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Jun 29, 2015

Tennis-Healthy Sharapova back firing on all cylinders

LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – When Maria Sharapova miserably exited the French Open four weeks ago it was to a soundtrack of her coughing but the trademark scream was back at full volume on Monday when she blew past Briton Johanna Konta in the first round at Wimbledon.

Having returned to the United States to rest and recover from a virus that contributed to her fourth-round defeat by Czech Lucie Safarova, Sharapova looked revitalised as she triumphed 6-2 6-2 in the sunshine of Centre Court.

Jun 29, 2015

Healthy Sharapova back firing on all cylinders

LONDON (Reuters) – When Maria Sharapova miserably exited the French Open four weeks ago it was to a soundtrack of her coughing but the trademark scream was back at full volume on Monday when she blew past Briton Johanna Konta in the first round at Wimbledon.

Having returned to the United States to rest and recover from a virus that contributed to her fourth-round defeat by Czech Lucie Safarova, Sharapova looked revitalized as she triumphed 6-2 6-2 in the sunshine of Centre Court.

Jun 25, 2015

Well-heeled Wimbledon needs a touch of McEnroe attitude

LONDON (Reuters) – Watching a gray-haired, smart-suited 56-year-old John McEnroe speak with mature insight about all-things tennis it seems odd to think that many feel that what the sport needs is a dose of the “superbrat” attitude of the brash New Yorker’s youth.

McEnroe is still the number one off-court draw at the All England club which, as a “bunch of 70-year stiffs”, once snubbed him by refusing to award him the usual honorary membership after his maiden singles victory in 1981.

Jun 25, 2015

Feature – Well-heeled Wimbledon needs a touch of McEnroe attitude

LONDON (Reuters) – Watching a grey-haired, smart-suited 56-year-old John McEnroe speak with mature insight about all-things tennis it seems odd to think that many feel that what the sport needs is a dose of the “superbrat” attitude of the brash New Yorker’s youth.

McEnroe is still the number one off-court draw at the All England club which, as a “bunch of 70-year stiffs”, once snubbed him by refusing to award him the usual honorary membership after his maiden singles victory in 1981.

Jun 25, 2015

Tennis-Well-heeled Wimbledon needs a touch of McEnroe attitude

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Watching a grey-haired, smart-suited 56-year-old John McEnroe speak with mature insight about all-things tennis it seems odd to think that many feel that what the sport needs is a dose of the “superbrat” attitude of the brash New Yorker’s youth.

McEnroe is still the number one off-court draw at the All England club which, as a “bunch of 70-year stiffs”, once snubbed him by refusing to award him the usual honorary membership after his maiden singles victory in 1981.

Jun 24, 2015

A “new Bolt” sprints into sport nationality controversy

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Whether he is a “plastic Brit” or a legitimate new member of “Team GB”, teenage sprinter Zharnel Hughes is the latest face of one of the most contentious issues in world sport — nationality switches.

Hughes, 19, has held a British passport since his birth on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, a British overseas territory not recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

Jun 10, 2015

Rugby-England will sort discipline from within, says Wilkinson

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – As possibly the most dedicated man ever to play international rugby, Jonny Wilkinson might not be best-placed to pass judgement on England’s current disciplinary issues.

Wilkinson, a coach’s dream in terms of commitment, attitude and behaviour, admitted he was once reduced to a quivering wreck after turning up five minutes late for a team meeting with former coach Clive Woodward.

Jun 10, 2015

Rugby-England need Ford and Farrell, says Wilkinson

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – The battle between George Ford and Owen Farrell for the England number 10 shirt is already one of the rugby World Cup’s big talking points but the man who every red-rosed flyhalf is measured against thinks both men will have a part to play.

Jonny Wilkinson, whose extra-time dropped goal in the 2003 final spurred England to victory in the sport’s showpiece, will be watching this year’s tournament as a fan, having played in the previous four.

Jun 10, 2015

Rugby-World Cup trophy tour gets royal send-off

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – Rugby royalty met the real thing at Twickenham on Wednesday when Jonny Wilkinson and Britain’s Prince Harry sent the Webb Ellis Cup on its tour of Britain to mark 100 days until the start of the rugby World Cup.

Wilkinson, the drop-goal hero of England’s 2003-winning team and a veteran of four World Cups, and Prince Harry, Honorary President of organisers England 2015, took part in a ceremony flanked by delighted local school children, with massed ranks of employees of the Rugby Football Union looking down from the stadium’s mighty West Stand.

Jun 1, 2015

England looking alone in World Cup boycott call

LONDON (Reuters) – England was looking increasingly isolated in its call for a boycott of football’s World Cup on Monday as a senior UEFA official cast doubt on the idea and the rest of Europe remained near-silent.

Following Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president last week, the English Football Association’s chairman Greg Dyke said his organisation would support any boycott led by the UEFA, the sport’s European federation.

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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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