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Sep 9, 2014

Disappointment for Nishikori, but Asia on the rise

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Tokyo’s morning rush-hour will probably have flowed a little smoother than usual on Tuesday as millions delayed their journeys to find a TV beaming a 24-year-old wielding a tennis racket on a patch of concrete in a suburb of New York.

A tennis player temporarily halting the daily frenzy of life in one of Asia’s heaving cities would have seemed fanciful a decade ago before Li Na became an icon for millions of Chinese sports fans with her landmark win at the 2011 French Open.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Disappointment for Nishikori, but Asia on the rise

Sept 8 (Reuters) – Tokyo’s morning rush-hour will probably have flowed a little smoother than usual on Tuesday as millions delayed their journeys to find a TV beaming a 24-year-old wielding a tennis racket on a patch of concrete in a suburb of New York.

A tennis player temporarily halting the daily frenzy of life in one of Asia’s heaving cities would have seemed fanciful a decade ago before Li Na became an icon for millions of Chinese sports fans with her landmark win at the 2011 French Open.

Sep 5, 2014

Hodgson rattled as England optimism seeps away

LONDON (Reuters) – The memory of the opening 45 minutes of England’s brief World Cup adventure in steamy Brazil when Roy Hodgson’s young cavaliers tore into Italy with joyful abandon now seems like a figment of the imagination.

Despite that encounter in Manaus ending in a rather undeserved 2-1 defeat, the mood afterwards was upbeat with talk of new dawns and an England side packed with pace and movement that could only get better.

Sep 5, 2014

Soccer-Hodgson rattled as England optimism seeps away

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The memory of the opening 45 minutes of England’s brief World Cup adventure in steamy Brazil when Roy Hodgson’s young cavaliers tore into Italy with joyful abandon now seems like a figment of the imagination.

Despite that encounter in Manaus ending in a rather undeserved 2-1 defeat, the mood afterwards was upbeat with talk of new dawns and an England side packed with pace and movement that could only get better.

Aug 22, 2014

Voice of reason Davies back for one-off Match of the Day slot

LONDON (Reuters) – The dulcet tones of one Britain’s favourite football commentators will return to the microphone on Saturday when Barry Davies offers his pearls of wisdom in a one-off appearance in Match Of the Day’s 50th birthday edition.

The 76-year-old will be on duty for Crystal Palace’s home match against West Ham United, 10 years after he retired following 35 years with the BBC’s iconic highlights show.

Aug 22, 2014

Soccer-Voice of reason Davies back for one-off Match of the Day slot

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The dulcet tones of one Britain’s favourite football commentators will return to the microphone on Saturday when Barry Davies offers his pearls of wisdom in a one-off appearance in Match Of the Day’s 50th birthday edition.

The 76-year-old will be on duty for Crystal Palace’s home match against West Ham United, 10 years after he retired following 35 years with the BBC’s iconic highlights show.

Aug 17, 2014

Van Gaal’s United lose opener, Arsenal and Spurs win

London (Reuters) – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal found no instant fix as a new era dawned in dispiriting fashion at Old Trafford where Swansea City’s 2-1 victory on the opening day of the Premier League reopened old wounds.

United’s new captain Wayne Rooney had cancelled out Ki Sung-yueng’s neat goal for the visitors shortly after halftime but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late strike condemned the Old Trafford side to their first opening-day top-flight home defeat for 42 years.

Aug 16, 2014

Van Gaal’s United lose opener, Spurs win at West Ham

LONDON (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal found no instant fix for Manchester United as a new era dawned at Old Trafford with a dispiriting 2-1 opening-day home defeat by Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.

After a buoyant pre-season campaign, United fans arrived full of hope that Van Gaal would quickly right the wrongs of last season under David Moyes but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 72nd-minute winner left them deflated and underlined the task the vastly-experienced Dutch coach faces.

Aug 16, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal’s United lose opener, Spurs win at West Ham

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal found no instant fix for Manchester United as a new era dawned at Old Trafford with a dispiriting 2-1 opening-day home defeat by Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.

After a buoyant pre-season campaign, United fans arrived full of hope that Van Gaal would quickly right the wrongs of last season under David Moyes but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 72nd-minute winner left them deflated and underlined the task the vastly-experienced Dutch coach faces.

Aug 15, 2014

Hansen’s ‘kids’ jibe sparked trophy haul, says Neville

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s golden generation was inadvertently sparked to greatness by Liverpool defender Alan Hansen’s infamous remark that “you can’t win anything with kids”, according to Phil Neville.

Hansen made the comment while in his early days as a pundit on the BBC highlights show Match of the Day in 1995 following United’s 3-1 opening day defeat by Aston Villa.