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Maradona backs use of video technology to prevent another 'Hand of God'

(Reuters) - Diego Maradona has backed the use of video assistant referees (VARs) in soccer even though he is aware that his infamous 'Hand of God' goal would not have stood if the technology had existed during his heyday.

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Britain's long jumper Rutherford pulls out of world championships

LONDON (Reuters) - World long jump champion Greg Rutherford will not defend his crown in London next month after being forced to withdraw from the championships through injury, British Athletics announced on Tuesday.

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Russia forward Zaripov suspended for doping in KHL: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian forward Danis Zaripov, a three-time world champion, has been suspended for two years after he failed a doping test last season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), according to a media report on Tuesday.

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Briton Peaty sets world record in 50m breaststroke

(Reuters) - Britain's Adam Peaty broke the world record in the 50 meters breaststroke at the world swimming championships in Budapest on Tuesday.

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Tennis: Australia mourns death of grand slam winner, coach Rose

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mervyn Rose, who won two grand slam titles and a pair of Davis Cups for Australia before coaching some of the greats of the game, has died at 87.

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Game on: Suning leads China's $2 billion soccer rights frenzy

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - In the high-stakes race to control soccer TV rights in China, with a potential market of hundreds of millions of fans, an electronics retailer is betting up to $2 billion that could give it a near monopoly on broadcasting the sport at home.

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Elbow injury may rule Djokovic out of U.S. Open: report

(Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic is in doubt for the U.S. Open due to his elbow injury, Serbian media reported, citing the country's Davis Cup team doctor.

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Rose, Cavaliers agree to one-year deal: report

(The Sports Xchange) - Free agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement on a one-year contract, ESPN reported Monday, citing league sources.

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Bolt, Thompson lead Jamaica's world championships charge

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt is among three Olympic champions leading a strong Jamaican team at the athletics world championships in London next month.

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Swimming: Kitajima legacy still pushing Peaty

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Last August in Rio, Adam Peaty's coach Mel Marshall compared the wait of watching her charge swimming away with the Olympic 100 meters breaststroke gold to that of giving birth.

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Thai transgender boxer winning the fight for acceptance

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Clad in a pink tank top and shorts, her face made up with rouge and red lipstick, transgender Muay Thai fighter Nong Rose Baan Charoensuk is a formidable opponent.

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Buyers and sellers beware, MLB trade deadline looms

(Reuters) - With one week to go before next Monday's trade deadline, Major League Baseball's haves and have-nots are sizing each other up for a pennant push this season or a build-up for the future.

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Spieth, McIlroy early co-favourites for PGA Championship

(Reuters) - British Open champion Jordan Spieth and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy were rated 7-1 early co-favourites on Monday to win next month's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Mercedes commits to Formula E, to leave DTM

LONDON (Reuters) - Mercedes will leave the German Touring Car (DTM) championship at the end of next year and enter the electric Formula E series in the 2019/20 season, the carmaker announced on Monday.

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Athletics: Olympic champions lead powerful U.S. world team

(Reuters) - With eight Olympic gold medalists on its 132-member roster, the United States are ready to be the powerhouse team at next month's athletics world championships.

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Swimming: 'Iron Lady' Hosszu thrills home crowd by striking gold

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Katinka Hosszu, roared on by her home crowd, held on to secure Hungary's first gold medal at the 2017 world swimming championships after a thrilling women's 200 meters individual medley final on Monday.

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Canada keeper Borjan joins Red Star from Ludogorets

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan joined former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade from Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad on a three-year contract on Monday.

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Matsushita to test with Sauber F1 team

LONDON (Reuters) - Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita will have his first experience of driving a Formula One car when he tests with Sauber in Hungary next week, the Swiss-based team said on Monday.

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King and Efimova move closer to Olympic swimming grudge rematch

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Lilly King, of the United States, and Russian Yuliya Efimova moved a step closer towards a grudge rematch of their Olympic final duel as they eased into the women's 100 metres breaststroke semi-finals at the world championships on Monday.

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Golf's greats salute Spieth's British Open triumph

LONDON (Reuters) - Golf's greatest names hailed Jordan Spieth's dramatic triumph at the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday as the new champion savoured his victory by swigging from the Claret Jug trophy.

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Kubica to test 2017 Renault in Hungary

(Reuters) - Polish driver Robert Kubica, whose career looked over when he partially severed his forearm in a 2011 rally accident, will test Renault's current Formula One car on Aug. 2 in Hungary, the French manufacturer said on Monday.

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Olympics: Door to Pyeongchang still open for North Korea, says Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Monday the North will be given until the very last minute to decide on its participation at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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Late Lawrence strike gives Jamaica win over Mexico

(Reuters) - A Kemar Lawrence free kick two minutes from time gave Jamaica a surprise 1-0 win over Mexico on Sunday and took the Caribbean side into their second consecutive Gold Cup final.

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Swimming: Campbell felt 'betrayed' after Rio flop

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Cate Campbell says she felt betrayed by swimming in the wake of her flop at last year's Rio Olympics where she was tipped to win gold in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle events but failed to even get on the podium.

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Tennis: Tomic boasts of 'amazing' achievements without trying hard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Under-fire Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has boasted of his "amazing" achievements in the sport and winning millions of dollars in prize money despite not really trying hard throughout his career.

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Golf: Korean Kim In-kyung clinches second LPGA win of season

(The Sports Xchange) - Kim In-kyung recorded her second win of the season in style with an emphatic four-stroke victory at the Marathon Classic in Ohio on Sunday.

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Golf: Rookie Murray clinches first PGA Tour title by one stroke

(Reuters) - A lucky break at the 13th hole paved the way for PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray to win the Barbasol Championship by one stroke in Alabama on Sunday.

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Tennis: Isner achieves rarity by winning event without facing break point

(Reuters) - Big-serving John Isner became the first man in a decade to go through an entire ATP tournament without facing a break point as he used his dominant serve to win the Hall of Fame Open in Rhode Island on Sunday.

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Horse racing: Arrogate, world's top-ranked horse, suffers shock defeat

(The Sports Xchange) - The horse racing world was turned upside-down when Arrogate, rated the top horse in the world and the all-time leading money winner among North American thoroughbreds, suffered one of the biggest upsets in thoroughbred history on Saturday at Del Mar, California.

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Swimming: China's Sun, American Ledecky light up world championships

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - China's Sun Yang destroyed the field to win a hat-trick of men's 400 meters freestyle titles while American Katie Ledecky reached more milestones in her glittering career as the swimming got underway at the world aquatics championships on Sunday.

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Golf: Steely Spieth banishes Masters demons

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - British Open champion Jordan Spieth was haunted by bad memories on Sunday as he faced up to the possibility of throwing away another big lead in the final round of a major.

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Cycling: Near perfect Froome claims fourth Tour title

PARIS (Reuters) - Chris Froome put on a near-perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and move within one title of cycling's greatest on Sunday as Team Sky tightened their grip on the classic race.

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Spieth sets off in search of third major golf title

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Three-shot leader Jordan Spieth teed off at the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday in search of his third major championship title.

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Women's 50km race walk added to London 2017 to ensure gender equality

(Reuters) - A women's 50km race walk will feature at the London 2017 world athletics championships for the first time in order to ensure gender equality, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Sunday.

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Olympic champion Horton battles into 400 meters freestyle swimming final

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Australia's Olympic champion Mack Horton was forced into an early tussle to qualify for the men's 400 meters freestyle final alongside Chinese rival Sun Yang on the opening morning of swimming's world championships on Sunday.

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El Salvador duo suspended for biting U.S. players

(Reuters) - Two El Salvador players have been handed suspensions for biting American opponents during the Gold Cup quarter-finals, soccer's regional governing body CONCACAF announced on Saturday.

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Baseball-Astros' Moran taken to hospital with facial injury

(Reuters) - Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran was taken to hospital after fouling a ball off the left side of his face during the sixth inning against Baltimore on Saturday. Playing in just the second game of his Major League career, Moran fouled off a pitch by Baltimore’s Darren O'Day and the ball went straight up and hit him on face.

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Second half goals take USA into Gold Cup final

(Reuters) - The United States breezed into the final of the 2017 Gold Cup after second half goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey secured the hosts' 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday.

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Golf: Nelly Korda, seeking to emulate sister, takes third-round LPGA lead

(The Sports Xchange) - Rookie Nelly Korda used a late flourish to claim a two-stroke lead entering the final round at the Marathon Classic on Saturday in Sylvania, Ohio.

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Golf: Stallings shoots 11-under 60 to take third-round lead in Alabama

(Reuters) - Scott Stallings coped with energy-sapping heat and humidity to card 11-under-par 60 and vault to a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Barbasol Championship in Alabama on Saturday.

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Tennis: Roddick reflects on career spent in vacuum of Big Four

(Reuters) - International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick said on Saturday he was honored to have played in the era of the Big Four, but also acknowledged that they caused him no end of frustration during his career.

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Diving: Daley puts Rio failure behind him to regain world title

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - - Tom Daley, Britain’s 2009 world champion, thwarted China’s bid to become the first country to win four successive diving world titles in the men's 10-metre platform when the 23-year-old prevailed in a thrilling final.

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Shock findings thrust mental health into soccer spotlight

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The issue of mental health in soccer was thrown back into the spotlight this week as figures released in Norway showed that four in 10 of the nation's elite soccer players have suffered from anxiety and depression.

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Maglione wins third term as FINA president after bitter campaign

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Julio Maglione, president of swimming's world governing body FINA, was re-elected for a third term on Saturday following a bitter campaign which threatened to overshadow the start of the world championships.

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Froome virtually certain of fourth Tour de France title

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Britain's Chris Froome all but sealed a third consecutive Tour de France triumph and his fourth overall when he beat his yellow jersey rivals in the penultimate-day time trial won by Maciej Bodnar on Saturday.

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Swedish Open semi interrupted by man shouting Nazi slogans

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish Open tennis semi-final between Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer was briefly disrupted on Saturday when a spectator walked on to the court and shouted a Nazi slogan.

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Amazing Grace shatters major golf record, Johnson makes move

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - South Africa's Branden Grace shot a blistering round of 62, the lowest ever in a men's major championship, as the players made hay in benign conditions at the British Open on Saturday.

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Branden Grace breaks major single round golf record with 62

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - South African Branden Grace set a new record for the lowest score by a man in a round of major championship golf with his 62 at the British Open on Saturday.

