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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.

May 23, 2013

Good defending is simple answer to Robben riddle

LONDON (Reuters) – An internet search for “Arjen Robben cuts inside” produces more than two million items, one of them a recent tweet declaring: “That was the 10,000th time Robben has cut inside and shot with his left foot – so predictable”.

Yet, when the Bayern Munich winger bears down the right in Saturday’s Champions League final, Borussia Dortmund’s defenders, if they follow in the misdirected footsteps of so many before them, will still, inexplicably, allow the Dutchman to switch the ball on to his favoured left foot and turn a usually benign situation into a potentially critical one.

May 23, 2013

Soccer-Good defending is simple answer to Robben riddle

LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – An internet search for “Arjen Robben cuts inside” produces more than two million items, one of them a recent tweet declaring: “That was the 10,000th time Robben has cut inside and shot with his left foot – so predictable”.

Yet, when the Bayern Munich winger bears down the right in Saturday’s Champions League final, Borussia Dortmund’s defenders, if they follow in the misdirected footsteps of so many before them, will still, inexplicably, allow the Dutchman to switch the ball on to his favoured left foot and turn a usually benign situation into a potentially critical one.

May 22, 2013

Leicester seek farewell gift to loyal servants

LONDON (Reuters) – Leicester run out at Twickenham for a remarkable ninth successive English rugby Premiership final on Saturday where local Midlands rivals Northampton will attempt to prevent them finishing as champions for a record 10th time.

It will be an emotional day for many involved with England’s most dominant club, marking as it does the departure of several stalwart players and staff members and seen by some as the end of an era.

May 22, 2013

Rugby-Leicester seek farewell gift to loyal servants

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Leicester run out at Twickenham for a remarkable ninth successive English rugby Premiership final on Saturday where local Midlands rivals Northampton will attempt to prevent them finishing as champions for a record 10th time.

It will be an emotional day for many involved with England’s most dominant club, marking as it does the departure of several stalwart players and staff members and seen by some as the end of an era.

May 16, 2013

NEWSMAKER: Farewell to David Beckham, footballer

LONDON (Reuters) – Even as he announced his retirement at the age of 38, four years after his 115th and last cap, David Beckham probably scoured Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad for his name, proudly and defiantly “available for selection” to the end.

Though denigrated for his superstar lifestyle and condemned as nothing more than a vehicle for shifting club shirts in the latter stages of his glittering, peripatetic career, Beckham remained a hugely popular figure throughout his homeland, to fans of all allegiances.

May 16, 2013

Farewell to David Beckham, footballer

LONDON (Reuters) – Even as he announced his retirement at the age of 38, four years after his 115th and last cap, David Beckham probably scoured Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad for his name, proudly and defiantly “available for selection” to the end.

Though denigrated for his superstar lifestyle and condemned as nothing more than a vehicle for shifting club shirts in the latter stages of his glittering, peripatetic career, Beckham remained a hugely popular figure throughout his homeland, to fans of all allegiances.

May 16, 2013

Soccer-Farewell to David Beckham, footballer

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Even as he announced his retirement at the age of 38, four years after his 115th and last cap, David Beckham probably scoured Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad for his name, proudly and defiantly “available for selection” to the end.

Though denigrated for his superstar lifestyle and condemned as nothing more than a vehicle for shifting club shirts in the latter stages of his glittering, peripatetic career, Beckham remained a hugely popular figure throughout his homeland, to fans of all allegiances.

May 16, 2013

Soccer-Farewell to David Beckham, footballer

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Even as he announced his retirement at the age of 38, four years after his 115th and last cap, David Beckham probably scoured Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad for his name, proudly and defiantly “available for selection” to the end.

Though denigrated for his superstar lifestyle and condemned as nothing more than a vehicle for shifting club shirts in the latter stages of his glittering, peripatetic career, Beckham remained a hugely popular figure throughout his homeland, to fans of all allegiances.

May 15, 2013

Britain’s head coach resigns after seven months

LONDON (Reuters) – Peter Eriksson has resigned as head coach of British Athletics after seven months in the job and will return to Canada for personal reasons, UK Athletics officials said on Wednesday.

Eriksson was appointed on a five-year deal in October to replace Dutchman Charles van Commenee but asked to be released from his contract in order to return to Canada to be with his family.

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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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