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Light heavyweight champ Ward announces retirement

(Reuters) - Unified light heavyweight world titleholder and former Olympic champion Andre Ward announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday.

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North Korea says sanctions block imports of athletes' gear

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has protested to three international sporting federations that requests to buy sports equipment for its athletes were being denied due to U.S.-led sanctions, letters obtained by Reuters on Thursday showed.

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Russia's new anti-doping chief looks for fresh start

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Almost two years after Russia crashed out of world athletics amid a spate of drugs scandals, former university lecturer Yuri Ganus sits in his Moscow office, plotting the rehabilitation of the national anti-doping agency.

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Cycling: Lappartient unseats Cookson as global cycling chief

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France's David Lappartient won a landslide victory as he was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president on Thursday, replacing incumbent Brian Cookson, who was seen to have failed to restore the sport's credibility in his only term.

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Cycling: Lappartient replaces Cookson as UCI president

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France's David Lappartient claimed a landslide victory as he was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president, replacing incumbent Brian Cookson after the Briton failed to restore the credibility of the sport in his only term.

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Mexican F1 track undamaged by quake, race to go ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Mexican Grand Prix organizers say next month's Formula One race in Mexico City will go ahead as planned despite the capital being hit by its deadliest earthquake in three decades.

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Australian women go pro on back of investment boom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lisa De Vanna once had to wash her sports bras in the sinks of cheap hotels to save money but the footballer is now relishing the good times as a surge of investment transforms women's professional sport in Australia.

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Police lock fans inside ground after clashes erupt outside

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police locked Santos fans inside their home stadium for 20 minutes on Wednesday after violence erupted outside the Vila Belmiro ground following the team's elimination from the Copa Libertadores.

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Olympics: Oceania allowed small quota of athletes at 2022 Asian Games

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A small contingent of athletes from Oceania nations will be allowed to compete at the 2022 Asian Games in China so long as their qualification paths for the 2024 Paris Olympics go through Asia, the Australian Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

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Golf: Top-ranked Spieth primed for $10 million bonus at East Lake

(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth feels good about the quality of his game heading into the season-ending Tour Championship starting in Atlanta on Thursday, even if he is not holing as many long putts as when he won the event in 2015.

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McGregor could address Congress in rights campaign for fighters

(Reuters) - Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor could speak in the United States Congress to help with a campaign to extend the legal protections enjoyed by boxers to MMA fighters, according to Congressman Markwayne Mullin.

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Cycling: Europe to decide UCI election, says former chief McQuaid

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France's David Lappartient will beat incumbent Brian Cookson to be elected president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) if the body's European delegates vote as one, former UCI chief Pat McQuaid told Reuters.

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Soccer: Madrid's Metropolitano stadium to stage 2019 Champions League final

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid's new Metropolitano stadium will stage the 2019 Champions League final, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced after an executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Spain to host Britain in 2018 Davis Cup first round

LONDON (Reuters) - Five-times Davis Cup champions Spain will host Britain in the first round of the 2018 competition.

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Cycling: Dumoulin crushes opposition to win maiden time trial title

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands crushed his rivals to claim a maiden individual time trial title at the road cycling world championships on Wednesday, crowning a superb season after he won the Giro d'Italia in May.

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Nadal and Federer lead Europe in inaugural Laver Cup

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will set aside their long-time rivalry when they play for Europe against the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup tournament which starts on Friday.

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Cycling: Wais completes journey from war-torn Syria to world championships

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Three years after fleeing his home in war-torn Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Wais was living his dream on Wednesday as he competed in the individual time trial at the cycling world championships in Bergen, Norway.

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Motorcycling: Rossi will try to race in Spain with a broken leg

LONDON (Reuters) - Yamaha's Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors give him the green light.

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World para swimming, powerlifting events postponed after quake: IPC

(Reuters) - The world para swimming and powerlifting championships to be held in Mexico City later this month have been postponed following the devastating earthquake this week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Japan's Date has no immediate plans to coach

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Kimiko Date has no immediate plans to turn to tennis coaching but is keen to contribute in some other way to the sport she quit last month, the 46-year-old said.

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Tennis: Muguruza crushes Puig in Tokyo, Pliskova also advances

TOKYO (Reuters) - New world number one Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Olympic champion Monica Puig in straight sets to ease into the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Wednesday.

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Commonwealth Games: 2022 deadline looms with Birmingham in box seat

LONDON (Reuters) - Potential candidate cities for the 2022 Commonwealth Games have until the end of the month to submit details of intent with Britain's Birmingham seen to be in pole position as organizers continue the search for a new host.

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MLB breaks record for home runs in season

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a single season on Tuesday with Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's round-tripper in Toronto making it 5,694 for the year.

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NHL: National Hockey League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, the team announced Tuesday.

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South Korea's Moon says pushing to guarantee safety at Pyeongchang Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday the country is pushing to ensure security at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Games amid the escalating standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs.

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Golf: Johnson eager to avenge missed opportunity in Atlanta

(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson enters this week's Tour Championship hoping to make up for his disappointment at the season-ending event a year ago and said on Tuesday his game is right where it needs to be.

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Olympics: Money runs out for British women's bobsleigh team

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top female bobsleigh driver has turned to crowd-funding to keep her Olympic dreams alive after being told the national federation only had money to take men's teams to Pyeongchang next year.

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Motorcycling: Rossi 'positive' as Aragon decision looms

(Reuters) - Valentino Rossi will have a medical on Wednesday before deciding whether to try to compete in this weekend's Aragon MotoGP round in Spain, three weeks after breaking his leg, his Yamaha team said.

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FIFA says bans Caribbean soccer official Gordon Derrick

ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday that the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Gordon Derrick, had been banned for six years from all soccer-related activities for violating several articles of FIFA's ethical code.

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Fok elected president of Asian Electronic Sports Federation

(Reuters) - Kenneth Fok has been elected president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) replacing Kazakhstan's Natalya Sipovich, the organization said on Tuesday.

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Boxing: Haye all set for rematch with Bellew

LONDON (Reuters) - Former heavyweight world champion David Haye said on Tuesday he was all set for a rematch with fellow-Briton Tony Bellew after losing their first meeting in March.

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Cycling: Dutchwoman Van Vleuten wins world road time trial

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Annemiek van Vleuten won the women's individual time trial at the road world championships on Tuesday in a Dutch one-two.

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Eurobasket MVP Dragic waves goodbye to Slovenia national team

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenian basketball champion Goran Dragic, who led the national team to its first Eurobasket title on Sunday, said he no longer plans to play for the national team.

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France to play Davis Cup final against Belgium in Lille

PARIS (Reuters) - The Davis Cup final between France and Belgium will be played at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Nov. 24-26, the French tennis federation announced on Tuesday.

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Golf: Money no motivator for laid-back Leishman, says coach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Marc Leishman's dominant BMW Championship victory has put him in the frame for the FedExCup's $10 million bonus but the Australian would prize the validation of beating the world's best much more than the money, his long-time coach has said.

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No coach, no problem as Pliskova targets WTA Finals

(Reuters) - Former world number one Karolina Pliskova is confident that splitting with coach David Kotyza will not be a hindrance as she attempts to go it alone over the home stretch of the season, leading up to the WTA Finals in Singapore next month.

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Women work just as hard, sacrifice as much as men: Murray

(Reuters) - Britain's world number three Andy Murray has stressed the importance of gender equality in tennis, saying the work ethic required to succeed is the same for both men and women.

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Return to traditional grinders for next America's Cup: Dalton

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The next America's Cup regatta in 2021 will see a return to traditional arm-grinders, ending the use of cycling-style stations, Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton has said.

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South Africa's court to hear state's appeal against Pistorius in November

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will hear the state's appeal against Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence on Nov. 3, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday.

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Highlights of Monday's MLB games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games:

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NFL-Stafford's two TD passes help Lions beat Giants

(The Sports Xchange) - On a night when the New York Giants honored their 2007 Super Bowl championship team at halftime, the current Giants once again looked like chumps.

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Stafford's two TD passes help Lions beat Giants

(The Sports Xchange) - Detroit rookie Jamal Agnew returned a punt 88 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes to help the Lions earn a 24-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday night at Met Life Stadium.

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No room for Australia, New Zealand in Asian Games: OCA chief

ASHKABAT (Reuters) - The influential head of the Olympic Council of Asia has dashed hopes that athletes from Oceania nations, including Australia and New Zealand, might be able to compete in the Asian Games from 2022.

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Motorcycling: Rossi not ruling out return in Spain this weekend

(Reuters) - Italian great Valentino Rossi has not ruled out a return to MotoGP in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his right leg, after getting back on a bike for some test laps on Monday.

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Golf: PGA Tour hires London firm to monitor betting activity

(Reuters) - The PGA Tour said on Monday it will implement a more comprehensive gambling policy from 2018 to monitor global betting markets for any irregular activity.

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British cyclist pedals around world in 78 days, smashing record

PARIS (Reuters) - A British endurance cyclist has smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the planet on a bicycle, riding 18,000 miles (29,000km) in under 80 days.

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Golf-McIlroy adds British Masters to his end-season schedule

LONDON (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy will play in next week's British Masters after the four times major winner failed to qualify for the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

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Cowboys extend reign as most valuable NFL team: Forbes

(Reuters) - The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable National Football League team for an 11th consecutive year, valued at nearly twice the league average, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes on Monday.

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Formula One plays the blame game after Vettel smash

LONDON (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel's temperament is under the spotlight again after the Ferrari driver's hopes of seizing back the Formula One lead disappeared in a few seconds of mayhem at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Cycling: Giro d'Italia to open 2018 race with three stages in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will host the three opening stages of next year's Giro d'Italia, the first time a cycling classic race will be held outside Europe, organizers said on Monday.

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Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games:

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McLaren can be resistant to change, says Honda boss

LONDON (Reuters) - Honda's motorsport head has portrayed former champions McLaren as 'systematic' and set in their ways as the Formula One partners prepare to separate at the end of the season.

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Tennis: Electronic calls to replace line judges at Next Gen Finals

LONDON (Reuters) - Line judges face an uncertain future after the ATP announced that they will be replaced by "electronic line calls" at this year's inaugural Next Gen Finals in Milan.