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Just being the best is not enough for defending champion Peaty

(Reuters) - Simply being the best is not good enough, says Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty; the Briton wants to increase the gap on his rivals as he defends his titles at the world swimming championships in Budapest.

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Local golf hero Fleetwood eyes storybook finish at Birkdale

(Reuters) - Tommy Fleetwood's romantic adventure at the Open championship took another "lovely" upward turn on Saturday as the local hero shot a four-under-par 66 to leave him still dreaming of a storybook finish to his remarkable week.

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Wall agrees to four-year contract extension with Wizards

(Reuters) - Point guard John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed on a four-year, $170 million contract extension, according to multiple reports on Friday.

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Golf: Piller maintains lead at Marathon Classic

(The Sports Xchange) - Gerina Piller is halfway to her first LPGA Tour victory.

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Golf: LPGA dress code changes barely noticeable, says tour spokesperson

(Reuters) - Spectators at this week's LPGA event in Ohio will barely notice a change in the appearance of players after "minor" tweaks were introduced to the tour's dress code, an LPGA spokesperson said on Friday.

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Athletics: Bolt breaks 10 seconds for first time this season in Monaco win

MONACO (Reuters) - Eight-times Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt ran under 10 seconds for the first time this year as he narrowly won the 100 meters at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

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Golf: Journeyman Collins shoots 60 in PGA Tour event in Alabama

(Reuters) - Journeyman Chad Collins flirted with golf’s magic number before settling for an 11-under-par 60 in the second round at the Barbasol Championship in Alabama on Friday.

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NFL: Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones suspended one game

(Reuters) - Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday.

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NBA: Yao not pursing purchase of Rockets

(The Sports Xchange) - At some point the Houston Rockets will be under new ownership but former center Yao Ming will not be involved.

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Cycling: Wait over as Boasson Hagen's homework pays off

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Edvald Boasson Hagen proved that it's always better to do your homework thoroughly as he ended a six-year wait for another Tour de France stage victory on Friday.

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Tour is 'mine to lose', says Froome ahead of decisive time trial

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Only 22 km realistically stands between Chris Froome and a third consecutive Tour de France triumph but the British rider says he cannot rest easy.

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Feud resurfaces as Horton, Sun Yang gird for world championships

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Australia's Mack Horton, the men's 400 meters Olympic freestyle champion, reignited his feud with Chinese rival Sun Yang on Friday, two days before they face each other at the start of the world championships in Budapest.

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Poulter revels in return to major contention

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - A buzzing Ian Poulter said he was drawing on memories of his near-miss at Royal Birkdale in 2008 as he put himself in contention for a first ever major win with an impressive even-par second round of 70.

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Francophone Games begin in Ivory Coast amid security fears

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Thousands of young athletes launched the International Francophone Games in Abidjan on Friday after a series of shootings in Ivory Coast's main city that raised security concerns.

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Motor racing: Slow puncture caused Vettel's Silverstone blowout

LONDON (Reuters) - A slow puncture caused Sebastian Vettel's dramatic penultimate lap tyre blowout at last weekend's British Grand Prix, Pirelli said on Friday.

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Cycling: Boasson Hagen takes overdue stage win, Froome rolls on toward victory

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Edvald Boasson Hagen ended a run of near-misses to take stage 19 of the Tour de France on an uneventful day for race leader Chris Froome who moved to the brink of overall victory on Friday.

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Spain to replace arrested soccer federation boss

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish state is to seek to suspend soccer federation boss Angel Maria Villar, who is under arrest as part of a corruption investigation, a government spokesman said on Friday.

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Motor racing: I've burnt the unlucky underpants, says Palmer

LONDON (Reuters) - Renault Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer says he has torched his 'unlucky underpants' as he seeks a change of fortune in Hungary next week.

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Cycling: Australia's Matthews sews up green jersey - as long as he finishes

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Michael Matthews will become the third Australian rider to win the Tour de France's green jersey providing he makes it to the finish in Paris on Sunday.

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Motor racing: Haas to stick with same drivers next season

LONDON (Reuters) - The Haas Formula One team will have the same driver lineup of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen next season, owner Gene Haas said on Friday.

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Nastase given three-year ITF ban after Fed Cup meltdown

(Reuters) - Romanian Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase has been banned from acting in an official capacity at all International Tennis Federation (ITF) team competitions until Dec. 31, 2020, the governing body said on Friday.

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Mongolian Hakuho smashes sumo record with 1,048th win

TOKYO (Reuters) - Mongolian sumo wrestler Hakuho on Friday smashed the record for most career wins in Japan's national sport as the 'yokozuna', or grand champion, took down Takayasu in a frenetic bout to deafening cheers at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Lasitskene poised to defend world title as a 'neutral'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Barred from international competition for nearly 17 months because of the Russian doping scandal, high jumper Maria Lasitskene could threaten the world record at the world championships next month.

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Kuchar takes Open lead with two early birdies

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Matt Kuchar claimed the outright lead at the British Open with back-to-back birdies to go six-under par after four holes at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

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Void in the pool as post-Phelps era dawns

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The world swimming championships will usher in a new era following the retirement of American great Michael Phelps when eight days of racing commence at Budapest's Duna Arena on Sunday.

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Lukaku on target as United top City in Houston derby

(Reuters) - Strikers Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford delivered a devastating one-two punch just before half time to carry Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in a derby held 5,000 miles from home on Thursday.

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Early Pizarro goal gives Mexico 1-0 win over Honduras

(Reuters) - A goal after three minutes from Rodolfo Pizarro gave CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico a 1-0 win over Honduras on Thursday and a place in the semi-finals of this year's tournament.

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Ex-London mayor Johnson gives Japan Olympics advice

TOKYO (Reuters) - Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, London mayor when the city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics, advised Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike on Friday to shrug off criticism during the 2020 Games preparation period, saying everything will work out in the end.

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Froome relieved to pass final Alpine test as victory looms

COL D’IZOARD, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome said he was relieved the Alps are out of the way after keeping what should be a Tour de France-winning lead intact on the mighty Col d'Izoard climb on Thursday.

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U.S. Women's Open champion Park continues sublime form

(The Sports Xchange) - Gerina Piller shot an eight-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over red-hot U.S. Women's Open champion Park Sung-hyun of South Korea and Peiyun Chien of Taiwan after Thursday's opening round in the Marathon Classic.

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Three-way tie for lead at Barbasol Championship

(Reuters) - Zac Blair made a late eagle and birdied the last hole to join a three-way tie for the lead in the weather-interrupted first round of the Barbasol Championship in Auburn/Opelika, Alabama on Thursday.

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McIlroy keeps his cool and fights back after poor start

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy says a lack of self-belief was to blame for his poor start to his opening round at the British Open on Thursday - and a chat with his caddie was what turned things around.

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Cycling: Froome safe in yellow as Barguil wins on Col d'Izoard

BRIANCON, France (Reuters) - Tour de France leader Chris Froome remained rock-solid on a thrilling Col d'Izoard climb won in audacious fashion by Warren Barguil on Thursday and now looks unstoppable in his bid to claim a fourth title in Paris.

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NBA: Warriors to require 30-year commitment for season tickets

(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment.

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Motor racing-Formula One 'halo' is a mistake, says Lauda

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's decision to introduce a 'halo' cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to former champion Niki Lauda.

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Cycling: Barguil happy to take time to end French Tour drought

COL D’IZOARD, France (Reuters) - It is 32 years since French cycling fans had a home hero to cheer as overall winner of the Tour de France, but Warren Barguil showed signs on Thursday that he could be the man to eventually end the victory drought.

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Cycling: Froome relieved to pass final Alpine test as victory looms

COL D’IZOARD, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome said he was relieved the Alps are out of the way after keeping what should be a Tour de France-winning lead intact on the mighty Col d'Izoard climb on Thursday.

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Spieth backs up his swagger with impressive first round

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth said his opening round in the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday was one of the finest he had ever produced in a major after he took a share of the clubhouse lead with a five-under par score of 65.

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Konta v Halep set BBC record for women's Wimbledon match

LONDON (Reuters) - The epic quarter-final between Britain's Johanna Konta and Romanian Simona Halep drew a record peak audience for a Wimbledon women's match on BBC television, figures released on Thursday showed.

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Cycling: Froome safe in yellow as Barguil wins on Izoard

BRIANCON, France (Reuters) - Tour de France leader Chris Froome survived a thrilling Col d'Izoard climb on Thursday, holding on to his yellow jersey as Frenchman Romain Bardet's hopes of mounting a decisive attack fizzled out.

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Golf: Las Vegas party the perfect Open warm-up for Koepka

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - A holiday with friends in Las Vegas and a four-week break from competitive golf proved the perfect British Open preparation for Brooks Koepka.

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Motor racing: Mexico GP to build on Day of the Dead theme

LONDON (Reuters) - Mexican Grand Prix organizers are planning to bring more of a flavor of the country's Day of the Dead festivities to this year's race, after previous reticence due to Formula One's inherent danger and tragic past.

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Warriors' Durant heads to India to grow interest in league

(Reuters) - The NBA is extending a push into India with a visit by Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors to support the growth of basketball in the country.

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Poulter rolls back the years to ignite home challenge

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Ian Poulter ignited the home challenge at the British Open on Thursday with a near faultless three-under-par 67, stirring memories of his near-miss when the tournament was last staged at Royal Birkdale nine years ago.

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Athletics: Kipchoge returns to the road at Berlin Marathon

(Reuters) - Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will make return to the road race circuit at the 2017 Berlin Marathon in September having come agonizingly close to breaking the two-hour barrier at Monza in May.

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Golf: Ex-soccer hopeful Manley is Open's early clubhouse leader

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Welshman Stuart Manley closed his round with an eagle and a birdie to become the early clubhouse leader with a two-under-par 68 at the British Open on Thursday.

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O'Meara's farewell to Birkdale is a round to forget

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Former winner Mark O'Meara was given the honor of being first off in what will almost certainly be his final British Open, but the American endured a horrible round of 81 in the rain at Royal Birkdale.

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Cycling: Van Vleuten takes Izoard stage on La Course by Le Tour

COL D'IZOARD, France (Reuters) - Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands attacked four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the finish on Thursday to win the first stage of La Course by Le Tour, the women's race run by Tour de France organizers ASO.

