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NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Games

By Steve Keating (Reuters) - The National Hockey League will not take part in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, saying on Monday that it would finalize its 2017-18 season schedule without a Winter Games break. It declared negotiations "officially closed...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 4:08pm

Soccer: Moyes apologizes for 'slap' comment to female reporter

LONDON (Reuters) - Sunderland manager David Moyes faces a possible FA sanction after telling a female reporter that she "might get a slap even though you're a woman" for questions asked in an interview last month. Moyes, whose side are rooted to the bottom...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 4:06pm

Soccer: Costa peps up Chelsea ahead of Man City clash

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea top scorer Diego Costa believes the Premier League leaders can effectively end Manchester City's title hopes when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The alternative scenario, that fourth-...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 3:15pm

Spanish League to investigate Eldense match-fixing claims

By Rik Sharma MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona B's 12-0 victory over Eldense in Segunda B on Saturday will be investigated by the Spanish League following match-fixing allegations, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Monday. Tebas said the inquiry had...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:10pm

Injured Konta withdraws from Charleston tournament

(Reuters) - British number one Johanna Konta has withdrawn from this week's Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina, citing a right shoulder injury. Konta, winner of the weekend's Miami Open, would have been the number two seed in the WTA event...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:03pm

Financial adviser pleads guilty to defrauding NBA star Duncan

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A prominent wine industry businessman and financial manager pleaded guilty in federal court in San Antonio on Monday to stealing millions of dollars from retired National Basketball Association superstar Tim Duncan...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:00pm

Motor racing: Giovinazzi replaces Wehrlein for Chinese GP

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Italian rookie Antonio Giovinazzi will again replace Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix due to the German's fitness issues, the Swiss-based Formula One team said on Monday. Sauber are hoping...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 1:23pm

Motor racing: Giovinazzi replaces Wehrlein for Chinese GP

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Italian rookie Antonio Giovinazzi will again replace Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix due to the German's fitness issues, the Swiss-based Formula One team said on Monday. Sauber are hoping...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:39pm

Former Guatemalan FA president Jimenez banned for life

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan football chief Brayan Jimenez has been banned from the sport for life for offences which included "bribery and corruption", FIFA's ethics committee said on Monday. Jimenez, also a former member of a FIFA committee for fair...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:34am

Top-ranked Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy three to beat at Masters

By Andrew Both (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson returns to this week's U.S. Masters a different person than a year ago, more confident and comfortable, a golfer with greatness in his sights but some Everest-like mountains still to climb. Johnson...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:36am

IOC says no sign of significant abuse in clenbuterol cases from Beijing

ZURICH (Reuters) - The IOC said it had not detected any significant abuse of clenbuterol after finding "very low levels" of the banned substance during re-testing of samples from the Beijing Olympics. The International Olympic Committee's comments on Monday came...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:31am

China will expose McLaren's weakness, says Boullier

LONDON (Reuters) - Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix will expose McLaren and Honda's weaknesses more starkly than last month's season-opening race in Australia, according to Formula One team racing director Eric Boullier. Double world champion Fernando Alonso ran in...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 9:11am

McIlroy agrees new long-term deal with Nike

LONDON (Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has signed a long-term extension to his contract with Nike ahead of this week's U.S. Masters at Augusta National. "Looking forward to the next 10+ years as a @nike athlete," the Northern Irishman said on his...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 6:50am

IAAF says medical records compromised by Fancy Bear hacking group

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The governing body of global athletics (IAAF) said on Monday it had suffered a cyber attack that it believes has compromised information about athletes' medical records. The IAAF said in a statement the hacking...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 6:13am

Tennis-Team USA must be wary of fired-up Kyrgios, says Courier

By Ian Ransom (Reuters) - Australia's number two Bernard Tomic will be absent from this week's Davis Cup quarter-finals but the United States will still have a fight on their hands in Brisbane due to the impressive form of Nick Kyrgios, U.S. team captain Jim...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 4:03am

Swansea's Clement believes relegation fight could go to last game

(Reuters) - The battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League is likely to go down to the final game of the season, Swansea City manager Paul Clement has said after his club were held to a goalless draw by fellow strugglers Middlesbrough on Sunday. Swansea...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:46am

Olympics-North Korea free to take part in 2018 Games, says Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will be allowed to travel to South Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if it wishes to take part, Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Monday. North Korean athletes need approval from Seoul to enter the South as the 1950-...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:37am

Ryu wins ANA in playoff after Thompson hit with penalty

(Reuters) - Lexi Thompson was denied a major victory in the cruellest of fashions at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday after she was hit with a four-stroke penalty for a rules infraction the previous day then lost to South Korean Ryu So-yeon in a playoff for...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:16pm

Thompson hit with penalty, loses ANA in playoff

(Reuters) - A tearful Lexi Thompson credited her caddy and fans for helping her get through an emotional roller coaster in the final round of the ANA Inspiration on Sunday after she was hit with a four-shot penalty then lost in a playoff for the title...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:58pm

Knee injury sidelines Knicks' Rose for remainder of season

(The Sports Xchange) - New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee, the team said on Sunday. The 28-year-old Rose's latest injury setback will require arthroscopic surgery and will be his...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 5:46pm