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The other hockey?



Hockey-World-Hosts Argentina secure top spot with England win

ROSARIO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Hosts Argentina, keeping their goal intact for the fourth successive match, beat England 2-0 Monday to win Pool B at the women’s hockey World Cup.

This was a Reuters Sports News Headline.

Surely it should read either “Soccer or Football” as I am certain that women’s world cup hockey is not being played in Argentina. Further, the article reads like a soccer commentary with terms like “corner penalty specialist”. Although a reference to a “shot from the top of the circle” had me utterly confused for a moment.

Finally, as a proud Canadian, I am certain that a women’s “world hockey” tournament would not be at the exclusion of our great Canadian Women’s Hockey team!

Please correct said article as I believe the women of both sports, soccer and hockey, deserve this professional courtesy, at the least.

Offensive word…


Balotelli set for Italy debut

SOCCER-ITALY/Balotelli, who is being courted by Manchester City and will be one of only a handful of coloured players to have represented Italy, displayed his trademark single-mindedness by immediately grabbing the number nine striker jersey with Cassano taking 10.

The Italian footballer Mario Balotelli is referred to as “coloured”. He is black.

Where’s the ill temper?


Ortiz powers Sox to bad-tempered win

BASEBALL/I re-read this article three times looking for any comment about somebody being bad-tempered.

There was no mention or even a hint about bad tempers. Who provided the title to this well-written account of the game?

Polly want a correction?


gbu parrot

“The Netherlands and Spain  will square off Sunday for the World Cup final, the first ever for both  sides.”

On Mani the parrot, who predicts the Netherlands will win the World Cup, your reporter mistakenly, in her voiceover, says this is the first time for each Spain and the Netherlands to be in the World Cup final. That is incorrect. The Netherlands has been in two previous final games.

Very unfortunate headline


Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters

ATHLETICSEUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix edged out Tyson Gay in the former world champion’s hotly-anticipated return to the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Not a sports fan, nor a regular Reuters reader. But I have to ask, after a hot day in NYC watching stupid reporters actually trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk, why are you not better or smarter than them?

The wrong year…


 gbu olympicsI was just watching a news clip with a voice-over by a woman with an American accent.

It was about the 100-yr-old table tennis champion lady. During the story, it was mentioned that the lady was also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest volunteer at the “2004″ Sydney Olympics.

Ex-Olympic champion?


Ex-Olympic champion Lavrova killed in crash WSMOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Natalia Lavrova died in a car accident on Friday, the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation said.

Just so you know, an Olympic athlete who wins gold is never referred to as an “ex” Olympian.

Once an Olympic athlete, ALWAYS an Olympic athlete. I am writing this about your article about the late Ms. Natalia Lavrova.

Sentence lays an egg


Garnett suspended after confrontation with Heat players

gbu garnett 240Garnett elbowed Quentin Richardson in the face during the fourth quarter of Game One, when the Heat guard approached Boston forward Paul Pierce, who was laying injured on the court.

Your reporter and editor both get a grade of ‘F’ for grammar in the story about Kevin Garnett’s one-game suspension.

Our wording wasn’t cricket?


Kallis, De Villiers hit tons in S. Africa win

CRICKET-SAFRICA/AHMEDABAD, India, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers blasted unbeaten centuries to set up South Africa’s 90-run win over India in the third and final one-dayer on Saturday.

De Villiers, who scored 114 not out in Gwalior where Tendulkar became the first player to score a double century in one-day internationals, raced to his hundred thanks to a six and four off part-time spinner Rohit Sharma.

Gibe vs. Jibe


Vonn hurt by Mancuso jibe over popularity

OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/SUPERG-Does anyone there have a journalism degree or maybe English?

Jibe = sailing term. Gibe = mocking term.

How does this make a worldwide article headline?


In British English, jibe is the correct spelling for the word Americans know as gibe: GBU Editor

Bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is wrapped in her national flag as she adjusts her skis on the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s Alpine Skiing Super-G race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger