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Aug 16, 2015

Jaded Sanchez gives Arsenal edge at Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Chile striker Alexis Sanchez got straight back into the Premier League fray after his Copa America exploits with a key part in the goal that gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Arsenal, seen as title contenders after their Community Shield victory over champions Chelsea two weeks ago, needed to bounce back from a shock home loss to West Ham United last weekend that cast doubts over their championship credentials.

Aug 16, 2015

Soccer-Jaded Sanchez gives Arsenal edge at Palace

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Chile striker Alexis Sanchez got straight back into the Premier League fray after his Copa America exploits with a key part in the goal that gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Arsenal, seen as title contenders after their Community Shield victory over champions Chelsea two weeks ago, needed to bounce back from a shock home loss to West Ham United last weekend that cast doubts over their championship credentials.

Aug 9, 2015

Argentina display Pumas spirit in upsetting South Africa

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Argentina have prided themselves on their Pumas spirit to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and Saturday’s 37-25 victory over South Africa is another high point for them since finishing third in the 2007 World Cup.

It was this fighting spirit that brought out a remarkable performance after heavy losses to New Zealand and Australia earlier in the Rugby Championship had questioned their ability to put 80 good minutes together with the 2015 World Cup looming next month.

Aug 9, 2015

Rugby-Argentina display Pumas spirit in upsetting South Africa

Aug 9 (Reuters) – Argentina have prided themselves on their Pumas spirit to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and Saturday’s 37-25 victory over South Africa is another high point for them since finishing third in the 2007 World Cup.

It was this fighting spirit that brought out a remarkable performance after heavy losses to New Zealand and Australia earlier in the Rugby Championship had questioned their ability to put 80 good minutes together with the 2015 World Cup looming next month.

Aug 6, 2015

Soccer-’Babyface’ Gallardo crowns River return with cup double

Aug 6 (Reuters) – There is nothing innocent in footballing terms behind River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo’s baby face.

Nicknamed ‘Muneco’ (doll or babyface) when he was a junior at the club, Gallardo has masterminded the team’s recovery of their true attacking identity after they had sunk to an all-time low with relegation in 2011.

Jul 26, 2015

Rugby-Pumas fail to match up to their Australian role models

July 26 (Reuters) – Argentina have two big matches left against South Africa to prove they can make an impression when they meet world champions New Zealand in their World Cup Pool C opener on Sept. 20.

The Pumas, who wilted in the final minutes to lose 34-9 to Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, continue to look for the complete performance, showing skill and competitiveness in some areas but failing short in others.

Jul 24, 2015

Rugby-Pumas will not be swayed from attack by mistakes

July 24 (Reuters) – Argentina’s last meeting with Australia, in which they notched their first Rugby Championship win nine months ago, will be foremost in both teams’ minds when they clash again at the same Mendoza venue on Saturday.

For the Wallabies, boosted by their 24-20 win over South Africa in Brisbane last weekend, it will be a matter of setting the record straight.

Jul 19, 2015

Soccer-Calleri “rabona” sets up Boca win on Tevez return

July 19 (Reuters) – Striker Jonathan Calleri chipped a brilliant “rabona” as Boca Juniors marked Carlos Tevez’s homecoming with a 2-1 victory over Quilmes at La Bombonera to stay top of the Argentine championship.

Calleri, executing the rabona by wrapping his right leg round behind his left to chip over goalkeeper Walter Benitez, scored in the 53rd minute of Saturday’s match.

Jul 14, 2015

Rugby-Argentina to bank on Super Rugby core

July 14 (Reuters) – Argentina’s future is expected to be on display in the Rugby Championship with the country preparing for their debut next year in an extended Super Rugby competition that is only likely to enhance the national side.

Five of the six players that could make their Rugby Championship debuts when the Pumas meet New Zealand in Christchurch on Friday are among a growing number who have signed contracts with the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) to be a part of the country’s new Super Rugby franchise next year.

Jul 12, 2015

Preview: River fret over lack of goals ahead of Guarani clash

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – River Plate, with one goal in three domestic matches in the last nine days, resume their quest for a third Libertadores Cup at home to Paraguay’s Guarani in Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg (0000 GMT).

The teams have had a long time to prepare for the clash having won their quarter-final ties at the end of May before a break for the Copa America.

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