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

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

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

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

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Chelsea through on penalties, Bournemouth lose to Wigan

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

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Bournemouth dumped out of FA Cup by third tier Wigan

LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League Bournemouth were dumped out of the FA Cup after an embarrassing 3-0 third-round replay defeat by third tier Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.

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Rallying: Sainz stretches Dakar lead after penalty rescinded

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz stretched his Dakar Rally lead to more than an hour on Wednesday after organizers rescinded a 10-minute penalty imposed earlier in the week for an incident with a quadbike.

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Man stabbed before Atletico Madrid game: emergency services

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

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

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

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Holder Fernandez leads at Europeans, French pair upset Russian rivals

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

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Doubts over McGregor as UFC announces title fight

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

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Italy approves military mission in Niger, more troops to North Africa

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's parliament approved on Wednesday an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people toward Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.

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Holder Fernandez leads at Europeans after short program

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Spain's Javier Fernandez stumbled on a quad Salchow but still took the lead after the short program at the European figure skating championships on Wednesday as he bids to win a sixth consecutive title.

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Ruined and neglected, Sarajevo tracks still hold hope for some

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Once a pride of Olympic Sarajevo and known as the steepest and fastest in the world, the bobsleigh track on Mount Trebevic is now dilapidated and abandoned, a shadow of its former glory.

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

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

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Sharapova gets patience test with Melbourne set to sizzle

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

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Norway's Northug almost certain to miss Olympics

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

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

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

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Stanley Cup winner Paek returns to Korea for Pyeongchang tilt

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jim Paek, head coach of the South Korean men's national ice hockey team, is a man of two Olympic nations.

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Seed slayers Bencic, Zhang tumble back to earth

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits.

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Second seed Wozniacki battles back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in searing heat on Wednesday.

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Nadal mows down Mayer to reach third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal continued his marauding path through the Australian Open, hammering Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the third round on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Tsonga edges Shapovalov to strike blow for old guard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There was a time when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was one of the new kids bounding on to the block, swinging from the hip and shaking up the established hierarchy in men's tennis.

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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BRIEF-PESI To Cooperate With Italy's ENEA

* SAID ON TUESDAY THAT PERMA FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (PESI) SIGNS A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH ITALIAN NATIONAL AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES, ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ENEA)

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Garcia hopes for another golden year from Singapore start

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia finally fulfilled his incredible promise when he captured a first major at last year's U.S. Masters and the Spanish Ryder Cup veteran is hoping for another big season as he kicks off his 2018 campaign at a familiar venue.

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Tennis: Second seed Wozniacki battles back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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Tennis: Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in withering heat on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Seed slayers Bencic, Zhang tumble back to earth

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits.

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North Korea to send 230-strong cheering squad to Olympics in South, says Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send around 230 people as a single cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, South Korea's unification ministry said in a statement after officials from the two Koreas held talks on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Tsonga tames Shapovalov in five-set classic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga required all his years of experience to tame Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Second seed Wozniacki fights back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Dream grand slam debut continues for 15-year-old Kostyuk

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ukrainian 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam in over 20 years when she defeated local wildcard Olivia Rogowska at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Svitolina struggling with injury after second round win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina revealed she had been dealing with injury issues at the Australian Open after successfully negotiating a tricky second round match against Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Giant killers Bencic and Zhang tumble back to earth

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits.

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Tennis: Svitolina sets up clash with 15-year-old compatriot

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina came through a first set wobble to set up a third-round meeting with 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk with a 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory over Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday.

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Man United overhaul Spanish pair as Europe's biggest earners

ZURICH (Reuters) - Manchester United enjoyed the biggest revenue of any European club in the last financial year after a 32 percent increase propelled them above Real Madrid and Barcelona, UEFA said in an annual report published on Tuesday.

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Handball: Sweden stun hosts Croatia to advance into main round at Euros

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Sweden will carry a maximum four points into the European handball championship main round after a 35-31 win over hosts Croatia who also advanced on Tuesday.

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U.S. Olympic gold medalist Biles says doctor sexually abused her

(The Jan. 15 story was refiled to correct the attribution of quote in the last paragraph to Biles, not Douglas)

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Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide.

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Former McLaren boss Whitmarsh takes on new F1 role

LONDON (Reuters) - Former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is returning to Formula One in a temporary role advising the sport's governing body on cost control measures.

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Motor racing: Hamilton misses sponsor event but back on social media

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton pulled out of his first sponsor engagement of the year on Tuesday but reappeared on social media after wiping his accounts clean over the Christmas break.

