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Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Fluidity not formation likely to be Van Gaal’s approach

Sept 15 (Reuters) – When Louis van Gaal took over as manager of Manchester United there was an intense focus on his promised new formation but the Premier League club’s rapid recruitment of big names means a dogmatic approach from the Dutchman is unlikely.

Van Gaal exceeded expectations at the World Cup, leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals with a system that featured three central defenders.

Sep 15, 2014

Seahawks shocked by Chargers, Broncos win again

MIAMI (Reuters) – Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a second win with a 24-17 triumph over Kansas City on Sunday.

Earlier, quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints.

Sep 14, 2014

Redskins’ quarterback Griffin suffers dislocated ankle

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle in Sunday’s 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and could face a lengthy absence.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said it was not clear how long the quarterback would be out as further tests would be needed in the injury.

Sep 14, 2014

Redskins crush Jaguars, wins for Patriots and Browns

MIAMI (Reuters) – Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints.

The New England Patriots bounced back from their opening loss to beat Minnesota 30-7 and the Dallas Cowboys also got their first win with a 26-10 victory over Tennessee.

Sep 13, 2014

Players union votes for HGH testing, new drug rules

MIAMI (Reuters) – The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has approved a new league drug policy following a vote on Friday that will allow testing for human growth hormone (HGH) for the first time, starting this season.

The new policy also raises the threshold for positive results for marijuana and also re-classifies the punishment for use of amphetamine during the off-season, the NFLPA said in a statement.

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.

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