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Oct 1, 2013

‘Diamond’ Barkley sparkling for unbeaten Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – Romelu Lukaku deservedly scooped the man of the match award after Everton’s 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle on Monday but Toffees fans will have been even happier with another command performance by teenage midfielder Ross Barkley.

Lukaku scored two and set up Barkley for Everton’s other goal in a wonderful first-half team display that showed how quickly the new manager’s passing philosophy is taking hold.

Oct 1, 2013

Soccer-’Diamond’ Barkley sparkling for unbeaten Everton

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Romelu Lukaku deservedly scooped the man of the match award after Everton’s 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle on Monday but Toffees fans will have been even happier with another command performance by teenage midfielder Ross Barkley.

Lukaku scored two and set up Barkley for Everton’s other goal in a wonderful first-half team display that showed how quickly the new manager’s passing philosophy is taking hold.

Sep 19, 2013

Mourinho’s flailing fledglings need to grow up fast

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho blamed Chelsea’s surprise 2-1 home defeat by Basel partly on his team’s immaturity and said his young millionaires had better grow up soon or their only Champions League involvement this Christmas will come via their beloved X-boxes.

The Londoners, fielding an attack-minded side but with only Frank Lampard offering real experience in midfield, barely threatened in the first half but scraped a 1-0 lead through Oscar.

Sep 18, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho’s flailing fledglings need to grow up fast

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho blamed Chelsea’s surprise 2-1 home defeat by Basel partly on his team’s immaturity and said his young millionaires had better grow up soon or their only Champions League involvement this Christmas will come via their beloved X-boxes.

The Londoners, fielding an attack-minded side but with only Frank Lampard offering real experience in midfield, barely threatened in the first half but scraped a 1-0 lead through Oscar.

Sep 18, 2013

IRB does not want Anglo-French breakaway league

LONDON (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 18, 2013

Chelsea stunned at home by Basel

LONDON (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

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.

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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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