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Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Man City reeling as Aguero ruled out of Rome trip

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s already slim hopes of remaining in the Champions League beyond next week suffered a devastating blow on Saturday when a tearful Sergio Aguero joined their lengthening injury list.

Aguero, the Premier League’s leading scorer with 14 goals, suffered a knee ligament injury in the opening minutes of City’s 1-0 home Premier League victory over Everton and has already been ruled out of their final group game away to AS Roma on Wednesday.

Dec 4, 2014

England well set for World Cup despite losses, says RFU head

LONDON (Reuters) – Ian Ritchie, the head of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), says England’s results over the last five months have not been good enough but remains confident that they are on course for a credible assault on the World Cup in 2015.

“We should be in a position where we go into every game expecting to win and if we lose five in a row, even if it’s to New Zealand and South Africa, that’s not satisfactory,” Ritchie told reporters at a Twickenham briefing on Thursday, five days after Stuart Lancaster’s team ended their November series on a high with victory over Australia having ended their losing streak against Samoa.

Dec 4, 2014

Rugby-England well set for World Cup despite losses, says RFU head

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Ian Ritchie, the head of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), says England’s results over the last five months have not been good enough but remains confident that they are on course for a credible assault on the World Cup in 2015.

“We should be in a position where we go into every game expecting to win and if we lose five in a row, even if it’s to New Zealand and South Africa, that’s not satisfactory,” Ritchie told reporters at a Twickenham briefing on Thursday, five days after Stuart Lancaster’s team ended their November series on a high with victory over Australia having ended their losing streak against Samoa.

Dec 3, 2014

Coe on a mission to save the sport he loves

LONDON (Reuters) – When Seb Coe was at the peak of his powers in the 1980s athletics attracted huge TV audiences and often dominated the back pages of newspapers around the world.

Thirty years on the sport is fighting to make a connection with the next generation.

Dec 3, 2014

Presidential hopeful Coe pledges revamp

LONDON (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe unveiled the manifesto behind his campaign to become head of world athletics on Wednesday, pledging a calendar and prize money revamp and new competitions to bring back fans.

Launching his bid to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the man who successfully delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games said athletes should also enjoy greater commercial opportunities, with an overhaul of prize money structure.

Nov 30, 2014

England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil.

Defeats by New Zealand and South Africa at the start of November made it five losses in a row, and last week’s win over Samoa did little to placate the doomsayers.

Nov 30, 2014

Rugby-England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil.

Defeats by New Zealand and South Africa at the start of November made it five losses in a row, and last week’s win over Samoa did little to placate the doomsayers.

Nov 29, 2014

Cheika faces up to Australia rebuilding job

LONDON (Reuters) – The last time Australia lost three games on a European tour in 2005 it led coach Eddie Jones being sacked but they are in a very different place now despite Saturday’s defeat by England completing another hat-trick.

Following defeats by Ireland and France, they went down 26-17 at Twickenham and have a solitary win over Wales to show for their efforts.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-Cheika faces up to Australia rebuilding job

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The last time Australia lost three games on a European tour in 2005 it led coach Eddie Jones being sacked but they are in a very different place now despite Saturday’s defeat by England completing another hat-trick.

Following defeats by Ireland and France, they went down 26-17 at Twickenham and have a solitary win over Wales to show for their efforts.

Nov 29, 2014

England find their form by going back to basics

LONDON (Reuters) – England are widely considered to have blown the 1991 World Cup by switching from the forward-based approach in the final against Australia so, after Saturday’s win over the Wallabies, their fans will be hoping they stick with what they do best.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has laudably tried to introduce more devil to England’s play over the last year or so but, probably lacking enough backline quality to bring those plans to fruition, the results have been underwhelming.

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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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