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Wu ready to kickstart the march of the Chinese

LONDON (Reuters) - The long-predicted march of Chinese men into the top echelons of tennis has been so slow to emerge that some observers have started asking when it will happen.

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Tennis-Wang stuns Mladenovic, Kerber gets Osaka revenge

TOKYO (Reuters) - China's Wang Qiang inflicted a 'double bagel' on eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic of France in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday.

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Soccer-Ronaldo returns as Madrid aim to pressure leaders Barcelona

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return to action against Real Betis on Wednesday after serving a five-match suspension, as the champions look to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

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Mercedes must not drop the ball now, warns Wolff

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Mercedes will see Ferrari's Singapore self-destruction as a warning, even as they revel in Lewis Hamilton's sudden 28-point lead, that anything can happen in Formula One and nothing can be taken for granted.

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Basketball: Unsung hero Kokoskov still humble after Slovenia feat

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia’s historic triumph at the European basketball championship left their coach Igor Kokoskov as the unsung hero after the Alpine country’s impressive 93-85 win over Serbia in a rip-roaring final in Istanbul.

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Golf: Leishman fends off Rose challenge to win BMW Championship

(Reuters) - Marc Leishman staved off a challenge from Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship by five strokes outside Chicago on Sunday.

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Red Bull roll back the years with Singapore form

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Red Bull rekindled memories of their pomp at the Singapore Grand Prix, but team driver Daniel Ricciardo doesn't expect a three-way tussle for the Formula One world championship just yet.

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Basketball: Electric Dragic leads Slovenia to Eurobasket glory

(Reuters) - An electric display of scoring by Slovenian captain Goran Dragic paved the way for his side's stunning 93-85 victory over neighbors Serbia as they were crowned Eurobasket champions for the first time after a thrilling final on Sunday.

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Aston Martin wants to be more involved in F1

LONDON (Reuters) - British luxury sportscar maker Aston Martin is looking to get more engaged in Formula One, chief executive Andy Palmer said on Sunday amid speculation of a title partnership with Red Bull and future engine involvement.

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Vettel's hopes of regaining title lead wrecked in Singapore GP crash

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel may well come to rue the errant turn of the steering wheel that triggered the first-corner collision taking the German out of the Singapore Grand Prix and wrecking his hopes of regaining the overall championship lead.

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Belgium beat Australia 3-2 to reach Davis Cup final

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - David Goffin and Steve Darcis staged a thrilling comeback on Sunday to take Belgium into their second Davis Cup final in three years with a 3-2 victory over Australia.

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Golf: Nordqvist wins Evian Championship after playoff

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (Reuters) - Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won the Evian Championship after beating American Brittany Altomare in a playoff on Sunday.

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Davis Cup holders Argentina relegated from world group

(Reuters) - Davis Cup holders Argentina were relegated from the world group after 15 years among the tennis elite when they lost 3-2 to Kazakhstan in Astana on Sunday.

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Cycling: Sunweb shine with team time trial double at world championships

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Team Sunweb achieved the double at the road cycling world championships when their men's and women's teams won the team time trial events on Sunday.

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Motor racing: Hamilton takes big step toward fourth title

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton took a huge stride toward a fourth Formula One title on Sunday with victory in an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix after Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out at the start.

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France reach Davis Cup final after Tsonga beats Lajovic

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France won a place in the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead over Serbia on Sunday.

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France reach Davis Cup final after Tsonga beat Lajovic

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France punched their ticket to the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead against Serbia on Sunday.

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Hamilton wins in Singapore with Vettel out

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to go 28 points clear at the top of the Formula One world championship after Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel was caught in a first corner collision.

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Motor racing: Vettel out of Singapore GP as Hamilton leads

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of vaulting back into the overall Formula One world championship lead were wrecked by a first corner collision on the opening lap of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Motor racing: Concerned Hamilton says he is trying to go vegan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is trying to go vegan out of concern for the planet, love of animals and his own health.

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Motor racing-Perez stays with Ocon at Force India in 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Mexican driver Sergio Perez will stay at Force India next season in an unchanged line-up with Frenchman Esteban Ocon, the Formula One team said ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Perez stays with Ocon at Force India in 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez will stay at Force India next season in an unchanged line-up with Frenchman Esteban Ocon, the team said in a statement on Sunday.

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Qualifier Diyas wins maiden WTA title in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Zarina Diyas made it second time lucky at the Japan Women's Open on Sunday when she beat fellow qualifier and local hopeful Miyu Kato 6-2 7-5 to win her maiden WTA title.

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Golovkin draws with Alvarez in middleweight superfight

(Reuters) - Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez fought to a draw in their middleweight world title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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Soccer: Record MLS crowd watches Atlanta, Orlando City draw

(The Sports Xchange) - Josef Martinez recorded his second straight hat trick, but Atlanta United had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Orlando City SC as the largest crowd ever to attend an MLS game, 70,425 fans, watched at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

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Golf: Leishman five clear of Day and Fowler after third round at BMW

(Reuters) - Marc Leishman carded a solid three-under-par 68 to extend his lead to five strokes after the third round at the BMW Championship outside Chicago on Saturday.

