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Mar 16, 2014

Cricket-Lehmann casts doubt on Johnson’s World T20 participation

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson’s hopes of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup looked to be fading on Sunday when Australia coach Darren Lehmann cast doubt on whether the paceman would be fit enough to travel to Bangladesh.

Johnson, whose quick bowling fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a 2-1 test series triumph in South Africa over the last few months, has been struggling for fitness after a cut on the big toe on his right foot became infected.

Mar 11, 2014

Cheika tries to keep half a lid on New South Wales optimism

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Not many New South Wales Waratahs coaches have been a position of having to dampen expectations over the last five years but 10 tries in two healthy wins to start the new Super Rugby season have left Michael Cheika with exactly that task.

Fortunately for him, the fixture list may have given him a helping hand by serving up a date with Australian conference champions ACT Brumbies in Canberra this weekend as their third match of the season.

Mar 11, 2014

Rugby-Cheika tries to keep half a lid on New South Wales optimism

SYDNEY, March 11 (Reuters) – Not many New South Wales Waratahs coaches have been a position of having to dampen expectations over the last five years but 10 tries in two healthy wins to start the new Super Rugby season have left Michael Cheika with exactly that task.

Fortunately for him, the fixture list may have given him a helping hand by serving up a date with Australian conference champions ACT Brumbies in Canberra this weekend as their third match of the season.

Feb 24, 2014

Snowboarding-Shredders put on ‘sick show’ on the biggest stage

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – There were safety fears, minor judging concerns and the two-pronged failure of the sport’s biggest name but snowboarders talk a lot about putting on a great “show” and they let nobody down at the Sochi Olympics.

Shaun White’s enshrinement in the pantheon of Winter Olympic greats was supposed to be the centerpiece of the sport’s fifth appearance at the top table but even when he failed to win a third successive halfpipe gold having pulled out of the slopestyle, there was no stopping this party.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Shredders put on ‘sick show’ on the biggest stage

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – There were safety fears, minor judging concerns and the two-pronged failure of the sport’s biggest name but snowboarders talk a lot about putting on a great “show” and they let nobody down at the Sochi Olympics.

Shaun White’s enshrinement in the pantheon of Winter Olympic greats was supposed to be the centrepiece of the sport’s fifth appearance at the top table but even when he failed to win a third successive halfpipe gold having pulled out of the slopestyle, there was no stopping this party.

Feb 22, 2014

Dujmovits, Karl eye break after breaking Austria’s duck

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Julia Dujmovits wants to party for a month and Benjamin Karl is hoping for a holiday in Egypt after they broke Austria’s Extreme Park medal drought at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday.

Dujmovits won a surprise gold medal to become the first Olympic champion in the snowboard parallel slalom, while Karl took the bronze in the men’s event to add to the silver he won in giant slalom four years ago.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Dujmovits, Karl eye break after breaking Austria’s duck

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Julia Dujmovits wants to party for a month and Benjamin Karl is hoping for a holiday in Egypt after they broke Austria’s Extreme Park medal drought at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday.

Dujmovits won a surprise gold medal to become the first Olympic champion in the snowboard parallel slalom, while Karl took the bronze in the men’s event to add to the silver he won in giant slalom four years ago.

Feb 22, 2014

Russia goes Wild again for second gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American-born Vic Wild won a second gold medal for Russia at the Sochi Games on Saturday when he stormed to victory in the men’s parallel slalom final to become the first snowboarder to win two titles at a single Olympics.

Austrian Julia Dujmovits had moments earlier won the first women’s title on the event’s Olympic debut but it was Wild’s second triumph for his adopted country after his giant slalom gold on Wednesday that brought the crowd to a crescendo.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Russia goes Wild again for second gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – American-born Vic Wild won a second gold medal for Russia at the Sochi Games on Saturday when he stormed to victory in the men’s parallel slalom final to become the first snowboarder to win two titles at a single Olympics.

Austrian Julia Dujmovits had moments earlier won the first women’s title on the event’s Olympic debut but it was Wild’s second triumph for his adopted country after his giant slalom gold on Wednesday that brought the crowd to a crescendo.

Feb 21, 2014

Freestyle: Thompson leads Canada one-two in cross

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Marielle Thompson led compatriot Kelsey Serwa to a Canadian one-two in the women’s freestyle skiing cross final at the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

The 21-year-old gold medal favorite got off to her usual explosive start and led for almost the entire race with Serwa tucked in behind her.

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