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Jun 28, 2013

Tennis-Robson delivers rare success for British women

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Home favourite Laura Robson was the toast of Wimbledon again on Friday as the 19-year-old reached the third round for the first time, five years after being dubbed the “next big thing” in British women’s tennis.

By this stage of the tournament the only British female presence is usually the ball girls but Robson, who won the junior Wimbledon title as a 14-year-old, was given the unexpected honour of playing on Centre Court after her match was postponed by rain on Thursday.

Jun 27, 2013

No Center-Court slips as Del Potro storms through

LONDON (Reuters) – Giant Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro moved sure-footedly into the third round of Wimbledon with a ruthlessly impressive straight-sets Center Court win over American-turned Canadian Jesse Levine on Thursday.

The 6ft 6ins (1.98m) eighth seed, seeking a second grand slam title after his 2009 U.S. Open success, won 6-2 7-6(7) 6-3 with a display of crushing power but also showed an athletic balance on the lush grass that caused so many problems on Wednesday.

Jun 27, 2013

Tennis-No Centre-Court slips as Del Potro storms through

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Giant Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro moved sure-footedly into the third round of Wimbledon with a ruthlessly impressive straight-sets Centre Court win over American-turned Canadian Jesse Levine on Thursday.

The 6ft 6ins (1.98m) eighth seed, seeking a second grand slam title after his 2009 U.S. Open success, won 6-2 7-6(7) 6-3 with a display of crushing power but also showed an athletic balance on the lush grass that caused so many problems on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013

Rugby-Lions test slots up for grabs as Gatland weighs his options

LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) – Three days ago, a depressed Rory Best was contemplating watching the British and Irish Lions series on TV. Now he has a great chance of claiming the starting hooker’s jersey such is the fluid nature of selection on such a short, sharp tour.

The Irishman was called up on Sunday to replace Dylan Hartley, who was banned for abusing a referee, and it would not be surprising to find Best edging out Wales’s Richard Hibbard and Tom Youngs of England for the number two jersey in the first of the three tests against Australia on June 22.

May 25, 2013

Hartley’s Lions hopes hanging by a thread

LONDON (Reuters) – England hooker Dylan Hartley looks set to lose his British and Irish Lions place after being sent off for calling the referee a cheat in Saturday’s English Premiership final in which his Northampton team were beaten 37-17 by Leicester.

The incident, at the end of the first half in front of almost 82,000 fans at Twickenham, was the first red card in a Premiership final but Hartley has claimed his expletive-led accusation was aimed at Tom Youngs, his opposite number and rival for the Lions jersey, and not referee Wayne Barnes.

May 25, 2013

Rugby-Hartley’s Lions hopes hanging by a thread

LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – England hooker Dylan Hartley looks set to lose his British and Irish Lions place after being sent off for calling the referee a cheat in Saturday’s English Premiership final in which his Northampton team were beaten 37-17 by Leicester.

The incident, at the end of the first half in front of almost 82,000 fans at Twickenham, was the first red card in a Premiership final but Hartley has claimed his expletive-led accusation was aimed at Tom Youngs, his opposite number and rival for the Lions jersey, and not referee Wayne Barnes.

May 25, 2013

Leicester crowned champions after Hartley sees red

LONDON (Reuters) – Leicester were crowned English rugby champions for the 10th time when they beat Northampton 37-17 in an extraordinary final on Saturday as their rivals had captain Dylan Hartley sent off for abusing the referee.

Leicester, appearing in a ninth successive final but who had lost their last two, had the early advantage with a Niall Morris try but the game turned in their favour when England hooker Hartley was shown a straight red near the end of the first half after the referee said he had sworn and called him a “cheat”.

May 25, 2013

Rugby-Leicester crowned champions after Hartley sees red

LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – Leicester were crowned English rugby champions for the 10th time when they beat Northampton 37-17 in an extraordinary final on Saturday as their rivals had captain Dylan Hartley sent off for abusing the referee.

Leicester, appearing in a ninth successive final but who had lost their last two, had the early advantage with a Niall Morris try but the game turned in their favour when England hooker Hartley was shown a straight red near the end of the first half after the referee said he had sworn and called him a “cheat”.

May 24, 2013

England turn to youth to take on Barbarians

LONDON (Reuters) – A potential glimpse of England’s rugby future will be on display at Twickenham on Sunday when a fledgling team, including three uncapped starters and another six on the bench, take on the Barbarians.

Players involved in the British and Irish Lions tour and Saturday’s Premiership final between Leicester and Northampton were not available for the non-cap match (1200GMT) and coach Stuart Lancaster has used the situation to have a look at many of the youngsters knocking on the door of the senior team.

May 24, 2013

Rugby-England turn to youth to take on Barbarians

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – A potential glimpse of England’s rugby future will be on display at Twickenham on Sunday when a fledgling team, including three uncapped starters and another six on the bench, take on the Barbarians.

Players involved in the British and Irish Lions tour and Saturday’s Premiership final between Leicester and Northampton were not available for the non-cap match (1200GMT) and coach Stuart Lancaster has used the situation to have a look at many of the youngsters knocking on the door of the senior team.

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