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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.

Feb 21, 2015

Soccer-Angry Mourinho stops short of full-scale eruption

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho did a passable impersonation of a smouldering 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.

Feb 18, 2015

New captain Clarke hoping Love conquers all in the U.S

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s new captain Darren Clarke said it would be “wonderful” if he could go up against close friend Davis Love III in next year’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Love is the favourite to get the job on the other side of the Atlantic after the Golf Channel reported on Monday that the 1997 U.S. PGA Championship winner would be named American skipper next week.

Feb 18, 2015

Golf-Be your own man, McGinley tells new Europe captain Clarke

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Paul McGinley has urged his Ryder Cup successor Darren Clarke to ‘be your own man’ when he captains Europe at Hazeltine, Minnesota next year.

McGinley was hailed as an inspiration by his players after guiding Europe to victory over Tom Watson’s United States in Scotland in September.

Feb 18, 2015

Golf-New captain Clarke hoping Love conquers all in the U.S.

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Europe’s new captain Darren Clarke said it would be “wonderful” if he could go up against close friend Davis Love III in next year’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Love is the favourite to get the job on the other side of the Atlantic after the Golf Channel reported on Monday that the 1997 U.S. PGA Championship winner would be named American skipper next week.

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