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Vettel on pole in Singapore with Hamilton fifth

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position to retake the Formula One lead from Lewis Hamilton with a sensational late lap in Singapore Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

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Hamilton holding on 'for dear life’ in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton described Saturday's qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix as a matter of 'holding on for dear life' after he lapped a disappointing fifth fastest.

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Balkan delight as Serbia and Slovenia lock horns

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - When regional rivals Serbia and Slovenia clash for the European basketball title on Sunday, any outcome will spell victory for the Balkans where passion and natural talent for the game are considered second to none in Europe.

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Mahut, Herbert put France ahead in Davis Cup semi

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Hosts France took a 2-1 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final when Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1 6-2 7-6(3) in the doubles on Saturday.

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Golf: Thai Jutanugarn moves ahead in Evian

(Reuters) - Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand took a bold step toward a first major title when she carded a three-under-par 68 to claim the lead at a tightly-contested Evian championships on Saturday.

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Australia go 2-1 up in Davis Cup semi-final

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Australia took a 2-1 lead against Belgium on Saturday after easily winning their Davis Cup semi-final doubles in three sets.

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Motor racing: Vettel on pole in Singapore with Hamilton fifth

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position to retake the Formula One lead from Lewis Hamilton with a sensational late lap in Singapore Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

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Mahut and Herbert put France ahead in Davis Cup semi-final

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France took a 2-1 lead at home to Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final when Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1 6-2 7-6(3) in the doubles on Saturday.

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Motor racing: Vettel on pole in Singapore, Hamilton fifth

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position to retake the Formula One lead from Lewis Hamilton after setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday.

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Motor racing - Verstappen sets the pace as Red Bull complete Singapore practice sweep

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Dutch teenager Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday as Red Bull continued to dominate ahead of qualifying at the Marina Bay street circuit.

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Cleveland win streak ends at 22 games with loss to Royals

(Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians' 22-game winning streak came to an end on Friday when they were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals.

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Son of ex-Penn State coach Sandusky pleads guilty to child sex charges

(Reuters) - The 41-year-old adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, pleaded guilty on Friday to soliciting two teenage sisters for sex, Pennsylvania prosecutors said.

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Golf: Leishman follows 62 with 64 for three-shot BMW lead

(Reuters) - Marc Leishman pitched in for a birdie from 50 yards on his way to another scorching round and a three-stroke halfway lead over Jason Day and Rickie Fowler at the BMW Championship outside Chicago on Friday.

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Golf:'Lucky' ace vaults Day into share of BMW clubhouse lead

(Reuters) - A "lucky" hole-in-one vaulted former world number one Jason Day into a share of the second-round clubhouse lead with American Rickie Fowler at the BMW Championship outside Chicago on Friday.

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Motor racing: Red Bull and Renault brush off engine 'speculation'

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Renault and Red Bull have both described as "speculation" reports that they will be ending their engine partnership after next season.

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Basketball: Classy Serbia cruise past Russia to reach Eurobasket final

(Reuters) - Serbia ran out 87-79 winners over Russia in their Eurobasket semi-final on Friday after a superb surge midway through the first half put them on the road to victory in a tough, tight encounter in Istanbul.

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Tennis: Honors even for Belgium, Australia in Davis Cup semis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium and Australia took one point each in two thrilling Davis Cup semi-final matches on Friday, with David Goffin returning from injury to beat John Millman and Nick Kyrgios overpowering Steve Darcis in five sets in Brussels.

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Olympics: Korea crisis no problem for Pyeongchang: North Korean IOC member

LIMA (Reuters) - The Pyeongchang winter Olympics in February will not be affected by the escalating crisis on the peninsula and North Korea will hopefully be able to send athletes, the country's International Olympic Committee member Chang Ung said on Friday.

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Motor racing: Honda set top-three goal with new partner Toro Rosso

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Formula One engine supplier Honda, having parted ways with McLaren, is setting its sights on challenging among the top-three next season with new partners Toro Rosso, a senior executive said.

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Olympics: Doping-tainted weightlifting must reform or risk 2024 Games spot

LIMA (Reuters) - Weightlifting will have to pass several hurdles to prove it is doping-free or it risks losing its established Olympic spot for the Paris 2024 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.

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Motor racing: Alonso the final piece of the puzzle for McLaren

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - McLaren are confident Fernando Alonso will sign a new deal now that the team have announced a switch from Honda to Renault engines, executive director Zak Brown said on Friday.

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Golf: Park grabs first-round lead at Evian Championship

(Reuters) - South Korean Park Sung-hyun took full advantage of the ultimate mulligan by grabbing the first-round lead of the Evian Championship in France on Friday after bad weather wiped out her poor start a day earlier.

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Olympics: Evidence found in Sochi drugs probe to charge athletes, IOC says

LIMA (Reuters) - A first batch of athletes suspected of having been part of a Russian doping ring at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics may soon be charged with doping-related offences, the head of the investigation said on Friday.

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France and Serbia level at 1-1 as Tsonga beats Djere

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed a no-nonsense 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3 win against Laslo Djere as France drew level with Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final after the first singles on Friday.

