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May 13, 2013

Rugby-Gatland confident of O’Driscoll recovery for Lions tour

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has had his first injury scare before his squad for Australia has even assembled but said he was confident former captain Brian O’Driscoll would recover quickly from a back spasm.

O’Driscoll left the field early in his Leinster team’s victory over Glasgow on Saturday and the 34-year-old centre was unable to travel to London for the squad’s first get-together in London on Monday.

May 8, 2013

Rugby-Robshaw rested as England test new boys in Argentina

LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – England captain Chris Robshaw and several other senior players have been rested while 11 uncapped players have been called up for the three-match tour to Argentina and Uruguay, coach Stuart Lancaster said on Wednesday.

Back rower Robshaw, unlucky not to make the British and Irish Lions squad for Australia, will instead get some rest, along with Toby Flood, Danny Care, Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton – assuming they do not get the call as Lions injury cover.

May 8, 2013

The rivalries that fuelled Ferguson’s desire

LONDON (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson has enjoyed some great rivalries in his more than 26 years as Manchester United manager and though he lost a few battles along the way, he invariably ended up winning the war.

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When Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 he famously said he wanted to knock Liverpool “off their perch” as the dominant force in English football but it took a long time to achieve it.

May 8, 2013

Soccer-The rivalries that fuelled Ferguson’s desire

LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson has enjoyed some great rivalries in his more than 26 years as Manchester United manager and though he lost a few battles along the way, he invariably ended up winning the war.

LIVERPOOL

When Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 he famously said he wanted to knock Liverpool “off their perch” as the dominant force in English football but it took a long time to achieve it.

May 8, 2013

Ferguson’s success built on work-ethic bedrock

LONDON (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson is a knight of the realm, rich beyond his dreams, revered and respected the world over yet his approach to life and work remain unchanged from when he first rolled up his sleeves in the Clydeside shipyards of the 1960s.

Hard graft, pride in your work, respect for your colleagues and a refusal to back down when you feel you are right were the values Ferguson learned as a boy in the tough streets of post-war Glasgow and which were honed as an apprentice tool-maker in one of the most unforgiving work environments imaginable.

May 8, 2013

Soccer-Ferguson’s success built on work-ethic bedrock

LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson is a knight of the realm, rich beyond his dreams, revered and respected the world over yet his approach to life and work remain unchanged from when he first rolled up his sleeves in the Clydeside shipyards of the 1960s.

Hard graft, pride in your work, respect for your colleagues and a refusal to back down when you feel you are right were the values Ferguson learned as a boy in the tough streets of post-war Glasgow and which were honed as an apprentice tool-maker in one of the most unforgiving work environments imaginable.

May 7, 2013

Nine uncapped players in Scotland rugby squad

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland will take nine uncapped players in a squad shorn of several of their best players when they travel to South Africa next month for a quadrangular tournament also involving the Springboks, Samoa and Italy.

“We are taking the opportunity to have a look at some players and want to assess what they’re like at this level,” said Scott Johnson, who will manage the team before moving to a new role as director of rugby for Scotland.

May 7, 2013

Rugby-Nine uncapped players in Scotland squad

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – Scotland will take nine uncapped players in a squad shorn of several of their best players when they travel to South Africa next month for a quadrangular tournament also involving the Springboks, Samoa and Italy.

“We are taking the opportunity to have a look at some players and want to assess what they’re like at this level,” said Scott Johnson, who will manage the team before moving to a new role as director of rugby for Scotland.

May 3, 2013

Olympic champion Cakir faces life ban after second offence

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin, who came back from a doping ban to win the women’s 1,500 meters under a cloud of suspicion at the 2012 Olympics, faces a lifetime ban after being charged with another anti-doping offence, athletics officials said on Friday.

Cakir, who was given a two-year ban in 2004 after a positive dope test at the world junior championships, finished at the London Games ahead of compatriot Gamze Bulut, who had improved her personal best by 18 seconds in the previous year.

May 3, 2013

Athletics-Olympic champion Cakir faces life ban after second offence

LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin, who came back from a doping ban to win the women’s 1,500 metres under a cloud of suspicion at the 2012 Olympics, faces a lifetime ban after being charged with another anti-doping offence, athletics officials said on Friday.

Cakir, who was given a two-year ban in 2004 after a positive dope test at the world junior championships, finished at the London Games ahead of compatriot Gamze Bulut, who had improved her personal best by 18 seconds in the previous year.

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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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