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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.

Nov 24, 2012

Rugby-Flawless Cruden helps All Blacks overwhelm Wales

CARDIFF, Nov 24 (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.

Nov 23, 2012

Captain Warburton seeks reasons to be cheerful

LONDON (Reuters) – Embattled Wales captain Sam Warburton has attempted to find a gleam of hope amid the gloom before the European rugby champions try to reverse current form and recent history against New Zealand on Saturday.

Since completing a third grand slam in seven years last March, Wales have lost five consecutive tests. The sequence includes upset losses to Argentina and Samoa in their first two fixtures of the November international season.

Nov 23, 2012

Rugby-Captain Warburton seeks reasons to be cheerful

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Embattled Wales captain Sam Warburton has attempted to find a gleam of hope amid the gloom before the European rugby champions try to reverse current form and recent history against New Zealand on Saturday.

Since completing a third grand slam in seven years last March, Wales have lost five consecutive tests. The sequence includes upset losses to Argentina and Samoa in their first two fixtures of the November international season.

Nov 22, 2012

Referee Clattenburg cleared of racism allegation

LONDON (Reuters) – English referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association on Thursday of using racist language towards a Chelsea player, causing more embarrassment for the European champions in a difficult week.

Chelsea went public and lodged a complaint with the FA last month over “inappropriate language” allegedly directed at their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Nov 22, 2012

Soccer-Referee Clattenburg cleared of racism allegation

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – English referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association on Thursday of using racist language towards a Chelsea player, causing more embarrassment for the European champions in a difficult week.

Chelsea went public and lodged a complaint with the FA last month over “inappropriate language” allegedly directed at their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

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