsed Russia as the host nation was designed to end talk of it being stripped of the finals.

Jul 27, 2015

Soccer-Despite concerns, full steam ahead for Russia World Cup

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 27 (Reuters) – The preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia marked both a first and last step on the road to the finals.

While Saturday’s draw was the start of the countdown to the event, the announcement on the same day that FIFA’s Executive Committee had endorsed Russia as the host nation was designed to end talk of it being stripped of the finals.

Jul 25, 2015

FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – FIFA put its problems to one side and began the countdown to the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday when Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter re-assured the nation the tournament would go ahead as planned.

A glitzy preliminary-round draw ceremony was beamed live to 170 countries around the world, sending a powerful message that the finals would take place no matter what enquiries are going on over alleged voting irregularities which secured Russia the hosting rights five years ago.

Jul 25, 2015

Soccer-FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG, July 25 (Reuters) – FIFA put its problems to one side and began the countdown to the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday when Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter re-assured the nation the tournament would go ahead as planned.

A glitzy preliminary-round draw ceremony was beamed live to 170 countries around the world, sending a powerful message that the finals would take place no matter what enquiries are going on over alleged voting irregularities which secured Russia the hosting rights five years ago.

Jul 25, 2015

Spain and Italy paired in 2018 World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made on Saturday.

Spain, world champions in 2010, and Italy, who won the last of their four titles in 2006, are favourites to fill the top two slots in Group G after being paired with Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

Jul 25, 2015

Soccer-Spain and Italy paired in 2018 World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 25 (Reuters) – Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made on Saturday.

Spain, world champions in 2010, and Italy, who won the last of their four titles in 2006, are favourites to fill the top two slots in Group G after being paired with Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

Jul 25, 2015

World champions Germany get kind qualifying draw

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – World champions Germany avoided facing some of their strongest rivals when the draw for the European qualifying groups for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia was made on Saturday.

Germany, who won the World Cup for the fourth time in Brazil last year will face the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino in Group C.