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Jun 8, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar claims

LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO June 8 (Reuters) – Sponsors Adidas , Sony and Visa called on soccer’s rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue that is overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil.

With its four yearly showpiece event only four days away, soccer’s governing body FIFA is on the defensive, conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar. Both countries have denied any wrongdoing.

May 30, 2014

Southampton in crisis as Lambert heads for exit

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – Southampton Football Club on Friday resembled not so much a side in repose after a record-breaking season, but rather a carcass of a club being circled by vultures as news broke that England striker Rickie Lambert was headed for Liverpool.

Only weeks after ending their English Premier League campaign with a club-record 56 points, Saints find themselves managerless and on the cusp of an exodus threatening to rip the heart out of one of last season’s most exciting teams.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-Southampton in crisis as Lambert heads for exit

By Ossian Shine

SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 30(Reuters) – Southampton Football Club on Friday resembled not so much a side in repose after a record-breaking season, but rather a carcass of a club being circled by vultures as news broke that England striker Rickie Lambert was headed for Liverpool.

Only weeks after ending their English Premier League campaign with a club-record 56 points, Saints find themselves managerless and on the cusp of an exodus threatening to rip the heart out of one of last season’s most exciting teams.

May 27, 2014

Saints must move fast to stem damage from Pochettino exit

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – Southampton must move quickly to secure a top-notch manager to continue the St Mary’s revival after Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday swapped the south-coast club for Tottenham Hotspur’s deeper pockets.

With three players in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad, Pochettino’s Saints had been hailed a modern success story built on an ambitious vision and a world-class academy.

May 27, 2014

Soccer-Saints must move fast to stem damage from Pochettino exit

SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 27 (Reuters) – Southampton must move quickly to secure a top-notch manager to continue the St Mary’s revival after Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday swapped the south-coast club for Tottenham Hotspur’s deeper pockets.

With three players in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad, Pochettino’s Saints had been hailed a modern success story built on an ambitious vision and a world-class academy.

May 26, 2014

Sarries’ former England captain takes up Japan role

LONDON (Reuters) – Former England rugby captain Steve Borthwick will take up a coaching role with Japan after hanging up his playing boots with Saracens next weekend.

The lock-forward will become Japan’s forwards coach, as the Cherry Blossoms prepare for next year’s World Cup in England.

May 16, 2014

Dynamic England could pay for lack of wisdom, says Sol

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s dynamic World Cup squad contains one youngster too many, and could be undone by its lack of experience when the tension rises in Brazil, Sol Campbell told Reuters on Friday.

One of England’s greatest defensive stalwarts, Campbell – the only man to represent England at six consecutive international tournaments – said there was always room for youngsters to be blooded at major events, but that manager Roy Hodgson had gone too far with his 23-man squad for Brazil.

May 16, 2014

Soccer-Dynamic England could pay for lack of wisdom, says Sol

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – England’s dynamic World Cup squad contains one youngster too many, and could be undone by its lack of experience when the tension rises in Brazil, Sol Campbell told Reuters on Friday.

One of England’s greatest defensive stalwarts, Campbell – the only man to represent England at six consecutive international tournaments – said there was always room for youngsters to be blooded at major events, but that manager Roy Hodgson had gone too far with his 23-man squad for Brazil.

May 13, 2014

Pros switch on hi-tech racquets in time for Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – A handful of the world’s best tennis players will show up at tournaments within weeks armed with new technology they hope will give them an advantage at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the man behind the ‘smart racquets’ has told Reuters.

Without identifying the players who would be first to wield the hi-tech weapons, Eric Babolat confirmed “connected racquets”, with sensors feeding back information on the players’ forehands, backhands and much more besides, would be swung in anger for the first time, after a decade in development.

May 13, 2014

Tennis-Pros switch on hi-tech racquets in time for Wimbledon

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – A handful of the world’s best tennis players will show up at tournaments within weeks armed with new technology they hope will give them an advantage at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the man behind the ‘smart racquets’ has told Reuters.

Without identifying the players who would be first to wield the hi-tech weapons, Eric Babolat confirmed “connected racquets”, with sensors feeding back information on the players’ forehands, backhands and much more besides, would be swung in anger for the first time, after a decade in development.

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