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Motor racing: Williams pin their hopes on youngest line-up

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world champions Williams have put their faith in the youngest and least experienced driver lineup on the Formula One starting grid, and it could come back and bite them.

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Some 1,400 migrants rescued at sea, two bodies recovered: Italy coastguard

ROME (Reuters) - Some 1,400 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said, and two bodies were recovered.

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Canada's Virtue and Moir named flag bearers for Pyeongchang Olympics

TORONTO (Reuters) - Olympic gold medal ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will carry Canada's flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)announced on Tuesday.

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AC Milan's owner says nothing illegal in deal with Berlusconi

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan's president said on Tuesday his purchase of the soccer club from former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was conducted legally and transparently after a finance police report indicated potentially suspicious elements in the deal.

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Boxing: Joshua decries 'fake news' about his chin

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Anthony Joshua has dismissed as 'fake news' suggestions that he has a weak chin ahead of his world heavyweight unification bout with New Zealander Joseph Parker.

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Belgium to mark Merckx anniversary in 2019 Tour start

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium will host the start of the Tour de France in 2019 with two stages paying homage to the country's greatest ever cyclist, Eddy Merckx, on the 50th anniversary of his first victory in the race.

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Nadal takes center stage ahead of Kyrgios clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal takes center stage on Rod Laver Arena for his Australian Open second round match against Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday but anyone looking for a wild atmosphere would be better off waiting for the last match on Hisense Arena.

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Subway-themed sports shoes are just the ticket for Berliners

BERLIN (Reuters) - Dozens of sports shoe enthusiasts stormed Adidas stores in Berlin on Tuesday to snatch a pair of shoes launched in collaboration with the public transport network that incorporate the same pattern as the subway's seats, as well as an annual ticket.

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Sweden already schooling future Winter Olympians

OSTERSUND, Sweden (Reuters) - Next month's Winter Olympics is the immediate focus for Sweden but the country is already training its next generation of winter sports athletes in special high school programs that combine sports and education for ambitious teenagers.

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Rigas carries Danish speed skating hopes to Pyeongchang

(Reuters) - Denmark's hopes of a first-ever medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics rest on the shoulders of Elena Rigas, an inline skater who made the transition to ice skating and has qualified for the mass start in South Korea.

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Olympics: A level playing field, with pebbles

MAUCHLINE, Scotland (Reuters) - Mark Callan recoils at the idea of a Zamboni ever being driven out onto one of his curling sheets.

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Sirotkin joins Williams with Kubica as reserve

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin will race for Williams this season after being chosen ahead of Polish rival Robert Kubica on Tuesday in what the Formula One team said was a multi-year deal.

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Sandgren claims first grand slam win to land Wawrinka clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American battler Tennys Sandgren won his first ever grand slam singles match on Tuesday to set up a dream Australian Open clash with former champion Stan Wawrinka.

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Sirotkin to partner Stroll at Williams Formula One team

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin will race for Williams this season after being chosen ahead of Polish rival Robert Kubica in a multi-year deal.

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Sirotkin to race for Williams Formula One team

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin will race for Williams this season, the Formula One team said on Tuesday.

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Cycling: Greipel claims emotional Tour Down Under stage win

(Reuters) - German Andre Greipel snatched his 148th professional victory when he claimed an emotional win in the Tour Down Under opening stage on Tuesday.

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Sublime Federer breezes through Melbourne opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer was quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets victory over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Cycling: Froome should not race until investigation over - Bardet

PARIS (Reuters) - Chris Froome should rule himself out of racing until a probe into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication during last year's Tour of Spain has been concluded, twice Tour de France podium finisher Romain Bardet said on Tuesday.

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Djokovic delighted after elbowing out Young

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic was delighted with his return to the grand slam arena after a long injury layoff, the Serb having dealt American Donald Young a 6-1 6-2 6-4 thrashing to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Federer breezes through opener in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer got quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Tennis: Wawrinka happy to be back, but still feeling pain

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka feels great to be back after his first-round victory at the Australian Open on Tuesday but is still experiencing pain in the left knee that required surgery last season.

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German Kuske keen to make up for Sochi bobsleigh 'debacle'

(Reuters) - Germany's Kevin Kuske wanted to bring his bobsleigh career to an end after their 'debacle' at the 2014 Sochi Games but after a change of heart the four-time Olympic champion is ready to push for another shot at glory in Pyeongchang next month.

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Tennis: My brother still makes fun of me, says Zverev

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Alexander Zverev can no longer hope to fly under the grand slam radar following a brilliant 2017 season but the hype has done little to change things on the home front, the 20-year-old wunderkind insists.

