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May 18, 2015

Soccer-Calmer summer can boost Arsenal title challenge

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Victory at home to Sunderland on Wednesday will guarantee Arsenal at least third place in the Premier League and spare them their usual headache at the start of the season.

It also represents progress, of sorts, for a club who have been mocked for “celebrating” finishing fourth in six of the past nine years.

May 14, 2015

Joshua is fast learner but tougher tests loom

LONDON (Reuters) – As flashbulbs illuminate his cast-iron torso in a gym wedged under a railway arch near London Bridge, Anthony Joshua paws at a punchbag with considerably less force than he used to demolish his first dozen opponents.

The 25-year-old then levers himself into the ring and is introduced as “the future heavyweight champion of the world” by a suited executive from the latest company to sign up the Londoner heralded as British boxing’s next big thing.

May 14, 2015

Boxing – Joshua is fast learner but tougher tests loom

LONDON (Reuters) – As flashbulbs illuminate his cast-iron torso in a gym wedged under a railway arch near London Bridge, Anthony Joshua paws at a punchbag with considerably less force than he used to demolish his first dozen opponents.

The 25-year-old then levers himself into the ring and is introduced as “the future heavyweight champion of the world” by a suited executive from the latest company to sign up the Londoner heralded as British boxing’s next big thing.

May 13, 2015

United director hits back at fans’ criticism of Glazers

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s “one-year experiment” without Champions League football has not seriously harmed profitability although it was painful, the club’s group managing director Richard Arnold said on Wednesday.

United’s worst Premier League finish in 2013-14 meant they were absent from Europe’s blue-riband club competition this year, giving further ammunition to critics of the Glazer family who bought the club 10 years ago.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-United director hits back at fans’ criticism of Glazers

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s “one-year experiment” without Champions League football has not seriously harmed profitability although it was painful, the club’s group managing director Richard Arnold said on Wednesday.

United’s worst Premier League finish in 2013-14 meant they were absent from Europe’s blue-riband club competition this year, giving further ammunition to critics of the Glazer family who bought the club 10 years ago.

May 13, 2015

Dallaglio says exiles should not expect England call

LONDON (Reuters) – Any overseas-based players still clinging to hopes of being selected for England’s World Cup squad should forget it, according to former skipper Lawrence Dallaglio.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has established eligibility rules for international call-ups, meaning those not playing in England will be barred except “in extraordinary circumstances”

May 13, 2015

Rugby-Dallaglio says exiles should not expect England call

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Any overseas-based players still clinging to hopes of being selected for England’s World Cup squad should forget it, according to former skipper Lawrence Dallaglio.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has established eligibility rules for international call-ups, meaning those not playing in England will be barred except “in extraordianary circumstances”

May 13, 2015

Dallaglio says England right to turn back on Pietersen

LONDON (Reuters) – Dressing room harmony is crucial if England are to have a chance of reclaiming the Ashes even if it means discarding the country’s most destructive batsman, according to former England rugby skipper Lawrence Dallaglio.

As the fall-out over Kevin Pietersen’s failed bid to return to the international fold continues, Dallaglio offered his support to England’s new director of cricket and former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss.

May 13, 2015

Cricket-Dallaglio says England right to turn back on Pietersen

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Dressing room harmony is crucial if England are to have a chance of reclaiming the Ashes even if it means discarding the country’s most destructive batsman, according to former England rugby skipper Lawrence Dallaglio.

As the fall-out over Kevin Pietersen’s failed bid to return to the international fold continues, Dallaglio offered his support to England’s new director of cricket and former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss.

May 11, 2015

Murray now a genuine contender for Nadal’s crown

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Murray…French Open champion!

That notion would have been dismissed out of hand in years gone by but he will journey to Roland Garros later this month with many backing the Briton to go all the way.

Until last week he had never won a claycourt title.

But, after claiming his first in Munich, he headed to Madrid where he blazed through a tough draw before crushing claycourt king Rafa Nadal in the final.