Sports Correspondent.
Simon's Feed
Mar 25, 2015

Soccer-MLS add Minnesota as expansion team for 2018

March 25 (Reuters) – Minnesota United were introduced as the newest Major League Soccer team on Wednesday with plans to begin play in the rapidly growing league in 2018.

The club, which was founded in 2010 and currently plays in the second-tier North American Soccer League, was officially welcomed to MLS during a news conference attended by a rowdy group of United supporters.

Mar 24, 2015

Hard for Halep to think of top spot while Serena rules

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number three Simona Halep says it is hard to imagine reaching the top of the world rankings as long as Serena Williams is playing the game but believes she has what it takes to win a grand slam.

The Romanian arrives in Florida for this week’s Miami Open off the biggest success in her career with a victory over Jelena Jankovic in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday.

Mar 24, 2015

Tennis-Hard for Halep to think of top spot while Serena rules

MIAMI, March 24 (Reuters) – World number three Simona Halep says it is hard to imagine reaching the top of the world rankings as long as Serena Williams is playing the game but believes she has what it takes to win a grand slam.

The Romanian arrives in Florida for this week’s Miami Open off the biggest success in her career with a victory over Jelena Jankovic in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday.

Mar 24, 2015

Tennis-Murray hopeful Bjorkman can complement coach Mauresmo

MIAMI, March 24 (Reuters) – Andy Murray is hopeful that Swede Jonas Bjorkman will share a similar philosophy with his coach Amelie Mauresmo when he joins his team on a trial basis, the Scotsman said on Tuesday.

Bjorkman, a former world number four who retired from professional tennis in 2008, will join Murray’s coaching set-up sometime after he finishes his involvement in a Swedish television dance show.

Mar 24, 2015

Murray hopeful Bjorkman can compliment coach Mauresmo

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andy Murray is hopeful that Swede Jonas Bjorkman will share a similar philosophy with his coach Amelie Mauresmo when he joins his team on a trial basis, the Scotsman said on Tuesday.

Bjorkman, a former world number four who retired from professional tennis in 2008, will join Murray’s coaching set-up sometime after he finishes his involvement in a Swedish television dance show.

Mar 24, 2015

Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury

MIAMI (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week’s Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday.

Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier but assured he would be on court on Friday for his opening match.

Mar 24, 2015

Tennis-Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury

MIAMI, March 24 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week’s Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday.

Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier but assured he would be on court on Friday for his opening match.

Mar 16, 2015

Crew’s Pogatetz says MLS will be ‘among the best’ leagues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Having played for clubs in Germany, Russia and England, Columbus Crew’s Emanuel Pogatetz is in a position to judge Major League Soccer’s growth and he feels it’s close to being one of the game’s better competitions.

Since moving to MLS last September, the 32-year-old Austrian international defender has been impressed with the quality of American players and believes many more Europeans will follow his example and help raise the standard further.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Crew’s Pogatetz says MLS will be ‘among the best’ leagues

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16 (Reuters) – Having played for clubs in Germany, Russia and England, Columbus Crew’s Emanuel Pogatetz is in a position to judge Major League Soccer’s growth and he feels it’s close to being one of the game’s better competitions.

Since moving to MLS last September, the 32-year-old Austrian international defender has been impressed with the quality of American players and believes many more Europeans will follow his example and help raise the standard further.

Mar 16, 2015

Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in Toronto

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16 (Reuters) – Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco is hopeful that he can remain part of Antonio Conte’s national team plans despite his move to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.

Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move to the Canadian club for a reported annual salary in excess of $7 million – a league high.

    • About Simon

      "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."
    • Contact Simon

    • Follow Simon