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Olympics: Japan stadium worker's suicide was 'death by overwork' say parents

TOKYO (Reuters) - The parents of a worker on Japan's Olympic stadium who committed suicide have petitioned the government to recognize it as "death by overwork", an official said on Thursday, with media saying he worked 200 hours of overtime a month before his death.

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O.J. Simpson to make case for freedom before Nevada parole board

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson will plead his case for parole on Thursday inside a Nevada prison, nine years after he was jailed for a bungled armed robbery in which he attempted to steal mementos from his own legendary sports career.

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Doping: Russian octet cleared to compete as neutrals, 53 declined

ZURICH (Reuters) - The world athletics body has approved eight Russians to compete as neutrals but declined the applications of a further 53 competitors hoping to be awarded a similar status, the IAAF said on Thursday.

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Out-of-bounds O'Meara gets Open off to bad start

SOUTHPORT (Reuters) - Former champion Mark O'Meara made the worst possible start when he sent his opening tee shot out of bounds as the American veteran got the 146th British Open underway in cold and wet conditions at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

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U.S. defenders double up in Gold Cup win over El Salvador

(Reuters) - Defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored a goal apiece in the closing minutes of the first half to send the United States into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday.

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Johnson and Spieth favorites as British Open begins

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the bookmakers' favorites to win the British Open, which starts at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

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Soccer: Kraft joins committee for joint 2026 World Cup bid

(Reuters) - Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's Revolution, has been named honorary chairman of the board for the joint 2026 World Cup bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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Cycling: Iconic Izoard climb to stage decisive battle for yellow

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - The Col de l'Izoard, where the decisive battle in this year's Tour de France will be waged on Thursday could, in the words of race founder Henri Desgrange, "make a mule whimper".

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Motor racing: F1 to implement 'halo' protection device from 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will introduce the 'halo' cockpit protection system from next year, the sport's governing body, the FIA, said on Wednesday.

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Cycling: LeMond picks Barguil as next French Tour winner

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot have been widely tipped to become the next French Tour de France winner, but three-time champion Greg LeMond believes Warren Barguil is the man to watch in the coming years.

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Cycling: Contador left empty-handed after day of vintage attacks

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Alberto Contador gave a glimpse of the old attacking style he hoped would allow him to challenge for overall victory in the Tour de France on Wednesday but the Spaniard's audacious attacks ultimately counted for nothing.

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Motor racing: Formula One appoints Nielsen as sporting director

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Williams team manager Steve Nielsen is joining Formula One as sporting director, reporting to motorsport head Ross Brawn.

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Wimbledon and French Open matches trigger fixing alerts

LONDON (Reuters) - Matches at Wimbledon and the French Open triggered alerts for potential match-fixing in the second quarter of the year, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Wednesday.

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Froome in control as Aru slips down the rankings

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome kept control of his rivals in a grueling Alpine ride to move a step closer to a fourth Tour de France title on Wednesday, retaining the leader's yellow jersey after the 17th stage, won by Slovenia's Primoz Roglic.

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Athletics: Bolt winning race against time to peak for London

MONACO (Reuters) - Usain Bolt says he is over his early season setbacks and running into form at the right time to sign off his career with two more gold medals at next month's world athletics championships in London.

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Johnson feeling back to his best ahead of Birkdale challenge

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson believes he is entering the British Open close to his best again after recovering from the injury he suffered prior to the U.S. Masters in April.

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Golf: Snedeker pulls out of Open due to injury

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker has pulled out of this week's British Open at Royal Birkdale due to injury, the organizers said on Wednesday.

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Cycling: Roglic wins Tour stage 17 as Froome retains overall lead

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Slovenia's Primoz Roglic won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a mountainous 183-km ride from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier on Wednesday.

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Golf: All the president's fault! Day blames Trump for late arrival

SOUTHPORT (Reuters) - Australian golfer Jason Day on Wednesday offered an unusual excuse for arriving later than planned for practice at the British Open -- it was U.S. President Donald Trump's fault.

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Don't call me the new Seve, says Spain's Rahm

(Reuters) - It is hard to avoid talk of Spanish golfing genius at the British Open, a tournament that for so long was the personal fiefdom of Seve Ballesteros.

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McIlroy confident and keen as British Open approaches

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy is confident he can put injury problems and a frustrating run of form behind him to mount a serious challenge for a fifth major title at this week's British Open.

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Kittel abandons Tour de France

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel abandoned the Tour de France during the 17th stage, a 183-km ride from La Mure on Wednesday.

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Swimming: Twichell takes first U.S. gold of Budapest worlds

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Ashley Twichell won the U.S. swimming team's first gold medal of the Budapest world championships on Wednesday with victory in the women's five km open water event.

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Soccer: Brazilian match ends in chaos after linesman over-ruled

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian second division match ended in chaotic scenes after a linesman raised his flag for offside, the defending team stopped playing, the attacking side walked the ball into the net and the referee awarded a goal.

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Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson from White Sox

(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees obtained third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

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Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa to release America's Cup protocol in September

(Reuters) - Defenders Team New Zealand and challenger of record Luna Rossa are considering the possibility of the 36th America's Cup being staged in Auckland in 2021 and will release the protocol in September, the teams' governing bodies have said.

