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Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Roma determined to reach Champions Leage knockouts

MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) – AS Roma are determined to make the knockout rounds of the Champions League after crashing out of the group stage in last year’s tournament, coach Rudi Garcia has said.

The Serie A team managed only one win from six games in their last campaign, showing they were well short of the benchmark in Europe’s top club competition.

Jul 17, 2015

‘Winner’ Ramos needed at Real Madrid, says Benitez

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spain defender Sergio Ramos is not leaving Real Madrid and is an integral part of the La Liga giants’ plans, according to new coach Rafa Benitez.

Ramos has been linked to a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks, despite having two years left on his contract.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-’Winner’ Ramos needed at Real Madrid, says Benitez

MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) – Spain defender Sergio Ramos is not leaving Real Madrid and is an integral part of the La Liga giants’ plans, according to new coach Rafa Benitez.

Ramos has been linked to a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks, despite having two years left on his contract.

Jul 17, 2015

Real must move past ‘division’ of Casillas exit – Benitez

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The controversial departure of Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has created “division” at the Spanish giants and they must put it behind them as soon as possible, coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday.

Real were heavily criticised for a perceived lack of respect for the goalkeeper after he appeared alone at the Bernabeu media room on Sunday to announce his departure from his boyhood club after 16 seasons.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Real must move past ‘division’ of Casillas exit – Benitez

MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) – The controversial departure of Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has created “division” at the Spanish giants and they must put it behind them as soon as possible, coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday.

Real were heavily criticised for a perceived lack of respect for the goalkeeper after he appeared alone at the Bernabeu media room on Sunday to announce his departure from his boyhood club after 16 seasons.

Jul 14, 2015

Rugby-Cheika still seeking answers to Wallabies quandaries

MELBOURNE, July 14 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika is renowned for pulling off big renovation jobs in short order but his Wallabies project will still be a work-in-progress well into the abridged Rugby Championship.

Under the deadline pressure of a looming World Cup, Cheika will give a first glimpse of his plans for the global showpiece in England when he names his matchday side to take on South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.

Jul 10, 2015

Rugby-Palu, White omitted from Wallabies squad

MELBOURNE, July 10 (Reuters) – Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has omitted scrumhalf Nic White and seasoned number eight Wycliff Palu from a 31-man squad for Australia’s opening match of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship against South Africa.

ACT Brumbies back Christian Lealiifano was a third high-profile omission after the initial squad was shaved down from 40 following a training camp on the Sunshine Coast this week.

Jul 4, 2015

Red-hot Smith primed to seize Ashes moment

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Once derided as a bouncy court jester in his maiden Ashes series, Steven Smith and his quirky batting technique are now far from a laughing matter in England.

The Australian captain-in-waiting brings a Bradman-esque run of scores into his fourth Ashes campaign and a quiet resolve to make a fool of bowlers in all corners of the world.

Jul 1, 2015

Super trophy lost, Cheika lands prized Folau

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on Wednesday as he delivered Israel Folau to the promised land for another three years.

With a post-World Cup player drain set to weaken Wallaby stocks, retaining dual international Folau until 2018 was vital for the Australian Rugby Union, which has been beset by financial problems and battered by scandal.

Jul 1, 2015

Rugby-Super trophy lost, Cheika lands prized Folau

MELBOURNE, July 1 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on Wednesday as he delivered Israel Folau to the promised land for another three years.

With a post-World Cup player drain set to weaken Wallaby stocks, retaining dual international Folau until 2018 was vital for the Australian Rugby Union, which has been beset by financial problems and battered by scandal.

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