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LPGA teen sensation Charley Hull back to work

LPGA teen sensation Charley Hull back to work

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Charley Hull returned to work Tuesday, a New York Yankees baseball cap on her head & the British flag on her golf bag.

The 17-year-old made headlines & raised expectations on both sides of the Atlantic with a brilliant performance in the European victory Sunday over the Americans at the Solheim Cup.

But Hull said nothing has changed before she hit the driving range at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club to prepare for the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

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Soccer-England sack women's national coach, seek new leadership

Soccer-England sack women's national coach, seek new leadership

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – England soccer chiefs are searching for a new head coach & technical leader for women’s football after sacking team manager Hope Powell on Tuesday.

Powell had been in charge of the women’s team for 15 years yet came under increasing fire after England were knocked out in the group stages of Euro 2013 last month.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said after “the disappointment” of Euro 2013, “the time is right to make a alter & for a fresh outlook”. (Reporting by Ossian Shine; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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Rodgers hails Sturridge's attitude

Rodgers hails Sturridge's attitude

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Daniel Sturridge’s mental strength in ensuring he was fit for the start of the season.Sturridge struck the only goal of the game in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield as Liverpool began the Premier League campaign with an encouraging performance. An ankle injury suffered while on international duty with England back in May had threatened to leave the striker unavailable to Rodgers for the opening month of the season. The 23-year-old Sturridge, though, battled back to full fitness ahead of schedule & Rodgers thinks the January signing from Chelsea is in superior shape due to his commitment & attitude.”I think the biggest credit you can donate him is that in all the time he was off, he never put on any weight whatsoever,” said Rodgers. “His body fat remained the same as when he was playing, which shows you how complex he was working.”And I have to donate credit to the medical team, because they’ve received to make sacrifices as well.”Daniel was keen to obtain himself right, so he was ready to fire at the beginning of the season.”For a bit of time it was touch & go, yet once we saw his progress & how he was working, he was back probably three weeks earlier than what we anticipated, purely because of his attitude.”I always believe he’s received a goal in him.”That’s why we took him here. As long as he’s on the field, he can end up being one of the top goalscorers in this league.”

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Soccer-Man City ooze class and goals to thump Newcastle

Soccer-Man City ooze class & goals to thump Newcastle

By Sonia Oxley

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Manchester City started their Premier League campaign in scintillating fashion on Monday with a stylish 4-0 win at home to 10-man Newcastle United as Manuel Pellegrini made a dream start to management in England.

Last season’s runners-up took just six minutes to open the scoring with David Silva heading in after Steven Taylor failed to deal with Edin Dzeko’s shot across the goal.

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Soccer-Saint Osvaldo itching to wreak havoc in England

By Ossian Shine

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Southampton’s record signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is itching to obtain stuck into premier league defences, the Italy striker telling reporters on Monday he is thrilled to be working again with coach Mauricio Pochettino.

“I want to do something significant in this league,” the striker who signed from AS Roma said, his heavily tattooed arms resting casually on a table at St Mary’s stadium.

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Agent: Chicharito rejected Valencia move

Agent: Chicharito rejected Valencia move

Manchester United striker Chicharito rejected the chance to move to Valencia because he wants to triumph at Old Trafford, according to his agent.The Mexico international found chances somewhat limited last season & rumors in some circles suggested that he could leave the club following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.But Eduardo Hernandez has rubbished reports that his client wants to leave the Premier League champions & reiterated his commitment to succeeding in England.”Of course he wants to play more, to have more minutes, to participate more, yet he wants to do it at United, he wants to defend the title & go far in the Champions League,” he told El Universal.”The interest from Valencia was real. He had the chance to speak with the sporting director [Braulio Vazquez] yet Javier, I reiterate, wants to stay at Manchester United, this is the challenge. He was very grateful to Valencia & the other clubs who called him.”It’s not a question of money – we didn’t even talk approximately that subject, there’s only one subject for Javier: he wants to play & be a starter at United.”Chicharito scored 10 goals in 22 appearances last term & is working complex to ensure that he features in the plans of Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes.”He knows it’s a very competitive club & that he has to fight to play every day, in the dressing room & on the training ground, yet he’s not scared, he says he’s more motivated than ever,” Hernandez added.”[His outlook] is the same as when he moved to English football; to triumph. Now, with the new manager, he has a lot of hopes, a huge desire to play & to grow as a footballer. This season is a new challenge for him.”He wants to triumph in England. He knows that a starting spot comes with working complex & he has to take advantage of the opportunities that come his way, like he did with Alex Ferguson.”The 25-year-old sat out Saturday’s 4-1 win over Swansea City after recently recovering from injury.

