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Aug 13, 2015

Athletics-Unrepentant Gatlin in hot form for Bolt showdown

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Justin Gatlin will run for the United States in Beijing but to much of the athletics world he might as well appear in a vest bearing a giant syringe such is his position as the tangible manifestation of the sport’s wretched doping past.

There will be dozens of convicted former dopers in the world championships — with the top end of the 100 metres riddled with them — but Gatlin has a special place in the Hall of Shame by dint of being the man who has been banned twice.

Aug 12, 2015

Marseille moment helped us win World Cup, says Johnson

LONDON (Reuters) – A barely noticed incident in a long-forgotten warm-up match perhaps was key to England winning the World Cup in 2003, says the man who lifted the Webb Ellis trophy on that Sydney night 12 years ago.

As England prepare to face France on Saturday in the first of three warm-ups for the 2015 tournament, Martin Johnson believes those matches can have an impact far beyond the obvious settling of selection issues.

Aug 12, 2015

Rugby-Marseille moment helped us win World Cup, says Johnson

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – A barely noticed incident in a long-forgotten warm-up match perhaps was key to England winning the World Cup in 2003, says the man who lifted the Webb Ellis trophy on that Sydney night 12 years ago.

As England prepare to face France on Saturday in the first of three warm-ups for the 2015 tournament, Martin Johnson believes those matches can have an impact far beyond the obvious settling of selection issues.

Jul 15, 2015

England feeding off rare ‘feelgood factor’

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s cricketers are riding the wave of a rare “feelgood factor” but have put their Cardiff success behind them and are looking only forward, captain Alastair Cook said ahead of the second Ashes test against Australia.

After being vilified for their abject display at the World Cup at the start of the year, England are back in the good books after showing new, attacking intent against New Zealand and then getting off to an Ashes flier with an impressive victory over Australia in the opening test last week.

Jul 15, 2015

Cricket-England feeding off rare ‘feelgood factor’

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – England’s cricketers are riding the wave of a rare “feelgood factor” but have put their Cardiff success behind them and are looking only forward, captain Alastair Cook said ahead of the second Ashes test against Australia.

After being vilified for their abject display at the World Cup at the start of the year, England are back in the good books after showing new, attacking intent against New Zealand and then getting off to an Ashes flier with an impressive victory over Australia in the opening test last week.

Jul 13, 2015

Leicester turn to ‘Tinkerman’ Ranieri

LONDON (Reuters) – Leicester City named Italian Claudio Ranieri as manager on Monday as the popular former Chelsea boss returns to the Premier League 11 years after leaving Stamford Bridge.

Leicester escaped relegation last season on the back of an amazing late turnaround in form but manager Nigel Pearson was sacked two weeks ago after an internal fallout.

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-Leicester turn to ‘Tinkerman’ Ranieri

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – Leicester City named Italian Claudio Ranieri as manager on Monday as the popular former Chelsea boss returns to the Premier League 11 years after leaving Stamford Bridge.

Leicester escaped relegation last season on the back of an amazing late turnaround in form but manager Nigel Pearson was sacked two weeks ago after an internal fallout.

Jul 11, 2015

St. Andrews sparks memories of Woods’ imperious peak

LONDON (Reuters) – When Tiger Woods tees it up on Thursday in the British Open he would not be human if his thoughts did not wander back 15 years to when he tamed St Andrews and seemed set to become the greatest golfer in history.

The Woods of 2015 will probably be happy just to make the cut at the ‘Home of Golf’, or even just a few fairways as he wrestles to master another rebuilt swing in the wake of woeful rounds of 80 and 76 at last month’s U.S. Open.

Jul 8, 2015

Injury rules holder McIlroy out of British Open

LONDON (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy will not defend his British Open title at St Andrews next week after announcing on Wednesday he did not want to risk further damage to the ankle ligaments he ruptured playing football last weekend.

The world number one’s presence at the spiritual home of golf had looked extremely doubtful after he suffered the injury in a kickabout with friends and posted a picture of himself wearing a protective plastic boot and his withdrawal was duly confirmed on his Instagram account.

Jul 7, 2015

Sharapova advances after stiff test from Vandeweghe

LONDON (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova made it a remarkable 20 victories from 23 grand slam quarter-finals but was pushed all the way at Wimbledon on Tuesday by feisty American Coco Vandeweghe before emerging a 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2 winner.

The Russian fourth seed, Wimbledon champion as a 17-year-old in 2004 but a finalist only once since, had not dropped a set in this year’s tournament coming into the last-eight contest.

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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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