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Sprenger was listed as "subject to fitness" when the final 43-strong Australia squad was announced on Tuesday for the Aug. 21-25 meet on the Gold Coast, where the hosts will compete against the United States, Japan and Canada. The 28-year-old, who won Olympic silver in London in 2012 and ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday. United end their U.S. tour unbeaten under new ...
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Olympic chief John Coates, who in April branded preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the worst ever, said on Tuesday the prognosis was now "much, much better". Speaking at an event to mark two years until the start of the Rio Games, the ...
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The former world number one withdrew during Sunday's final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain and returned home to Florida for medical evaluation. "Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later," agent Mark Steinberg said in a text ...
The ATP World Tour 250 event, which was due to take place from Sept. 15-21, would have been the first high-profile men's tournament to be held in Israel since 1996. “We regret the ATP World Tour event in Tel Aviv, Israel, will not take place this year. Sadly, we do not feel we can proceed as ...
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(Reuters) - It has been 14 years since Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship when it was last held at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky but the memories of his epic battle with Bob May over the closing stretch remain sharply etched in his mind. Woods and American journeyman May matched one another ...
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(Reuters) - This week's PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky is likely to deliver further confirmation that a new world order is establishing itself in the game with players such as Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott now leading the way. While Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh ...
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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - All, or almost all, is forgiven in Ohio when it comes to LeBron James, who in July returned to the Cleveland National Basketball Association team he fled as a free agent in 2010, a poll released on Monday found. Ohio adults by a 62 percent to 12 percent margin said they ...
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George, an Indiana Pacers All-Star, suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg on Friday in a USA Basketball intra-squad scrimmage ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain starting August 30 and is expected to miss the NBA season. "At this point, I don't anticipate a major ...
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The Scot began working with Frenchwoman Mauresmo shortly before Wimbledon but a disappointing grasscourt season raised question marks about the longevity of their partnership. Murray, however, says he has enjoyed working with the former Wimbledon champion at his training base in Miami as he ...
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The game, played in Canton, Ohio, marks the opening exhibition action of the National Football League season and while many of the top players featured for just minutes their replacements made for an exciting finish. The Giants trailed 13-10 when Nassib’s pass connected with receiver Corey ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - The Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved to be much more than just 'Friendly' as Scottish culture, sport and six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt combined to create a memorable 11-day event. The success of the Games was assured with the golden seal of approval from Bolt, the ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
August 4th, 2014, 1:44 am
The two-time All-Star was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, a day after he was struck by a fastball from Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of a 9-4 loss. "Realistically, it's eight weeks," Gibson told reporters before Sunday's game. "So ...
Williams, playing in her first tournament since being forced to retire from a Wimbledon doubles match because of a viral infection, took the Stanford crown for a third time and won her fourth title overall this season. Her return to fitness has come at just the right time with the US Open set to ...
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McIlroy made a sizzling start to the final round with three consecutive birdies to quickly erase a three-stroke deficit and surge past Sergio Garcia at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The Northern Irishman carded a 66 to finish at 15-under-par 265, while Spaniard Garcia (71) was second on ...
Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, nearly skipped the tournament but was glad he did not after finishing on 21-under-par for 49 points in the Modified Stableford format on the Montreux course. American Justin Hicks claimed second place on 44 points, with compatriots Jonathan Byrd and John Huh ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition with a colorful closing ceremony on Sunday. In a sporting festival recognized for the warmth of its welcome, the ceremony at ...
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Second seed Raonic took barely an hour to dispose of Pospisil on the hardcourt at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, breaking serve three times in the first set. The second set was a tighter battle as Pospisil raised his game before Raonic delivered the knockout blow in the 10th game for ...
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Bolt targets sub 19-second 200m
August 3rd, 2014, 8:46 pm
The 27-year-old Bolt, double Olympic champion in 100m and 200m and a five-times world individual champion, wants to take his 200m world record below 19 seconds. "I've said I want to run sub 19 for 200m - that's one of my biggest goals and my biggest dreams," the 27-year-old Bolt, who ...
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His participation in Thursday's PGA Championship in Kentucky, the final major of the year, must be highly doubtful although Woods said it was too early to speculate. He also must be considered increasingly unlikely to be on the American team for next month’s Ryder Cup in Scotland. ...
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The 34-year-old Pantani, who won the Tour de France in 1998, was found dead in a hotel suite in the beachside resort city of Rimini on Feb. 14 10 years ago, and the court later ruled that he had died accidentally of acute cocaine poisoning. Tonina Pantani, the rider's mother, has always said she ...
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Williams eventually turned what started as a closely-fought contest into a one-sided romp as she beat the frustrated German 7-5 6-0. The American will go for her third title in four years when she meets third seed Angelique Kerber in the final on ...
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They joined defensive end Claude Humphrey, linebacker Derrick Brooks, tackle Walter Jones, receiver Andre Reed and cornerback Aeneas Williams in boosting the Hall's ranks to 287. "I've waited almost 30 years to get to this podium, so don't rush me guys," said 70-year-old Humphrey, who ...
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Second seed Raonic did not face a break point and used his dominating serve to beat unseeded American Donald Young 6-4 7-5 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in an afternoon match on Saturday. Pospisil, the 13th seed, had to work much harder to get past France’s Richard Gasquet 6-7(5) ...
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The Australian, mired in a slump and ranked 216th in the world, looked more like major championship caliber as he carded a five-under-par 67 worth 12 points in the Modified Stableford format. He rolled in a three-foot putt at the par-five 18th to increase his total to 35 points with one round left ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt stole the show to give the Commonwealth Games the moment it had been waiting for by leading Jamaica to gold in the 4x100 meters relay on Saturday. After weeks of build-up, anticipation and controversy, eight-times world champion Bolt ...
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The appeal of two of the world’s most iconic sports teams attracted fans to the International Champions Cup match at the University of Michigan's American football stadium in Ann Arbor. The previous U.S. record attendance for a soccer match was 101,799 at the 1984 Olympic final between France ...
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Two weeks after McIlroy staved off a final round challenge from Garcia to win the British Open, the Northern Irishman will be the hunter instead of the hunted. Garcia, coming off a course record-equaling 61, was solid rather than spectacular as he fashioned a three-under-par 67 at Firestone ...
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"Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. "We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to the 4x100 meters relay gold with an emphatic finish to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on Saturday. The eight-times world champion ran an impressive final leg as Jamaica came home ahead of England and Trinidad ...
The accident happened on Friday night north of the capital Pretoria when Carl Pistorius, 29, whose brother Oscar is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, was returning home from a business trip. "We can confirm that Carl was involved in a serious car accident last night. Carl was badly ...
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Wimbledon semi-finalist Raonic took a while to get going but was unstoppable once he found top gear, pounding down 16 aces to beat the unseeded Johnson 7-6(2) 6-2. The Canadian will meet another unseeded American, Donald Young, in a Saturday semi-final after Young upset seventh-seeded South ...
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Serena, whose sister Venus was beaten in three sets by Germany's Andrea Petkovic earlier in the day, initially struggled on a fast playing surface but gradually found her range to seal victory in just under two hours. "It wasn't very easy," Serena, who will face Petkovic in the last four ...
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The 24-year-old landed awkwardly on his right leg after contesting a layup attempt by James Harden of the Houston Rockets early in the fourth quarter. Several players, including Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, were visibly upset as George received medical treatment before being taken off ...
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The 33-year-old American followed his opening nine-under-par 63 with a three-under 69, mixing five birdies with two bogeys for a total of eight points at Montreux Golf & Country Club. That left Watney with an overall tally of 26 points after 36 holes in the only event on the PGA Tour which ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The Del Mar horse track in Southern California has suspended racing through this weekend on its new turf course after a thoroughbred was badly injured and eight other horses died in the last two weeks, race officials said. The unusually high number of horse deaths at the ...
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The British Open runner-up put on a clinic on the greens, one-putting the final 11 holes for an astonishing nine-under-par 61 on the demanding Firestone Country Club course. He tied the course record set by compatriot Jose Maria Olazabal in 1990, and his back nine of 27 beat the old record by two ...
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Goodell's ruling last Thursday caused a harsh backlash from critics who thought he let Rice off lightly compared to harsher penalties for doping and on-field violations by other players. Three U.S. senators expressed their dismay in a letter to Goodell that the punishment did not send a strong ...
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Americans Woods and Mickelson and Irishman Padraig Harrington, the 2008 champion, will tee off in the first round at 8:35 a.m. ET (1235 GMT) on Thursday at Valhalla in Kentucky, and at 1:45 p.m. ET (1745 GMT) on Friday. The PGA of America could have given Tom Watson, captain of next month’s U.S. ...
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The British Open runner-up put on a clinic on the greens, one-putting the final 11 holes for an astonishing nine-under-par 61 on the demanding Firestone Country Club course. He tied the course record set by compatriot Jose Maria Olazabal in 1990, and his back nine of 27 beat the old record by ...
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Frenchman, who averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists per game last season, was due to make $12.5 million next season in the final year of his contract with San ...
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Accustomed to basketball glory when they were part of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia will struggle to be more than also- rans as an independent nation at this year's World Cup in Spain, their coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said. The 46-year old former playmaker, one of Europe’s ...
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MUNICH (Reuters) - A bribery trial against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone that has been threatening his hold over the motor sport may end early with a settlement, a Munich court spokeswoman said on Friday, after Ecclestone's lawyers held talks with prosecutors. Ecclestone, 83, went on trial in ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has added his name to a growing list calling for Europe captain Paul McGinley to consider 56-year-old Bernhard Langer as one of his three Ryder Cup wildcard choices. Former skippers Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have already outlined their ...
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Johnson, who disposed of lofty fellow American and fifth seed John Isner on Wednesday, saved two match points against the 6ft-11in (2.11m) Karlovic and withstood a barrage of 27 aces to seal victory over the Croat in a third-set tie-breaker. Wild card Berdych was broken four times as he succumbed ...
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Watney, who is on the cusp of qualifying for the PGA Tour's lucrative season finale, piled up nine birdies to total 18 points at Montreux Golf & Country Club in the only event on the U.S. circuit which uses the Modified Stableford scoring system. "I do like the course," California ...
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Lynch, Seattle's leading rusher for the past three seasons, arrived after the team's morning practice and television cameras showed him wearing a hooded "Beast Mode" sweatshirt and a woollen cap. The 28-year-old, a Pro Bowl selection in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, was seen in the lobby of ...
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Lynch, Seattle's leading rusher for the past three seasons, arrived after the team's morning practice and television cameras showed him wearing a hooded "Beast Mode" sweatshirt and a woollen cap. The 28-year-old, a Pro Bowl selection in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, was seen in the lobby of ...
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While eight-times winner Tiger Woods launched his title defense with a two-under-par 68 at a rain-softened Firestone Country Club, Leishman surged to the top of the leaderboard with a sizzling 64. Leishman, whose only PGA Tour win came at the 2012 Travelers Championship, mixed eight birdies with ...
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DALLAS (Reuters) - The gloves that boxing great Muhammad Ali wore in his legendary 1971 fight against Joe Frazier in what became known as the Fight of the Century sold at auction on Thursday for almost $400,000. An anonymous bidder bought the gloves for $388,375 at the auction run by Texas-based ...
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Johnson, who finished in a tie for ninth at the British Open earlier this month before missing the cut at the Canadian Open last week, did not say when he plans to return to the tour. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced," Johnson, an ...
The Twitter handle will appear under the "Official Game Ball" wording, just to the left of the league's logo, the NBA said in a statement. The move makes the NBA the first professional sports league to put its social media handle on the official game ball of that respective sport, ...
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(Reuters) - Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 season for hitting his wife, apologized to her on Thursday and vowed to speak out against domestic violence. The NFL ordered the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A's dealt for Boston's Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday's trade deadline. The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL ...
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China's Li ruled out of U.S. Open
July 31st, 2014, 5:21 pm
The 32-year-old Li, who won her second grand slam title at this year's Australian Open, was knocked out in the first round of the French Open and in the third round at Wimbledon. "Since March, I have been struggling with my knee and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the ...
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Uruguay striker Suarez was given a nine-match international suspension and banned from all football-related activity for four months by FIFA after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil last month. Barca have since lured him from English Premier League side Liverpool ...
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Neymar fractured a bone in his back following a challenge from Colombia defender Juan Zuniga in Brazil's World Cup quarter-final and was ruled out for the rest of the tournament. "I am recovering bit by bit from the injury and I will arrive in Barcelona at 100 percent," Neymar, who is ...
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The Cardinals sent a minor league outfielder to the Indians in exchange for the 29-year-old right-hander on the penultimate day for Major League trades this season. Masterson, who was due to become a free agent at the end of the season, arrives in St Louis in the midst of a fairly disappointing ...
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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean businessman Cho Yang-ho, who led Pyeongchang's successful bid for the Winter Olympics, has been named as the new president of the organizing committee for the 2018 Games. "I have decided to take up this position to keep the promise I made with the International ...
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, though local media estimate the contract to be worth $118 million over five years. Bosh had opted out of his previous deal to become a free agent but decided to stay in Miami after the departure of fellow free agent LeBron James, who returned to ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The Glazer family will make around $150 million by selling part of its stake in Manchester United although the deal will leave the Americans firmly in control of the English soccer club. The Glazers, who bought United for 790 million pounds ($1.34 billion) in 2005, are selling 8 ...
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(Reuters) - The National Football League's Washington Redskins have hired public relations firm Burson-Marsteller as it battles criticism that its name is a racial slur, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The company, which has long experience handling public relations crises, will run the ...
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Woods has won the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) crown a record eight times at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio and would dearly love to add a ninth in his bid to qualify for the PGA Tour's lucrative season-ending FedExCup playoffs. The former world number one has just three events ...
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine Football Association president Julio Humberto Grondona died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 82, South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL said. Grondona, who became AFA chief in 1979 during the former military dictatorship and was senior ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Visions of acquiring a difference-making player for this season or possible future stars stir the imagination of Major League Baseball fans ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Teams are free to wheel and deal until 4 p.m. ET July 31 with contending teams keen to bolster a run ...
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Nadal, who suffered the injury during practice, will have to wear a cast on his right wrist for two-to-three weeks, forcing him to withdraw from next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto and the following week's Cincinnati Open. "Depending on the evolution of the injury that will be carefully ...
