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Jun 3, 2014

Heat find team spirit by checking egos at the door

MIAMI (Reuters) – When the Miami Heat assembled their ‘Big Three’ four years ago skeptics wondered if head coach Erik Spoelstra would be able to mould all that talent into an effective team or if they would end up a squabbling set of egos.

With the two-time defending champion Heat set to compete in a fourth consecutive NBA Finals starting on Thursday, Spoelstra has silenced the cynics in the clearest way possible.

Jun 2, 2014

Spain’s Villa signs for MLS team New York City FC

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Spanish World Cup striker David Villa has signed for New York City FC on a three-year deal, the Major League Soccer team said on Monday.

Villa, who helped Atletico Madrid win last season’s Spanish league title, will join the new club who will begin playing in the MLS in 2015.

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-Spain’s Villa signs for MLS team New York City FC

June 2 (Reuters) – Spanish World Cup striker David Villa has signed for New York City FC on a three-year deal, the Major League Soccer team said on Monday.

Villa, who helped Atletico Madrid win last season’s Spanish league title, will join the new club who will begin playing in the MLS in 2015.

May 31, 2014

Spoelstra slams speculation over Pacers coach Vogel’s future

MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said speculation over the future of Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel was “ridiculous” and was a poor reflection on the situation NBA coaches faced.

The Heat eliminated the Pacers from the playoffs for the third straight year and even before Friday’s 117-92 Game Six defeat, there had been some pundits suggesting Vogel might not be the man to lead them forward.

May 31, 2014

Heat too hot for Pacers, reach fourth straight Finals

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat crushed the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to stay in the hunt for a third straight NBA title after a 4-2 series win secured them the Eastern Conference championship on Friday.

Miami, now in their fourth straight NBA Finals, will play either the San Antonio Spurs or the Oklahoma City Thunder for the championship. San Antonio lead the Western Conference Final 3-2.

May 30, 2014

Going global a real goal for Roma, says owner

MIAMI (Reuters) – Becoming a ‘global brand’ is a frequent mantra for soccer executives across Europe but AS Roma president James Pallotta believes he has a plan to turn the ambition into reality for his club.

Pallotta, a member of the NBA’s Boston Celtics board, has been hard at work in the 18 months since he took control of the club, developing a new stadium plan and introducing business methods that are standard in the U.S. but rarely adopted in Italian soccer.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-Going global a real goal for Roma, says owner

MIAMI, May 29 (Reuters) – Becoming a ‘global brand’ is a frequent mantra for soccer executives across Europe but AS Roma president James Pallotta believes he has a plan to turn the ambition into reality for his club.

Pallotta, a member of the NBA’s Boston Celtics board, has been hard at work in the 18 months since he took control of the club, developing a new stadium plan and introducing business methods that are standard in the U.S. but rarely adopted in Italian soccer.

May 28, 2014

Scandinavian subs add to Klinsmann’s smorgasbord

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – There may be a distinctly German flavor to the U.S. World Cup team but in their opening warm-up game, a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan, it was two Scandinavian-raised substitutes who made the difference.

German-born coach Juergen Klinsmann has five players on his squad who were born and raised in his homeland and all but one of them play in Germany’s Bundesliga with three of them, defenders Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and midfielder Jermaine Jones, expected to feature heavily in Brazil.

May 28, 2014

Soccer-Scandinavian subs add to Klinsmann’s smorgasbord

May 28 (Reuters) – There may be a distinctly German flavour to the U.S. World Cup team but in their opening warm-up game, a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan, it was two Scandinavian-raised substitutes who made the difference.

German-born coach Juergen Klinsmann has five players on his squad who were born and raised in his homeland and all but one of them play in Germany’s Bundesliga with three of them, defenders Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and midfielder Jermaine Jones, expected to feature heavily in Brazil.

May 27, 2014

LeBron on fire as Heat go 3-1 up over Pacers

MIAMI (Reuters) – LeBron James produced a blistering 14-point third quarter as the Miami Heat took a commanding 3-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals with a 102-90 win.

The Heat led 49-44 at the half, with Chris Bosh having his best performance of the postseason with 17 first-half points, but the home side ran away with the game in the third.

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      "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."
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