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Aug 12, 2014

Rugby-All Blacks again the benchmark in Rugby Championship

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The New Zealand juggernaut rumbles into the Rugby Championship on the back of a 17-match winning streak and realistic hopes in South Africa, Australia and Argentina will be of hindering its progress rather than bringing it to a halt.

Victory over Australia in their opener on Saturday would give the All Blacks a top-tier record for consecutive wins and few would be surprised if the world champions extended the run to 23 matches to clinch a third successive title unbeaten.

Aug 10, 2014

Soccer-Juve strike late to win Sydney friendly

SYDNEY, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Juventus will have to improve their fitness before they begin their quest for a fourth straight Serie A title, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said after they needed two late goals to snatch a 3-2 win over an A-League All Star XI on Sunday.

The All Stars, captained by Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero, were deservedly leading 2-1 with two minutes to go in the friendly played in front of a crowd of 55,364 at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

Aug 8, 2014

Deja vu Down Under for Evra

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Patrice Evra is with a new club this year but still finds himself in Australia for a pre-season friendly – and that is not the only similarity the French defender has noticed after making the switch from Manchester United to Juventus.

The 33-year-old left back moved to Turin for 1.2 million pounds in July after eight years at Old Trafford in which he won five English Premier league titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2008.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Deja vu Down Under for Evra

SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Patrice Evra is with a new club this year but still finds himself in Australia for a pre-season friendly – and that is not the only similarity the French defender has noticed after making the switch from Manchester United to Juventus.

The 33-year-old left back moved to Turin for 1.2 million pounds ($2.05 million) in July after eight years at Old Trafford in which he won five English Premier league titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2008.

Aug 8, 2014

Juve expecting tougher challenge in Serie A and Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Juventus expect a much tougher challenge in Serie A this season as they chase a fourth straight Scudetto, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday after the Italian champions landed in Australia for a friendly as part of their world tour.

Allegri is overseeing his first pre-season at Juventus after replacing Antonio Conte, who led the Turin club to a hat-trick of league titles but stood down in July because he felt winning silverware would become increasingly difficult.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Juve expecting tougher challenge in Serie A and Down Under

SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Juventus expect a much tougher challenge in Serie A this season as they chase a fourth straight Scudetto, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday after the Italian champions landed in Australia for a friendly as part of their world tour.

Allegri is overseeing his first pre-season at Juventus after replacing Antonio Conte, who led the Turin club to a hat-trick of league titles but stood down in July because he felt winning silverware would become increasingly difficult.

Aug 7, 2014

Wallabies better prepared for All Blacks – McKenzie

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ewen McKenzie chuckles when he recalls the baptism of fire in international coaching he underwent last year when Australia took on New Zealand in back-to-back tests to open the Rugby Championship.

Two defeats followed and the Wallabies went on to lose the third Bledisloe Cup test to their trans-Tasman Sea rivals, all the optimism about how McKenzie might change Australian fortunes buried under the weight of All Blacks tries.

Aug 7, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies better prepared for All Blacks-McKenzie

SYDNEY, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Ewen McKenzie chuckles when he recalls the baptism of fire in international coaching he underwent last year when Australia took on New Zealand in back-to-back tests to open the Rugby Championship.

Two defeats followed and the Wallabies went on to lose the third Bledisloe Cup test to their trans-Tasman Sea rivals, all the optimism about how McKenzie might change Australian fortunes buried under the weight of All Blacks tries.

Aug 5, 2014

Prognosis for Rio Olympics ‘much better’: IOC’s Coates

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Olympic chief John Coates, who in April branded preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the worst ever, said on Tuesday the prognosis was now “much, much better”.

Speaking at an event to mark two years until the start of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president said Brazil’s successful hosting of the soccer World Cup in June and July had been reassuring.

Aug 5, 2014

Olympics-Prognosis for Rio Olympics ‘much better’ – IOC’s Coates

SYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Australia’s Olympic chief John Coates, who in April branded preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the worst ever, said on Tuesday the prognosis was now “much, much better”.

Speaking at an event to mark two years until the start of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president said Brazil’s successful hosting of the soccer World Cup in June and July had been reassuring.

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