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Weightlifting: Suleymanoglu, the 'Pocket Hercules', dies at 50

(Reuters) - Former Olympic and world weightlifting champion Naim Suleymanoglu, one of the sport's most successful athletes, has died aged 50 in a hospital in Istanbul, officials said on Saturday.

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Golf: Koepka blitzes Phoenix to extend Dunlop lead

TOKYO (Reuters) - Defending champion Brooks Koepka will take a four-stroke lead into the final day of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament after firing a sizzling seven-under-par 64 in the third round on Saturday.

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Cavs' Rose to miss up to three weeks with ankle sprain

(Reuters) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose could be out for three more weeks as he treats a sprained left ankle, the team said on Friday.

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Park takes three-stroke lead at CME Group Tour Championship

(The Sports Xchange) - Park Sung-hyun put herself in position for a number of year-end honors with her performance on Friday.

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Rookie Cook takes lead at RSM Classic

(Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot an eight-under-par 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay in the second round of the RSM Classic on Friday.

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Patrick to race Daytona, Indy 500s before retiring

(Reuters) - Danica Patrick will drive in the Daytona and Indianapolis 500s next year before retiring, the world's most recognizable and successful female driver said on Friday.

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Murray splits with coach Lendl for second time

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray has mutually agreed to end his relationship with coach Ivan Lendl for a second time, the British former world number one said on Friday.

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Nigeria bobsledders on cusp of Olympic dream

(Reuters) - Nigeria may be within grasp of an historic first ever appearance in the winter Olympics, but the three members of the Super Eagles women's bobsleigh team have bigger goals than simply qualifying to race next year in Pyeongchang.

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Osmond, Fernandez lead after short program at France grand prix

GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took the lead in the France grand prix with a crowd-pleasing but flawed short program on Friday as Spain's Javier Fernandez returned to winning ways with a season-best performance.

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Bryan brothers exit ATP Finals after surprise loss

LONDON (Reuters) - Four-times ATP Finals doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan bowed out of the tournament after a surprise 6-4 6-4 defeat by alternates Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic on Friday.

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Osmond leads after short program at France grand prix

GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took the lead in the France grand prix with a crowd-pleasing but flawed short program on Friday.

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Federer awaits after Goffin completes unusual semi-final cast

LONDON (Reuters) - At the start of the year there would have been long odds on Jack Sock, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin all earning enough points to qualify for the ATP Finals, let alone reaching the last four.

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Figure skating: Osmond leads after short program at France grand prix

GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond on Friday took the lead at the second to last qualifying event for the grand prix final next month with a crowd-pleasing but flawed short program.

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Tennis: Time up for Thiem as Goffin reaches semi-finals

LONDON (Reuters) - David Goffin recovered from a slow start to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-1 on Friday and set up a last-four clash with Roger Federer at the ATP Finals.

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Golf: Fleetwood shoots 65 to retake pole in the Race to Dubai

(Reuters) - Tommy Fleetwood regained control in the Race to Dubai, rebounding from his poor first round to shoot a seven-under-par 65 and also power back into the hunt for the DP World Tour Championship title on Friday.

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Sixers' Embiid thriving in role as likeable villain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Philadelphia 76ers forward Joel Embiid has positioned himself as the NBA's most charming villain: trash-talking, tweeting, and smiling his way to his own brand of entertaining dominance.

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With ticket to Olympics, North Korean skating pair are 'a rough diamond'

WARSAW (Reuters) - When the Canadian coach Bruno Marcotte started working with a pair of Olympics-qualified North Korean figure skaters, he did not expect much warmth from them.

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Russia says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said that it would be unacceptable and humiliating for Russia to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea without the national flag and anthem, RIA news agency reported on Friday.

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Wiggins to swap pedals for oars at indoor championships

LONDON (Reuters) - Retired cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is to turn his sights on a new sporting challenge when he competes in next month's British Rowing Indoor Championships in London.

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Celtics rally to beat Warriors for 14th straight victory

(The Sports Xchange) - A media type suggested to Steph Curry that Golden State will be returning to Boston's TD Garden again this season.

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Kerber appoints Fissette as new coach

(Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing campaign with the announcement that Belgian Wim Fisette will replace Torben Beltz as her coach in 2018, the German said on Thursday.

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Valhalla to host 2024 PGA Championship

(Reuters) - The 2024 PGA Championship will be held at the Valhalla course in Louisville, Kentucky, the PGA of America announced on Thursday.

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Steelers go airborne to soar over Titans

(The Sports Xchange) - Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau schemes to make opposing offenses "one-dimensional". It was his mantra through 16 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coach.

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Former number one Donald in hospital after heart scare

(Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald was admitted to a Georgia hospital after feeling prolonged chests pains, the English golfer said in a social media post on Thursday.

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Kirk takes lead as Snedeker makes strong return from injury

(Reuters) - Former champion Chris Kirk took the first-round lead at the RSM Classic in coastal Georgia on Thursday, as two-times American Ryder Cup member Brandt Snedeker made a solid comeback after a long injury absence.