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Halep survives date with Destanee in opening round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep flirted with another early exit from the Australian Open and suffered an ankle injury before rallying to reach the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over local teenager Destanee Aiava on Tuesday.

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Djokovic elbows Young out to reach second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic celebrated his long-awaited return to the grand slam stage with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 demolition of American Donald Young to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

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Sharapova finds her groove on Melbourne return

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's previous match at the Australian Open sent her career spiraling to the darkest of depths but she returned in bright sunshine on Tuesday with a performance that went some way to banishing those demons.

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Plan for joint Olympics team with North gets icy reception in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government’s peace-making plans.

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Sharapova enjoys winning return to Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Maria Sharapova enjoyed a winning return to the Australian Open as she wore down Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-4 on Tuesday to take her place in the second round.

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Tennis: Prize money row rumbling behind scenes at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is leading calls for players to be given a greater share of the sport's revenues and have their own union independent of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a report in the Daily Mail said.

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Tennis: Raonic slumps to early exit at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number three Milos Raonic was sent tumbling out of the Australian Open first round by Lukas Lacko on Tuesday, the Canadian's earliest grand slam exit since the 2011 French Open.

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Tennis: Aggressive Konta makes light work of Brengle

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ninth seed Johanna Konta skipped past Madison Brengle into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Briton overpowering her American opponent 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes on Hisense Arena.

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LeBron James says Trump has emboldened racists in the U.S.

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Olympic gold medalist Biles says doctor sexually abused her

(Reuters) - Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said on Monday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct.

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Germany and Denmark stunned in Euro handball thrillers

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Holders Germany scraped a controversial 25-25 draw against Slovenia and Olympic champions Denmark suffered a shock 28-27 defeat by the Czech Republic in a pair of European handball championship classics on Monday.

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Olympics: Norwegian biathlete Bjoerndalen misses out on Games selection

(Reuters) - Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, will not take part in this year's Games in Pyeongchang after missing out on selection for the team, the Norwegian Biathlon Association said on Monday.

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Djokovic in action on day of returns in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is finally back in action on day two of the Australian Open on Tuesday, returning to the venue of his greatest grand slam success, hoping his elbow will hold up after keeping him on the sidelines for six months.

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Canada set for multi-pronged assault in Pyeongchang

LONDON (Reuters) - Canada's speed skating team for the Winter Olympics in South Korea is much stronger than four years ago and will offer medal threats in multiple distances, according to the country's Dutch coach Bart Schouten.

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South Korea's speed skaters face tough competition on home ice

(Reuters) - Picking up medals on the fast ice of the Gangneung Oval at the Winter Olympics could be a tall order for South Korea's speed skaters, according to Dutchman Bob de Jong, who is assistant coach of the hosts' national team.

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Italy's new hot destination

Central Italy's Abruzzo has always attracted visitors thanks to its enviable snow season, but up until recently the majority were European.

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Nadal happy with rollicking start at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

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Kyrgios off to flying start in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Home hope Nick Kyrgios launched his Australian Open campaign with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 demolition of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on Monday to continue his bright start to the year.

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Kyrgios eases to quickfire victory in Melbourne opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Home hope Nick Kyrgios launched his Australian Open campaign with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 demolition of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on Monday to continue his bright start to the year.

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Golf: James starts another long drive to success

(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy have the potential to compete in long drive competitions, but would have to focus exclusively on the discipline for a year or so to be competitive, according to world champion Justin James.

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Nadal charges into second round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

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North Korean orchestra could be music to the ears of Olympic organizers in South

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is expecting a large North Korean delegation at next month's Winter Olympics, likely including the country's main symphony orchestra, the governor for the Games' host province said on Monday, as relations appear to start hitting the right note.

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Lukewarm reception would not faze Sharapova - Wilander

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Maria Sharapova will not care less what reception she receives when she plays her first Australian Open match since completing a doping ban on Tuesday, according to three-times Melbourne winner Mats Wilander.

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Coco goes bananas as Americans slip up at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Coco Vandeweghe's petulant standoff over a shortage of bananas was the low point on a horror day for the United States at the Australian Open on Monday as a raft of American players skidded out of the season's first grand slam in the first round.

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Edmund out-guns Anderson for first-round shock

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund outfought Kevin Anderson in a court three marathon to send the 11th seed tumbling out of the Australian Open 6-7(4) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the first round on Monday.

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Shapovalov dazzles on Melbourne debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Denis Shapovalov dazzled in pink as he claimed a debut victory over Greek newcomer Stefanos Tsitsipas in a battle of the teenagers at the Australian Open on Monday.

