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Aug 22, 2014

South Korea’s new ice hockey coach shoots for the stars

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s new national ice hockey coach Jim Paek doesn’t know if success is the “chicken or the egg”, but he knows he needs it right away if the sport is to gather momentum ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Paek, who left Seoul when he was one-year-old and grew up in Canada, was the first Korean to play in the NHL and the only one to have won the Stanley Cup, lifting ice hockey’s biggest prize with Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Aug 22, 2014

Olympics-South Korea’s new ice hockey coach shoots for the stars

SEOUL, Aug 22 (Reuters) – South Korea’s new national ice hockey coach Jim Paek doesn’t know if success is the “chicken or the egg”, but he knows he needs it right away if the sport is to gather momentum ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Paek, who left Seoul when he was one-year-old and grew up in Canada, was the first Korean to play in the NHL and the only one to have won the Stanley Cup, lifting ice hockey’s biggest prize with Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Aug 20, 2014

North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labor output and national defense by improving its citizens’ well-being, the head of a North Korean sports delegation said on Wednesday.

In a rare speech by a North Korean official delivered in the rival South, Yang Song Ho told a sports science congress in Incheon, west of Seoul that the North was working to make sport an everyday concern for the masses.

Jul 9, 2014

Expect unexpected in football, says Argentina’s Sabella

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Argentina interrupted preparations for their World Cup semi-final to watch Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil, a result coach Alejandro Sabella said illustrated the unpredictability and beauty of football.

Argentina are looking to return to the biggest game in world soccer for the first time since 1990 while last-four opponents the Netherlands are aiming for a spot in their second straight final after losing to Spain four years ago in Johannesburg.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Expect unexpected in football, says Argentina’s Sabella

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Argentina interrupted preparations for their World Cup semi-final to watch Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil, a result coach Alejandro Sabella said illustrated the unpredictability and beauty of football.

Argentina are looking to return to the biggest game in world soccer for the first time since 1990 while last-four opponents the Netherlands are aiming for a spot in their second straight final after losing to Spain four years ago in Johannesburg.

Jul 8, 2014

Van Persie sick, a doubt for Argentina clash

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said.

Van Persie, the Netherlands’ joint top scorer with three goals in the tournament, has been training separately from the squad and Van Gaal said he would not be able to make a decision on his fitness until the day of the game.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Van Persie sick, a doubt for Argentina clash

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said.

Van Persie, the Netherlands’ joint top scorer with three goals in the tournament, has been training separately from the squad and Van Gaal said he would not be able to make a decision on his fitness until the day of the game.

Jul 1, 2014

Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and seal the South Americans a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday.

After a tense 0-0 draw at 90 minutes and a scoreless first period of extra time, Lionel Messi broke quickly and released Di Maria, who swept the ball home before wheeling away in delight.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

SAO PAULO, July 1 (Reuters) – Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and seal the South Americans a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday.

After a tense 0-0 draw at 90 minutes and a scoreless first period of extra time, Lionel Messi broke quickly and released Di Maria, who swept the ball home before wheeling away in delight.

Jul 1, 2014

Swiss prepare for Messi test, U.S. face Belgium

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has been the key to Argentina’s perfect start at the World Cup, scoring four of their six goals in three straight group wins, and the South Americans hope his blistering form continues when they face Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Also battling for a place in the quarter-finals are the United States and Belgium, who arrived as one of the favorites to lift the trophy but have not yet fired on all cylinders.

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      "Based in Singapore, I am the Chief Sub Editor for sports in Asia. In addition to sub editing duties I also compile monthly rotas for our team of deskers and reporters in the region, but I also get to do a lot of the fun stuff such as covering major sports events like the Olympics and World Cup."
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