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  • Leicester triumph transcends sport, says Scudamore

    Leicester triumph transcends sport, says Scudamore

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    Leicester triumph transcends sport, says Scudamore

    (Reuters) - Leicester City's remarkable Premier League triumph after starting the season as 5,000-1 outsiders transcends sport and might never be repeated, according to the league's executive chairman Richard Scudamore. Leicester, who were on the brink of relegation last campaign, clinched the English league title for the first time in their 132-year history on Monday after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur drew with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Mauricio Pochettino's men trail the Foxes by seven …

  • Long targets Spurs win to complete set for Koeman

    Long targets Spurs win to complete set for Koeman

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    Long targets Spurs win to complete set for Koeman

    Striker Shane Long has backed Southampton to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday, allowing manager Ronald Koeman to claim the one scalp that has eluded him over his two seasons in charge at St Mary's. Barring Spurs, the Dutchman has guided Southampton to wins over all of their league rivals since he took charge in June 2014, and engineered a 4-2 maiden league victory over Manchester City on Sunday. Koeman's best league result against Spurs was a 2-2 draw in April last year, …

  • Contrite Rose apologises over Chelsea-Spurs scuffle

    Contrite Rose apologises over Chelsea-Spurs scuffle

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    Contrite Rose apologises over Chelsea-Spurs scuffle

    Left back Danny Rose has apologised for his involvement in the post-match brawl between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur players and staff after Monday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge ended his side's title hopes. Tottenham had nine players booked, the most in Premier League history, and Chelsea had three cautioned in an ill-tempered London derby that became more heated after the home side equalised late on. Monday's stalemate also saw Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele appear to poke Diego Costa in …

  • Europe remained a bridge too far for Guardiola's Bayern

    Europe remained a bridge too far for Guardiola's Bayern

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    Europe remained a bridge too far for Guardiola's Bayern

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Departing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been assured a bittersweet farewell at the German club with the pending celebration of a record fourth straight Bundesliga title soured by another failure to shine on the European stage. For the third season in a row, Bayern crashed out of the Champions League in the semi-finals to Spanish opposition on Tuesday, a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid not enough to prevent the Bavarians from losing on the away …

  • Courtois pledges to stay at Chelsea next season

    Courtois pledges to stay at Chelsea next season

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    Courtois pledges to stay at Chelsea next season

    (Reuters) - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed speculation that he could move to Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain at the end of the season and insisted he is happy at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table, have endured a turbulent season and will miss out on Champions League football next season, sparking speculation that a number of players could leave the club. Courtois, however, has underlined his commitment to Chelsea's cause, and …