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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.

Mar 14, 2014

Lord Windermere wins dramatic Cheltenham Gold Cup

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Lord Windermere, ridden by Davy Russell for trainer Jim Culloty, won a dramatic Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday but only after a nerve-shredding stewards’ enquiry.

The 20-1 surprise winner prevailed in a photo finish, a short head in front of On His Own (16-1) with The Giant Bolster (14-1) third to hand Culloty his first Gold Cup success as a trainer after he triumphed three times on Best Mate during his riding career.

Feb 24, 2014

Sliding: Peerless Zubkov proves unbeatable on home ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Alexander Zubkov made full use of home-ice advantage by steering the twists and turns of the Olympic sliding track faster than anyone else to win both two-man and four-man bobsleigh gold.

If the first week of the sliding events belonged to Germany, who confirmed their status as luge powerhouses by sweeping all four golds, the second belonged to the 39-year-old Russian.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Sliding-Peerless Zubkov proves unbeatable on home ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Alexander Zubkov made full use of home-ice advantage by steering the twists and turns of the Olympic sliding track faster than anyone else to win both two-man and four-man bobsleigh gold.

If the first week of the sliding events belonged to Germany, who confirmed their status as luge powerhouses by sweeping all four golds, the second belonged to the 39-year-old Russian.

Feb 23, 2014

Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.

Zubkov, watched by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.

Zubkov, watched by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis.