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Nov 7, 2014

Women’s World Cup turf dispute headed to mediation

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A group of top female soccer players will head to mediation with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) in a bid to resolve a dispute over the proposed use of artificial turf at next year’s Women’s World Cup.

Jo-Ann Pickel, vice chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, declined the players’ request for an expedited hearing on Friday but said the parties should go to mediation.

Nov 7, 2014

Soccer-Women’s World Cup turf dispute headed to mediation

Nov 7 (Reuters) – A group of top female soccer players will head to mediation with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) in a bid to resolve a dispute over the proposed use of artificial turf at next year’s Women’s World Cup.

Jo-Ann Pickel, vice chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, declined the players’ request for an expedited hearing on Friday but said the parties should go to mediation.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. senators urge women’s World Cup switch to grass

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A group of 13 members of the U.S. Senate have urged FIFA to switch next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada to natural grass saying the decision to play on artificial turf was a “short-sighted and counterproductive decision”.

Over 40 international women’s players have filed a lawsuit in Canada against local organisers and FIFA claiming that is discriminatory to play a women’s World Cup on artificial turf when the men’s tournament is always held on grass.

Nov 7, 2014

Soccer-U.S. senators urge women’s World Cup switch to grass

Nov 7 (Reuters) – A group of 13 members of the U.S. Senate have urged FIFA to switch next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada to natural grass saying the decision to play on artificial turf was a “short-sighted and counterproductive decision”.

Over 40 international women’s players have filed a lawsuit in Canada against local organisers and FIFA claiming that is discriminatory to play a women’s World Cup on artificial turf when the men’s tournament is always held on grass.

Nov 2, 2014

Davies grabs double as Revolution crush Crew

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Charlie Davies scored twice as the New England Revolution beat the Columbus Crew 4-2 in their Eastern Conference, first leg playoff match on Saturday while Real Salt Lake were held to a scoreless draw at home to LA Galaxy in the Western Conference.

An injury time penalty from Federico Higuain gave Columbus a glimmer of hope for the Nov. 9 second-leg but the home team were outclassed for large stretches of the game.

Nov 2, 2014

Soccer-Davies grabs double as Revolution crush Crew

Nov 1 (Reuters) – Charlie Davies scored twice as the New England Revolution beat the Columbus Crew 4-2 in their Eastern Conference, first leg playoff match on Saturday while Real Salt Lake were held to a scoreless draw at home to LA Galaxy in the Western Conference.

An injury time penalty from Federico Higuain gave Columbus a glimmer of hope for the Nov. 9 second-leg but the home team were outclassed for large stretches of the game.

Oct 31, 2014

Henry, Donovan seek final glory in MLS Cup playoffs

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s playoffs kick off in earnest on Saturday with two of the league’s best known players, Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry, seeking to end their careers on a high note.

LA Galaxy forward Donovan, the league’s all-time top scorer, has announced he will retire at the end of this campaign while former France and Arsenal striker Henry’s contract with New York Red Bulls runs out at the end of the playoffs.

Oct 31, 2014

Soccer-Henry, Donovan seek final glory in MLS Cup playoffs

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s playoffs kick off in earnest on Saturday with two of the league’s best known players, Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry, seeking to end their careers on a high note.

LA Galaxy forward Donovan, the league’s all-time top scorer, has announced he will retire at the end of this campaign while former France and Arsenal striker Henry’s contract with New York Red Bulls runs out at the end of the playoffs.

Oct 30, 2014

Brady, Manning set to add another chapter to storied rivalry

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Two of the mosts successful quarterbacks of all-time face each other when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos on Sunday but the clash is all about the present.

While both have already secured places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame their recent form suggests they have plenty of fight left. The way they are plyaing, the duo could very well face each other in an AFC playoff battle in January.

Oct 30, 2014

Soccer-Magic, Mia among ownership group of new MLS team

Oct 30 (Reuters) – Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and U.S. soccer great Mia Hamm are among the 22-person ownership group of the new Los Angeles franchise unveiled on Thursday by Major League Soccer.

The surprisingly large group is led by Vietnamese-American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, co-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and former NBA executive turned television analyst Tom Penn.

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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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