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Liverpool youngster Woodburn named in Wales squad

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 8:08am
(Reuters) - Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn has been named in Wales' squad for the first time ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on March 24.

West Ham's Bilic wary of a 'different' Leicester

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 8:04am
(Reuters) - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic said his side are braced to take on a "different" Leicester City, who have revived their fortunes since sacking their title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri last month, in the Premier League on Saturday.

Nothing is good enough to satisfy Arsenal critics: Wenger

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:27am
(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to set a target for this season and hit out at critics, saying they are unlikely ever to be satisfied with anything the north London club achieves.

Soccer: Middlesbrough sack Karanka as assistant Agnew steps up

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:06am
LONDON (Reuters) - Middlesbrough sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday and handed the Spaniard's assistant Steve Agnew the pressing task of trying to keep the relegation-threatened club in the Premier League.

Soccer: Hayatou ousted as CAF president

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 6:59am
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ahmad of Madagascar pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday, ousting Issa Hayatou, the long-serving president of the Confederation of African Football, in an election at the organization's congress in Ethiopia.

Soccer: Real's vulnerable defense faces test at home specialists Athletic

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 6:50am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid have returned to the top of La Liga but need to halt their recent trend of leaking goals in games if they want to stay there in Saturday's trip to Athletic Bilbao, who have the second best home record in the Spanish top flight.

Soccer: Liverpool ready to rise to occasion at City

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 6:04am
LONDON (Reuters) - If the Premier League contained only the current top six then Liverpool, not Chelsea, would be heading for the title.

Ward hopes Burnley pick up first away win at Sunderland

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:10am
(Reuters) - Burnley have the perfect chance to get their first away win in the Premier League and end a five-game winless streak when they face bottom-placed Sunderland on Saturday, defender Stephen Ward has said.

Valencia focused on securing European soccer for Everton

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:58am
(Reuters) - Striker Enner Valencia is focused on using what is left of the season to secure European qualification at Everton and said he would love to stay on at the club when his loan deal ends.

Motor racing: Lowe joins Williams as technical head and shareholder

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:37am
LONDON (Reuters) - Paddy Lowe has joined the Williams Formula One team from champions Mercedes with immediate effect as chief technical officer and shareholder in the group, Williams announced on Thursday.

Pliskova battles past Muguruza to reach Indian Wells semis

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:24am
(Reuters) - World number three Karolina Pliskova overcame a stern test to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday after edging French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6(2)7-6(5) at Indian Wells.   

Melbourne, Perth lead Australian push for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:51am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - City officials in Perth and Melbourne are leading an Australian push to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the right this week.

UFC boss White says won't block Mayweather-McGregor fight

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:31pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - UFC President Dana White will not stand in lightweight champion Conor McGregor's way if the Irishman agrees terms to a much-hyped crossover bout with boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Kyrgios beats Djokovic again, to face Federer

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 9:41pm
(Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios ended Novak Djokovic’s 19-match winning run at Indian Wells by beating the Serb 6-4 7-6(3) to reach the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Roger Federer also advanced with a straight sets win over Rafa Nadal.

Motor racing: Same old problems for new-look McLaren

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 9:09pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso, as frustrated as any double Formula One world champion would be in a slow and unreliable car, summed up McLaren's testing woes in terms guaranteed to make Honda executives wince.

Kyrgios stuns Djokovic again to reach quarter-finals

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 7:46pm
(Reuters) - Australian Nick Kyrgios stunned Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6(3) on Wednesday to secure his second victory over the world number two in less than two weeks and advance to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

U.S. women's ice hockey team threaten to boycott world champs over wages

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 7:43pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. women's national ice hockey team will boycott the 2017 world championships unless their demands for higher wages are met by USA Hockey, lawyers for the players said on Wednesday.

U.S. judge upholds NHL defenseman's shortened ban, in defeat for Bettman

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 7:26pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman's bid to restore Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for hitting a linesman, and instead upheld an arbitrator's decision to shorten the ban to 10 games.

McIlroy not ready to forgive and forget Muirfield ban

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 6:31pm
(Reuters) - Muirfield golf club may have scrapped its all-male policy and been welcomed back into the British Open rotation but world number three Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday he is not ready to toast a new era.

Canadian refugees learn to curl, and how to handle icy wipeouts

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:41pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Arun Daniel and his mom, Suguna, first touched Canadian soil two weeks ago and, on Wednesday, they first touched ice, sliding on one knee and pushing a 40-pound granite rock across a rink.