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Ex-U.N. chief Ban expects safe Pyeongchang 2018 despite nuclear tension

(Reuters) - Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is confident that next year's Winter Olympics in his native South Korea will be safe and successful, despite tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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Nervous Pouille loses to Lajovic as France fall behind Serbia

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France found themselves unexpectedly trailing 1-0 at home in their Davis Cup semi-final against Serbia when Lucas Pouille was stunned 6-1 3-6 7-6(7) 7-6(5) by Dusan Lajovic in the first singles match on Friday.

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Olympics: Ovechkin concedes that his Pyeongchang dream is over

(Reuters) - Alex Ovechkin has given up on his dream of playing for the Russian ice hockey team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a conclusion he begrudgingly accepted with the NHL refusing to halt its season to accommodate the event.

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Motor racing: Sainz signing leaves Palmer and Kubica looking for seats

LONDON (Reuters) - Carlos Sainz hailed a new chapter in his Formula One career on Friday, after Renault announced he would race for them in 2018, while Britain's Jolyon Palmer and Poland's Robert Kubica must seek seats elsewhere.

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Motor racing: McLaren split from Honda and switch to Renault

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former champions McLaren will swap their Honda engines for Renault ones at the end of the Formula One season after calling time on a troubled three-year partnership marked by frustration and failure.

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Motor racing: Red Bull’s Ricciardo sets early Singapore pace

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in Friday’s opening practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, boosting Red Bull’s hopes of challenging for victory at the Marina Bay street circuit Formula One race.

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Singapore secures F1 future until 2021

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore Grand Prix is set to stay on the Formula One calendar until 2021, the sport and race organizers confirmed on Friday, after agreeing a four-year contract extension.

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Singapore extends Formula One contract until 2021

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has agreed with Formula One on a deal that will keep the Singapore Grand Prix on the sport's calendar until 2021, Formula One said in a statement said on Friday.

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Texans' Watson celebrates birthday with 13-9 win over Bengals

(The Sports Xchange) - Deshaun Watson passed for 125 yards and had a 49-yard TD run in his first career start on his 22nd birthday, lifting the Houston Texans to a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Tennis: Don't lump me in with Tomic, says Kyrgios

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has ripped apart the veneer of friendship between he and fellow Australian Bernard Tomic, saying his erstwhile Davis Cup team mate has "lost his way" and "doesn't make sense".

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Jason Day carries old back, new caddie to first-round 64 at BMW

(Reuters) - Jason Day had a new caddie to carry his clubs but was stuck with the same old troublesome back in the opening round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

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Indians' winning streak at 22 games after victory over Royals

(Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians have the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball (MLB) in more than a century after their 3-2 extra innings victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

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Cycling: Embarrassed Australia backflip on world championship selections

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Cycling Australia has been forced into an embarrassing backflip over selections for next week's road world championships in Norway after drawing criticism for failing to fill its quota of women riders.

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Golf: Day carries old back, new caddie to first-round 64 at BMW

(Reuters) - Jason Day had a new caddie to carry his clubs but was stuck with the same old troublesome back in the opening round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

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Basketball: Diaw returning to native France, say reports

(The Sports Xchange) - Veteran NBA forward Boris Diaw is returning to his native France after signing a contract to play for Paris-Levallois this season, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

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Golf: Leishman matches career-low to lead BMW with 62

(Reuters) - Australian Marc Leishman raced out of the blocks on his way to a two-stroke lead but several big names were lined up within striking distance after the first round at the BMW Championship outside Chicago on Thursday.

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Golf: Leishman cards 62, leads Spieth and Bradley by three at BMW

(Reuters) - Marc Leishman continued his strong form, carding nine-under-par 62 for the first-round lead at the BMW Championship outside Chicago on Thursday.

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Basketball: Sharp-shooting Slovenia shock Spain in Eurobasket semi

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A superb display helped Slovenia storm into their first major basketball final, as they beat champions Spain 92-72 to book their place in Sunday's Eurobasket showpiece.

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Boxing: Golovkin-Alvarez finally take over spotlight

(Reuters) - Gennady Golovkin's bout on Saturday with Canelo Alvarez has not enjoyed the same anticipation as last month's clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor but it is the one boxing purists are calling the fight of the year.

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BRIEF-Champions Biotechnology reports Q1 loss per share $0.06

* Champions Oncology reports record quarterly revenue of $5 million

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Olympics: Pyeongchang-bound athletes not worried about North Korea

LIMA (Reuters) - Athletes preparing for next year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have not expressed concerns about their safety amid an escalating crisis with North Korea, international federation chiefs said.

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Motor racing: Vettel refusing to buy into Singapore favorite hype

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel isn't expecting the Singapore Grand Prix to be a Sunday evening cruise through the city-state’s floodlit streets, despite being tipped as favorite for victory at the Marina Bay circuit.

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How Edie Windsor Championed Gay Rights: ‘She Was Everywhere’

Into her late 80s, Ms. Windsor continued to leverage her national profile as a winning Supreme Court plaintiff to support her favorite L.G.B.T. causes.

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FIFA announces simplified format for World Cup draw

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA announced on Thursday a new and simplified format for the 2018 World Cup draw with the teams to be grouped by their place in the world ranking rather than their continent.