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Baseball: Astros send prospects to Tigers for J.D. Martinez

(The Sports Xchange) - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right fielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for three prospects, getting a jump on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline market.

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Mongolian-born wrestler turned Japanese to get to grips with sumo

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns throwing each other out of a ring of sand.

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Astros shortstop Correa out six to eight weeks with thumb injury

(The Sports Xchange) - Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa will miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb, the team announced Tuesday.

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Cycling: Tour will be decided on the Izoard climb - LeMond

GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) - The Tour de France will go down to the wire and will be decided in the last mountain stage on Thursday at the end of another grueling ride, three-time champion Greg LeMond said on Tuesday.

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NBA: New uniforms do away with home and away designations

(Reuters) - Nike has unveiled new NBA uniforms for the 2017-2018 season that dispense with traditional 'home' and 'away' team designations.

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Tennis: U.S. Open to top $50 million in prize money

NEW YORK (Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open will become the first tennis tournament to top $50 million in prize money following a nine percent increase in the total purse, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Tuesday.

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Canal pool shows Paris could have Seine swimming for 2024 Olympics, mayor says

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo opened a clean swimming zone in a city canal on Tuesday, calling it a step on the way to open water swim events in the city's Seine river in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.

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Cycling: Matthews accuses Degenkolb of bad sportsmanship after clash

ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France - Australian Michael Matthews accused German rival John Degenkolb of being a poor sport after his angry reaction to being beaten in a sprint for the line at the end of a windy 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

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Matthews wins Tour de France stage 16

ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France (Reuters) - Australian Michael Matthews won the 16th stage of the Tour de France, a 165-km ride from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isere on Tuesday.

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Appeal by heptathlete Chernova dismissed by CAS

ZURICH (Reuters) - Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has had her appeal against her ban for blood doping offences rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS said on Tuesday.

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Golf: Stenson has lofty ambitions for Open defense

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is known as "The Iceman", and a year on from landing his first major title after an epic British Open duel with Phil Mickelson, the Swede was his usual laid-back self on Tuesday.

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F1 shield needs more work, says Horner

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One should hold fire on introducing a new "shield" cockpit protection system until the device has been fully tested and refined, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

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Swimming: Olympic champion Weertman wins 10km gold at Budapest worlds

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Olympic champion Ferry Weertman added a world championship 10km gold to his Rio 2016 open-water title at Hungary's Lake Balaton on Tuesday.

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Golf: Rose seeks to recapture freedom of teenage Birkdale bow

(Reuters) - It was at Royal Birkdale, scene of this week's British Open Championship, that in 1998 Englishman Justin Rose first grabbed the attention of the golfing public in astonishing fashion.

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Federer qualifies for ATP Finals for record 15th time

(Reuters) - Roger Federer has secured his place in the ATP Finals for a record 15th time after the Swiss world number three won a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday, the Association of Tennis Professionals confirmed on Monday.

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Spanish soccer federation's Villar arrested in graft investigation

MADRID (Reuters) - The head of Spain's soccer federation (RFEF) Angel Maria Villar was arrested on Tuesday after a raid on several offices in Madrid linked to the group as part of an anti-corruption investigation, police said.

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Lukaku opens account as United rally past Real Salt Lake

(Reuters) - New signing Romelu Lukaku got off the mark with the winning goal in his first start for Manchester United on Monday as the English Premier League club came from behind to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in Utah.

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Golf: Korean amateur Choi sees Hall of Fame future

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean golfer Choi Hye-jin has had to forgo $630,000 in prize money over the last two weeks due to her amateur status but the 17-year-old has big plans for her career after she turns professional in September.

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Yankees first baseman Bird having ankle surgery

(Reuters) - New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will undergo surgery to remove excess bone growth from his right ankle, putting his season in jeopardy, the American League club said on Monday.

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Carolina Panthers fire GM Gettleman

(The Sports Xchange) - The Carolina Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman after four seasons, the team announced Monday.

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Houston Rockets put up for sale by owner Alexander

(Reuters) - The National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets are up for sale, the team said on Monday.

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Cowboys RB Elliott involved in incident at Dallas bar

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a late-night altercation at a Dallas bar, according to multiple reports Monday morning.

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After avoiding disaster, Froome ready to tackle Alps in close Tour

LE-PUY-EN-VELAY, France (Reuters) - After narrowly averting disaster in the Massif Central, Chris Froome believes he is ready for the final stretch of the Tour de France with a handful of rivals breathing down his neck.

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Defending champion Stenson and Spieth paired for British Open

(Reuters) - Defending champion Henrik Stenson will partner former world number one Jordan Spieth in the first two rounds of this week's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

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Wimbledon trophy is instant hangover cure for Federer

LONDON (Reuters) - Croaky and hung over, Roger Federer could barely recall where he had been as he celebrated until dawn, but he was soon smiling as that familiar warm feeling of waking up as Wimbledon champion seeped back into his mind on Monday morning.

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Muguruza will learn from past after Wimbledon success

(Reuters) - Wimbledon women's champion Garbine Muguruza says she will savor her victory in order to prevent a similar slump in form to the one she suffered after winning the French Open in 2016.

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Republican Party, Wimbledon, ‘Game of Thrones’: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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U.S. coach Arena opts for experience for Gold Cup knockout phase

(Reuters) - Goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are among six players recalled to the U.S. national team for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup, U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday.

