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Apr 13, 2014

Farah vows to return after tough London marathon debut

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Mo Farah vowed not to abandon his marathon ambitions after a chastening transition from track to road on his competitive debut over 26.2 miles in London on Sunday.

The Briton, who built up an aura of invincibility after winning 5,000 and 10,000 metre titles at the last Olympics and world championships, said he was disappointed to finish eighth, nearly four minutes behind winner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

Apr 13, 2014

Kenyans dominate as Farah toils in London debut

LONDON (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Mo Farah toiled on his highly-anticipated marathon debut with the Briton trailing in eighth as Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat secured London titles on Sunday.

Farah, the world and Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion, was given a “tough” baptism by the world’s best – finishing almost four minutes behind world record holder Kipsang on a sunny morning in the capital.

Apr 5, 2014

National jockeys refuse to attend steward’s inquiry

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Grand National jockeys refused to attend the outcome of a steward’s inquiry into an incident moments before the famous race on Saturday that left a course official injured.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said in a statement that the steward’s inquiry had been adjourned to be held at their headquarters in London.

Apr 5, 2014

Horse racing-Pineau De Re wins National on doctor’s orders

LIVERPOOL, England, April 5 (Reuters) – Doctor Richard Newland, who trains a small string of horses as a “hobby” while keeping an eye on his healthcare businesses, won the Grand National at the first attempt with 25-1 outsider Pineau De Re on Saturday.

Leighton Aspell, a 37-year-old journeyman jockey who quit the saddle for almost two years before returning with “unfinished business” steered Pineau De Re to a five-length victory in the Aintree showpiece.

Apr 5, 2014

Pineau De Re wins National on doctor’s orders

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Doctor Richard Newland, who trains a small string of horses as a “hobby” while keeping an eye on his healthcare businesses, won the Grand National at the first attempt with 25-1 outsider Pineau De Re on Saturday.

Leighton Aspell, a 37-year-old journeyman jockey who quit the saddle for almost two years before returning with “unfinished business” steered Pineau De Re to a five-length victory in the Aintree showpiece.

Apr 4, 2014

Henderson Aintree treble may be Grand National omen

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Trainer Nicky Henderson believes he has the ‘quality and quantity’ to end his Grand National hoodoo on Saturday after warming up for the famous steeplechase with a treble at Aintree.

The 63-year-old three-time champion trainer has won the sport’s biggest prizes – he is the most successful handler at the Cheltenham Festival with 51 winners – but the National has eluded him since his first runner in 1979.

Mar 20, 2014

Pirlo puts Juve in last eight with Benfica, Porto

LONDON (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo kept Juventus on course for a home Europa League final after his superb free kick settled their battle with Italian rivals Fiorentina to send the Serie A leaders into the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Pirlo’s dead-ball accuracy after 71 minutes, which saw him caress the ball high into the far right corner of the net, handed Juve a 1-0 win in Florence and a 2-1 aggregate success over a Fiore side who finished with 10 men.

Mar 20, 2014

Soccer-Pirlo puts Juve in last eight with Benfica, Porto

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo kept Juventus on course for a home Europa League final after his superb free kick settled their battle with Italian rivals Fiorentina to send the Serie A leaders into the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Pirlo’s dead-ball accuracy after 71 minutes, which saw him caress the ball high into the far right corner of the net, handed Juve a 1-0 win in Florence and a 2-1 aggregate success over a Fiore side who finished with 10 men.

Mar 14, 2014

Jockey Walsh fractures arm in Cheltenham fall

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Jockey Ruby Walsh, the all-time leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival, suffered a fractured right arm after a heavy fall in the opening race on Gold Cup day on Friday.

The Irishman was catapulted to the turf from the pacesetting Abbyssial at the second flight in the Triumph Hurdle. He was taken to hospital after sustaining a compound fracture to his right humerus, officials at the racecourse said.

Mar 14, 2014

Culloty savours Gold Cup triumph after doldrums

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Jim Culloty, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Lord Windermere on Friday, has found the going harder as a trainer than he did as a jockey, so much so that he questioned his own ability when times got tough.

Irishman Culloty quit the saddle a year after his third successive Gold Cup triumph in 2004 on the horse he will be forever associated with – Best Mate, who propelled him and trainer Henrietta Knight into the limelight.