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Sep 9, 2014

Names missing as Japan eye double defense

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Shorn of its best talent and squeezed into a packed regional calendar, the Asian Games soccer tournament’s struggle for stature amid grander offerings makes an exciting edition in South Korea a necessity.

With the Incheon Games not part of world governing body FIFA’s calendar, top international sides in Asia have little clout when attempting to call up their best under-23 players for the event, which has been part of all 16 previous Asian Games.

Sep 9, 2014

Games – Names missing as Japan eye double defence

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Shorn of its best talent and squeezed into a packed regional calendar, the Asian Games soccer tournament’s struggle for stature amid grander offerings makes an exciting edition in South Korea a necessity.

With the Incheon Games not part of world governing body FIFA’s calendar, top international sides in Asia have little clout when attempting to call up their best under-23 players for the event, which has been part of all 16 previous Asian Games.

Sep 9, 2014

Games-Soccer-Names missing as Japan eye double defence

SINGAPORE, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Shorn of its best talent and squeezed into a packed regional calendar, the Asian Games soccer tournament’s struggle for stature amid grander offerings makes an exciting edition in South Korea a necessity.

With the Incheon Games not part of world governing body FIFA’s calendar, top international sides in Asia have little clout when attempting to call up their best under-23 players for the event, which has been part of all 16 previous Asian Games.

Sep 2, 2014

Soccer-Valencia optimistic of Europe after more Lim-backed signings

SINGAPORE, Sept 2 (Reuters) – With a billionaire about to complete his takeover of the club, a new young coach at the helm and eye-catching signings arriving, Valencia feel the good times are about to return after a years of financial turmoil at the La Liga side.

Peter Lim is still waiting to sign the contract on his protracted purchase of the 2004 Spanish champions but the Singaporean’s financial influence is already visible at the club, who had become used to selling their best players.

Aug 21, 2014

Prior plots England return on West Indies tour

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Matt Prior has dismissed suggestions his England career is over and has targeted April’s series in the West Indies for his return from a long-standing Achilles problem.

The wicketkeeper will undergo surgery next month on the injury which has dogged him for two years and flared up in the home series against India, forcing him to step aside after England lost the second Test last month.

Aug 21, 2014

Cricket-Prior plots England return on West Indies tour

SINGAPORE, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Matt Prior has dismissed suggestions his England career is over and has targeted April’s series in the West Indies for his return from a long-standing Achilles problem.

The wicketkeeper will undergo surgery next month on the injury which has dogged him for two years and flared up in the home series against India, forcing him to step aside after England lost the second Test last month.

Aug 15, 2014

Navratilova hails Mauresmo’s coaching breakthrough

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Men’s tennis will see a flurry of women coaches after Andy Murray broke down a gender barrier by hiring Amelie Mauresmo, says 18-times grand slam singles champion Martina Navratilova who is open to tutoring men.

Briton Murray raised eyebrows with the appointment of former world number one Mauresmo in June but Czech-born American great Navratilova said gender should not be an issue when a player, male or female, selects a new trainer to work with.

Aug 15, 2014

Tennis-Navratilova hails Mauresmo’s coaching breakthrough

SINGAPORE, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Men’s tennis will see a flurry of women coaches after Andy Murray broke down a gender barrier by hiring Amelie Mauresmo, says 18-times grand slam singles champion Martina Navratilova who is open to tutoring men.

Briton Murray raised eyebrows with the appointment of former world number one Mauresmo in June but Czech-born American great Navratilova said gender should not be an issue when a player, male or female, selects a new trainer to work with.

Aug 15, 2014

Last hurdle overcome in Lim’s record Valencia deal

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singaporean Peter Lim will complete a record deal to buy Valencia in the next couple of weeks after overcoming the final hurdle on the restructuring of the team’s huge debts, the club’s president told Reuters on Friday.

Amadeo Salvo Lillo did not reveal the terms of the agreement but said the purchase was the most expensive in Spanish soccer and bettered only by the 800 million pounds the Glazer family paid for Manchester United in 2005 and the 300 million pounds Liverpool cost the Fenway Group four years ago.

Aug 15, 2014

Soccer-Last hurdle overcome in Lim’s record Valencia deal

SINGAPORE, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Singaporean Peter Lim will complete a record deal to buy Valencia in the next couple of weeks after overcoming the final hurdle on the restructuring of the team’s huge debts, the club’s president told Reuters on Friday.

Amadeo Salvo Lillo did not reveal the terms of the agreement but said the purchase was the most expensive in Spanish soccer and bettered only by the 800 million pounds ($1.34 billion) the Glazer family paid for Manchester United in 2005 and the 300 million pounds Liverpool cost the Fenway Group four years ago.