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Jun 21, 2014

Sports Direct enters fitness market with gym deal

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest sporting goods
retailer Sports Direct has signed a deal to take over a
British gym and is in talks to buy more, marking its entrance
into the health and fitness industry.

Sports Direct, which has over 600 sports stores in Europe,
including 400 in the UK and also owns fashion chains and a
stable of brands including Dunlop, Slazenger and Everlast, has
taken ownership of a LA fitness centre in Sale, Greater
Manchester, LA fitness said in a company statement.

Jun 21, 2014

Smarting Swiss still have qualification in sight

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The pain of Friday’s 5-2 thrashing by France is unlikely to ease quickly for Switzerland but with a World Cup knockout spot still in reach coach Ottmar Hitzfeld can focus on a rapid fix.

“We still have high hopes for qualifying and it will depend on us,” Hitzfeld told reporters, adding that he and his players would soon dissect the defeat before looking to the future.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Smarting Swiss still have qualification in sight

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – The pain of Friday’s 5-2 thrashing by France is unlikely to ease quickly for Switzerland but with a World Cup knockout spot still in reach coach Ottmar Hitzfeld can focus on a rapid fix.

“We still have high hopes for qualifying and it will depend on us,” Hitzfeld told reporters, adding that he and his players would soon dissect the defeat before looking to the future.

Jun 20, 2014

Deschamps pays tribute to dazzling Benzema

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps reserved special praise for Karim Benzema on Friday after the striker was again at the heart of a fine attacking display in a 5-2 World Cup Group E mauling of Switzerland.

Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France’s opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps pays tribute to dazzling Benzema

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps reserved special praise for Karim Benzema on Friday after the striker was again at the heart of a fine attacking display in a 5-2 World Cup Group E mauling of Switzerland.

Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France’s opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.

Jun 20, 2014

France showing spirit of ’98, says Deschamps

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 5-2 on Friday.

France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at the Fonte Nova arena gave them a 3-0 first-half lead in a rampant performance that left them with maximum points from two games.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-France showing spirit of ’98, says Deschamps

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 5-2 on Friday.

France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at the Fonte Nova arena gave them a 3-0 first-half lead in a rampant performance that left them with maximum points from two games.

Jun 20, 2014

Hitzfeld laments bleak day for Switzerland

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld lamented a “bleak day” for his side after they were crushed 5-2 by France in World Cup Group E on Friday, saying they never recovered after conceding two quickfire goals in the first 20 minutes.

“I am very disappointed with our defeat, it was truly a very bleak day for us,” the former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund coach told reporters. “The double attack really broke us.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Hitzfeld laments bleak day for Switzerland

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld lamented a “bleak day” for his side after they were crushed 5-2 by France in World Cup Group E on Friday, saying they never recovered after conceding two quickfire goals in the first 20 minutes.

“I am very disappointed with our defeat, it was truly a very bleak day for us,” the former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund coach told reporters. “The double attack really broke us.

Jun 19, 2014

France aim for another Salvador spectacle against Swiss

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said he hoped his side could match the goalscoring exploits of previous visitors to Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena when Les Bleus take on Switzerland in their second World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Fans in Salvador have been spoilt with a whopping 10 goals in two matches so far, thanks to superb a 5-1 victory for the Netherlands over Spain and a German 4-0 rout of Portugal.

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