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Sep 20, 2014

Pardew rides the punches as Newcastle show fighting spirit

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Amid the vitriol and “Sack Pardew” banners held aloft by unhappy fans around St James’ Park, embattled Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew did his best to keep his composure by not once leaving his technical area.

As the grumbles of disapproval grew ever more vociferous when Hull City took a 2-0 lead on Saturday, the smartly-suited Pardew kept faith that his side’s miserable start to the Premier League season could not get any worse.

Sep 20, 2014

Soccer-Pardew rides the punches as Newcastle show fighting spirit

Sept 20 (Reuters) – Amid the vitriol and “Sack Pardew” banners held aloft by unhappy fans around St James’ Park, embattled Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew did his best to keep his composure by not once leaving his technical area.

As the grumbles of disapproval grew ever more vociferous when Hull City took a 2-0 lead on Saturday, the smartly-suited Pardew kept faith that his side’s miserable start to the Premier League season could not get any worse.

May 23, 2014

Chelsea defender Luiz set for Paris St Germain move

LONDON (Reuters) – French champions Paris St Germain have agreed terms with Chelsea to sign Brazil defender David Luiz, the clubs said on Friday.

“The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical examination,” Premier League club Chelsea said on their website (www.chelseafc.com).

May 23, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea defender Luiz set for Paris St Germain move

LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – French champions Paris St Germain have agreed terms with Chelsea to sign Brazil defender David Luiz, the clubs said on Friday.

“The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical examination,” Premier League club Chelsea said on their website (www.chelseafc.com).

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.