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Chelsea new boy Eden Hazard takes hard knocks of the Premier League

Eden Hazard insists he has no fears about playing in England. The Belgium forward made a fine Premier League debut for Chelsea on Sunday with two assists in the first seven minutes of the 2-0 win at Wigan. The Latics resorted to tough measures to stop the £32m signing, with captain Gary Caldwell booked for a late challenge.

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Qatar deepens commitment with Champions Day deal

If the Champions Series itself remains difficult to take seriously, even its harshest critic will celebrate the associated, twin blessings that were freshly amplified yesterday. One is the way it has caught the imagination of young, enormously wealthy sponsors from Qatar; the other is a Champions Day that needs only a better place in the calendar to complete its emergence as a legitimate new focus for the European Turf. Both those boons have now been reinforced by a new, five-year sponsorship deal with Qipco Holdings.

John Terry receives standing ovation during Chelsea pre-season match

John Terry was given a standing ovation in the first match since his acquittal on racism charges as young forward Lucas Piazon scored in the 82nd minute to give European champions Chelsea a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the first football match game at new Yankee Stadium.