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Sep 16, 2014

Golf – R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday’s ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?

True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark.

Sep 16, 2014

R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday’s ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?

True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark.

Sep 15, 2014

IRB ready to sniff out sevens ‘fraudsters’

LONDON (Reuters) – Any 20-stone prop hoping to disguise himself as a rugby sevens speedster in a bid to secure a switch of nationalities for the 15-man game should think again after the sport’s governing body said on Monday it will be alert to such underhand dealings.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) says it is confident it will sniff out any dubious attempts to use Olympic sevens qualification matches to secure a shift in nationalities for the 15-man game – and that their system has the full backing of the IOC.

Sep 15, 2014

Rugby-IRB ready to sniff out sevens “fraudsters”

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Any 20-stone prop hoping to disguise himself as a rugby sevens speedster in a bid to secure a switch of nationalities for the 15-man game should think again after the sport’s governing body said on Monday it will be alert to such underhand dealings.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) says it is confident it will sniff out any dubious attempts to use Olympic sevens qualification matches to secure a shift in nationalities for the 15-man game – and that their system has the full backing of the IOC.

Aug 11, 2014

Hurricane turns Surrey sportive into epic challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – Exhilarating, challenging, absolutely ridiculously soaking – when the tail end of Hurricane Bertha met 21,000 amateur cyclists in the Prudential Surrey 100, a fun day out in the country was transformed into true test of man and machine.

When the riders lined up in the shadow of the velodrome in Olympic Park on Sunday, two years on from the Games that has transformed that swathe of east London, the daunting weather forecast had already made a major impact.

Aug 11, 2014

Cycling-Hurricane turns Surrey sportive into epic challenge

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Exhilarating, challenging, absolutely ridiculously soaking – when the tail end of Hurricane Bertha met 21,000 amateur cyclists in the Prudential Surrey 100, a fun day out in the country was transformed into true test of man and machine.

When the riders lined up in the shadow of the velodrome in Olympic Park on Sunday, two years on from the Games that has transformed that swathe of east London, the daunting weather forecast had already made a major impact.

Aug 8, 2014

Everton face uphill task just to stand still

LONDON (Reuters) – Everton finished fifth last season with a club Premier League record of 72 points that would have earned them a Champions League spot in any other year, yet their prospects of cracking the top four look as slim as ever.

Despite holding on to their best players and securing one or two promising new ones Everton still look under-powered for the long haul in comparison with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, who finished above them last season and have bolstered their squads.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Everton face uphill task just to stand still

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Everton finished fifth last season with a club Premier League record of 72 points that would have earned them a Champions League spot in any other year, yet their prospects of cracking the top four look as slim as ever.

Despite holding on to their best players and securing one or two promising new ones Everton still look under-powered for the long haul in comparison with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, who finished above them last season and have bolstered their squads.

Aug 6, 2014

Sportives helping harmony on Britain’s roads

LONDON (Reuters) – The rise and rise of cycling in Britain will scale a new peak on Sunday when 24,000 amateur riders take over the capital and a swathe of the countryside in the closed-road Prudential Ride London Surrey 100, the country’s ultimate “cyclosportive”.

The idea that British car drivers could be forced to take second place to cyclists would have seemed preposterous only a few years ago – and still is to many. And while there is a long way to go before the streets are routinely shared with a cheery wave as they are in large areas of continental Europe, groups of cyclists out for a weekend spin are becoming more and more a part of the landscape.

Aug 6, 2014

Marathon man Brasher inspires London to get riding

LONDON (Reuters) – As race director of the London Marathon Hugh Brasher was not exactly short of things to do with his time but when the invitations went out for bidders to organize and run a mass cycling event on a similar scale he jumped at the chance.

His organization duly got the job and last year delivered the inaugural Prudential Ride London weekend, highlighted by a 100-mile close-road sportive for amateur riders largely following the route of the 2012 Olympic road race, which inspired the whole idea.

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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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