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Aug 6, 2014

Sportives helping harmony on Britain’s roads

LONDON (Reuters) – The rise and rise of cycling in Britain will scale a new peak on Sunday when 24,000 amateur riders take over the capital and a swathe of the countryside in the closed-road Prudential Ride London Surrey 100, the country’s ultimate “cyclosportive”.

The idea that British car drivers could be forced to take second place to cyclists would have seemed preposterous only a few years ago – and still is to many. And while there is a long way to go before the streets are routinely shared with a cheery wave as they are in large areas of continental Europe, groups of cyclists out for a weekend spin are becoming more and more a part of the landscape.

Aug 6, 2014

Marathon man Brasher inspires London to get riding

LONDON (Reuters) – As race director of the London Marathon Hugh Brasher was not exactly short of things to do with his time but when the invitations went out for bidders to organize and run a mass cycling event on a similar scale he jumped at the chance.

His organization duly got the job and last year delivered the inaugural Prudential Ride London weekend, highlighted by a 100-mile close-road sportive for amateur riders largely following the route of the 2012 Olympic road race, which inspired the whole idea.

Aug 6, 2014

Interview: Marathon man Brasher inspires London to get riding

LONDON (Reuters) – As race director of the London Marathon Hugh Brasher was not exactly short of things to do with his time but when the invitations went out for bidders to organise and run a mass cycling event on a similar scale he jumped at the chance.

His organisation duly got the job and last year delivered the inaugural Prudential Ride London weekend, highlighted by a 100-mile close-road sportive for amateur riders largely following the route of the 2012 Olympic road race, which inspired the whole idea.

Jul 4, 2014

Germany’s Loew shows he is a tournament tactician

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – “Don’t change a winning team” is a mantra beloved of armchair coaches but when it gets to the business end of a World Cup there is no room for sentiment, as Joachim Loew showed when his reshuffled Germany beat France 1-0 to reach the last four.

There is also no reason why a coach should be expected to keep his promises, as Loew also showed by finally switching Philipp Lahm back to his natural position of fullback.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Loew shows he is a tournament tactician

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – “Don’t change a winning team” is a mantra beloved of armchair coaches but when it gets to the business end of a World Cup there is no room for sentiment, as Joachim Loew showed when his reshuffled Germany beat France 1-0 to reach the last four.

There is also no reason why a coach should be expected to keep his promises, as Loew also showed by finally switching Philipp Lahm back to his natural position of fullback.

Jul 3, 2014

More science than art to penalty shootout success

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Penalty shootouts have been used at the World Cup since 1982 but while every one of the 24 to date has routinely been described as “dramatic” there is a deal more science than art when it comes to converting successfully from 12 yards.

Shootouts are also routinely described as “a lottery” but the statistics would suggest they are anything but, and “the ultimate test of technique and nerve under intense pressure” is probably a more accurate description.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-More science than art to penalty shootout success

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 3 (Reuters) – Penalty shootouts have been used at the World Cup since 1982 but while every one of the 24 to date has routinely been described as “dramatic” there is a deal more science than art when it comes to converting successfully from 12 yards.

Shootouts are also routinely described as “a lottery” but the statistics would suggest they are anything but, and “the ultimate test of technique and nerve under intense pressure” is probably a more accurate description.

Jun 28, 2014

Maracana rocks to the boys in yellow: Colombia

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – As expected, the yellow-shirted South Americans delivered a masterclass and threw in a spectacular goal to leave the Maracana rocking though it was not Brazil sashaying into the last eight in style but Colombia.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay sent them into the quarter-finals for the first time where they will face the hosts knowing that if they reproduce the free-running, high-scoring game that has brought them four wins so far they have nothing to fear.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Maracana rocks to the boys in yellow – Colombia

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 (Reuters) – As expected, the yellow-shirted South Americans delivered a masterclass and threw in a spectacular goal to leave the Maracana rocking though it was not Brazil sashaying into the last eight in style but Colombia.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay sent them into the quarter-finals for the first time where they will face the hosts knowing that if they reproduce the free-running, high-scoring game that has brought them four wins so far they have nothing to fear.

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.

    • About Mitch

      "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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