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Jul 26, 2013

London fans revel in Olympic memories

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s athletics fans were out in force again on Friday as 60,000 filled the Olympic Stadium for a Diamond League meeting that doubled up as London’s “Anniversary Games” with Usain Bolt filling his accustomed role as star billing.

Just under 12 months ago the Jamaican thrilled the fans with his second successive triple Olympic gold medal sweep, including the second-fastest 100 meters ever run at 9.63 seconds, and he was due to race over the same distance in the final race of the night at 20.48GMT on Friday.

Jul 26, 2013

Athletics-London fans revel in Olympic memories

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s athletics fans were out in force again on Friday as 60,000 filled the Olympic Stadium for a Diamond League meeting that doubled up as London’s “Anniversary Games” with Usain Bolt filling his accustomed role as star billing.

Just under 12 months ago the Jamaican thrilled the fans with his second successive triple Olympic gold medal sweep, including the second-fastest 100 metres ever run at 9.63 seconds, and he was due to race over the same distance in the final race of the night at 20.48GMT on Friday.

Jul 25, 2013

Bolt wants to inspire fans weary of doping

LONDON (Reuters) – Usain Bolt will again fly the flag for drug-free athletics at this weekend’s London Diamond League meeting after a news conference where the multi-titled Jamaican was bombarded with questions about the sport’s latest doping scandals.

Any hopes Bolt had that his appearance in London would be a celebration of his Olympic glories in the same stadium 12 months ago were dispelled by the first question he faced on Thursday.

Jul 19, 2013

Australia reeling after decision review shambles

LONDON (Reuters) – Australia again committed Decision Review Suicide at Lord’s on Friday as their continual failure to master the referral system precipitated a first-innings implosion that left them staring at defeat in the second Ashes test.

The tourists had promised to learn from their mistakes in the first test last week, when ill-advised DRS (decision review system) referrals cost them dear in a 14-run defeat, yet they again gambled away their get-out-of-jail cards early in a chaotic and probably fatal second session.

Jul 19, 2013

Cricket-Australia reeling after decision review shambles

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Australia again committed Decision Review Suicide at Lord’s on Friday as their continual failure to master the referral system precipitated a first-innings implosion that left them staring at defeat in the second Ashes test.

The tourists had promised to learn from their mistakes in the first test last week, when ill-advised DRS (decision review system) referrals cost them dear in a 14-run defeat, yet they again gambled away their get-out-of-jail cards early in a chaotic and probably fatal second session.

Jul 19, 2013

Olympic 1500m champ Makhloufi joins world champs absentees

LONDON (Reuters) – Algeria’s Olympic 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi has become the latest big name to withdraw from the world athletics championships after failing to recover from a viral infection, the country’s El Watan newspaper reported on Friday.

The 25-year-old had was taken ill in Ethiopia in January and has struggled since then, managing only an 11th-placed finish in a Diamond League mile race at Eugene in the United States on June 1 in a rare outing.

Jul 17, 2013

Xuereb says athletes to blame for positive tests

LONDON (Reuters) – Chris Xuereb, the masseur and fitness advisor of Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, has denied providing the two Jamaican sprinters with performance-enhancing drugs and said they should take responsibility for their failed dope tests.

Powell’s coach Stephen Francis told Reuters on Tuesday that he was unhappy with Canadian Xuereb’s involvement with the sprinter while his agent Paul Doyle also said that the positive result was a result of the supplements Xuereb had provided.

Jul 9, 2013

Turkish athletes targeted by anti-doping investigators

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkish athletics, already reeling from a series of high-profile doping cases, is poised to reveal another tranche of positive tests after the country was targeted by anti-doping investigators.

Media reports on Tuesday suggested that up to 30 Turkish athletes could face doping suspensions, although suggestions that the results could lead to a ban for the country from August’s world championships in Moscow look unfounded.

Jul 8, 2013

Davies had solid game, says frustrated O’Driscoll

LONDON (Reuters) – Brian O’Driscoll reflected on his first British & Irish Lions series win through gritted teeth on Monday and could muster only faint praise for Jonathan Davies whose final-test selection ahead of him was so controversial.

O’Driscoll, in his fourth Lions tour, played in the first two tests but was left out of the match 23 for Sunday’s 41-16 victory in Brisbane as coach Warren Gatland opted for the Welsh centre pairing of Davies and Jamie Roberts.

Jul 8, 2013

Rugby-Davies had solid game, says frustrated O’Driscoll

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Brian O’Driscoll reflected on his first British & Irish Lions series win through gritted teeth on Monday and could muster only faint praise for Jonathan Davies whose final-test selection ahead of him was so controversial.

O’Driscoll, in his fourth Lions tour, played in the first two tests but was left out of the match 23 for Sunday’s 41-16 victory in Brisbane as coach Warren Gatland opted for the Welsh centre pairing of Davies and Jamie Roberts.

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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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