• Ibra unhappy at coming second on list of Swedish greats

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed his second-place finish on a list of Sweden's all-time sporting greats behind tennis master Bjorn Borg. "Thank you but to finish second is like finishing last," he informed the Dagens Nyheter newspaper through his brand manager Mika Lepisto. The 33-year-old Paris St Germain striker was second in the list of 150 Swedish sportspeople, created by the newspaper as part of their 150th-anniversary celebrations. ...

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  • Coming second is like being last - Ibrahimovic

    Stockholm (AFP) - Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not take kindly to being voted Sweden's second greatest sportsman of all time.

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  • Sports: New names to watch for in 2015

    AFP Sports writers make their picks of who will be the new names to watch out for in 2015:

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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 lifted by eight players. While the four women's champions were existing members of the elite club, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka and Croatia's Marin Cilic marked the biggest shake-up of men's tennis for a decade with breakthrough victories. ...

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

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (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 obsessives in South Asia will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while rugby's equivalent is among many contenders for the title of the world's third biggest tournament. The Tour de France, with a worldwide TV audience of 3. ...

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  • Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love. On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking. A German team, unshackled from its pragmatic past and playing with uninhibited flair, won a World Cup in Brazil that exceeded everyone's wildest expectations. ...

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  • PHOTO GALLERY: Moments in world sports in 2014

    LONDON (AP) — With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014.

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  • Warrior spirit leads Nishikori to new heights

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (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 case Novak Djokovic. Nishikori beat Roger Federer in Miami and had Rafa Nadal on the ropes in Madrid early in the season, but this was against the ruthless world number one in the U.S. Open semi-final, having just played back-to-back five-setters. ...

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  • Factbox: Kei Nishikori, breakthrough of the year

    (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 executive of Sony) Tennis Fund. Turned pro in 2006, aged 16. PROJECT 45 Shuzuo Matsuoka reached 46 in the ATP rankings in 1992, and Nishikori's early target was to better that and become Japan's highest-ranked male player. ...

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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 in the world by the ATP. The 27-year-old Serb is one of only four men to be named ITF World Champion four or more times, alongside Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. At 33 she is the oldest player ever to be named an ITF Singles World Champion.

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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 were voted team of the year, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone coach of the year, the comeback of the year went to speed skater Victor Ahn and Kei Nishikori took the breakthrough award. After off-course issues contributed to a thin 2013, McIlroy roared back this year by winning the British Open and the ...

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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 executive of Sony) Tennis Fund. Turned pro in 2006, aged 16. PROJECT 45 Shuzuo Matsuoka reached 46 in the ATP rankings in 1992, and Nishikori's early target was to better that and become Japan's highest-ranked male player. ...

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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 case Novak Djokovic. Nishikori beat Roger Federer in Miami and had Rafa Nadal on the ropes in Madrid early in the season, but this was against the ruthless world number one in the U.S. Open semi-final, having just played back-to-back five-setters. ...

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  • Sport-McIlroy and Wust take top Reuters awards

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Dec 18 (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 were voted team of the year, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone coach of the year, the comeback of the year went to speed skater Victor Ahn and Kei Nishikori took the breakthrough award. ...

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  • Tennis - Williams and Djokovic top ITF 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).

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  • Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honors

    LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men's prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years. Williams wins the award for the fifth time in a career which has brought her 18 grand slam singles titles -- the most recent at this year's U.S. Open. "I'm so honored to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. ...

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  • Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men's prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years. Williams wins the award for the fifth time in a career which has brought her 18 grand slam singles titles -- the most recent at this year's U.S. Open. "I'm so honored to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. ...

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  • Djokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards

    LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.

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  • Rafael Nadal is Tommy Hilfiger's newest spokesmodel

    American brand Tommy Hilfiger has signed Rafael Nadal as the latest face for its underwear and tailored ranges. 

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  • Berdych takes on Murray's former coach

    Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych hired a new coaching team on Tuesday including Venezuelan Danny Vallverdu who was until last month one of Andy Murray's coaches. Vallverdu, 28 and who has been close friends with Murray since they met at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, was the Scottish player's coach when he won the Olympic gold medal in London in 2012, the same year he won his first Grand Slam crown the US Open. He was also part of the coaching team as Murray went on to win Wimbledon in 2013 becoming the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men's title. Berdych, who is yet to win a Grand Slam singles title with his best performance reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final, moved quickly to snap up Vallverdu and ended his association with Tomas Krupa and David Vydra.

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