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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.

Jan 12, 2015

Soccer-Cup trip to West Ham should hold no fears for Everton

LONDON, Jan 12 (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.

Jan 8, 2015

Kimetto and Kipsang to race London Marathon

LONDON (Reuters) – Dennis Kimetto, who smashed the world record last year, and fellow Kenyan and defending champion Wilson Kipsang, whose mark he beat, will go head-to-head for the first time in a mouth-watering London Marathon in April, organisers said on Thursday.

Kimetto, who clocked two hours, two minutes, 57 seconds in last September’s Berlin Marathon to take 26 seconds of Kipsang’s 2013 record, will be making his London Marathon debut, while Kipsang is seeking a third title after winning in 2012 and 2014.

Jan 1, 2015

Able Kane the inspiration as Spurs rip Chelsea apart

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur spent the cash earned from Gareth Bale’s sale on a plethora of internationals but the key to the remarkable 5-3 win over Chelsea on Thursday, and their best player this season, had been there all along.

While Andre Villas-Boas and his successors as manager Tim Sherwood and Mauricio Pochettino juggled their multi-national cast to little effect after Bale’s 85 million pounds ($132.12 million) move to Real Madrid in 2013, homegrown striker Harry Kane was quietly going about his business, hoping for a break.

Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-Able Kane the inspiration as Spurs rip Chelsea apart

LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur spent the cash earned from Gareth Bale’s sale on a plethora of internationals but the key to the remarkable 5-3 win over Chelsea on Thursday, and their best player this season, had been there all along.

While Andre Villas-Boas and his successors as manager Tim Sherwood and Mauricio Pochettino juggled their multi-national cast to little effect after Bale’s 85 million pounds ($132.12 million) move to Real Madrid in 2013, homegrown striker Harry Kane was quietly going about his business, hoping for a break.

Jan 1, 2015

Mourinho blames referee for Chelsea’s White Hart pain

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho added another entry to his extensive personal diary of conspiracies on Thursday when, after Chelsea were ripped apart 5-3 by Tottenham Hotspur, he blamed the defeat on a penalty that was not given.

Not two-goal Harry Kane’s domination of his centre backs, though he did admit some defensive mistakes, not Tottenham’s midfield showing more verve and tenacity, not his players seeming to run out of energy and certainly not his decision to keep Didier Drogba on the bench when his team needed goals.

Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-Mourinho blames referee for Chelsea’s White Hart pain

LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho added another entry to his extensive personal diary of conspiracies on Thursday when, after Chelsea were ripped apart 5-3 by Tottenham Hotspur, he blamed the defeat on a penalty that was not given.

Not two-goal Harry Kane’s domination of his centre backs, though he did admit some defensive mistakes, not Tottenham’s midfield showing more verve and tenacity, not his players seeming to run out of energy and certainly not his decision to keep Didier Drogba on the bench when his team needed goals.

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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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