• Terry urges team mates to replicate success of last decade

    Reuters - 29 minutes ago

    By Clare Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - John Terry earned the 13th major winner's medal of his 20-year Chelsea career on Sunday with a commanding defensive performance and his first Cup goal, then urged his young team mates to use the win over Tottenham as a springboard to more success. The 34-year-old central defender lifted the League Cup -- his 12th trophy as captain -- after scoring just before halftime in a 2-0 Wembley win. "That could be the start of something very good but we have to kick on and we have the league to focus on," said Terry, who earned the man-of-the-match award. Terry's towering performance neutralised the attacking threat of Tottenham's prolific striker Harry Kane, who scored twice in Spurs' 5-3 league triumph over their London rivals on New Year's Day. More »Terry urges team mates to replicate success of last decade

  • Simeone content with a point after battle at Sevilla

    Reuters - 31 minutes ago

    MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he was happy with a point after the champions were held to a 0-0 draw at Sevilla in a bruising La Liga game on Sunday that left them five points behind second-placed Barcelona. Simeone has insisted Atletico are focused on securing third place and a lucrative Champions League berth rather than challenging Barca and leaders Real Madrid to win a second consecutive Spanish title. ... More »Simeone content with a point after battle at Sevilla

  • Podolksi, Kovacic get ticking off from Mancini

    Reuters - 33 minutes ago

    Lukas Podolski and Mateo Kovacic were given a ticking-off by Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini after their efforts in the 1-0 home defeat by Fiorentina on Sunday. Podolski, who has failed to make an impact since his move from Arsenal in January, gave another lacklustre performance and Inter improved noticeably when he was replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri in the 66th minute. Kovacic, a 20-year-old Croatia midfielder described as being "Inter's future" by Mancini last week and widely praised as one of Serie A's most promising players, also failed to inspire a pedestrian Inter. Shaqiri, who like Podolski had fallen out of favour at his previous club, has been much livelier since his move from Bayern Munich and the Swiss's entrance gave Inter a new lease of life. More »Podolksi, Kovacic get ticking off from Mancini

  • Mourinho praise small comfort for Pochettino

    Reuters - 36 minutes ago

    By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - It may have been of scant consolation to Mauricio Pochettino after his Tottenham Hotspur side had been soundly beaten at Wembley but his Chelsea conqueror Jose Mourinho believes the Argentine will go on to enjoy major success with Spurs. Following Chelsea’s 2-0 triumph in the League Cup final on Sunday, Mourinho was full of praise for the challenge that Pochettino and his side had set him. More »Mourinho praise small comfort for Pochettino

  • Survey shows China manufacturing improving

    Associated Press - 37 minutes ago

    China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened, a survey released Monday showed. HSBC's manufacturing index based on a survey of factory ... More »Survey shows China manufacturing improving

  • Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China

    Associated Press - 39 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Prince William presented China's president with a large envelope Monday containing an invitation from the queen to visit Britain this year, as he began the first official visit to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation. More »Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China

  • Cruz Azul lose second straight, Tijuana three points clear

    Reuters - 40 minutes ago

    Cruz Azul suffered a 1-0 defeat at Toluca on Sunday, a second straight loss that dropped them further behind leaders Tijuana in Mexico’s Clausura championship. Toluca defender Paulo Da Silva scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute, heading home Lucas Lobos' corner. After a six-match unbeaten start to the championship, Cruz Azul have now slipped to sixth and trail Tijuana, who came from two goals down to beat Pachuca 3-2 on Friday, by five points after eight games. Tijuana lead on 19 points, three ahead of Veracruz, who beat Atlas 3-0 away on Saturday. More »Cruz Azul lose second straight, Tijuana three points clear

  • PSG miss chance to top Ligue 1 after Monaco draw

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago

    Paris St Germain missed the opportunity to overtake Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1 after a 0-0 draw at Monaco on Sunday. PSG failed to take advantage after Lyon suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat in three months against Lille on Saturday. Lyon have 54 points from 27 games, followed by PSG on 53 and Olympique de Marseille, beaten 3-2 at home by Caen on Friday, on 50. Monaco are fourth on 44. More »PSG miss chance to top Ligue 1 after Monaco draw

  • Two late goals help Ajax to snap PSV's unbeaten run

    Reuters - 44 minutes ago

    Champions Ajax Amsterdam snapped runaway leaders PSV Eindhoven's 17-match unbeaten streak in the Dutch league with a 3-1 victory in the top-of-the-table clash on Sunday. An 83rd minute free kick from Danish international Lasse Schone followed by a goal in stoppage time from Anwar El Ghazi ensured an end to PSV’s 100 percent home record this season and cut their lead to 11 points. PSV had not lost in the Dutch league since September. “I don’t think that our victory has made the title race exciting again," Ajax coach Frank de Boer told reporters. More »Two late goals help Ajax to snap PSV's unbeaten run

