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May 3, 2015

Analysis – Chelsea’s title built on granite foundations

LONDON (Reuters) – While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea’s title push.

With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

May 3, 2015

Chelsea’s title built on granite foundations

LONDON (Reuters) – While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea’s title push.

With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea’s title built on granite foundations

LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea’s title push.

With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

May 2, 2015

Marvellous Mitchell blasts back onto World Cup radar

LONDON (Reuters) – So it came to pass — the flying back frozen out of his national team for plying his trade in France scored a Champions Cup final try of such irresistible brilliance that he will surely be recalled for the rugby World Cup.

However, it was not Clermont Auvergne’s Nick Abendanon knocking down Stuart Lancaster’s door — though the former England man did score a smart try — but Australian Drew Mitchell.

May 2, 2015

Rugby-Marvellous Mitchell blasts back onto World Cup radar

LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) – So it came to pass — the flying back frozen out of his national team for plying his trade in France scored a Champions Cup final try of such irresistible brilliance that he will surely be recalled for the rugby World Cup.

However, it was not Clermont Auvergne’s Nick Abendanon knocking down Stuart Lancaster’s door — though the former England man did score a smart try — but Australian Drew Mitchell.

Apr 28, 2015

It’s no dream as Bournemouth awakes to English top-flight reality

LONDON (Reuters) – The genteel English seaside town of Bournemouth awoke on Tuesday to the astonishing prospect that its soccer club, on the brink of extinction only five years ago, will be revelling in the glamour and wealth of Premier League football next season.

Barring a near-impossible 20-goal swing in the final games on Saturday, Bournemouth will be promoted from the Championship to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in English soccer’s top flight for the first time in their 116-year history. It is a turnaround few would have throught possible.

Apr 28, 2015

Soccer-It’s no dream as Bournemouth awakes to English top-flight reality

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – The genteel English seaside town of Bournemouth awoke on Tuesday to the astonishing prospect that its soccer club, on the brink of extinction only five years ago, will be revelling in the glamour and wealth of Premier League football next season.

Barring a near-impossible 20-goal swing in the final games on Saturday, Bournemouth will be promoted from the Championship to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in English soccer’s top flight for the first time in their 116-year history. It is a turnaround few would have throught possible.

Apr 24, 2015

Barcelona eye Bayern revenge, Real face Juve

LONDON (Reuters) – Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semi-final draw on Friday which also pitted holders Real Madrid against Juventus.

Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate two years ago before going on to beat Borussia Dortmund to win their fifth European Cup.

Apr 24, 2015

Soccer-Barcelona eye Bayern revenge, Real face Juve

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semi-final draw on Friday which also pitted holders Real Madrid against Juventus.

Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate two years ago before going on to beat Borussia Dortmund to win their fifth European Cup.

Mar 27, 2015

Ten-minute cooler is key concussion advance

LONDON (Reuters) – For all the scientific advances and extensive research projects it seems the greatest development in the recognition and treatment of concussion in rugby has been the ability to spend 10 minutes with a dazed player in a quiet room.

“Creating the opportunity for players to be taken off to an appropriate quiet environment for assessment has been one of the major changes,” Simon Kemp, the Rugby Football Union’s head of sport’s medicine, told Reuters in an interview.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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