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Smith, Chien share CME Group lead

(The Sports Xchange) - Sarah Jane Smith and Peiyun Chien posted 6-under 66s Thursday in the first round of the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla.

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Astros Altuve, Marlins slugger Stanton win MVP awards

(Reuters) - Jose Altuve of the World Series champion Houston Astros won the American League MVP award on Thursday while Marlins Giancarlo Stanton slugged his way to the National League honor.

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Sock stuns Zverev to prolong London adventure, Federer rolls on

LONDON (Reuters) - Jack Sock became the first American to reach the last four of the ATP Finals for 10 years when he stunned world number three Alexander Zverev in a firecracker of a match on Thursday.

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Owners rebuke Jones for detrimental conduct

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been informed by other NFL owners via letter that he is engaging in "conduct detrimental to the league's best interests," the New York Times reported on Thursday.

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Nadal wins damages of 12,000 euros over doping slur

LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal was awarded 12,000 euros ($14,000) damages on Thursday after a French court found in his favor over comments made by the country's former Sports Minister.

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Paraguayan judge authorizes extradition of ex-Conmebol president

ASUNCION (Reuters) - A Paraguayan judge authorized on Thursday the extradition of the former president of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) Nicolas Leoz to the United States, where he faces bribery accusations in a corruption investigation into world football executives.

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No let-up from Federer as he stays perfect in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer went through round-robin play at the ATP Finals undefeated for the 10th time as he returned to haunt Marin Cilic with a 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 win at the O2 Arena on Thursday.

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Hartley and Gasly to race for Toro Rosso in 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - New Zealander Brendon Hartley and French driver Pierre Gasly will race for Toro Rosso next season, the Red Bull-owned Formula One team said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - CONCACAF's governing council has agreed to launch a new Nations League tournament, for teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean, president Victor Montagliani told Reuters on Thursday.

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Rose takes route 66 in Race to Dubai

(Reuters) - Justin Rose struck an early blow in the Race to Dubai by trouncing his playing partner Tommy Fleetwood as the two went head to head in the season-defining DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Thursday.

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Allyson Felix eyes Tokyo 400m gold as final farewell

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - American sprinter Allyson Felix, the most decorated woman in Olympic and world championship history, is eyeing a final shot at the one major medal to elude her – Olympic 400 meters gold.

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Czech police end investigation into Kvitova stabbing case

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police have ended their investigation into a knife attack on twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova last year that forced her off the court for five months this season.

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Motor racing: Force India count the cost of success

LONDON (Reuters) - Force India are enjoying their highest-scoring Formula One season, the team punching above their weight to secure fourth place in the constructors' championship for the second year in a row.

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Golf: Co-leader Koepka makes solid start to title defense in Japan

(Reuters) - Defending Dunlop Phoenix Tournament champion Brooks Koepka quickly stamped his authority on the challengers to his title with a six-under-par 65 to tie South Korean Lee Sang-hee for the first-round lead in Miyazaki, Japan on Thursday.

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WADA rules Russia 'non-compliant' in Winter Games blow

SEOUL (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday that Russia remains "non-compliant" with its Code, dealing a major blow to the country's hopes of being cleared to compete at February's Winter Olympics.

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WADA says Russia still 'non-compliant' with anti-doping code

SEOUL (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday that Russia remains "non-compliant" with its Code, dealing a major blow to the country's hopes of being cleared for the Winter Olympics in February.

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Nats' Scherzer, Indians' Kluber win Cy Young Awards

(Reuters) - Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher on Wednesday while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home American League honors.

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Argentina lawyer named in FIFA trial commits suicide: police

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Argentine lawyer for a government-run soccer television program ran in front of a Buenos Aires train and committed suicide late on Tuesday, hours after being accused in a New York court of receiving bribes, police said.

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Cowboys' Elliott withdraws appeal, will serve ban

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has withdrawn his appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, his agents announced in a statement on Wednesday.

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Televisa, Globo paid FIFA bribes for 2026/2030 World Cup rights: trial witness

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prosecution witness in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Wednesday that Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo took part in a $15 million bribe to a FIFA executive to secure media rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cup tournaments.

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Sublime Dimitrov thrashes Goffin to reach semis

LONDON (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov stopped listening to the Roger Federer comparisons years ago but produced tennis the Swiss maestro would have been proud of to destroy David Goffin and reach the semi-finals of the ATP Finals on Wednesday.

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Argentine lawyer named in FIFA trial commits suicide: police

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Argentine lawyer for a government-run soccer television program ran in front of a Buenos Aires train and committed suicide late on Tuesday, hours after being accused in a New York court of receiving bribes, police said.

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Celtics finding ways to thrive in face of adversity

(Reuters) - The Boston Celtics' hopes of making a run at an NBA title were considered to be over when one of their top players went down in the season opener, but the resilient group have not let adversity change their intentions.

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UCLA players apologize for shoplifting in China, thank Trump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting admitted on Wednesday that they stole items from three stores, and they thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his help in winning their release.