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Dimitrov schools Austrian Novak to reach second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov looked every inch the potential grand slam champion as he schooled qualifier Dennis Novak 6-3 6-2 6-1 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

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Sumo: Japan top referee to resign over kissing, touching junior ref: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sumo's top-ranked referee will resign over an incident in which he kissed and touched a teenage referee while drunk, Japanese media reported, the latest scandal to hit the country's ancient national sport.

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Bencic sends Venus packing on bleak day for America

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Swiss Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open on Monday by toppling last year's finalist Venus Williams on an opening day of carnage for American tennis.

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Tennis-Dimitrov schools Novak to reach second round at a canter

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov gave qualifier Dennis Novak a lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the second round of the Australian Open at a canter with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory on Monday.

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Kizzire prevails in marathon playoff to win Sony Open

(Reuters) - Patton Kizzire outlasted James Hahn over six playoffholes to win the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday for his second win of the PGA Tour season. Kizzire, who entered the day a shot back of the lead, carded a two-under-par 68 that put him tied at the top of the leaderboard on 17-under with Hahn (62). Kizzire, who also won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November, finally came out on top of the playoff with a winning par on the 17th.

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Bencic sends Venus crashing out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open by dumping last year's finalist Venus Williams out of the first round with an impressive 6-3 7-5 win on Monday.

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Stephens tumbles out in first round, Ostapenko impresses

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sloane Stephens became the first big casualty at this year's Australian Open as the U.S. Open champion tumbled out in the first round against China's Zhang Shuai.

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Patriots must beat Jaguars for Super Bowl return

(Reuters) - There is a new challenger standing in the way of the New England Patriots' path to another Super Bowl.

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Motor racing-Dan Gurney, all American racer, dead at 86

(Reuters) - American racer Dan Gurney, a Formula One and Le Mans 24 Hours winner in the 1960s who started a trend by spraying champagne on the victory podium, died in California on Sunday aged 86.

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Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI suspicion in California

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman was released from jail in California on Sunday after being arrested hours earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence, Newport Beach police said.

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Highlights of Australian Open day one

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Highlights of Monday's opening day of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year:

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Motor racing: Dan Gurney, all American racer, dies at 86

(Reuters) - American racer Dan Gurney, a Formula One and Le Mans 24 Hours winner in the 1960s who started a trend by spraying champagne on the victory podium, died in California on Sunday aged 86.

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Rallying: Peterhansel wins stage but Sainz remains well ahead

(Reuters) - Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel fought back to win the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in Bolivia on Sunday but Peugeot team mate Carlos Sainz remained more than an hour clear of the field.

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Olympic: Virtue and Moir lead strong Canada figure skating team

(Reuters) - A powerful and experienced figure skating team headlined by 2010 Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and 2014 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan will represent Canada at next month's Winter Olympics, Skate Canada said on Sunday.

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Perfect Paisley claims maiden European Tour victory at SA Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - England's Chris Paisley produced six birdies in a faultless final round of 66 to claim a maiden European Tour victory by winning the South African Open at the Glendower Golf Club outside Johannesburg on Sunday.

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Alpine skiing: Irrepressible Hirscher wins fifth slalom of the season

WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - The irrepressible Marcel Hirscher stayed on course for his seventh successive overall World Cup title and sounded a warning to his Olympic rivals with another dominant win on Sunday, this time in the slalom at Wengen.

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Venus to battle Bencic as Australian Open gets underway

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open gets underway with a bang on Monday, with last year's finalist Venus Williams taking on resurgent Swiss talent Belinda Bencic in a much-anticipated clash of generations on Rod Laver Arena's center court.

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'Ice master' aims to aid scorching times in Gangneung

(Reuters) - Conventional wisdom says the Gangneung Oval's lack of elevation will make it impossible for any speed skaters to break a world record at the Winter Olympics, but Canadian Mark Messer is hoping to turn that perception on its head.

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Dutch keen to retain crown on Gangneung ice

(Reuters) - The Dutch contingent headed for the Winter Olympics aim to top the speed skating medal table once again, but expecting them to repeat their dominance from Sochi four years ago is unrealistic, according to technical director Arie Koops.

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Alpine skiing: Goggia completes Italian double in Austria

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Reuters) - Sofia Goggia completed a double for Italy at Bad Kleinkirchheim by winning Sunday's shortened downhill in difficult conditions to follow up Federica Brignone's win in the Super G on Saturday.

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Joshua faces Parker in heavyweight unification bout in March

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Anthony Joshua will put his perfect 20-fight, 20-knock-out record on the line when he takes on New Zealand's Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight unification bout in Cardiff, Wales on March 31.

