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May 16, 2013

Landon Donovan left out of U.S. squad for World Cup qualifiers

MIAMI (Reuters) – Landon Donovan has been left out of the United States squad for next month’s block of World Cup qualifiers, but remains hopeful he can make it to the finals in Brazil next year if the team qualifies.

Donovan, the U.S’s all-time top scorer, was missing from the list of 26 players announced by head coach Juergen Klinsmann on Thursday.

May 16, 2013

Soccer-Beckham gave major boost to American game

MIAMI, May 16 (Reuters) – David Beckham’s impact on soccer always went well beyond his performances on the field and nowhere was that more evident than in the United States where he became the sport’s first household name since Pele.

Beckham’s two Major League Soccer titles are unlikely to feature near the top of his career achievements but he was brought to L.A. Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007 on a $6 million a year deal for a much bigger task.

May 16, 2013

Donovan left out of U.S. squad for World Cup qualifiers

MIAMI (Reuters) – Landon Donovan has been left out of the United States squad for next month’s block of World Cup qualifiers, but remains hopeful he can make it to the finals in Brazil next year if the team qualifies.

Donovan, the U.S’s all-time top scorer, was missing from the list of 26 players announced by head coach Juergen Klinsmann on Thursday.

May 16, 2013

Soccer-Donovan left out of U.S. squad for World Cup qualifiers

MIAMI, May 16 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan has been left out of the United States squad for next month’s block of World Cup qualifiers, but remains hopeful he can make it to the finals in Brazil next year if the team qualifies.

Donovan, the U.S’s all-time top scorer, was missing from the list of 26 players announced by head coach Juergen Klinsmann on Thursday.

May 16, 2013

Heat beat Bulls to reach Eastern Conference final

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat reached their third straight Eastern Conference final after a 94-91 win over Chicago on Wednesday secured a 4-1 series victory for the defending NBA champions.

Miami will face the winners of the series between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. Indiana currently lead 3-1.

May 9, 2013

Despite crushing loss, Bulls take heart from split

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Chicago Bulls suffered their worst ever playoff defeat on Wednesday to the Miami Heat but took comfort in having stolen homecourt advantage from the defending champions.

A depleted Bulls team split the opening two games of the series and, despite Miami’s brutally spectacular 115-78 win on Wednesday, remain defiant as the Eastern Conference semi-finals now shifts to the Windy City for the next two games.

May 9, 2013

Heat respond to loss with statement win over Bulls

MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami Heat bounced back from their series-opening loss to Chicago to thrash the Bulls 115-78 on Wednesday and level their Eastern Conference semi-final at 1-1.

The 37-point margin was the heaviest defeat the Chicago Bulls had suffered in a playoff game and the biggest ever post-season margin of victory for the Heat.

May 7, 2013

Tireless Butler provides stellar service as Bulls stun Heat

MIAMI (Reuters) – A depleted Chicago Bulls dug deep for another impressive display of character and collective strength as they stunned defending NBA champions Miami Heat 93-86 in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Monday.

On the night when LeBron James was presented with his fourth Most Valuable Player award from league commissioner David Stern, it was instead the more modest but seemingly tireless talent of Chicago’s Jimmy Butler which proved decisive.

Apr 30, 2013

Soccer-Rogers returns to field for first time since coming out

April 30 (Reuters) – A day after NBA center Jason Collins came out as the first gay athlete actively playing in one of the top U.S. professional leagues, gay soccer player Robbie Rogers took a step towards joining him.

Rogers, a former United States national team winger, came out in February with an announcement that also included his decision to step away from the game.

Apr 30, 2013

Football preparing the ground for first gay players

MIAMI (Reuters) – They’re big, they’re tough, and, presumably, some of them are gay, but so far not a single active NFL player has come out and said so. After NBA player Jason Collins broke that barrier this week, the National Football League is making sure it will be ready for any coming out party.

Earlier this year, at least three college football players said they had been asked about their sexual orientation during NFL recruitment interviews, sparking calls for the NFL to do more to fight discrimination.

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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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