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Mar 17, 2015

NFL: Early retirements over health fears may have ripple effect

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The NFL has endured a tumultuous season dealing with domestic abuse cases, a murder trial and a probe into possible cheating, but it is a spate of early retirements that may have the longest lasting impact.

Chris Borland, a 24-year-old linebacker who led the San Francisco 49ers in tackles as a rookie last season, became the fourth player in a week aged 30 or younger to retire, calling it quits over concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.

Mar 16, 2015

Watson: More Masters pressure on McIlroy than me

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Masters champion Bubba Watson could join elite company with a successful title defense at Augusta National next month but said on Monday world number one Rory McIlroy will face more pressure at the year’s first major.

Watson, 36, will be gunning to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win consecutive green jackets and could join the likes of Sam Snead and Gary Player by becoming the sixth three-times Masters winner.

Mar 16, 2015

New York Cosmos set June date to play Cuba in Havana

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Cosmos have arranged a sporting step in the move toward normalizing relations with Cuba by announcing on Monday a June 2 match in Havana against the Cuba national soccer team.

Three months after President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro vowed to restore diplomatic ties severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first U.S. professional soccer club team to play in Cuba since 1978.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-New York Cosmos set June date to play Cuba in Havana

NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) – The New York Cosmos have arranged a sporting step in the move toward normalising relations with Cuba by announcing on Monday a June 2 match in Havana against the Cuba national soccer team.

Three months after President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro vowed to restore diplomatic ties severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first U.S. professional soccer club team to play in Cuba since 1978.

Mar 16, 2015

New York City FC stage home opener at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City FC celebrated their Big Apple opening in style at Yankee Stadium with captain David Villa scoring and taking an emotional curtain call in their Major League Soccer home debut on Sunday.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio presented a plaque proclaiming March 15th NYCFC Day and Villa proved it to the delight of 43,000 fans in the chill of the Bronx in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-New York City FC stage home opener at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) – New York City FC celebrated their Big Apple opening in style at Yankee Stadium with captain David Villa scoring and taking an emotional curtain call in their Major League Soccer home debut on Sunday.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio presented a plaque proclaiming March 15th NYCFC Day and Villa proved it to the delight of 43,000 fans in the chill of the Bronx in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

Mar 16, 2015

New York City FC savor reception at Yankee Stadium home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The brand new New York City FC felt right at home in their Yankee Stadium debut on Sunday and were moved by the support they received from 43,000 fans at the iconic baseball ballpark.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the atmosphere the fans brought today. It was fantastic,” NYCFC coach Jason Kreis said after the new Major League Soccer team’s 2-0 win over the New England Revolution in their landmark first home game.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-New York City FC savor reception at Yankee Stadium home

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) – The brand new New York City FC felt right at home in their Yankee Stadium debut on Sunday and were moved by the support they received from 43,000 fans at the iconic baseball ballpark.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the atmosphere the fans brought today. It was fantastic,” NYCFC coach Jason Kreis said after the new Major League Soccer team’s 2-0 win over the New England Revolution in their landmark first home game.

Mar 15, 2015

Soccer-Villa, NYCFC stage home opening party at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) – New York City FC celebrated their Big Apple opening in style at fabled Yankee Stadium with captain David Villa scoring and taking an emotional curtain call in their Major League Soccer home debut on Sunday.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio presented a plaque proclaiming March 15th NYCFC Day and Villa proved it to the delight of 43,000 fans in the chill of the Bronx in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

Mar 11, 2015

Spain’s Villa eager for Yankee Stadium’s MLS debut

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The curtain for the newest big-time sports show in town goes up on Sunday with Spanish captain David Villa leading New York City FC in their Major League Soccer home opener at Yankee Stadium.

Villa, a World Cup and European Championship winner, has embraced the challenge of leading a new team and winning hearts in New York starting against the New England Revolution.