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Sharapova says won't request wildcard for Wimbledon main draw

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 8:10am
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said she will not request a wildcard into this year's championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.

Formula One expands technical team to work with Brawn

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 5:56am
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Williams head of aerodynamics Jason Somerville is joining Formula One's new motorsport managing director Ross Brawn as the sport recruits more experts to advise on future technical regulations.

IOC to discuss 2024/28 Games report in June

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 5:19am
BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will discuss a report on the possibility of awarding both the 2024 and the 2028 Games at the same time a month earlier than expected, it said on Friday.

Murray, Wawrinka will be ready at French Open despite form dip: Djokovic

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:10am
(Reuters) - World number two Novak Djokovic expects Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray to lift their game at the French Open despite failing to make an impact so far in the clay court season.

Thomas pulls out of Giro d'Italia after Sunday crash

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:15am
(Reuters) - Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has been forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia due to injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday's stage nine.

Cycling: Talansky wins stage 5 in California, Majka retains overall lead

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:59pm
(Reuters) - American Andrew Talansky prevailed in a duel with overall leader Rafal Majka to claim the fifth stage at the Tour of California on Thursday.

Motor racing - Triple crown: Monaco or F1 championship?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 8:14pm
LONDON (Reuters) - If Fernando Alonso were to beat the odds and win the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, the double Formula One world champion will be one step away from the 'Triple Crown of Motorsport'.

Thompson takes early lead at Kingsmill Championship

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 8:02pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Lexi Thompson shot a six-under 65 on Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Johnson tames gusting winds to challenge for lead

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:51pm
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson battled through tricky afternoon winds to post a three-under-par 67 and challenge for the lead after the opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving, Texas on Thursday.

Pletcher confident of Derby winner at Preakness

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:20pm
(Reuters) - Trainer Todd Pletcher oozed confidence over his Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming on Thursday after early morning training at Pimlico ahead of Saturday's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

Doping: New independent testing authority looks for clients

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:35pm
MONTREAL (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency's new Independent Testing Authority (ITA) will soon be open for business but is not sure how many clients it will get, anti-doping officials said on Thursday.

Ski cross: Sweden's Holmlund conscious again after December crash

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:52pm
(Reuters) - Olympic ski cross bronze medalist Anna Holmlund is conscious and communicating with her family, over five months after suffering serious head injuries in a training crash, the Swedish Ski Federation said on Thursday.

Russia making progress but much work ahead, says WADA

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:31pm
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Russia is making progress but more work lies ahead, including the removal of Yelena Isinbayeva as chair of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), before the country can be ruled compliant, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday.

Blue Jays' Pillar apologizes for homophobic slur

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar apologized on Thursday for directing a homophobic slur towards an Atlanta Braves pitcher during Wednesday's game that has led to an investigation by Major League Baseball.

MLB chief Manfred eyes games in Europe by 2019

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major League Baseball have set their sights on staging regular season games in Europe, Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday at the end of three days of team owners meetings.

Facebook to show Major League Baseball games live on Fridays

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:32pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league's games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming.

Olympics: No-go zone to be opened for North Korean athletes - Games chief

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:21pm
LONDON (Reuters) - North Korean athletes will be allowed to cross the demilitarized zone into South Korea to compete at next year's Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018 chief Lee Hee-beom said on Thursday.

WADA fast tracks rules that could bar Russia from Olympics

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:15pm
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Russia could be banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code announced on Thursday are fast-tracked.

Ice hockey: Russia beat Czechs for last four spot, Finland stun U.S.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:53am
COLOGNE (Reuters) - Russia eased past the Czech Republic 3-0 to book their spot in the last four of the Ice Hockey World Championships on Thursday with Finland joining them after stunning the United States 2-0.

Sharapova gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:51am
LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham in June, Britain's Lawn Tennis Association said on Thursday.