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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.

Jun 1, 2014

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

HARRISON, New Jersey, June 1 (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.

Jun 1, 2014

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

HARRISON, New Jersey, June 1 (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.

May 30, 2014

Lundqvist rebounds in spectacular style for NY Rangers

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – Just two days after one of the worst nights of his professional career, Henrik Lundqvist was celebrating one of his greatest successes, leading the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup appearance in two decades.

The Swedish goalie is already a cult figure in the Big Apple after spending years saving goals for the Rangers but his popularity soared to legendary status after his roller-coaster week ended in spectacular triumph.

May 30, 2014

Rangers beat Canadiens to reach Stanley Cup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to seal their first Stanley Cup appearance in two decades. Dominic Moore scored the game’s only goal in the second period as the Rangers wrapped up the Eastern Conference finals series 4-2. The Rangers will play either the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup when the National Hockey League’s championship started on June 4. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was surprisingly pulled during Tuesday’s Game Five loss in Montreal, made a spectacular return with 18 saves and his first shutout of the playoffs. He pulled off one miraculous save from Thomas Vanek in the second period when he dropped his stick but flipped around just in time to stop the puck going into the net, whipping the Big Apple’s hockey fans into a frenzy. With Lundqvist back in goal and the Rangers back on home ice, the Blueshirts came out with all the ferocity of a prizefighter looking for a quick knockout. Montreal’s rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski soon found himself under attack, forced to save the first seven shots of the contest, including a vicious snap from Mats Zuccarelolo that rifled into his face mask. But the Rangers failed to capitalise on their early chances – including a golden opportunity to score off a short-handed wraparound – and the Habs slowly began to grow in confidence in a scoreless opening period. The Rangers came desperately close to scoring in the second period when Derek Stepan, playing with a broken jaw he suffered in Game Three, hit the post, triggering some anxious groans from the team’s long suffering fans. The Canadiens, who won the last of their 24 Stanley Cup championships a year before the Rangers’ last success in 1994, killed off two New York penalties then almost snatched the lead when Lundqvist acrobatically stopped Vanek’s backhander. Moore finally broke the deadlock less than two minutes before the end of the middle period when Brian Boyle got in behind the Montreal net and fed the puck to Moore, who slipped it past Tokarski for his third goal of the playoffs.

The last time the Rangers made the Stanley Cup finals was in 1994 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games and the odds were stacked against them this season.

May 26, 2014

Rangers down Canadiens to inch towards finals berth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in an overtime thriller on Sunday to move within one victory of a first Stanley Cup appearance in two decades.

Roared on by a boisterous Madison Square Garden crowd, the Rangers gave their long suffering fans cause for optimism that an overdue NHL title could be close when Martin St. Louis scored the Game Four winner six minutes into overtime.

May 19, 2014

California Chrome OK’d for nasal strips at Belmont

NEW YORK (Reuters) – California Chrome has been granted permission to wear a nasal strip in next month’s Belmont Stakes, clearing the way for his attempt to complete U.S. racing’s elusive Triple Crown.

New York Racing Association (NYRA) stewards released a statement on Monday saying they had changed their policy banning the use of the adhesive strips, saying all horses would be allowed to wear them from now on.

May 18, 2014

California Chrome wants nasal ruling for Belmont

NEW YORK (Reuters) – California Chrome’s bid to win American horse racing’s Triple Crown could be in jeopardy because of a rarely used rule banning nasal strips.

The three-year-old has the chance to become the first horse in 36 years to complete the elusive treble after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in impressive style.

May 13, 2014

FIFA official says fines for racism are ‘disrespectful’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA’s anti-racism chief Jeffrey Webb has called on national football associations to start implementing tougher sanctions to rid the game of discrimination, describing the use of monetary fines as “disrespectful” and little more than a “slap on the wrist.”

Jeffrey Webb, the chairman of FIFA’s Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force, said that while the world and regional bodies had introduced strict new laws to combat racism, some national leagues were ignoring the proposals and being too lenient.

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