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Jun 8, 2014

Soccer-Beckham ‘excited’ by England’s youthful talent

MIAMI, June 8 (Reuters) – Former captain David Beckham says he is “excited” by the young England squad which arrived in Brazil on Sunday ahead of the World Cup.

Speaking to a small group of reporters in Miami, Beckham said he was glad to see England manager Roy Hodgson opt for a young squad and believes there is no danger of them being overawed by the World Cup.

Jun 8, 2014

Beckham insists MLS team won’t cost public money

MIAMI (Reuters) – David Beckham appealed on Saturday for support for his plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, insisting that he doesn’t want public money and will create “something special” for the city.

Beckham and his backers are currently negotiating for a waterfront site next to the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami after plans for a venue at the port of Miami met local political resistance.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-Beckham insists MLS team won’t cost public money

MIAMI, June 7 (Reuters) – David Beckham appealed on Saturday for support for his plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, insisting that he doesn’t want public money and will create “something special” for the city.

Beckham and his backers are currently negotiating around a waterfront site next to the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami after plans for a venue at the PortMiami met local political resistance.

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.

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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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