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Oct 9, 2014

Everton defender Stones out for three months

LONDON (Reuters) – Everton and England defender John Stones will be out of action for 10-14 weeks due to an ankle injury, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old suffered ligament damage during Sunday’s 2-1 league defeat at Manchester United.

Oct 9, 2014

IAAF had no choice over listing Gatlin for award

LONDON (Reuters) – To athletics fans around the world wondering just how double-doper Justin Gatlin could be short-listed for the IAAF’s athlete of the year award, the unpalatable answer is, that having served his bans, the governing body had no real choice.

Gatlin’s stellar year of sprinting, when he posted six of the fastest 100 metres times with his 9.77 second run in Brussels last month the fastest-ever by an over-30, made the 32-year-old an automatic inclusion the 10-man list.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Everton defender Stones out for three months

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Everton and England defender John Stones will be out of action for 10-14 weeks due to an ankle injury, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old suffered ligament damage during Sunday’s 2-1 league defeat at Manchester United.

Oct 2, 2014

What they say about parkrun

LONDON (Reuters) – What people have said about parkrun, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Oct. 4. Hugh Brasher, race director of the London Marathon, which has direct links with parkrun:

“We support parkrun because it is about the grass roots of running, it is about encouraging people to start running and also to be more competitive with their running.

Sep 29, 2014

Golf – U.S. must rediscover spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder Cup rot

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good and why they don’t get on as well as their European counterparts.

That has been the scenario after eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but, despite the myriad inquests, they seem no nearer understanding the reasons than 20 years ago when none of the current group were even involved.

Sep 29, 2014

U.S. must rediscover spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder Cup rot

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good and why they don’t get on as well as their European counterparts.

That has been the scenario after eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but, despite the myriad inquests, they seem no nearer understanding the reasons than 20 years ago when none of the current group were even involved.

Sep 28, 2014

American team player ratings at the Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – How the American captain and players performed in the 40th Ryder Cup:

Tom Watson. Captain.

Twenty one years after his first appearance as captain Watson at times looked and sounded like an old man struggling to keep up with his grandchildren and that lack of connection with his team appeared apparent in many of his actions.

Sep 28, 2014

Mickelson slams Watson’s captaincy strategy

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson launched a scathing attack on Tom Watson after the United States went down to another Ryder Cup defeat on Sunday, saying his captain had not engaged with the players and should have stuck with the system that worked in 2008.

That victory under Paul Azinger was one of only two in the last 10 editions and those involved were particularly happy with his “pod” system, whereby players were split into groups of three or four who practiced and played together.

Sep 28, 2014

Ruthless Europe retain iron grip on Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Europe maintained their Ryder Cup stranglehold over the United States with a crushing five-point victory on Sunday as rookie Jamie Donaldson had the honour of securing the decisive point to make it eight wins in the last 10 matches.

Starting the day 10-6 up, Europe needed four points to retain the trophy they won after coming back from the same score two years ago and got there with plenty to spare, winning the singles battle 6-1/2 – 5-1/2 for an overall 16-1/2 – 11-1/2 victory.

Sep 28, 2014

Donaldson seals Ryder Cup glory for dominant Europe

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Rookie Jamie Donaldson struck the shot of a lifetime to secure a singles win over Keegan Bradley on Sunday and take Europe to victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in 10 years.

The holders were assured of retaining the trophy when Donaldson moved four up with four to play but he then hit a stunning approach to within two feet on the 15th and Bradley, some distance away, duly conceded the putt, the match and the Ryder Cup.

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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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