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Aug 19, 2014

Guangzhou getting better and better, Lippi warns rivals

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Coach Marcello Lippi has warned Guangzhou Evergrande’s rivals that the Asian champions are peaking as the climax of the season approaches and said winning a fourth Chinese Super League title would be a “spectacular achievement”.

After the loss of a couple of key players, the big-spending Guangdong club have been in less imperious form this season than they were last, when they won their third successive Chinese title and maiden Asian Champions League crown.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-Guangzhou getting better and better, Lippi warns rivals

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Coach Marcello Lippi has warned Guangzhou Evergrande’s rivals that the Asian champions are peaking as the climax of the season approaches and said winning a fourth Chinese Super League title would be a “spectacular achievement”.

After the loss of a couple of key players, the big-spending Guangdong club have been in less imperious form this season than they were last, when they won their third successive Chinese title and maiden Asian Champions League crown.

Aug 19, 2014

No Palace talk for focused Wanderer Popovic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says he has not been contacted about the vacant manager’s job at former club Crystal Palace and is focused on getting his A-League side into the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Popovic, a former captain and assistant coach at Palace, has been linked by media reports to the vacancy at Selhurst Park left by the abrupt departure of Tony Pulis just before the start of the Premier League season.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-No Palace talk for focused Wanderer Popovic

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says he has not been contacted about the vacant manager’s job at former club Crystal Palace and is focused on getting his A-League side into the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Popovic, a former captain and assistant coach at Palace, has been linked by media reports to the vacancy at Selhurst Park left by the abrupt departure of Tony Pulis just before the start of the Premier League season.

Aug 19, 2014

Australia unchanged for re-match with New Zealand

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has given a vote of confidence to the players who earned a 12-12 draw with New Zealand last weekend by naming an unchanged side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship return match in Auckland.

McKenzie resisted the temptation to tinker with his side despite the Wallabies not quite hitting their stride in the greasy conditions at a rain-drenched Olympic Stadium last Saturday.

Aug 19, 2014

Rugby-Australia unchanged for re-match with New Zealand

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has given a vote of confidence to the players who earned a 12-12 draw with New Zealand last weekend by naming an unchanged side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship return match in Auckland.

McKenzie resisted the temptation to tinker with his side despite the Wallabies not quite hitting their stride in the greasy conditions at a rain-drenched Olympic Stadium last Saturday.

Aug 18, 2014

Drop goals not the Wallaby way but we’ll take them – Horne

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Drop goals remain a part of Australia’s attacking armoury despite their failure to take the option in the dying minutes of last weekend’s draw with the All Blacks, winger Rob Horne said on Monday.

Australia drew 12-12 with New Zealand in a tight, try-less encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm on Saturday, coming up short of a famous victory to start the Rugby Championship despite having an extra man for most of the last 10 minutes.

Aug 18, 2014

Rugby-Drop goals not the Wallaby way but we’ll take them – Horne

SYDNEY, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Drop goals remain a part of Australia’s attacking armoury despite their failure to take the option in the dying minutes of last weekend’s draw with the All Blacks, winger Rob Horne said on Monday.

Australia drew 12-12 with New Zealand in a tight, try-less encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm on Saturday, coming up short of a famous victory to start the Rugby Championship despite having an extra man for most of the last 10 minutes.

Aug 17, 2014

Rugby-New Zealand sweat on Nonu, Kaino and yellow cards

SYDNEY, Aug 17 (Reuters) – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is sweating over the fitness of Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino for next week’s Rugby Championship test against Australia but as big a concern is why his team is getting penalised so much at the breakdown.

Inside centre Nonu injured his shoulder and blindside flanker Kaino hurt his elbow during Saturday’s 12-12 draw with the Wallabies at the Olympic Stadium and are doubts for next weekend’s return at Eden Park in Auckland.

Aug 17, 2014

Rugby-Eden Park a challenge to relish for the Wallabies – McKenzie

SYDNEY, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie sees breaching New Zealand’s fortress Eden Park next week as a challenge to relish after his Wallabies held the world champions to a draw in their Rugby Championship opener.

McKenzie was disappointed Australia were unable to break the deadlock at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday and felt they lacked a little bit of composure in the last 10 minutes when they were a man up after the sin-binning of Beauden Barrett.

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