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Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-Leicester turn to ‘Tinkerman’ Ranieri

LONDON, July 13 (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.

Jul 11, 2015

St. Andrews sparks memories of Woods’ imperious peak

LONDON (Reuters) – When Tiger Woods tees it up on Thursday in the British Open he would not be human if his thoughts did not wander back 15 years to when he tamed St Andrews and seemed set to become the greatest golfer in history.

The Woods of 2015 will probably be happy just to make the cut at the ‘Home of Golf’, or even just a few fairways as he wrestles to master another rebuilt swing in the wake of woeful rounds of 80 and 76 at last month’s U.S. Open.

Jul 8, 2015

Injury rules holder McIlroy out of British Open

LONDON (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy will not defend his British Open title at St Andrews next week after announcing on Wednesday he did not want to risk further damage to the ankle ligaments he ruptured playing football last weekend.

The world number one’s presence at the spiritual home of golf had looked extremely doubtful after he suffered the injury in a kickabout with friends and posted a picture of himself wearing a protective plastic boot and his withdrawal was duly confirmed on his Instagram account.

Jul 7, 2015

Sharapova advances after stiff test from Vandeweghe

LONDON (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova made it a remarkable 20 victories from 23 grand slam quarter-finals but was pushed all the way at Wimbledon on Tuesday by feisty American Coco Vandeweghe before emerging a 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2 winner.

The Russian fourth seed, Wimbledon champion as a 17-year-old in 2004 but a finalist only once since, had not dropped a set in this year’s tournament coming into the last-eight contest.

Jul 7, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova advances after stiff test from Vandeweghe

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova made it a remarkable 20 victories from 23 grand slam quarter-finals but was pushed all the way at Wimbledon on Tuesday by feisty American Coco Vandeweghe before emerging a 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2 winner.

The Russian fourth seed, Wimbledon champion as a 17-year-old in 2004 but a finalist only once since, had not dropped a set in this year’s tournament coming into the last-eight contest.

Jul 6, 2015

Wimbledon all the quieter as Kyrgios bows out

LONDON (Reuters) – To the disappointment of those bemoaning a lack of “characters” at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios was beaten in four sets by Richard Gasquet on Monday, bowing out of the tournament with his usual mix of brilliance and belligerence.

The Australian 20-year-old’s on-court behavior often resembles that of a hormonal teenager and he threw in the full range on Monday with a “tanked” game, a warning for an audible obscenity and a seemingly endless running debate with the umpire.

Jul 6, 2015

Tennis-Wimbledon all the quieter as Kyrgios bows out

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – To the disappointment of those bemoaning a lack of “characters” at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios was beaten in four sets by Richard Gasquet on Monday, bowing out of the tournament with his usual mix of brilliance and belligerence.

The Australian 20-year-old’s on-court behaviour often resembles that of a hormonal teenager and he threw in the full range on Monday with a “tanked” game, a warning for an audible obscenity and a seemingly endless running debate with the umpire.

Jul 6, 2015

McIlroy suffers ankle injury ahead of British Open

LONDON (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s defence of golf’s British Open and a keenly-anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when he revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing football with friends.

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.

Jul 3, 2015

Nadal loss sends shockwaves round Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacular halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova all cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories as the tournament meandered serenely through its fourth balmy day.

Jul 2, 2015

Big guns continue to fire at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters in the men’s and women’s game continued apace at Wimbledon on Thursday as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories.

The early exits of women’s third seed Simona Halep and number seven Ana Ivanovic and the injury withdrawal of men’s number five Kei Nishikori have been the only blips in an otherwise untroubled march to the third round for the big guns.

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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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