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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.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-FIFA official says fines for racism are “disrespectful”

NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) – FIFA’s anti-racism chief Jeffrey Webb has called on national soccer 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.

May 13, 2014

CONCACAF pushing ahead with 2026 World Cup bid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Aggrieved at missing out on the chance to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean is adamant it should be given the 2026 tournament.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said it was only fair that the region should be awarded the 2026 World Cup after losing its place in the queue when the world’s governing body FIFA scrapped its rotational policy after selecting Brazil as the 2014 host.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-CONCACAF pushing ahead with 2026 World Cup bid

NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) – Aggrieved at missing out on the chance to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean is adamant it should be given the 2026 tournament.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said it was only fair that the region should be awarded the 2026 World Cup after losing its place in the queue when the world’s governing body FIFA scrapped its rotational policy after selecting Brazil as the 2014 host.

May 9, 2014

‘Johnny Football’ set to light up Cleveland offense

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Johnny Manziel, College football’s most charismatic and talked about player, is heading to Ohio after the Cleveland Browns traded up to snare the quarterback in the first round of the National Football League draft on Thursday.

Known popularly as ‘Johnny Football’, Manziel was selected by the Browns as the 22nd overall choice after waiting almost three hours to hear his name called out.

May 9, 2014

Clowney vows to repay mother after going No. 1

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jadeveon Clowney looked every inch the best young prospect the National Football League has seen in years when he took his first steps into the professional ranks on Thursday.

As widely expected, the 21-year-old was chosen by the Houston Texans as the first overall pick at the annual NFL Draft and took the news in his stride.

Apr 30, 2014

Bradley embodies fighting spirit of U.S. team

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Every team has a player who embodies the spirit of the side. For the United States, that player is undoubtedly Michael Bradley.

The 26-year-old is the heart and soul of a team that has punched above its weight at international level for years but still wants more.

Apr 30, 2014

Soccer World Cup – U.S. confident of good showing despite tough draw

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The days are long gone when it was a surprise for the United States to reach the World Cup finals, but for a country used to sporting success they are still some way short of making a major impact on the tournament.

It remains one of the final sporting frontiers for the United States to conquer although they reached the semi-finals in 1930 and caused one of soccer’s greatest upsets when they beat England the last time that the World Cup was held in Brazil in 1950.

Apr 30, 2014

Globe-trotting Klinsmann the perfect fit for U.S.

NEW YORK (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 practise 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.

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