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Golf: Europe dominate singles to defend EurAsia title

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A dominant Europe won eight of the 12 singles matches against Asia on Sunday to rally from behind and successfully defend their EurAsia Cup title with a 14-10 victory in Malaysia.

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Tennis: Kyrgios can become global superstar, says Becker

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios is ready to win over his doubters and can become an 'international sporting superstar' according to former world number one Boris Becker.

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Federer says he should not be favorite at 36

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer says a 36-year-old should not really be considered a favorite for the Australian Open, although when the man in question is himself, no one was taking him seriously.

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Golf: Hoge leads as players put Hawaii missile scare behind them

(Reuters) - Unheralded Tom Hoge birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead after an eventful third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday.

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Missile false alarm causes panic for PGA Tour players

(Reuters) - Some of the world's top professional golfers were panicked by a false report of an incoming ballistic missile in Hawaii on Saturday, with one hiding under a mattress and another fleeing to the basement of his Honolulu hotel.

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Figure skating: Chan and Daleman win at Canadian titles as Olympics loom

(Reuters) - Patrick Chan won the Canadian figure skating championships men's title for the 10th time on Saturday, while Gabrielle Daleman celebrated her 20th birthday by winning the women's competition.

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Tennis: Tomic slide continues with Australian Open failure

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic's slide down the ATP rankings is set to continue after he fell 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the final round of Australian Open qualifying on Sunday.

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Figureskating: Searching for the next Asada, Japan rebuilds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese figure-skating fans head into next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an unusual position with no-one in their once powerhouse women's team assuming the mantle of the retired Mao Asada.

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Golf: Missile false alarm causes panic for PGA Tour players

(Reuters) - Some of the world's top professional golfers were panicked by a false report of an incoming ballistic missile in Hawaii on Saturday, with one hiding under a mattress and another fleeing to the basement of his Honolulu hotel.

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Rallying: Sainz takes Dakar lead as Peterhansel hits trouble

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz seized the lead in the Dakar Rally from Peugeot team mate Stephane Peterhansel on Saturday after the defending champion struck a rock and lost an hour and 45 minutes repairing his car.

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Motor racing: Rosenqvist leads Formula E championship after Marrakesh win

(Reuters) - Sweden's Felix Rosenqvist took the lead in the Formula E championship for the first time on Saturday after winning the third race of the season in Marrakesh for India's Mahindra Racing.

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Cycling: This year’s Vuelta to be decided in the mountains

MADRID (Reuters) - Tour of Spain organizers are hoping the 2018 race will be decided in the mountains as they unveiled the course for the next edition on Saturday.

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Paisley holds one-shot lead in South African Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Chris Paisley of England carded a round of 70 on Saturday to hold a one-stroke lead going into the final round of the European Tour’s South African Open at the Glendower Golf Club.

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Feuz leads from front to win for second time at Wengen

WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Swiss Beat Feuz led from the front on Saturday to win the downhill at Wengen, one of the oldest and most prestigious races of the World Cup skiing season, for the second time.

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Figureskating: Haunted by Sochi, Chan fights overthinking

TORONTO (Reuters) - Patrick Chan is hoping the acknowledgement that his biggest enemy may well be himself could propel him to figure skating gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics at the third time of asking.

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Figureskating: From Hanyu's shadow, Uno leaps eagerly to the attack

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shoma Uno first stepped on the ice at five, but it was the rough-and-tumble of hockey he had his eyes on - until a chance meeting with a Japanese figure skater changed everything.

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Brignone revels in tough conditions to win Super G

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Reuters) - Italian Federica Brignone won the women's World Cup Super G race on Saturday, saying she reveled in the tough conditions which forced organizers to switch the program.

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Kerber issues Australian Open warning with Sydney triumph

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday, giving herself a welcome boost ahead of next week's Australian Open.

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Mertens defends Hobart title after edging rain-hit final

HOBART (Reuters) - Belgian Elise Mertens defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-1 4-6 6-3 in a rain-interrupted final to defend her Hobart International title on Saturday.

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Golf: Asia rally to stay one point clear of Europe in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Asia made a strong comeback after trailing early to split Saturday's EurAsia Cup foursomes with Europe as the hosts maintained a one-point lead over the defending champions going into the final day's 12 singles matches.

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Tennis: Returning Djokovic still managing elbow injury

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic admits his elbow is not yet 100 percent as the Serb prepares to return from six months out at the Australian Open.

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Tennis: Kerber issues Australian Open warning with Sydney triumph

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday, giving herself a welcome boost ahead of next week's Australian Open.

