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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.

Oct 30, 2014

MLS unveils new LA-based team, aims for 2017 start

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s new Los Angeles franchise was unveiled on Thursday led by a 22-person ownership group being headed by Vietnamese-American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen.

Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Peter Guber, who are both part of the ownership of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, are among the leaders of the consortium listed on the club’s website.

Oct 30, 2014

Soccer-MLS unveils new LA-based team, aims for 2017 start

Oct 30 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s new Los Angeles franchise was unveiled on Thursday led by a 22-person ownership group being headed by Vietnamese-American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen.

Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Peter Guber, who are both part of the ownership of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, are among the leaders of the consortium listed on the club’s website.

Oct 27, 2014

Roethlisberger and Brady enjoy vintage performances

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns and Tom Brady five as the quarterbacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots enjoyed wins on Sunday.

Roethlisberger threw a career best 522 yards, completing 40 of 49 passes as the Steelers snapped Indianapolis Colt’s five- game winning streak with a hugely entertaining 51-34 victory.

Oct 26, 2014

Brady shines as Patriots crush Bears, Seahawks bounce back

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Tom Brady threw for five touchdowns as the New England Patriots crushed the Chicago Bears 51-23 while defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks got back to winning ways with a 13-9 victory at Carolina on Sunday.

The New York Jets benched quarterback Geno Smith for Michael Vick after he threw three first-quarter interceptions in the 43-23 home loss to the Buffalo Bills – Rex Ryan’s team’s seventh straight defeat.

Oct 23, 2014

Political will key to Beckham’s MLS Miami plan: Garber

BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) – Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says an apparent lack of political will is making the bid to set up a franchise in Miami “complicated” and that David Beckham will need to find a stadium — or no club will be formed in the city.

Former England international Beckham has an option for an MLS franchise, which he has intended to use in Miami. But he has so far had two proposals for stadium sites rejected by local politicians.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Political will key to Beckham’s MLS Miami plan – Garber

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says an apparent lack of political will is making the bid to set up a franchise in Miami “complicated” and that David Beckham will need to find a stadium — or no club will be formed in the city.

Former England international Beckham has an option for an MLS franchise, which he has intended to use in Miami. But he has so far had two proposals for stadium sites rejected by local politicians.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Europe is place for Caribbean talent to prosper – Barnes

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados Oct 23 (Reuters) – Caribbean football officials may be working on a plan for a regional super league but Jamaican-born former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes the islands of the region would benefit more from encouraging young players to head to Europe.

CONCACAF has set up a task force to look into creating a multinational Caribbean league with some officials talking of the league being up and running in 2016.

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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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