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Ventura parts company with Italy after World Cup fiasco

ROME (Reuters) - Gian Piero Ventura has left his role as Italy's national team coach, the country's football federation (FIGC) said on Wednesday, two days after the side failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Carter appears at CAS to appeal against doping test

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter appeared at sport's highest tribunal on Wednesday to appeal against a positive doping test which cost his team mate Usain Bolt one of his nine Olympic gold medals.

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Ventura parts company with Italy after World Cup fiasco: Soccer Federation

ROME (Reuters) - Gian Piero Ventura is no longer Italy's soccer coach, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Wednesday, two days after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Tennis: Dimitrov thrashes Goffin to reach semi-finals

LONDON (Reuters) - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov outclassed Belgium's David Goffin 6-0 6-2 to race into the semi-finals of the ATP Finals on Wednesday.

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UK Anti-Doping closes Team Sky, Wiggins 'mystery package' probe

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) has closed its Team Sky "mystery package" investigation and will not be making any charges, it said on Wednesday.

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Soccer: Maradona - I want another go at coaching Argentina

(Reuters) - Diego Maradona criticized the faltering Argentina team on Wednesday and appealed for another chance at managing the national side.

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Rugby: France named surprise host of 2023 Rugby World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) - France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in a huge surprise after the Council of the sport's governing body went against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation report in a secret ballot on Wednesday.

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Formula E will leave Britain if no Brexit deal, says CEO

LONDON (Reuters) - The London-based Formula E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, Spanish chief executive Alejandro Agag said on Wednesday.

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Jedinak hat-trick sends Australia to World Cup soccer

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Captain Mile Jedinak led the way with a second-half hat-trick as Australia brushed aside Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday to secure a place at next year's World Cup finals.

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UK Anti-Doping closes Team Sky 'mystery package' probe

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) has closed its Team Sky "mystery package" investigation and will not be making any charges, it said on Wednesday.

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Australia beat Honduras 3-1 to qualify for World Cup soccer

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia beat Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia.

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Russia has done 'everything possible' for RUSADA reinstatement: minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday the country has done everything in its power to have its anti-doping agency (RUSADA) reinstated after it was suspended over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

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Golf: Murray apologizes for questioning Champions Tour relevance

(Reuters) - PGA Tour player Grayson Murray has apologized for questioning the relevance of the 50-and-over Champions Tour.

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Delgado confident Murray is tracking back to best

(Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray has had no adverse reaction to his recent charity game against Roger Federer and assistant coach Jamie Delgado is confident he will be able to get back to his best after a hip injury brought an early end to his season.

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Golf: Garcia leaning toward Callaway after split with TaylorMade

(Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia will use a new ball and clubs at this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after parting company with the TaylorMade equipment company.

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Aronimink to host 2020 Women's PGA, 2027 PGA Championship

(Reuters) - Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania will host the 2027 PGA Championship and the Women's PGA Championship in 2020, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.

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UCLA players in Los Angeles after Trump seeks help from China's Xi

MANILA/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting arrived back in the United States on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case.

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Twins' Molitor named AL Manager of the Year

(The Sports Xchange) - Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

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Teenager McKennie scores debut goal as U.S. hold Portugal

LISBON (Reuters) - Teenager Weston McKennie scored on his debut for the United States as they held Portugal to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in their first match since failing to qualify for the World Cup.

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Federer downs Zverev in 'generation game'

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer marched into the semi-finals at the ATP Finals once again on Tuesday but he made hard work of the task before finally prevailing 7-6(6) 5-7 6-1 in a high-quality battle of the generations with Germany's Alexander Zverev.

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U.S. government witness in FIFA trial says media companies paid bribes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prosecution witness in the U.S. corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that Fox Sports, Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches.

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North Korea decision on Olympics participation seen as last minute: South Korea official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, expect long-time adversary North Korea to hold off for as long as possible on deciding whether to participate in the Games, South Korea's top sports official said on Tuesday.

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U.S. government witness in FIFA trial said media companies paid bribes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prosecution witness in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that Fox Sports, Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches.

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Fire alarm causes Nadal and co. 'freezing miserableness'

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal and the world's best men's tennis players found themselves having to endure a 4 a.m. meeting in the freezing cold after fire alarms forced them to evacuate their central London hotel on Tuesday.

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De La Hoya: I can take out McGregor in two rounds

(The Sports Xchange) - Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya remains confident that he still can handle himself in the ring.

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Sock keeps hopes alive with win over erratic Cilic

LONDON (Reuters) - Jack Sock lived up to his childhood nickname of "Showtime" by producing a dramatic comeback triumph over the erratic Marin Cilic to keep his hopes alive in the ATP Finals on Tuesday.

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Two NCAA basketball coaches plead not guilty to bribery, fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two college basketball coaches on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to fraud charges filed in New York federal court after a two-year probe of claims that promising players were bribed to enroll at schools sponsored by apparel maker Adidas AG.

