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Apr 22, 2015

Rugby-The hallowed turf where rugby grew its roots

LONDON (Reuters) – Simon Brown’s ‘office’ is so steeped in rugby history that some of the sport’s biggest names recently turned up for a visit and could not resist pocketing a few cheeky souvenirs.

Ex-Harlequins prop Brown is the Director of Sport at the esteemed Rugby School and spends much of his working week on the idyllic surroundings of The Close, an eight acre expanse of playing fields flanked by the school’s imposing neo-Gothic chapel and the battlemented skyline of School House.

Apr 22, 2015

The hallowed turf where rugby grew its roots

LONDON (Reuters) – Simon Brown’s ‘office’ is so steeped in rugby history that some of the sport’s biggest names recently turned up for a visit and could not resist pocketing a few cheeky souvenirs.

Ex-Harlequins prop Brown is the Director of Sport at the esteemed Rugby School and spends much of his working week on the idyllic surroundings of The Close, an eight acre expanse of playing fields flanked by the school’s imposing neo-Gothic chapel and the battlemented skyline of School House.

Apr 16, 2015

Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times grand slam champion with the world at her feet.

Half a lifetime later, aged 34, she returns to the team competition this weekend in a World Group playoff tie in Poland having re-launched her career as a doubles specialist and with half an eye on next year’s Rio Olympics.

Apr 16, 2015

Tennis-Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away

April 16 (Reuters) – The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times grand slam champion with the world at her feet.

Half a lifetime later, aged 34, she returns to the team competition this weekend in a World Group playoff tie in Poland having re-launched her career as a doubles specialist and with half an eye on next year’s Rio Olympics.

Apr 14, 2015

Cole relishing another walk down Wembley way for Villa

LONDON (Reuters) – Former England midfielder Joe Cole has become a bit-part player for Aston Villa but hopes to add another couple of warm Wembley experiences to his memory bank and help his side claim some long-awaited silverware.

The 33-year-old, who played at the original Wembley for England’s schoolboys before it was bulldozed and also featured in three triumphant FA Cup finals at the rebuilt stadium for Chelsea, is fit again and relishing the chance to play a role in Sunday’s semi-final against Liverpool.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-Cole relishing another walk down Wembley way for Villa

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – Former England midfielder Joe Cole has become a bit-part player for Aston Villa but hopes to add another couple of warm Wembley experiences to his memory bank and help his side claim some long-awaited silverware.

The 33-year-old, who played at the original Wembley for England’s schoolboys before it was bulldozed and also featured in three triumphant FA Cup finals at the rebuilt stadium for Chelsea, is fit again and relishing the chance to play a role in Sunday’s semi-final against Liverpool.

Apr 10, 2015

Stakes high for Nadal as he heads for Monaco

LONDON (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca this week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open.

The Spaniard will enjoy pouring cold water too on the notion his reign as king of the claycourts is in peril.

Apr 10, 2015

Tennis-Stakes high for Nadal as he heads for Monaco

LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca this week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open.

The Spaniard will enjoy pouring cold water too on the notion his reign as king of the claycourts is in peril.

Apr 5, 2015

Premier League bottom three show they’re up for the fight

LONDON (Reuters) – Burnley’s 0-0 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday completed a profitable weekend for the three clubs bidding to avoid a swift return to the second tier of English football.

Burnley, like Leicester City and Queen Park Rangers, still occupy the Premier League relegation zone places with games running out but the evidence of the weekend suggests all three can approach the crucial final weeks of the season with hope.

Apr 5, 2015

Soccer-Premier League bottom three show they’re up for the fight

LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) – Burnley’s 0-0 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday completed a profitable weekend for the three clubs bidding to avoid a swift return to the second tier of English football.

Burnley, like Leicester City and Queen Park Rangers, still occupy the Premier League relegation zone places with games running out but the evidence of the weekend suggests all three can approach the crucial final weeks of the season with hope.