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Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Keeping Queiroz was vital for Iran – Dejagah

MELBOURNE, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Retaining master coach Carlos Queiroz was not only a boon for Iran’s national soccer team but a coup for the game in the Middle Eastern nation, according to midfielder Ashkan Dejagah.

Former Portugal and Real Madrid manager Queiroz will guide his under-prepared but highly fancied side into the Asian Cup finals in Australia, seeking to harness the team spirit that won admiration at the World Cup last year.

Jan 7, 2015

Australia expect defensive slogs at Asian Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Asian Cup hosts Australia do not expect the same free-flowing contests that marked their World Cup campaign in Brazil and are gearing up to face teams intent on stifling their attacking threat in the group stage, said midfielder Mark Bresciano.

The Socceroos lost all three of their matches in Brazil to be eliminated from the group stage but won admirers for their enterprising play against the Netherlands, Chile and Spain.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Australia expect defensive slogs at Asian Cup

MELBOURNE, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Asian Cup hosts Australia do not expect the same free-flowing contests that marked their World Cup campaign in Brazil and are gearing up to face teams intent on stifling their attacking threat in the group stage, said midfielder Mark Bresciano.

The Socceroos lost all three of their matches in Brazil to be eliminated from the group stage but won admirers for their enterprising play against the Netherlands, Chile and Spain.

Jan 1, 2015

Early exit beckons for Kuwait in tough group

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – The tiny Gulf nation of Kuwait has a history of punching above its weight at the Asian Cup but will struggle to launch a giant-killing run in Australia.

Kuwait proudly hoisted the 1980 trophy in their third tournament when West Asian sides ruled the roost, but have failed to advance beyond the group stage in their last two appearances in 2004 and 2011.

Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-Early exit beckons for Kuwait in tough group

Jan 1 (Reuters) – The tiny Gulf nation of Kuwait has a history of punching above its weight at the Asian Cup but will struggle to launch a giant-killing run in Australia.

Kuwait proudly hoisted the 1980 trophy in their third tournament when West Asian sides ruled the roost, but have failed to advance beyond the group stage in their last two appearances in 2004 and 2011.

Dec 30, 2014

Declaration anxiety dashes Marsh’s first home ton

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A test match that ended in a forgettable draw between Australia and India on Tuesday will be memorable for all the wrong reasons for batsman Shaun Marsh who was run out for 99 in a desperate bid to raise his first century on home soil.

The 31-year-old, on the fringes of the side for years, came unstuck attempting a rash single to bring up the milestone before lunch on day five at the Melbourne Cricket Ground under pressure of a looming declaration from his captain.

Dec 30, 2014

Cricket-Declaration anxiety dashes Marsh’s first home ton

MELBOURNE, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A test match that ended in a forgettable draw between Australia and India on Tuesday will be memorable for all the wrong reasons for batsman Shaun Marsh who was run out for 99 in a desperate bid to raise his first century on home soil.

The 31-year-old, on the fringes of the side for years, came unstuck attempting a rash single to bring up the milestone before lunch on day five at the Melbourne Cricket Ground under pressure of a looming declaration from his captain.

Dec 30, 2014

India tactics contributed to draw, says Smith

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia captain Steven Smith defended his decision to declare late and concede a draw four overs early in the third test on Tuesday, saying India had contributed to the non-result with their tactics in the morning.

Jeers rang out from the crowd of 14,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as Smith and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni shook hands out on the pitch, with Australia forgoing 24 balls to capture the final four wickets for victory.

Dec 30, 2014

Cricket-India tactics contributed to draw, says Smith

MELBOURNE, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Australia captain Steven Smith defended his decision to declare late and concede a draw four overs early in the third test on Tuesday, saying India had contributed to the non-result with their tactics in the morning.

Jeers rang out from the crowd of 14,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as Smith and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni shook hands out on the pitch, with Australia forgoing 24 balls to capture the final four wickets for victory.

Dec 30, 2014

Agar to join Australia squad for Sydney test

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will join Australia’s squad for the fourth and final test against India in Sydney, captain Steven Smith said on Tuesday.

Australia drew the third test with India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, sealing the four-match series 2-0.

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      "Based in home-town of Melbourne covering sports in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Asia Sports desk. Previously covered general news and politics in Beijing with a special focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympics."
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