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Tennis: Sock keeps hopes alive with win over erratic Cilic

LONDON (Reuters) - Jack Sock kept his hopes alive in the ATP finals with a courageous display, emerging from the brink of defeat to beat Marin Cilic 5-7 6-2 7-6(4) in a dramatic if erratic battle of the big hitters at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday.

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Czech Davis Cup winner Stepanek retires at 38

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Davis Cup winner Radek Stepanek announced his retirement from tennis on Tuesday after failing to recover his fitness following back surgery earlier this year, Czech media reported.

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Gamers compete for McLaren F1 role

WOKING, England (Reuters) - McLaren's next Formula One simulator driver could be a man who has never driven a car before, let alone competed on a real racetrack.

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Shock and grief in Italy as World Cup soccer dream implodes

ROME (Reuters) - Italians, who consider a spot in the World Cup finals a virtual birthright, slumped into collective despair on Tuesday after the national team failed to win a place among soccer's elite for the first time in 60 years.

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Spelling Trouble: Did a Scrabble Champion Cheat?

Allan Simmons, one of the game’s top British players, has been barred from tournaments for three years for breaking the rules of the popular word game.

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Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup glory, says Roberto Carlos

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Brazil are among the favorites for next year's World Cup in Russia and Neymar can lead the South American nation to their sixth title, former winner Roberto Carlos said on Tuesday.

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UCLA players depart China after Trump asked for Xi's help

MANILA/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting were headed back to the United States on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case.

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Hong Kong soccer fans defy Beijing by booing Chinese national anthem

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hundreds of Hong Kong soccer fans booed and jeered the Chinese national anthem at an Asia Cup qualifier match on Tuesday in defiance of Communist Party rulers in Beijing, while others turned their backs.

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Exclusive: EU set to rule in favor of speed skaters over ISU ban threat - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators are set to back speed skaters who want to compete in new money-spinning events outside the control of the sport's governing body, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Athletics: Semenya to attempt double again at Commonwealth Games

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Caster Semenya will again attempt the 800 meters and 1500m double at next year's Commonwealth Games before setting her sights on a world record.

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Trump asked for Xi's help in UCLA players' shoplifting case in China

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case of three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting last week, and said he hoped they could come home soon.

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Panthers maul Dolphins behind Newton's four touchdown passes

(The Sports Xchange) - Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and the Carolina Panthers pounded the Miami Dolphins in a 45-21 victory on Monday at Bank of America Stadium.

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Trump asked for Xi's help in UCLA players' shoplifting case: official

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case of three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting last week, said a senior White House official.

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Stunned Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden qualify

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian football boss Carlo Tavecchio said recently that failure to qualify for the World Cup would be the apocalypse and his worst fears came true on Monday as they missed out on the finals for the first time in 60 years.

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Goffin puts Nadal out of his misery, Dimitrov wins

LONDON (Reuters) - The spirit was as strong as ever but Rafael Nadal's troublesome knee failed him in the end as the Spaniard quit the ATP Finals after a painful defeat by Belgium's David Goffin on Monday.

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Honduras accuses Australia of spying by drone

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Honduras accused Australia of spying on their training sessions with a drone on Monday, as tensions heated up ahead of Wednesday's decisive World Cup playoff match.

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Judge unanimous choice for American League Rookie of Year

(The Sports Xchange) - The verdict was a unanimous one as New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday.

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Alpine skiing-Frenchman Poisson dies in training accident

PARIS (Reuters) - French Alpine skier David Poisson has died following a crash during training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, the French skiing federation said in a statement on Monday.

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Injured Nadal pulls out ATP Finals

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals on Monday after being hampered by a knee injury during his round-robin defeat by Belgian David Goffin.

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Honduras accuses Australia of spying by drone before playoff

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Honduras accused Australia of spying on their training sessions with a drone on Monday, as tensions heated up ahead of Wednesday's decisive World Cup playoff match.

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Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden go through

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden, who booked a place at next year's tournament in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday. The Swedes survived wave after wave of Italian attacks in the second leg of their European playoff tie on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a disbelieving San Siro. Four-times champions Italy, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 finals in S

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Frenchman Poisson dies in training accident

PARIS (Reuters) - French Alpine skier David Poisson has died following a crash during training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, the French skiing federation said in a statement on Monday.

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Honda team principal Suppo to leave MotoGP

(Reuters) - Honda announced the departure of MotoGP team principal Livio Suppo on Monday, a day after Spaniard Marc Marquez secured his fourth top-flight world championship in five years.

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Frenchman Poisson dies at 35 after training accident

PARIS (Reuters) - French Alpine skier David Poisson has died following a crash during training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, the French skiing federation said in a statement on Monday.

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Brazil F1 tire test canceled for security reasons

LONDON (Reuters) - Pirelli and McLaren have canceled a Formula One tire test scheduled for the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit after teams were targeted by armed robbers in Sao Paulo over the weekend.

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Dimitrov marks debut with narrow victory over Thiem

LONDON (Reuters) - It had been a long time coming but Grigor Dimitrov's belated first appearance at the ATP Finals did not disappoint as he outlasted Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5 in a gripping afternoon duel at the O2 Arena on Monday.

