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Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Defensive frailties hinder Japan’s Brazil ambitions

June 5 (Reuters) – Japan’s attacking flair and favourable draw have boosted belief they can reach a first World Cup quarter-final, but those ambitions rely on coach Alberto Zaccheroni being able to fix their leaky defence.

The Asian champions have been paired with Colombia, Ivory Coast and Greece in an even-looking Group C in Brazil, their fifth consecutive appearance at the finals.

May 23, 2014

Richie who? Lack of TV coverage hinders Asia’s Super Rugby bid

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Free-to-air TV coverage is essential if Super Rugby wants to build its profile in Asia sufficiently for the continent to host a team over the next five to 10 years, the head of the ARFU has told Reuters.

With Super Rugby set to expand from 15 to 18 teams in 2016, an Asian franchise was tipped to join Argentina and a sixth team from South Africa in the competition, which also features five Australian and five New Zealand sides.

May 23, 2014

Rugby- Richie who? Lack of TV coverage hinders Asia’s Super Rugby bid

SINGAPORE, May 23 (Reuters) – Free-to-air TV coverage is essential if Super Rugby wants to build its profile in Asia sufficiently for the continent to host a team over the next five to 10 years, the head of the ARFU has told Reuters.

With Super Rugby set to expand from 15 to 18 teams in 2016, an Asian franchise was tipped to join Argentina and a sixth team from South Africa in the competition, which also features five Australian and five New Zealand sides.

May 22, 2014

Too soon for Super Rugby in Asia – ARFU

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asia is not ready to host a Super Rugby franchise, the head of the ARFU told Reuters, with no union or sponsor in a position to underwrite the $100 million five-year cost of hosting the Southern Hemisphere competition’s 18th team.

Asian Rugby Football Union president and Hong Kong Rugby Union chairman Trevor Gregory ruled out his city from bidding to join the league, which is run by South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and announced plans earlier this month to expand to 18 teams.

May 22, 2014

Rugby-Too soon for Super Rugby in Asia – ARFU

SINGAPORE, May 22 (Reuters) – Asia is not ready to host a Super Rugby franchise, the head of the ARFU told Reuters, with no union or sponsor in a position to underwrite the $100 million five-year cost of hosting the Southern Hemisphere competition’s 18th team.

Asian Rugby Football Union president and Hong Kong Rugby Union chairman Trevor Gregory ruled out his city from bidding to join the league, which is run by South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and announced plans earlier this month to expand to 18 teams.

May 16, 2014

Argentina squad offers few surprises for Aguero

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Defender Martin Demichelis fully deserves his recall to the Argentina squad while Carlos Tevez was never going to make it after failing to patch up his differences with coach Alejandro Sabella, forward Sergio Aguero told Reuters in an interview.

Despite some sparkling form for Italian champions Juventus, Tevez has never been part of Sabella’s plans and was again overlooked when the coach named his provisional 30-man squad for the June 12-July 13 tournament in Brazil on Tuesday.

May 16, 2014

Soccer-Argentina squad offers few surprises for Aguero

SINGAPORE, May 16 (Reuters) – Defender Martin Demichelis fully deserves his recall to the Argentina squad while Carlos Tevez was never going to make it after failing to patch up his differences with coach Alejandro Sabella, forward Sergio Aguero told Reuters in an interview.

Despite some sparkling form for Italian champions Juventus, Tevez has never been part of Sabella’s plans and was again overlooked when the coach named his provisional 30-man squad for the June 12-July 13 tournament in Brazil on Tuesday.

May 16, 2014

FA Cup win could spark success for Arsenal and Wenger

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The pressure is all on Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Hull City, but if they can end their nine-year trophy drought then good times lie ahead with Arsene Wenger at the helm, former midfielder Ray Parlour has told Reuters.

The future of the French manager has been called into question this season with the club’s Premier League title challenge fizzing out once again as the wait for a first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup goes on.

May 16, 2014

Soccer-FA Cup win could spark success for Arsenal and Wenger

SINGAPORE, May 16 (Reuters) – The pressure is all on Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Hull City, but if they can end their nine-year trophy drought then good times lie ahead with Arsene Wenger at the helm, former midfielder Ray Parlour has told Reuters.

The future of the French manager has been called into question this season with the club’s Premier League title challenge fizzing out once again as the wait for a first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup goes on.

May 15, 2014

Ferdinand finds distraction from United disappointment

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scoffing carrot cake, enjoying a morning tai-chi session and beating Argentina striker Sergio Aguero in a selfie competition proved a welcome distraction for Rio Ferdinand as he tried to move on from the disappointment of his Manchester United axing.

    The former England defender’s 12-year stay at Old Trafford ended after their 1-1 draw with Southampton in their final game of the English Premier League campaign on Sunday, with Ferdinand told by the club his contract would not be renewed.