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SoftBank among investors for $25 billion FIFA plan: report

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 3:42am
(Reuters) - Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group is part of a consortium of investors that are planning a $25 billion move to create international tournaments for soccer's governing body FIFA, the Financial Times has reported.

Stanley Cup playoffs: the questions that face each team

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 2:49am
(Reuters) - The 2017-18 NHL regular season has come to a close and now fans brace for two months of grueling hockey - the Stanley Cup playoffs. Over the years, the NHL playoffs have seen dramatic upheavals and witnessed new legends being born.

Golf: Surprise major champion Lindberg still unheralded

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:26am
(Reuters) - Pernilla Lindberg waited her whole life for the day she can step onto the first tee and hear the starter introduce her to the crowd as a "major champion".

Games: Doping probe keeps three locals away, no Gold Coast positive tests

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:50pm
GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - An "intelligence-led" doping probe prevented three Australians and an undisclosed number of other athletes from competing at the Commonwealth Games but no positive tests have been recorded on the Gold Coast to date, organizers said on Thursday.

Golf: Lotte leader Feng growing more comfortable with No. 1 ranking

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:44pm
(Reuters) - Shanshan Feng returned to the Lotte Championship in style on Wednesday by shooting a five-under-par 67 to top the leaderboard after the first round and the Chinese golfer said she was still coming to terms with the fact she is world number one.

Games: Northern Ireland say boxer McComb 'innocent victim'

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 9:32pm
GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) has said boxer Sean McComb was an "innocent victim" in a nightclub altercation at the Gold Coast and have asked police to review a fine given to the Belfast man.

Flurry of fouls is hurting NBA: Bryant

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 6:44pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA officiating has become too strict and is robbing the game of its physicality, helping less skilled players succeed while disrupting the flow of contests, five-time champion Kobe Bryant said on Wednesday.

Senate panel to hold hearing on sexual abuse of Olympic athletes

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:04pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing next week into how the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and other sports organizations handled sexual misconduct allegations.

U.S. sanctions cause air travel headaches for Russia's World Cup

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 2:25pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Eight of the Russian airports likely to be used by teams competing in this year's soccer World Cup are owned by entities now on a U.S. sanctions blacklist, potentially throwing up headaches for teams and the airlines flying them.

Manchester City women to embark on pre-season U.S. tour in July

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:42pm
(Reuters) - Manchester City will participate in the inaugural Women's International Champions Cup in July as part of their pre-season U.S. tour, the club announced on Wednesday.

Formula One extends data-tracking project to eight races

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:38pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One has expanded a crowd-tracking project to eight races this season after a trial run at last year's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin highlighted how many of those attending were more interested in music than motor racing.

Biathlon: Austrian police raid International Biathlon Union headquarters - IBU

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:06pm
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian criminal police searched the headquarters of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) in Salzburg as part of an investigation targeting its leadership, the IBU said on Wednesday.

Soccer:'Underdogs' give Champions League much-needed shake-up

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:54am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Liverpool and AS Roma are not exactly small clubs yet their Champions League quarter-final wins are being hailed as a triumph for the underdog in a competition which is generally very low on surprises.

Guardiola charged with improper conduct after Liverpool defeat

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:20am
(Reuters) - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct after being sent to the stands in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat by Liverpool, UEFA said on Wednesday.

Fox and Ziggo investigated over European sports rights

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 8:01am
LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Fox and Netherlands-based Ziggo Sport said they had been targeted in a European Commission investigation into a possible cartel in sports broadcasting rights.

Soccer: Blatter hits out at FIFA's World Cup bidding process

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 7:17am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter says he is shocked at a rule which has been inserted into the World Cup bidding process that could allow a five-man task force to disqualify a candidate before a democratic vote is held.

Netherlands' Ziggo Sport included in EC sports rights investigation

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 7:12am
LONDON (Reuters) - Ziggo Sport, a Netherlands-based broadcaster owned by Liberty Global and Vodafone, said it was involved in an investigation by the European Commission into a possible sports-rights cartel.

Athletes urged to respect visas as Cameroon competitors abscond

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 5:59am
GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Organizers have urged athletes in Australia for the Commonwealth Games to respect the terms of their entry visas after Cameroon reported that a third of their team had gone missing on Wednesday.

Soccer: Conservative Valverde blasted after 'historic debacle'

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:49am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde's conservatism was cited by the Spanish media as the main reason for their 3-0 defeat at AS Roma on Tuesday that led to a shock Champions League quarter-final elimination being regarded as "a historic debacle".

China ace Hamilton ready to deny Vettel hat-trick

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:05am
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel can complete a hat-trick of wins to start the season on Sunday but China also offers reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton a perfect opportunity to end his rival's run of success.

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