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Sep 7, 2014

Dolphins upset Patriots on opening Sunday

MIAMI (Reuters) – The New England Patriots suffered a shock 33-20 defeat to the Miami Dolphins on the opening Sunday of the NFL season while Atlanta beat the New Orleans Saints 37-34 in an overtime thriller.

The Pittsburgh Steelers survived a brave comeback from the Cleveland Browns to win 30-27 with a last-second field goal and there were week one wins for the Houston Texans and the New York Jets.

Sep 7, 2014

FIFA asks arrested finance watchdog member for explanation

MIAMI (Reuters) – FIFA has asked for an explanation from a member of its financial watchdog who was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering in the Cayman Islands.

Canover Watson, one of eight members of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee and a vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union, has denied the charges and been released on bail in the British overseas territory.

Sep 7, 2014

Soccer-FIFA asks arrested finance watchdog member for explanation

MIAMI, Sept 7 (Reuters) – FIFA has asked for an explanation from a member of its financial watchdog who was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering in the Cayman Islands.

Canover Watson, one of eight members of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee and a vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union, has denied the charges and been released on bail in the British overseas territory.

Sep 6, 2014

Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia

MIAMI (Reuters) – A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday.

Colombia played most of the second half down a man after midfielder Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 49th minute following a second yellow card for a foul on Neymar and there was no shortage of effort – or indeed rough challenges – from both teams.

Sep 6, 2014

Soccer-Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia

MIAMI, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday.

Colombia played most of the second half down a man after midfielder Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 49th minute following a second yellow card for a foul on Neymar and there was no shortage of effort – or indeed rough challenges – from both teams.

Sep 4, 2014

After World Cup trauma, Dunga’s Brazil re-start against Colombia

MIAMI (Reuters) – It will be easier said than done but Brazil attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga in a friendly against Colombia in Miami on Friday.

Barely two months after their shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament they hosted, there is a new look to the Selecao with Dunga, in his second spell in charge, hoping that fresh faces will be less affected by July’s traumatic exit.

Sep 4, 2014

Soccer-After World Cup trauma, Dunga’s Brazil re-start against Colombia

MIAMI, Sept 4 (Reuters) – It will be easier said than done but Brazil attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga in a friendly against Colombia in Miami on Friday.

Barely two months after their shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament they hosted, there is a new look to the Selecao with Dunga, in his second spell in charge, hoping that fresh faces will be less affected by July’s traumatic exit.

Sep 3, 2014

Lawyer in Women’s World Cup turf case warns of ‘intimidation’

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Lawyers for over 40 top female players threatening to sue FIFA over the proposed use of artificial grass at the 2015 Women’s World Cup are investigating reports that players are being pressured against taking legal action.

Players from Germany, Brazil, Spain and the United States are among those claiming the use of artificial turf instead of grass for the June 5-July 6 event in Canada is discriminatory given the men’s World Cup is always played on grass.

Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Lawyer in Women’s World Cup turf case warns of ‘intimidation’

Sept 3 (Reuters) – Lawyers for over 40 top female players threatening to sue FIFA over the proposed use of artificial grass at the 2015 Women’s World Cup are investigating reports that players are being pressured against taking legal action.

Players from Germany, Brazil, Spain and the United States are among those claiming the use of artificial turf instead of grass for the June 5-July 6 event in Canada is discriminatory given the men’s World Cup is always played on grass.

Sep 2, 2014

Seahawks face tough task to repeat Super Bowl glory

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks will start the 2014 NFL campaign this week as the bookmakers’ favourites to repeat as Super Bowl champions but they they will have a tough task living up to last season’s success.

Pete Carroll’s team romped to a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in last season’s title game but the division rival San Francisco 49ers, with dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick, offer a formidable challenge in the NFC as do Seattle’s opening day opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

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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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