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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.

Sep 4, 2014

After World Cup trauma, Dunga’s Brazil re-start against Colombia

MIAMI (Reuters) – It will be easier said than done but Brazil attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga in a friendly against Colombia in Miami on Friday.

Barely two months after their shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament they hosted, there is a new look to the Selecao with Dunga, in his second spell in charge, hoping that fresh faces will be less affected by July’s traumatic exit.

Sep 4, 2014

Soccer-After World Cup trauma, Dunga’s Brazil re-start against Colombia

MIAMI, Sept 4 (Reuters) – It will be easier said than done but Brazil attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga in a friendly against Colombia in Miami on Friday.

Barely two months after their shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament they hosted, there is a new look to the Selecao with Dunga, in his second spell in charge, hoping that fresh faces will be less affected by July’s traumatic exit.

Sep 3, 2014

Lawyer in Women’s World Cup turf case warns of ‘intimidation’

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Lawyers for over 40 top female players threatening to sue FIFA over the proposed use of artificial grass at the 2015 Women’s World Cup are investigating reports that players are being pressured against taking legal action.

Players from Germany, Brazil, Spain and the United States are among those claiming the use of artificial turf instead of grass for the June 5-July 6 event in Canada is discriminatory given the men’s World Cup is always played on grass.

Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Lawyer in Women’s World Cup turf case warns of ‘intimidation’

Sept 3 (Reuters) – Lawyers for over 40 top female players threatening to sue FIFA over the proposed use of artificial grass at the 2015 Women’s World Cup are investigating reports that players are being pressured against taking legal action.

Players from Germany, Brazil, Spain and the United States are among those claiming the use of artificial turf instead of grass for the June 5-July 6 event in Canada is discriminatory given the men’s World Cup is always played on grass.

Sep 2, 2014

Seahawks face tough task to repeat Super Bowl glory

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks will start the 2014 NFL campaign this week as the bookmakers’ favourites to repeat as Super Bowl champions but they they will have a tough task living up to last season’s success.

Pete Carroll’s team romped to a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in last season’s title game but the division rival San Francisco 49ers, with dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick, offer a formidable challenge in the NFC as do Seattle’s opening day opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

Sep 2, 2014

Elite QBs running out of time to claim another Super Bowl

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – They have already tasted the feeling of winning a Super Bowl but if quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees want to win another Vince Lombardi Trophy they better hurry up.

The talented trio have long established themselves as elite National Football League quarterbacks with each breaking records and winning plaudits but age is catching up with them.

Aug 25, 2014

Tiger ends four-year alliance with coach Foley

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has split up with swing coach Sean Foley after a four-year partnership, the 14-times golf major winner said on Monday.

The former world number one is sidelined with a back injury and does not plan to play again until his World Challenge tournament in Florida in December.

Aug 19, 2014

Fabregas master class backs up Mourinho move

BURNLEY England (Reuters) – Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas provided a swift demonstration of why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was so keen to bring him back to the Premier League as he orchestrated Monday’s 3-1 season-opening win at Burnley in commanding fashion.

Fabregas spent seven seasons in England with Arsenal before making a move, three years ago, back to Barcelona, where he had been part of the youth system.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-Fabregas master class backs up Mourinho move

BURNLEY, England, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas provided a swift demonstration of why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was so keen to bring him back to the Premier League as he orchestrated Monday’s 3-1 season-opening win at Burnley in commanding fashion.

Fabregas spent seven seasons in England with Arsenal before making a move, three years ago, back to Barcelona, where he had been part of the youth system.

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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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