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Aug 15, 2015

Rugby-Burgess and Slade still in England’s midfield mix

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – A moment of yellow-card naivety by Sam Burgess and a touch of brilliance by Henry Slade in his partner’s absence may have nosed the latter ahead in the fight for the remaining centre slot in England’s World Cup squad.

Although coach Stuart Lancaster refused to acknowledge it, the two debutants, along with replacement Billy Twelvetrees, were effectively battling for one position when they faced France in a World Cup warmup on Saturday.

Aug 15, 2015

Three-try England too strong for France

LONDON (Reuters) – Anthony Watson scored two excellent first-half tries and fellow wing Jonny May also crossed as England beat France 19-14 in a World Cup warm-up between two largely experimental sides at Twickenham on Saturday.

The two wingers are already certainties for Stuart Lancaster’s final squad and of those hoping to join them, Henry Slade took the honours ahead of fellow debutant Sam Burgess in what is likely to be a head-to-head battle for one remaining centre berth.

Aug 15, 2015

Rugby-Three-try England too strong for France

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Anthony Watson scored two excellent first-half tries and fellow wing Jonny May also crossed as England beat France 19-14 in a World Cup warm-up between two largely experimental sides at Twickenham on Saturday.

The two wingers are already certainties for Stuart Lancaster’s final squad and of those hoping to join them, Henry Slade took the honours ahead of fellow debutant Sam Burgess in what is likely to be a head-to-head battle for one remaining centre berth.

Aug 13, 2015

Unrepentant Gatlin in hot form for Bolt showdown

LONDON (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 meters 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 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.

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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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