• YEARENDER-Major sporting upsets of 2014

    By Toby Davis LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Five major sporting upsets in 2014: 1. Brazil suffer 7-1 World Cup humiliation against Germany "Historic Disgrace" screamed the Folha de S.Paulo's headline, as a shocked nation digested a 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany on home soil. While many…

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  • Prizes shared but Djokovic and Serena still rule

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Grand slam titles were shared around like slices of pizza in 2014 but for all the welcome variety Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams ended the year still setting the standard. For the first time since 1998 the eight grand slam singles trophies on offer were…

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  • McIlroy and Wust take top Reuters awards

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Double major golf winner Rory McIlroy and prolific Olympic Dutch speed skater Irene Wust have been named Reuters sportsman and sportswoman of the year after a poll of the news agency's sports journalists from around the world. Soccer World Cup winners Germany…

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  • LOOKAHEAD-No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate. Tens of millions of cricket…

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  • Williams and Djokovic top world tennis awards

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men's and women's World Champions for 2014 on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the fourth time that Djokovic has taken the top award after he won Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour finals and finished the year ranked number one…

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  • Tennis-Kei Nishikori, breakthrough of the year

    Dec 18 (Reuters) - A look at the rise of Kei Nishikori, culminating in his breakthrough year in 2014: EARLY LIFE Born: Shimane, Japan, Dec 29, 1989 Began playing tennis aged five Moved to the U.S. aged 14 to train at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida. Funded by the Masaaki Morita (chief…

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  • ADVISORY-Reuters sport yearenders

    LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - On Friday Dec. 19 from 1900GMT we will publish the following series of year-end review stories: A review of world sport in 2014 A look ahead to 2015 Year reviews of: Olympics Soccer Rugby Cricket Tennis Motor racing Golf North American sport We will also have stories on:…

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  • Tennis-Warrior spirit leads Nishikori to new heights

    By Martyn Herman LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - There comes a moment in all great sporting careers when the puzzle fits together and for Kei Nishikori it arrived on a sweltering early September afternoon in New York. It was there that the young kohai (Japanese for protege) humbled the master, in this…

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