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Tennis: Pliskova serves her way past Safarova into round four

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:51pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova beat fellow Czech Fed Cup team mate Lucie Safarova 7-6(6) 7-5 to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Landry halfway PGA Tour leader as Rahm falls one behind

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:37pm
(Reuters) - Jon Rahm missed a five-foot birdie putt to end the second round one stroke behind leader Andrew Landry at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Palm Springs on Friday.

Coleman runs 6.37 seconds to break 60m world record

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:57pm
(Reuters) - American world 100m silver medalist Christian Coleman broke the 60 meters indoor world record on Friday, clocking 6.37 seconds at a meeting in Clemson, South Carolina.

Sainz on the brink of Dakar Rally triumph for Peugeot

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:19pm
(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz was one stage away from winning the Dakar Rally on Friday but Peugeot's hopes of a one-two finish in Argentina disappeared after reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel hit trouble.

Manchester United's Carrick to retire at end of season, take coaching role

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:17pm
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United's Michael Carrick will retire from playing at the end of the season and take up a first-team coaching role at the Old Trafford club, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

Tiger Woods to face Rahm, Matsuyama, Rose and Fowler at Torrey Pines

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:15pm
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will face a strong field that includes four of the world's top seven players at next week's Farmers Insurance Open in southern California.

McGregor's reign as lightweight champion set to end says UFC

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:26pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Conor McGregor's reign as UFC lightweight champion looks to be over after the organization's president Dana White said on Friday that American Tony Ferguson and Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed title on April 7.

Germany, Denmark move closer to Euro handball semis

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:49pm
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Holders Germany took a stride toward the European handball championship semi-finals with a rugged 22-19 win over the Czech Republic while Olympic champions Denmark followed in their footsteps after a 31-28 victory against Slovenia on Friday.

Yun chalks up a Korean first with World Cup skeleton title

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:07pm
(Reuters) - South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin made history for his country on Friday by winning the men's skeleton overall World Cup and ending a run of eight titles in a row for Estonia's Martins Dukurs.

Olympian abused by team doctor sees USA Gymnastics as 'rotten'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:26pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted U.S. gymnastics officials on Friday for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, calling the sport's governing body "rotten from the inside."

Fernandez blows away rivals to claim sixth European title

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:54pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A flawed routine could not stop Javier Fernandez becoming the first man in more than 80 years to win six consecutive European figure skating titles on Friday as the Spaniard proved he will be among the title favorites at next month's Winter Olympics.

Patriots' Brady won't discuss hand injury

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:28pm
(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to discuss his injured hand on Friday or say if it would keep him from playing in Sunday's AFC Championship game where a Super Bowl berth is on the line.

IOC reduces pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at Olympics

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:29pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had reduced the pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics to 389 from 500.

Olympic gymnast Raisman harshly criticizes Nassar, USA Gymnastics

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:40pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar Friday for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes.

Motor racing: Stirling Moss retires from public life at 88

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:27pm
LONDON (Reuters) - British Formula One great Stirling Moss is retiring from public life at the age of 88 to rest and spend more time with his family, his son Elliot announced on Friday.

Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion: spokesman

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:58am
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer great Pele is resting at home in and reports that he was taken to hospital because of exhaustion are "fake news," his spokesperson told Reuters on Friday.

As South Korea counts down to Olympics, a ghost ski resort festers

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:46am
GANSEOUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The chairs of an abandoned ski lift sit on a barren, ghostly mountainside in South Korea; like gravestones for what was one a vibrant holiday resort.

French ice dancers Papadakis, Cizeron lead at Europeans

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:34am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took the lead at the European Figure Skating Championships on Friday with an upbeat short dance that puts them on pace to win their fourth consecutive European title.

Coaching change tough on Gatlin, new trainer says

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:15am
(Reuters) - World 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin needs to put behind him the disappointment of a coaching change before he can move forward with preparations for the 2018 season, his new trainer said.

Russia's junior handball team stripped of Euro medal for doping

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:08am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Under-19 women's handball team has been stripped of the silver medal they won at last year's European championship after three of their players failed doping tests, the European Handball Federation (EHF) said on Friday.