  • Mighty Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup glory

    Reuters - 49 minutes ago

    By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - John Terry embellished his status to Chelsea fans as “captain, leader, legend” by scoring the goal that set his side on the way to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One League Cup final at a rain-sodden Wembley on Sunday. The former England captain was once again a quite inspirational presence for the club that adores him as he defended like a lion and scored a 45th-minute goal to ease Chelsea nerves before Kyle Walker's deflected own goal from a Diego Costa shot settled the final in the 56th minute. It meant an ecstatic Terry lifting the League Cup 10 years since he first did so under Jose Mourinho’s watch -- and just as in the last reign of ‘The Special One’, he will be hopeful that it signals an era of supremacy for the west London club. It meant an awful lot to us (to win the League Cup) in 2004-05 in Jose's first year here," Terry told Sky Sports. More »Mighty Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup glory

  • Irish back themselves to deal with De Villiers threat

    Reuters - 54 minutes ago

    Ireland will not be altering the way they play to counter the batting threat of South Africa's AB de Villiers in Tuesday's Pool B clash in Canberra, skipper William Porterfield said on Monday. De Villiers confirmed his rich vein of form with a devastating 162 from 66 balls against West Indies on Friday, backing up his record 31-ball century against the same opponents in Johannesburg last month. The South Africa captain might be imagined to be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Ireland's less lively attack on a Manuka Oval track where Chris Gayle smashed 215 for West Indies last week. More »Irish back themselves to deal with De Villiers threat

  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 55 minutes ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion. North Korea regularly conducts such test firings of missiles, rockets and artillery, and they are often timed to express the country's dissatisfaction with actions by Washington and Seoul. Monday was the start of military drills that will run until the end of April. More »Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

  • Interview: Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic

    Reuters - 57 minutes ago

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - The dedication to sporting excellence which moulded Novak Djokovic into the world’s top tennis player was preceded by a passion for skiing which remains one of his greatest joys, the 27-year old Serb told Reuters on Sunday. Cutting a relaxed figure following afternoon practice less than 24 hours after losing the Dubai Open final to Roger Federer, the eight-times grand slam champion explained the tough decision which changed his life. “My father was a skiing instructor and competitor as well as my uncle and aunt and I really do come from a family which nurtures a skiing culture. More »Interview: Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic

  • Changes demanded after England's latest World Cup flop

    Reuters - 59 minutes ago

    The incoming chairman of England's cricket board has flagged a review of the team's approach to the one-day format after a third crushing loss at the World Cup. England slumped to a nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka on Sunday, leaving their hopes of making the World Cup's quarter-finals hanging by a thread. In tests we are on the up, we have some fantastic young players coming through and have got to have some faith in them," Colin Graves, the incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, told the BBC. “The main thing is, you look at the World Cup and it’s very aggressive early on, are our players as aggressive as the others? More »Changes demanded after England's latest World Cup flop

  • Canadian gets 7 years in jail in Nepal for child sex abuse

    Associated Press - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A court official in Nepal says a Canadian tourist with several previous child sex convictions has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a minor boy. More »Canadian gets 7 years in jail in Nepal for child sex abuse

  • ECB says 'no change' for Pietersen's England hopes

    Reuters - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - "Nothing has changed" for Kevin Pietersen's hopes of playing international cricket again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday, despite incoming chairman Colin Graves appearing to leave the door open for the exiled batsman's return. Sacked by England a year ago and later released by county side Surrey, the 34-year-old Pietersen appeared to have severed any chance of returning to international cricket following the release of his controversial autobiography. Pietersen berated a number of former team mates and ECB officials in his book, and national selector James Whitaker said late last year there was no way he would "ever get back into an England team". More »ECB says 'no change' for Pietersen's England hopes

  • Schmidt discounts talk of Six Nations Grand Slam

    AFP News - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said any talk of a third ever Five/Six Nations Grand Slam for the Irish was premature as he envisages a tough battle ahead against Wales in Cardiff in a fortnight. The 49-year-old New Zealander was speaking after his defending Six Nations champions had produced another gutsy performance to beat England 19-9 at Lansdowne Road on Sunday to erase their opponents' hopes of the Grand Slam. "I'll wait for 'Dricos' tweet before I start to feel the pressure!" Schmidt joked in reference to former Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll. "Grand Slams don't happen very often and it will be very hard at the Millennium. More »Schmidt discounts talk of Six Nations Grand Slam