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(Reuters) - Global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is also known to fans by the shorthand CR7, prompting the company behind his line of sleek underwear to target a Rhode Island man who has trademarked the letter-number combination, according to a new lawsuit. In a complaint filed Monday in ...
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The Lotto company will become the main sponsor of both the professional cycling team and a Dutch speed skating squad. They will work closely together. ...
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Lisicki, who lost 7-6(2) 6-1, unleashed the serve in the opening set of their match on the plexipave hardcourt surface at Stanford University. She won the point despite former world number one Ivanovic getting her racket to the ball. The WTA said the serve bettered the previous record of 207.6 ...
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Aphibarnrat will join Anirban Lahiri of India, compatriot Thongchai Jaidee as well as South Koreans K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang and Noh Seung-yul of Korea in the Asian contingent at the Aug. 7-10 tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky. The burly Thai, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, ...
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Reports said the footballer had initially looked to fly from Turin, where he is in pre-season training, to Argentina on hearing the news of the kidnapping but he remained in Italy. Tevez said on Twitter that his father had been released without ...
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The Australians, who won just one gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, earned 57 medals at the Tollcross Swimming Centre, 19 of them gold. The Olympic champion women's 4x100 freestyle relay team also broke the world record in the final, eclipsing one of the marks set during the 'supersuit' frenzy at ...
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The Northern Irishman has made a habit of stringing together red-hot runs of form during his burgeoning career and has set his sights on clinching a maiden World Golf Championships crown at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. "I've obviously had a bit of time to reflect ...
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Roger Federer's backhand has been described as a thing of beauty and perhaps the most exquisite stroke the tennis world has seen, but his coach Stefan Edberg feels his was a little better. When asked on Tuesday who possessed the better backhand, the former world number one said ...
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PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, battling back from a back injury, still drives fan interest and TV ratings and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is as keen as the former world number one himself that he has a big 2014 finish. Finchem told reporters on Tuesday there would be no medical ...
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Scott, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant 'Showtime' era in the 1980s, also said he would look to the past as he strives to develop a "winning" mindset for a team that ended last season with a dismal 27-55 record. "I am going to do everything in my ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The National Basketball Association was navigating uncharted and possibly treacherous waters, first when it banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist remarks and then when it demanded the team be sold by September. A court has thrown the league a ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix Suns basketball player has been arrested on suspicion of super extreme DUI in Arizona after attempting to drive home after a night out, authorities said on Tuesday. Forward-guard P.J. Tucker, 29, was taken to jail and released following the incident, which took place ...
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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final, has quit as national team coach with Gerardo Martino or Jose Pekerman in line to succeed him, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. The reports said Sabella, whose side lost 1-0 to Germany in the final at ...
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The counter claims come after the team was sold by Malaysian aviation entrepreneur Tony Fernandes to a mystery group of Middle Eastern and Swiss investors advised by former F1 team boss Colin Kolles. "Caterham F1 Team has read with great concern recent reports about a group of individuals who ...
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MUNICH Germany (Reuters) - Lawyers for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone held talks with German prosecutors on Tuesday to try to settle a bribery trial that threatens his grip on the motor sport. Ecclestone, 83, went on trial in Munich in April over allegations he bribed a former German banker as ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton made a mistake in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and it almost cost him dear. His biggest error, however, was not in disobeying controversial team orders but pushing too hard on the very first lap with cold brakes after starting from the ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of student athletes in a move to change the way colleges address sports safety, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. The class-action agreement, if ...
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Lakers appoint Scott as head coach
July 29th, 2014, 2:55 am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their "extensive and thorough" search for Mike D'Antoni's replacement. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - California horse racing authorities are investigating the deaths of eight horses at a Southern California race track within the first two weeks of the racing season, a number described as unusually high, officials said on Monday. By Saturday, five horses had been injured ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Usain Bolt's training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole took advantage of the Olympic champion's absence to coolly grab 100 meters gold at the Commonwealth Games on Monday but Veronica Campbell Brown failed to seal a Jamaican double. With the six-time Olympic champion and world record ...
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(Reuters) - Julian Green has been touted as the new face of U.S. soccer but it is one few Americans recognize. That may change this week as the Bayern Munich 19-year-old wunderkind enters the spotlight during the Bundesliga champion's heavily promoted mini-tour of the United States that features a ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have called for the 56-year-old Bernhard Langer to be considered for Ryder Cup selection after his emphatic 13-stroke victory in the Senior British Open at the weekend. British bookmakers Ladbrokes rate the German veteran a 20-1 ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday, in a likely coda to a case of lingering racism in American sports. Los Angeles ...
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The prosecutor argued in June that Messi's father Jorge was responsible for the family's finances and not the four-times World Player of the Year. However, the court in Barcelona has decided that Lionel Messi could have known about and approved the creation of a web of shell companies that were ...
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Formula One headed for its annual holidays on Monday with some drivers looking forward to the break more than others and plenty to talk about before the next race in Belgium. "I'm not so excited about going into the summer break, as we speak," championship-leading ...
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The 47-year-old McGinley has suffered from bursitis in his left shoulder, an affliction which forced him to miss the French Open at the start of July. "The scan showed that I really needed to rest my shoulder for a couple of months if I am to address the injury properly and so, because of ...
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Put "baby-faced assassin" Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel of a Mercedes and there would be no doubt he would take the Formula One title race to the wire, according to compatriot Alan Jones, Australia's last world champion. The only driver to have beaten Lewis ...
Dimitrov, who was the No. 3 seed, was diagnosed with flu and sinus infection. "We will miss having Grigor as a part of this year's tournament, but his health is priority number one," said Jeff Newman, tournament director. "We hope he gets better quickly and wish him great success ...
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ESPN reported Saturday that the Lakers and Scott agreed on a four-year, $17 million deal. The Lakers hold a team option on the final year of the deal. "It feels fantastic," Scott told KCBS-TV on Saturday night. "This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, ...
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National Football League roundup
July 28th, 2014, 12:42 am
Ryan said the rookie was injured in a special teams drill on Saturday while blocking on a kick return. "Pryor now will go through the protocol, so it is a concussion," Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. "Apparently it was on a kick when we were doing a kick return ...
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Maddux and Glavine, mainstays on the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series while Cox was at the helm, went into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York with former slugger Frank Thomas and managers Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. Maddux started his major league career with the Chicago Cubs, but ...
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Standing 6-foot-10, Isner towered over the 5-foot-9 Sela and punished him with his serve. The world number 12 cracked down 15 aces to end the run of the diminutive Sela who was playing his first ATP title for six ...
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Clark knocked his clutch putt in dead center to edge Furyk in a battle between two players who badly needed a victory to shed the bridesmaid tag. Clark has finished second 12 times on tour and had major elbow surgery in 2011, so he exuded a mixture of excitement and relief as he greeted his ...
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The twice Masters champion took an eight-shot lead into the final round and still dominated the field, firing a best-of-the-day four-under 67 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. The German's six birdies and two bogeys left second-placed Colin Montgomerie and the rest far behind. ...
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PARIS - Thirteen years ago, Vincenzo Nibali packed his bags and left his home in Sicily to start the journey that led him to a triumphant ride on the Champs Elysees on Sunday as Tour de France champion. The 29-year-old Italian, as soft-spoken in life as aggressive as he is on the bike, joined Eddy ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Russia should be stripped of the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup unless President Vladimir Putin stops destabilizing Ukraine, Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Sunday, warning the world would look weak if it did not act. Clegg, the most senior British ...
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The team gave out 15,000 of the shirts to fans attending a home game at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday, spelling as "Tulowizki" the name of the player tied for first for the highest batting average in Major League Baseball. Some of the jerseys with the misspelled name were already ...
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The American will meet Israeli Dudi Sela on the hardcourt in Atlanta on Sunday, after dominating on serve to beat compatriot Jack Sock 7-5 6-4 in an afternoon semi-final. The defending champion dropped only two points on first serve to wear down Sock, who became increasingly frustrated as the ...
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But a much longer national drought is likely to continue after Canadian hope Graham DeLaet three-putted the final hole to fall seven strokes from the lead on the Royal Montreal Blue Course. No Canadian has won the country’s national open since English-born Pat Fletcher in 1954, and it has been ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 26th, 2014, 11:25 pm
Peavy, 33, is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts this season. Boston acquired Peavy last July 30 from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Tigers. The Giants need a starting pitcher with right-hander Matt Cain on the disabled list with an elbow ...
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National Football League roundup
July 26th, 2014, 11:16 pm
Nelson's new deal is for four years and worth $39 million, according to reports. CBS Sports reported that it includes an $11.5 million signing bonus and $14.2 million guaranteed. Nelson, 29, was entering the final year of his contract. Last season, he had 85 catches for 1,314 yards with eight ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - An ankle injury nearly prevented Olympic champion Chad le Clos from successfully defending his 200 meters butterfly title at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday, the swimmer told Reuters. The South African, who added gold to the silver and bronze he won in the pool on ...
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A new balloting process for Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) members who vote also has been installed, requiring a run of 10 consecutive years on the baseball beat to qualify for voting. The changes, effective immediately, will be reflected in 2015 Hall of Fame ...
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The power forward, a member of the gold-medal winning 2012 U.S. Olympic team, is rumored to be heading to a new NBA team, with the Cavaliers, Bulls and Warriors all striving to swing a trade with Minnesota. The 6-10 Love, a three-time NBA All-Star who averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 ...
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The towering defending champion was broken in the first game of the match but responded well to claim the contest 7-6 6-4, blasting 17 aces with his first serve on fire. Matosevic blew a chance to claim the first set but Isner ultimately sealed the tiebreak ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three months after coach Mike D'Antoni resigned, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers are expected to offer former player Byron Scott the job, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. According to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have begun contract negotiations ...
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BERGERAC France (Reuters) - After almost three weeks of action-packed racing the minor podium places in the Tour de France are likely to be decided in Saturday's final time trial. The 54-km solo effort against the clock between Bergerac and Perigueux should be won by German Tony Martin, triple ...
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"We are excited that John is now able to participate in our training camp. He had an outstanding season with the Wizards and was a strong performer for us at last year's national team mini-camp," USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. USA Basketball will select a team ...
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Pitcher Roger Clemens and sluggers Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire should be included in the shrine as stars of their generation, attached with an asterisk to note the questions that surround their achievements, former manager La Russa told ESPN. Those players deserve recognition as the best of their ...
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No Canadian has won the country's national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and DeLaet will start the weekend within striking distance after reeling off nine birdies in a seven-under-par 63 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course on Friday. Not since Mike Weir led at the halfway mark 10 years ago has a ...
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Formula One teams say they will race in Russia, despite the crisis in Ukraine and downing of a Malaysian airliner, unless the country's debut grand prix in October is called off or they are ordered not to go. "Obviously what's going on in Russia and that part of the world ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in last summer's killing of a semi-professional soccer player. Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh in a ruling late Thursday rejected the defense's ...
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BERGERAC France (Reuters) - Ramunas Navardauskas finished off Garmin-Sharp's plan to win the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. Five days after team mate Jack Bauer was caught by the ...
ZURICH (Reuters) - An investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and the 2018 tournament to Russia, initially scheduled for completion this month, is only likely to be finished in September, FIFA said. "We expect to deliver our report to the adjudicatory chamber by ...
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The European rivals from Italy, Sweden, Britain and France said they would cooperate with Oracle Team USA, the holders, to ensure the 35th America's Cup in 2017 was a sporting and commercial success. "The teams Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France – ...
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The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government came to a head last week with the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, leading to the deaths of 298 people. Moscow denies supporting the separatists, but following the disaster senior German lawmakers ...
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as he intended to continue, leading both of Friday's free practice sessions with championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg behind. The winner of the last two Hungarian Grands Prix lapped the Hungaroring circuit ...
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The defending champion was set for an early exit when down 4-5 and 15-40 in the deciding third set but leant on his rocket serve to fight back, level the match at 5-5, and then break Ginepri for the first time in the contest in the following game. Isner then disposed of the world number 281 ...
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Even the Australians themselves could not quite believe it, with Melanie Schlanger the only swimmer to recognize the significance of their collective efforts at the Tollcross Swimming Centre at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. "World record," she exclaimed as she looked at the screen ...
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Wiggins, who receives $5.5 million under the terms of the deal, is the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered around All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have not officially confirmed Wiggins is part of the deal, but sources around both teams imply the former ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 25th, 2014, 12:19 am
No financial details were released, but the Montreal Gazette reported the total value to be $14 million. The signing avoids a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday. Eller, 25, had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 regular-season games in 2013-14, but he was even better in the Stanley Cup ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 25th, 2014, 12:10 am
Morales, 31, is scheduled to report to the Mariners on Friday, at which time a 25-man roster move will be made. He rejoins Seattle after a brief stint with the Twins. Morales, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on June 8, appeared in 39 games and batted .234 with 11 doubles, one home run ...
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National Football League roundup
July 25th, 2014, 12:00 am
Rice stands to lose more than $470,000 in base salary and will also be fined $58,000, per the report. Rice can practice with the team and play in preseason games, with the suspension beginning Aug. 30. He is eligible to be reinstated Sept. 12, meaning Rice will miss key home games against division ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A team from the 1970s with the most consecutive wins in professional football history is slated to receive the first slot in the newly formed Women's Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Friday. The Toledo Troopers, one of the country's first pro women's football teams, will ...
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Wiggins, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, will instead focus on the track where he hopes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in two years' time. "I've kind of done the road now. I've bled it dry," the 34-year-old told the BBC. ...
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BALMEDIE Scotland (Reuters) - Just about everyone, including people who don't care about golf, knows that American mogul Donald Trump, sometimes known as "The Donald" as if there were no other, owns a course in Scotland. But how many people know what it is like to play ...
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Instead, the 25-year-old point guard is looking forward to making "a fresh start" in Tinseltown without the weight of any self-imposed pressure as he tries to help restore the flagging fortunes of one of the NBA's leading franchises. "I'm really excited to be a part of this ...
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HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The son of Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach and boss of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, said in a new book that he was propositioned by a pedophile - possibly a university professor who molested a series of boys - at age 13. Jay Paterno ...
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Though Stanley failed to maintain momentum on his homeward nine after racing to the turn in an electrifying five-under 30, he ended a glorious, sun-splashed day one stroke off the pace set by his compatriots Putnam and Petrovic. Putnam, a journeyman who has bounced between the PGA Tour and the ...
