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Swedish sharp-shooter Oeberg takes shock biathlon gold

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:59am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden's Hanna Oeberg made all 20 shots to pull off a shock victory in the women's Olympic 15km individual biathlon on Thursday, holding off Germany's double Olympic champion Laura Dahlmeier who had to settle for third after a costly early miss.

Alpine skiing: Schleper relishes Games return with Mexico

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:05am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Mexico's Sarah Schleper is relishing her return to the Olympics after representing the United States in her four previous appearances at the Winter Games.

Snowboarding: Baumgartner buoyed by family pride

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:31am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - As American Nick Baumgartner crashed during the Olympic snowboard cross final on Thursday, the first thought that crossed his mind was not anger or disappointment at missing out on an Olympic medal once again.

Two-way ace Ohtani untroubled by pressure after Angels move

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:11am
(Reuters) - Japanese two-way standout Shohei Ohtani is keeping his cool under the spotlight following his high-profile move to the Los Angeles Angels, saying he is only focused on helping the Major League Baseball (MLB) side win.

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin wins giant slalom gold in perfect start

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:30am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin put on a show of grace, power and consistency to win her first gold of the Pyeongchang Olympics in the women's giant slalom on Thursday, in the best possible start to her quest for a handful of medals.

U.S. snowboarding golds spark jacket sales

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:06am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sports e-commerce company Fanatics said that sales of a $300 Nike Inc Team USA jacket have spiked following United States' Chloe Kim and Shaun White winning gold medals, making jackets its highest grossing Olympics category.

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin overhauls rivals for first Pyeongchang gold

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:35am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin put on a show of grace, power and consistency to win her first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics in the women's giant slalom on Thursday.

Shiffrin set for gold in women's giant slalom

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:59pm
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin was set to take the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday, with all the top 30 having completed the second run and a huge gap separating them from everyone else in the field.

Ice hockey: Canada earns bragging rights over U.S. in clash of rivals

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:57pm
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada laid down a marker in their bid for a fifth consecutive women's ice hockey gold medal by edging the United States 2-1 in a fiery preliminary round clash on Thursday, as one of the great Olympic rivalries was renewed.

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Gut feeling fine after getting close-up with photographer

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:52pm
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Switzerland's Lara Gut crashed into a photographer after a spectacular wipeout in the women's giant slalom on Thursday but neither of them were hurt and the speed specialist said she would be fine for the super-G in two days' time.

Nishikori dominant in second round win in New York

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:51pm
(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori continued his smooth progress in his first ATP Tour event since August, brushing past Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-2 6-4 in the second round of the inaugural New York Open on Wednesday.

Bobsleigh: No reason given for my Jamaica team demotion, says Kiriasis

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:49pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Former Olympic and world champion Sandra Kiriasis on Thursday blamed her sudden departure as coach of the Jamaican women's bobsleigh team to an inexplicable demotion by team officials that she could not have accepted.

Alpine skiing: Gut crashes out of women's giant slalom

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:47pm
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Lara Gut crashed out of the first leg of the women's Olympic giant slalom on Thursday, in an incident that saw the Swiss downhill specialist veer into photographers at the side of the course. No one appeared to be hurt, however.

Olympics: Skeleton: South Korea's Yun banks on home comforts

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:11pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean skeleton slider Yun Sung-bin is not getting distracted in his bid to win his country's first gold medal in the men's skeleton at the Pyeongchang Olympics, his team's head coach said on Wednesday.

Soccer: Low-cost Asensio upstages Neymar and Mbappe in Real win

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:38pm
MADRID (Reuters) - Paris St Germain spent 400 million euros ($498 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last year but it was Real Madrid's bargain signing Marco Asensio who stole the show when Real beat the Parisians 3-1 in Wednesday's showcase Champions League last-16 first leg.

Federer pummels Bemelmans to move closer to top spot

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:02pm
(Reuters) - Roger Federer moved a step closer to reclaiming the top spot in men's tennis when he beat Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans 6-1 6-2 in the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday.

Dominant Wozniacki, Halep cruise into Qatar Open third round

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:08am
(Reuters) - Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki swatted aside German Carina Witthoeft at the Qatar Open on Wednesday while an equally dominant Simona Halep joined the world number one in the third round making short work of Ekaterina Makarova.

World Chess Federation says Swiss accounts frozen over Syria sanctions

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:47am
ATHENS (Reuters) - The World Chess Federation (FIDE) says its Swiss bank accounts have been frozen because its president - with whom the FIDE secretariat is embroiled in a power struggle - is under U.S. sanctions for alleged dealings with the Syrian government.

Motor racing: Formula One to offer supercar rides with top race drivers

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:04am
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One fans will have the chance to be driven around race circuits in supercars this season by the likes of McLaren's double world champion Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Golfer Haas involved in car crash, drops out of tournament: manager

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:52am
(Reuters) - U.S. professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a fatal three-car collision on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but will drop out of a tournament as a result, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday.