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Ice hockey: U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:26pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. women's ice hockey team has expressed "confidence" that any American players approached to stand in for them at the upcoming world championship would refuse.

Hamilton fastest in first free practice in Australia

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:01pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.

Paulinho hat-trick keeps Brazil on road to Russia

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:46pm
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cemented their place at next year's World Cup finals.

Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:30pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina labored to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.

Golf: Johnson stays perfect as McIlroy eliminated at Match Play

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:00pm
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson continued his perfect record at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday while number two Rory McIlroy was eliminated without even setting foot on the course.

Golf - Newlywed Mullinax grabs Puerto Rico lead

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:51pm
(Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax, playing five days after getting married, fired a nine-under-par 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Puerto Rico Open on Thursday.

Pliskova, Cibulkova cruise into third around at Miami

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:17pm
(Reuters) - Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova cruised into the third round of the Miami Open with a 6-1 6-3 win over Madison Brengle on Thursday while Dominika Cibulkova beat Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3 6-2.

FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:50pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer's governing body told Reuters on Thursday.

Tour de France sets wheels in motion for Chinese revolution

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:08pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Selling the world's most famous cycle race to a country where an estimated 450 million people own a bike hardly sounds like a revolutionary concept.

Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors over World Cup bid

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:52pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors on Thursday as part of their investigation into his country's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup.

Former Disney boss Eisner in talks to buy Portsmouth

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:48pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former top-flight side Portsmouth, now languishing in the fourth tier of English soccer, announced on Thursday an exclusivity agreement with ex-Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company.

Cycling: Bouhanni wins Catalonia stage five, Van Garderen still leads

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:02pm
(Reuters) - Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni won a weather-shortened fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday while American Tejay van Garderen retained the overall lead.

Heavy car means crash diet for Force India's Perez

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:55am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez has been on a crash diet ahead of Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after Force India asked him to shed some kilos to compensate for an overweight car.

MotoGP's Maverick poses a new challenge for Marquez

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:27am
LONDON (Reuters) - Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing and Valentino Rossi's new Yamaha team mate will have triple world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season starts in Qatar this weekend.

Hard-working Ricciardo hopes for reward for effort

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:44am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo will again carry his nation's hopes of a first home winner at the season-opening Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday and it would be a well-earned victory for the Red Bull driver after a punishing week off the track.

IOC still hopeful NHL players will compete in Pyeongchang

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:54am
BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee was hopeful negotiations with the National Hockey League would eventually be successful, allowing the world's best players to compete at next year's Pyeongchang winter Games, the governing body said on Thursday.

Collina calls for steps against abuse towards referees

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:41am
(Reuters) - Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, has warned of a global shortage of match officials if efforts are not made to tackle abuse and violence towards referees at the grassroots level.

Last year's crash the least of Alonso's worries

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:45am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso felt lucky to be alive after emerging unscathed from a spectacular crash during last season's Australian Grand Prix but the twice Formula One world champion will give it no thought on his return to Albert Park this year.

Hamilton calls for more women in 'dude' dominated paddock

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:09am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There are "too many dudes" in the paddock at Formula One races and the series needs to improve access for women, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.

U.S. celebrate their first WBC title

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:37am
(Reuters) - The United States won their first World Baseball Classic title with an 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in Los Angeles on Wednesday behind the stellar pitching of Marcus Stroman and a 13-hit attack.