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Real Madrid, Barcelona still neck and neck after big wins

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:22pm
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 to stay level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday after the Catalans crushed Osasuna 7-1, condemning the minnows to relegation.

Golf: Thompson brought to tears discussing 'nightmare' LPGA penalty

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:28pm
(Reuters) - An unrepentant Lexi Thompson again broke down in tears while discussing the controversial penalty that upended her title bid at the year's first major three weeks ago and has since led to an expedited rule change.

Copa America set to increase to 16-team tournament

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:17pm
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Copa America is likely to be expanded to 16 teams when it next takes place in Brazil in 2019, South American soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

Soccer: 'Never again', swears South America as it promises clean-up

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:14pm
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The head of South America's soccer federation swore that the corruption cases that have rocked it in recent years would "never again" happen, as the organization described itself as a victim and pledged to try and recoup stolen funds.

Sharapova marks comeback from doping ban with win over Vinci

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:59pm
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.

Cycling: Albasini wins first stage of Tour de Romandie

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:49pm
(Reuters) - Swiss rider Michael Albasini won a bunch sprint in pouring rain on the second stage of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday.

In volatile sports media landscape, Bleacher Report sees path to relevance

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:04pm
(Reuters) - Bleacher Report debuted a new look on Wednesday as the digital sports site owned by Time Warner Inc's Turner Broadcasting System unit pitches itself to advertisers as the top place for the elusive young male audience.

Zidane rests Ronaldo for Deportivo clash despite Clasico stumble

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:29pm
BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested for Real Madrid’s trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday, the team sheet on Real's website showed.

Nadal wins on own court to reach Barcelona Open third round

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:21pm
BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal saw off Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the last 16 of the Barcelona Open, while Andy Murray advanced after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew.

Lynch set to join Raiders after trade from Seahawks

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:10am
(The Sports Xchange) - Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after the Seattle Seahawks agreed to trade the running back to his hometown Oakland Raiders.

ESPN to layoff 100 on-air talent: source

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:06am
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co 's ESPN television unit is laying off about 10 percent of its 1,000 on-air staff, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Stockholm won't seek 2026 Winter Games: Social Democrats

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:42am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish capital Stockholm has decided not to apply to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with the Social Democrats, the largest in a four-party coalition currently running the city, citing a lack of broad political support and uncertainty over costs.

Junior world championships moved to Croatia from N. Korea on security concerns

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:54am
(Reuters) - The International Judo Federation has relocated the 2017 Junior World Judo Championships to Zagreb, Croatia, from North Korea's Pyongyang due to security concerns, judo's governing body said in a statement.

Murray advances in Barcelona Open after Tomic pulls out

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:05am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Andy Murray has advanced to the third round of the Barcelona Open without playing a stroke after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew on Wednesday.

China's richest man deepens sports foray with global marathons deal

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:01am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda Group, controlled by the country's richest man Wang Jianlin, has signed a deal to sponsor races with the world's top organizer, Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM), the latest move by Wanda to expand its global sports business.

French Open organizers boost prize money by 12 percent

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:22am
PARIS (Reuters) - French Open organizers have increased the grand slam tournament's prize money by 12 percent to 36 million euros ($39.25 million) while narrowing the gap between the earnings of the winners and the first-round losers.

Boxing: Well-trained Joshua ready to shine against Klitschko

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:01am
(Reuters) - Anthony Joshua has said his 13 weeks of preparation has pushed him to a whole new level ahead of his world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday.

WTA chief Simon defends Sharapova's wildcard entry

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:41am
(Reuters) - Women's Tennis Association Chief Executive Steve Simon has defended the wildcard entry awarded to former world number one Maria Sharapova for the Stuttgart Open following her 15-month doping ban.

Athletics: Ennis-Hill not expecting Chernova apology after doping ban

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:02am
(Reuters) - Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill does not expect to receive an apology from Tatyana Chernova after the Russian heptathlete was stripped of her 2011 world title for a doping violation but she is eager to get her hands on the gold medal.

Serena says accidentally spilled news of her pregnancy

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:58am
(Reuters) - Serena Williams had no intention of sharing her pregnancy with the world last week but spilled the beans when she accidentally uploaded the "20 weeks" photo of herself on Snapchat, the world number one said on Tuesday.