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I didn't come here for the $50k, says injured Almagro

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:55am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spanish world number 42 Nicolas Almagro defended his injury withdrawal from his match at the Australian Open on Monday, saying he had not turned up just for the $50,000 prize money that comes with a first-round exit.

Harden's triple-double leads Rockets past Nets

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:28am
(Reuters) - Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal on Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets.

'I'm pretty good at this,' says victorious Venus

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:02am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Venus Williams survived a rocky start to reach the second round of her 17th Australian Open on Monday, putting her 7-6 7-5 victory over Kateryna Kozlova down to hard-earned experience.

China set to tighten limits on foreign players

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:34pm
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will tighten rules over the number of overseas players able to appear in domestic games, amid concerns that clubs have been over-spending on foreign talent with a rapid growth in the huge fees being paid for high-profile imports.

Boswell boots Steelers past Chiefs, into AFC title game

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:28pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Steelers did not spend much time in the end zone at Arrowhead Stadium in Sunday's AFC divisional round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, it was the home team that scored the game's only touchdowns.

Olympic champion Puig hopes for golden form in Melbourne

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:23pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Monica Puig would never trade her surprise singles gold at the Rio Games for any grand slam success but Puerto Rico's first Olympic champion felt compelled to lock the medal away amid the lean period that followed her greatest tennis triumph.

Nishikori digs deep to book second round berth

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:31pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori was forced to dig deep to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday with the world number five taken the distance by Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov before eking out a 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-7(6) 6-2 win.

Halep first seed out of Australian Open

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:19pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep fell at the Australian Open's first hurdle for a second straight year on Monday after the Romanian, hampered by a nagging knee problem, lost 6-3 6-1 to American Shelby Rogers.

Thomas romps to Sony Open victory in record style

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:10pm
(Reuters) - Justin Thomas overcame a slow start for a second straight day before five birdies in seven holes helped him wrap up a wire-to-wire victory in record style at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.

Packers win an 'unbelievable effort', says QB Rogers

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 9:10pm
(Reuters) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of Green Bay's Super Bowl triumph six years ago, was left almost speechless after his team's nailbiting 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff showdown on Sunday.

Adebayor returns to international stage with Togo

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 8:18pm
LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor returns to a major footballing stage for the first time since the striker's spell at Crystal Palace ended last season when he leads his country out at the African Nations Cup on Monday.

Packers win thriller vs Cowboys to reach NFC title game

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 7:56pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was left with a few seconds and one shot at winning it and that was enough as Green Bay's 51-yard field goal at the gun gave them a 34-31 playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

NBA: League eyes growth in Mexico, looks at possible franchise

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 6:55pm
(Reuters) - NBA games have been played in Mexico for a quarter of a century and the league, eager to grow the sport worldwide, is "going to look at" the possibility of establishing a franchise in that country, according to commissioner Adam Silver.

Golf: Chilean amateur Gana wins Masters spot with playoff win

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 4:22pm
(Reuters) - Teenager Toto Gana of Chile sank a two-foot birdie putt to book a spot at this year's Masters with a gripping playoff victory at the third Latin America Amateur Championship in Panama City on Sunday.

Motor racing: Bottas move to Mercedes is close, says Williams

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:41pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Williams are close to agreeing a deal that would see their Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas replace retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, deputy principal Claire Williams said on Sunday.

Vonn just happy to be racing again after 13th place

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:35am
(Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn said she was just happy to be competing again after finishing 13th in her comeback race, a re-scheduled women's World Cup downhill in the Austrian resort of Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, on Sunday

German swimmers dive into frosty waters to become 'Ice King of Chiemsee'

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 8:32am
PRIEN, Germany (Reuters) - Some 30 swimmers braved the frosty waters of Germany's Chiemsee over the weekend, racing to be crowned "Ice King" of the famous lake near Munich.

Storm holds off McIlroy to claim South African Open

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 8:30am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - England’s Graeme Storm claimed a first European Tour trophy in almost 10 years after holding off the challenge of world number two Rory McIlroy on the third playoff hole to win the South African Open on Sunday.

Federer, Kerber in the spotlight on day one in Melbourne

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 6:06am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer takes the spotlight on his return to grand slam tennis on the opening day of the Australian Open on Monday but those looking for title contenders might be wise to cast their gaze elsewhere.

Comeback king Haas readies for Melbourne Park return

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 1:29am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tommy Haas's body has been carved open by the surgeon's knife and pockmarked by pain-killing injections over the course of a 20-year career, but the 38-year-old German is still looking forward to putting himself through another punishing grand slam campaign.