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Dec 3, 2014

Coe on a mission to save the sport he loves

LONDON (Reuters) – When Seb Coe was at the peak of his powers in the 1980s athletics attracted huge TV audiences and often dominated the back pages of newspapers around the world.

Thirty years on the sport is fighting to make a connection with the next generation.

Dec 3, 2014

Presidential hopeful Coe pledges revamp

LONDON (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe unveiled the manifesto behind his campaign to become head of world athletics on Wednesday, pledging a calendar and prize money revamp and new competitions to bring back fans.

Launching his bid to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the man who successfully delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games said athletes should also enjoy greater commercial opportunities, with an overhaul of prize money structure.

Nov 30, 2014

England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil.

Defeats by New Zealand and South Africa at the start of November made it five losses in a row, and last week’s win over Samoa did little to placate the doomsayers.

Nov 30, 2014

Rugby-England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil.

Defeats by New Zealand and South Africa at the start of November made it five losses in a row, and last week’s win over Samoa did little to placate the doomsayers.

Nov 29, 2014

Cheika faces up to Australia rebuilding job

LONDON (Reuters) – The last time Australia lost three games on a European tour in 2005 it led coach Eddie Jones being sacked but they are in a very different place now despite Saturday’s defeat by England completing another hat-trick.

Following defeats by Ireland and France, they went down 26-17 at Twickenham and have a solitary win over Wales to show for their efforts.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-Cheika faces up to Australia rebuilding job

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The last time Australia lost three games on a European tour in 2005 it led coach Eddie Jones being sacked but they are in a very different place now despite Saturday’s defeat by England completing another hat-trick.

Following defeats by Ireland and France, they went down 26-17 at Twickenham and have a solitary win over Wales to show for their efforts.

Nov 29, 2014

England find their form by going back to basics

LONDON (Reuters) – England are widely considered to have blown the 1991 World Cup by switching from the forward-based approach in the final against Australia so, after Saturday’s win over the Wallabies, their fans will be hoping they stick with what they do best.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has laudably tried to introduce more devil to England’s play over the last year or so but, probably lacking enough backline quality to bring those plans to fruition, the results have been underwhelming.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-England find their form by going back to basics

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – England are widely considered to have blown the 1991 World Cup by switching from the forward-based approach in the final against Australia so, after Saturday’s win over the Wallabies, their fans will be hoping they stick with what they do best.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has laudably tried to introduce more devil to England’s play over the last year or so but, probably lacking enough backline quality to bring those plans to fruition, the results have been underwhelming.

Nov 29, 2014

England forwards turn on the power to sink Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year.

Both sides had lost two of their three November internationals and were desperate to gain some sort of advantage ahead of what could be a pivotal pool meeting back at Twickenham in 10 months.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-England forwards turn on the power to sink Australia

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year.

Both sides had lost two of their three November internationals and were desperate to gain some sort of advantage ahead of what could be a pivotal pool meeting back at Twickenham in 10 months.

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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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