Articles by Simon Baskett



Spain Breaks Mold to Win on Penalties

  • 24 June 08
  • Reuters
Spain beat Italy 4-2 on penalties after a goalless quarterfinal Sunday to end its shootout hoodoo and reach the last four of a major tournament for the first time in 24 years.

Moment of Truth Arrives for Russians

  • 10 June 08
  • Reuters
Russia's chances of upsetting highly fancied Spain in its Euro 2008 opener Tuesday will be undermined by the absence of playmaker Andrei Arshavin and striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. Arshavin is suspended, while Pogrebnyak has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Barca Dominates, But Honors Shared

  • 25 April 08
  • Reuters
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo fluffed an early penalty as his side drew 0-0 with a dominant Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Russian Bests Own 1,500 World Mark

  • 11 March 08
  • Reuters
Russian middle-distance runner Yelena Soboleva stole the show on the final day of the world indoor championships when she smashed her own indoor world record to take gold in the 1,500 meters.

Sharapova's Form Ominous for Rivals

  • 10 November 06
  • Reuters
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova racked up her 18th win in a row with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kim Clijsters in the round-robin stage of the season-ending WTA Championships on Wednesday.

Sharapova in Confident Mood

  • 08 November 06
  • Reuters
Maria Sharapova believes winning a second grand slam tournament has given her the perfect confidence boost ahead of her bid to regain her title at the season-ending WTA Championships.

Safin Advances at the Masters

  • 19 October 06
  • Reuters
Former Masters champion Marat Safin, who beat Nalbandian in the 2004 final, had to overcome stiff resistance from Jose Acasuso before claiming a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 win over the Argentine in the 2006 Madrid Masters on Tuesday.