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Nov 27, 2014

Soccer-City face test of resolve at Koeman’s Saints

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – With Premier League leaders Chelsea on top form, Manchester City will be hoping their Champions League win over Bayern Munich boosts confidence and re-ignites their title defence when they visit high-flying Southampton on Sunday.

Third-placed City have fallen eight points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea after 12 games and face a tough test against a Saints side defying the critics who said they would struggle.

Nov 26, 2014

Toothless Leicester desperately need a fox in the box

LONDON (Reuters) – What Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson would give for a Tony Cottee, Steve Claridge or Emile Heskey right now — the club’s strikers of Premier League yore with a predatory eye for goal.

When Leicester put five goals past a startled Manchester United on a heady Sunday in late September, mounting a barnstorming comeback from 3-1 down for an unlikely 5-3 home triumph, the Foxes looked like they belonged back in the elite.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-Toothless Leicester desperately need a fox in the box

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – What Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson would give for a Tony Cottee, Steve Claridge or Emile Heskey right now — the club’s strikers of Premier League yore with a predatory eye for goal.

When Leicester put five goals past a startled Manchester United on a heady Sunday in late September, mounting a barnstorming comeback from 3-1 down for an unlikely 5-3 home triumph, the Foxes looked like they belonged back in the elite.

Nov 23, 2014

Great year but All Blacks must keep improving – Hansen

CARDIFF (Reuters) – New Zealand must keep improving after a “great year” if they are to become the first side to win back-to-back World Cups in 2015, coach Steve Hansen said.

The All Blacks beat Wales 34-16 on Saturday to cap a year in which they sealed their third successive Rugby Championship, beat World Cup hosts England four times and lost just one of 14 games — against South Africa in Johannesburg in October.

Nov 23, 2014

Rugby-Great year but All Blacks must keep improving – Hansen

CARDIFF, Nov 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand must keep improving after a “great year” if they are to become the first side to win back-to-back World Cups in 2015, coach Steve Hansen said.

The All Blacks beat Wales 34-16 on Saturday to cap a year in which they sealed their third successive Rugby Championship, beat World Cup hosts England four times and lost just one of 14 games — against South Africa in Johannesburg in October.

Nov 22, 2014

Never count out resourceful All Blacks, says Hansen

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales defended with such intensity it was inevitable that they wilted late on in falling to a 34-16 defeat by New Zealand on Saturday, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

The world champions were matched for 65 minutes by a fired-up Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the final match of their northern hemisphere tour before pulling away.

Nov 22, 2014

Rugby-Never count out resourceful All Blacks, says Hansen

CARDIFF, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Wales defended with such intensity it was inevitable that they wilted late on in falling to a 34-16 defeat by New Zealand on Saturday, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

The world champions were matched for 65 minutes by a fired-up Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the final match of their northern hemisphere tour before pulling away.

Nov 22, 2014

Classy All Blacks beat Wales at raucous Millennium

CARDIFF (Reuters) – New Zealand marked Richie McCaw’s 100th game as captain by rallying to defeat Wales 34-16 in the bearpit atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The All Blacks capped their November clean sweep by again digging deep when Wales threatened a shock, showing their class as world champions to pull away with three tries in the final 11 minutes from Beauden Barrett (2) and Kieran Read.

Nov 22, 2014

Rugby-Classy All Blacks beat Wales at raucous Millennium

CARDIFF, Nov 22 (Reuters) – New Zealand marked Richie McCaw’s 100th game as captain by rallying to defeat Wales 34-16 in the bearpit atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The All Blacks capped their November clean sweep by again digging deep when Wales threatened a shock, showing their class as world champions to pull away with three tries in the final 11 minutes from Beauden Barrett (2) and Kieran Read.

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.