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Sep 26, 2014

USOC and U.S. Soccer chiefs to discuss Solo

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief executive hopes to meet with U.S. Soccer this week to discuss why national goalkeeper Hope Solo continues to play although she has been charged with domestic violence.

Solo, an Olympic double gold medalist, faces a November trial but has remained in the national squad, a decision that has pulled her sport into the domestic abuse storm that has engulfed the National Football League where players have been suspended until their cases are heard.

Sep 26, 2014

Olympics-USOC and U.S. Soccer chiefs to discuss Solo

CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief executive hopes to meet with U.S. Soccer this week to discuss why national goalkeeper Hope Solo continues to play although she has been charged with domestic violence.

Solo, an Olympic double gold medallist, faces a November trial but has remained in the national squad, a decision that has pulled her sport into the domestic abuse storm that has engulfed the National Football League where players have been suspended until their cases are heard.

Sep 25, 2014

Phelps could make big splash in Rio, says Naber

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Michael Phelps could win two or three individual gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and again return home as America’s top swimmer, former U.S. swimming great John Naber believes.

Already the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 18 gold medals, Phelps’ return to competition after a two-year retirement was greeted with apprehension and skepticism but the tide has quickly turned.

Sep 25, 2014

Olympics-Phelps could make big splash in Rio, says Naber

CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps could win two or three individual gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and again return home as America’s top swimmer, former U.S. swimming great John Naber believes.

Already the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 18 gold medals, Phelps’ return to competition after a two-year retirement was greeted with apprehension and skepticism but the tide has quickly turned.

Sep 23, 2014

Jeter appears poised for further riches in golden years

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – When Derek Jeter brings the curtain down on a wondrous 20-year career following Major League Baseball’s 2014 season, the New York Yankees captain will certainly not be walking off into the sunset.

For a player that has eclipsed over $265 million in career earnings while playing for MLB’s most storied franchise, Jeter could grow even richer.

Sep 14, 2014

Pacquiao fight, ‘let’s make it happen’ says Mayweather

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – It took just minutes after Floyd Mayweather Jr had scored a dominant win over Argentine Marcos Maidana on Saturday before the undefeated welterweight champion faced the inevitable question.

Will Manny Pacquiao be his next opponent?

Still in the ring, still covered in sweat, Mayweather had barely time to catch his breath following a bruising 12-round battle with the hard-hitting Argentine when he was asked about the fight that has fascinated and obsessed the boxing world.

Sep 14, 2014

Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain perfect

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr claimed a unanimous decision in a feisty encounter against Marcos Maidana to successfully defend three world titles and improve his record to 47-0 on Saturday.

In just the second rematch of his 18-year career, the 37-year-old American came out on top on all three scorecards, retaining his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight and light-middleweight belts.

Sep 13, 2014

Maidana hoping to make Mayweather pay for rare rematch

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr rarely hands anyone a rematch and Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana is hoping to make the undefeated welterweight champion regret giving him a second chance when the fighters meet again on Saturday.

For only the second time in his brilliant 18-year career, Mayweather will face an opponent he has met before when he puts his 46-0 record, World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) title belts on the line in Las Vegas.

Sep 9, 2014

Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For over three-quarters of a century men’s tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.

Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday’s final, his riveting run at the U.S. Open has brought new life to a dormant sport in his homeland.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – For over three-quarters of a century men’s tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.

Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday’s final, his riveting run at the U.S. Open has brought new life to a dormant sport in his homeland.