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Jun 22, 2014

Origi goal merely exposes Belgium’s weakness

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Divock Origi was the toast of Belgium after shooting the country into the World Cup second round on Sunday but his 88th-minute winner against Russia could not disguise a lack of firepower that looks set to limit their tournament prospects.

The 19-year-old, who was an uncapped surprise inclusion in Marc Wilmots’ squad, came on as a 57th-minute replacement for Romelu Lukaku and secured the 1-0 victory two minutes from time with a clean finish from Eden Hazard’s cutback.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Origi goal merely exposes Belgium’s weakness

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – Divock Origi was the toast of Belgium after shooting the country into the World Cup second round on Sunday but his 88th-minute winner against Russia could not disguise a lack of firepower that looks set to limit their tournament prospects.

The 19-year-old, who was an uncapped surprise inclusion in Marc Wilmots’ squad, came on as a 57th-minute replacement for Romelu Lukaku and secured the 1-0 victory two minutes from time with a clean finish from Eden Hazard’s cutback.

Jun 9, 2014

Suarez center stage in heavyweight Group D battle

RIO DEIRO (Reuters) – Luis Suarez’s spectacular season for Liverpool went a long way to restoring his tarnished image among English fans but the Uruguayan will again be public enemy No. 1 for a game that could decide World Cup Group D.

With England and Italy making it three former world champions in the group and Costa Rica containing enough talent to at least worry their rivals, every match looks enticing and it is a tough call to predict who will go through, let alone find a one-two finishing order.

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer-Suarez centre stage in heavyweight Group D battle

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 9 (Reuters) – Luis Suarez’s spectacular season for Liverpool went a long way to restoring his tarnished image among English fans but the Uruguayan will again be public enemy No. 1 for a game that could decide World Cup Group D.

With England and Italy making it three former world champions in the group and Costa Rica containing enough talent to at least worry their rivals, every match looks enticing and it is a tough call to predict who will go through, let alone find a one-two finishing order.

May 31, 2014

Zap! TV official hands Northampton first title

LONDON (Reuters) – So, after 132 regular season matches, two semi-finals and 99 minutes of a gloriously tense final, the English Premiership title was decided by a man watching TV in a small room buried in the depths of Twickenham on Saturday.

Replacement prop Alex Waller will go down in history as the man whose last-gasp try gave Northampton the 24-20 win over Saracens that crowned them champions for the first time but the name Graham Hughes will also have its own special place in the hearts of the Franklin’s Gardens faithful.

May 31, 2014

Rugby-Zap! TV official hands Northampton first title

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – So, after 132 regular season matches, two semi-finals and 99 minutes of a gloriously tense final, the English Premiership title was decided by a man watching TV in a small room buried in the depths of Twickenham on Saturday.

Replacement prop Alex Waller will go down in history as the man whose last-gasp try gave Northampton the 24-20 win over Saracens that crowned them champions for the first time but the name Graham Hughes will also have its own special place in the hearts of the Franklin’s Gardens faithful.

May 31, 2014

Rugby-Northampton win Premiership title in thrilling finale

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – Northampton were crowned English rugby champions for the first time in the most dramatic style on Saturday when replacement prop Alex Waller scored a controversial try in the last minute of extra time to secure a 24-20 victory over Saracens.

Saracens looked on course for victory at Twickenham as they led 20-17 going into the final seconds of extra time – the first time the added 20 minutes has been seen in the final.

May 22, 2014

Rugby-Master v apprentice, part II in Heineken final

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Neither man will countenance the idea, both being team men through and through, but happenstance dictates that Saturday’s Heineken Cup final focus will be on opposing flyhalves Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon and Saracens’ Owen Farrell.

The match-up is a repeat of last year’s semi-final, when Toulon prevailed and went on to win the trophy for the first time.

May 19, 2014

Giggs retires from playing to focus on coaching United

By Mitch Phillips

(Reuters) – Ryan Giggs has called time on his remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden Manchester United career to commit himself to his new role as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, who was confirmed as the successor to David Moyes on Monday.

Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances, winning 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League trophies, announced his decision on Monday via an open letter on the club’s website.

May 19, 2014

Soccer-Giggs retires from playing to focus on coaching United

May 19 (Reuters) – Ryan Giggs has called time on his remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden Manchester United career to commit himself to his new role as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, who was confirmed as the successor to David Moyes on Monday.

Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances, winning 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League trophies, announced his decision on Monday via an open letter on the club’s website.

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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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