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Aug 14, 2014

Soccer-English clubs exploiting fan loyalty says supporters group

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Fans of England’s Premier League clubs will be digging deeply into their pockets again this weekend as a new season kicks off with ticket prices continuing to spiral upwards.

According to figures published last month, 11 of the 20 top-flight clubs have increased the cost of their lowest-priced season tickets for the 2014-15 season.

Aug 14, 2014

United hoping the only way is up under Van Gaal

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.

Dutchman Van Gaal, whose managerial haul includes league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, faces arguably his toughest task to date in restoring United quickly back to the top of English football’s pecking order.

Aug 14, 2014

Soccer-United hoping the only way is up under Van Gaal

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.

Dutchman Van Gaal, whose managerial haul includes league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, faces arguably his toughest task to date in restoring United quickly back to the top of English football’s pecking order.

Aug 8, 2014

United ready for Van Gaal lift off but dangers lurk

LONDON (Reuters) – On paper it appears a match made in heaven. Serial winner Louis van Gaal at the helm of 20-times English champions Manchester United with a mission to steer the chastened giants back to the Premier League summit.

When United kick off the new season next Saturday lunchtime at home to Swansea City, however, reputations will count for precious little and if United are to confirm last season’s horrors as a ‘blip’ they will have to do it the hard way.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-United ready for Van Gaal lift off but dangers lurk

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – On paper it appears a match made in heaven. Serial winner Louis van Gaal at the helm of 20-times English champions Manchester United with a mission to steer the chastened giants back to the Premier League summit.

When United kick off the new season next Saturday lunchtime at home to Swansea City, however, reputations will count for precious little and if United are to confirm last season’s horrors as a ‘blip’ they will have to do it the hard way.

Jul 23, 2014

Newcastle lead the Premier League jet-setters

LONDON (Reuters) – By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month’s time the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 pre-season air miles.

Globe-trotting West Ham United will not be far behind while five other clubs would have covered distances in excess of 12,000 miles as they take their brands to far-flung destinations.

Jul 23, 2014

Soccer-Newcastle lead the Premier League jet-setters

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month’s time the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 pre-season air miles.

Globe-trotting West Ham United will not be far behind while five other clubs would have covered distances in excess of 12,000 miles as they take their brands to far-flung destinations.

Jul 20, 2014

It’s simple really says McIlroy, just process and spot

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – For Rory McIlroy the secret of his stunning victory at the Open on Sunday came down to two rather unremarkable words: process and spot.

That was the mantra he repeated in his brain throughout four majestic rounds of golf at the Royal Liverpool course.

Jul 20, 2014

Sixties man Fowler misses out but not disappointed

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Four superb rounds in the 60s on an Open course ready punish the smallest errors should have been enough for American Rickie Fowler to have had something bubbly in the old Claret Jug on Sunday.

The 25-year-old with the looks of a Hollywood heart-throb fired a six-under-par fourth round 66 at the Royal Liverpool course alongside the Merseyside coast to complete a collection of cards which included two 69s and a 68.

Jul 20, 2014

Magical McIlroy crowned the prince of the links

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician’s touch with a golf club did not let them down at the British Open on Sunday.

It was not all plain sailing – Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler saw to that – but when the 25-year-old tapped his ball a few inches across the 18th green into the hole to seal victory the roar that went up could probably have been heard across the Dee Estuary in North Wales.