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Sep 18, 2013

Soccer-Chelsea stunned at home by Basel

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea with the prime aim of winning the Champions League but his campaign got off to the worst possible start when the 2012 winners suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Basel in their first match on Wednesday.

Chelsea, beaten in the Premier League by Everton on Saturday, looked short of ideas all night in a stuttering display, though they led 1-0 following a neat finish by Oscar just before halftime.

Sep 18, 2013

Rugby-IRB does not want Anglo-French breakaway league

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Brett Gosper, the most powerful man in world rugby, entered the battle for the future of the European club game on Wednesday by saying that the International Rugby Board (IRB) did not want to see an Anglo-French breakaway from the Heineken Cup.

English and French clubs announced last week that they planned to set up their own two-tier competitions after running out of patience with stalled negotiations over the future of the Heineken Cup.

Sep 15, 2013

Brownlee senior slams ‘idiot’ brother after world title loss

LONDON (Reuters) – Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee had little sympathy after younger brother Jonathan was pipped for the world title by Spaniard Javier Gomez on Sunday, describing his sibling as a “tactical numptie” who threw the title away.

Gomez outsprinted the defending champion in a great race in rain-lashed London to secure his third world title but Brownlee senior, whose own hopes of a third world crown were derailed by an ankle injury, could hardly bear to watch the denouement.

Aug 18, 2013

Boycott talk, politics fight performances for airtime

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yelena Isinbayeva’s silhouette was the image used to sell the world athletics championships to the Russian public and the pole vault queen certainly made an indelible impression on the 14th edition of the event that concluded on Sunday.

On the eve of a threatened retirement and struggling for form, she somehow won her third world title to bring the then-slumbering championships to life and finally extract some noise from the disappointingly small Luzhniki Stadium crowd.

Aug 18, 2013

Tamgho joins elite 18-metre club for triple jump gold

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Teddy Tamgho left it late to win France’s only gold of the world athletics championships on Sunday but it was well worth the wait as he did it with the fourth-longest triple jump in history.

Tamgho’s 18.04 metre leap in the last round put him behind only American Kenny Harrison (18.09) and Jonathan Edwards’s 1995 world record of 18.29 and the Briton’s earlier 18.16 in the same Gothenburg event on the all-time list.

Aug 18, 2013

Bolt is the best in the world, ever: official

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, already enshrined as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, became the most successful athlete in world championship history when he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4×100 meters relay on Sunday.

Bolt followed up the 100 and 200m double with his third gold in the final event, taking his all-time tally to eight. That matches American trio Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix but the Jamaican moved ahead by virtue of his two silvers from 2007.

Aug 18, 2013

Talk of boycotts, politics fight performances for airtime

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yelena Isinbayeva’s silhouette was the image used to sell the world athletics championships to the Russian public and the pole vault queen certainly made an indelible impression on the 14th edition of the event that concluded on Sunday.

On the eve of a threatened retirement and struggling for form she somehow won her third world title to bring the then-slumbering championships to life and finally extract some noise from the disappointingly small Luzhniki Stadium crowd.

Aug 17, 2013

Bolt needs a worthy challenge to remain top draw

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt is undoubtedly the biggest name in world sport but unless someone emerges who is able to realistically challenge his hegemony then even the majestic Jamaican might begin to lose some of his stardust.

Bolt completed another sprint double when he added the world 200 meters title to the 100 he took last Sunday but his victory left something of a hollow feeling, achieved as it was with him easing up in the last 15 meters.

Aug 17, 2013

Bolt completes sprint double with ease

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt completed yet another crushing sprint double on Saturday and hardly needed to extend himself to achieve it as he took his third successive world 200 meters title in the year’s fastest time of 19.66 seconds – easing down.

Fellow Jamaican Warren Weir improved on his Olympic bronze by taking silver in a personal best 19.79 from lane eight while Curtis Mitchell won bronze for the United States in 20.04, just preventing another Jamaican podium sweep as he beat Nickel Ashmeade by a hundredth of a second.

Aug 17, 2013

Departing Diack’s dream is athletics for all

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Lamine Diack, the 80-year-old head of world athletics, says his number one aim before standing down in two years’ time is to ensure his sport is available to every child, in every school in the world.

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Reuters on Saturday, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) looked back not only at his 14 years in charge but at his own days as a champion long jumper in his native Senegal.

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