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Feb 13, 2015

Soccer-Cursed striker Carroll faces another long lay-off

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Type the name of West Ham United striker Andy Carroll into any internet search engine and you will be greeted with page after page chronicling various failing parts of his body.

You will also find a few more describing those all too rare days when he was fit enough to terrorise defences for club and country.

Feb 12, 2015

Van Gaal struggling with United identity crisis

LONDON (Reuters) – The table suggests Louis van Gaal is making progress at Manchester United but winning matches has never been good enough on its own at the Theatre of Dreams.

Van Gaal’s team have lost only once in their last 18 games, are third in the Premier League, five points behind champions Manchester City, and are on course to rejoin Europe’s elite.

Feb 12, 2015

Soccer-Van Gaal struggling with United identity crisis

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The table suggests Louis van Gaal is making progress at Manchester United but winning matches has never been good enough on its own at the Theatre of Dreams.

Van Gaal’s team have lost only once in their last 18 games, are third in the Premier League, five points behind champions Manchester City, and are on course to rejoin Europe’s elite.

Feb 10, 2015

English Premier League gravy train proving unstoppable

LONDON (Reuters) – The soothsayers said it would not last, the bubble would burst and the English Premier League gravy train would run dry.

How misguided they look after Tuesday’s announcement by the world’s richest soccer league that the new TV deal for 2016-19 is worth an eye-watering 5.2 billion pounds ($7.93 billion).

Feb 10, 2015

Soccer-English Premier League gravy train proving unstoppable

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The soothsayers said it would not last, the bubble would burst and the English Premier League gravy train would run dry.

How misguided they look after Tuesday’s announcement by the world’s richest soccer league that the new TV deal for 2016-19 is worth an eye-watering 5.2 billion pounds ($7.93 billion).

Feb 3, 2015

Redknapp quits as QPR manager with wounded knee

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of struggling Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday with the 67-year-old citing knee problems as his reason for stepping down.

The top flights’s oldest manager, Redknapp said impending surgery meant he could no longer give the job 100 percent.

Feb 3, 2015

Soccer-Redknapp quits as QPR manager with wounded knee

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of struggling Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday with the 67-year-old citing knee problems as his reason for stepping down.

The top flights’s oldest manager, Redknapp said impending surgery meant he could no longer give the job 100 percent.

Feb 2, 2015

Soccer-Cuadrado in, Schuerrle out at Chelsea

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Premier League leaders Chelsea signed Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee that media reports put at 35 million euros ($39.69 million) on Monday.

Cuadrado had been on Chelsea’s radar for some time and the deal was finalised after the Stamford Bridge outfit sold Germany winger Andre Schuerrle to Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg earlier as the transfer deadline loomed.

Jan 26, 2015

Africa will have a Tour contender – team boss Ryder

LONDON (Reuters) – Africa’s cyclists can have the same impact on the grand Tours as its runners had on Olympic tracks, the man behind the continent’s first Tour de France team believes.

South African Douglas Ryder formed the MTN-Qhubeka professional team in 2007 and has made it his mission to build a roster made up predominantly of African riders.

Jan 26, 2015

Cycling – Out of Africa and ready to roll on Le Tour

LONDON (Reuters) – The cut-throat world of professional cycling has produced its fair share of villains and is still saddled with cynicism but even its harshest critics may struggle to sneer when Doug Ryder says “Bicycles Change Lives”.

That is the catchphrase of Qhubeka, a project close to the heart of the 42-year-old Ryder, which has handed out 50,000 bikes in rural South Africa and Rwanda as a reward for community work such as growing trees or academic achievement.