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Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, reaches third round

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:05pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova suffered a late wobble in the blazing center court heat before easing past 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Golf: Rahm returns to California a year older and much wiser

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:58pm
(Reuters) - Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson head into this week's CareerBuilder Challenge with their careers heading in opposite directions.

IAAF not privy to any championships bid concerns: CEO

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:50pm
(Reuters) - Athletics global governing body has not been made aware of any information that would give it concern about successful world championship bids by Doha and Eugene, Oregon, the IAAF's chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

Doping: CAS to hear appeals from 39 banned Russians next week

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:43pm
(Reuters) - The cases of 39 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games will be heard next week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.

Russia's World Cup likely target for Islamic State: U.S. analysis firm

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:02pm
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The World Cup soccer tournament to be held in Russia in June and July will be an "attractive target" for Islamic State given Russia's role in the territorial defeat of the militant group, the U.K.-based analysis firm, IHS, said on Thursday.

IAAF wants to link Oregon meet to LA Olympics to grow sport

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:57pm
(Reuters) - Global athletics is hoping to link the 2021 world championships in Oregon to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in a bid to maximize interest in the sport in the United States, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

Chelsea through on penalties, Bournemouth lose to Wigan

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:35pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea won a penalty shootout to beat second tier Norwich City on Wednesday and sneak into the FA Cup fourth round following a tempestuous replay that ended 1-1 after extra time with the Premier League champions reduced to nine men.

Bournemouth dumped out of FA Cup by third tier Wigan

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:08pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League Bournemouth were dumped out of the FA Cup after an embarrassing 3-0 third-round replay defeat by third tier Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.

Rallying: Sainz stretches Dakar lead after penalty rescinded

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:33pm
(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz stretched his Dakar Rally lead to more than an hour on Wednesday after organizers rescinded a 10-minute penalty imposed earlier in the week for an incident with a quadbike.

Man stabbed before Atletico Madrid game: emergency services

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:22pm
MADRID (Reuters) - A 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed near Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium before a King's Cup game between Atletico and Sevilla on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics doctor Nassar in court to 'go to hell'

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:55pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.

Holder Fernandez leads at Europeans, French pair upset Russian rivals

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:32pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Spain's Javier Fernandez stumbled on a quad Salchow but still took the lead after the short program at the European figure skating championships on Wednesday before French duo Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres upset their Russian rivals in the pairs.

Doubts over McGregor as UFC announces title fight

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:10am
(Reuters) - UFC president Dana White has said that the organization's lightweight title will be put up for grabs in a showdown between interim holder Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, casting doubts over the reign of current champion Conor McGregor.

Verizon renews NBA deal as it seeks to be go-to screen for sports

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:39am
(Reuters) - Verizon Communications has renewed its deal with the National Basketball Association for two years, allowing users to live-stream games on its Yahoo platform and mobile devices and access out-of market live games.

Holder Fernandez leads at Europeans after short program

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:09am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Spain's Javier Fernandez stumbled on a quad Salchow but still took the lead after the short program at the European figure skating championships on Wednesday as he bids to win a sixth consecutive title.

Ruined and neglected, Sarajevo tracks still hold hope for some

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:49am
SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Once a pride of Olympic Sarajevo and known as the steepest and fastest in the world, the bobsleigh track on Mount Trebevic is now dilapidated and abandoned, a shadow of its former glory.

Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:22am
SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.

Sharapova gets patience test with Melbourne set to sizzle

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:03am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova returns to Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her drug ban for a second round match against Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday as players, officials and fans alike prepare for sweltering heat at the Australian Open.

Norway's Northug almost certain to miss Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:47am
(Reuters) - Double Olympic gold medallist Petter Northug will not take part in this weekend's World Cup cross-country skiing competition in Planica, Slovenia, and is almost certain to miss next month's Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:24am
SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul's unification ministry said.