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Dec 28, 2014

Ravens into playoffs, Bucs to have first pick in draft

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens secured an AFC wild-card berth in the playoffs after they beat the Cleveland Browns while the San Diego Chargers lost to Kansas City on Sunday.

The Chargers went into the final Sunday of the regular season knowing a victory would be enough to take them into the postseason but their 19-7 loss to the Chiefs opened the door for the Ravens.

Dec 23, 2014

Navas, Wambach win CONCACAF Players of Year awards

MIAMI (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s World Cup goalkeeper Keylor Navas and United States women’s team striker Abby Wambach were named CONCACAF’s Players of the Year for 2014 on Tuesday.

The governing body for the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean also named Jorge Luis Pinto Coach of the Year after he led Costa Rica to the last eight at the World Cup for the first time.

Dec 23, 2014

Soccer-Navas, Wambach win CONCACAF Players of Year awards

MIAMI, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s World Cup goalkeeper Keylor Navas and United States women’s team striker Abby Wambach were named CONCACAF’s Players of the Year for 2014 on Tuesday.

The governing body for the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean also named Jorge Luis Pinto Coach of the Year after he led Costa Rica to the last eight at the World Cup for the first time.

Dec 22, 2014

Packers, Steelers and Cowboys head to playoffs

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys booked their places in the playoffs after victories on Sunday while the New England Patriots earned a bye in the first round of the postseason.

Sunday’s results meant that defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks, also secured a place in the playoffs even before their late game on Sunday against NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals.

Dec 21, 2014

Packers, Steelers into playoffs, Patriots earn bye

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers booked their places in the playoffs after victories on Sunday while the New England Patriots earned a bye in the first round of the postseason.

The Packers gained their berth with a 20-3 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but they will have to wait until next week to see if they can clinch the NFC North title.

Dec 15, 2014

Patriots, Colts, Broncos into postseason, Packers stunned

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos clinched divisional titles and playoff berths with wins on Sunday while the Green Bay Packers’ five-game winning streak was ended by the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots (11-3) secured their sixth straight AFC East divisional crown with a 41-13 triumph over the Miami Dolphins (7-7) at Foxborough.

Dec 14, 2014

Patriots and Colts into postseason, Packers stunned

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts clinched divisional titles and playoff berths with wins on Sunday while the Green Bay Packers’ five-game winning streak was ended by the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots (11-3) secured their sixth straight AFC East divisional crown with a 41-13 triumph over the Miami Dolphins (7-7) at Foxborough.

Dec 8, 2014

MLS faces big questions in tricky union talks

CARSON, California (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is growing at a rapid pace but faces potentially fractious negotiations with its players union as it heads into the off-season.

While LA Galaxy celebrated a record fifth title, league and union officials turned to the tricky business of working out the model for payments and contracts for the next five years.

Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-MLS faces big questions in tricky union talks

CARSON, California, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is growing at a rapid pace but faces potentially fractious negotiations with its players union as it heads into the off-season.

While LA Galaxy celebrated a record fifth title, league and union officials turned to the tricky business of working out the model for payments and contracts for the next five years.

Dec 8, 2014

Keane’s dominant year crowned with Galaxy title glory

CARSON, California (Reuters) – LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane won his third title in four years in Major League Soccer after grabbing the winning goal against New England Revolution on Sunday.

There was little surprise that he scored the winner — Keane was LA’s top scorer with 21 goals in the regular and post-season and was voted this season’s MVP — but it was interesting to learn that it was Keane who suggested the tactical switch at halftime that helped Galaxy get a grip on the game.

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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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