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Tennis: Tired of the 'roller-coaster', Kyrgios seeks a steady ride

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An upbeat but calm Nick Kyrgios heads into the Australian Open feeling confident about his mental game and keen to keep a level head through the season after a "roller-coaster" ride in 2017.

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Tennis: Brand-less, slam-less Halep looks for more in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep enters the Australian Open with the world number one ranking and a familiar set of doubts over her ability to win a grand slam.

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Tennis: Dimitrov, Zverev ready to step up to grand slam glory

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev, two men who made perhaps the biggest steps forward in 2017, believe they are ready to contend for the title at the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on Monday.

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Keep calm, Konta ready to carry on

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Johanna Konta is free from injury, ready to put a terrible second half to 2017 behind her and with Andy Murray recuperating from hip surgery, happy to shoulder the burden of British tennis fans at the Australian Open.

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Tennis: Uncle Toni still 'more than anything' for Nadal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal embarks on a new era without his coach and uncle in the players' box at the Australian Open but the Spaniard said he would always welcome advice from his lifelong mentor with open arms.

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Tennis: First grand slam title was 'overwhelming', says Stephens

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Without a victory since her stunning U.S. Open triumph last September, American Sloane Stephens admitted on Saturday that the experience of becoming a grand slam winner had been "overwhelming". "I think it's always a tough transition when you go from not playing tennis for 11 months to winning a grand slam," Stephens told a news conference at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

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South Korea says North Korea suggested talks to send performance group to winter olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's unification ministry said on Saturday that North Korea has proposed working-level talks on the prospects of sending its performance 'art' group to the winter olympics held in the South.

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Golf: Improved Harman surges three shots clear in Hawaii

(Reuters) - Left-hander Brian Harman took another small step towards a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team when he eagled his final hole to take a three-shot halfway lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday.

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Tennis: Wawrinka feared for career during long layoff

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka feared his debilitating knee injury might be the end of a glittering tennis career boasting three grand slam titles and said he had only been cleared to play the Australian Open two days before the tournament.

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Golf: McIlroy downplays heart scare, says 'nothing to worry about'

(Reuters) - Four times major champion Rory McIlroy has taken to social media to downplay a report that he suffered a "heart scare" in 2016.

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Bautista Agut beats del Potro to win Auckland title

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Roberto Bautista Agut continued to shine in New Zealand when the Spaniard won his second Auckland Classic title with a 6-1 4-6 7-5 victory over second seed Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.

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Figure skating: Daleman shrugs off sickness to lead in Vancouver

(Reuters) - Gabrielle Daleman shrugged off pneumonia-like symptoms to take the women's short program lead as defending champion and favorite Kaetlyn Osmond took a tumble at the Canadian figure skating championships in Vancouver on Friday.

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North Korea says IOC is considering South Korea's proposal for united women's hockey team: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's International Olympics Committee (IOC) official said it is considering South Korea's proposal for a united female hockey team, Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday.

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Factbox: Mascots at Winter Olympics through the years

(Reuters) - A list of the mascots for the Winter Olympics from 1968-2018:

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Navratilova backs Kvitova, Venus at Australian Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Navratilova believes Petra Kvitova's attacking style of play makes her one of the top contenders for next week's Australian Open, while Venus Williams' experience gives her the edge over the rest of the women's field.

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Golf: Faultless Saddier, Paisley hold SA Open second round lead

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Adrien Saddier of France carded seven birdies and an eagle in a faultless round of 63 for a share of the lead with England's Chris Paisley at 13 under-par after the second round of the European Tour's South African Open on Friday.

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Alpine skiing: Muffat-Jeandet wins first World Cup race

WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet claimed the first World Cup victory of his career at the age of 28 when he was a surprise winner of the combined at Wengen on Friday.

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Bolivia's Alpine skier overcomes mountains of a different kind

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Bolivia's lone Olympic Alpine skier had to overcome mountains of paperwork, as well as ones covered in snow and ice, on his torturous route to a place at next month's Pyeongchang Games.

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Curling: A stone's throw, from Scottish island to Korean ice

MAUCHLINE, Scotland (Reuters) - John Brown has lovingly polished each and every one of the curling stones to be used at the Pyeongchang Olympics, buffing and burnishing the granite in a workshop whose machines look older than him.

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Resilient Svindal back on form and gunning for gold

WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - When Aksel Lund Svindal discovered that he would have to undergo knee surgery for the second time in a year, his reaction was simply: "Here we go again".

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Kenworthy proud to represent U.S., LGBT community in Pyeongchang

LONDON (Reuters) - Gus Kenworthy was terrified about the consequences of coming out as gay in 2015 but the American skier says that his decision prompted a huge outpouring of unexpected support and has allowed him to compete without the weight of the world on his shoulders.