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Neither Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino nor Toronto FC's Ryan Nelsen seemed particularly enthused about their mid-week friendly but smiled grudgingly while accepting the match as part of today's global soccer reality where new fans and revenue streams must be ...
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Rice has also been fined an additional game check for "conduct detrimental to the NFL" for his arrest in February following a fight he had with his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. An anti-bullying advocate and three-time Pro Bowl pick, Rice was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program ...
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Five years after a freak Hungarian Grand Prix accident that left him in a coma with near-fatal head injuries, Felipe Massa returns this weekend looking to put much more recent crashes behind him. The 33-year-old Brazilian remembers nothing of that 2009 drama, when he was hit ...
Marussia said in a statement at the Hungarian Grand Prix that the 22-year-old, who was previously reserve at rivals Caterham, had joined with immediate effect. "The U.S. is an exciting market for the sport and Alexander has a great deal of support there, so it is nice to develop new links to ...
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country's return this season, Force India driver Sergio Perez said on Thursday. "It's 100 percent sure that we will go to Mexico next year. No doubt ...
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Lampard became New York's second major signing following the arrival of ex-Barcelona and Spain forward David Villa to the club which will join MLS next year. The 36-year-old Lampard left Chelsea in June after 13 years with the London club where he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two ...
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HAUTACAM France (Reuters) - Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage on Thursday, all but securing his maiden title in impressive fashion. The Italian, looking to become the sixth man to win all three ...
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(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed ...
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ARGELES GAZOST France (Reuters) - Ashes fall from his cigarette as his puffy fingers play a distinctive staccato on a 38-year-old Lettera 32. Gianni Mura, who covered his first Tour de France in 1967 for La Gazzetta dello Sport, is the iconic figure in the race press room. Its memory, too. ...
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Maybin, whose suspension is effective immediately, tested positive for an amphetamine, the commissioner of baseball's office said in a statement. The 27-year-old, who is the first player in the majors to be suspended this season for violating the drug program, said that his positive test came from ...
Players are not allowed "Headgear, hair accessories and jewelry" under the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules but the Indian duo of Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh told local media they never had to remove turban until the July 12 match against Japan in Wuhan. "We are ...
Malaysian Ayuni, who won gold with Nur Suryani Taibi in the 10 meter air rifle pairs in New Delhi four years ago, had been scratched from the 10 meter air rifle and 50m rifle prone events after the garment was lost en route and failed to arrive before Monday's registration for competition. A ...
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Despite notching eight aces to none and winning 86 percent of points on his first serve, ninth seed Querrey won just six of 26 second serve points to be ousted by the world No. 94. It wasn’t the only shock of the second round with sixth seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan taken out by Slovakia’s ...
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Bolt says his best is yet to come
July 24th, 2014, 2:55 am
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and his coach Glen Mills believe the Jamaican sprinter can run even faster as he targets the 2015 world championships and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. It has been five years since Bolt set the 100m world record of 9.58 ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bid to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team in a probate trial entered its final stretch on Wednesday when his attorneys sought to prove his estranged wife improperly seized control of the franchise. Sterling's attorneys ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 24th, 2014, 1:12 am
The deal is reportedly worth $2.35 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.6 million in 2015-16. The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later on ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Glasgow welcomed a large part of the world and remembered recent tragedies as a diverse and colorful opening ceremony signalled the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on Wednesday. As the sun set on the hottest day of the year in Scotland's biggest city, a ...
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Clippers forward Matt Barnes posted pictures of Michael Williams, 51, to his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Tuesday, saying the man was wanted by police in the California capital in connection with the fatal stabbing of his aunt, Tanganyika Williams, 48. Barnes pleaded for anyone who had seen ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 24th, 2014, 12:15 am
The suspension was effective immediately and the Padres purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso. Maybin is hitting just .247 in 174 at-bats this season, appearing in 62 games. He has one home run and nine RBIs to go with three stolen ...
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National Football League roundup
July 24th, 2014, 12:09 am
Team president Joe Ellis is assuming control of the franchise, which Bowlen purchased in 1984 when the team faced bankruptcy. In 16 playoff appearances, the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl six times. "This is a sad day for the NFL," commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday in a ...
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Maybin, whose suspension is effective immediately, tested positive for an amphetamine, the commissioner of baseball's office said in a statement. The 27-year-old, who is the first player in the majors to be suspended this season for violating the drug program, said that his positive test came from ...
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American Snedeker has not triumphed anywhere since he clinched last year's Canadian Open by three shots in Ontario but says he has renewed his appetite for the game over the past month while working with Harmon. "It's been a good switch," the fast-talking Snedeker told reporters while ...
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Davis, 28, is alleged to have approached an ex-girlfriend while she was eating at a Washington restaurant early on June 2 with a man. Davis grabbed her by the shoulders and spun her around, police said. When the woman walked outside, Davis followed and threw a handful of dirt and flowers from a ...
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GLASGOW (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro will host a successful Olympic Games in 2016 after the World Cup showed Brazil can cope with staging the biggest sporting events, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. "I think the success of the organization of the ...
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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy in the small town where he has a home, sent sweet apologies to the community in the form of 800 cupcakes. The Bath Township police department received five dozen ...
ST LARY PLAT D'ADET France (Reuters) - With the focus on the podium battle between youngsters Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot in the Tour de France, another Frenchman, veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud, blossomed late in the race on Wednesday. Peraud, 37, who has only been a road race professional ...
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ST LARY PLA D'ADET France (Reuters) - Poland's Rafal Majka took a big step toward winning the Tour de France polka dot jersey when he took a solo route to the stage victory on Wednesday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the overall race. Majka was the best climber on the 17th ...
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Eleven percent of 3,705 teenagers in grades 9 to 12 polled by the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids said they had used synthetic human growth hormone at least once without a prescription, up from 5 percent in 2012. Use of synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) was higher among blacks and ...
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Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club's daily operations. Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL's most well-known ...
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The KNVB said in a statement it had received many questions over playing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia but felt a debate should be delayed while the country observed a national day of mourning. All 298 people on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 died when it was brought down last Thursday ...
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The Mercedes Formula One driver needs a win to cut into team mate Nico Rosberg's 14-point ...
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Contador, who was looking to clinch a third Tour title this year, sustained a shinbone fracture in a crash during the 10th stage and was hoping to take part in the Vuelta to salvage his ...
Kim Jung-haeng will take charge until a full-time replacement is found for Kim Jin-sun, who abruptly resigned as president of the committee on Monday in the middle of a review by the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI). An official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism denied the BAI ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim chief executive, said on Tuesday at a trial over the NBA team's $2 billion ...
The appeal, filed in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, came about two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody granted preliminary approval to a settlement that removed a $675 million cap on awards to former players who were part of the groundbreaking head injury lawsuit. ...
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The Cavaliers are offering No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett to acquire Love from the Timberwolves, but Chicago is still in the picture, according to ESPN. Trade options from the Bulls are likely to be young veterans and former first-round picks Taj Gibson ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 23rd, 2014, 12:12 am
The 30-year-old Headley is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on his $10.525 million contract this year. Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years ago when he hit 31 home runs, led the ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 22nd, 2014, 11:45 pm
The team did not release financial terms of the deal, but the total package was worth $8 million, according to ESPN.com. In 81 regular-season games last season, Roussel had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes. He was the only player in the NHL last season with more than 25 ...
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National Football League roundup
July 22nd, 2014, 11:37 pm
Dungy issued a statement Tuesday in an attempt to explain what he called an "honest answer" to a question for a story that appeared Sunday in the Tampa Tribune. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does," Dungy ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that ...
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KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt believes anti-doping officials have sent a "bad message to the sport", after American sprinter Tyson Gay received only a one-year ban following a positive test for an anabolic steroid. "I’m not really happy with the situation and with how it was ...
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The switch-hitting Headley, who hit 31 home runs with 115 RBIs and won a Gold Glove for fielding in a breakout season in 2012, is batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs this year. The Yankees also received $1 million in the exchange for Headley, who is owed $4.16 million on his current ...
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport's glamour clubs looking to expand their brand. From New York to Los Angeles, some of the game's brightest stars and most ...
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Estimate was one of five horses under various trainers who were found by the British Horseracing Authority to be affected. "On Thursday 17th July the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to ...
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HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal. Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks ...
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BAGNERES DE LUCHON France (Reuters) - Romain Bardet had promised to "blow up the race", but it was Thibaut Pinot who set off the fireworks on the ascent to the Port de Bales on Tuesday's 16th stage of the Tour de France. Pinot, who climbed to third in the overall standings, was the ...
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“Right now he’s on crutches, he had to have an operation a couple of days ago,” Mills told Reuters. “The injury was quite severe and the original prognosis was misdiagnosed and he went Germany and when they had a good look, they realized that it was more serious and required surgery, ...
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The charismatic Manziel, whose No. 2 jersey has become the National Football League's top seller, is in competition with journeyman Brian Hoyer for the critical assignment. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters at team headquarters on Monday that a starting quarterback would be named by the ...
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Bolt fit and raring to go in Glasgow
July 22nd, 2014, 3:39 pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt says he ready to put on a good show in the sprint relay at the Commonwealth Games after recovering from minor foot surgery and a hamstring injury. The Jamaican, who missed nine weeks of training after surgery on his left foot in ...
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BAGNERES DE LUCHON France (Reuters) - Frenchman Romain Bardet and American Tejay van Garderen's Tour de France podium hopes suffered a major blow on Tuesday when they lost considerable ground in the 16th stage won by Australian Michael Rogers. Rogers gave his Tinkoff-Saxo team their second stage ...
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The Jamaican, who missed nine weeks of training after surgery on his left foot in March, told Reuters he is back in sub-10 second shape after training twice a day to get ready for the Glasgow Games. "It's been rough, but I've been through it a couple times so know what it takes to get back ...
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"I don't think that you can make a decision based on one week's events without looking at the longer term," Dyke told lawmakers in a hearing at the British parliament. Dyke had been asked whether Russia was an appropriate World Cup host following the downing of a passenger plane over ...
The two Americans will play doubles at the tournament and drew each other in singles for the first time in their careers. The big-serving Querrey struck 20 aces but Johnson hung tough against his older, more accomplished opponent, pushing the opening set to a tiebreak before losing it ...
Keelan Johnson, 24, was booked into jail early on Saturday and later released after the skirmish at a bar on Mill Avenue, an entertainment district near Arizona State University in Tempe. Johnson, an Eagles safety who played college football for Arizona State, is accused by Tempe police of ...
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NHL-National Hockey League roundup
July 22nd, 2014, 1:01 am
The deal is worth $3.3 million, according to multiple media reports. Franson had five goals and 28 assists in 78 games with Toronto last season. He has 28 goals and 133 points in 322 games NHL games with the Nashville Predators and Maple Leafs. He also has four goals and nine assists in 23 playoff ...
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The delay in signing the rookie shooting guard is reportedly not related to speculation that the team may trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love. Instead, the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to use their remaining $1.4 million in salary cap space before ...
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National Football League roundup
July 22nd, 2014, 12:30 am
Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler who helped the Giants win two Super Bowls, played in the NFL for 10 seasons. Snee, 32, hoped to recover from elbow surgery and two hip operations over the past two years in time to play an 11th season but was unable to participate in the Giants' minicamp in ...
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport. The measure, ...
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Just two months after newly crowned British Open champion Rory McIlroy and Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki called it quits, Ovechkin, a three-time National Hockey League most valuable player, and Kirilenko have also split. "I have decided to terminate the engagement," said ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday met with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to discuss a possible settlement over Sterling's opposition to the $2 billion sale of the basketball team, a source close to the case ...
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Snee, who has been plagued by injuries the last couple of seasons, was perhaps best known for being the father of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's grandchild when the player was drafted in the second round in 2004 out of Boston College. Ten years later, he was remembered as a stalwart on Giants ...
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Wiggins to focus on team pursuit
July 21st, 2014, 7:38 pm
The 34-year-old, winner of the 2012 Tour de France weeks before taking gold in the London Olympic time trial, said on Monday he was tempted to take part in a wider range of races but wanted to focus on the track in preparation for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. "All the preparation has ...
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Cain, the Giants' highest-paid player with a $20 million salary, has already made two previous appearances on the disabled list this season because of a cut finger and a hamstring injury. The three-time All-Star, who pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros in June 2012, will be replaced ...
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CARCASSONNE France (Reuters) - On the first rest day of the Tour de France, Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford wondered why Vincenzo Nibali was being let off the hook over cycling's doping problem after last year's champion Chris Froome was grilled multiple times on the matter. Froome answered ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have combined to salute Rory McIlroy's performance in capturing the British Open title for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman became the third youngest golfer in the modern era, after the two American greats, to ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Tom Watson looked the picture of charm and grace as he outplayed scores of golfers half his age at last week's British Open but, make no mistake, he did not win eight majors without having a steely edge. The 64-year-old United States Ryder Cup captain has more than half ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With the $2-billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers at stake and the team's irascible owner refusing to bless the record deal his estranged wife brokered, Bert Fields can hardly keep a smile from his face. As one of the colorful cast of characters in a trial ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - New British Open champion Rory McIlroy does not do 'dull' but perhaps that is no surprise for a man with a glamorous-sounding birthplace like Holywood. The tousle-haired kid from Northern Ireland won instant recognition at the age of nine when he was shown on television ...
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Too late to win automatic qualification for next month's U.S. Open, Tomic's second ATP title was a timely riposte to an army of critics in his home country and came only days after being dumped by powerful sports management company IMG. "He's a very difficult player," Tomic said of ...
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SEOUL (Reuters) - Kim Jin-sun quit as head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee on Monday, the second senior official to step down in recent weeks. Kim, 67, who had been President of the committee (POCOG) since 2011, had his resignation accepted by the government despite ...
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RALEIGH North Carolina (Reuters) - Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website on Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now unlikely to race against Justin Gatlin this year. The six times Olympic gold medalist added ...
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National Football League roundup
July 21st, 2014, 12:52 am
The Bills were put on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March. The franchise, which was recently valued at $870 million by Forbes, is expected to be sold for at least $1 billion. Bon Jovi's group has reportedly been saying privately and plans to inform the trust managing the ...
