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Sep 18, 2014

What they said about the R&A vote to allow women members

LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal & Ancient golf club’s decision to allow women members after 260 years on Thursday has been widely welcomed within and beyond the game.

Here are a selection of reactions to the vote, which was passed with an 85 percent majority:

Sep 18, 2014

Golf-What they said about the R&A vote to allow women members

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The Royal & Ancient golf club’s decision to allow women members after 260 years on Thursday has been widely welcomed within and beyond the game.

Here are a selection of reactions to the vote, which was passed with an 85 percent majority:

Sep 18, 2014

R&A allows women members after overwhelming ‘yes’ vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal and Ancient golf club agreed on Thursday to open its doors to women, ending 260 years of male-only membership at one of the oldest clubs in the world and paving the way for women to play a role in the sport’s governance.

The club’s 2,400 worldwide members voted in person and via proxy and postal votes, and, after being encouraged by chief executive Peter Dawson and the club’s committees, more than 75 percent took part with 85 percent in favor of the change.

Sep 17, 2014

Everton ready to embrace Europa League

LONDON (Reuters) – Bucking the trend of most successful Premier League managers, Roberto Martinez will not complain if his Everton side face some fixture congestion this season – in fact the Spaniard is positively hoping for it.

Everton are back in Europe for the first time in five years and begin their Europa League campaign with a tricky home game against Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Everton ready to embrace Europa League

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Bucking the trend of most successful Premier League managers, Roberto Martinez will not complain if his Everton side face some fixture congestion this season – in fact the Spaniard is positively hoping for it.

Everton are back in Europe for the first time in five years and begin their Europa League campaign with a tricky home game against Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Sep 16, 2014

Golf – R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday’s ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?

True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark.

Sep 16, 2014

R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday’s ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?

True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark.

Sep 15, 2014

IRB ready to sniff out sevens ‘fraudsters’

LONDON (Reuters) – Any 20-stone prop hoping to disguise himself as a rugby sevens speedster in a bid to secure a switch of nationalities for the 15-man game should think again after the sport’s governing body said on Monday it will be alert to such underhand dealings.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) says it is confident it will sniff out any dubious attempts to use Olympic sevens qualification matches to secure a shift in nationalities for the 15-man game – and that their system has the full backing of the IOC.

Sep 15, 2014

Rugby-IRB ready to sniff out sevens “fraudsters”

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Any 20-stone prop hoping to disguise himself as a rugby sevens speedster in a bid to secure a switch of nationalities for the 15-man game should think again after the sport’s governing body said on Monday it will be alert to such underhand dealings.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) says it is confident it will sniff out any dubious attempts to use Olympic sevens qualification matches to secure a shift in nationalities for the 15-man game – and that their system has the full backing of the IOC.

Aug 11, 2014

Hurricane turns Surrey sportive into epic challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – Exhilarating, challenging, absolutely ridiculously soaking – when the tail end of Hurricane Bertha met 21,000 amateur cyclists in the Prudential Surrey 100, a fun day out in the country was transformed into true test of man and machine.

When the riders lined up in the shadow of the velodrome in Olympic Park on Sunday, two years on from the Games that has transformed that swathe of east London, the daunting weather forecast had already made a major impact.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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