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Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Spurs sack Villas-Boas after home humiliation

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Monday as two Premier League thrashings in three weeks exposed the side’s frailties despite a transfer outlay of over 100 million pounds during the summer.

Spurs were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool in front of their own fans on Sunday, having been thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City last month, and the club announced the Portuguese coach’s departure “by mutual consent” in a statement on their website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com).

Dec 5, 2013

No U-turn as English clubs shun Heineken Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – English clubs are set for at least one season without any European rugby after they confirmed their refusal to take part in a revamped Heineken Cup next season, despite last week’s decision by their French counterparts to return to the fold.

The chairmen of the 12 Premiership clubs, as well as representatives from Leeds and Bristol, met in London on Thursday.

Dec 5, 2013

Rugby-No U-turn as English clubs shun Heineken Cup

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – English clubs are set for at least one season without any European rugby after they confirmed their refusal to take part in a revamped Heineken Cup next season, despite last week’s decision by their French counterparts to return to the fold.

The chairmen of the 12 Premiership clubs, as well as representatives from Leeds and Bristol, met in London on Thursday.

Nov 27, 2013

Rugby-World Cup tickets just seven pounds for children

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Tickets for some matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be available for seven pounds ($11.33) for children and 15 pounds for adults, organisers said on Wednesday as they revealed their strategy for the sale of 2.3 million seats.

Forty one of the 48 matches will have child tickets at seven pounds and 15 pounds as organisers aim to attract a new generation of young fans to the game.

Nov 26, 2013

Lions wing Cuthbert makes surprise Wales return

LONDON (Reuters) – Winger Alex Cuthbert has made a surprise return to the Wales team to play Australia on Saturday after recovering ahead of time from an ankle injury that initially seemed to rule him out of the entire autumn series.

Cuthbert will reunited with his British and Irish Lions back three partners George North and Leigh Halfpenny as Wales hope the Lions influence can end their own dismal run against the Wallabies.

Nov 26, 2013

Rugby-Lions wing Cuthbert makes surprise Wales return

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Winger Alex Cuthbert has made a surprise return to the Wales team to play Australia on Saturday after recovering ahead of time from an ankle injury that initially seemed to rule him out of the entire autumn series.

Cuthbert will reunited with his British and Irish Lions back three partners George North and Leigh Halfpenny as Wales hope the Lions influence can end their own dismal run against the Wallabies.

Nov 23, 2013

Plaudits rain down on classic Merseyside derby

By Mitch Phillips

(Reuters) – There have been more than 220 Merseyside derbies since Everton and Liverpool first met in 1894, including two FA Cup finals, but Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw is already been talked about as one of the best of the lot.

In a breathless 90 minutes at Goodison Park Liverpool led twice but found themselves trailing 3-2 with a minute to go, only for Daniel Sturridge to come off the bench and head an equaliser.

Nov 23, 2013

Soccer-Plaudits rain down on classic Merseyside derby

Nov 23 (Reuters) – There have been more than 220 Merseyside derbies since Everton and Liverpool first met in 1894, including two FA Cup finals, but Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw is already been talked about as one of the best of the lot.

In a breathless 90 minutes at Goodison Park Liverpool led twice but found themselves trailing 3-2 with a minute to go, only for Daniel Sturridge to come off the bench and head an equaliser.

Nov 23, 2013

Arsenal extend lead, Liverpool draw 3-3 at Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal stretched their Premier League lead to four points when they were gifted a 2-0 home victory over third-placed Southampton on Saturday following a laughable blunder by visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Southampton, beaten only once previously this season and with the league’s best defense, were holding their own at the Emirates until Polish international Boruc tried to dummy his way past Olivier Giroud in the 22nd minute and was dispossessed by the Frenchman who scored.

Nov 23, 2013

Arsenal extend lead, Liverpool draw 3-3 at Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal stretched their Premier League lead to four points when they were gifted a 2-0 home victory over third-placed Southampton on Saturday following a laughable blunder by visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Southampton, beaten only once previously this season and with the league’s best defence, were holding their own at the Emirates until Polish international Boruc tried to dummy his way past Olivier Giroud in the 22nd minute and was dispossessed by the Frenchman who scored.

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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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