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Feb 14, 2015

Three Italian tries take edge off Lancaster’s joy

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster did not know quite how to sum up Saturday’s 47-17 Six Nations win over Italy after seeing his side score six tries amid some scintillating back play but also concede three via sloppy defending.

The result leaves England well placed to make an assault on the title after three successive second places and there was plenty for the 82,000 Twickenham crowd to appreciate, not least another exciting performance by two-try Jonathan Joseph.

Feb 14, 2015

Rugby-Three Italian tries take edge off Lancaster’s joy

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster did not know quite how to sum up Saturday’s 47-17 Six Nations win over Italy after seeing his side score six tries amid some scintillating back play but also concede three via sloppy defending.

The result leaves England well placed to make an assault on the title after three successive second places and there was plenty for the 82,000 Twickenham crowd to appreciate, not least another exciting performance by two-try Jonathan Joseph.

Feb 11, 2015

Mourinho praises Cech and ref after last-gasp Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho had a double break with tradition on Wednesday as he strolled on to the pitch to hug goalkeeper Petr Cech then praised a “fantastically disallowed” Chelsea goal shortly before Willian’s 89th-minute shot secured a 1-0 home win over Everton.

Mourinho usually disappears down the tunnel before the last note of the final whistle has died away but, fired up by the last-gasp victory that kept Chelsea seven points ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League, he made a beeline for Cech.

Feb 11, 2015

Soccer-Mourinho praises Cech and ref after last-gasp Chelsea win

LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho had a double break with tradition on Wednesday as he strolled on to the pitch to hug goalkeeper Petr Cech then praised a “fantastically disallowed” Chelsea goal shortly before Willian’s 89th-minute shot secured a 1-0 home win over Everton.

Mourinho usually disappears down the tunnel before the last note of the final whistle has died away but, fired up by the last-gasp victory that kept Chelsea seven points ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League, he made a beeline for Cech.

Feb 10, 2015

Soccer-Brentford boss Warburton looks doomed even if they go up

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The feelgood factor surrounding Brentford’s unlikely Premier League dream was punctured on Tuesday when the club made a limp reply to speculation that manager Mark Warburton will be sacked even if he achieves a shock promotion.

The west London club have not played in the top flight for nearly 70 years and have spent most of the time since then bobbing about in England’s bottom two divisions.

Feb 8, 2015

Seven-point lead means nothing in England, says Mourinho

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said the Premier League title race is still open despite his team stretching their lead over Manchester City to seven points on Saturday.

Branislav Ivanovic secured a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Aston Villa while City needed a late James Milner goal to scrape a 1-1 home draw with Hull City.

Feb 7, 2015

Soccer-Seven-point lead means nothing in England, says Mourinho

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said the Premier League title race is still open despite his team stretching their lead over Manchester City to seven points on Saturday.

Branislav Ivanovic secured a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Aston Villa while City needed a late James Milner goal to scrape a 1-1 home draw with Hull City.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Everton and Martinez still banking on Barkley

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Everton fans were generally quick to excuse Ross Barkley’s poor decisions when he was part of last season’s successful campaign but they are not all being so accommodating to the talented young midfielder now things are getting tough.

Barkley, 21, is unquestionably the brightest talent to emerge at Goodison Park since Wayne Rooney and, like his England team mate, he has extra credit with the fans for being a local boy.

Jan 14, 2015

Awesome Kenyan foursome to race in London Marathon

LONDON (Reuters) – London Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat will face two former winners and the fastest half-marathon runner ever – all four of them Kenyans – in this year’s race, organizers said on Wednesday.

Double world marathon champion Kiplagat beat half-marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat by three seconds in the closest women’s London Marathon for 17 years in 2014.

Jan 12, 2015

Cup trip to West Ham should hold no fears for Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – If there was one place Everton fans would want to visit to kick-start their season with a win it would probably be the Boleyn Ground of West Ham United, where the teams meet in an FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.

Everton have a fantastic record against West Ham, particularly in London. The Toffees have won 10 and drawn five of their last 15 meetings home and away and have lost at Upton Park only twice in 16 years, the last time in 2007.

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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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