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Sep 1, 2014

Falcao swoop fails to answer United’s case for the defence

LONDON (Reuters) – With most Manchester United fans praying for much-needed defensive reinforcements, manager Louis van Gaal made a surprise deadline-day swoop for flamboyant Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Monday.

Following swiftly on the heels of the British record signing of attacking midfielder Angel di Maria, Van Gaal appears to be ignoring the burning issue of a porous and inexperienced back line which has struggled badly in the first three Premier League games of the season.

Sep 1, 2014

Soccer-Falcao swoop fails to answer United’s case for the defence

LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – With most Manchester United fans praying for much-needed defensive reinforcements, manager Louis van Gaal made a surprise deadline-day swoop for flamboyant Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Monday.

Following swiftly on the heels of the British record signing of attacking midfielder Angel di Maria, Van Gaal appears to be ignoring the burning issue of a porous and inexperienced back line which has struggled badly in the first three Premier League games of the season.

Sep 1, 2014

Golf-Gallacher gives McGinley a major selection headache

LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley faces a tricky wildcard selection dilemma following Stephen Gallacher’s brilliant final round in the Italian Open on Sunday.

Gallacher carded a sparkling 65 to finish third in Turin, one place short of securing the ninth and final automatic qualifying spot for this month’s match against the United States.

Aug 22, 2014

Mackay and LMA apologise over insulting texts

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay said on Friday he was sorry for sending offensive text messages and the League Managers Association (LMA) apologised for the wording of a statement issued in response to the situation.

Cardiff, however, were not satisfied by the LMA’s reaction, calling for the resignation of the organisation’s chief executive Richard Bevan and accusing the body of trying to conceal the messages.

Aug 22, 2014

Soccer-Mackay and LMA apologise over insulting texts

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay said on Friday he was sorry for sending offensive text messages and the League Managers Association (LMA) apologised for the wording of a statement issued in response to the situation.

Cardiff, however, were not satisfied by the LMA’s reaction, calling for the resignation of the organisation’s chief executive Richard Bevan and accusing the body of trying to conceal the messages.

Aug 17, 2014

Cook hails England resilience after sudden revival

LONDON (Reuters) – England captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to his team’s character after they crushed India by an innings and 244 runs in the fifth test on Sunday to win the series 3-1.

England fell 1-0 behind after losing the second test at Lord’s, their 10th successive test without a victory, before winning the next three matches by emphatic margins to complete a remarkable revival.

Aug 17, 2014

India simply not good enough, says Dhoni

LONDON (Reuters) – India captain MS Dhoni admitted his team had simply not been good enough after losing the five-match test series against England 3-1 on Sunday.

The touring side played excellently to win the second test at Lord’s after losing the toss on a difficult wicket to bat on but they were blown away in the last three matches following a series of spectacular batting collapses.

Aug 17, 2014

Cricket-India simply not good enough, says Dhoni

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – India captain MS Dhoni admitted his team had simply not been good enough after losing the five-match test series against England 3-1 on Sunday.

The touring side played excellently to win the second test at Lord’s after losing the toss on a difficult wicket to bat on but they were blown away in the last three matches following a series of spectacular batting collapses.

Aug 17, 2014

Cricket-Cook hails England resilience after sudden revival

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – England captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to his team’s character after they crushed India by an innings and 244 runs in the fifth test on Sunday to win the series 3-1.

England fell 1-0 behind after losing the second test at Lord’s, their 10th successive test without a victory, before winning the next three matches by emphatic margins to complete a remarkable revival.

Aug 17, 2014

England eye series victory after Root century

LONDON (Reuters) – Joe Root’s unbeaten 149 put England in complete control of the final test against India and they picked up the wickets of openers Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir before lunch on the third day on Sunday.

England were bowled out for 486, a lead of 338, and India crumbled to nine for two before rain forced the players off the field 10 minutes before the scheduled interval.