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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.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Ferdinand finds distraction from United disappointment

SINGAPORE, May 15 (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.

Apr 29, 2014

Singapore drops karate from SEA Games, picks floorball

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Hosts Singapore added floorball and petanque to the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Tuesday but karate missed out despite offering to pay its way in, with weightlifting and wrestling also dumped due to budget constraints.

The 28th edition of the biennial multi-sport competition for the 11 nations in the region will feature 36 sports and 402 events, with the organisers wary of delivering an on budget Games after Vietnam recently pulled out of hosting the much-bigger 2019 Asian Games because of costs.

Apr 29, 2014

Nekounam has abundance of responsibility for Iran

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Playmaker, captain, penalty taker and free-kick specialist, Iran midfielder Javad Nekounam has an abundance of responsibility as Team Melli prepare for their fourth World Cup appearance.

The 33-year-old, though, has a wealth of experience to draw on having made more than 130 appearances for the three-times Asian champions since making his debut 14 years ago.

Apr 29, 2014

Queiroz hoping for last laugh in Iran adventure

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Carlos Queiroz’s tempestuous three-year spell in charge of Iran is expected to end after mission impossible at the World Cup, where he attempts to steer the team to the knockout stages for the first time and silence his critics.

Despite leading the Iranians to a fourth World Cup finals appearance by winning their Asian qualifying group last year, the Mozambique-born Queiroz has seen his tactics and team selections placed under continual scrutiny.