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Jul 30, 2014

Kallis quits ODI format months before World Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has surprisingly decided to call time on his international limited overs career six months before the World Cup.

The 38-year-old, one of the greatest all-rounders in the game’s history, retired from test cricket last year but had been planning to finish his South Africa career at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Jul 30, 2014

Cricket-Kallis quits ODI format months before World Cup

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has surprisingly decided to call time on his international limited overs career six months before the World Cup.

The 38-year-old, one of the greatest all-rounders in the game’s history, retired from test cricket last year but had been planning to finish his South Africa career at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Jul 19, 2014

Rugby-Sharks edge Highlanders for semi-final spot

DURBAN, South Africa, July 19 (Reuters) – Two late penalties from flyhalf Frans Steyn allowed South Africa’s Sharks to come from behind to edge the Otago Highlanders 31-27 and advance to Super Rugby’s last four at King’s Park on Saturday.

Steyn kicked 16 points with the boot as the home side had to scramble for the victory with their forward power more than matched by the pace and handling skills of the New Zealand visitors, who had a 17-13 halftime lead.

Jul 17, 2014

Nations Cup qualifiers take up World Cup slack

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Less than a week after the World Cup final, international football resumes across Africa this weekend with qualifiers for next year’s African Nations Cup finals, maintaining the treadmill of world competition.

Sierra Leone, who this week suspended four players on suspicion of involvement in match fixing seven years ago, may be distracted as they face the Seychelles in Freetown on Saturday in one of seven second round, first leg qualifiers.

Jul 17, 2014

Soccer-Nations Cup qualifiers take up World Cup slack

CAPE TOWN, July 17 (Reuters) – Less than a week after the World Cup final, international football resumes across Africa this weekend with qualifiers for next year’s African Nations Cup finals, maintaining the treadmill of world competition.

Sierra Leone, who this week suspended four players on suspicion of involvement in match fixing seven years ago, may be distracted as they face the Seychelles in Freetown on Saturday in one of seven second round, first leg qualifiers.

Jul 15, 2014

Van Gaal can renew United challenge, says Robson

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – New manager Louis van Gaal can propel Manchester United back into Premier League contention after their dismal form of last season and excite the players again, former United skipper Bryan Robson said on Tuesday.

Robson, speaking a day before the Netherlands’ World Cup coach Van Gaal arrives in Manchester to take up his new post, also said that the lack of European football at Old Trafford could help the team back to the top.

Jul 15, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal can renew United challenge, says Robson

July 15 (Reuters) – New manager Louis van Gaal can propel Manchester United back into Premier League contention after their dismal form of last season and excite the players again, former United skipper Bryan Robson said on Tuesday.

Robson, speaking a day before the Netherlands’ World Cup coach Van Gaal arrives in Manchester to take up his new post, also said that the lack of European football at Old Trafford could help the team back to the top.

Jul 15, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal arrives on the crest of a wave of expectation

July 15 (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal arrives for his new job at Manchester United on Wednesday on a wave of expectation following the World Cup finals in Brazil where his reputation was greatly enhanced.

The achievement of the 62-year-old coach in taking the Netherlands to third place at the tournament highlighted the meticulous nature of his preparations and a single-minded self-belief.

Jul 6, 2014

Cillessen sorry for outburst after being subbed

SALVADOR, Brazil, (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen apologized to his Netherlands team mates and coaching staff for his petulant outburst after he was substituted before the end of Saturday’s dramatic World Cup quarter-final win over Costa Rica, Dutch media reported on Sunday.

Cillessen had been caught by surprise by the decision to replace him with Tim Krul just minutes from the end of extra time as coach Louis van Gaal reckoned Krul would be the better goalkeeper for the shootout.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Cillessen sorry for outburst after being subbed

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen apologised to his Netherlands team mates and coaching staff for his petulant outburst after he was substituted before the end of Saturday’s dramatic World Cup quarter-final win over Costa Rica, Dutch media reported on Sunday.

Cillessen had been caught by surprise by the decision to replace him with Tim Krul just minutes from the end of extra time as coach Louis van Gaal reckoned Krul would be the better goalkeeper for the shootout.