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Pirelli cancel F1 tire test in Brazil after attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - Pirelli and McLaren have canceled a Formula One tire test scheduled for the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday after teams were targeted by armed robbers in Sao Paulo over the weekend.

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Russian weightlifter Albegov suspended: IWF

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic weightlifter Ruslan Albegov has been suspended for having potentially violated anti-doping rules, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said on Monday.

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ESPN brings SportsCenter show to Snapchat

(Reuters) - U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN launched its flagship SportsCenter program on messaging app Snapchat on Monday, reimagining the show that provides sports highlights and commentary into a short-form series.

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Gymnastics: Raisman says it took time to recognize what she says was sex abuse by doctor

(Reuters) - Triple Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman has said in a interview she did not realize at first that she had been treated inappropriately by a doctor accused of having sexually assaulted female gymnasts while he was the U.S. team doctor.

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Kizzire wins in Mexico as Fowler runner-up again

(Reuters) - Patton Kizzire held on to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday, relegating fellow American Rickie Fowler to another runner-up finish on the PGA Tour.

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NFL-Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) - Mark Ingram II rushed for 131 yards and a career-high three touchdowns to power the New Orleans Saints to a 47-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

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Federer leaves Sock standing in London opener

LONDON (Reuters) - Whatever else happens to Jack Sock at the ATP Finals this week, his between-the-legs volley at 4-4 in the second set of his debut match will feature in the end-of-tournament showreel.

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Alpine skiing: Neureuther cashes in on Ryding error to win opener

(Reuters) - Germany's Felix Neureuther won the season-opening World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland on Sunday but only after Britain's Dave Ryding had missed out on a glorious opportunity to achieve an historic triumph.

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Massa says farewell to Brazilian fans from the podium

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Felipe Massa said farewell to his home Brazilian Formula One fans in the way he wanted on Sunday, thanking them from the Interlagos podium after a seventh place that felt like a victory.

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Swiss scrape into soccer World Cup with 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland

BASEL (Reuters) - Switzerland scraped into next year's World Cup, their fourth finals in a row, after being held to a goalless draw at home by a valiant and workmanlike Northern Ireland who came desperately close to forcing extra-time on Sunday.

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Vettel wins as Hamilton roars back to fourth in Brazilian Grand Prix

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday while newly-crowned four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton produced the drive of the day from last to fourth for champions Mercedes.

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United States battle past Belarus to win 18th Fed Cup

MINSK (Reuters) - The United States put in a battling performance to beat hosts Belarus 3-2 on Sunday and win a record-extending 18th Fed Cup title, their first in 17 years.

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Federer has no regrets at finishing year number two

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer says he does not regret passing up the chance to topple great rival Rafael Nadal from the top of the world rankings at the ATP Finals in London this week.

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Vettel wins as Hamilton roars back to fourth

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday while newly-crowned four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton produced the drive of the day from last to fourth for champions Mercedes.

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Federer opens ATP Finals bid with victory over Sock

LONDON (Reuters) - Aiming to end a sensational year as he began it, Swiss master Roger Federer opened his bid for a seventh ATP Finals title with 6-4 7-6(4) victory over American debutant Jack Sock on Sunday.

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Sasnovich downs Stephens to draw Belarus level in final

MINSK (Reuters) - Aliaksandra Sasnovich came from behind to beat U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6 6-1 8-6 and draw Belarus level at 2-2 with the United States in the Fed Cup final on Sunday, forcing a deciding doubles encounter.

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Marquez is MotoGP's youngest four times champion

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Honda's Marc Marquez won his fourth MotoGP world championship in five years on Sunday after the Spaniard's only rival Andrea Dovizioso crashed out of a dramatic season-ending race in Valencia.

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Short track: U.S. sets men's 5,000m relay world record in Shanghai

(Reuters) - The United States set a short track world record of 6:29.052 in the men's 5,000 meter relay at a World Cup event in Shanghai on Sunday, beating the previous record set by Canada in Calgary in 2012 by more than a second.

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U.S. on brink of Fed Cup glory as Vandeweghe downs Sabalekna

MINSK (Reuters) - The United States moved one win away from winning the Fed Cup final after Coco Vandeweghe turned in another calm display to beat Belarus's world number 78 Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(5) 6-1 on Sunday.

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Figure skating: Virtue, Moir glide to victory in Japan, clinch final berth

TOKYO (Reuters) - A confident Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir spun to ice dance gold in Japan's grand prix event on Sunday for their second podium-topping finish, clinching a place in next month's final.

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Golf: China's Feng wins at home, projected to take top ranking

(Reuters) - China's Shanshan Feng is projected to take over the women's world number one ranking after she completed back-to-back victories with a one-stroke win at the Blue Bay LPGA at home on Sunday.

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Brazil GP security tightened after armed robbery

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian Grand Prix organizers have tightened security around Sunday's race after armed robbers held up members of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team as they left the circuit.

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Chung beats Rublev to become first Next Gen champion

MILAN (Reuters) - South Korean iceman Chung Hyeon doused the fire of Russian Andrey Rublev to win the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals on Saturday -- pocketing a $390,000 check in the process.

