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Dec 28, 2012

Olympics sparkle at height of magical British summer

LONDON (Reuters) – London defied Britain’s wettest summer for 100 years, potential transport and security chaos and a depressed economy to stage a marvelous 2012 Olympics during a magical year for British sport.

Over the past century Britons have become resigned to watching the rest of the world beat them at games they had either invented or codified at the height of the island nation’s imperial splendor.

Dec 17, 2012

Olympics sparkle at height of magical British summer

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – London defied Britain’s wettest summer for 100 years, potential transport and security chaos and a depressed economy to stage a marvellous 2012 Olympics during a magical year for British sport.

Over the past century Britons have become resigned to watching the rest of the world beat them at games they had either invented or codified at the height of the island nation’s imperial splendour.

Dec 13, 2012

Spot fixing threatens integrity of modern cricket

LONDON (Reuters) – Any comfortable assumptions that world cricket has largely eradicated corruption after the shock of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal are challenged in a disturbing new book investigating India’s illegal bookmaking underworld.

In “Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy; A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld”, English author and cricket betting tipster Ed Hawkins says his confidence in the sport has been eroded “on the long trip to cricket’s corrupt core”.

Dec 13, 2012

Spot fixing threatens integrity of modern game

LONDON (Reuters) – Any comfortable assumptions that world cricket has largely eradicated corruption after the shock of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal are challenged in a disturbing new book investigating India’s illegal bookmaking underworld.

In “Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy; A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld”, English author and cricket betting tipster Ed Hawkins says his confidence in the sport has been eroded “on the long trip to cricket’s corrupt core”.

Dec 13, 2012

Cricket-Spot fixing threatens integrity of modern game

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Any comfortable assumptions that world cricket has largely eradicated corruption after the shock of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal are challenged in a disturbing new book investigating India’s illegal bookmaking underworld.

In “Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy; A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld”, English author and cricket betting tipster Ed Hawkins says his confidence in the sport has been eroded “on the long trip to cricket’s corrupt core”.

Dec 12, 2012

Pressure mounts on Wenger in denial

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsene Wenger appeared a man in denial after his hapless Arsenal side were knocked out of the League Cup by a fourth tier English club who avoided relegation to non-league soccer by only six points last season.

Before an Arsenal side close to full strength had been humiliatingly defeated on penalties by Bradford City on Tuesday, Wenger complained that the dressing room facilities were not what his team were accustomed to.

Dec 12, 2012

Soccer-Pressure mounts on Wenger in denial

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Arsene Wenger appeared a man in denial after his hapless Arsenal side were knocked out of the League Cup by a fourth tier English club who avoided relegation to non-league soccer by only six points last season.

Before an Arsenal side close to full strength had been humiliatingly defeated on penalties by Bradford City on Tuesday, Wenger complained that the dressing room facilities were not what his team were accustomed to.

Nov 30, 2012

Rugby: All Blacks still a work in progress

LONDON (Reuters) – Drawing on the wisdom derived from 92 tests for the New Zealand All Blacks, Sean Fitzpatrick’s praise for the 2012 team before the final match of the Rugby Championship carried a special authority.

“This year they have shown they are one of the great sides,” the former New Zealand captain told television viewers.

Nov 24, 2012

Rugby-Cruden immaculate in New Zealand win over Wales

CARDIFF, Nov 24 (Reuters) – World champions New Zealand ruthlessly exposed Wales’s frailties with a 33-10 victory at the Millennium stadium on Saturday underpinned by an immaculate display of place kicking from replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden.

Cruden, a late substitute for Dan Carter, the world’s best standoff who withdrew on Friday evening with an injury to his right leg, converted each of his kicks for a total of 18 points.

Nov 24, 2012

Flawless Cruden helps All Blacks overwhelm Wales

CARDIFF (Reuters) – World champions New Zealand overwhelmed Wales 33-10 in the third international of their November tour on Saturday with replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden giving an immaculate display of place kicking.

Cruden, a late substitute for Dan Carter who withdrew on Friday with a leg injury, kicked four penalties and three conversions to leave the Millennium stadium with a 100 percent record.

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