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Feb 11, 2015

U.S. doping chief tells Rodriguez it’s time to come clean

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Alex Rodriguez needs to do more than just apologize to the New York Yankees if he really wants to atone for the way he behaved during his highly-publicized doping case, according to the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

USADA chief Travis Tygart told Reuters on Wednesday he welcomed Rodriguez’s decision to say sorry to the Yankees as he prepares to make his return to Major League Baseball after completing a year-long drugs ban.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-UAE hoping to “surprise” opponents at World Cup

Feb 6 (Reuters) – With a team of part-timers, the United Arab Emirates are realistic about their prospects at the cricket World Cup.

As the last team to qualify for the tournament, they are the rank outsiders, facing a stiff challenge of winning a single match let alone the title.

Feb 1, 2015

Djokovic says fatherhood has given him a new perspective

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Like any new father, Novak Djokovic has quickly developed a new perspective on life and tennis.

The Serbian won his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday, beating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 but his thoughts turned to family, rather than the trophy he had just won.

Feb 1, 2015

Djokovic shows why he is king of the Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic may never win as many Wimbledon or U.S. Open titles as Roger Federer or as many French Open championships as Rafa Nadal but when it comes to the Australian Open the Serbian reigns supreme.

On Sunday, Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open crown, beating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 in an old fashioned slugfest where the pair went toe-t-toe like two prize fighters before the Serb knocked the Scotsman out.

Jan 31, 2015

Australia’s Luongo named MVP at Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Massimo Luongo was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Asian Cup after scoring the opening goal for Australia in Saturday’s 2-1 win over South Korea in the final at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

The 22-year-old midfielder capped a brilliant performance throughout the tournament when he scored in the 45th minute, turning sharply before blasting the ball into the net from 25 metres out.

Jan 30, 2015

Soccer-Nerves worry South Korean coach before Asian Cup final

SYDNEY, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A meticulous planner who leaves nothing to chance, South Korea coach Uli Stielike admits there is one variable he will have no control over when his team faces Australia in Saturday’s Asian Cup final.

The German has done a masterful job with his squad during the tournament, guiding them to the title match without conceding a goal.

Jan 30, 2015

Win or lose, Australia benefits from reaching Asian Cup final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia, perhaps more than most countries, know the benefits that winning in sport brings to a nation. And few Australians know that better than the country’s long suffering soccer fans.

For years, soccer has been regarded as a fringe sport in Australia, overshadowed by cricket, rugby league and Australian Rules Football.

Jan 29, 2015

Asian Cup finalists gunning for breakthrough win

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The first Asian Cup held in Australia has already exceeded expectations and now the stars have aligned to produce what promises to be a classic final.

Both sides will feel confident of emerging victorious in Saturday’s clash between the host nation and South Korea at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium when the best attack in the tournament comes up against the best defence.

Jan 27, 2015

Australia turn attention to Asian Cup final

NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia’s players were forced to put their celebrations on hold after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-0 on Tuesday to join South Korea in the Asian Cup final.

For a country that hardly paid any attention to the Asian Cup until ditching Oceania to join the Asian Football Confederation, the tournament has suddenly taken on historical importance.

Jan 25, 2015

Iraq confirmed as Asian Cup semi-finalist after Iran protest

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Iraq were cleared to take their place in Monday’s Asian Cup semi-final against South Korea after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed a protest from Iran.

Iraq beat their old foes on penalties in the quarter-finals but Iran submitted a formal protest, asking for the result to be overturned.

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