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Olympics: Tokyo 2020 organizers welcome IOC boxing decision

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 organizers welcomed on Thursday the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation to include boxing at next year's Games. The IOC executive board recommended on Wednesday that boxing should keep...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Tennis: Nadal primed for another French Open charge after Rome crescendo

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal has hit form at the perfect time heading into the French Open after a slow start, by his standards, to the claycourt season caused some to doubt his chances of continuing his vice-like grip on the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Putin honors FIFA's Infantino with state medal over 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino thanked Russia on Thursday for hosting the "best World Cup ever" as President Vladimir Putin presented him with a state award for his role in making last year's tournament possible. In a...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Japan's sumo fans welcome Trump Trophy but wish he'd sit cross-legged

By Jack Tarrant and Yoko Kono TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump can expect a warm welcome from the sumo wrestling community when he presents a custom-made "Trump Award" to the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on May 26. However, with Trump...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Qatari president of PSG under investigation in France for graft: source

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - The Qatari president of French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser al-Khelaifi, is under formal investigation in France for alleged corruption related to Doha's bid to host the athletics world championship, a...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Motor racing: Hamilton leads the way in first Monaco practice

By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton led the way for grieving Mercedes in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. The Briton, excused media duties following the death of Mercedes' non-...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:01am

MLB roundup: Yankees continue to punish Orioles

Gleyber Torres continued his homer barrage against Baltimore with two more on Wednesday night, and the visiting New York Yankees finished with five long balls in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles. Torres now has 12 homers this season, with 10 off Orioles pitching. Gary...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00am

Soccer: Argentina name nine professionals in women's World Cup squad

(Reuters) - Argentina announced its squad for the women's World Cup on Wednesday, with coach Carlos Borrello calling up nine professional players and drafting in the rest from the country's domestic amateur league. Argentina does not have a professional...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00am

Motor racing: Lauda's death has taken away heart and soul of F1, says Wolff

By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the death of triple world champion Niki Lauda had stripped Formula One of its heart and soul, leaving him feeling 'like a zombie' and struggling to contain his emotions. Speaking...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00am

Tennis: The Kyrgios one-man circus rolls into Paris

(Attention to language in paragraph 9 that may offend some readers) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - With two completed matches on clay, a petulant tournament default in Rome and character assassinations of some of the game's leading...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Riley wants World Cup push to raise profile in rugby-mad NZ

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand captain Ali Riley is aware of the pressure on her team to win a game at next month's women's World Cup in France but feels it is nothing compared to having spent much of her career fighting for...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

FIFA seeks a billion World Cup viewers to boost women's game

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - FIFA is hoping that over a billion viewers tune in to the Women's World Cup in France as it continues strategic efforts to grow the game around the globe, but the governing body is still subject to criticism over...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Tough Bronze brings Lyon experience to Lionesses

By Julien Pretot LYON, France (Reuters) - When Lucy Bronze kicked off her professional career at Everton, her earnings were all-but wiped out by the cost of being a footballer. Bronze did not care about the money, though. She just...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

European final a step in "spectacular progress" for Barca women's team

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona are making their first appearance in the women's Champions League final against holders Olympique Lyonnais on Saturday but landing a maiden European title is just one part of the club's grand...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Game needs to embrace knowledge of female coaches, says Sundhage

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - With the majority of the 24 teams at the Women's World Cup coached by men, the game needs to embrace the wealth of experience that female soccer coaches have to offer, former United States and Sweden coach...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

UEFA aims to double number of women soccer players by 2024

By Simon Evans BUDAPEST (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body UEFA launched a five-year plan for women's soccer on Friday, aiming to double the number of women and girls playing the sport by 2024. The strategy aims to raise the number of...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Basketball: Simmons, Bogut, Mills head Australia squad for World Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ben Simmons, Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills were among nine NBA players included in Australia's the 17-man squad for this year's basketball World Cup on Thursday. The Boomers, who were fourth at the Rio Olympics, have been drawn...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Soccer: Relaxed Japan hoping to peak at women's World Cup

By Jack Tarrant and Yoko Kono TOKYO (Reuters) - A fun and relaxed atmosphere prevailed at Japan's training camp on Wednesday as Asako Takakura's team began their final preparations for the women's World Cup in France. The "Nadeshiko" head to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Anticipation grows ahead of Federer's return to Paris

By Martyn Herman (Reuters) - All Roger Federer had to do was strike a few silky forehands in his first practice session at Roland Garros for four years to create something of a social media frenzy this week. Ever since the 37-year-old announced...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:01am

Wrestling: European champion Dudova recovering at home after attempt to take own life

SOFIA (Reuters) - Three-time European wrestling champion Bilyana Dudova is recovering at home after attempting to take her own life two days ago, the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation said on Thursday. Dudova, Bulgaria's Olympic medal hope, will miss a national...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:01am