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Feb 24, 2015

Henley plays guitar to help find right beat on the course

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Golfers prepare for competition in many different ways and for American Russell Henley, defending champion at this week’s Honda Classic, playing guitar is his preferred technique.

The 25-year-old Georgian joined rock band O.A.R. on stage last Saturday at Riviera Country Club after firing a two-under 69 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket World Cup – Troubled West Indies need to find right chemistry

MIAMI (Reuters) – Winners of the first two World Cups, West Indies head into the 2015 tournament with little or no expectations of success as the chaotic mismanagement of the game in the Caribbean continues to take its toll.

Rows over player contracts led to the abandonment of the tour of India in October and the disputes over selection continued with the decision to leave out of the World Cup squad Dwayne Bravo, spokesman for the players during that dispute.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Troubled West Indies need to find right chemistry

MIAMI, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Winners of the first two World Cups, West Indies head into the 2015 tournament with little or no expectations of success as the chaotic mismanagement of the game in the Caribbean continues to take its toll.

Rows over player contracts led to the abandonment of the tour of India in October and the disputes over selection continued with the decision to leave out of the World Cup squad Dwayne Bravo, spokesman for the players during that dispute.

Feb 2, 2015

Belichick sees KC loss as turning point in Patriots’ season

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The New England Patriots looked anything but likely Super Bowl champions when they went in at halftime of their week four game at the Kansas City Chiefs trailing 17-0.

But for coach Bill Belichick that was the moment when his team began to show the character and spirit that led them to Sunday’s Super Bowl triumph over the Seattle Seahawks.

Feb 1, 2015

Tight security over Super Bowl game balls in effect

GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – In an effort to avoid another ‘deflategate’ controversy, the National Football League will monitor game balls for Sunday’s Super Bowl more closely than it does for other games during the season.

With a probe looking into whether the New England Patriots used deliberately deflated footballs to gain an edge in their playoff game that clinched a Super Bowl berth, the NFL has issued a reminder about the process for it’s biggest game.

Jan 30, 2015

Gronkowski and Chancellor set for epic battle

PHOENIX (Reuters) – There will be no shortage of fascinating match-ups in Sunday’s Super Bowl but the clash between New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor could be the most crucial.

Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season with his power and positional astuteness making him quarterback Tom Brady’s go-to option.

Jan 28, 2015

Roma create partnership deals with U.S youth clubs

MIAMI (Reuters) – Serie A club AS Roma are looking to discover and develop American talent through a new partnership with seven youth soccer clubs in the United States.

Roma CEO Italo Zanzi told Reuters that the initiative would include coaching exchanges, allow the American clubs to feature in tournaments in Italy and would be a direct, year-round arrangement.

Jan 28, 2015

Russia, China lead global growth in NFL interest says study

MIAMI, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The NFL, which holds its Super Bowl on Sunday, is enjoying a significant surge in global interest with Russia and China leading the way, according to a study by a leading sports marketing research company.

The report by Germany-based Repucom found interest in the league rising in several key markets with Russia having the highest percentage of the population focused on the league.

Jan 23, 2015

Union and MLS ‘extremely far apart’ on new CBA

MIAMI (Reuters) – Major League Soccer teams began reporting for pre-season training on Friday with the players’ union warning that it and the league were “extremely far apart” on talks over a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The league and the players union (MLSPA) have been discussing a new CBA with the current five-year deal running out at the end of January and MLS’s 20th season due to start on March 6.

Jan 16, 2015

Canada face early Caribbean test in World Cup qualifying

MIAMI (Reuters) – The first steps on the road to the 2018 World Cup finals were taken on Thursday when the CONCACAF region held its draw for the opening rounds of qualification, with Canada handed a tie against Dominica or the British Virgin Islands.

CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, will begin qualifying on March 23, two weeks after Asian qualifying kicks off the global campaign for 32 spots in Russia.

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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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