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Langer four-peat bid falls short as McCarron wins Senior Players

(The Sports Xchange) - Bernhard Langer was in position to win the Senior Players Championship for the fourth consecutive year, but stumbled down the stretch as Scott McCarron finished with a flourish to claim victory on Sunday in Owings Mills, Maryland.

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Golf: Jacklin says England can end 25-year wait

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Open winner Tony Jacklin borrowed a remark made famous by an erstwhile prime minister when he looked ahead to this week's Royal Birkdale major and declared that English golf had "never had it so good".

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Golf: Park Sung-hyun wins U.S. Women's Open by two strokes

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - South Korean Park Sung-hyun won the U.S. Women's Open by two strokes at Trump National on Sunday for her first major championship.

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Golf: DeChambeau wins John Deere Classic, earns British Open berth

(Reuters) - Physics major Bryson DeChambeau worked out all the angles to win the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Sunday and earn a spot in next week's British Open.

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Anti-Trump protests staged at U.S. Women's Open

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - After three tranquil rounds at Trump National Golf Club, things heated up outside the ropes during Sunday's final round of the U.S. Women's Open as activist groups staged protests against U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Athletics: De Grasse wins 200m to book Diamond League finals spot

(Reuters) - Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse claimed the victory he needed in the 200 meters to book a place in the end-of-season IAAF Diamond League finals during the latest stop in the series in Rabat, Morocoo on Sunday.

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Hingis and Murray take mixed doubles title

LONDON (Reuters) - Martina Hingis marked the 20th anniversary of her sole Wimbledon singles crown by teaming up with Britain's Jamie Murray to win the mixed doubles title on Sunday.

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Golf: Spaniard Cabrera-Bello wins Scottish Open in playoff

(Reuters) - Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello beat England's Callum Shinkwin in a playoff to win the Scottish Open at Dundonald after earlier striking a tournament-record eight-under-par 64.

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Plenty of champagne but not much fizz at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon can make a strong claim to be the greatest, as well as the oldest, of tennis's major championships but the 2017 vintage will not go down as one of the finest produced at the All England Club.

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Federer crushes suffering Cilic for eighth Wimbledon title

LONDON (Reuters) - Behind Roger Federer's artistry and charm lies a ruthless streak of razor-edged steel which surfaced again on Sunday as he thrashed suffering Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to secure a record eighth men's Wimbledon singles title.

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Roger Federer wins eighth Wimbledon

Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to win his eighth Wimbledon title.

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Website says report of plot to strip Qatar of World Cup was 'fake'

LONDON (Reuters) - A story claiming that six Arab nations had written to FIFA demanding that Qatar be stripped of the World Cup in 2022 was published on what appeared to be a fake version of a Swiss news website, the site's co-founder said on Sunday.

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Froome survives French coup attempt to retain Tour de France lead

LE-PUY-EN-VELAY, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome survived an attempted coup by Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale team in a treacherous 15th stage to retain the Tour de France overall leader's yellow jersey on Sunday.

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Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title as Cilic crumbles

LONDON (Reuters) - Ruthless Roger Federer thrashed suffering Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns on Sunday, five years after landing his seventh.

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Roger Federer Wins Record-Breaking Eighth Wimbledon Title

Federer defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets, making him the man with the most titles at the tournament, and the oldest man to win it in the Open era.

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Four in a row for Hamilton as blowout hits Vettel

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row on Sunday while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered a penultimate lap puncture that slashed his championship lead to a single point.

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Wimbledon champion Muguruza eyes more trophies not rankings

LONDON (Reuters) - Newly crowned Wimbledon women's champion Garbine Muguruza says she would rather be ranked tenth in the world and win more Grand Slams than focus on reaching the top of the rankings.

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Cilic ready to step up against record-chasing Federer

LONDON (Reuters) - Marin Cilic is confident he can build on last year's heartbreak and prevent Roger Federer from winning a record eighth Wimbledon men's singles crown when the pair meet in Sunday's title showdown on Centre Court.

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Thailand's Prayad targets first cut in sixth Open appearance

(Reuters) - Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng will be happy to just play all four rounds of a British Open for the first time when he makes his sixth appearance in the tournament at Royal Birkdale next week.

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Yankees beat Red Sox in 16-inning marathon

(The Sports Xchange) - Didi Gregorius was not going to allow the Boston Red Sox to have back-to-back walk-off wins on consecutive nights.

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U.S. beat Nicaragua 3-0 to clinch top spot in Group B

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A late goal from Matt Miazga helped the United States to a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in the Gold Cup on Saturday and ensured the hosts top spot in Group B on goal difference.

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Federer out to claim record against fresh face Cilic

LONDON (Reuters) - For the first time in eight grand slam finals over the same amount of years, Roger Federer will not play someone called Andy, Novak or Rafa when he bids for a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.

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American Lewis almost great again at U.S. Women's Open

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - On a leaderboard dominated by South Koreans and topped by China's Shanshan Feng, American Stacy Lewis made a spirited charge to put a home country name into the mix at the U.S. Women's Open on Saturday.

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Golf: Feng, with long-awaited birdie, takes 54-hole lead at U.S. Women's Open

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - Shanshan Feng snapped a run of 23 consecutive pars with a birdie at the 18th hole to reclaim a one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round at the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club.

