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Aug 23, 2013

Soccer-Dempsey home debut gives MLS’s biggest derby extra spice

Aug 23 (Reuters) – United States captain Clint Dempsey is preparing to make his home debut for the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in front of a sell-out 67,000 crowd against local rivals the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer’s biggest derby.

The Pacific Northwest derby is unique in having a history dating back to the days of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) in the 1970s.

Aug 23, 2013

Caribbean venues packed again thanks to CPL Twenty20

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Cricket in the West Indies has been played against a sorry backdrop of half-empty stadiums for years but the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition has finally reignited the imagination of the fans.

With bumper crowds, investment from Hollywood celebrities, international television distribution and plenty of local sponsors, organisers say the tournament is already well ahead of their expectations.

Aug 23, 2013

Cricket-Caribbean venues packed again thanks to CPL Twenty20

Aug 23 (Reuters) – Cricket in the West Indies has been played against a sorry backdrop of half-empty stadiums for years but the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition has finally reignited the imagination of the fans.

With bumper crowds, investment from Hollywood celebrities, international television distribution and plenty of local sponsors, organisers say the tournament is already well ahead of their expectations.

Aug 23, 2013

Jamaica hits back at claims of lax dope controls

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has hit back at allegations of poor administration and a lack of controls by a former official, but conceded it had conducted less tests in recent years due to a lack of “resources”.

Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior advisor to Jamaica’s sports minister and briefly JADCO’s executive director until earlier this year, wrote of “troubling” facts about JADCO’s work in a critical article in Sports Illustrated this week.

Aug 23, 2013

Braun issues apology for doping in MVP season

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Banned Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun acknowledged on Thursday he used performance enhancing drugs during his National League Most Valuable Player season in 2011.

“During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn’t have used,” Braun said in a statement published on the Brewers’ website.

Aug 23, 2013

Jamaica hits back at claims of lax anti-doping controls

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has hit back at allegations of poor administration and a lack of controls by a former official, insisting the authority’s practices meet global standards.

Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior advisor to Jamaica’s sports minister who was charged with coordinating the nation’s ‘Anti-Doping in Sport Programme’, wrote of “troubling” facts about JADCO’s work in a critical article in Sports Illustrated this week.

Aug 22, 2013

Sharapova out of U.S. Open with shoulder injury

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, tournament organizers said on Wednesday.

The four-times grand slam winner, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2006, fired coach Jimmy Connors last week after just one match together.

Aug 22, 2013

Tennis-Sharapova out of U.S. Open with shoulder injury

Aug 21 (Reuters) – Third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, tournament organisers said on Wednesday.

The four-times grand slam winner, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2006, fired coach Jimmy Connors last week after just one match together.

Aug 21, 2013

McEnroe cannot see another grand slam win for Federer

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – John McEnroe finds it hard to envisage Roger Federer adding to his record 17 grand slam titles and believes the Swiss maestro is showing signs of slowing down.

The 32-year-old Federer heads into next week’s U.S. Open seeded seventh, his first time outside the top three in any slam in the past decade, and his recent form offers no suggestion of a quick improvement at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Aug 21, 2013

Tennis-McEnroe cannot see another grand slam win for Federer

Aug 21 (Reuters) – John McEnroe finds it hard to envisage Roger Federer adding to his record 17 grand slam titles and believes the Swiss maestro is showing signs of slowing down.

The 32-year-old Federer heads into next week’s U.S. Open seeded seventh, his first time outside the top three in any slam in the past decade, and his recent form offers no suggestion of a quick improvement at Flushing Meadows in New York.

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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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