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Federer still the man to beat at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - It might be argued that 36-year-old fathers of four have no business winning grand slam titles but try telling that to Roger Federer as the evergreen Swiss bids to claim a record-equalling sixth Australian Open crown in two weeks' time.

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South Korea proposes talks on North Korea's participation in winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has proposed holding working-level talks with North Korea on the latter's participation in the winter Olympics set for next month, the south's unification ministry said on Friday.

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Halep leads host of contenders for Serena's crown

(Reuters) - Picking a women's singles champion at the Australian Open could resemble a lucky dip this year with Serena Williams' continued absence again leaving the door ajar.

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Champion Mertens reaches Hobart final with Watson win

HOBART (Reuters) - Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International final with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday.

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Del Potro to face Bautista Agut in Auckland Classic final

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro overcame a stubborn challenge from David Ferrer to clinch their semi-final 6-4 6-4 and advance to a title showdown against Roberto Bautista Agut in the Auckland Classic on Friday.

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South Korea eyes combined women's ice hockey team with North for winter Olympics: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is seeking to form a united women's ice hockey team with North Korea to participate in next month's Winter Olympics being hosted by the South, a senior Seoul official told Yonhap news agency on Friday.

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Golf: Last-gasp Li birdie helps Asia take lead against Europe

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - China's Li Haotong held his nerve to birdie his final hole and give hosts Asia a slender lead over champions Europe on the opening day of the 2018 EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

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Raiders face Seahawks in first game at new Tottenham stadium

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium will host it's first NFL game when the Oakland Raiders take on Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 14, the North American league announced on Thursday.

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Tennis: Margaret Court Arena should be renamed, says King

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Twelve-times grand slam champion Billie Jean King said on Friday that Margaret Court's name should be stripped from the Australian Open showcourt due to her divisive views on sexuality.

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Barty downs compatriot Gavrilova to reach Sydney final

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to win her all-Australian semi-final against Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 and advance to the final of the Sydney International.

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Spieth undone by quadruple-bogey at Waialae

(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth was basking in the Hawaiian sun until his day fell apart in stunning fashion with a late quadruple-bogey to finish six shots back of first round Sony Open leaders Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk on Thursday.

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No big air or big hair, Harlaut eyes slopestyle gold

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The flowing dreadlocks may be gone but the free spirit of Swedish slopestyle skier Henrik Harlaut remains, and the four-time X Games champion is aiming for gold in Pyeongchang.

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Soccer: U.S. men look forward after missing World Cup finals

CARSON, California (Reuters) - Failing to qualify for this year's World Cup finals had been buried and the focus had now shifted to getting back to the global stage in Qatar in 2022, players from the United States' men's soccer team said on Thursday.

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Wilder sentenced to community service for marijuana possession

(Reuters) - Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service on Thursday after being found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

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Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics: researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from next month's Winter Olympic Games.

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U.S. still eye ice hockey gold without NHLers

(Reuters) - The U.S. men's ice hockey team competing at next month's Winter Olympics will feature a new mix of players given the absence of NHL players but the group's expectations remain exactly the same.

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Rallying: Peterhansel leads Dakar into Bolivia

(Reuters) - Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel led the Dakar Rally into Bolivia on Thursday but Peugeot team mate Carlos Sainz trimmed the Frenchman's lead with his first stage win of this year's event.

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NBC expects ad sales record with Super Bowl, Olympics

(Reuters) - U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Thursday it expected to hit ad sales records for the Super Bowl and Olympic Winter Games, both of which it will air next month, showing that advertisers are hungry for live events that draw viewers on a real-time basis.

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Tennis: Vandeweghe bringing new attitude to Melbourne

(Reuters) - Coco Vandeweghe feels the biggest misconception about her is that she is arrogant but the outspoken American is not letting that get in the way of her quest for a maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open.

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A very different Palace face re-match with Clarets

LONDON (Reuters) - Things have changed a lot at Crystal Palace since they lost 1-0 to Burnley in September, a defeat which cost then manager Frank De Boer his job and left the London club staring at the prospect of relegation.

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Olympics: Canada sends out NHL castaways to chase gold hat-trick

(Reuters) - Canada unveiled a mostly unknown collection of National Hockey League castaways on Thursday as the men's national team that will try to bring home a third consecutive Olympic gold medal from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

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Italy's Berlusconi hails Deneuve's 'blessed words' on harassment

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hailed French actress Catherine Deneuve on Thursday for defending men accused of sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Revitalized McLaren now need to deliver

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - McLaren say their decision to ditch Honda and switch to Renault engines is paying dividends already as the former champions prepare for a new Formula One season after a three-year nightmare.

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Non-Russian airlines to operate internal charter flights for World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign airlines will be allowed to carry out a limited number of charter flights between Russian cities during the World Cup in June and July, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Thursday.

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Zverev must be patient, says Becker

(Reuters) - Boris Becker was a man in a hurry when he took Wimbledon by storm to win the title as a precocious 17-year-old in 1985 but says today's game requires a little more patience.

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Hamilton's social silence has the Formula One fans talking

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's social media posts have long been a talking point in Formula One but the absence of any from the four times world champion so far this year is also attracting attention.

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British bobsledder Tasker to miss Games after suffering stroke

(Reuters) - British bobsledder Bruce Tasker will miss next month's Pyeongchang Olympics after suffering a minor stroke last week, Team GB said on Thursday.

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Kadono, Hirano aim for Japan's first snowboarding gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan gave snowboarding its Olympic debut in 1988 but of the 30 gold medals handed out in the sport since the Nagano Games none have been draped around the neck of a Japanese athlete.

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No ice, no problem for Taiwan luger Lien

TAIPEI (Reuters) - When Lien Te-an sets off on his luge for practice runs there is no biting cold or sound of blades scraping the ice, only a swoosh before he disappears down a steep mountain road into the shimmering heat of eastern Taiwan's Yilan County.

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Olympics: United States embraces technology to bridge funding gap

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States may have claimed at least nine gold medals in each of the last four Winter Olympics, yet remarkably, all of this success has been achieved without government funding.

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Popular Hanyu hopes to be bright as Button in Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will take to the ice in Pyeongchang aiming to duplicate a feat that was last achieved more than six decades ago should he go on to claim back-to-back titles in men's figure skating.

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Qualifier Giorgi ousts Radwanska to set up Kerber clash

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi continued her impressive run at the Sydney International by racing past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-2 on Thursday to set up a last four clash with Angelique Kerber.

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Possible joint Koreas parade at Pyeongchang under discussion: source

(Reuters) - North and South Korean athletes could parade together at the opening ceremony of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, under a proposal the International Olympic Committee will consider next week, a source said.

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No NHL players? No problem, says Sweden great Forsberg

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - There may be no National Hockey League (NHL) players on show in Pyeongchang but two-time Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Peter Forsberg still expects a great Olympic ice hockey tournament.

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Cycling: Wellens says asthma inhaler use amounts to 'cheating'

PARIS (Reuters) - Belgian rider Tim Wellens described the use of anti-asthma inhalers as tantamount to cheating, after four-times Tour de France champion Chris Froome failed a test for Salbutamol during last year's Tour of Spain.

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Watson to meet defending Hobart champion Mertens in semis

(Reuters) - Former champion Heather Watson capitalized on a fast start to race away from Donna Vekic and set up a semi-final encounter against last year's winner Elise Mertens at the Hobart International on Thursday.

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A beach for skiing and sledding

Sailing across the clear blue sea from the west coast of Greenland, a lush green island surrounded by dazzling white icebergs comes into view.

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Last-minute North Korean visit sends Olympics planners scrambling

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's late announcement it will send a large delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea has eased concerns over any Pyongyang threat during the games, but it does create headaches for planners over accommodations and security.

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Federer to open Australia Open against Bedene

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defense against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafa Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Squash - Technological innovation the key for Squash's Olympic dream

LONDON (Reuters) - Squash chiefs have long held a desire for the sport to be a part of the Olympic Games and thanks to innovations in technology, their dream may be closer to becoming a reality.

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Del Potro sets up Auckland semi-final with Ferrer

(Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro kept his Australian Open preparations on track with a 7-6(4) 6-3 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov in the Auckland Classic on Thursday, setting up a semi-final meeting with David Ferrer.

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Bjorn eyes EurAsia victory with Ryder Cup in mind

(Reuters) - Captain Thomas Bjorn will look to lead Europe to a victory over hosts Asia in this week's EurAsia Cup with the event also serving as a dress rehearsal for one of the teams contesting the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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Olympics: Pyeongchang favorite Kingsbury sets moguls record

LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic moguls favorite Mikael Kingsbury continued his terrific run of form on Wednesday by sealing a record 47th career World Cup title at Deer Valley.

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Serena absence gives chance for a new superstar to emerge

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Women's tennis starts its 2018 campaign with the usual early focus on the Australian Open and a huge question mark over who can fill the yawning gap left by the absence of Serena Williams.