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Red Wings reveal plans for new home
July 21st, 2014, 12:27 am
Olympia Development of Michigan announced in a report on the National Hockey League's website (NHL.com) plans to transform dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a sports and entertainment district. The plans call for a new arena to replace the aging Joe Louis ...
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Double-headers have long been part of baseball and it is nothing to see golfers pull double duty, but rarely are drivers forced to take on the challenge of two races in the same day as they did on Sunday at the Toronto Indy. Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais and Briton Mike Conway ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer on Sunday following his son Rory's two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool. Ladbrokes said in a news release that Gerry had placed a 500-1 bet on his son a decade ago to land the coveted Claret ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician's touch with a golf club did not let them down at the British Open on Sunday. It was not all plain sailing - Sergio ...
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NIMES France (Reuters) - It all ended in tears for Garmin-Sharp domestique Jack Bauer after his chance of realizing a boyhood dream and winning a Tour de France stage was snatched away from him in the final 50 meters after a 222km breakaway. With team leader Andrew Talansky injured and gone, the ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy suffered several anxious moments but kept the jitters in check to rubber-stamp his status as the newest golfing great by landing the first British Open title of his career on Sunday. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman watched Sergio Garcia (66) cut his ...
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The steps were announced by minister of labor and social affairs Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi on Sunday. They include a requirement that companies set up bank accounts for workers and pay wages electronically and a ban on mid-day outdoor work in the summer heat. However the government is ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Tiger Woods believes he justifies a place in the United States Ryder Cup team despite missing the year's first two majors through injury and finishing dismally at the British Open on Sunday. The 14-times major champion is well outside the automatic nine places for the ...
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(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs are suing two men accused of posing in bear costumes as mascots for the Major League Baseball team and lurking around Wrigley Field, hustling fans for tips and in one case getting into a bar brawl. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. district court in Chicago on Friday, the ...
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Bryant, who turns 36 in August, is under contract with the Lakers for two more seasons. He played just six games last season. After he returned from an Achilles' tendon tear, he sustained a season-ending knee injury. He is the subject of a documentary that airs on Showtime in November. "Kobe ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 19th, 2014, 10:34 pm
Sabathia already knew he was out for the season, but Wednesday's surgery should allow him to return by spring training next year. "I was very concerned," Sabathia said Saturday. "I told my wife last night, 'My season is over, but it was the first time was I able to get some real ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Having a coach and mentor on your golf bag is always handy and it certainly proved beneficial for Matteo Manassero on Saturday as the young Italian rallied from an inauspicious start at the British Open. The 21-year-old from Verona, already a four-times European Tour ...
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The 25-year-old England international ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an FA Cup third-round tie against Tottenham in January and missed the rest of the season and the World Cup. "We expect him to be back in full training at the end of August," Wenger was ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Tiger Woods lamented a succession of errors after the former world number one slumped to a one-over-par 73 on a good day for scoring in the third round of the British Open on Saturday. The decision by the organizers to bring forward the start time to avoid the heavy ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy left the door invitingly ajar for a charging pack led by Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia before slamming it shut with a dazzling finish on Saturday to lead the Open by six strokes with one round left. The Northern Irishman began the day four shots clear of ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Darren Clarke may be unrecognizable from the figure that won the 2011 British Open but one thing will never change for the Northern Irishman - the competitive juices always flow for him at golf's oldest major. The 45-year-old has endured a miserable season, missing a ...
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Organisers said on Saturday that Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht Club had withdrawn its challenge for the 35th America's Cup event, which is to be sailed in 2017 in either San Diego or Bermuda. "The America's Cup organisers have received notification from the principals of Hamilton Island ...
Former punter Chris Kluwe made allegations against Priefer earlier this year. The investigation found Priefer made a single homophobic statement to Kluwe. "In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf said in a ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farah lead a cast of the world's leading athletes descending on Glasgow to compete in the Commonwealth Games starting in Scotland’s biggest city on Wednesday. World-record holders, decorated Olympians and novice participants make up the ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Former World Cup winning captain Dunga is the favorite on a short list of candidates to coach Brazil's national soccer team, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Friday. Dunga, whose real name is Carlos Bledorn Verri, previously coached Brazil from ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 18th, 2014, 11:54 pm
TSN reported that the deal is worth $13 million. Kulikov, 23, set career highs last season with 81 games played and eight goals. The Russian averaged nearly 22 minutes per game while finishing second among the team's defensemen in hits and fourth in blocked ...
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The Cavaliers had been reluctant to trade Wiggins but reportedly have recently become open to it. Cleveland and Minnesota have been in trade talks since the Cavaliers signed superstar forward LeBron James a week ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 18th, 2014, 11:44 pm
An arthroscopic debridement procedure is scheduled for next week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. The Yankees expect the veteran to be recovered in time for spring training next ...
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National Football League roundup
July 18th, 2014, 11:33 pm
New York's Radio City Music Hall, the traditional site of the draft, was ruled out because of scheduling conflicts. "We're focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now," Goodell said ...
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Kiplagat broke through to run a year-leading three minutes, 27.64 seconds and surprise two-time world champion Kiprop, who was attempting to break Hicham El Guerrouj's 16-year-old world record of 3:26.00 in the race. "I could see Silas coming closer and closer. It was a tough race," said ...
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The season-ending arthroscopic debridement procedure has been scheduled for Wednesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters before Friday's home game against the Cincinnati Reds. Six-time All-Star Sabathia has not pitched since May 10. He made eight starts this season before being ...
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(Reuters) - With the All-Star Game done and dusted, Major League Baseball zeroes in on the race for the postseason, with five of the six divisions looming as fights to the finish. The Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels, who own the two best records in the major leagues, are battling for division ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Lady luck smiled kindly on Erik Compton when he went close to achieving U.S. Open glory last month, but unfortunately she turned her back on the American at this week's British Open. The 34-year-old, who has had two heart transplants, inexplicably lost a ball early in ...
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"Sad day, my dad just passed away peacefully in his sleep, #reallygoingtomisshim," said Sam on his Twitter account on Friday. Torrance senior was mentor to a host of top golfers including triple major winner Padraig Harrington of ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Big-hitting Dustin Johnson peppered the flags with his approach shots as he bulldozed his way through the field with a best-of-the-week 65 in the British Open second round on Friday. The 30-year-old American reeled off seven birdies in a flawless effort that left him in ...
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Braves release former All-Star Uggla
July 18th, 2014, 9:52 pm
The Braves (52-43), who are tied for first place in the NL East with the Washington Nationals, announced Uggla's release on their official Twitter account. Uggla had filled a reserve role after losing his starting job to rookie Tommy La Stella at the end of ...
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"It depends on if we continue to see that growth and how fast it goes," Goodell told the NFL Network on Thursday. "We couldn't be happier with what we are seeing. "We actually couldn't be more surprised by the tremendous demand for NFL football in London and the U.K. in ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - The superlatives used to describe the remarkable career of Tom Watson were exhausted long ago but the 64-year-old continues to defy the ageing process, as he proved again at the British Open on Friday. While top-notch players half his age were falling by the wayside and ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Tiger Woods endured an ignominious afternoon at the British Open on Friday but the fierce pride of a wounded champion made sure he will at least be still in there fighting at the weekend. Shortly before leader and British favorite Rory McIlroy made a mockery of the ...
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Twelve hours after Germany's soccer team had won the World Cup in Brazil, the country's water polo team jumped in the pool for the opening game of the European Championship in the Hungarian capital. It is probably not the result - Germany suffered a sound 10-5 defeat at the ...
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CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) - After winning the last two editions of the Tour de France, Team Sky's last hopes of a hat-trick melted on the first Alpine stage when Richie Porte cracked in the heat on Friday. The Australian rider, promoted to team leader after Britain's Chris Froome crashed out in ...
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Twelve hours after Germany's soccer team had won the World Cup in Brazil, the country's water polo team jumped in the pool for the opening game of the European Championship in the Hungarian capital. It is probably not the result - Germany suffered a sound 10-5 defeat at the ...
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CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) - There seems to be no stopping Vincenzo Nibali on the Tour de France as the Italian snatched a solo win in the 13th stage in a mountaintop finish, while Australian Richie Porte's title hopes disintegrated after his engine blew up in the heat on Friday. Astana rider ...
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HOCKENHEIM Germany (Reuters) - Patrick Dempsey, known to many millions worldwide as "Dr McDreamy" from U.S. network series Grey's Anatomy, is learning new lines. But what he means by that depends on who he is talking to, and ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - This time there was no freaky Friday for Rory McIlroy as a majestic second round gave him a four-shot stranglehold on the British Open at a sweltering Royal Liverpool course. Several second round blow-outs this season, the most recent at the Scottish Open, meant all ...
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HOCKENHEIM Germany (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton denied Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg the satisfaction of lapping fastest at his home German Grand Prix on Friday. With track temperatures soaring, Hamilton set a sizzling pace with a quickest lap of one minute 18.341 seconds in the afternoon ...
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The five-times European Tour winner was three-over-par for his round and six-over for the tournament when he pulled out. Hoey, who romped to a four-stroke victory at the Russian Open 12 months ago, told reporters that he was unsure if he would be fit to defend his title at the Tseleevo Golf Club ...
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany captain Philipp Lahm stunned his homeland on Friday by quitting international soccer at the age of 30, five days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil. "During last season I made a decision to end my international career after the World Cup," ...
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The Sheffield athlete tweeted: "Our beautiful baby boy Reggie Ennis-Hill was born yesterday. We couldn't be happier." Ennis-Hill, 28, is a former world heptathlon title holder but she missed the world athletics championship last year because of injury. ...
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MOSCOW Russia (Reuters) - Ekaterina Iourieva became the second Russian biathlete this week to pick up a doping suspension after the retired 2008 world champion was handed a back-dated eight-year ban by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on Friday. The 31-year-old, who quit the sport after ...
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A rare meeting between the two sides on Thursday ended with no agreement on the size of the North's contingent, which is expected to include about as many cheerleaders as athletes. Local media said the North had proposed sending 350 athletes and the same number of cheerleaders to the games, ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 18th, 2014, 12:28 am
Ennis, 24, led the Sabres with a career-high 21 goals last season and finished second on the team with 43 points. ...
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National Football League roundup
July 18th, 2014, 12:25 am
The seven inductees during the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Canton, Ohio, are former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy, former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Claude Humphrey, former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter ...
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The Chicago Bulls used the amnesty clause with the power forward after they signed former Los Angeles Lakers 7-footer Gasol, leaving Boozer available to the highest bidder. The Los Angeles Lakers swooped in and claimed him Thursday, according to multiple reports. The amount of the Lakers' bid was ...
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"He is okay and scheduled to fly out tonight," a spokeswoman for the National Basketball Association team told Reuters via email. The 80-year-old won 11 NBA championships with the Celtics between 1956-69. He earned five league most valuable player honors and the NBA Finals MVP award is ...
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Almost from the moment James exploded onto the NBA scene as the number one overall pick in the 2003 draft a debate has raged over who was the better of the two basketball superstars. Jordan had held the top honor from 1993-2005 and again in 2013 before being supplanted this year by James, who was ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - World number one Adam Scott was happy to keep championship leader Rory McIlroy in his sights as the Australian opened up with a four-under 68 in the British Open first round on Thursday. Most of the day's better scores came in the calmer early conditions and Scott was ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - French Open champion Graeme McDowell could be forgiven for yelling 'sacre bleu' after a double-bogey seven at the 10th hole cost him dear in the first round of the 143rd British Open on Thursday. The world number 17 also bemoaned his inability to hit a much-needed cut ...
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"The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you all for the good wishes and positive energies you keep sending to Michael," she said in a message published in the program for Sunday's race. "I have to say your sympathies blew us all away. Good to know ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia has taken his fair share of bumps and bruises in his 18 appearances at the British Open but the love affair is still going strong after all these years, the Spaniard said on Thursday. Garcia went close the last time golf's oldest major was played at ...
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HOCKENHEIM Germany (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton hopes to tap into some of Germany's World Cup euphoria at Mercedes' home Formula One race this weekend even if championship-leading team mate Nico Rosberg gets a bigger boost. "For every driver, when you go to your home country I think naturally ...
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ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) - Being too strong, and both feared and respected for it, can be a weakness on the Tour de France, Slovakian prodigy Peter Sagan has discovered. He has managed eight top five finishes, including four second places, but after 12 stages he has yet to cross the finishing ...
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ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) - A Tour de France yellow jersey holder will always be grilled about doping and Vincenzo Nibali was no exception on Thursday, having to defend his choice to work with former doper Alexandre Vinokourov. Nibali joined Astana last year from Liquigas and fell under the ...
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Woods wants the sound of silence
July 17th, 2014, 5:32 pm
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - British Open organizers warned spectators about mobile phone use on Thursday after three-times champion Tiger Woods was distracted during his opening round 69 at Hoylake. Huge galleries followed the American's every move but some could not resist taking cheeky snaps of ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Young American tyro Harris English looked like a kid with a brand new toy at Christmas after launching his British Open campaign with a level-par 72 at Royal Liverpool on Thursday. The 24-year-old was simply purring about his adventures on the Hoylake links and already ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Fridays have become fright days for Rory McIlroy this year, with a series of inexplicable second-round meltdowns, but he hopes to break the curse this week at the British Open. McIlroy produced a scintillating first-round 66 at a baking Royal Liverpool course on ...
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ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) - Norway's Alexander Kristoff claimed his maiden Tour de France victory when he beat Peter Sagan in a sprint to prevail in dominant fashion on the 12th stage, a 185.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse on Thursday. Katusha rider Kristoff timed his effort perfectly to win with ...
He features on a list of riders sanctioned for doping offences (http://www.uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTU3Mjg&ObjTypeCode=FILE&type=FILE&id=Nzk5OTY&LangId=1). His ban will end on Dec. 31, ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, together with compatriot Matteo Manassero, staged an audacious Italian Job towards the top of the British Open leaderboard on Thursday. The Molinaris, Ryder Cup team mates at Celtic Manor in 2010, scored identical four-under 68s ...
Sources close to the deal confirmed a Sky News report on Thursday that Formula One's parent company was increasing its borrowings to $3.8 billion from $2.8 billion to fund the payout. The deal is being arranged by Bank of America Merrill ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - "Glad you could make it Tiger", one fan shouted as the 14-times major champion marched off the first tee of the Royal Liverpool course in search of a fourth British Open title on Thursday. Another one was not so generous as the 38-year-old Tiger Woods made a ...
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HOCKENHEIM Germany (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has had to abandon plans to wear a special helmet decorated with the World Cup trophy at his home German Grand Prix due to copyright issues after FIFA intervened. Rosberg, who drives for German Football Association ...
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The 1-0 victory in the final has taken them up one place to top spot, ahead of their opponents in the Brazil final, Argentina, who rise three to second. The Netherlands move up a hefty 12 rungs on the ladder to third after their impressive World Cup third-place finish. ...
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"I'm absolutely heartbroken. I built my season around the Tour, and the team has supported me every step of the way," Talansky, winner of the Criterium du Dauphine warm-up race in June, said in a Team Garmin-Sharp statement. "I had hoped the rest day would allow some time to recover ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Golfing gunslingers Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods sprayed Royal Liverpool with a barrage of birdie bullets to steal the show in a thrilling opening round of the 143rd British Open on Thursday. Northern Irishman McIlroy has developed a penchant for making fast starts and ...
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The All-Star team is dominated by members of the United States national team who reached the round of 16 in Brazil before losing 2-1 to Belgium. U.S. captain Clint Dempsey is joined by World Cup team mates Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, DeAndre Yedlin, Omar Gonzalez and ...
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Silver acknowledged the potential for a lagging resolution to the planned sale to Steve Ballmer because of litigious hurdles that are becoming unpredictable. "I'm not sure," Silver said. "Because we're not actually a party to those proceedings, and while I'm following the ...
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National Football League roundup
July 16th, 2014, 11:16 pm
The 23-year-old battled an assortment of conditions throughout his career. An infection before the start of 2013 training camp ultimately landed him on season-ending injured reserve. He never played a game with the ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 16th, 2014, 10:59 pm
"If this treatment works, you avoid surgery and move on," agent Pat Brisson told the Post-Gazette on Tuesday. "If it doesn't, he will have to go that (surgical) route." Brisson did not provide specific details on the treatment, but said Crosby will receive injections and ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 16th, 2014, 10:49 pm
The team was unable to trade the 37-year-old, who hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games. Pierzynski was signed by the Red Sox during the offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million ...
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Players from 36 countries are represented, the U.S. Tennis Association announced on Wednesday, with two-time defending champion Williams heading an 11-strong American contingent for the Aug. 25-Sept. 8 event. Williams has five U.S. Open crowns, just one shy of the modern era record held by ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Former British Open champion Tony Jacklin took a leaf out of the great Muhammad Ali's book on Wednesday by declaring that Tiger Woods could be ready to shock the golfing world at this week's British Open. Many pundits have written off the 38-year-old American's hopes of ...
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During victory celebrations in front of fans in Berlin on Tuesday a group of players stooped low and chanted "This is how Gauchos walk, Gauchos they walk like this", before jumping up to shout: "This is how Germans walk, Germans they walk like this!" There was little outcry in ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar is not one to shy away from seeking tips.His majestic short game owes much to chats he once shared as an aspiring pro with the likes of chipping masters Lee Trevino and Ray Floyd. It would be a surprise then if he wasn't in the ear of his ...
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OYONNAX France (Reuters) - After a long talk with Garmin-Sharp sports director Robbie Hunter, Andrew Talansky remounted his bike and wiped tears off his face, a bleak mask of pain. The American rider, suffering from lower-back pain after two crashes earlier in the Tour de France, had stopped some ...
The 26-year-old tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test conducted on Dec. 23, 2013 in Slovenia. "Irina Starykh is ineligible to compete for a period of two years, commencing from December 23, 2013," the IBU said in a ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Five-times British Open champion Tom Watson has tipped Justin Rose and namesake Bubba Watson to mount strong title challenges at Royal Liverpool this week. The 64-year-old American says Englishman Rose is the form horse while shot-maker extraordinaire Bubba has the ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - The bad rounds don't feel as bad and the tough ones are easier to handle these days for Luke Donald but before anyone believes the Englishman has lost his hunger to win a long-awaited major – think again. With two young children the Chicago-based 36-year-old has more ...
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OYONNAX France (Reuters) - After years of competing for stage wins and the occasional spell in yellow, the door is now ajar for a Frenchman to win the Tour de France. It should not be this year, as Italian Vincenzo Nibali is still a cut above, but veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud and youngsters ...
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OYONNAX France (Reuters) - Two days after wearing the yellow jersey, France's Tony Gallopin claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France thanks to late attacks in a nervous finale on Wednesday. German John Degenkolb was second and Italian Matteo Trentin took third place at the end of a 187.5km ...
The team is home to world champion Marc Marquez and his fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, the current top two in the championship standings. "We are very happy to extend our partnership with Repsol, which is not only a sponsorship agreement but a key technical relationship," said Shuhei ...
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The 31-year-old, who is due to represent England in the 5,000m and 10,000m, pulled out of last weekend's Diamond League meeting in Glasgow because of illness. Farah was admitted to hospital in the United States with abdominal pains at the start of the month but after coming through a series of ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Chief executive Peter Dawson jumped to the defense of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club on Wednesday after the bastion of male exclusivity came under fire from the female principal of St Andrews University. The famous club in St Andrews, regarded as the home of golf, will ...
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Contador, 31, fractured his right shinbone in a crash on the Tour de France on Monday and is hoping to salvage his season by taking part in the Tour of Spain, the season's last grand tour. He flew to Madrid on Tuesday to receive treatment on his ...
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The 31-year-old Warburton, who was part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has the opportunity to respond to the charges and can also have them determined at a full hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel. "The news of this anti-doping rule violation has come as a great ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - After missing the U.S. Masters and the U.S. Open following a back operation, Tiger Woods returns to major championship action at this week's British Open and once again he is the hot topic of conversation. The 38-year-old American is normally the clear favorite when he ...
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HOCKENHEIM Germany (Reuters) - Mercedes' Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll on Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his home grand prix with a German car. It has been 60 years since a Mercedes works team last won at ...
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"It's good to be back. I've had a lot of stress and pressure over the last few months," said Powell after running 10.30 seconds behind compatriot Julian Forte in 10.23 and Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis in 10.29. "I haven't trained for three weeks. I need to come back bit by ...
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Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg's upmarket Sandton business district over the weekend. Both men accuse each other of starting the altercation. "Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself ...
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Jeter, playing in his last Midsummer Classic in the 20th and final season of his career, went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and soaked up the appreciation from his fellow All-Stars and the Target Field crowd. While Yankees captain Jeter received the cheers, American League outfielder Mike ...
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The Heat re-signed Wade to a multi-year contract on Tuesday. The 32-year-old All-Star guard will make at least $15 million per season, ESPN reported. Riley touted the addition of Deng as "one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the ...
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The 28-year-old, who also held the 50m freestyle world record, pulled out of the Commonwealth Games with a shoulder injury last month. Alhough he won a relay world title in Melbourne in 2007 and another in Shanghai four years later, Sullivan has battled a succession of injuries in recent years and ...
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National Football League roundup
July 16th, 2014, 12:28 am
Team officials confirmed a deal was done but would not disclose financial details. CBS Sports reports the deal is a two-year, $21 million pact, but the contract reportedly could be worth a maximum of $40 million over four ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 15th, 2014, 11:40 pm
The team also announced the signing of first-round pick Kevin Fiala to a three-year entry-level contract. Fiala, 17, was a finalist for the 2014 Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year Award and the 11th overall pick by the Predators last month. Ribeiro, 34, scored 47 points with 16 goals and 31 ...
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Wade staying with Miami Heat
July 15th, 2014, 10:14 pm
"Home Is Where The Heart Is... My Home,My City,My House..#HeatLifer," Wade posted on Instagram in a social media teaser before the Heat finally made it official. "Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago," Heat president Pat ...
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Selig, in an online Town Hall meeting on Tuesday with fans ahead of the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, shot down speculation that wild card showdowns might be turned into best-of-three series, saying MLB did not want postseason to reach November. "The playoffs take a long time. I am bound and ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - In-form Martin Kaymer says his golf swing, like most things assembled in Germany, be it cars, soccer teams or kitchen appliances, is built to last. Kaymer added the U.S. Open title to the PGA title he won in 2010 last month and arrived at the Royal Liverpool course this ...
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Tight end Graham staying with Saints
July 15th, 2014, 5:47 pm
Graham announced on Twitter that he was staying with New Orleans, and multiple media outlets reported the deal is $40 million over four years, with at least $21 million guaranteed. “It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!” Graham tweeted on Tuesday with a reference to the team ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Chicago was always Frank Sinatra's kind of town when the great crooner was in his pomp and the same thing could be said of self-confessed "short knocker" Graeme McDowell and this week's British Open venue. The biggest tournaments these days often play into the ...
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No surgery for Penguins' Crosby
July 15th, 2014, 4:51 pm
Crosby, the NHL's most valuable player, had been considering surgery to repair the injury he sustained during the regular season but instead will continue to have treatment on the wrist. "After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby's ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Bubba Watson's two-iron leads a solitary existence, spending most of its time in a locker in his house. It will get an outing this week though as the twice Masters champion prepares to use every tool at his disposal to solve the riddles of links golf that have so far ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - World number one Adam Scott has left no stone unturned in the build-up to this week's British Open as he strives to make it third time lucky after two successive near-misses at golf's oldest major championship. The Australian finished tied third behind winner Phil ...
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The Spaniard, a Tour winner in 2007 and 2009, crashed during the 10th stage on Monday but then remounted his bike to pedal a further 15 kilometers before the pain got unbearable. "Alberto Contador chose the Clinica Centro after contacting Real Madrid FC and more specifically Emilio ...
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BESANCON France (Reuters) - Vincenzo Nibali already has a decent set of Tour de France leader's yellow jerseys, but he has one put one aside for Marco Pantani's mother. Should he prevail on the French roads, Nibali would become the first Italian rider to win the race since the late Pantani, the ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - World number three Justin Rose is planning to adopt a bunker mentality in this week's British Open as he goes in search of a rare third victory in successive tournaments. The 33-year-old Englishman followed up his triumph at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland last ...
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MUNICH Germany (Reuters) - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone told a court on Tuesday that a multi-million dollar payment to a jailed German banker was designed to buy the man's silence and not linked to the sale of the motor sport business. Given detailed evidence for the first time in his ...
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BESANCON France (Reuters) - Less than a year after taking over from Pat McQuaid in farcical circumstances, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson is facing a barrage of criticism over his handling of the governing body. Members of the sport's Ethics Commission have been replaced ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Tiger Woods's back operation in March robbed the former world number one of a quarter of the golf season but at least it has given him a fresh outlook on his career. The 14-times major champion will be making his second competitive appearance in four months at this ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy needs to start playing a few tricks on his mind in order to eliminate that sinking Friday feeling he has been experiencing, the former world number one said on Tuesday. Last week was typical of the bad habit that has been stalling the Northern Irishman's ...
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BERLIN (Reuters) - About a million jubilant Germans welcomed their triumphant national soccer team home to Berlin on Tuesday, many waving flags and banners saying "We are all World Champions!" as they basked in the nation's fourth World Cup victory. Hundreds of thousands of revelers ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter declared himself fit for this week's British Open despite a wrist injury but said on Tuesday he will be chewing on pain killers to get through. The 38-year-old Englishman jarred his right wrist at last week's Scottish Open, where he ...
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The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg's upmarket Sandton business district after the athlete made disparaging comments about Mortimer's friends. Mortimer declined to comment when contacted by ...
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In the prelude to Tuesday's All Star game, Cuban Cespedes came out top as baseball's best long-ball hitters put on a display of strength, hand-eye coordination and timing after an hour-long rain delay at Target Field. Only Seattle's Ken Griffey Junior (1998-99) had previously won ...
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One of tennis's most promising young talents, the 19-year-old Australian blamed Drake's music for a slow start against his third-round opponent Jiri Vesely. "Today was a bit of rap, actually," he told reporters at Wimbledon after beating the Czech 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-2. "I came out really ...
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Disney is currently paying NBA about $485 million a year, while Turner's deal is worth $445 million annually, the report said. Both Disney and Turner have eight-year contracts in place that run through the 2015-2016 season, but the companies are already in preliminary discussions with the league ...
TORONTO (Reuters) - The World Cup delivered a seductive sales pitch for soccer to the United States but marketing experts warn it remains to be seen just how many Americans have been sold on the sport enough to invest their time and money on Major League Soccer (MLS). For nearly a month, Americans ...
(Reuters) - Track and field star Alice Coachman, who overcame segregation to become the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic games, died in Georgia on Monday at the age of 90. Coachman, who won her gold medal in the high jump at the 1948 summer Olympics in London, died at a ...
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The Heat officially re-signed guard Mario Chalmers and signed free agent forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. The signings come one day after forward Luol Deng signed a two-year deal with the Heat worth $10 million per ...
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National Football League roundup
July 14th, 2014, 11:46 pm
ESPN.com reported the two sides are nearing a deal that will make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. Graham has argued that he should be considered a wide ...
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About 26.5 million U.S. viewers on both networks watched Mario Goetze's extra time volley push Germany past Argentina, 1-0, on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro for its fourth World Cup title. Walt Disney Co's ESPN said its telecast on ABC averaged 17.3 million viewers, while privately held Univision's ...
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(Reuters) - Derek Jeter will be making his 14th and final All-Star appearance, while dynamic Yasiel Puig makes his Midsummer Classic debut on Tuesday in the contest where home field advantage in the World Series goes to the winning league. New York Yankees captain Jeter, the All-Star Game most ...
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Organizers of golf's comeback to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero in 2016 are confident the event will feature a good geographical spread of competitors. Sixty players are to line up in both the men's and women's 72-hole strokeplay tournaments in ...
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KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have had their 18-month drug suspensions cut to six months and are free to continue competing, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday. "The CAS decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - If the great Jack Nicklaus's British Open farewell at St Andrews nine years ago is anything to go by, expect an ocean of tears to be cried when Tom Watson bows out at the Home of Golf in 12 months' time. The 64-year-old Watson has been given a special exemption by the ...
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ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - The starting cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested over the weekend, authorities said, giving the professional football franchise the highest arrest record in the National Football League since last season. Jimmy Smith, 25, was arrested for disorderly conduct ...
