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Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-Globe-trotting Klinsmann a perfect fit for U.S.

NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) – For a man who has spent half his life living and playing in foreign countries, Juergen Klinsmann seems the perfect fit as the United States head coach.

Personifying the mantra that you should practice what you preach, Klinsmann’s globe-trotting exploits have made him the ideal man to lead an American team drawn from all corners of the world.

Jun 6, 2014

Racing industry banking on Triple Crown winner

NEW YORK (Reuters) – California Chrome’s fairytale bid to win the elusive Triple Crown has put U.S. horse racing right in the sporting spotlight. The sport of kings is suddenly popular again and everyone is giddy with excitement.

The horse and his oddball connections have become instant celebrities, with their every move broadcast on American television, newspapers and the internet.

Jun 6, 2014

Patience pays off for California Chrome’s trainer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As any horse trainer will testify, patience is not so much a virtue but an occupational hazard.

For Art Sherman, the 77-year-old trainer of Triple Crown contender California Chrome, his persistence has been put to the ultimate test, a wait of almost 60 years for his first great horse.

Jun 5, 2014

California Chrome raises hopes of a Triple Crown winner

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It has been so long since a horse won the Triple Crown that racing fans across the United States are starting to wonder whether it will ever happen again.

The quest for American racing’s Holy Grail has frustrated and fascinated an entire generation since Affirmed last win the Triple Crown in 1978 but the long wait could be as over as early as Saturday.

Jun 5, 2014

Espinoza on ride of his life with California Chrome

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the jockey of Triple Crown contender California Chrome, Victor Espinoza already knows he is on the ride of his life.

One triumphant lap around the enormous Belmont Park track in New York on Saturday is all that stands between him and a place in racing folklore.

Jun 4, 2014

California Chrome’s rivals happy to spoil the party

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While the vast majority of American racing fans are desperate to see California Chrome win Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and complete the elusive Triple Chrome, his rivals’ connections face a bittersweet prospect.

As devoted race fans themselves, most would love nothing more than to see a horse end the 36-year Triple Crown drought, knowing that it would help raise the profile of the sport in the United States.

Jun 4, 2014

California Chrome draws post two for Belmont

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The racing gods smiled on California Chrome again on Wednesday, handing the colt post position two for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes where he will attempt to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.

With a field of 11 runners entered for the $1.5 million classic, California Chrome drew perfectly near the inside for the exhausting 1 1/2-mile (2,400 meters) journey that will determine whether he conquers U.S. racing’s greatest challenge and joins the sport’s immortals.

Jun 3, 2014

Owners want California Chrome to keep racing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The owners of Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome have taken out an insurance policy on their horse in the hope that he can keep racing regardless of whether or not he wins Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

The superstar colt would be worth millions of dollars as a stallion if he becomes the first horse in 36 years to complete the elusive Triple Crown but his connections want him to stay in the sport.

Jun 3, 2014

Belmont Stakes is true ‘Test of the Champion’

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – The Belmont Stakes may not carry the same prestige as the Kentucky Derby but in U.S. horse racing, it is the one race that determines which horses join the stable of immortals.

As the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont is the race where the greatest horses are coronated – but also the one where their dreams can be shattered.

Jun 1, 2014

U.S. raise World Cup hopes with 2-1 win over Turkey

HARRISON New Jersey (Reuters) – The United States continued their solid build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday, raising expectations of a good showing in Brazil.

Defender Fabian Johnson combined with Michael Bradley to score a superbly executed goal in the first half before Clint Dempsey added a second after the re-start.

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