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Tennis: Aggressive Konta makes light work of Brengle

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:47pm
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.

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:01pm
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Olympic gold medalist Biles says doctor sexually abused her

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:47pm
(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.

Germany and Denmark stunned in Euro handball thrillers

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 3:40pm
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.

Olympics: Norwegian biathlete Bjoerndalen misses out on Games selection

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:17am
(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.

Djokovic in action on day of returns in Melbourne

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:21am
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.

Canada set for multi-pronged assault in Pyeongchang

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:04am
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.

Alpine skiing: Drones, aircraft and injuries fail to stop Hirscher

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:58am
WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - It takes more than an ankle injury, a mishap involving a military aircraft or a drone falling on to the piste to stop Marcel Hirscher.

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:57am
(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.

Nadal happy with rollicking start at Melbourne Park

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:38am
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.

Kyrgios off to flying start in Melbourne

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:38am
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.

Kyrgios eases to quickfire victory in Melbourne opener

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:32am
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.

Golf: James starts another long drive to success

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:31am
(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.

Nadal charges into second round at Australian Open

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 3:59am
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.

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 3:52am
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.

Lukewarm reception would not faze Sharapova - Wilander

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 3:13am
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.

Coco goes bananas as Americans slip up at Australian Open

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 3:11am
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.

Edmund out-guns Anderson for first-round shock

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 2:21am
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.

Shapovalov dazzles on Melbourne debut

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:31am
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.

Dimitrov schools Austrian Novak to reach second round

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:25am
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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