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LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES France (Reuters) - Italian Vincenzo Nibali tightened his grip on the Tour de France on Monday, reclaiming the yellow jersey with a solo victory on the 10th stage as his main rival Alberto Contador crashed out. Astana rider Nibali, who is looking to complete his set of ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - After a month of scintillating soccer and few of the logistical nightmares that many feared would mar the World Cup, Brazil is touting its success and promising the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be just as good. To hear Brazilian officials in recent days, the ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson has given a strong hint that Tiger Woods must qualify for next month's FedExCup playoff series in order to secure a place in his team for the Ryder Cup in September. Former world number one Woods is this week making only his second ...
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USA Basketball announced on Monday the 19 players who will be auditioning for the American World Cup squad at a training camp in Las Vegas from July 28 to Aug. 1. Although some of the NBA's biggest names declined invitations, the U.S. talent pool is so deep they are unlikely to be missed when the ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - 'Bringing On Back The Good Times' was a chart hit in the 1960s and the sentiment could be true of Phil Mickelson this week as he bids to retain the British Open title he won so spectacularly last year. The popular American produced a memorable closing 66 to emerge from ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - From swashbuckling goals to inglorious exits, on-field shenanigans to sideline lunacy, the World Cup in Brazil has been one of the most remarkable of recent times. Here are 10 picks from a host of memorable ...
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LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES France (Reuters) - Double Tour de France winner Alberto Contador broke a shinbone after a heavy crash but got back on his bike and pedaled for 15 kilometers before being forced to pull out of the race on Monday. The Spaniard, blood also dripping from his knee, spent ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari just hours after the end of a home World Cup in which they suffered two of their worst defeats in the tournament's history, one of Brazil's leading newspapers reported on Monday. Scolari's Brazil were favorites to win the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Adidas AG will pay a record 750 million pounds ($1.3 billion) to supply Manchester United with shirts and kit, underlining the enduring pulling power of the former English soccer champions despite a dismal last season. The 10-year agreement announced on Monday is a world record ...
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HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods has been drawn to play alongside twice major winner Angel Cabrera of Argentina and second-ranked Swede Henrik Stenson in the first round of the British Open on Thursday. The trio will tee-off at 0904 local time at Royal Liverpool Golf ...
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Bradley Wiggins to stay with Team Sky
July 14th, 2014, 11:02 am
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted the 34-year-old as saying he was targeting the Paris-Roubaix one-day race and possibly the hour record on the track, but his time as a tour contender was over. "My time as a Grand Tour rider is over. I’ll still ride them but not to win ...
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A giant crane towers over the Moscow stadium where Russia will stage the 2018 World Cup final and mounds of earth, pipes and cables are piled up where the soccer pitch should be. Little is left of the Luzhniki Stadium except its outer walls and a statue of Communist ...
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Agnel, the Olympic 200m freestyle champion, touched in 49.37 seconds, with his North Baltimore training partner Phelps second in 49.42. Ryan Lochte was third in 49.63, but the American fared better in the 200m individual medley, winning in ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 14th, 2014, 12:35 am
The team announced the suspension on Twitter but did not explain why Uggla is being disciplined. Manager Fredi Gonzalez would not elaborate before the Braves' game against the Chicago ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germany’s impressive strength in depth proved the decisive factor in their 1-0 extra-time World Cup final victory over Argentina on Sunday as Lionel Messi failed to deliver the golden touch for the South Americans. It was a substitute, Mario Goetze, who struck the ...
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Terms of the contract were not disclosed but ESPN.com reported that Anthony agreed to a five-year deal for more than $122 million. That is about $7 million less than a maximum contract. "After three months of questions around Carmelo Anthony's return to the New York Knicks we are now happy to ...
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The burly Scot sank a 13-foot par putt to claim his first playoff victory in nine attempts on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Champions Tour combined. The Scot carded a closing 69 to tie Sauers (73) at five-under 279, four strokes clear of South African David Frost and American Woody Austin at Oak ...
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The diminutive left-hander handled the pressure of leading into the final round, overcoming early nerves to card a five-under-par 66 at TPC John Deere Run. He had the luxury of three-putting the final hole, tapping in from six inches to finish at 22-under 262, while compatriot Zach Johnson (64) ...
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Paul Pierce will be moving to Washington to join the Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers confirmed their trade with the Houston Rockets for point guard Jeremy Lin as free-agent activity heated up. High-scoring Anthony gives team president Phil Jackson the foundation piece he desired in his quest to ...
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Australian Hewitt, who famously lost to Karlovic in the first round of Wimbledon as defending champion in 2003, edged a grasscourt battle between the two tour veterans 6-3 6-7(4) 7-6(3) in two-and-a-half hours. “I felt relief to have finally won here,” Hewitt, who won the Newport final in his ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germany are champions of the world again after snatching victory against Argentina in the soccer showpiece with a superb extra-time goal from baby-faced Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990. Hatched from the agony of their recent near-misses, ...
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Rose, ranked six in the world, carded an immaculate 65, his best round of the weekend, to end two shots clear of Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg who ended with a 66. In ideal scoring conditions, Rose began the day tied for the lead with Scotland's Marc Warren but while his playing partner struggled, ...
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Halep wins Bucharest title
July 13th, 2014, 6:15 pm
The world number three needed little more than an hour to wrap up the final against the second seeded Italian. Vinci did threaten a comeback when she led 2-0 at the start of the second set, but Halep swept past her to march to the title - holding serve to love to close it ...
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(Reuters) - High-scoring All-Star Carmelo Anthony has re-signed with the New York Knicks, giving team president Phil Jackson the foundation piece he desired in his quest to bring a long-awaited title to Madison Square Garden. Terms of the deal, announced by the National Basketball Association team ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - From Buenos Aires to the Brandenburg Gate, millions of people were getting ready to watch Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, which is hosting the final, the party was already in full swing, with soccer fans flocking to ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germany battles to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona. Germany are favorites after their ruthlessly efficient 7-1 demolition ...
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(Reuters) - A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore a day after the ...
Three years after surviving a mysterious health scare that could have been fatal, Sauers is on the verge of arguably the biggest victory of his career after carding a three-under-par 68 in oppressive heat at Oak Tree National. The American was at seven-under 206, while German Bernhard Langer ...
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Phelps clocked 53.88 seconds, less than a second outside his personal best, while Lochte was a distant runnerup in 54.40. On Friday, Phelps won the 100m butterfly in 51.67 seconds, the third fastest time in the world this ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germany have been given a helping hand by opponents Argentina in beating them at the last two World Cups but they do not expect any more South American gifts in Sunday's final at the Maracana. Their 2006 quarter-final win came after Argentina took a second-half lead but ...
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Despite a bogey at the final hole, Harman carded a 65 to set the pace at 17-under-par 196 at TPC Deere Run. Fellow American Steve Stricker shot a 64 to move into second place on 16-under, with compatriot Scott Brown two strokes behind after a 61, the best round of the ...
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“I was five years old when I first hit a tennis ball and a racquet was put in my hand,” the American said at her enshrinement along with legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, five time Paralympic medallist Chantal Vandierendonck, tennis executive Jane Brown Grimes and British broadcaster ...
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(Reuters) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was hoping to send an optimistic message to the team's supporters in Saturday’s World Cup third-place match but their lifeless performance in a 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands on Saturday did exactly the opposite. Brazil's defensive woes manifested ...
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Anthony, a free agent, was being pursued heavily by the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, but they have reportedly been told that the All-Star is staying in New York. Knicks president Phil Jackson said Thursday that he had not been in recent contact with Anthony, and the team had made five ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - LeBron James made his first public appearance since announcing he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, holding court with a group of starry-eyed Brazilian basketballers on the eve of the World Cup final in Rio. Just 24 hours after he revealed he was leaving the ...
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The 31-year-old will make the admission to British interviewer Michael Parkinson on Australia's Channel 10, the Sunday Telegraph reported. A 25-second teaser clip of interview showed Parkinson asking Thorpe directly if he was gay, though Australia's most decorated swimmer did not answer question ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 12th, 2014, 10:34 pm
The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract. Reinhart, an 18-year-old forward, spent the past four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. In 203 WHL games, he had 101 goals and 254 points. Last season, Reinhart was named WHL Player ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 12th, 2014, 10:26 pm
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Segura was placed on the bereavement list. Segura found out about his son's death after Friday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Roenicke did not give details about the boy's death and said he was not sure when Segura would ...
Sauers, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, surged clear of his better-known rivals with two birdies in the final three holes for a three-under-par 68 in oppressive heat at Oak Tree National in Edmond. He posted a seven-under 206 total, while compatriot Scott Dunlap (72) and German Bernhard ...
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Anthony, who averaged 27.4 points last season for the Knicks and is the biggest free agent on the market following Friday's decision by LeBron James to sign with Cleveland, was expected to make an announcement as soon as Sunday, reports said. Another top free agent, Pau Gasol, said he was leaving ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina must play a flawless game on Sunday if they are to beat a powerful German team and lift the World Cup for the third time, their coach Alejandro Sabella said. Germany go into the final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium as favorites after their 7-1 demolition ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are great Argentine footballers with very different personalities but "Leo" became "Diego" for a brief moment when he scored in the World Cup group game against Bosnia. The normally introverted Messi celebrated the ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Dreadful defending cost Brazil dear yet again on Saturday as the World Cup hosts slumped to a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in a playoff for third place, underlining just how far the 'Selecao' have fallen down world soccer's pecking order. Four days after a humiliating 7-1 ...
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Warren hit a four-under par 67 on Saturday to reach 10-under for a total of 203 after the third round, good enough to hold first place in a tie with England's Rose, who went one better with a five-under 66. Warren last won on the European Tour in 2007, and gave up a three shot lead with four holes ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Flops of the tournament as selected by Reuters journalists ...
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Compatriot Park Inbee unexpectedly became the sole leader after Ahn dug her left foot into soft sand while taking her stance in a greenside bunker at the final hole at Royal Birkdale in Southport. A player is entitled to place his/her feet firmly in taking a stance, according to the rules, but ...
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"It is not going to be easy. After the 7-1 victory over Brazil everyone is thinking we are practically there," she told German broadcaster ZDF, referring to Germany's thrilling semi-final win over the tournament hosts. "But a European country has never won a South American World ...
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The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup
July 12th, 2014, 7:08 am
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A - Abysmal ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Hosts Brazil are determined to end their home World Cup with a victory against the Netherlands in Saturday's third place playoff and try and move on from the humbling 7-1 defeat by Germany in the last four. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will welcome back skipper Thiago Silva for ...
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The 19-year-old, who took Wimbledon by storm by beating then-world number one Rafa Nadal on the way to the quarter-finals, had worked with New Zealander Rea since winning the 2013 Australian Open junior singles title. Governing body Tennis Australia will continue to have a heavy influence over the ...
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Johnson, 2007 winner at Augusta, and McGirt were 12-under for a total of 130, a stroke ahead of fellow Americans Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman, and Australian Steven Bowditch at TPC Deere Run. Johnson's round was his 22nd in the 60s in succession on a course less than 100 miles from his birth ...
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Free agent James had broken up Miami's so-called 'Big Three' by announcing he would return to his home state of Ohio and sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning two NBA titles with Miami. James agreed to a reported four-year, $88 million ...
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Phelps posted a 51.67, his first swim under 52 seconds this year, in just his fourth meet after a 20-month retirement. "I wanted to get under 52," Phelps told ...
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"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now," said James in an exclusive co-authored essay with Sports Illustrated. "But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 11th, 2014, 11:25 pm
Tanaka, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, will initially attempt non-surgical intervention that includes a platelet-rich plasma injection before starting a throwing program. On Friday, Tanaka released a statement on his ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 11th, 2014, 11:16 pm
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the deal is worth $35.1 million through the 2020-21 season. That is an average of $5.85 million per season. Dubinsky still has one year remaining on a four-year contract he signed with the New York Rangers that pays him $4.65 million for this ...
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National Football League roundup
July 11th, 2014, 10:46 pm
Johnson, 33, recently requested a trade and will not report when the team begins training camp on July 25, according to NFL Network. However, the team does not want to lose Johnson and wants him to finish his career in ...
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The diminutive Martin used her accuracy to avoid the punishing rough on her way to a second successive three-under-par 69 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, Lancashire. But it was a different story for Wie, who carded 78 for a nine-over 153 total, three strokes too many to survive for the ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germans expect the experience that runs through their team to give them the edge over Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final after admitting they restrained themselves when they thumped Brazil in the semi-finals. Germany ruined the samba nation's dream of winning the ...
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The Scot bounced back from a poor start at Oak Tree National in Edmond to sit on a six-under total of 136, one better than American Scott Dunlap (68). But Montgomerie was more pleased with the way he bounced back earlier in the round after a poor ...
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NANCY France (Reuters) - With defending champion Chris Froome out of the picture the Tour de France looks wide open despite Vincenzo Nibali's decent advantage, with his rivals poised to set off fireworks in the testing Vosges massif. Italian champion Nibali leads his main yellow jersey rivals by ...
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Kid from Akron returns home a King
July 11th, 2014, 9:18 pm
(Reuters) - For LeBron James the reasoning was as simple as it was sublime, just a kid from Akron coming home. But for the rest of the National Basketball Association, James's decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city he famously jilted in favor of the Miami Heat four years earlier, ...
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Rio de Janeiro 2016 summer Olympics move firmly into the spotlight this week with the International Olympic Committee in town to monitor progress and the soccer World Cup wrapping up. The Olympics are the country's second global sports event it has committed itself ...
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Northern Ireland's McIlroy went seven-under on Thursday, but there was no repeat second time around as he hit a seven-over par 78 to drop from first place to a share of 34th. "Just one of those days when nothing really went right, I'm here for the weekend at least," McIlroy said of a ...
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Blake's race ended after 60 meters with the Jamaican clutching his hamstring in obvious pain as his compatriot Nickel Ashmeade went on to win in 9.97 seconds, pipping Michael Rodgers in a tight finish. Blake, a former world champion and double Olympic silver medallist, had only just returned from ...
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Stricker, helped by a tip from his caddie, stormed home with five birdies on his inward half for a six-under-par 65 at TPC John Deere Run. He recorded a nine-under 133 halfway total, three strokes behind American leader William McGirt (66) with half the field back in the ...
