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Mar 18, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea’s easy win built on solid defence

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s miniature midfield marvels may scoop the plaudits but success is built on solid foundations and Jose Mourinho praised his central defensive rocks after his side’s Champions League win over Galatasaray.

Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires and Willian were all on duty in Tuesday’s 2-0 home victory that sent Chelsea into the quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate but it was John Terry and Gary Cahill who Mourinho picked out for particular praise.

Mar 18, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea cruise through as Drogba homecoming falls flat

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Chelsea cruised into the Champions League last eight with a 2-0 win over toothlesss Galatasaray on Tuesday for a 3-1 aggregate success as Didier Drogba’s Stamford Bridge homecoming turned out to be a damp squib.

First-half goals by Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill effectively settled the tie and Chelsea then smothered the match with Frank Lampard offering a tireless midfield screen and their John Terry-led defence in total command.

Mar 18, 2014

Chelsea cruise past Galatasaray into last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with the minimum of fuss by brushing Galatasaray aside with a comfortable 2-0 second-leg win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for a 3-1 aggregate success.

Chelsea took command of the last 16 tie after four minutes when Samuel Eto’o scored with a low shot after a lovely piece of skill by Eden Hazard cut the Turkish side open, while Gary Cahill smashed in the second just before halftime.

Mar 18, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea cruise past Galatasaray into last eight

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Chelsea moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with the minimum of fuss by brushing Galatasaray aside with a comfortable 2-0 second-leg win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for a 3-1 aggregate success.

Chelsea took command of the last 16 tie after four minutes when Samuel Eto’o scored with a low shot after a lovely piece of skill by Eden Hazard cut the Turkish side open, while Gary Cahill smashed in the second just before halftime.

Mar 13, 2014

Tuilagi on the bench for unchanged England

LONDON (Reuters) – Manu Tuilagi is set for his first England action in a year after being named among the replacements in an otherwise unchanged squad for Saturday’s final Six Nations championship match against Italy in Rome (1230 GMT).

Tuilagi, 22, has played only 70 minutes for Leicester since suffering a badly torn pectoral muscle in September but comes in for Alex Goode and will cover the centre and wing positions.

Mar 13, 2014

Rugby-Tuilagi on the bench for unchanged England

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Manu Tuilagi is set for his first England action in a year after being named among the replacements in an otherwise unchanged squad for Saturday’s final Six Nations championship match against Italy in Rome (1230 GMT).

Tuilagi, 22, has played only 70 minutes for Leicester since suffering a badly torn pectoral muscle in September but comes in for Alex Goode and will cover the centre and wing positions.

Mar 10, 2014

Six Nations on course for ‘Super Saturday’ finale

LONDON (Reuters) – In a scenario that will delight organisers, TV executives and armchair fans, the Six Nations championship is set to be decided in the final minutes of the final fixture of next weekend’s “Super Saturday” triple bill when France face Ireland in Paris.

After smashing Italy 46-7 on Saturday Ireland go into the game with three wins and a +81 points difference. Any sort of victory for Joe Schmidt’s team is almost certain to bring them their second title in 29 years and complete a fairytale farewell for Brian O’Driscoll, playing his 141st and last international.

Mar 10, 2014

Rugby-Six Nations on course for ‘Super Saturday’ finale

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – In a scenario that will delight organisers, TV executives and armchair fans, the Six Nations championship is set to be decided in the final minutes of the final fixture of next weekend’s “Super Saturday” triple bill when France face Ireland in Paris.

After smashing Italy 46-7 on Saturday Ireland go into the game with three wins and a +81 points difference. Any sort of victory for Joe Schmidt’s team is almost certain to bring them their second title in 29 years and complete a fairytale farewell for Brian O’Driscoll, playing his 141st and last international.

Mar 9, 2014

England savour sweet revenge for Cardiff mauling

LONDON (Reuters) – A year ago, huddled on the Millennium Stadium pitch as Wales loudly celebrated their title-clinching thrashing of his England team, captain Chris Robshaw told his players to “bank that feeling” and make sure they never had to suffer it again.

On Sunday, after a dominating 29-18 revenge victory that kept England in the hunt for the championship and ended Welsh hopes of a third successive title, the flanker made sure he enjoyed the moment.

Mar 9, 2014

Rugby-England savour sweet revenge for Cardiff mauling

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – A year ago, huddled on the Millennium Stadium pitch as Wales loudly celebrated their title-clinching thrashing of his England team, captain Chris Robshaw told his players to “bank that feeling” and make sure they never had to suffer it again.

On Sunday, after a dominating 29-18 revenge victory that kept England in the hunt for the championship and ended Welsh hopes of a third successive title, the flanker made sure he enjoyed the moment.

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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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