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MotoGP's Maverick poses a new challenge for Marquez

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:27am
LONDON (Reuters) - Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing and Valentino Rossi's new Yamaha team mate will have triple world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season starts in Qatar this weekend.

Hard-working Ricciardo hopes for reward for effort

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:44am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo will again carry his nation's hopes of a first home winner at the season-opening Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday and it would be a well-earned victory for the Red Bull driver after a punishing week off the track.

IOC still hopeful NHL players will compete in Pyeongchang

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:54am
BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee was hopeful negotiations with the National Hockey League would eventually be successful, allowing the world's best players to compete at next year's Pyeongchang winter Games, the governing body said on Thursday.

Collina calls for steps against abuse towards referees

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:41am
(Reuters) - Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, has warned of a global shortage of match officials if efforts are not made to tackle abuse and violence towards referees at the grassroots level.

Last year's crash the least of Alonso's worries

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:45am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso felt lucky to be alive after emerging unscathed from a spectacular crash during last season's Australian Grand Prix but the twice Formula One world champion will give it no thought on his return to Albert Park this year.

Hamilton calls for more women in 'dude' dominated paddock

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:09am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There are "too many dudes" in the paddock at Formula One races and the series needs to improve access for women, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.

United States beat Puerto Rico to win WBC title

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:58pm
(Reuters) - The United States won their first World Baseball Classic title with an 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Soccer: Brazil replace Gabriel Jesus with Firmino for Uruguay clash

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 8:18pm
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino will replace Gabriel Jesus in the Brazil team to play Uruguay in Thursday's crunch World Cup qualifier, coach Tite said on Wednesday.

National Football League roundup

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:05pm
(The Sports Xchange) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims he has heard the average fan's discontent about the pace of the game and intends to do something about it.

Empty offices, wary lenders: China's faltering bid for AC Milan

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:19pm
CHANGXING, China/MILAN (Reuters) - The paper trail for an $800 million bid by little-known Chinese investors for AC Milan, the seven-time European soccer champions, leads via Luxembourg, Hong Kong and a network of shell companies to the deserted 11th floor of the World Trade Centre in Changxing, two hours west of Shanghai.

Aguero and Rojo return for Argentina against Chile

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:43pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Sergio Aguero has been reinstated to the Argentina attack and Marcos Rojo will stand in for the suspended Ramiro Funes Mori in their critical 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile at El Monumental on Thursday.

Soccer: Germany's Podolski crowns farewell with stunning winner over England

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:55pm
DORTMUND (Reuters) - Germany forward Lukas Podolski capped his international swan song on Wednesday with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.

Soccer: Scotland frustrated by Canada in 1-1 friendly draw

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:48pm
(Reuters) - Scotland were held to a 1-1 home draw against Canada in a friendly on Wednesday as Gordon Strachan's struggling side warmed up for this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia with another frustrating display.

New British Cycling performance chief pledges swift progress

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:04pm
LONDON (Reuters) - British Cycling's incoming performance director promised rapid action in areas including leadership and governance on Wednesday, but said the body did not require wholesale change.

Athletics: Jamaica's Spencer denies evading drug test

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:53pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Reigning Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer denied on Wednesday that she "refused or evaded a drug test" and plans to legally challenge the assertion by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

USA Hockey postpones training camp amid wage dispute

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:26pm
(Reuters) - USA Hockey said on Wednesday it had put preparations for the upcoming world championships on hold amid a wage dispute with the U.S. women's team who have threatened to boycott the event.

McIlroy and Spieth fall as upsets abound at WGC-Dell Match Play

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:07pm
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were among the early losers in Wednesday's opening day of the WGC-Dell Match Play as the two former world number one players suffered stunning upsets.

Soccer: Sanchez and Ozil contract talks are on hold, says Wenger

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:49pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are on hold until the end of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Sport: Teams and leagues look to score big in new markets

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:25pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The quest for trophies may be the number one objective of every sports franchise in the world but boosting revenue is a close second as clubs and leagues focus as much on the bottom line as scoreline.

Boxing: Brook to take on Spence in Sheffield title tilt

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:22pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight world title against mandatory American challenger Errol Spence Jr. at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground on May 27.