Sports Correspondent.
Simon's Feed
Sep 15, 2014

Champagne to run against FIFA president Blatter

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced on Monday that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year’s election for president of the world football body.

“I have the honour of informing you that I have just written to the FIFA ad-hoc Electoral Committee and its president, Mr. Domenico Scala, to confirm my intention to run for FIFA president,” Champagne said in a letter on his campaign website.

Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Champagne to run against FIFA president Blatter

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced on Monday that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year’s election for president of the world soccer body.

“I have the honor of informing you that I have just written to the FIFA ad-hoc Electoral Committee and its president, Mr. Domenico Scala, to confirm my intention to run for FIFA president,” Champagne said in a letter on his campaign website.

Sep 15, 2014

NFL: League adds four women to shape domestic violence policies

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The National Football League, reeling from a series of domestic violence cases involving some of its players, said on Monday it hired four women to help shape domestic violence policies.

In a memo to the league’s 32 teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it retained Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith as senior advisors to “shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Sep 15, 2014

Fluidity not formation likely to be Van Gaal’s approach

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – When Louis van Gaal took over as manager of Manchester United there was an intense focus on his promised new formation but the Premier League club’s rapid recruitment of big names means a dogmatic approach from the Dutchman is unlikely.

Van Gaal exceeded expectations at the World Cup, leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals with a system that featured three central defenders.

Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Fluidity not formation likely to be Van Gaal’s approach

Sept 15 (Reuters) – When Louis van Gaal took over as manager of Manchester United there was an intense focus on his promised new formation but the Premier League club’s rapid recruitment of big names means a dogmatic approach from the Dutchman is unlikely.

Van Gaal exceeded expectations at the World Cup, leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals with a system that featured three central defenders.

Sep 15, 2014

Seahawks shocked by Chargers, Broncos win again

MIAMI (Reuters) – Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a second win with a 24-17 triumph over Kansas City on Sunday.

Earlier, quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints.

Sep 14, 2014

Redskins’ quarterback Griffin suffers dislocated ankle

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle in Sunday’s 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and could face a lengthy absence.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said it was not clear how long the quarterback would be out as further tests would be needed in the injury.

Sep 14, 2014

Redskins crush Jaguars, wins for Patriots and Browns

MIAMI (Reuters) – Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints.

The New England Patriots bounced back from their opening loss to beat Minnesota 30-7 and the Dallas Cowboys also got their first win with a 26-10 victory over Tennessee.

Sep 13, 2014

Players union votes for HGH testing, new drug rules

MIAMI (Reuters) – The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has approved a new league drug policy following a vote on Friday that will allow testing for human growth hormone (HGH) for the first time, starting this season.

The new policy also raises the threshold for positive results for marijuana and also re-classifies the punishment for use of amphetamine during the off-season, the NFLPA said in a statement.

Sep 7, 2014

Dolphins upset Patriots on opening Sunday

MIAMI (Reuters) – The New England Patriots suffered a shock 33-20 defeat to the Miami Dolphins on the opening Sunday of the NFL season while Atlanta beat the New Orleans Saints 37-34 in an overtime thriller.

The Pittsburgh Steelers survived a brave comeback from the Cleveland Browns to win 30-27 with a last-second field goal and there were week one wins for the Houston Texans and the New York Jets.

    • About Simon

      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
    • Contact Simon

    • Follow Simon