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May 31, 2014

Clinical Froch knocks out Groves to retain titles

LONDON (Reuters) – Carl Froch landed the punch of his life to knock out George Groves in the eighth round and retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in front of an 80,000 sell-out crowd at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The grizzled 36-year-old, in his 12th world title fight, exploded his right glove flush on to the chin of fellow Briton Groves late in the round to end the contest in brutal fashion.

May 22, 2014

Serena peaking in time for French Open, says Evert

LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams can match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slam titles and is favorite to take another step towards that milestone at next week’s French Open, according to fellow American Chris Evert.

World No. 1 Williams, 32, has 17 singles majors on her CV and if she retains her French Open title she would join Evert and Martina Navratilova in second place on the list.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Serena peaking in time for French Open, says Evert

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Serena Williams can match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slam titles and is favourite to take another step towards that milestone at next week’s French Open, according to fellow American Chris Evert.

World No. 1 Williams, 32, has 17 singles majors on her CV and if she retains her French Open title she would join Evert and Martina Navratilova in second place on the list.

May 22, 2014

Bartoli happy to be on the outside looking in

LONDON (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will enjoy the French Open from the safety of a television commentary box this year, free from the pressure loaded on the shoulders of the home brigade.

Bartoli, who announced she was retiring shortly after winning Wimbledon last year, played in 13 consecutive French Opens but mostly it was a tale of woe until a run to the semi-finals in 2011 where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Bartoli happy to be on the outside looking in

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will enjoy the French Open from the safety of a television commentary box this year, free from the pressure loaded on the shoulders of the home brigade.

Bartoli, who announced she was retiring shortly after winning Wimbledon last year, played in 13 consecutive French Opens but mostly it was a tale of woe until a run to the semi-finals in 2011 where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.

May 22, 2014

Williams in the mood for French Open title defense

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Six different champions in the last six years suggests that tipping a French Open women’s champion is something of a lottery, but those backing world No.1 Serena Williams are surely investing wisely.

The American powerhouse claimed a second Roland Garros crown last year – 11 years after her first – and warmed up for the defense of her crown by winning the Rome title on Sunday, dropping just one set and 22 games all week.

May 22, 2014

Rivals eye chinks in Nadal’s claycourt armor

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Say it quietly but some chinks are appearing in the suit of armor Rafael Nadal usually wears on a claycourt as the Spaniard sets his sights on a ninth French Open title.

By his high standards the 28-year-old Spaniard has suffered a mediocre season on Europe’s red dust courts so far and one or two players, chiefly Novak Djokovic, will arrive in Paris with genuine title hopes.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Williams in the mood for French Open title defence

May 22 (Reuters) – Six different champions in the last six years suggests that tipping a French Open women’s champion is something of a lottery, but those backing world No.1 Serena Williams are surely investing wisely.

The American powerhouse claimed a second Roland Garros crown last year – 11 years after her first – and warmed up for the defence of her crown by winning the Rome title on Sunday, dropping just one set and 22 games all week.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Rivals eye chinks in Nadal’s claycourt armour

May 22 (Reuters) – Say it quietly but some chinks are appearing in the suit of armour Rafael Nadal usually wears on a claycourt as the Spaniard sets his sights on a ninth French Open title.

By his high standards the 28-year-old Spaniard has suffered a mediocre season on Europe’s red dust courts so far and one or two players, chiefly Novak Djokovic, will arrive in Paris with genuine title hopes.

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.