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Sep 26, 2013

Back problem could keep Swede Hanson out of Seve Trophy

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – A recurring back problem may prevent Ryder Cup stalwart Peter Hanson from representing Continental Europe in next week’s Seve Trophy match against Britain and Ireland at St Nom-la-Breteche on the outskirts of Paris.

The 35-year-old Swede has been sidelined for more than a month because of the injury that caused him to pull out during the first round of the British Open at Muirfield in July.

Sep 26, 2013

Mind guru’s return was all important for Stenson

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – Henrik Stenson’s game was a mess 18 months ago but his decision to reunite with a former mind guru sparked a dramatic change in fortunes that culminated in a remarkable $11.4 million FedExCup payday in Atlanta on Sunday.

He first worked with Torsten Hansson in 1994 and Stenson went on to claim a string of victories around the world and a spot in the 2006 and 2008 European Ryder Cup teams.

Sep 24, 2013

Watson is not wild on Ryder Cup wildcards

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – Rival 2014 Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley were involved in their first public disagreement, albeit good natured, at Gleneagles on Tuesday.

U.S. skipper Watson believes it would be a good thing for all 12 players in each team to earn an automatic place through their respective money-lists, with no wildcard selections, but Europe captain McGinley had a different view.

Sep 24, 2013

Miracle at Medinah pain can motivate U.S. – Watson

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – United States captain Tom Watson wants his team to draw on the memory of their painful ‘Miracle at Medinah’ defeat when they bid to wrest the Ryder Cup back from Europe in Scotland next year.

Holders Europe, galvanized by an inspirational effort from Ian Poulter, produced a spectacular comeback from 10-6 down to win the trophy by 14-1/2 to 13-1/2 points at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois in September 2012.

Sep 21, 2013

Mourinho urges out of favour Mata to prove him wrong

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has challenged Juan Mata to prove him wrong on the pitch for overlooking the Spaniard’s claims and preferring Brazilian Oscar as his number one playmaker.

Mourinho was quoted in Saturday’s British newspapers saying Mata, Chelsea’s player of the year for the last two seasons, had to adapt to the way the Portuguese wanted the team to play.

Sep 21, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho urges out of favour Mata to prove him wrong

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has challenged Juan Mata to prove him wrong on the pitch for overlooking the Spaniard’s claims and preferring Brazilian Oscar as his number one playmaker.

Mourinho was quoted in Saturday’s British newspapers saying Mata, Chelsea’s player of the year for the last two seasons, had to adapt to the way the Portuguese wanted the team to play.

Sep 9, 2013

No doubting Thomas’s desire as Bjorn secures Shanghai spot

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – Far from counting down the days towards the autumn of his career, Danish veteran Thomas Bjorn is still keen to show he can mix it with the young guns in golf’s elite tournaments.

After landing his 14th tour triumph at the European Masters in Switzerland on Sunday, the 42-year-old climbed 22 spots to 44th in the world rankings.

Sep 5, 2013

Happy Mata pledges future to Chelsea

LONDON (Reuters) – Although crowd favourite Juan Mata has featured in only one of Chelsea’s four games this season, the Spain midfielder said on Thursday he was happy at the London club and his future was at Stamford Bridge.

Mata was voted Chelsea’s player of the year for the last two seasons but his omission from the team against Manchester United and Hull City in the Premier League and for last week’s Super Cup defeat by Bayern Munich prompted claims he was out of favour with coach Jose Mourinho.

Sep 5, 2013

Soccer-Happy Mata pledges future to Chelsea

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Although crowd favourite Juan Mata has featured in only one of Chelsea’s four games this season, the Spain midfielder said on Thursday he was happy at the London club and his future was at Stamford Bridge.

Mata was voted Chelsea’s player of the year for the last two seasons but his omission from the team against Manchester United and Hull City in the Premier League and for last week’s Super Cup defeat by Bayern Munich prompted claims he was out of favour with coach Jose Mourinho.

Sep 3, 2013

Ozil, Fellaini in big-money moves as window shuts

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal paid Real Madrid a club record fee for Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil and Manchester United bought Belgium forward Marouane Fellaini from Everton in a crazy last hour before the transfer window closed on Monday.

The two big-money deals followed close on the heels of Wales winger Gareth Bale’s world record move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real on Sunday worth 100 million euros ($131.88 million).

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      "I am a senior sub-editor on the Reuters Sports Desk who often works as the chief sub-editor. I also have responsibility for the European golf file and among the tournaments I have covered this year are the Ryder Cup and British Open."
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