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Oct 13, 2014

High-riding Cowboys stun Seattle

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys stunned Super Bowl champions Seattle with a 30-23 win on Sunday to move to 5-1 and the top of the NFC East.

While Dallas had made a positive start to the season, their victory in Seattle, their fifth consecutive win this year, was still a surprise given the Seahawks (3-2) had lost just once in their previous 18 home games.

Oct 12, 2014

Flacco throws five TDs as top quarterbacks enjoy wins

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes, four of them in a remarkable first quarter, as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17 on a day when the league’s elite quarterbacks came up big.

Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns as the New England Patriots beat AFC East divisional rivals Buffalo 37-22 while Peyton Manning’s three touchdown passes helped the Denver Broncos defeat the New York Jets 31-17.

Oct 9, 2014

Expect tributes and some awkwardness at Donovan farewell

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Landon Donovan era in U.S. soccer will come to an end on Friday as the national team’s top scorer plays his final game in a friendly against Ecuador, closing the door on a career which saw him feature in three World Cups.

The build-up to the game has been accompanied by tributes from players past and present along with media appreciations of a 14-year career which saw the Californian play in 156 internationals, scoring 57 goals.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Expect tributes and some awkwardness at Donovan farewell

Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Landon Donovan era in U.S. soccer will come to an end on Friday as the national team’s top scorer plays his final game in a friendly against Ecuador, closing the door on a career which saw him feature in three World Cups.

The build-up to the game has been accompanied by tributes from players past and present along with media appreciations of a 14-year career which saw the Californian play in 156 internationals, scoring 57 goals.

Oct 7, 2014

West Indies threaten to boycott India series opener

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A strike could hit West Indies’ tour opener against India on Wednesday due to a row between leading West Indies players and their own union.

The match in Kochi, where the teams are already assembled, is the first of five one-day internationals to be followed by three test matches and a Twenty20 international.

Oct 7, 2014

Cricket-West Indies threaten to boycott India series opener

Oct 7 (Reuters) – A strike could hit West Indies’ tour opener against India on Wednesday due to a row between leading West Indies players and their own union.

The match in Kochi, where the teams are already assembled, is the first of five one-day internationals to be followed by three test matches and a Twenty20 international.

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.

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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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