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Ill Kyrgios pulls out of quarterfinal clash with Federer

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:27pm
(Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of his much anticipated quarterfinal showdown with Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday with suspected food poisoning.

Soccer: Man City take the lead in the sponsorship arms race

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City have stolen a march on their rivals by becoming the first Premier League club to sign a "sleeve sponsorship" deal after a relaxing of rules surrounding logos.

Horse racing: Sizing John powers to Gold Cup glory

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:39am
LONDON (Reuters) - Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington, surged to a three-length victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

Boro's Agnew hoping to replicate Shakespeare's impact at Leicester

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:37am
(Reuters) - Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew hopes his appointment will have a similar impact at the relegation-threatened club as that of Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City.

Chelsea eight wins away from league title, says Conte

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:36am
(Reuters) - Chelsea need 24 points from their remaining 11 fixtures to win the Premier League title, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday ahead of their trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

Soccer: Zambrano named head coach of Canada's national team

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:35am
(Reuters) - Octavio Zambrano was named head coach of Canada's men’s national soccer team on Friday, with the Ecuadorian handed the task of ending decades of failure on the pitch.

Allardyce dreads player exodus if Palace get relegated

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:48am
(Reuters) - Crystal Palace risk suffering a mass exodus of players at the end of the season if they lose their Premier League status, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday, ahead of Saturday's vital match against Watford at Selhurst Park.

Soccer: Tottenham well-equipped to cope without Kane, says Pochettino

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:12am
LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Kane's creaky ankle ligaments have put a cloud over Tottenham's Hotspur's run-in to the Premier League season but manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side are now better-equipped to cope with his absence.

Soccer: Guardiola must rebuild back four to succeed - Backe

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:00am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Pep Guardiola must address his side's defensive woes if Manchester City are to have any chance of adding another Premier League title, former assistant manager Hans Backe said.

Soccer: African game faces uncertain future under new regime

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:37am
ADDIS ABABA, (Reuters) - - African soccer faces an uncertain future after Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou was swept from power and a raft of new officials were voted into powerful positions.

No ratings disaster if Woods misses Masters, say experts

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:05am
(Reuters) - The Masters, with its famed azaleas, precisely manicured greens and towering trees is bigger than any one golfer, even Tiger Woods.

Soccer: Barcelona to face Juventus in 2015 final repeat

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:30am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Barcelona were pitted against Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final draw made on Friday to set up a repeat of the 2015 final which the Spanish side won 3-1.

Soccer: Pedro returns to Spain squad for games against Israel and France

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:25am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Chelsea forward Pedro received a recall to the Spain squad on Friday for the World Cup qualifier against Israel and the international friendly against France after nearly nine months out of the national team.

Soccer: Barca assistant Unzue receives players' backing for top job

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:18am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta and team mates Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique have all given their backing to assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue potentially taking over from Luis Enrique as head coach of the Spanish champions.

Swansea's relegation battle will go down to the wire: Clement

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:16am
(Reuters) - Swansea City's fight to stay in the Premier League will not let up until the season ends, said manager Paul Clement, who urged his players to remain calm and focus on getting positive results ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.

Mali banned from international soccer

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:06am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Mali has been suspended from international soccer after the West African country's sports minister sacked the executive committee of its soccer federation, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

Asian Tour returns to China, plans four events this year

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:02am
(Reuters) - The Asian Tour will return to China for the first time since 2008 with up to four new events planned in 2017 in a "game changer" partnership with the China Golf Association, the continental body said on Friday.

Bach delivers warning to 2020 golf venue

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:17am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic chief Thomas Bach hopes the golf club hosting the men's and women's tournaments at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will change its policy and allow equal rights to women but underlined the IOC's stance it would seek another venue if it failed to do so.

IOC exploring all options for 2024/28 hosting decision

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:42am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach left the door open to the possibility of naming Paris and Los Angeles as hosts of the next two Summer Games on Friday, saying no option was off the table as it reviews its bidding process.

Baseball: Dominican Republic shut out winless Venezuela

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:28am
(Reuters) - The Dominican Republic, with home runs by Gregory Polanco and Nelson Cruz backing a combined effort by six pitchers, shut out Venezuela 3-0 on Thursday to remain in the hunt for a semi-final berth in the World Baseball Classic.