from Left field:

Spain, Nadal and the Davis Cup

December 5, 2011

By Greg Rusedski

The Davis Cup final between Spain and Argentina was always going to be a great tie. The atmosphere was electric due to the huge Argentinian contingent in Seville who were present to support their team. Both the Spanish and Argentinian fans got into the tie and with 26,000 plus spectators the atmosphere was more like a football match.

from Breakingviews:

The real UK plan B: protecting against euro chaos

By Hugo Dixon
December 2, 2011

By Hugo Dixon and George Hay
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Breakingviews:

New London air hub plan needs public money to fly

December 1, 2011

By Robert Cole
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from John Lloyd:

A deserving press

By John Lloyd
December 1, 2011

By John Lloyd
The opinions expressed are his own.

An inquiry under way in the Royal Courts of Justice London, just a few hundred yards from Fleet Street, once the heart of the British newspaper industry, is becoming -- in the low key way in which the British like to think they always do things (but often don't) -- a global event. It is the consequence of a crisis, as inquiries frequently are. But it will have consequences of its own: one of these may be to redefine journalism for the 21st century.

from FaithWorld:

Head of Irish Catholic Church agrees deal with sex abuse victim

November 30, 2011

(Cardinal Sean Brady speaks during a news conference at the Vatican following a two-day meeting with Pope Benedict XVI February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

from Left field:

Watch out for Federer in 2012

November 28, 2011

By Greg Rusedski

There was a lot going on in the press at The ATP World Tour Finals before the event started. The press asked Roger Federer who was the favorite for the event. The press had implied that Andy Murray was the favorite because of the three tournaments he had won in Asia. Federer answered this question by saying that neither he nor Novak Djokovic had played in Asia so how could he be the favorite? Federer came into this event having won the last two tournaments of the year, this event on five different occasions and also as the defending champion. This set up the tournament in a great way because the only way to settle this discussion would be on the court.

from Felix Salmon:

Europe’s insoluble problems

By Felix Salmon
November 25, 2011

Mohamed El-Erian is calling for massive recapitalization of the banking system:

The global financial system is being refined "day in and day out," El-Erian said, and as a result the balance between public and private is shifting and regulation is altering. "This is not being done according to some master plan," but in reaction to a series of crisis management interventions.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Why Chelsea should keep Andre Villas-Boas

November 24, 2011

Three Premier League defeats in four games and Champions League last 16 qualification compromised. The last few weeks have been very tough for Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas.

from Breakingviews:

Technical measures won’t curb pay extravaganza

By Edward Hadas
November 22, 2011

By Edward Hadas
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from James Saft:

Britain eats (leverages) its young

November 22, 2011

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Four years, several failed banks and at least one global recession later, Britain has finally discovered what its young people need: 19-1 leverage.