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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.

Aug 15, 2014

Interview: Juve seek bite out of Premier League’s Asia apple

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – When Manchester United’s opening English Premier League fixture was brought forward, Italian champions Juventus had to switch their pre-season friendly in Singapore to avoid a clash. In Southeast Asia, only one league matters.

Juventus want to change that, though, and claw back some ground in a region where they used to compete for audiences with English sides when Serie A was at its best.

Aug 15, 2014

Juve seek bite out of Premier League’s Asia apple

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – When Manchester United’s opening English Premier League fixture was brought forward, Italian champions Juventus had to switch their pre-season friendly in Singapore to avoid a clash. In Southeast Asia, only one league matters.

Juventus want to change that, though, and claw back some ground in a region where they used to compete for audiences with English sides when Serie A was at its best.

Aug 15, 2014

Soccer-Juve seek bite out of Premier League’s Asia apple

SINGAPORE, Aug 15 (Reuters) – When Manchester United’s opening English Premier League fixture was brought forward, Italian champions Juventus had to switch their pre-season friendly in Singapore to avoid a clash. In Southeast Asia, only one league matters.

Juventus want to change that, though, and claw back some ground in a region where they used to compete for audiences with English sides when Serie A was at its best.

Jul 9, 2014

Greatest sporting humiliations

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered their worst World Cup defeat ever when they were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

It was Brazil’s first home defeat in a competitive match since 1975 and one of the most extraordinary results in the sport’s history.