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U.S. soccer star Hope Solo says ex-FIFA president 'grabbed' her

(Reuters) - U.S. soccer star Hope Solo accused ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter of grabbing her buttocks during an awards ceremony five years ago, an allegation that the former head of international football's governing body denied.

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Bottas grabs pole while Hamilton crashes out

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas took pole position for Mercedes at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday while team mate and newly-crowned four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton will start at the back after crashing out.

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Vandeweghe keeps her cool against Sasnovich to give U.S. 1-0 lead

MINSK (Reuters) - Coco Vandeweghe survived a late attack of nerves in an otherwise composed performance to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-4 and give the United States a 1-0 lead in the Fed Cup final against Belarus on Saturday.

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Figure skating: Russian Voronov takes top spot in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's Sergei Voronov eased to victory in Japan's grand prix on Saturday with an elegant, melancholy short program and his compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva won the women's event.

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Mercedes team members robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has urged Formula One to improve security after armed robbers held up members of his Mercedes team outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit.

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Shipachyov signs for Russia's SKA after NHL exit

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov has signed a one-year contract with SKA St Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) after severing ties with North America's NHL, the club said on Saturday.

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UCLA players quizzed over alleged shoplifting to remain in China: ESPN

(Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China over allegations of shoplifting this week will not be on the team's return flight to the United States on Saturday, ESPN reported.

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Golf: Fowler continues strong play on second day at Mayakoba

(Reuters) - Rickie Fowler continued his excellent start to the season on Friday, staying one stroke off the lead at 10-under par through 15 holes during a rain-shortened second day at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

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Interview: Russian refusal to admit doping could block Olympic path - WADA

(Reuters) - Russia's refusal to accept responsibility for widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in the McLaren report could prevent its competitors taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said on Friday.

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Rublev thrashes Coric, sets up Chung rematch in Next Gen final

MILAN (Reuters) - Top seed Andrey Rublev crushed a demoralized Borna Coric on Friday and must and now try to stop undefeated South Korean Chung Hyeon to win the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals title.

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Cowboys owner says Elliott case not cause of Goodell rift

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the reason he is threatening to sue the NFL are issues surrounding extending commissioner Roger Goodell's contract, not the suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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Rublev thrashes Coric to reach Next Gen final

MILAN (Reuters) - Top seed Andrey Rublev crushed a demoralized Borna Coric to reach the final of the Next Gen ATP Finals on Friday.

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Four-star Hamilton dominates Brazil free practice

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton, with four world championship stars freshly painted on his race helmet, smashed the Interlagos track record as Mercedes dominated Brazilian Grand Prix practice on Friday.

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WADA says has database proving widespread Russian doping

(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday it had obtained a database that confirmed allegations of widespread state-sponsored doping in Russia made in the McLaren report.

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Four-star Hamilton on record pace in Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton, with four world championship stars freshly painted on his race helmet, smashed the Interlagos track record as Mercedes dominated Brazilian Grand Prix practice on Friday.

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Aly Raisman says she was abused by team doctor: CBS '60 Minutes'

(Reuters) - Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman said she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics' team physician Larry Nassar, according to an interview with CBS News program "60 Minutes" that will air on Sunday.

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Federer leads unfamiliar cast as Nadal sweats over injury

MILAN (Reuters) - The huge hoardings around the O2 Arena promoting the season-ending ATP Finals will get some quizzical looks this year with several familiar faces conspicuous by their absence.

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Soccer: Marseille's Evra banned from European competition, leaving club

ZURICH (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille full-back Patrice Evra has been banned from European club football for the rest of the season, UEFA said on Friday, and is leaving the French Ligue 1 club by mutual consent as his career looks to set to come to an ignominious end.

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Nadal says cannot guarantee will be fit for ATP Finals

LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal said on Friday that he still cannot guarantee he will play in London's ATP Finals starting this weekend.

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Ferrari F1 quit talk is bluster, says Horner

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ferrari and Formula One need each other just as much and the Italian glamor team's latest threat to leave after 2020 sounds like bluster, Red Bull principal Christian Horner said on Friday.

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Golf: Dubuisson overcomes blustery day to open up Nedbank Challenge lead

(Reuters) - Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was one of few players able to deal with blustery conditions on Friday as he opened up a two shot lead after the second round at the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge.

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British teenager Russell firmly on the F1 radar

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - British teenager George Russell put himself firmly on the Formula One radar on Friday with an impressive practice debut with Force India at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Four-star Lewis Hamilton on record pace in Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton, with four world championship stars now painted on his race helmet, smashed the Interlagos track record as Mercedes dominated Friday's opening Brazilian Grand Prix practice.

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Figure skating: Voronov leads in Japan after Hanyu withdraws

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's Sergei Voronov took the lead in a men's grand prix event thrown wide open by the withdrawal of home favorite Yuzuru Hanyu and Canada's Patrick Chan, while Evgenia Medvedeva easily finished top in the women's short program on Friday.

