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Aug 22, 2013

Smith century puts Australia in control

LONDON (Reuters) – Steve Smith reached his maiden test century with a six as Australia, trailing 3-0 in the series, took control of the fifth and final Ashes test against England at the Oval on Thursday.

The Australian all-rounder finished on 138 not in his team’s imposing 492 for nine declared. At the close of a rain-affected day England had battled to 32 for no wicket in reply.

Aug 22, 2013

Smith hits maiden century as Australia grind on

LONDON (Reuters) – Steve Smith’s maiden test century led Australia to 397 for six at tea on a rain-affected second day of the final Ashes test against England at The Oval on Thursday.

Smith lofted Jonathan Trott for six to bring up three figures and had moved on to 112 not out at the interval as Australia, seeking a consolation victory in a series they trail 3-0, turned the screw on England.

Aug 22, 2013

Cricket-Smith hits maiden century as Australia grind on

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Steve Smith’s maiden test century led Australia to 397 for six at tea on a rain-affected second day of the final Ashes test against England at The Oval on Thursday.

Smith lofted Jonathan Trott for six to bring up three figures and had moved on to 112 not out at the interval as Australia, seeking a consolation victory in a series they trail 3-0, turned the screw on England.

Aug 21, 2013

Australia’s Watson makes hay in the sunshine

LONDON (Reuters) – Shane Watson launched a brutal assault on England’s two rookie bowlers to lift Australia to 112 for one at lunch on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test at The Oval on Wednesday.

The burly all-rounder blazed one six and 15 fours all round the ground on his way to a sparkling unbeaten 80 after James Anderson had claimed the early wicket of David Warner.

Aug 21, 2013

Cricket-Australia’s Watson makes hay in the sunshine

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Shane Watson launched a brutal assault on England’s two rookie bowlers to lift Australia to 112 for one at lunch on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test at The Oval on Wednesday.

The burly all-rounder blazed one six and 15 fours all round the ground on his way to a sparkling unbeaten 80 after James Anderson had claimed the early wicket of David Warner.

Aug 17, 2013

United’s Moyes enjoys winning start, Arsenal slump

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United began their Premier League title defense with a convincing 4-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday while Arsenal endured a dismal start to the season after a shock 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa.

Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck scored two goals each to give David Moyes a winning start to his reign as United manager in driving rain at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

Aug 17, 2013

Moyes delighted with clinical Man United

By Ed Osmond

(Reuters) – David Moyes was a contented man after going one better than his predecessor as manager Alex Ferguson and leading Manchester United to victory in his first competitive match in charge of the club on Saturday.

United coasted to a 4-1 win at Swansea City in the opening game of their English Premier League title defence, a much better start than Ferguson made to his glittering 26-year reign at Old Trafford in an ignominious 2-0 defeat at Oxford United in 1986.

Aug 17, 2013

Soccer-Moyes delighted with clinical Man United

Aug 17 (Reuters) – David Moyes was a contented man after going one better than his predecessor as manager Alex Ferguson and leading Manchester United to victory in his first competitive match in charge of the club on Saturday.

United coasted to a 4-1 win at Swansea City in the opening game of their English Premier League title defence, a much better start than Ferguson made to his glittering 26-year reign at Old Trafford in an ignominious 2-0 defeat at Oxford United in 1986.

Aug 17, 2013

Arsenal sunk by Villa, Mignolet lifts Liverpool

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal endured a dismal start to the new Premier League season when Christian Benteke struck twice to lift Aston Villa to a shock 3-1 victory at the Emirates where the home side finished with 10 men on Saturday.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored and new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty to earn their side a deserved 1-0 win over Stoke City in the early kickoff at Anfield and West Ham United beat promoted Cardiff City 2-0.

Aug 17, 2013

Soccer-Arsenal sunk by Villa, Mignolet lifts Liverpool

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Arsenal endured a dismal start to the new Premier League season when Christian Benteke struck twice to lift Aston Villa to a shock 3-1 victory at the Emirates where the home side finished with 10 men on Saturday.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored and new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty to earn their side a deserved 1-0 win over Stoke City in the early kickoff at Anfield and West Ham United beat promoted Cardiff City 2-0.