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Asian Tour returns to China, plans four events this year

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:02am
(Reuters) - The Asian Tour will return to China for the first time since 2008 with up to four new events planned in 2017 in a "game changer" partnership with the China Golf Association, the continental body said on Friday.

Bach delivers warning to 2020 golf venue

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:17am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic chief Thomas Bach hopes the golf club hosting the men's and women's tournaments at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will change its policy and allow equal rights to women but underlined the IOC's stance it would seek another venue if it failed to do so.

IOC exploring all options for 2024/28 hosting decision

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:42am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach left the door open to the possibility of naming Paris and Los Angeles as hosts of the next two Summer Games on Friday, saying no option was off the table as it reviews its bidding process.

Baseball: Dominican Republic shut out winless Venezuela

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:28am
(Reuters) - The Dominican Republic, with home runs by Gregory Polanco and Nelson Cruz backing a combined effort by six pitchers, shut out Venezuela 3-0 on Thursday to remain in the hunt for a semi-final berth in the World Baseball Classic.

Wawrinka wins Thiem thriller to reach Indian Wells semis

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:53am
(Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka raised his game on the big points and dominated the climactic third-set tiebreaker to beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 7-6(2) on Thursday and reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Vesnina ousts Venus to reach semi-finals at Indian Wells

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:49pm
(Reuters) - Elena Vesnina denied Venus Williams another comeback win, while Kristina Mladenovic roared back from a set and a break down to beat Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Olympics: Fukushima confirmed as additional 2020 baseball venue

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:32pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Fukushima prefecture's Azuma Baseball Stadium will host at least one baseball and softball match during the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo organizing president Yoshiro Mori said on Friday.

Motor racing: F1's 'other Brit' senses a chance to shine

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:12pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Jolyon Palmer, by his own admission, did not make much of a mark on Formula One last season.

Motor racing: Hamilton is still the man to beat

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:11pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Last season was the one that got away for Lewis Hamilton and the triple Formula One world champion is not prepared to let that happen again in 2017.

Soccer: Schalke recover to reach Europa League last eight, United edge Rostov

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 6:05pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Schalke 04 hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and overcome fellow Germans Borussia Moenchenglach on away goals in their Europa League last 16 tie while Manchester United edged Rostov 1-0 to progress on Thursday.

Former Team Sky rider says he injected vitamins, broke cycling rules

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:35pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Team Sky rider Josh Edmondson has said that he broke cycling's no-needle policy to inject himself secretly with vitamins.

Bulls' Wade out for season with elbow injury

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:41pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right elbow, the team announced on Thursday.

'Greek Freak' using passing to make leap to stardom

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:39pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Milwaukee Bucks wunderkind Giannis Antetokounmpo is evolving at such a pace that he may soon outgrow his nickname of "The Greek Freak."

Jason Day warms up on cold day at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:18pm
(Reuters) - Defending champion Jason Day coped with "brutally chilly" temperatures to finish three strokes behind early first-round leader Emiliano Grillo at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Thursday.

USA Hockey give women deadline to decide on world champs

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:22pm
(Reuters) - USA Hockey has given the U.S. women's national team a deadline of 5 pm ET on Thursday to decide whether they will play in the world championships after threatening to boycott the competition over a wage dispute.

USA Gymnastics head resigns amid abuse scandal

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:57pm
(Reuters) - Steve Penny resigned as president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics on Thursday in the wake of the federation's handling of sexual abuse allegations concerning a former team doctor.

Alpine: Weirather claims Super-G win and crystal globe

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:00pm
(Reuters) - Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather scored a dramatic win in the final Super-G race of the season to snatch the alpine World Cup discipline title from Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec on Thursday.

Motor racing: McLaren 'considering options' with Honda

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:54am
LONDON (Reuters) - McLaren say they are "considering options" with engine suppliers Honda amid media reports that the Formula One team have sounded out former engine partners Mercedes over a possible future supply following problems in testing.

Miami baseball star Fernandez responsible for deadly boat crash: report

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:42am
MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami baseball star Jose Fernandez was to blame for a boat crash that killed him and two passengers last year, Florida officials said on Thursday, finding that his reckless and impaired driving led the vessel to slam into a rock jetty.

Long-shot Jacobs not intimidated by Golovkin

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:40am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has something of a Mike Tyson aura about him, acknowledged Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs, but don't expect the challenger to feel intimidated in their title clash on Saturday.

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