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Tennis: Nishikori beaten in low-key return from injury

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:38pm
(Reuters) - Kei Nishikori feels he needs more time to reach full fitness after going down 6-3 3-6 6-4 to American Dennis Novikov in the opening round of a Newport Beach ATP Challenger Tour event in his first match since undergoing right wrist injury in August.

Kerber crushes Keys to reach Melbourne Park semis

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:16pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Revitalized 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.

Zverev fine to cure plague of first-round pull-outs

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 9:33pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The plague of tennis players retiring hurt or ill in the first round of grand slam tournaments was largely absent at the Australian Open this year for a very good reason -- as Mischa Zverev has found out to his cost.

Tennis: Kerber crushes Keys to reach Melbourne Park semis

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:14pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Revitalized 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.

Japan PM Abe says to attend Pyeongchang Olympics

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:12pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he would attend the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month, after reports he would not attend due to a dispute over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.

Japan PM Abe to attend Pyeongchang Olympics: government source

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:16pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month, a government source said on Wednesday, after earlier reports he would skip the Games to protest at Seoul's position on "comfort women".

Kerber crushes Keys to reach Melbourne Park tennis semis

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:15pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Revitalized 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.

Serena to play Fed Cup tie against Netherlands

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:33pm
(Reuters) - Former world number one Serena Williams will return to the tennis courts next month in the United States' Fed Cup first round tie against the Netherlands, the United States Tennis Association said on Tuesday.

Golf: Rahm ready to play second fiddle to world number 647

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:28pm
LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Jon Rahm will enter the Farmers Insurance Open this week as the number two player in the world, but he realizes that most of the attention will be on a player ranked 645 places behind him.

Denmark reach Euro handball semis as Slovenia stun Spain

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:05pm
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Olympic champions Denmark became the first nation to reach the European championship semi-finals as other results in main round Group II sent them through without throwing a ball on Tuesday.

Alpine skiing: Hirscher wins again, snowballs aimed at Kristoffersen

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:02pm
SCHLADMING, Austria (Reuters) - Local favorite Marcel Hirscher edged out Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen at the World Cup slalom in Schladming on Tuesday after his great rival had snowballs thrown at him.

Confident Tiger Woods plays practice round ahead of comeback

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:24pm
LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Tiger Woods declared it was all systems go after sneaking in nine quick holes at Torrey Pines on Tuesday, two days ahead of his official PGA Tour comeback at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Force India could start F1 season with a new name

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 2:17pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Force India could have a new name before Formula One's pre-season testing starts in Spain next month.

Freestyle skier Yater-Wallace overcomes trials to reach second Olympics

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 2:13pm
(Reuters) - Freestyle skier Torin Yater-Wallace’s journey to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is among the most remarkable, after the American endured a sequence of trials testing his mental perseverance, physical strength and desire to compete at the top of his sport.

Alpine skiing: Hong Kong teenager set for snowy first at Olympics

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:34pm
(Reuters) - Hong Kong will have an athlete competing on snow for the first time at a Winter Olympics after 16-year-old Alpine Skier Arabella Ng secured her place for next month's Pyeongchang Games.

Soccer: Trump factor looms as Morocco launch bid to beat North American World Cup

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:30pm
LONDON (Reuters) - The competing bids for the 2026 World Cup, the first that will feature an expanded 48-team field, began their campaigns in earnest on Tuesday ahead of June's FIFA congress vote -- with the Donald Trump factor one of the key unknowns.

North American 2026 World Cup bid yet to get government guarantees

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:55am
LONDON (Reuters) - Less then two months from the deadline for submission of their proposal, the tri-nation North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has not secured the government guarantees on visa-free travel plus work permit and tax exemptions demanded by FIFA.

Figure skating: Two Russians barred from Olympics, hockey players also excluded

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:49am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian figure skater Ksenia Stolbova and ice dancer Ivan Bukin will not be allowed to take part in next month's Olympic Games, the Russian Figure Skating Federation said on Tuesday, citing a directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russia names and shames hotels jacking up prices for World Cup

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:22am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Federal Agency for Tourism on Tuesday published a list of hotels that have increased their room prices by as much as 5,000 percent for this year's soccer World Cup.

Alpine Skiing: South Africa aims to become winter wonderland for skiers

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 9:30am
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa may be more associated with sun than snow, but the country has made strides in recent years as a popular destination for professional skiers to compete in the European summer.

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