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Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:16pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas is determined to make the most of his "dream" opportunity after being ushered into the Mercedes seat left vacant by the sudden retirement of Formula One champion Nico Rosberg at the end of last season.

IOC's Fredericks to remain IAAF council during probe: Coe

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:15pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Frank Fredericks will stay on the IAAF Council while an ethics board reviews allegations that he accepted payments before the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Rio, Sebastian Coe, the organization's head, said on Tuesday.

Athletics: Jamaican duo charged with anti-doping rule violation

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:11pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer and world championship relay medalist Riker Hylton have been charged with breaching anti-doping rules, Jamaican athletics officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Players' Tribune eyes European expansion

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:58pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Players' Tribune, a website designed to allow athletes to express themselves, is thinking 'international' and hoping to become an outlet for English Premier League players and other footballers in Europe.

Golf: Johnson handed major challenge at WGC-Dell Match Play

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:17pm
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson has the hottest hand in golf and will need to keep that form heading into Wednesday's WGC-Dell Match Play tournament after being grouped with a trio of major champions.

NHL's Bettman on Olympics: 'Assume we are not going'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:40pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Tuesday that with negotiations on Olympic participation at a standstill people should assume the league will not be sending its players to the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Latvian Porzingis is Knicks' best hope of bright future

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:20pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If the New York Knicks are the NBA's stormiest soap opera, then Latvian talent Kristaps Porzingis is the central love interest, a lone symbol of better days ahead for the franchise.

Bridgestone goes from Olympic rookie to IOC model

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan's Bridgestone Corp has gone from a rookie Olympic sponsor to a model for fan participation following their Fan Zone at the Olympic Golf Course for the 2016 Rio Games and will try to help other federations do likewise.

Rojas stripped of Catalonia tour lead after pushing team mates

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:11pm
MADRID (Reuters) - Jose Rojas was stripped of the lead in the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday after he was penalized for giving an illegal push to his Movistar team mates during their winning team time trial ride.

Home run king Bonds rejoins Giants as advisor

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:34pm
(Reuters) - Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor, the team said on Tuesday.

Soccer: Man United's Jones out of England squad with injury

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:25am
(Reuters) - Manchester United defender Phil Jones is out of England's squad for their upcoming international fixtures against Germany and Lithuania after sustaining an injury in training, the English Football Association said on Tuesday.

Hong Kong pull out of Davis Cup tie in Pakistan over security fears

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:22am
(Reuters) - Hong Kong have withdrawn from their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad citing security concerns, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement on Tuesday.

2028 Olympic Games not an option for Paris, says bid chief

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:07am
LONDON (Reuters) - The Paris Olympic bid chief said on Tuesday he was not against the awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in the same session later this year, but ruled the French capital out of the latter Games.

Chicago Fire sign Schweinsteiger from Man United: report

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:43am
(Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to join Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire, the Chicago Tribune has reported.

Baseball: Puerto Rico reach Classic final with win over Netherlands

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:42am
(Reuters) - Puerto Rico made it to their second straight World Baseball Classic final on Monday with a 4-3 extra-innings win over the Netherlands at Dodger Stadium.

Safety first for South Korea ahead of China, North Korea games

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:44am
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is taking steps to ensure the safety of its soccer players and fans as national men's and women's teams prepare for matches in China and North Korea amid tense diplomatic relations between the Asian neighbors.

IOC welcome Tokyo 2020 golf venue u-turn on women members

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:57pm
SYDNEY (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates has welcomed the decision of the club which will host the golf tournaments at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to admit women as full members.

Soccer: Heartbroken captain Hasebe withdraws from Japan squad

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:07pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has withdrawn from the squad for this week's World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates, averting a potential standoff with his German club Eintracht Frankfurt over a knee problem.

Soccer: Leicester's Vardy got death threats over Ranieri sacking

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:05pm
(Reuters) - Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has said he was subjected to death threats and his wife targeted by aggressive motorists after allegations that he contributed to the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri.

Ice hockey: U.S. women's team hold productive talks in wage fight

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 7:17pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. women's ice hockey team threatening to boycott the world championships over a wage dispute held productive talks with USA Hockey on Monday and will continue discussions this week in the hope of reaching a deal.