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Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Cup offers Qatar chance to make headlines on the field

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Off the field, Qatar have been the talk of world football for the past few years, upsetting some of the game’s traditional giants by winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

On the pitch, it has been a very different story with the tiny oil and gas-rich state hardly rating a mention. Qatar’s success in persuading FIFA to grant them the World Cup has not translated to success on the field.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-High-ranked Iran overdue Asian Cup success

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Recent form dictates that Iran, the top ranked team in Asia, are one of the favourites to win the Asian Cup but despite their pedigree they have developed a reputation for underperforming in the region’s premier tournament.

The Middle East powerhouse have won the Cup three times, a feat matched by Saudi Arabia and bettered only by Japan, but the last of their three successive titles came in 1976.

Dec 30, 2014

Sport-Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

SINGAPORE, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A year that was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love.

On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking.

A German team, unshackled from its pragmatic past and playing with uninhibited flair, won a World Cup in Brazil that exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations.

Dec 19, 2014

Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love.

On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking.

A German team, unshackled from its pragmatic past and playing with uninhibited flair, won a World Cup in Brazil that exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations.

Dec 19, 2014

Yearender: Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love.

On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking.

A German team, unshackled from its pragmatic past and playing with uninhibited flair, won a World Cup in Brazil that exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations.

Nov 28, 2014

Batsman’s death turns attention on helmets

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the world, a sport that anyone can play without any real fear for their safety.

The horrific death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being hit in the head by a ball, has shattered that notion forever.

Nov 28, 2014

Phil Hughes’ death turns attention on helmets

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the world, a sport that anyone can play without any real fear for their safety.

The horrific death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being hit in the head by a ball, has shattered that notion forever.

Nov 28, 2014

Cricket-Batsman’s death turns attention on helmets

SINGAPORE, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the world, a sport that anyone can play without any real fear for their safety.

The horrific death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being hit in the head by a ball, has shattered that notion forever.

Nov 27, 2014

Australia’s maverick batsman Phil Hughes

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday aged 25, will forever be remembered as one of Australian cricket’s free spirits.

A pugnacious left-hander brimming with self-confidence, his life was tragically cut short when he was hit on the head by a ball and never regained consciousness.

Nov 25, 2014

Cricket-Australia’s maverick batsman Phil Hughes

Nov 25 (Reuters) – Phil Hughes has always been something of a maverick in Australian cricketing circles.

A pugnacious left-hander brimming with self-confidence, he has been in an out of the Australian national team for the past five years.

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