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Feb 25, 2015

Eyeing ‘career grand slam’, McIlroy relishes being top man

PALM BEACH GARDENS (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy begins the countdown to his ‘career grand slam’ bid at the Masters in this week’s Honda Classic and says he feels entirely comfortable being the face of the sport.

The decline of Tiger Woods, who is on a break from the game after his form and injury problems, only heightens the attention on the Northern Irishman who has three events before he tees up at Augusta looking to win all four majors by the age of 25.

Feb 25, 2015

Mickelson calls Love a ‘perfect fit’ as Ryder Cup captain

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, whose outspoken criticism of Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup captaincy made headlines last year, gave his support to the appointment of Davis Love III as his successor on Tuesday.

Mickelson was part of an 11-member task force set up by the PGA of America to find a new captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine and review the team’s strategy following last year’s loss to Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Feb 25, 2015

Love willing to listen, learn in second Ryder Cup chance

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Newly appointed United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said on Tuesday he has learned from his mistakes in defeat and will take extensive advice before the 2016 clash with Europe.

Love was captain in 2012 when the United States were on the wrong end of one of the greatest comebacks in the tournament’s 80-plus-year history that was dubbed the “Miracle at Medinah.”

Feb 24, 2015

Love named United States Ryder Cup captain for 2016

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III will captain the United States in the 2016 Ryder Cup match against holders Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.

It will be the second time Love, 50, has led the team in the biennial event as he guided the U.S. team to a 10-6 lead heading into the final day in 2012 but lost by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2 in what is known to European fans as the “Miracle of Medinah.”

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.

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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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