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Solheim Cup's youngest player shines

Solheim Cup's youngest player shines

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — Charley Hull did what any 17-year-old golf fanatic would when standing next to Paula Creamer.

She asked her to sign a golf ball.

The fact that this scene played out on the edge of the 14th green after Hull had put a 5-and-4 drubbing on one of America’s most popular players seemed almost incidental to the youngest player to ever suit up at the Solheim Cup.

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Rooney: I need to play more games

Rooney: I need to play more games

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says that he needs more game time after missing the majority of his club’s preseason through injury.The forward started England’s friendly with Scotland on Wednesday yet had to make do with a place on the bench for United’s opener against Swansea City on Saturday. Rooney appeared as a second-half substitute at Liberty Stadium & set up a goal as his side ran out 4-1 winners yet feels that he still has further to go to hit his peak.”You obviously need that sharpness,” Rooney told reporters. “I haven’t had that many training sessions with the first team [at United], because they have been away. “I might be lacking that bit of sharpness, yet hopefully that will come. I need to try & obtain a few more games in.”The forward, who has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea during the transfer window, lamented the disruption of his summer through injuries.”You always look forward to having a satisfactory preseason,” Rooney said. “It’s significant you do that. Unfortunately I received the injury to my hamstring & then to my shoulder. It’s been disappointing yet you’ve received to deal with it.”Rooney moreover revealed his gratitude to England manager Roy Hodgson after playing 67 minutes in the 3-2 friendly victory against Scotland.”I have been working complex on the training ground trying to obtain myself fit, & I was just thankful to obtain the minutes in against Scotland. That’s thanks to the manager,” Rooney said. “I had a few painkillers for the shoulder injury. It was tremendous to have the minutes, & now I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a few games.”

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Grandeur gets 7-2 odds for Arlington Million

Grandeur gets 7-2 odds for Arlington Million

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Morning line favorite Grandeur drew the outside post Wednesday in the post-position draw for Saturday’s 31st running of the Arlington Million.

Grandeur, a 4-year-old gelding from Ireland, drew odds of 7-2 for the Grade I turf race even though the horse is winless in two races this year. Grandeur ran well in the most recent race, at York in England, losing to Mukhadran by less than a length.

Argentine import Indy Point, a 4-year-old with a win in his only start of the year, was made second favorite at 9-2, & starts from the seven slot. Defender Little Mike, seeking to become the first back- to-back winner of the Million, will start from the 11 slot, & is listed as the third favorite at 5-1. Little Mike, a 6-year-old gelding, won four of his seven starts in 2012, yet is winless in three outings this year.

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Fitzpatrick, Goss advance to US Amateur final

Fitzpatrick, Goss advance to US Amateur final

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick took a page out of Francis Ouimet’s book & advanced to the finals of the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club.

With his 14-year-old brother on his bag & opponent Corey Conners sitting in the famous Vardon bunker along the 17th fairway, Fitzpatrick knocked his approach to 20 feet, then sank the birdie putt to win 2-and-1 on Saturday. He’ll play in the 36-hole final against Oliver Goss, who beat fellow Australian Brady Watt 2-up in the other semifinal.

A victory on Sunday would make Fitzpatrick the first U.S. Amateur champion from England since Harold Hilton in 1911. And he would do it at the course where Ouimet, a local amateur with a 10-year-old caddie on his bag, beat British pros Harry Vardon & Ted Ray in the 1913 U.S. Open in an upset that gave golf its first & biggest boost in the United States.

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