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Jul 16, 2014

R&A chief Dawson defends club after sexism row

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Chief executive Peter Dawson jumped to the defense of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club on Wednesday after the bastion of male exclusivity came under fire from the female principal of St Andrews University.

The famous club in St Andrews, regarded as the home of golf, will host the British Open next year by which time its men-only membership policy may well have been scrapped.

Jul 15, 2014

Kaymer hoping to maintain German quality in the Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – In-form Martin Kaymer says his golf swing, like most things assembled in Germany, be it cars, soccer teams or kitchen appliances, is built to last.

Kaymer added the U.S. Open title to the PGA title he won in 2010 last month and arrived at the Royal Liverpool course this week full of confidence and one of the favorites to lift the British Open’s Claret Jug on Sunday.

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.