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Jul 5, 2014

Lavillenie needs only one vault to win in Paris

PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) – French world record holder Renaud Lavillenie needed only one successful vault to secure first place in the men’s pole vault at the Paris Diamond League meeting at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Lavillenie, unbeaten in 15 previous meetings this year both indoors and outside, delayed his entry until the bar had reached 5.70 metres. The competition had already begun while he was being paraded around the track on the back of a car accompanied by Brazilian samba dancers and drummers.

Jul 3, 2014

Gay loses out to Gatlin in comeback after drugs ban

LAUSANNE (Reuters) – Former world 100 meters champion Tyson Gay finished second behind fellow American Justin Gatlin on his return to competition after a one-year doping ban at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

Gatlin, the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist who was later banned for four years for doping, clocked a season’s best 9.80 seconds while Gay clocked 9.93. American champion Mike Rodgers, who has also served a drugs suspension, was third in 9.98.

Dec 31, 2013

Extraordinary anti-racist book celebrates 50th anniversary

LONDON (Reuters) – Fifty years ago Martin Luther King departed from a prepared speech to electrify and exalt a quarter of a million people packed into Washington by inviting them to share his dream of a nation in which all men and women would finally be equal regardless of colour.

During the same year, Nelson Mandela faced the gallows when he went on trial for sabotage waged during an underground campaign to force the South African authorities to abandon their vicious racial separation laws.

Dec 31, 2013

Cricket-Extraordinary anti-racist book celebrates 50th anniversary

LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Fifty years ago Martin Luther King departed from a prepared speech to electrify and exalt a quarter of a million people packed into Washington by inviting them to share his dream of a nation in which all men and women would finally be equal regardless of colour.

During the same year, Nelson Mandela faced the gallows when he went on trial for sabotage waged during an underground campaign to force the South African authorities to abandon their vicious racial separation laws.

Oct 10, 2013

Profile: Tendulkar destiny never in doubt

LONDON (Reuters) – From the moment he took guard as a 16-year-old against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis on a green-tinged pitch in Karachi in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar’s destiny looked assured.

The diminutive Indian, who announced on Thursday he will retire at the age of 40 after playing a record 200th test against West Indies at home next month, scored only 15.

Oct 10, 2013

Cricket-Tendulkar destiny never in doubt

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – From the moment he took guard as a 16-year-old against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis on a green-tinged pitch in Karachi in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar’s destiny looked assured.

The diminutive Indian, who announced on Thursday he will retire at the age of 40 after playing a record 200th test against West Indies at home next month, scored only 15.

Sep 23, 2013

Smith true winner of ‘dirtiest race’ in history

LONDON (Reuters) – If anti-doping regulations had been strictly enforced, Calvin Smith, a gifted American sprinter with a distinctive upright style, would have left the 1988 Seoul Games as the Olympic 100 meters champion and world-record holder.

On the day that changed the face of the Olympics and his sport forever, Smith finished fourth behind Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie. Today he is the only man among the first five finishers in Seoul untouched by a drugs scandal.

Sep 23, 2013

Athletics-Smith true winner of “dirtiest race” in history

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – If anti-doping regulations had been strictly enforced, Calvin Smith, a gifted American sprinter with a distinctive upright style, would have left the 1988 Seoul Games as the Olympic 100 metres champion and world-record holder.

On the day that changed the face of the Olympics and his sport forever, Smith finished fourth behind Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie. Today he is the only man among the first five finishers in Seoul untouched by a drugs scandal.

Jul 22, 2013

Former captain Border criticises Australia batsmen

LONDON (Reuters) – Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord’s on Sunday.

“Watching today I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack (number 11) looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed,” Border wrote to Cricket Australia’s subscribers as he delivered a brutally honest assessment.

Jul 22, 2013

Cricket-Former captain Border criticises Australia batsmen

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord’s on Sunday.

“Watching today I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack (number 11) looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed,” Border wrote to Cricket Australia’s subscribers as he delivered a brutally honest assessment.

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