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Anti-doping leaders want Russian Olympic Committee excluded from Winter games

ZURICH (Reuters) - A group of the world's leading national anti-doping organizations (NADOs) have called for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to be excluded from next year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang over alleged state-sponsored doping.

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Goffin declares himself fit for Australia Davis Cup tie

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian number one David Goffin declared himself fully fit on Thursday ahead of his country's Davis Cup semi-final against Australia this weekend.

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Golf: Opening round at Evian Championship canceled due to weather

(Reuters) - The final women's golf major of the year has been reduced to a 54-hole tournament after significant rain, strong winds and wet course conditions forced the cancellation of the first round at Evian-les-Bains, France, on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Mylan expands women's healthcare portfolio with launch of generic Minastrin 24 FE tablets

* Mylan expands women's healthcare portfolio with launch of generic Minastrin 24 FE tablets

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Former U.N. chief Ban heads IOC ethics amid ongoing probes

LIMA (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was elected head of the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission on Thursday as the Olympic body battles to improve its image amid a string of corruption cases involving senior members.

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Former F1 champion Niki Lauda eyes parts of Air Berlin

VIENNA/BERLIN (Reuters) - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda said he has partnered with holiday firm Thomas Cook's German airline Condor to make a bid worth around 100 million euros ($119 million) for 38 Air Berlin leased aircraft.

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Motor racing: Red Bull and Renault set to split after 2018 - reports

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former world champions Red Bull and engine supplier Renault are set to part company after the 2018 Formula One season, media reports said on Thursday.

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Motor racing: Palmer confident of seeing out F1 season with Renault

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Jolyon Palmer has denied speculation that he risks losing his Renault Formula One seat from next month's Malaysian Grand Prix, saying on Thursday that he will see out the remainder of the season.

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Alonso to decide future after McLaren’s Renault switch

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso is waiting for McLaren to confirm their switch from Honda to Renault engines before he clarifies his own Formula One future.

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France wary of Serbia in Davis Cup despite Djokovic absence

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France cannot take anything for granted in their Davis Cup semi-final against Serbia even though the visitors will be without Novak Djokovic, team captain Yannick Noah said on Thursday.

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Motor racing: Force India's Perez nears decision time on future

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Perez expects to have his Formula One future decided before next month’s Malaysian Grand Prix and said on Thursday that he is currently weighing up two options.

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Pouille kicks off Davis Cup semi against Lajovic

LILLE, France (Reuters) - French number two Lucas Pouille will kick off the Davis Cup semi-final against Serbia when he takes on Dusan Lajovic in the first singles match, according to the draw made on Thursday.

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England want FIFA to decide Alli's punishment before Slovenia game

(Reuters) - The English FA has asked FIFA to decide on Dele Alli's punishment before next month's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia to reduce the chance that he will be banned for matches at next year's finals.

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Australian Olympic swimmer gets one-year 'whereabouts' ban

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian swimmer Jarrod Poort, who represented his country at the last two Olympics, has been handed a one-year ban for failures to notify anti-doping authorities of his whereabouts.

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Australia Olympics media head ousted in restructuring

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Olympic Committee media head Mike Tancred has left the organization as part of a restructuring despite being cleared of allegations of bullying.

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UFC strips Jones of title, Cormier reinstated as champion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The UFC stripped Jon Jones of the light heavyweight championship title on Wednesday following his positive drug test and reinstated Daniel Cormier as champion.

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Golf: Second place OK for Spieth for the next two weeks

(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth has said finishing runner-up over the next two weeks on the PGA Tour would suit him just fine.

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Golf-Day dumps life-long caddie after slump in form

(Reuters) - The caddie merry-go-round continued when former world number one Jason Day revealed on Wednesday that he has sacked long-time bagman Col Swatton.

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Texans' Cushing suspended for 10 games for PEDs

(Reuters) - Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended for 10 games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018 Games struggle with tickets and legacy

LIMA (Reuters) - The basics for next year's Pyeongchang winter Olympics are in place but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urged Games organizers on Wednesday to boost promotion and ticket sales and ensure no white elephants were left standing after the event.

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Baseball-Cleveland rocks! Indians set AL win streak record

(Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians earned an American League record 21st consecutive win on Wednesday with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers.

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Teva to sell women's health assets to CVC Capital Partners: report

(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is close to a deal to sell its women's health assets outside the United States to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, the Fly reported, citing Bloomberg.

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Olympics: IOC crowns Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 in unique double

LIMA (Reuters) - Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation.

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Indians earns AL record 21st consecutive victory

(Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians earned an American League record 21st consecutive win on Wednesday with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers.

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Olympics-Games will not solve our problems, lament Paris suburb residents

SAINT-DENIS, France (Reuters) - As French officials uncorked the champagne to celebrate securing the 2024 Olympics, in Saint-Denis, the underprivileged district just north of Paris where much of the Games will be hosted, not everyone was preparing to party.

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Olympics-IOC break with past to hand Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 Games

LIMA (Reuters) - Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles was handed the 2028 edition on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation.

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Golf: Rivals bid to dilute Korean dominance of majors at Evian

(Reuters) - World number two Lexi Thompson heads the group trying to halt the Korean majors juggernaut at the Evian Championship starting in Evian-les-Bains, France on Thursday.

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Paris awarded 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles gets 2028 Games:IOC

LIMA (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 edition to Los Angeles following a vote in the Peruvian capital.

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Serena Williams shows off baby girl Alexis in photos, video diary

(Reuters) - American tennis star Serena Williams on Wednesday announced the name and released first pictures of her baby girl, revealing that they had spent a week in the hospital following the Sept. 1 birth in Florida because of unspecified complications.

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Motor racing - Toro Rosso's Kvyat expects 'good things' as Honda deal awaited

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Russian Formula One driver Daniil Kvyat dodged questions about Toro Rosso's expected 2018 engine deal with Honda on Wednesday, saying he saw "good things ahead" for his Red Bull-owned team.

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Olympics: Games won't solve our problems, lament Paris suburb residents

SAINT-DENIS, France (Reuters) - As French officials get ready to uncork the champagne to celebrate securing the 2024 Olympics, in Saint-Denis, the underprivileged district just north of Paris where much of the Games will be hosted, not everyone is preparing to party.

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Motorcycling: Silverstone and Donington bidding for British MotoGP slot

LONDON (Reuters) - Silverstone's future as a venue for MotoGP, as well as Formula One, looks uncertain after a draft calendar published on Wednesday had no circuit listed for next year's British motorcycle grand prix.

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FIFA still resistant to change, says former official

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA is struggling to implement reforms and change its operating culture because its leaders are more worried about their own political futures, a former top official said on Wednesday.

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Hamilton chasing Singapore hat-trick but wary of Ferrari

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton arrives in Singapore as Formula One leader and the season's first back-to-back winner, but Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel could dash the Mercedes driver's hopes of a third win in a row on Sunday.

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Motor racing-No deal yet but F1 plans long-term stay in Singapore: Carey

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Formula One is keen to secure a new deal to keep the Singapore Grand Prix on the calendar beyond this year, its chief executive Chase Carey said, with the sport eyeing a long-term future in the city-state.

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WADA tells Russia to stop shifting blame for its doping scandal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday urged Russia to stop shifting blame for its doping scandals after a deputy prime minister from the country partially blamed WADA for the problems.

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No deal yet but F1 plans long-term stay in Singapore: Carey

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Formula One is keen to secure a new deal to keep the Singapore Grand Prix on the calendar beyond this year, its chief executive Chase Carey said, with the sport eyeing a long-term future in the city-state.

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Nadal has many more years at the top, says coach Moya

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal can compete at the top level for years to come if he managed to stay healthy, his coach Carlos Moya has said after the Spaniard won two grand slams titles this year.

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Indians grab 20th straight win to tie American League record

Sept 12 (Reuters) – The Cleveland Indians equaled an American League record 20th straight win on Tuesday when they beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 to continue their amazing streak.

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There is no plan B for Pyeongchang Games: IOC's Bach

LIMA (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is not considering any plan B for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics despite the escalating crisis with North Korea, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

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On Soccer: Steely and Stylish, P.S.G. Opens Champions League With a Rout

By beating Celtic, 5-0, Paris St.-Germain started to validate its ownership’s billion-dollar investment.

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Golf: LPGA forced to cancel China tournament scheduled for October

(Reuters) - The LPGA on Tuesday had to cancel a tournament in Shanghai less than one month before it was due to be played after failing to get local government approval for the event.

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U.S. gambler Walters loses bid to stay free during insider trading appeal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a bid by famed Las Vegas sports gambler William "Billy" Walters on Tuesday to remain free while he appeals his conviction and five-year prison sentence for insider trading.

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Soccer: World Cup tickets to cost from $105 to $1100

ZURICH (Reuters) - Tickets for next year's World Cup in Russia will go on sale from Thursday with prices ranging from $105 for the cheapest seats at group stage matches to $1,100 for the most expensive seats at the final, FIFA said on Tuesday.

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No late deal for NHL players at Pyeongchang - IIHF's Fasel

LIMA (Reuters) - There is no longer any chance of a late deal with the National Hockey League (NHL) to send players to the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics, the president of the international ice hockey federation (IIHF) said on Tuesday.

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Ex-Knicks star Oakley sues Dolan, MSG over removal from game

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Knicks basketball star Charles Oakley has filed a defamation lawsuit against team owner James Dolan, stemming from Oakley's forcible, televised removal from a game at Madison Square Garden in February.

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Ex-Knicks star Oakley sues MSG, Dolan over removal from game

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Knicks basketball star Charles Oakley on Tuesday filed a civil lawsuit against Madison Square Garden Co, MSG Networks Inc and their executive chairman, James Dolan, in connection with his forcible removal from a Knicks game in February.

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Charles Oakley sues MSG, Dolan over removal from game, aftermath

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley on Tuesday filed a defamation lawsuit against Madison Square Garden Co, MSG Networks Inc and their executive chairman, James Dolan, in connection with the forcible removal of the former National Basketball Association star from a Knicks game in February.

