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Aug 29, 2013

McIlroy harbors hopes of a late FedExCup push

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy heads into Friday’s opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship believing he can still turn a disappointing year into a memorable season by winning overall FedExCup playoff honors.

McIlroy sits 36th in the standings, 2,984 points behind leader Tiger Woods, but with 2,500 points available for a win in the FedExCup playoff stages and a re-set before the fourth and final event, positions can be improved dramatically.

Aug 29, 2013

Golf-McIlroy harbours hopes of a late FedExCup push

NORTON, Massachusetts, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy heads into Friday’s opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship believing he can still turn a disappointing year into a memorable season by winning overall FedExCup playoff honours.

McIlroy sits 36th in the standings, 2,984 points behind leader Tiger Woods, but with 2,500 points available for a win in the FedExCup playoff stages and a re-set before the fourth and final event, positions can be improved dramatically.

Aug 29, 2013

Tiger’s practice may be restricted by ailing back

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is undergoing a daily routine to treat his back troubles and the FedExCup points leader may be forced to restrict his practice sessions at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woods collapsed to his knees in pain with a spasm on the 13th hole during Sunday’s final round of The Barclays in New Jersey and though he recovered to nearly force a playoff, his ongoing back issues have forced a change of plans this week.

Aug 23, 2013

Soccer-Dempsey home debut gives MLS’s biggest derby extra spice

Aug 23 (Reuters) – United States captain Clint Dempsey is preparing to make his home debut for the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in front of a sell-out 67,000 crowd against local rivals the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer’s biggest derby.

The Pacific Northwest derby is unique in having a history dating back to the days of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) in the 1970s.

Aug 23, 2013

Caribbean venues packed again thanks to CPL Twenty20

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Cricket in the West Indies has been played against a sorry backdrop of half-empty stadiums for years but the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition has finally reignited the imagination of the fans.

With bumper crowds, investment from Hollywood celebrities, international television distribution and plenty of local sponsors, organisers say the tournament is already well ahead of their expectations.

Aug 23, 2013

Cricket-Caribbean venues packed again thanks to CPL Twenty20

Aug 23 (Reuters) – Cricket in the West Indies has been played against a sorry backdrop of half-empty stadiums for years but the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition has finally reignited the imagination of the fans.

With bumper crowds, investment from Hollywood celebrities, international television distribution and plenty of local sponsors, organisers say the tournament is already well ahead of their expectations.

Aug 23, 2013

Jamaica hits back at claims of lax dope controls

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has hit back at allegations of poor administration and a lack of controls by a former official, but conceded it had conducted less tests in recent years due to a lack of “resources”.

Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior advisor to Jamaica’s sports minister and briefly JADCO’s executive director until earlier this year, wrote of “troubling” facts about JADCO’s work in a critical article in Sports Illustrated this week.

Aug 23, 2013

Braun issues apology for doping in MVP season

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Banned Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun acknowledged on Thursday he used performance enhancing drugs during his National League Most Valuable Player season in 2011.

“During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn’t have used,” Braun said in a statement published on the Brewers’ website.

Aug 23, 2013

Jamaica hits back at claims of lax anti-doping controls

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has hit back at allegations of poor administration and a lack of controls by a former official, insisting the authority’s practices meet global standards.

Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior advisor to Jamaica’s sports minister who was charged with coordinating the nation’s ‘Anti-Doping in Sport Programme’, wrote of “troubling” facts about JADCO’s work in a critical article in Sports Illustrated this week.

Aug 22, 2013

Sharapova out of U.S. Open with shoulder injury

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, tournament organizers said on Wednesday.

The four-times grand slam winner, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2006, fired coach Jimmy Connors last week after just one match together.

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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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