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May 19, 2014

Farewell Jonny Wilkinson, so good, so humble, so revered

LONDON (Reuters) – Jonny Wilkinson’s first, scarcely credible, thought after his drop-goal won the 2003 rugby World Cup for England was ‘oh no, it’s all going to be downhill from here’…

Eleven years later, even the ultimate perfectionist may realise how wrong he had been.

May 19, 2014

Rugby-Farewell Jonny Wilkinson, so good, so humble, so revered

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Jonny Wilkinson’s first, scarcely credible, thought after his drop-goal won the 2003 rugby World Cup for England was ‘oh no, it’s all going to be downhill from here’…

Eleven years later, even the ultimate perfectionist may realise how wrong he had been.

May 15, 2014

Cipriani given England recall after six years

LONDON (Reuters) – Danny Cipriani was named in an England squad for the first time in six years on Thursday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps.

Cipriani won all seven of his caps under Brian Ashton in 2008 – having been dropped from what would have been his debut against Scotland after being seen outside a nightclub days before a match.

May 15, 2014

Rugby-Cipriani given England recall after six years

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Danny Cipriani was named in an England squad for the first time in six years on Thursday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps.

Cipriani won all seven of his caps under Brian Ashton in 2008 – having been dropped from what would have been his debut against Scotland after being seen outside a nightclub days before a match.

May 15, 2014

Rugby-Cipriani set for England recall after six years

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Danny Cipriani is expected to be named in an England squad for the first time in six years on Thursday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps.

Cipriani won all seven of his caps under Brian Ashton in 2008 – having been dropped from what would have been his debut against Scotland after being seen outside a nightclub days before a match.

May 12, 2014

State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off

LONDON (Reuters) – With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.

BRAZIL

Brazil remain the hot favorites to win on home soil, having lifted the Confederations Cup last year in convincing style and won seven of their eight games since, but individually many of the players likely to feature are struggling. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari chose a largely predictable squad last week and, for the first time in years, there was little criticism from fans who expect nothing less than a record sixth World Cup triumph. The relative calm is helped by the fact that both the manager and the fans know the starting line-up that Scolari has carefully honed over 18 months in charge and he will stick by them even though several have struggled over the last half of the season.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) – With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.

BRAZIL

Brazil remain the hot favourites to win on home soil, having lifted the Confederations Cup last year in convincing style and won seven of their eight games since, but individually many of the players likely to feature are struggling.

Apr 22, 2014

Moyes axed by Man Utd after season of failure

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s succession planning for life after Alex Ferguson was left in tatters on Tuesday as manager David Moyes was sacked after 10 troubled months that brought failure and frustration to a club grown used to seamless success.

Moyes, appointed with a six-year contract on the direction of retiring fellow-Scot Ferguson last July after 11 years at Everton, did not even get to complete his first season as the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, ran out of patience.

Apr 22, 2014

Soccer-Moyes axed by Man Utd after season of failure

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s succession planning for life after Alex Ferguson was left in tatters on Tuesday as manager David Moyes was sacked after 10 troubled months that brought failure and frustration to a club grown used to seamless success.

Moyes, appointed with a six-year contract on the direction of retiring fellow-Scot Ferguson last July after 11 years at Everton, did not even get to complete his first season as the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, ran out of patience.

Apr 11, 2014

Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all

LONDON (Reuters) – “You’re virtually there” is a common shout of encouragement to ailing runners in the London marathon but thanks to a new “interactive 3D experience” athletes the world over will be able to navigate the course from the comfort of their own treadmill.

Marathon organizers have combined with established treadmill video producers Paofit to create the new system that combines HD video of the entire 26.2 mile, icon-studded route with virtual reality avatars.

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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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