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Jun 24, 2014

England’s World Cup exit is a blow for bookmakers

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – England’s early exit from the World Cup is a setback for Britain’s bookmakers who had been hoping for a bumper soccer tournament, in part to cushion them from the impact of new taxes.

However, bookies say it’s not the end of the world, with the excitement generated by a series of thrilling matches helping keep gamblers engaged despite England’s poor showing.

Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-England’s World Cup exit is a blow for bookmakers

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – England’s early exit from the World Cup is a setback for Britain’s bookmakers who had been hoping for a bumper soccer tournament, in part to cushion them from the impact of new taxes.

However, bookies say it’s not the end of the world, with the excitement generated by a series of thrilling matches helping keep gamblers engaged despite England’s poor showing.

Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014

Spain restore pride by outclassing Australia

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – Veteran striker David Villa helped to fire Spain to a comfortable 3-0 win over Australia on Monday to ensure that the deposed champions left Brazil on a winning note after a miserable World Cup.

Both teams were already out of the tournament after defeats to the Dutch and Chile in group B but Villa and Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta, who won his 100th cap, at least had something to celebrate.

Jun 23, 2014

Villa, Torres help give Spain a winning farewell

CURITIBA (Reuters) – Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres scored on Monday to help give deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win after a miserable World Cup when they beat Australia 3-0.

Villa neatly backheeled the opener in the 36th minute after Spain carved open the Australian defense. Torres slid home in the 69th minute when set clear in the penalty box.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Villa, Torres help give Spain a winning farewell

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres scored on Monday to help give deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win after a miserable World Cup when they beat Australia 3-0.

Villa neatly backheeled the opener in the 36th minute after Spain carved open the Australian defence. Torres slid home in the 69th minute when set clear in the penalty box.

Jun 23, 2014
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      "Sports Business Correspondent, a new role at Reuters. I was previously UK Chief Correspondent and have also worked in Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands during more than 20 years with Reuters. I have also worked as an editor in a number of senior roles."
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