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Cycling: Gaviria secures third Giro stage win, Dumoulin retains pink jersey

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:50am
May 18 (Reuters) - Colombian Fernando Gaviria claimed a hat- trick of victories in this year's Giro d'Italia when he won the 229-km 12th stage on Thursday.

Motorcycling: Hayden in intensive care in Italy after cycling accident

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:11am
ROME (Reuters) - Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden spent a second day in intensive care on Thursday after colliding with a car while cycling in eastern Italy, the American's Honda World Superbike team said on Thursday.

Dominant Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:07am
(Reuters) - Venus Williams powered into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a dominant 6-1 3-6 6-1 victory over fifth seed Johanna Konta.

Home favorite Fognini defeated in Italian Open third round

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:12am
(Reuters) - Germany's Alexander Zverev defeated home favorite Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday in a match which saw the Italian lose his cool over a line call and fail to recover.

Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Djokovic

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:03am
(Reuters) - Roger Federer made a smart decision by pulling out of this month's French Open, where he has less chance of adding to his 18 grand slam titles than on the sport's quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic said on Thursday.

Sailing: Volvo Ocean Race makes 50 million euro bet on technology

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:08am
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - The Volvo Ocean Race will make a 50 million euro investment in new boats with 'foiling' and 'flying' technology for future editions as part of a plan organizers hope will strengthen both its sporting reputation and its commercial appeal for sponsors. Organizers used an event at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg to unveil the design for a foil-assisted 60-foot (18.29m) monohull boat that will be used for the offshore legs of the round-the-world race for teams. Foils

FIFA Council's Mahfuza keen to empower women through football

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:56am
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Improving wages and ensuring job security are key elements of Mahfuza Akhter Kiron's plans to develop women's football in Asia, the continent's newly elected representative to the FIFA Council has told Reuters in an interview.

Women's MMA has 'huge' potential, says rising star Angela Lee

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:43am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Mixed martial arts may have started as a male-dominated sport, but women have grappled their way to the upper echelons of MMA and will only gain more popularity in the coming years, undefeated champion Angela Lee said.

Nadal expects Murray challenge at French Open despite form dip

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:00am
(Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray will be ready for Roland Garros despite his poor recent form, nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal has said.

Baseball: Court upholds Pirates infielder Kang's drunk driving sanction

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16am
SEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court has dismissed Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Kang Jung-ho's appeal against a drunk driving sentence and upheld an eight-month suspended jail term imposed in March, local media reported on Thursday.

Boxing: McGregor signs deal for Mayweather fight

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:06am
(Reuters) - The long-rumored bout between undefeated American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is halfway to becoming a reality after the Irish signed a deal for the fight, it was announced on Wednesday night.

Sharapova's sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:35am
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's racket sponsor backs French Open's decision to deny the former world number one a wildcard entry and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for her exclusion.

Wrestling: U.S. rout undermanned Japan team in Times Square

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:08pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Team USA got the better of Team Japan under the neon lights of Manhattan's Times Square on Wednesday in an annual charity event to benefit youth wrestlers in the New York area.

Cycling: Huffman wins stage four in California

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:05pm
(Reuters) - American Evan Huffman sprinted to the line to secure victory in the fourth stage of the Tour of California on Wednesday.

Derby winner Always Dreaming gets fourth post for Preakness

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:01pm
(Reuters) - Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming drew the fourth post on Wednesday for Saturday's 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore where he will seek the second jewel of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

Muguruza survives day of shocks in Rome, Kerber out

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:30pm
ROME (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza emerged as a favorite to win the Italian Open after beating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko to reach the third round after world number one Angelique Kerber had earlier bowed out to Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.

Man United held by Southampton in 0-0 stalemate

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:00pm
Southampton missed a penalty as they held a makeshift Manchester United side to a 0-0 draw in a tepid Premier League clash on Wednesday.

Alonso 'not comfortable' yet at Indy 500

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:15pm
(Reuters) - Fernando Alonso said on Wednesday he is not yet comfortable with oval racing as the Spanish driver races to cram years of learning into a few weeks of preparation for this year's Indianapolis 500.

Ex-Baylor student sues school, says gang raped by football players

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:26pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former Baylor University student has sued the college with allegations that she was drugged and gang raped by football players while the school turned a blind eye to sexual assaults by athletes on campus.

Garcia moving on from Masters win at Byron Nelson

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:24pm
(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia has thoroughly enjoyed his newfound status as a major champion but the Spaniard is finally ready to stop basking in the glow of his U.S. Masters triumph starting at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson.