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Feb 18, 2015

Analysis – McGinley’s class act is tough for Clarke to follow

LONDON (Reuters) – Darren Clarke could be forgiven for thinking “How do I follow THAT?” after being appointed Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Northern Irishman takes over as skipper from Paul McGinley and his former friend will be a tough act to follow.

Feb 18, 2015

Golf-Clarke appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup captain

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Darren Clarke will captain holders Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup match against the United States at Hazeltine, Minnesota, tour officials announced on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Northern Irishman was appointed to succeed 2014 skipper Paul McGinley after a five-man selection panel met at the tour’s headquarters on the outskirts of London.

Feb 18, 2015

Golf-McGinley’s class act is tough for Clarke to follow

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Darren Clarke could be forgiven for thinking “How do I follow THAT?” after being appointed Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Northern Irishman takes over as skipper from Paul McGinley and his former friend will be a tough act to follow.

Feb 17, 2015

Golf-Clarke set to be named Europe’s Ryder Cup captain

LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – It would be a major surprise if anyone but former British Open champion Darren Clarke was appointed Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday.

A five-man selection panel is due to make an announcement on Paul McGinley’s successor after meeting at the European Tour’s Wentworth headquarters on the outskirts of London.

Feb 12, 2015

Golf-Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain may be announced next week

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Paul McGinley’s successor as European Ryder Cup captain could be announced next Wednesday, with Northern Irishman Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain leading the chase for the coveted role.

The European Tour told Reuters on Thursday that the five-man selection panel would be holding a meeting on Feb. 18 to decide the next skipper.

Feb 5, 2015

Soccer-Shilton doesn’t want Rooney to break caps record

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Peter Shilton is not overly keen on the prospect of Wayne Rooney breaking his England caps record even though he describes the Manchester United striker as “a little genius” and “a street fighter”.

The former Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Leicester City, Stoke City and Derby County goalkeeper made 125 appearances for his country between 1971-90 and Rooney is closing rapidly on his total, having already played 101 times by the age of 29.

Feb 3, 2015

Golf-Jacklin backs R&A move to switch from BBC to Sky

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Former British Open champion Tony Jacklin has backed the Royal & Ancient’s (R&A) move to take live coverage of golf’s oldest championship away from the BBC and hand it to Sky Sports.

The pay TV channel will have exclusive live rights for the Open from 2017-21 with the BBC screening a daily two-hour prime time highlights show and continuing its live radio coverage.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Troon may be ready to allow women members

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Royal Troon, one of three male-only clubs on the British Open rota along with Muirfield and Royal St George’s, may start allowing women members in time for the 2016 championship.

“Royal Troon Golf Club announced today it will shortly undertake a comprehensive review to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Jan 26, 2015

Interview – Lampard, Terry turned my career around – Drogba

LONDON (Reuters) – Didier Drogba has paid tribute to the inspirational way Chelsea team mates Frank Lampard and John Terry helped turn his career around after suffering some difficult times in his early days at Stamford Bridge.

The powerful Ivorian striker, signed in a big-money deal from Olympique de Marseille 11 years ago, was frequently criticised by reporters for the theatrical way he would go to ground but he said Lampard and Terry made him clean up his act.

Jan 26, 2015

Soccer-Returning Drogba showing his worth, says Cech

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Didier Drogba is part of the furniture at Chelsea and it is great to have him back at the club this season following his short stints in China and Turkey, said goalkeeper Petr Cech.

There has been a neat symmetry in the two players’ careers since they moved to Stamford Bridge from French clubs in 2004.

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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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