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Jul 15, 2014

Watson’s two-iron comes out of the locker

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Bubba Watson’s two-iron leads a solitary existence, spending most of its time in a locker in his house.

It will get an outing this week though as the twice Masters champion prepares to use every tool at his disposal to solve the riddles of links golf that have so far proved beyond his skills.

Jul 15, 2014

Golf-Poulter ready to play through the pain at Open

HOYLAKE, England, July 15 (Reuters) – Europe’s Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter declared himself fit for this week’s British Open despite a wrist injury but said on Tuesday he will be chewing on pain killers to get through.

The 38-year-old Englishman jarred his right wrist at last week’s Scottish Open, where he missed the cut, aggravating a previous problem with a ganglion cyst and putting his participation at the Royal Liverpool course in doubt.

Jul 7, 2014

Cycling – Kittel reigns supreme on streets of London

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Marcel Kittel produced another show of raw power to win his second stage of this year’s Tour de France on Monday, storming down The Mall for a commanding victory.

With his Giant-Shimano team setting a searing pace at the front of the peloton as it snaked around some of London’s most well-known landmarks, Kittel burst to the line at the end of the 155-km third stage, a flat run from Cambridge.

Jul 7, 2014

Kittel leader of the pack on streets of London

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Marcel Kittel produced another show of raw power to win his second stage of this year’s Tour de France on Monday, storming down The Mall for a comfortable victory.

With his Giant-Shimano team setting a searing pace at the front of the peloton as it snaked around some of London’s most well-known landmarks, Kittel burst to the line at the end of the 155-km third stage, a flat run from Cambridge.

Jul 7, 2014

Chris Froome shows he’s up for the fight

SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) – Drifting out to the right on devilishly steep Jenkin Road, Chris Froome briefly left his rivals standing near the finale of second stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

After two days of keeping his head down, the reigning champion decided that it was time to have a blast.

Jul 6, 2014

Froome shows he’s up for the fight

SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) – Drifting out to the right on devilishly steep Jenkin Road, Chris Froome briefly left his rivals standing near the finale of second stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

After two days of keeping his head down, the reigning champion decided that it was time to have a blast.

Jul 6, 2014

Nibali attacks to claim stage and Tour lead

SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) – Italian Vincenzo Nibali claimed the overall lead on the Tour de France after a late attack earned him victory in the second stage on Sunday.

The Astana rider powered away about two kilometers from the finish and held off the peloton, with Belgian Greg van Avermaet and Pole Michal Kwiatkowski finishing second and third respectively.

Jul 6, 2014

Injured Cavendish ruled out of Tour de France

YORK England (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France came to a brutal end after the British sprint specialist failed to recover from a horror crash at the end of the first stage and pulled out of the race on Sunday morning.

“It’s devastating,” Cavendish, who will have an MRI scan on a dislocated shoulder and torn (shoulder) ligaments, told reporters outside his Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQS) bus before the second stage, a tough 201-km ride to Sheffield.

Jul 5, 2014

Voigt’s crazy show pays off in Yorkshire hills

HARROGATE England (Reuters) – For German veteran Jens Voigt the best form of defence was attack like crazy as he snatched the polka dot jersey in the rolling hills of Yorkshire on Saturday.

The 42-year-old may be the oldest of the 198 starters, and riding in a record 17th Tour de France, but he showed there was plenty of life in the old legs with a courageous solo effort on the 190.5-km first stage from Leeds to Harrogate.

Jul 5, 2014

Riders warn of dangers of massive Tour crowds

HARROGATE England (Reuters) – Massive crowds greeted the cream of world cycling in the Yorkshire countryside on Saturday as the Tour de France began in style but some riders said their enthusiasm was dangerous.

The 190.5-km stage from Leeds to Harrogate was hailed a huge success by race director Christian Prudhomme as an estimated two million people took to the hills and lanes.