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May 19, 2014

United turn to tried and tested in Van Gaal

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United returned to a tried and trusted trophy winner after an ill-fated adventure with David Moyes when announcing that Dutchman Louis van Gaal had been handed the job of reviving the club’s fortunes on Monday. The 62-year-old, who has masterminded league titles at some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and won the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam, will begin the re-building job at Old Trafford once he has finished national duties at the World Cup. Ryan Giggs, United’s record appearance holder, will work alongside him after his four-game stint in charge following the sacking last month of Moyes, who was given the chance on the back of a long and worthy, but success-starved, 11-year stint in charge of Everton.

“In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement that announced the Dutchman had signed a three-year contract and would start work after leading the Netherlands at the World Cup finals which start next month.

May 19, 2014

Soccer-United turn to tried and tested in Van Gaal

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Manchester United returned to a tried and trusted trophy winner after an ill-fated adventure with David Moyes when announcing that Dutchman Louis van Gaal had been handed the job of reviving the club’s fortunes on Monday.

The 62-year-old, who has masterminded league titles at some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and won the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam, will begin the re-building job at Old Trafford once he has finished national duties at the World Cup.

May 15, 2014

Arsenal favourites for Cup, but wary of pitfalls

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal will need no reminder of the pitfalls in store for them at Wembley Stadium on Saturday where they will be favourites to beat Hull City in the FA Cup final and claim their first silverware for nine years.

Three years ago Arsene Wenger’s side were also expected to beat Birmingham City in the League Cup final but a late goal by Obafemi Martins after a calamitous defensive mix-up ruined the script and prolonged the fans’ suffering.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal favourites for Cup, but wary of pitfalls

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Arsenal will need no reminder of the pitfalls in store for them at Wembley Stadium on Saturday where they will be favourites to beat Hull City in the FA Cup final and claim their first silverware for nine years.

Three years ago Arsene Wenger’s side were also expected to beat Birmingham City in the League Cup final but a late goal by Obafemi Martins after a calamitous defensive mix-up ruined the script and prolonged the fans’ suffering.

Apr 29, 2014

Murray to be spared nightmare Wimbledon draw despite low ranking

LONDON (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray should be spared a horror draw at this year’s tournament despite his recent rankings slide, organizers said on Tuesday.

Murray, who became the first British man to win the men’s singles at the grasscourt grand slam for 77 years last July when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final, has sunk to eighth in the ATP rankings which at most tournaments determine seedings.

Apr 29, 2014

Tennis-Murray to be spared nightmare Wimbledon draw despite low ranking

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray should be spared a horror draw at this year’s tournament despite his recent rankings slide, organisers said on Tuesday.

Murray, who became the first British man to win the men’s singles at the grasscourt grand slam for 77 years last July when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final, has sunk to eighth in the ATP rankings which at most tournaments determine seedings.

Apr 29, 2014

Wimbledon first round losers set to be financial winners

LONDON (Reuters) – First round singles losers at this year’s Wimbledon championships will receive 27,000 pounds ($45,400) prize money as organizers continue to help the tournament’s lesser lights make ends meet.

Outlining how the grass court grand slam’s increased 25 million pounds prize pot will be distributed, the All England Club announced a 14.9 percent raise for first round losers in the main draw of the men’s and women’s singles.

Apr 29, 2014

Tennis-Wimbledon first round losers set to be financial winners

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – First round singles losers at this year’s Wimbledon championships will receive 27,000 pounds ($45,400) prize money as organisers continue to help the tournament’s lesser lights make ends meet.

Outlining how the grass court grand slam’s increased 25 million pounds prize pot will be distributed, the All England Club announced a 14.9 percent raise for first round losers in the main draw of the men’s and women’s singles.

Apr 29, 2014

Mourinho aiming to knock Atletico off their ‘cloud’

LONDON (Reuters) – The tepid 0-0 draw in the Vicente Calderon resembled a phoney war but Chelsea and Atletico Madrid will surely up the ante at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when a place in the Champions League final is on the line.

That semi-final first leg stalemate left Chelsea marginal favourites to progress although with no away goal in their pocket, Jose Mourinho’s side will be vulnerable against an Atletico side capable of much more than they produced at home.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-Mourinho aiming to knock Atletico off their “cloud”

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – The tepid 0-0 draw in the Vicente Calderon resembled a phoney war but Chelsea and Atletico Madrid will surely up the ante at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when a place in the Champions League final is on the line.

That semi-final first leg stalemate left Chelsea marginal favourites to progress although with no away goal in their pocket, Jose Mourinho’s side will be vulnerable against an Atletico side capable of much more than they produced at home.