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Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

(Reuters) - CoCo Vandeweghe will open the United States' bid to win the Fed Cup for the first time in 17 years when she takes on Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first rubber on Saturday.

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Russian skiers' doping ban is political, national federation says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's cross-country skiing federation on Friday criticized the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to ban six Russians for life from the Games and described it as politically motivated.

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Nadal confident of being fully fit at ATP Finals

(Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal is confident he will be "100 percent fit" at the ATP Finals event in London as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

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Hugo Boss in switch to Formula E from F1: CEO in magazine

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German fashion brand Hugo Boss will end its motorsport tie-up with Formula One from next year to move into Formula E, Chief Executive Mark Langer told German weekly Focus.

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Everybody hurts: Seahawks outlast Cardinals

(The Sports Xchange) - If last year's game between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium was a war of wills during a grueling 6-6 overtime tie, then the 22-16 victory by the Seahawks on Thursday can only be described as a battle of attrition and undisciplined play.

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Figure skating: Injured Olympic champion Hanyu drops out of NHK Trophy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu has dropped out of a grand prix event in Japan due to injury, officials said on Friday, though there was no word on whether the issue was serious enough to affect his chances at February's Winter Games.

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Fowler makes solid start to season at Mayakoba

(Reuters) - Rickie Fowler made a solid start to his season by carding a bogey-free, six-under-par 65 on Thursday that left him three shots back of leader Patton Kizzire after the first round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

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Halladay family to commemorate pitcher's life with public

(Reuters) - A public service to commemorate the life of baseball pitcher Roy Halladay, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash, will be held on Nov. 14, his family said on Thursday.

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Chung stays focused for third win, Rublev reaches semis

MILAN (Reuters) - South Korea's Chung Hyeon topped Group A in the Next Gen ATP Finals with his third straight victory on Thursday and was joined in the last four by Russia's Andrey Rublev who ended the hopes of Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.

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F1 has no plan to be like NASCAR, Carey assures Ferrari

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One has no desire to emulate U.S. stock car racing, chairman Chase Carey said on Thursday in response to criticism from Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne about increasing standardization in the sport.

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Elliott's suspension takes effect as court sides with NFL

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had his latest legal motion denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Thursday, meaning his six-game NFL suspension is back in effect.

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Ricciardo and Toro Rosso drivers facing grid drops

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso rookies Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley are all braced for grid drops at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Ferrari had the tools to win this year, says Raikkonen

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ferrari had all the tools to be successful this season but mistakes and mechanical issue thwarted the team's title ambitions, according to Kimi Raikkonen.

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Bespectacled Chung enjoying the shot clock

MILAN (Reuters) - South Korea's Chung Hyeon said he hopes the shot clock being tested out at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan will become a regular feature on the Tour because it allows him to clean his spectacles without worrying.

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Hamilton says fourth title has yet to sink in

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton brushed aside a question about his tax affairs on Thursday and said winning his fourth Formula One title had yet to sink in.

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Four Russian cross-country skiers get life bans for doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Four Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for life from the Olympics after being found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

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Chile police block U.S. boxer Mike Tyson from entering country

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean police prevented U.S. boxer Mike Tyson from entering the country citing non-compliance with immigration laws and were putting him on a flight home, the Investigative Police (PDI) said on Thursday.

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Motor racing: Massa ready to go but hopes Brazil will stay

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Felipe Massa hopes his home Brazilian Grand Prix can stay on the Formula One calendar despite a drought of local drivers and uncertainty about the long-term future of the Interlagos circuit.

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Milan experiment could be reality in 10 years, says ATP chief

MILAN (Reuters) - Some thought he was mad launching a tournament with radical rules claiming to be re-inventing tennis, but ATP chief Chris Kermode believes his Milan experiment has a future.

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Wiesberger shines on back nine to seize Nedbank Challenge golf lead

SUN CITY, South Africa (Reuters) - Bernd Wiesberger enjoyed a birdie-laden back nine to grab the first round lead in the European Tour’s Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Thursday.

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Boxing: Hearn confirms start of Joshua-Wilder talks

LONDON (Reuters) - A heavyweight world title fight between Britain's Anthony Joshua and U.S. rival Deontay Wilder has moved a step closer after promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed contract talks would begin on Thursday.

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Motorcycling: Folger's mystery illness diagnosed as genetic disorder

(Reuters) - A mystery illness that has forced German MotoGP rookie Jonas Folger to miss the season's last four races has been diagnosed as a genetic disorder, the rider's Tech3 Yamaha team said on Thursday.

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Hong Kong soccer fans defy China anthem law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Several hundred football fans in Hong Kong defied a Chinese law against disrespecting the national anthem, by jeering it at a friendly international against Bahrain on Thursday.

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FIFA's human rights advisers call for more detail over stadium workers

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - FIFA has been urged to reveal more about its monitoring of construction sites at World Cup venues in Russia and Qatar in a report by its Human Rights Advisory Board.