  • Feature: Watson critics crank up heat after latest false start

    Reuters - 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    Shane Watson, batting at number three, had scrapped his way to 23 runs off 30 balls in three-quarters of an hour when he took an almighty heave at a Daniel Vettori delivery and picked out Tim Southee fielding on the legside boundary. "He is a handsome player of abundant talent," Gideon Haigh, the current doyen of Australian cricket writers, wrote of him at the time. More »Feature: Watson critics crank up heat after latest false start

  • Nadal wins first title of year in Argentina

    Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Juan Monaco in a rain-interrupted Argentine Open final on Sunday. Nadal, showing marked progress in his comeback from injury and other woes last year, notched his 65th career title and equalled Guillermo Vilas’s 46 on clay with the Argentine great watching from the stands. More »Nadal wins first title of year in Argentina

  • Whirlwind Wolfsburg storm past Werder 5-3

    Reuters - 1 hour 9 minutes ago

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - VfL Wolfsburg dazzled their way past hosts Werder Bremen 5-3 on Sunday, fighting back from a goal down three times and scoring three goals in five minutes to cut the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to eight points. In a hugely entertaining game, Dutchman Bas Dost and Daniel Caligiuri scored two apiece as the Wolves maintained their sparkling form with a sixth win in seven games, keeping them in second place on 50 points, a club record after 23 matches. Wolfsburg also equalled a club best 11 successive games without defeat and Dost equalled a Bundesliga record after netting eight times in three games. "There some exceptional games that we have been delivering lately," Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking, who had the luxury of leaving World Cup winner Andre Schuerrle on the bench at the start, told reporters. More »Whirlwind Wolfsburg storm past Werder 5-3

  • Veteran forward Cole joins Red Wings from Stars

    Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - The Detroit Red Wings acquired veteran forward Erik Cole in a multi-player trade with the Dallas Stars on Sunday. On the eve of Monday's NHL trade deadline, the Red Wings sent two prospects and a draft pick to the last-place Stars in exchange for Cole and a conditional 2015 third-round draft pick. The 36-year-old Cole has 18 goals and 15 assists in 57 games this season. The Red Wings will be hoping his experience, 526 career points and 46 playoff games, will be valuable in the upcoming post-season. ... More »Veteran forward Cole joins Red Wings from Stars

  • Interview: Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal wants tournament organisers to maintain the tradition of clay courts on the Tour and said the growing number of events switching to harder surfaces could increase the injury risk to players long after they finish their careers. Nadal, who won his first title of the year with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Juan Monaco in a rain-interrupted Argentine Open on Sunday, said it was also important to maintain variety on the Tour to keep players and spectators interested. “Clay is a traditional surface of our sport, we need to protect that,” Nadal told Reuters after his victory over Argentine Monaco at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. “In my opinion, it’s important to be healthy not only during your career but also afterwards because you have a life outside tennis and after your career,” added Nadal, whose title in Buenos Aires was his 65th but first since a record ninth French Open crown last June. More »Interview: Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

  • China's Zhang Yiwei wins snowboard halfpipe in US Grand Prix

    Associated Press - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — China's Zhang Yiwei won the men's snowboard halfpipe in the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday executing a massive double cork 1,260 in a 98.00-point final run. More »China's Zhang Yiwei wins snowboard halfpipe in US Grand Prix

  • Real held at home by battling Villarreal

    Reuters - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - La Liga leaders Real Madrid dropped points at home for only the second time this season when Villarreal fought back from a goal down in an entertaining 1-1 draw that left Real two points ahead of Barcelona on Sunday. Champions Atletico Madrid also stumbled, a 0-0 stalemate at Sevilla denting their chances of a second consecutive Spanish title and leaving them five points behind Barca in third. With a King’s Cup semi-final second leg against Barca looming on Wednesday, Villarreal coach Marcelino fielded a weakened side at the Bernabeu but it took Real until seven minutes into the second half to break the deadlock. Eric Bailly hauled Cristiano Ronaldo down in the penalty area and the Portugal captain picked himself up and sent goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo the wrong way with his spot-kick for his 30th goal of the campaign. More »Real held at home by battling Villarreal

  • Real held, Bayern cruise, Chelsea win Cup

    Reuters - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Villarreal on Sunday to leave them just two points ahead of Barcelona in the La Liga standings. Bayern Munich crushed Cologne 4-1 to stay eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and French champions Paris St Germain missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 when they were held to a 0-0 draw by AS Monaco. Chelsea won the first trophy of the English season when they overwhelmed Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to lift the League Cup. More »Real held, Bayern cruise, Chelsea win Cup

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