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Froome to compete in world championships time trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome will follow up his first Vuelta a Espana victory by competing in the team and individual time trials at the road world championships starting in Norway at the weekend.

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Three Russian cyclists sue WADA, investigator McLaren: coach

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three Russian cyclists are suing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and investigator Richard McLaren over their exclusion from the Rio 2016 Olympics, their coach said on Tuesday.

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Jaguar to launch Formula E support series in 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Jaguar is to launch an all-electric support series of races to accompany the Formula E championship late next year, the British-based carmaker said on Tuesday.

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FA to increase World Cup cyber security over hacking concerns

(Reuters) - The English Football Association will increase cyber security for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after hacking attacks by a group suspected of links to a Russian spy agency, media reports said.

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PRO14 chief executive keen on U.S. east coast expansion

(Reuters) - The chief executive of PRO14 believes it is the matter of "when, not if" a team based on the east coast of the United States will join the cross-hemisphere tournament.

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Davis Cup team spirit fires Kyrgios up again

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Two weeks after declaring he lacked any dedication to tennis, Nick Kyrgios has pledged to fire up for Australia's bid to reach the Davis Cup final.

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NFL: Peterson denies argument with coach after quiet Saints debut

(Reuters) - Adrian Peterson dismissed suggestions of a heated exchange with New Orleans coach Sean Payton after his disappointing return to Minnesota on Monday.

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North Korea crisis so far no threat to Pyeongchang 2018: IOC

LIMA (Reuters) - The escalating North Korean crisis had so far raised "no hint" of a security threat for next year's Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

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Olympics: IOC lawyers in touch with Brazil over Rio Games chief

LIMA (Reuters) - Lawyers for the International Olympic Committee on Monday contacted Brazilian judicial authorities to request any evidence regarding the involvement of Rio de Janeiro Olympics chief in alleged corruption, IOC chief Thomas Bach said.

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Boxing: AIBA bans African confederation head for three years

LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic boxing's governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June.

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Olympics: LA to benefit from more time to prepare for Games: Garcetti

LIMA (Reuters) - Los Angeles will benefit from having longer to get ready for the 2028 summer Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to award the hosting rights to two Games at its session vote this week, mayor Eric Garcetti said.

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McLaren's future set to be revealed in Singapore

LONDON (Reuters) - McLaren's split from Honda, and new partnership with Renault, looks imminent and the rumor mill is grinding faster as Formula One embarks on an Asian swing of races starting in Singapore this weekend.

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Cardinals' Johnson has dislocated wrist: coach

(Reuters) - Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has a dislocated wrist and is likely headed to injured reserve, coach Bruce Arians said Monday.

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Olympics: LA to benefit from having more time to prepare for Games: Garcetti

LIMA (Reuters) - Los Angeles will benefit from having longer to get ready for the 2028 summer Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to award the hosting rights to two Games at its session vote in Lima this week, mayor Eric Garcetti said.

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Directing allows Angelina Jolie to 'champion other people'

TORONTO (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie says she never intended to step behind the camera, but traveling around the world for the United Nations opened her eyes to the conflicts that have inspired many of her most recent films.

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Absence of top players hurt men's U.S. Open says Wilander

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rather disappointing men's U.S. Open tournament highlighted the absence of several top players on the tour, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

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Olympics: NGOs complain to IOC over Tokyo Games environmental record

LIMA (Reuters) - Dozens of environmental group sharply criticized organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Monday for alleged exploitation of tropical rain forests, claiming this was also potentially fuelling human rights violations.

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Barcelona's Roberto set for return against Juve

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona's Sergi Roberto will be fit to face Juventus in their opening Champions League Group D game on Tuesday after missing the Catalan derby against Espanyol with a knee problem.

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Manchester United boss Mourinho relishing Champions League challenge

(Reuters) - Manchester United are back in their "natural habitat" in the Champions League and are up for the challenge of playing against the best teams in Europe, manager Jose Mourinho said.

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NFL appeals Elliott's injunction to Fifth Circuit

(The Sports Xchange) - Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL are not finished fighting over his six-game suspension.

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Cycling-Froome still rides under radar despite epic feats

LONDON (Reuters) - French great Bernard Hinault believes Chris Froome could target a sweep of all three Grand Tours next year -- a feat previously assumed to be mission impossible in cycling.

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Chelsea's Hazard hopeful for Champions League title win

(Reuters) - Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard says he is keen to win the Champions League title as his club begins its European campaign with a group stage match against Azerbaijani side Qarabag on Tuesday.

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On Soccer: In Praise of Pragmatism, the Champions League’s Secret Weapon

The Premier League sells entertainment, and its top teams are conditioned to deliver it. But the Champions League doesn’t hand out points for style.

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Motorcycling: Dutch rider van der Mark replaces Rossi for Aragon

LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch superbike rider Michael van der Mark will replace injured Italian great Valentino Rossi for the Aragon round of the MotoGP world championship in Spain on Sept. 24, Yamaha said on Monday.

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Ivy League graduate and dance champion crowned Miss America

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - An Ivy League graduate and national dance champion from North Dakota was crowned Miss America on Sunday, becoming the first contestant from the state to win the nearly...