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Halep wins Kasatkina grudge match to reach China Open semis

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:09pm
(Reuters) - World number two Simona Halep reached the China Open semi-finals for the first time in her career after beating Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 on Friday.

IOC suspends Brazil's Nuzman after arrest over vote-buying allegations

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 9:51am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Brazil's national Olympic committee (COB) and its head Carlos Nuzman were provisionally suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday, one day after the 75-year-old was arrested in Rio de Janeiro.

Olympics: Alpine skiing-Ryding ready for the great indoors

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 9:43am
LONDON (Reuters) - The Alpine ski season is drawing near and Britain's top Olympic hope Dave Ryding will be heading indoors, far from any snowcapped mountains.

Carvalho given prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:56am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho was sentenced to seven months in prison and fined 142,882 euros ($167,000) on Friday for crimes against the Spanish tax authority, a Spanish court filing said.

IOC suspends Brazil's Nuzman after arrest in vote-buying scandal

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:46am
ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday suspended Brazil's national Olympics committee head after his arrest for allegedly arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the IOC to pick Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 games.

Ruthless Nadal sets up semi-final showdown with Dimitrov

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:30am
(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal produced an assured display to beat big-serving American John Isner 6-4 7-6(0) at the China Open on Friday and set up a semi-final clash with third seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Motor racing: Mercedes’ Bottas set for gearbox penalty in Japan

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:41am
SUZUKA, Japan, Oct 6 - Valtteri Bottas is set to drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as the result of an unscheduled gearbox change on his Mercedes. Rules say a driver has to use one gearbox for six straight races.

Motor racing: Renault F1 team signs former FIA technical head Budkowski

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:35am
SUZUKA, Japan, Oct 6 - Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul said the French manufacturer’s Formula One team were prepared to consider an April 2018 joining date for new recruit Marcin Budkowski, after hiring the former technical head of the sport’s governing body in a move that has upset rivals.

CAS confirms decision to strip Chicherova of 2008 high jump medal

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:11am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova has lost her appeal against the decision to strip her of her 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal over a doping offense, sport's highest tribunal CAS said on Friday.

Cilic powers into Japan Open semi-finals

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 5:35am
(Reuters) - Top seed Marin Cilic strolled into the Japan Open semi-finals with a dominant 6-2 6-0 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Friday.

Tennis: Davis Cup zonal matches reduced to two days in 2018

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 5:07am
LONDON (Reuters) - Some Davis Cup ties will be reduced to a two-day format with best-of-three-set matches instead of best-of-five next year, the International Tennis Federation said on Friday.

Irish jockey Gibbons banned for positive test, sample switch

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:30am
(Reuters) - Irish jockey Graham Gibbons has been banned for two-and-a-half years after failing a drugs test and attempting to swap urine samples with another rider, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Thursday.

Motor Racing: Vettel quickest as rain lashes Suzuka practice

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:11am
SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel was quickest in free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday with the Ferrari driver's morning effort never coming under threat in a rain-shortened afternoon session that saw only five men completed timed laps.

Highlights of Thursday's NHL games

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:26am
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games:

Motor racing: Renault sign former FIA technical head Budkowski

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:15am
SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The Renault team confirmed on Friday that it had signed the former head of Formula One governing body's technical department as its new executive director.

Patriots hold on to beat wasteful Buccaneers

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:57pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The New England Patriots recaptured their winning defensive formula early in Thursday's game, then held on to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 as the home side were hampered by three missed field-goal attempts by kicker Nick Folk.

Motor Racing: Vettel sets early pace from Hamilton in Suzuka

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:45pm
SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel pulled out a late flier around the Suzuka Circuit to set the pace ahead of Formula One title rival Lewis Hamilton in Friday's first practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Highlights of MLB playoff games on Thursday

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:42pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball playoff games on Thursday:

Xiao leads China one-two in men's all-around at worlds

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:37pm
(Reuters) - Xiao Ruoteng became the first Chinese man to take gold in a major global individual all-around competition since Yang Wei at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he claimed victory at the world championships in Montreal on Thursday.

Golf: Defending champ Steele tied at top of Safeway Open

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:33pm
(Reuters) - Brendan Steele began his title defense of the Safeway Open in ideal position as he grabbed a share of the first-round lead with a seven-under-par 65 on Thursday in Napa, California in the opening tournament of the 2017-18 season. Steele won the title last year with a one-stroke triumph and his return was spurred by an eagle at the par-five fifth hole in a round where he made just one bogey.