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Liberty sets aside shares for Formula One teams

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:56am
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's new owner Liberty Media is still hoping that competing teams will buy a stake in the sport once a takeover is completed and will reserve $400 million of shares for them, it said on Thursday.

Daredevil Marquez races up downhill slope

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:39am
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Reuters) - Spanish MotoGP champion Marc Marquez opted for an alternative method to tackle one of the toughest Alpine ski courses in Europe -- charging up it on his Honda bike.

Le Cleac'h keeps Vendee Globe in France

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:16am
LES SABLES D'OLONNE, France (Reuters) - Armel Le Cleac'h held off Britain's Alex Thomson in a tight finish to maintain France's perfect record in the solo round-the-world Vendee Globe sailing race on Thursday.

Nadal smashes through Baghdatis to reach third round

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 7:17am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 demolition of former finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

China's Alibaba becomes major sponsor of Olympics

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:38am
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has become a major sponsor of the Olympics after signing a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that runs until 2028, the two parties said on Thursday

From also-ran to top 50, Evans prepares to take on Tomic

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:05am
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Five years ago, Dan Evans was considered so bad that he wasn't even allowed to practise with Australian Bernard Tomic.

Racing leapfrogs rugby in Britain's popularity stakes

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:15am
(Reuters) - Horse racing has regained second spot in Britain's popularity stakes in terms of attendance after a year's absence, leapfrogging rugby with nearly six million people going to meets in 2016.

Defending champion Djokovic knocked out of Australian Open

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:29am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday by Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin, losing 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena.

Westbrook vows retribution after hard foul

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:16am
(Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook offered a warning that he will seek retribution for a hard foul on him on Wednesday by Golden State's Zaza Pachulia.

Torn Achilles may have ended Gay's season

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:39am
(Reuters) - Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay is believed to have suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles on Wednesday, the team announced.

British challenger Konta hones mental mettle to down Osaka

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:26am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The last time Johanna Konta faced Naomi Osaka in qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open, the Briton had just scraped into the top 100 and her then 16-year-old opponent was more than a hundred places further back in the rankings.

Rampant Durant helps Warriors silence Thunder

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:46am
(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant terrorized his former team for the second straight time on Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 40 points in the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Blink and it's over as Pliskova issues warning to rivals

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:37am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams may have become engaged over the New Year but Karolina Pliskova emerged from the Australian Open second round on Thursday demonstrating she was ready to step out of the shadows as a grand slam bridesmaid.

Raonic races into third round of Australian Open

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:01am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Milos Raonic continued his machine-like advance through the Australian Open on Thursday, easing past Gilles Muller 6-3 6-4 7-6(4) to reach the third round.

Ewan sprints to second stage victory, Porte retains lead

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:58pm
ADELAIDE (Reuters) - Australia's Caleb Ewan held off world champion Peter Sagan in a bunch sprint to claim his second stage victory in the 2017 Tour Down Under on Thursday as Richie Porte finished in the pack to retain his overall lead.

'Nick off!': Australian media slam Kyrgios after meltdown

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:57pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian media urged Nick Kyrgios to get a coach, get serious or get out of the game on Thursday after his tempestuous second round exit from his home Australian Open.

China's Xi pledges clean, green Winter Games in 2022

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:45pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will hold a clean and green Winter Olympics when it hosts the games in 2022, an event that will also help regional peace and stability, President Xi Jinping told the head of the International Olympic Committee.

Murray moving well in practice after ankle injury scare

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 8:35pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray took to the Melbourne Park practice courts without obvious discomfort on Thursday just a few hours after turning his right ankle during a second round match at the Australian Open.

Impressive Pliskova marches on with Blinkova thrashing

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:34pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Karolina Pliskova gave Russian teenager Anna Blinkova a massive wakeup call to the realities of grand slam tennis with a 6-0 6-2 Australian Open second round romp in just 59 minutes on Thursday.

Bonds, Clemens move closer to baseball Hall of Fame welcome

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:32pm
(Reuters) - The Baseball Hall of Fame announced three new members to its fraternity on Wednesday but a spike in voting for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the most controversial candidates ever, was creating just as much buzz.