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Mar 2, 2015

Chelsea salute rookie Zouma’s role in Cup final victory

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho clearly saw Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen as Tottenham Hotspur’s two chief League Cup final weapons and the way the pair were subdued played a key role in Chelsea’s 2-0 Wembley triumph.

Chelsea fans looked at each other in bewilderment when the teams were announced before kickoff on Sunday, barely able to believe Mourinho had opted to replace the suspended Nemanja Matic in midfield with rookie central defender Kurt Zouma.

Mar 2, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea salute rookie Zouma’s role in Cup final victory

LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho clearly saw Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen as Tottenham Hotspur’s two chief League Cup final weapons and the way the pair were subdued played a key role in Chelsea’s 2-0 Wembley triumph.

Chelsea fans looked at each other in bewilderment when the teams were announced before kickoff on Sunday, barely able to believe Mourinho had opted to replace the suspended Nemanja Matic in midfield with rookie central defender Kurt Zouma.

Feb 26, 2015

Chelsea sign huge shirt deal with Japanese firm

LONDON (Reuters) – Premier League leaders and Capital One Cup finalists Chelsea agreed “one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed” with the Yokohama Rubber Company on Thursday.

Financial details were undisclosed but media reports said the deal was worth almost 40 million pounds ($61.64 million) a year.

Feb 26, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea sign huge shirt deal with Japanese firm

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Premier League leaders and Capital One Cup finalists Chelsea agreed “one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed” with the Yokohama Rubber Company on Thursday.

Financial details were undisclosed but media reports said the deal was worth almost 40 million pounds ($61.64 million) a year.

Feb 26, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea sign five-year shirt deal with Japanese tyre firm

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Chelsea have signed their “largest ever commercial deal” with the Yokohama Rubber Company that will see the name of the Japanese tyre manufacturer on their shirts for five years starting next season.

Financial details were undisclosed but the agreement ends the Stamford Bridge club’s 10-year partnership with Samsung Electronics.

Feb 24, 2015

Chelsea’s Matic to miss final, ban cut to two games

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea were left seething after midfielder Nemanja Matic’s suspension was cut from three matches to two by the FA on Tuesday, meaning he will miss Sunday’s League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Under a headline saying they were appalled, the London club added in a statement: “The Chelsea Football Club board is extremely disappointed and frustrated the regulatory commission has decided not to reduce Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted.”

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea’s Matic to miss final, ban cut to two games

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Chelsea were left seething after midfielder Nemanja Matic’s suspension was cut from three matches to two by the FA on Tuesday, meaning he will miss Sunday’s League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Under a headline saying they were appalled, the London club added in a statement: “The Chelsea Football Club board is extremely disappointed and frustrated the regulatory commission has decided not to reduce Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted.”

Feb 24, 2015

Red-hot Lahiri lauds effects of meditation

LONDON (Reuters) – A decade spent practising the art of meditation has played a fundamental role in transforming Anirban Lahiri from an also-ran golfer into a world-class performer, the Indian said.

The 27-year-old has surged to 34th in the world rankings after winning two of the last three European Tour events, this month’s Malaysian Open and the Indian Open on Sunday.

Feb 23, 2015

Two wins in three weeks a dream come true for Lahiri

LONDON (Reuters) – Three months after having to go to Qualifying School to earn his European Tour card, an excited Anirban Lahiri can look ahead to a season when he will compete in all four majors for the first time in his career.

Out of nowhere the 27-year-old Indian has rocketed to 34th in the world rankings after following his victory in the Malaysian Open two weeks ago by landing the co-sanctioned Indian Open title in New Delhi on Sunday.

Feb 21, 2015

Angry Mourinho stops short of full-scale eruption

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho did a passable impersonation of a smoldering volcano and just about managed to stop short of a full-scale eruption after watching his Chelsea side drop two precious points on Saturday.

Referee Martin Atkinson and Burnley striker Ashley Barnes were the principle objects of his wrath after a 1-1 home draw with lowly Burnley but, by the Chelsea manager’s recent standards, his criticism was tempered.

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