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Feb 14, 2015

Cricket-Veteran Vettori gives master class in left arm spin

CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Daniel Vettori, whose battered body has endured a series of injuries which would have ended the career of a less determined cricketer long ago, gave a master class in orthodox left-arm spin on the opening day of the cricket World Cup on Saturday.

Vettori, 36, was handed the ball in the 11th over after Sri Lanka had made a promising start in pursuit of New Zealand’s 331 for six at Hagley Oval.

Aug 24, 2014

Barshim prevails in another high jump epic

England (Reuters) – Mutaz Essa Barshim and Bohdan Bondarenko staged another of the epic men’s high jump duels which have illuminated the 2014 athletics season at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

Qatar’s world indoor champion Barshim eventually prevailed, winning on a countback with a height of 2.38 meters after both men failed three times at 2.41 meters. Ukrainian Bondarenko, last year’s world outdoor champion, was second with the same height.

Aug 21, 2014

European javelin champion Ruuskanen prevails in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Finland’s new European champion Antti Ruuskanen defeated a classy men’s javelin field including the other two Zurich medallists and the 2014 world leader at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

On a difficult evening for the athletes with frigid conditions and shifting winds followed by light rain towards the end of the meeting, at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic stadium, Ruuskanen won with his second throw of 87.24 metres.

Aug 21, 2014

Athletics-European javelin champion Ruuskanen prevails in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Finland’s new European champion Antti Ruuskanen defeated a classy men’s javelin field including the other two Zurich medallists and the 2014 world leader at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

On a difficult evening for the athletes with frigid conditions and shifting winds followed by light rain towards the end of the meeting, at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic stadium, Ruuskanen won with his second throw of 87.24 metres.

Aug 13, 2014

Proud Muslim Moeen emerges as cult figure

LONDON (Reuters) – A proud Muslim of Pakistani descent featuring a luxuriant black beard has become a cult figure after performing heroics with the ball during England’s spirited fightback in the current series against India.

England, in disarray after their traumatic 5-0 defeat in Australia this year, selected 27-year-old Moeen Ali for the two-test series against Sri Lanka as a batsman who could also fill in with a few overs of off-spin after Graeme Swann’s abrupt retirement during the Ashes series.

Aug 13, 2014

Cricket-Proud Muslim Moeen emerges as cult figure

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – A proud Muslim of Pakistani descent featuring a luxuriant black beard has become a cult figure after performing heroics with the ball during England’s spirited fightback in the current series against India.

England, in disarray after their traumatic 5-0 defeat in Australia this year, selected 27-year-old Moeen Ali for the two-test series against Sri Lanka as a batsman who could also fill in with a few overs of off-spin after Graeme Swann’s abrupt retirement during the Ashes series.

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.

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