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Mar 24, 2015

Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury

MIAMI (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week’s Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday.

Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier but assured he would be on court on Friday for his opening match.

Mar 24, 2015

Tennis-Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury

MIAMI, March 24 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week’s Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday.

Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier but assured he would be on court on Friday for his opening match.

Mar 16, 2015

Crew’s Pogatetz says MLS will be ‘among the best’ leagues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Having played for clubs in Germany, Russia and England, Columbus Crew’s Emanuel Pogatetz is in a position to judge Major League Soccer’s growth and he feels it’s close to being one of the game’s better competitions.

Since moving to MLS last September, the 32-year-old Austrian international defender has been impressed with the quality of American players and believes many more Europeans will follow his example and help raise the standard further.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Crew’s Pogatetz says MLS will be ‘among the best’ leagues

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16 (Reuters) – Having played for clubs in Germany, Russia and England, Columbus Crew’s Emanuel Pogatetz is in a position to judge Major League Soccer’s growth and he feels it’s close to being one of the game’s better competitions.

Since moving to MLS last September, the 32-year-old Austrian international defender has been impressed with the quality of American players and believes many more Europeans will follow his example and help raise the standard further.

Mar 16, 2015

Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in Toronto

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16 (Reuters) – Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco is hopeful that he can remain part of Antonio Conte’s national team plans despite his move to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.

Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move to the Canadian club for a reported annual salary in excess of $7 million – a league high.

Mar 15, 2015

Red card leaves Toronto fuming

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Toronto FC were left fuming after defender Justin Morrow was controversially red carded on the stroke of half-time on Saturday as the Canadian side slumped to a 2-0 loss to the impressive Columbus Crew.

Toronto had been eyeing a second straight win to open their Major League Soccer campaign but those hopes were dashed after referee David Gantar ruled Morrow’s sliding tackle on Ethan Finlay had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Mar 15, 2015

Soccer-Red card leaves Toronto fuming

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 14 (Reuters) – Toronto FC were left fuming after defender Justin Morrow was controversially red carded on the stroke of half-time on Saturday as the Canadian side slumped to a 2-0 loss to the impressive Columbus Crew.

Toronto had been eyeing a second straight win to open their Major League Soccer campaign but those hopes were dashed after referee David Gantar ruled Morrow’s sliding tackle on Ethan Finlay had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Mar 15, 2015

Columbus beat big-spending Toronto after red card

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Big-spending Toronto FC fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer on Saturday after being forced to play the second half with 10 men.

The Canadians had defender Justin Morrow sent off a minute before half-time when referee David Gantar ruled that the full-back had brought down Ethan Finley on the edge of the area.

Mar 15, 2015

Soccer-Columbus beat big-spending Toronto after red card

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Big-spending Toronto FC fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer on Saturday after being forced to play the second half with 10 men.

The Canadians had defender Justin Morrow sent off a minute before half-time when referee David Gantar ruled that the full-back had brought down Ethan Finley on the edge of the area.

Mar 13, 2015

Racism in Russia is ‘big challenge’: FIFA’s Webb

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Racism in World Cup hosts Russia was a “big challenge” ahead of the 2018 tournament said FIFA anti-racism chief Jeffrey Webb who urged clubs to tackle the problem from the “dressing-room out”.

Webb, chairman of FIFA’s Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force told, Reuters the Russian authorities had acknowledged the problem and are committed to dealing with it. “Russia’s a big challenge,” he told Reuters in an interview. “We’ve met with minister of sport Vitaly Mutko, who is a member of the FIFA executive committee, and he has publicly said, ‘Look, it’s a challenge, it’s obviously a problem’.

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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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