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Jan 2, 2015

War-torn Iraq seek Asian Cup fillip

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Sporting success is an effective relief for any war-torn nation and Iraq, caught in a bloody war with Islamic State, will be seeking more respite when they launch their campaign for a second Asian Cup title in Australia.

The Lions of Mesopotamia sent shockwaves around the globe with their triumph at the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final courtesy Younus Mahmood’s 73rd minute header.

Jan 2, 2015

Transition complicates Bahrain’s knockout prospects

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Thanks to a tough group, a dip in form and the struggle to settle under their third coach in five months, Bahrain’s prospects of advancing to the Asian Cup knockout stage appear similar to that of rainfall in the Gulf country – minimal.

Bahrain dominated their qualifying group to secure a fourth consecutive AFC Asian Cup finals appearance with two games to spare before the wheels came off.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-War-torn Iraq seek Asian Cup fillip

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Sporting success is an effective relief for any war-torn nation and Iraq, caught in a bloody war with Islamic State, will be seeking more respite when they launch their campaign for a second Asian Cup title in Australia.

The Lions of Mesopotamia sent shockwaves around the globe with their triumph at the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final courtesy Younus Mahmood’s 73rd minute header.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Transition complicates Bahrain’s knockout prospects

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Thanks to a tough group, a dip in form and the struggle to settle under their third coach in five months, Bahrain’s prospects of advancing to the Asian Cup knockout stage appear similar to that of rainfall in the Gulf country — minimal.

Bahrain dominated their qualifying group to secure a fourth consecutive AFC Asian Cup finals appearance with two games to spare before the wheels came off.

Dec 30, 2014

Cricket-Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year

NEW DELHI, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’s tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.

Australian Hughes died at a Sydney hospital on Nov. 27, two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer three days before his 26th birthday.

Dec 30, 2014

Bike-loving Dhoni ends his long test ride

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The words “honour” and “virtue” are written across Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s chest in his Twitter profile picture, fitting words for the Indian who displayed both qualities in abundance during his 90-test career.

The honorary Indian Army lieutenant colonel dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from tests at the age of 33 moments after helping India secure a draw in the third match against Australia.

Dec 30, 2014

Cricket-Bike-loving Dhoni ends his long test ride

NEW DELHI, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The words “honour” and “virtue” are written across Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s chest in his Twitter profile picture, fitting words for the Indian who displayed both qualities in abundance during his 90-test career.

The honorary Indian Army lieutenant colonel dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from tests at the age of 33 moments after helping India secure a draw in the third match against Australia.

Dec 19, 2014

Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’s tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.

Australian Hughes died at a Sydney hospital on Nov. 27, two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer three days before his 26th birthday.

Dec 19, 2014

Yearender: Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’s tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.

Australian Hughes died at a Sydney hospital on Nov. 27, two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer three days before his 26th birthday.

Dec 19, 2014

Cricket-Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year

NEW DELHI, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’s tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.

Australian Hughes died at a Sydney hospital on Nov. 27, two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer three days before his 26th birthday.