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Golf: Rodgers retains two-shot lead at John Deere

(Reuters) - Patrick Rodgers moved closer to his first PGA Tour victory, and a place in the British Open, when he retained a two-stroke lead after the third round at the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Saturday.

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Makarova and Vesnina cruise to women's doubles title

LONDON (Reuters) - Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the Wimbledon women's doubles title for the first time on Saturday with a crushing 6-0 6-0 victory over the pairing of Taiwan's Hao-Ching Chan and Romanian Monica Niculescu.

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Golf: Trump's presence felt at U.S. Women's Open

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - With U.S. President Donald Trump settled in at his Trump National Golf Club for the U.S. Women's Open, security became a major issue at the third women's major of the year on Saturday.

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Marathon men Kubot and Melo win Wimbledon doubles crown

LONDON (Reuters) - Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Brazil's Marcelo Melo won the Wimbledon men's doubles title on Saturday after beating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7 7-5 7-6(2) 3-6 13-11 in an epic test of endurance.

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Golfers, Trump and protesters at U.S. Women's Open

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Soccer: Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) - The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer's governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a "base of terrorism".

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Venus Williams upset at Wimbledon

Spanish player Garbine Muguruza defeats Venus Williams for the Wimbledon title. CNN's Ravi Ubha has the story.

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Yohan Blake plays down groin injury fears

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican Yohan Blake, the 2012 Olympic 100 and 200 meters silver medallist, is down playing the seriousness of a groin problem which ruled him out of Sunday's 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco.

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Froome regains control as Matthews wins stage 14 of Tour de France

RODEZ, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome reclaimed the overall lead on the Tour de France after he left Italian Fabio Aru trailing in a punchy finish of the 14th stage, a 181.5-km ride from Blagnac on Saturday.

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Golf: Poulter in three-way tie for lead at Scottish Open

LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter was in a three-way tie for the lead after the Scottish Open third round at Dundonald on Saturday as the Englishman seeks his first tournament win in five years.

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Putin bars dopers from Kremlin grants

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Saturday barring athletes and coaches found guilty of doping from receiving Kremlin grants.

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Muguruza blows away Venus to take first Wimbledon crown

LONDON (Reuters) - An inspired Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title on Saturday, blowing away in-form American Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 with arguably the performance of her career after tight and tense early exchanges.

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Garbiñe Muguruza Wins Wimbledon, Defeating Venus Williams

A two-set victory made Muguruza, 23, the 2016 French Open champion, the first Spanish woman to take Wimbledon’s singles title since Conchita Martínez in 1994.

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Hamilton blasts to British Grand Prix pole

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home British Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Saturday with a sensational lap that left him one step away from Michael Schumacher's Formula One record.

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Federer seeks historic eighth title but faces test from Cilic

LONDON (Reuters) - Already one of the greatest sportsmen of his era, Roger Federer will become the most successful man in Wimbledon history if he can beat Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday's final and claim an unprecedented eighth men's singles title.

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Hamilton fastest in final British GP practice

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton was fastest in final practice for a home British Grand Prix that he is aiming to win for the fourth year in a row on Sunday.

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Petronas extends Mercedes title sponsorship

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Malaysian state oil and gas firm Petronas has signed a multi-year extension to its title sponsorship of Formula One champions Mercedes despite Malaysia dropping off the race calendar after this season, the team said on Saturday.

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Ricciardo set for five-place penalty at Silverstone

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo's run of five successive podium places looks in danger of ending after the gearbox on his car was replaced ahead of the British Grand Prix, incurring an automatic five-place grid penalty.

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After nine years, Venus faces final reckoning against Muguruza

LONDON (Reuters) - Venus Williams will hope to reclaim her Wimbledon crown after a nine-year wait on Saturday against Garbine Muguruza, in a final that has the makings of a classic battle of the big hitters.

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Long, difficult, wet day at U.S. Women's Open

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - Major championship golf can be a long, difficult grind and on Friday at Trump National the fates aligned against many players.

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Federer can match my longevity, says Rosewall

LONDON (Reuters) - While 14,999 spectators were left wonderstruck as they watched Roger Federer reach the Wimbledon final a month short of his 36th birthday, there was one man on Centre Court who could have shouted out "been there, done that, got the t-shirt".

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Rodgers tries to earn his stripes with lead at John Deere

(Reuters) - Patrick Rodgers took a small step towards living up to the expectations heaped upon him when he tied a Tiger Woods college record by taking a two-stroke halfway lead at the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Friday.

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Donald Trump, Paris, Wimbledon: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Mayweather, McGregor wrap up profane PR tour in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor wrapped up the four-day promotional tour for their boxing match in Las Vegas in August with another foul-mouthed press conference, this time in front of thousands of fans at the Wembley Arena in London.

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Golf: Former Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson dies at 86

(Reuters) - Hootie Johnson, who famously rejected the idea of female members at Augusta National Golf Club during his tenure as chairman and spearheaded two overhauls of the course that hosts the Masters, has died. He was 86.

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Wimbledon: Roger Federer and Marin Cilic Reach the Final

Federer is seeking his eighth Wimbledon title, while Cilic is in a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning the 2014 United States Open.