Reuters: Sports News 1 April 2018

England in strong position at end of third day

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) - England were in a strong position to win the second test against New Zealand and level their two-match series as they extended their lead to 231 runs when bad light stopped play three overs early on the third day at Hagley Oval on Sunday.

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Chelsea having the season they deserve - Conte

(Reuters) - Chelsea deserve the season they are having and their struggles in the current campaign are down to the departure of experienced players over the past few years, manager Antonio Conte has said.

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Australia remove in-form Markram but South Africa surge ahead

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Australia picked up the wicket of in-form Aiden Markram but a rampant South Africa remained in control of the fourth test as they moved on to 58 for one in their second innings on Sunday, an overall lead of 325 at tea on the third day.

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Three late Arsenal goals leave Stoke stuck in drop zone

Arsenal dealt Stoke City's Premier League survival hopes a cruel blow on Sunday at the Emirates with three late goals in a 3-0 victory that left the visitors second from bottom with six games left to play.

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Man United's Lukaku eyes trophies to add gloss to scoring feats

(Reuters) - Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku said he has a lot more left in the locker after netting his 100th Premier League strike but wants his goalscoring feats to be backed up by trophies.

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Liverpool's Van Dijk relishing Man City test in Champions League

(Reuters) - Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is relishing the prospect of taking on domestic league leaders Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final next week.

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In Easter sermons, Australian church leaders urge forgiveness for disgraced cricketers

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A cheating scandal that has ripped through the core of Australia's most venerated pastime, cricket, prompted church leaders to provide guidance over the Easter weekend on how to emerge from the moral tailspin.

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Rugby - Racing down Clermont to reach Champions Cup semi-finals

CLERMONT FERRAND, France (Reuters) - Racing 92 recovered from a shaky start to beat fellow French club Clermont 28-17 away and secure their spot in the last four of the Champions Cup on Sunday.

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Rugby - Whitelock finds key to break through stubborn Lions defence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A try by captain Sam Whitelock proved the catalyst for the Crusaders to break through a stubborn Lions defence and claim a narrow 14-8 Super Rugby victory at Ellis Park on Sunday.

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