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Aug 5, 2014

Tennis-From grass to hard court Kyrgios makes winning debut

TORONTO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios claimed another career first with an opening round decision over Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, setting up a meeting with twice grand slam winner Andy Murray.

The 7-6 (3) 7-5 victory made Kyrgios a winner in his ATP World Tour Masters debut but what the 19-year-old lacks in experience he more than makes up for in confidence, announcing himself ready to take on Murray, the eighth seed and a two-time champion on the Canadian hard courts.

Aug 5, 2014

Dodig enjoys upset win over Isner on return from injury

TORONTO (Reuters) – Ivan Dodig made a triumphant return from injury with a 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-3 upset victory over 10th seeded American John Isner in the opening round of Rogers Cup on Monday after the Croat missed nearly three months with a broken rib.

Dodig, back on court for the first time since retiring in the opening round of the French Open, showed no sign of rust as he consigned Isner to a second consecutive first round loss.

Aug 5, 2014

Tennis-Dodig enjoys upset win over Isner on return from injury

TORONTO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ivan Dodig made a triumphant return from injury with a 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-3 upset victory over 10th seeded American John Isner in the opening round of Rogers Cup on Monday after the Croat missed nearly three months with a broken rib.

Dodig, back on court for the first time since retiring in the opening round of the French Open, showed no sign of rust as he consigned Isner to a second consecutive first round loss.

Jul 30, 2014

No backhanded compliments for Federer from Edberg

TORONTO (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s backhand has been described as a thing of beauty and perhaps the most exquisite stroke the tennis world has seen, but his coach Stefan Edberg feels his was a little better.

When asked on Tuesday who possessed the better backhand, the former world number one said he would have to give himself the edge in that category.

Jul 29, 2014

Tennis-No backhanded compliments for Federer from Edberg

TORONTO (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s backhand has been described as a thing of beauty and perhaps the most exquisite stroke the tennis world has seen, but his coach Stefan Edberg feels his was a little better.

When asked on Tuesday who possessed the better backhand, the former world number one said he would have to give himself the edge in that category.

Jul 28, 2014

Bayern Munich goes Green for U.S. Tour

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Julian Green has been touted as the new face of U.S. soccer but it is one few Americans recognize.

That may change this week as the Bayern Munich 19-year-old wunderkind enters the spotlight during the Bundesliga champion’s heavily promoted mini-tour of the United States that features a meeting with Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara in New Jersey on Thursday followed by an Aug. 6 game versus Major League Soccer All-Stars in Portland, Oregon.

Jul 28, 2014

Soccer-Bayern Munich goes Green for U.S. Tour

July 28 (Reuters) – Julian Green has been touted as the new face of U.S. soccer but it is one few Americans recognise.

That may change this week as the Bayern Munich 19-year-old wunderkind enters the spotlight during the Bundesliga champion’s heavily promoted mini-tour of the United States that features a meeting with Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara in New Jersey on Thursday followed by an Aug. 6 game versus Major League Soccer All-Stars in Portland, Oregon.

Jul 24, 2014

Friendly business where profit and sport collide

TORONTO (Reuters) – Neither Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino nor Toronto FC’s Ryan Nelsen seemed particularly enthused about their mid-week friendly but smiled grudgingly while accepting the match as part of today’s global soccer reality where new fans and revenue streams must be cultivated.

For both men, Wednesday’s encounter was a meaningless contest where sporting and business interests collide.

Jul 24, 2014

Soccer-Friendly business where profit and sport collide

TORONTO, July 24 (Reuters) – Neither Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino nor Toronto FC’s Ryan Nelsen seemed particularly enthused about their mid-week friendly but smiled grudgingly while accepting the match as part of today’s global soccer reality where new fans and revenue streams must be cultivated.

For both men, Wednesday’s encounter was a meaningless contest where sporting and business interests collide.

Jul 22, 2014

World Cup party over but summer of soccer set to rock U.S

TORONTO (Reuters) – The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport’s glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.

From New York to Los Angeles, some of the game’s brightest stars and most valuable teams will spend the next three weeks packing America’s biggest stadiums with the highlight coming on Aug. 2 when a record crowd of 110,000 – the largest ever to watch a soccer game in the United States – is expected to fill Michigan Stadium to see Real Madrid take on Manchester United.