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Nov 20, 2014

Tennis-Federer set to face France in Davis Cup final

LILLE, France, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France’s Gael Monfils on Friday, organisers announced on Thursday.

The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give Switzerland their maiden title in the team competition, withdrew from the ATP World Tour final against Novak Djokovic last Sunday.

Nov 19, 2014

Saint-Andre keeps faith with halfbacks against Argentina

PARIS (Reuters) – France have stuck with Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Camille Lopez as their halfback pairing for the third time in a row after months of tinkering as they seek a November hat-trick of wins against Argentina on Saturday.

The pair, who played well in a 40-15 rout of Fiji and in Saturday’s 29-26 defeat of Australia, will start together again at the Stade de France at the expense of Castres team mates Rory Kockott and Remi Tales.

Nov 19, 2014

Rugby-Saint-Andre keeps faith with halfbacks against Argentina

PARIS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – France have stuck with Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Camille Lopez as their halfback pairing for the third time in a row after months of tinkering as they seek a November hat-trick of wins against Argentina on Saturday.

The pair, who played well in a 40-15 rout of Fiji and in Saturday’s 29-26 defeat of Australia, will start together again at the Stade de France at the expense of Castres team mates Rory Kockott and Remi Tales.

Nov 19, 2014

French scandals show need for coordination, experts say

PARIS (Reuters) – Recent scandals that have hit French football show that sports authorities alone cannot fight corruption, according to a group of experts calling for an “international platform” to coordinate the efforts.

On Tuesday, the presidents of Ligue 1 Caen and Ligue 2 Nimes plus Ligue 2 Dijon’s coach Olivier Dall’Oglio were in custody for alleged match-fixing in second division games last season.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-French scandals show need for coordination, experts say

PARIS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Recent scandals that have hit French football show that sports authorities alone cannot fight corruption, according to a group of experts calling for an “international platform” to coordinate the efforts.

On Tuesday, the presidents of Ligue 1 Caen and Ligue 2 Nimes plus Ligue 2 Dijon’s coach Olivier Dall’Oglio were in custody for alleged match-fixing in second division games last season.

Nov 19, 2014

Astana hit by another doping case

PARIS (Reuters) – Astana were rocked by another doping case on Wednesday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Kazakh Victor Okishev had tested positive.

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has notified UCI Continental Team Astana Kazakh rider Victor Okishev of an Adverse Analytical Finding of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in a sample collected at the Asian Cycling Championships on 29 May 2014, the UCI said in a statement.

Nov 18, 2014

Federer and Wawrinka play down London row

LILLE France (Reuters) – With the Davis Cup final against France looming, Roger Federer and his Swiss team mate Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday played down talk of an internal row, sparked by the pair’s fiery clash at the ATP World Tour Finals last week.

During their semi-final encounter in London, which Federer won 4-6 7-5 7-6(6), TV footage showed Wawrinka asking Federer’s box to keep quiet between serves and complaining to chair umpire Cedric Mourier that his opponent’s wife Mirka had heckled him.

Nov 18, 2014

Tennis-Federer and Wawrinka play down London row

LILLE, France, Nov 18 (Reuters) – With the Davis Cup final against France looming, Roger Federer and his Swiss team mate Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday played down talk of an internal row, sparked by the pair’s fiery clash at the ATP World Tour Finals last week.

During their semi-final encounter in London, which Federer won 4-6 7-5 7-6(6), TV footage showed Wawrinka asking Federer’s box to keep quiet between serves and complaining to chair umpire Cedric Mourier that his opponent’s wife Mirka had heckled him.

Nov 18, 2014

Caen could be expelled amid match-fixing probe

PARIS (Reuters) – Caen and Nimes could be expelled from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 respectively should match-fixing allegations be proven, the French League (LFP) president said on Tuesday.

“If corruption, match fixing… were to be proven, the League would impose the necessary sanctions with the greatest severity and I remind you that it could go as far as the exclusion from the league,” Frederic Thiriez told a news conference on Tuesday.

Nov 18, 2014

Soccer-Caen could be expelled amid match-fixing probe

PARIS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Caen and Nimes could be expelled from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 respectively should match-fixing allegations be proven, the French League (LFP) president said on Tuesday.

“If corruption, match fixing were to be proven, the League would impose the necessary sanctions with the greatest severity and I remind you that it could go as far as the exclusion from the league,” Frederic Thiriez told a news conference on Tuesday.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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