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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Taxis honked their horns and fans cheered across Cleveland on Friday, when news of the return of hometown hero and NBA superstar LeBron James gave the city its second, much-needed boost in a week. Three days after the Ohio city once know as "the mistake on the lake" ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - It might not be the way Brazilians wanted the World Cup to end but Sunday's final between Argentina and Germany will provide a nerve-jangling climax to the best tournament in history - even though the goals that have lit it up may not flow. While the hosts are still ...
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(Reuters) - On Friday, LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, spurning the Miami Heat and sending shockwaves through the NBA. For Cleveland, a sports town routinely snakebitten, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this moment. When James, famously “took ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - It is hard to image Germany coach Joachim Loew making any changes to the team that demolished hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final for Sunday's final against Argentina after spending much of the tournament tinkering to find the right mix. It has taken him years ...
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"MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R," Froome said on his Twitter feed. Froome quit the race after the second of two crashes on Wednesday's rain-soaked fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du ...
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(Reuters) - LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers four years after he left his home state to join the Miami Heat, he said on Friday. The NBA's biggest star made the announcement in a first-person essay published in Sports Illustrated. It came in stark contrast to his televised ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - The first baseball whacked over the fence at Yankee Stadium by legendary home run king Babe Ruth goes on auction on Saturday in his home town of Baltimore, part of a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of his storied major league career. The unofficial home run ball, which ...
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NANCY France (Reuters) - Italian Matteo Trentin gave his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team something to cheer about when he won the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday as top American contenders Tejay van Garderen and Andrew Talansky took tumbles. Slovakian Peter Sagan was second and ...
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LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Four Slovenian officials have been suspended for 'irregularities' in Alpine ski races used by pop violinist Vanessa Mae to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics, the national skiing association said on Friday. "We discovered there were a number of irregularities in the ...
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry between Argentine Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, a German. In response to the intense media speculation about whether they would watch the game ...
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ROME, July 11 (Reuters) – Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the message "a big kiss to all the haters". The AC Milan player quickly removed the photo but his latest gaffe will do ...
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The 37-year-old, who won gold at the 2004 Games in Athens, was placed on a drug diversion program after pleading guilty to drug possession in the Cleveland magistrates court on Thursday, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. Newbery, who won Australia's first Olympic gold in women's diving, ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina and Germany have appeared collectively in nine previous World Cup finals and two against each other. The South Americans beat West Germany to win the 1986 World Cup before the Europeans gained revenge in the final four years later. Here is a look at their ...
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The Indian world number 85 curtailed his post-nuptial holidays in Madagascar after two days upon learning he was one of 10 golfers to secure places for the July 17-20 major at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake as the highest ranked non-exempt players. "I want to play next week in a relaxed approach as ...
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Tanaka visited three doctors with each confirming a small ligament tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, but the right-hander has opted for non-surgical rehab hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery, which could mean a year out of the game. The 25-year-old Japanese pitcher, who was named for next ...
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The New York Knicks president remained optimistic Thursday that Anthony will choose to remain with his team. Anthony is believed to have received a maximum contract offer of five years and $129 million from the ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Thursday testified that her husband was eager for her to sell the NBA team and pleased when she was able to fetch a league-record $2 billion. Shelly Sterling, 79, told a probate court in a trial over the ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 11th, 2014, 12:31 am
Phillips suffered his injury while making a sliding catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. He wore a splint as he left the ...
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National Football League roundup
July 11th, 2014, 12:23 am
The 33-year-old wide receiver requested a trade and will not report to training camp after skipping offseason workouts and minicamp, NFL Network reported ...
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"#Mayhem Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 September 13, 2014 MGM Grand in Las Vegas Live on Showtime PPV," five-division world champion Mayweather tweeted. American Mayweather improved his perfect professional record to 46-0 with a majority decision victory over Maidana to unify two world titles ...
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TERESOPOLIS Brazil (Reuters) - An emotional Neymar cried as he recalled the challenge that ended his World Cup on Thursday and said he felt blessed not to have ended up in a wheelchair. Colombia defender Juan Zuniga kneed the Brazil forward in the back in the closing stages of the hosts' 2-1 ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina and Germany were both back at work on Thursday, secretly hatching plans for Sunday's World Cup final as Uruguay striker Luis Suarez lost his appeal against his ban for biting. While their contrasting styles promise a classic battle between Europe and South ...
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Sale was one of five pitchers nominated on the American League ballot, beating Garrett Richards of the Angels, Rick Porcello of the Tigers, Corey Kluber of the Indians and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros by receiving 6.7 million votes. Rizzo, who homered Wednesday for his third round tripper in as ...
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Seeking his second major victory on the over-50s Champions Tour, Montgomerie racked up eight birdies and two bogeys to card a six-under-par 65 in rain-softened, relatively calm morning conditions at Oak Tree National. The 51-year-old, a 31-times champion on the European Tour who played the opening ...
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Molina, who was slated to start at catcher for the National League in next week's All-Star Game, is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday, just as the team was mounting a charge in the Central Division. "Obviously, when you lose a player of his skill set and leadership, it's tough," ...
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Winner of the PGA Tour event in 2012, the 38-year-old fired an eight-under-par 63 in ideal scoring conditions at the TPC Deere Run to end a sunny day level with fellow American Brian Harman and South African Rory Sabbatini. Johnson, with his driving and renowned short game in sparkling order, ...
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Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg established a new mark of 65 earlier but it lasted only two hours as former world number one McIlroy carded eight birdies and one bogey. The Northern Irishman even drove the green at the downwind par four 13th - a distance of 436 yards - in the traditional ...
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O'Meara, 57, won the event in 1998 at Royal Birkdale to become the first player since Ben Hogan to win two majors in one year in his 40s. He was 41 when he won the Masters in the same year. His agent, Peter Malik, said doctors had recommended rest after the problem flared at the Masters in April. ...
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REIMS France (Reuters) - Andre Greipel emerged from the shadow of fellow German Marcel Kittel to win a crash-hit sixth stage of the Tour de France, a 194-km ride from Arras on Thursday. Norway's Alexander Kristoff was second and Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin took third place as Italian Vincenzo Nibali ...
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Spaniard Zandio, whose job was to support Porte in the mountains, fell off his bike 78 km from the finish in the 194-km ride from Arras. Race radio said he was out of the ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, banned from all soccer activity for four months and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, has lost his appeal, FIFA said on Thursday. FIFA's appeals committee rejected the appeal ...
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ARRAS France (Reuters) - The Tour de France has not even reached the mountains and Vincenzo Nibali has already built a sizeable advantage over his main rivals, yet hard work still lies ahead if the Italian is going to complete his collection of grand tour victories. After a mediocre start to the ...
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BERLIN (Reuters) - With Adidas sponsoring both teams in Sunday's World Cup final, the German sportswear brand has declared victory over U.S. rival Nike in the latest round of its battle to remain the biggest global soccer brand. The two companies dominate a soccer kit industry worth more than $5 ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game’s greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final. On Sunday at the Maracana stadium in Rio, Messi will come up against a Germany team that has ended his ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lashed out at his estranged wife following her court testimony on Wednesday in a trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA team. Sterling, 80, who is fighting to scuttle the deal his wife Shelly Sterling negotiated with former ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina reached their first World Cup final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece. The match will be a repeat of the 1986 ...
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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's football federation will provide security measures for defender Camilo Zuniga over threats he has received for a foul that ended Brazilian forward Neymar's World Cup, the ruling body said on Wednesday. Zuniga's raised-knee challenge during a rough quarter-final when ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Coach Louis van Gaal was forced to use defender Ron Vlaar as his first penalty taker and he was ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 10th, 2014, 12:18 am
Each contract is worth $84 million, ESPN.com reported. Toews and Kane previously agreed to matching five-year, $31.5 million extensions in 2009 that were to expire after this coming ...
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National Football League roundup
July 9th, 2014, 11:22 pm
Jackson, who turns 29 this month, had missed the last two seasons because of suspensions. The Redskins had just brought him back this offseason when he was reinstated in May. It is his fourth career suspension ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero told his compatriots to "enjoy the moment" after saving two penalties in the semi-final shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday to send his country into their first World Cup final since 1990. "Enjoy the moment, we will ...
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The 65-year-old, widely known for his wry sense of humor and nicknamed "Coach Pop" or just "Pop", guided the Spurs to their fifth NBA title last month when they beat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat 4-1 in the best-of-seven finals. As per club policy terms of the ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Argentina's launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans' first World Cup final appearance in 24 years. After the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the first ever goalless ...
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Argentina won penalty shoot-out 4-2 At the Corinthians arena, Sao ...
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Tanaka had left the team, which is in Cleveland to play the Indians, to return to New York for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on his pitching arm. The team did not yet have test results, manager Joe Girardi told reporters. Tanaka, 25, established himself as ace of the Yankees staff as he ...
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Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed by the team but local media estimate each is worth $84 million. "The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of ...
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Messi's low free kick around the wall was saved by Jasper Cillessen in the 15th minute and Ezequiel Garay's diving header from Ezequiel Lavezzi's whipped-in corner went over the bar with the Argentina defender under pressure from Ron Vlaar. The winners will play Germany in the final on ...
Netherlands vs Argentina
July 9th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Netherlands: 1-Jasper Cillessen; 3-Stefan de Vrij, 2-Ron Vlaar, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 15-Dirk Kuyt, 5-Daley Blind; 6-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben, 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 9-Robin van ...
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The experienced 29-year-old had been a doubt for the rest of the tournament but he replaced forward Memphis Depay, who started the quarter-final against Costa Rica, suggesting that coach Louis van Gaal will use a 5-3-2 formation. Striker Robin Van Persie also starts despite suffering from stomach ...
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ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) - Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali smashed his rivals on the cobbles on Wednesday, but the Italian climber knows the Tour de France is still full of traps. After five eventful stages, the Astana rider has a lead of more than two minutes on his Spanish ...
With the signing period kicking in after the stroke of midnight, widespread media reports said James was set to sit down with Heat president Pat Riley in Las Vegas, where the four-time league most valuable player is hosting his basketball camp. Straining to improve the Heat after last month's ...
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Nigeria was suspended from international football on Wednesday because of government interference, FIFA said in a statement. World soccer's ruling body sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (FFF) last week expressing its concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings preventing ...
The men's and women's singles champions will earn $3 million, a record payout at the year's final grand slam, while winners of each round of the singles competition will be awarded a double-digit percentage increase over last year. "Last year to recognize the importance of the players and the ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The World Cup was supposed to be Brazil's coming-out party, the soccer superpower finally revealing itself to be an economic and geopolitical one as well. Visiting fans and TV viewers would witness not only a month of fabulous soccer, but also the torrid economic growth that ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's World Cup trouncing by Germany threw a bucket of cold water on a nation that was starting to feel good about hosting the tournament but the humiliating defeat is unlikely to be a game changer in October's presidential election. Before the crushing 7-1 defeat on ...
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ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) - Chaos and carnage rained down on the Tour de France on Wednesday as defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the race on stage five and Italian Vincenzo Nibali seized control. On a miserable wet day in northern France, Froome did not even make it ...
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LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Brazil has presented an "encouraging report" about preparations for the 2016 Rio Games but vigilance is needed to ensure venues are ready, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. IOC President Thomas Bach, who was heading to Rio for the ...
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The surgery is not expected to force Crosby to miss any time in the 2014-2015 season that opens for Pittsburgh against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 9, it added. Crosby, who led the National Hockey League in scoring during the regular season with 36 goals and 68 assists for 104 points, may have been ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina take on the Netherlands in their World Cup semi-final in Sao Paulo later on Wednesday with superstar Lionel Messi partially hamstrung - despite being perfectly fit. In rude health and having enjoyed a solid if not stellar tournament, Messi will undoubtedly be ...
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ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) - Chris Froome's attempt to win a second successive Tour de France ended in bitter disappointment after less than a week of the race on Wednesday when he crashed out on stage five. On a miserable, rain-sodden day in northern France, the Briton appeared in ...
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The Scottish event, which starts on Thursday at Royal Aberdeen, is the perfect preparation for the major challenge at Royal Liverpool on July 17, Mickelson told reporters on Wednesday. "For me each round presents a great opportunity to work on my game," he said. "It gives me the ...
They identified sector five, a 1.4 km stretch from Orchies to Beuvry-la-Foret, and sector seven, a km of cobbles at Mons-en-Pevele, as those removed. "It takes the total of cobbled sections down to 13 km," the statement ...
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BERLIN (Reuters) - German media savored the national soccer team's unprecedented 7-1 semi-final victory over World Cup hosts Brazil on Wednesday, describing the rout as a sensation and a miracle and - even though the final is yet to come - its players as immortal. Top-selling Bild devoted six of ...
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Four-times World Player of the Year Messi has scored four goals en route to the last four and after Brazil's exit Argentine will be greedily eyeing a possible clash with the Germans at the legendary Maracana stadium on Sunday. The Dutch began their campaign with a 5-1 drubbing of holders Spain and ...
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The affable 32-year-old was diagnosed in March 2012 with a recurrence of leukemia he first developed at the age of 17 and was forced to seek treatment before he returned to the course late last year in Australia. "There's plenty of worse things that can happen than shooting 80 at a golf ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday sparred with his estranged wife's attorney at a trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA franchise, interrupting and shouting during testimony and saying he wants to keep the team for financial reasons.     The ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina and the Netherlands were getting ready to play on Wednesday for the right to join Germany in the World Cup final as the inquisition into Brazil's humiliating exit gathered pace. The hopes of a South America winner now rest on the shoulders of Argentina captain ...
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Major League Baseball roundup
July 9th, 2014, 12:10 am
American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays added Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. Joining National League captain Troy Tulowitzki in the National league lineup will be Yasiel Puig of the Los ...
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The American world number 10, who has since embellished his credentials as one of the most exciting prospects in the game, is back at the TPC Deere Run this week where he aims to defend his title with the same strategy that worked so well last year. "Stay patient out there," Spieth told ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 8th, 2014, 11:37 pm
Financial terms were not disclosed by the team. Wingels' contract was reported to be worth $7.4 million and Sheppard's deal is for $1.3 ...