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Reaching ATP Finals like winning a tournament, says Zverev

MILAN (Reuters) - Germany's Alexander Zverev says he has only played one really bad match during a sensational season.

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Four Russian cross-country skiers get life ban for doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Four Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for life from the Olympics after they were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Russian cross-country federation said on Thursday.

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Russia loses two 2014 Olympic medals after skiers found guilty of doping: R-Sport

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has been stripped of two Olympic medals won at the 2014 Sochi Games after four cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday.

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UCLA basketball players suspected of shoplifting in China confined to hotel

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit have been confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

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Red Sox catching prospect Flores dies of cancer

(Reuters) - Boston Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died on Wednesday due to complications from cancer treatment, the team announced.

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UCLA basketball players arrested in China could stay for months: ESPN

(Reuters) - The three UCLA men's basketball players arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit cannot leave their hotel until the end of the legal process, which could last months, ESPN reported on Wednesday.

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NFL Players Association calls for moment of silence at Sunday games

(Reuters) - The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution calling on players to honor the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act during Sunday's games.

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Chung taking new rules in his stride in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) - South Korea's Chung Hyeon maintained his 100 percent record at the Next Gen ATP Finals with a crushing victory over Russian Andrey Rublev on Wednesday to surge ahead in Group A.

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Retired pitcher Roy Halladay's plane flew low before crash

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Witnesses reported that retired baseball star Roy Halladay maneuvered his plane at low altitude before the aircraft's crash off the coast of central Florida that killed him, a federal official said on Wednesday.

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Olympic Club to host Ryder Cup and PGA Championship

(Reuters) - The Olympic Club in San Francisco will host the 2028 PGA Championship and 2032 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America said on Wednesday.

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Vandeweghe thrives on team aspect of Fed Cup

(Reuters) - Coco Vandeweghe thrives on team play and said on Wednesday she hopes to cap a breakthrough season by leading the United States to victory over Belarus in this weekend's Fed Cup final.

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Tennis: Chung taking new rules in his stride in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyeon Chung maintained his 100 percent record at the Next Gen ATP Finals with a crushing victory over Russian Andrey Rublev on Wednesday to surge ahead in Group A.

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Joshua the target as heavyweight hype packs a new punch

LONDON (Reuters) - Anthony Joshua woke up on Wednesday to find himself more of a wanted man than ever in boxing's entertaining new era of old-fashioned heavyweight hoopla and intrigue.

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British Cycling chairman steps down after less than a year

LONDON (Reuters) - British Cycling chairman Jonathan Browning is stepping down after 10 months in the job as part of governance reforms following recent bullying and doping scandals.

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Snooker among cue sports targeting Paris 2024 Olympics, federation chief says

SOFIA (Reuters) - Snooker as well as two other cue sports - carom billiards and pool - deserves to be part of the Paris 2024 Olympic program, the secretary general of the newly-formed World Snooker Federation (WSF) said on Wednesday.

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Final three African soccer World Cup slots to be settled

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Senegal and Tunisia are on the brink of qualification for next year's World Cup finals but the tussle between the Ivory Coast and Morocco is set for a dramatic finale in Abidjan at the weekend.

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Nadal will be fit for London, says coach Moya

MILAN (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal will be fit for the ATP Finals in London next week despite concerns over the state of the Spaniard's knee, coach Carlos Moya said.

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I want to avoid Spain in World Cup draw: Messi

(Reuters) - It might be because he lives there or perhaps because he has friends in their team, but Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi has identified Spain as the one country he hopes to avoid in the group stages of the World Cup finals next year.

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Mercedes ready to experiment in last two F1 races

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Champions Mercedes plan to use the last two races of the Formula One season to test new ideas and parts for 2018 now that they have won both titles.

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Federer advises Murray not to rush back too quickly

(Reuters) - Roger Federer believes Andy Murray should follow his lead by ensuring he does not rush back to competitive action too quickly following the Scot's injury-ruined season.

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ILO closes workers' complaint against World Cup host Qatar

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Organization for Labour closed a complaint by workers against Qatar on Wednesday after the government introduced legislation to protect workers and pledged further reforms as well as technical cooperation with the U.N. agency.

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Federer to face Zverev in ATP Tour Finals

LONDON (Reuters) - Six-times champion Roger Federer was paired in the same group as German debutant Alexander Zverev for next week's ATP Tour Finals when the draw was made in host city London on Wednesday.

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Russia wants U.S. to extradite doping whistleblower: investigators

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it planned to ask the United States to extradite Grigory Rodchenkov, the ex-head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory who alleged a state-sponsored doping cover-up at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Motor racing: Red Bull and Ferrari aim for a sting in the tail

LONDON (Reuters) - The titles are won and the pressure is off but the Formula One season could yet have a sting in the tail for four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton and triumphant Mercedes.

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UCLA basketball players arrested in China ahead of Trump's visit: reports

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, media reports said, a day before U.S. President Donald Trump landed there on his first official visit.

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Wawrinka returns to training after knee injury

(Reuters) - World number seven Stan Wawrinka has returned to training ahead of his scheduled comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) exhibition event in December.