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Sock upsets Nishikori to set up semi-final with Federer

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:13pm
(Reuters) - Jack Sock powered past fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3 2-6 6-2 on Friday to book a date with Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Golf: Hoffman surfs into Bay Hill lead as Day gets a lucky break

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:01pm
(Reuters) - Long-haired Californian Charley Hoffman found his putting touch to surf into the halfway lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Friday.

Injured Johnson out of USA soccer World Cup qualifiers

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:25pm
(Reuters) - A hamstring injury has forced versatile midfielder Fabian Johnson out of the United States team for next week's World Cup qualifiers, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.

Bolt, van Niekerk, Farah, Rudisha headline Jamaican meet

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:50pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt, fellow world record holders David Rudisha and Wayde van Niekerk and middle distance king Mo Farah will headline the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 10, organizers announced on Friday.

Ill Kyrgios pulls out of quarterfinal clash with Federer

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:27pm
(Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of his much anticipated quarterfinal showdown with Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday with suspected food poisoning.

Soccer: Man City take the lead in the sponsorship arms race

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City have stolen a march on their rivals by becoming the first Premier League club to sign a "sleeve sponsorship" deal after a relaxing of rules surrounding logos.

Horse racing: Sizing John powers to Gold Cup glory

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:39am
LONDON (Reuters) - Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington, surged to a three-length victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

Boro's Agnew hoping to replicate Shakespeare's impact at Leicester

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:37am
(Reuters) - Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew hopes his appointment will have a similar impact at the relegation-threatened club as that of Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City.

Chelsea eight wins away from league title, says Conte

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:36am
(Reuters) - Chelsea need 24 points from their remaining 11 fixtures to win the Premier League title, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday ahead of their trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

Soccer: Zambrano named head coach of Canada's national team

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:35am
(Reuters) - Octavio Zambrano was named head coach of Canada's men’s national soccer team on Friday, with the Ecuadorian handed the task of ending decades of failure on the pitch.

Allardyce dreads player exodus if Palace get relegated

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:48am
(Reuters) - Crystal Palace risk suffering a mass exodus of players at the end of the season if they lose their Premier League status, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday, ahead of Saturday's vital match against Watford at Selhurst Park.

Soccer: Tottenham well-equipped to cope without Kane, says Pochettino

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:12am
LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Kane's creaky ankle ligaments have put a cloud over Tottenham's Hotspur's run-in to the Premier League season but manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side are now better-equipped to cope with his absence.

Soccer: Guardiola must rebuild back four to succeed - Backe

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:00am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Pep Guardiola must address his side's defensive woes if Manchester City are to have any chance of adding another Premier League title, former assistant manager Hans Backe said.

Soccer: African game faces uncertain future under new regime

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:37am
ADDIS ABABA, (Reuters) - - African soccer faces an uncertain future after Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou was swept from power and a raft of new officials were voted into powerful positions.

No ratings disaster if Woods misses Masters, say experts

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:05am
(Reuters) - The Masters, with its famed azaleas, precisely manicured greens and towering trees is bigger than any one golfer, even Tiger Woods.

Soccer: Bayern's Ancelotti gets Real reunion, Juve meet Barca

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:08am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Titleholders Real Madrid must face their former coach in the Champions League quarter-finals after they were drawn against Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich on Friday.

Soccer: Pedro returns to Spain squad for games against Israel and France

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:25am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Chelsea forward Pedro received a recall to the Spain squad on Friday for the World Cup qualifier against Israel and the international friendly against France after nearly nine months out of the national team.

Soccer: Barca assistant Unzue receives players' backing for top job

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:18am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta and team mates Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique have all given their backing to assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue potentially taking over from Luis Enrique as head coach of the Spanish champions.

Swansea's relegation battle will go down to the wire: Clement

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:16am
(Reuters) - Swansea City's fight to stay in the Premier League will not let up until the season ends, said manager Paul Clement, who urged his players to remain calm and focus on getting positive results ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.

Mali banned from international soccer

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:06am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Mali has been suspended from international soccer after the West African country's sports minister sacked the executive committee of its soccer federation, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.