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Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-Nigeria sack coach Keshi for lack of commitment

July 5 (Reuters) – The topsy-turvy troubled relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and their coach Stephen “Big Boss” Keshi has ended with the NFF sacking him because “he is not committed enough” to the job, the NFF said in a statement.

The former Nigeria international, who coached his country to victory in the African Cup of Nations in 2013 and into the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil last year before losing to France, has been replaced by Shuaibu Amodu, who was appointed Nigeria’s technical director last week.

Jul 5, 2015

I am teetotal to ward off depression, Flintoff says

LONDON (Reuters) – Former England cricket captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, whose image as a heavy, fun-loving drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression.

Flintoff was famously pictured looking the worse for wear on an open top bus tour through London and at a Downing Street reception after England had beaten Australia to win the 2005 Ashes series.

Jul 5, 2015

Cricket-I am teetotal to ward off depression, Flintoff says

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Former England cricket captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, whose image as a heavy, fun-loving drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression.

Flintoff was famously pictured looking the worse for wear on an open top bus tour through London and at a Downing Street reception after England had beaten Australia to win the 2005 Ashes series.

Jul 2, 2015

Football gatecrashes Britain’s summer sporting parties

LONDON (Reuters) – Soccer gatecrashed Britain’s summer sporting party scene on Thursday when West Ham United kicked off their season just 39 days after their last competitive match with a satisfactory 3-0 win over Andorran part-timers FC Lusitans in the Europa League.

On the day former men’s singles champion Rafa Nadal crashed out on Centre Court at Wimbledon and six days before the first Ashes cricket test between England and Australia, the start of the Champions and Europa League qualifiers this week underlined just how European club soccer is now virtually a year-round affair.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Football gatecrashes Britain’s summer sporting parties

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Soccer gatecrashed Britain’s summer sporting party scene on Thursday when West Ham United kicked off their season just 39 days after their last competitive match with a satisfactory 3-0 win over Andorran part-timers FC Lusitans in the Europa League.

On the day former men’s singles champion Rafa Nadal crashed out on Centre Court at Wimbledon and six days before the first Ashes cricket test between England and Australia, the start of the Champions and Europa League qualifiers this week underlined just how European club soccer is now virtually a year-round affair.

Jul 2, 2015

England must not repeat 2012 mistakes, says BBC’s Oatley

LONDON (Reuters) – The English FA and everyone involved in women’s football must not repeat the mistakes they made after the success of the 2012 London Olympics if the women’s game is to grow in the country, BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley told Reuters on Thursday.

Oatley, the anchor of the BBC’s multi-platform coverage of the women’s World Cup finals in Canada, was speaking after England’s heart-breaking last-minute 2-1 semi-final defeat by world champions Japan in Edmonton.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-England must not repeat 2012 mistakes, says BBC’s Oatley

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The English FA and everyone involved in women’s football must not repeat the mistakes they made after the success of the 2012 London Olympics if the women’s game is to grow in the country, BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley told Reuters on Thursday.

Oatley, the anchor of the BBC’s multi-platform coverage of the women’s World Cup finals in Canada, was speaking after England’s heart-breaking last-minute 2-1 semi-final defeat by world champions Japan in Edmonton.

Jul 1, 2015

Liverpool complete Clyne signing from Southampton

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool have signed Southampton and England right back Nathaniel Clyne on a long-term deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who had one year left on his Southampton contract, has signed for a fee reported in British media to be around 12.5 million pounds ($19.57 million).

Jul 1, 2015

Soccer-Liverpool complete Clyne signing from Southampton

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Liverpool have signed Southampton and England right back Nathaniel Clyne on a long-term deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who had one year left on his Southampton contract, has signed for a fee reported in British media to be around 12.5 million pounds ($19.57 million).

Jun 7, 2015

Disappointed Juve still have bright future, says Morata

BERLIN (Reuters) – Juventus’s disappointment after losing 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League final was plain to see but once the dust settles on one of the great European showpiece matches there will be lots of positives to reflect on.

The scorer of their only goal, Alvaro Morata, believes the Italian club can build on their double domestic success of this season and challenge for the Champions League title again soon.