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May 14, 2015

Soccer-Emotional Anfield gathers for Gerrard’s last home game

LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) – An emotional Anfield will witness the end of an era on Saturday when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his final home appearance after more than 700 games and 17 years playing for his boyhood club.

Tickets that normally cost 47 pounds ($73.52) are on sale on the internet for more than 1,300 pounds such is the demand to see the Gerrard’s last match on home soil against Crystal Palace after his exceptional, glittering, one-club career.

May 13, 2015

Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute

ZAATARI, Jordan (Reuters) – As Hiba’s shot beats the goalkeeper and nestles in the back of the net she turns away, her arms raised in triumph, her face beaming with joy while her team mates scream in delight.

This, however, is no ordinary goal on an ordinary soccer pitch. For many children, this exuberance marks a return of the childhood torn from them by screams of war in the Syrian homeland they have left behind.

May 13, 2015

Pietersen makes front and back pages after England snub

LONDON (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain’s newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss.

The flamboyant South African-born right-hander, who hit a career-best 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him “absolutely devastated”.

May 13, 2015

Cricket-Pietersen makes front and back pages after England snub

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain’s newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss.

The flamboyant South African-born right-hander, who hit a career-best 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him “absolutely devastated”.

May 12, 2015

Hazard doubles up with Footballer of Year honour

LONDON (Reuters) – Eden Hazard was named England’s Footballer of the Year on Tuesday after his consistently outstanding performances throughout the season helped Chelsea win the Premier League title.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was second in the voting by members of the English Football Writers Association with Hazard’s Chelsea club mate and captain John Terry third.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Hazard doubles up with Footballer of Year honour

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) – Eden Hazard was named England’s Footballer of the Year on Tuesday after his consistently outstanding performances throughout the season helped Chelsea win the Premier League title.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was second in the voting by members of the English Football Writers Association with Hazard’s Chelsea club mate and captain John Terry third.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute

ZAATARI, Jordan, May 12 (Reuters) – As Hiba’s shot beats the goalkeeper and nestles in the back of the net she turns away, her arms raised in triumph, her face beaming with joy while her team mates scream in delight.

This, however, is no ordinary goal on an ordinary soccer pitch. For many children, this exuberance marks a return of the childhood torn from them by screams of war in the Syrian homeland they have left behind.

May 11, 2015

England go for experience at women’s World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women’s World Cup in Canada next month, with midfielder Katie Chapman recalled after a five-year absence.

Chapman, 32, who plays for Chelsea, has 82 caps and scored eight times for England. However, she fell into dispute with former national coach Hope Powell after asking for time off to look after her children and did not play for England for five years before returning to the fold earlier this year.

May 11, 2015

Soccer-England go for experience at women’s World Cup

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women’s World Cup in Canada next month, with midfielder Katie Chapman recalled after a five-year absence.

Chapman, 32, who plays for Chelsea, has 82 caps and scored eight times for England. However, she fell into dispute with former national coach Hope Powell after asking for time off to look after her children and did not play for England for five years before returning to the fold earlier this year.

May 10, 2015

Fans truce marks Glazers’ 10th anniversary at United

LONDON (Reuters) – An uneasy truce between Manchester United fans and the Glazer family who run the famous Premier League club is in place as the 10th anniversary of their ownership approaches on Tuesday.

When the Glazers bought United it sparked a fans’ revolt but the Americans are now reluctantly tolerated, a situation that will be helped by a return to the Champions League next season amid progress under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.