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James had meetings that lasted more than three hours on Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reported. The free-agent forward did not tip his hand when asked where he plans to play next season, saying only that he had "no complaints" about his ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Diego and Bermuda have been short listed to host the 35th America's Cup in 2017 while Chicago has been eliminated from consideration, the organization that runs the regatta said on Tuesday. The America's Cup Event Authority said in a news release it would work with ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Germany inflicted the most shocking result in World Cup history when they crushed hosts Brazil 7-1 in a semi-final that brought grief to millions of home fans and caused utter astonishment around the world on Tuesday. The inspired Germans scored five goals in 18 ...
LILLE France (Reuters) - Defending champion Chris Froome has been cleared to continue riding in the Tour de France despite injuring his wrist in a heavy fall in Tuesday's fourth stage. "I took a bit of a knock but I'm happy to make it through the day and get to the finish line without ...
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The 53-year-old American will be bidding for his fourth seniors major victory when he launches his title defence in Thursday's opening round but he is a little apprehensive having never previously seen the par-71 layout. "I am a little concerned this week," Perry told reporters at Oak ...
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Farah, 31, was admitted to hospital in the United States last week suffering from abdominal pains and will undergo further tests in Britain this week. However, he is confident of competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month where he will represent England in the 5,000 and 10,000 ...
(Reuters) - A political blogger hired by the National Football League's Washington Redskins to defend the contentious team name has resigned after two weeks on the job. Ben Tribbet, 34, said late on Monday on Twitter that he was quitting, citing a growing number of personal and political attacks. ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Having local fan favorite Tom Watson as Ryder Cup skipper at Gleneagles in September will take a lot of pressure off Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the United States team, according to vice-captain Andy North. The 64-year-old Watson won eight major championships in ...
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"Rega has no proof that one of its employees is implicated," the Zurich-based company, which specializes in emergency medical assistance, said in a statement. "But out of a concern for absolute clarity in this case, Rega today lodged a complaint against an unknown person with the ...
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Westbrook, 25, who won gold medals on the U.S. team at the 2010 World Championship and 2012 Olympics Games, missed almost half of last season with the National Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Thunder because of knee injuries. "I have received confirmation from Russell that he will not ...
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The confederation, formed in an attempt to win inclusion for the two sports at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, was warned on Tuesday there must be no similar action in future. The IOC said, however, that it was satisfied a six-month suspension of the Tunisian Baseball Softball Federation and other ...
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(Reuters) - On the four-year anniversary of a nationally televised special called "The Decision" where LeBron James announced he would sign with the Miami Heat, the NBA world was in a holding pattern for the free agent's next decision. James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat ...
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The 47-year-old American, a part-time player in recent seasons who also missed the Open championship in 2013, is replaced by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. Stricker told reporters at last week's Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia that he was undecided whether to make the trip across the Atlantic for the ...
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LILLE France (Reuters) - German Marcel Kittel claimed his third win on this year's Tour de France by prevailing in a bunch sprint in Tuesday's fourth stage after defending champion Chris Froome suffered a heavy fall. Kittel, who also triumphed in the first and third legs, took his overall tally to ...
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Nike last month reported soccer-related revenue rose 21 percent, excluding currency fluctuations, to $2.3 billion in the financial year ended May 31. "I promise you it will continue like that in the next year," CEO Mark Parker told the Handelsblatt daily, in an interview due for ...
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"I didn't come over here to dink it around for two or four days," he told the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com) on Tuesday. "I'm here to play well and win." The tournament is the traditional warm-up for the British Open which starts at Royal Liverpool on July 17 and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man says television announcers who teased him on air for falling asleep at a New York Yankees game should let sleeping fans lie. Andrew Rector contends that he was subjected to an "unending verbal crusade" from ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk ...
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LILLE France (Reuters) - Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome will have his wrist X-rayed after crashing heavily during Tuesday's fourth stage, Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said. "He felt well in the finale but we are taking him for an X-ray just to check his wrist," ...
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"We are sad to announce that Andy Schleck cannot take the start ... today. The ligaments and meniscus in the right knee are too severely damaged from his crash in yesterday's final," the team said. "He will travel to Basel now for examination and a possible ...
Along with Oslo and Almaty, Beijing was confirmed as an official candidate for 2022 on Monday, raising a chance of becoming the first city to hold both the summer and winter Olympics. Officials spared no expense in staging a spectacular Games in 2008, with vastly improved public transport and ...
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PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius' lawyers wrapped up their defense of the Olympic and Paralympic track star on Tuesday, bringing the dramatic murder trial of one of the world's best-known athletes closer to conclusion. Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the court until August 7 to allow the ...
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Neymar fractured a vertebra in the quarter-final against Colombia is out for the rest of the tournament, while center back Silva picked up a needless booking that means his World Cup will also be over unless Brazil can progress to Sunday's final against Argentina or the Netherlands who meet on ...
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National Hockey League roundup
July 7th, 2014, 11:46 pm
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Hockey Night in Canada reported Petry will make just under $3.1 ...
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Sources told ESPN.com that the four-time MVP is increasingly considering the Cavaliers as an option, although there has yet to be a firm indication that James actually is ready to leave Miami after four years and two championships with the ...
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Now with the Cavs intent on luring the Akron, Ohio, native back to Cleveland as a member of the 2014 free agent class, the NBA team removed an old link to Dan Gilbert's impassioned letter that was active as recently as Sunday. Hours after James went on a nationally televised special to reveal his ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A federal judge in Philadelphia on Monday granted preliminary approval to a settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players who have brain damage and dementia as a result of concussions suffered on the field. The decision by U.S. District ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. But the former New England Patriots ...
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Hollins, introduced to the media on Monday after being hired last week to replace Jason Kidd, worked the past season as a TV commentator after parting ways with the Memphis Grizzlies following four full seasons as their head coach. "I was able to stay connected to the game and see the changes ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - When Novak Djokovic jumped on the super-coach bandwagon and hired Boris Becker, the appointment came straight out of left field and appeared to be a baffling one. Three-times Wimbledon champion Becker had never shown any inclination towards coaching, was neck deep with his media ...
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The former world champion had hoped to win his 26th Tour stage in Harrogate on Saturday but was involved in a spectacular accident in a bunch sprint to the finish line. "It's not good news," Lefevere told reporters after the third stage from Cambridge to London. "The ligaments are ...
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Ferrari said on their website (www.ferrari.com) that the Finn, the 2007 world champion, was recovering from the opening lap smash into the barriers, but still had some pain and bruising in his left ankle and knee. "Scuderia Ferrari has decided to rest the Finn so that he can be fully fit for ...
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"No further action will be taken against a 27-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of assault, following reports of an assault on Russell Street in Bolton on Friday 4 July," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Monday. Khan was released on bail after being arrested in ...
British Open prize money increased
July 7th, 2014, 4:12 pm
The Royal and Ancient (R&A) organizers said in a statement on Monday that total prize money would be 5.4 million pounds ($9.19 million), 150,000 pounds up on last year. American Phil Mickelson won the famous Claret Jug at Muirfield 12 months ago after finishing three shots ahead of Sweden's ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's Marcel Kittel produced another show of raw power to win his second stage of this year's Tour de France on Monday, storming down The Mall for a comfortable victory. With his Giant-Shimano team setting a searing pace at the front of the peloton as it snaked around some ...
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PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African prosecutor sought on Monday to cast doubt on the defense's portrayal of Oscar Pistorius as a vulnerable person, a day after a leaked video showed the Paralympic star calmly re-enacting the night he killed his girlfriend. Pistorius, who had his lower legs ...
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"In the back of my mind, there is a little idea. We won the Tour with a Briton, but will a Frenchman win the Tour? It would be huge," Brailsford, who won back-to-back Tour titles with Wiggins and Chris Froome in 2012 and 2013 respectively, told French daily L'Equipe on Monday. No ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's home win at Silverstone was proof of the Briton's mental strength as well as a big boost to his Formula One title battle with team mate Nico Rosberg, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. The win cut the gap between Hamilton and leader Rosberg to ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Ferrari will be a different Formula One team next year with changes already being made at Maranello, principal Marco Mattiacci said after Sunday's British Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso finished only sixth for the Italian team at Silverstone while Kimi Raikkonen crashed out on the ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers got off to a rocky start on Monday with the team's co-owner Donald Sterling skipping proceedings that were delayed several times by legal wrangling and courtroom gamesmanship. The attorney for Sterling's ...
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LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Oslo, Almaty and Beijing were confirmed as the official candidates to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Monday even though an International Olympic Committee (IOC) report found several weaknesses in the Kazakh city's bid. Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv had also ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marathon swimmer Doug McConnell circumnavigated the island of Manhattan to clinch the Triple Crown of open water swimming and join an elite club of less than 100 members worldwide. Although he started swimming as a youngster, the 56-year-old said it is the forbearance that ...
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(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick ...
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New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is retiring after this season, and team mate Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese rookie who has the most wins of any pitcher in the American League, also were selected by Major League Baseball for the July 15 game in Minnesota. For the National League, Los ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil launched a desperate appeal to have skipper Thiago Silva's ban for their World Cup semi-final against Germany overturned on Sunday but Argentine hopes of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were ended by injury. Doctors confirmed Di Maria will miss the semi-final against ...
The long-hitting Argentine played like the two-time major champion that he is, closing with a six-under-par 64 on Greenbrier's Old White course in White Sulphur Springs. Boosted by an eagle at the par-four 13th, where he holed out from 175 yards, Cabrera finished on 16-under 264 to claim his ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer proved that an old dog can learn new tricks when he served and volleyed as his coach Stefan Edberg urged him to do during his Wimbledon campaign. Federer fell at the last hurdle, beaten by Novak Djokovic 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 on Sunday in the tightest of ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Jenson Button did his late father proud on Sunday even if the McLaren driver seems destined not to stand on the podium at his home British Grand Prix. The most experienced driver on the Formula One starting grid has yet to finish in the top three at Silverstone but, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - It was hard at first to spot Novak Djokovic fans on Wimbledon's fabled "Hill" where thousands gather to watch the tennis on a huge screen, but as the Serb marched towards victory over crowd favorite Roger Federer they started cheering louder. With 2013 Wimbledon men's ...
Froome shows he's up for the fight
July 6th, 2014, 7:17 pm
SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) - Drifting out to the right on devilishly steep Jenkin Road, Chris Froome briefly left his rivals standing near the finale of second stage of the Tour de France on Saturday. After two days of keeping his head down, the reigning champion decided that it was time to have ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Seeking to build on their revival as a force in Formula One, Williams said they were not content with a second place finish for Valtteri Bottas at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. It was a day of mixed emotions for the former champions who lost driver Felipe Massa ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg saw his Formula One lead cut to four points on Sunday after a British Grand Prix he felt sure to win until a gearbox problem forced his first retirement of the season. "I am very confident that I would have won the race," the German said as ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic claimed a second Wimbledon title after coming out on top in an extraordinary battle of wills against seven-times winner Roger Federer, eventually triumphing 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 in a gripping encounter on Sunday. The Serb, who has now won seven grand slam ...
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With Pistorius' murder trial still underway in South Africa, the family lawyers of the accused athlete said the "visual mapping" re-enactment was for trial preparation only and they alleged it had been "obtained illegally" by Australia's Channel 7, which ran the video on its ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The Venus Rosewater Dish proved to be something of a poisoned chalice for Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after her 2011 win but she says the difficult experience means she is now ready to cope with the pressure of a second title win. The sixth-seeded Czech produced her best ...
Northern Ireland's McDowell fired a final-round 67 to finish on five under par and overnight leader Stadler needed a par at the last to force a playoff in wet and windy conditions at Le Golf National. He narrowly failed with a birdie putt from 25 feet which would have sealed victory and ...
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SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) - Italian Vincenzo Nibali claimed the Tour de France yellow jersey with a late attack on the second stage as the favourites flexed their muscles on a frantic climb into Sheffield on Sunday. Defending champion Chris Froome also laid down a marker with a burst of speed up ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix on Sunday and slashed Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the first time this season. Hamilton, who last won at Silverstone in his 2008 championship year, now ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Centre Court tickets, two bottles of "fizz" and sunshine assured that Stevie Bishop of Surrey and Debs Major of London would have a good time on the final day of Wimbledon on Sunday despite Britain's Andy Murray being out of the competition. The final day of the 13-day ...
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Finn Valtteri Bottas finished second in his Williams, while Australia's Daniel Ricciardo took third for Red ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The average attendance at 2014 World Cup matches is now the second highest of all time with an average gate of 52,762 overtaking the 52,491 at the 2006 tournament in Germany, FIFA said on Sunday. The record average attendance was set in the United States in 1994 at ...
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The German led British team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton by 29 points before the start, with 10 races remaining after Silverstone. Hamilton took the lead as Rosberg slowed, pulled over and parked up on the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - After almost four hours of mental torture, Novak Djokovic sank to his knees, crouched over the hallowed Wimbledon turf, plucked a blade of grass and put it in his mouth - never before had victory tasted so good. It was a victory that he should have been celebrating almost an ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil must overcome the massive blow dealt by the injury to marquee forward Neymar if they are to beat frighteningly consistent Germany on Tuesday and book a World Cup final spot on home soil for a second time. Brazil, chasing a sixth world title, are still ...
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The Finn, 2007 world champion, was able to get out and limped to a safety car before being taken to the circuit medical center. Officials said the race would re-start once repairs had been made to the damaged ...
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YORK England (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish's Tour de France came to a brutal end after the British sprint specialist failed to recover from a horror crash at the end of the first stage and pulled out of the race on Sunday morning. "It's devastating," Cavendish, who will have an MRI scan on ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - German fashion brand Hugo Boss is set to end its association with the McLaren Formula One team, one of the longest running partnerships in sport, to link up with championship-leading rivals Mercedes next year. The McLaren-Hugo Boss partnership dates back to 1981, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Unseeded Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock claimed a grand slam title at the first attempt after beating American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 6-4 3-6 7-5 in an enthralling men's doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday. The athletic duo looked undaunted against the ...
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HARROGATE England (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish was supposed to blast to victory on the first stage of the Tour de France in his mother's home town but a horror crash put him in hospital and left German Marcel Kittel celebrating on Saturday. The 29-year-old Briton slammed into the tarmac within sight ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Netherlands survived a nerve-wracking penalty shootout against Costa Rica on Saturday, with substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul the unlikely hero, to set up a World Cup semi-final against Argentina after the South Americans beat Belgium 1-0. While the Netherlands and ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - After delivering a final devastating blow, Petra Kvitova lay sprawled on the turf, her arms raised in celebration having crushed tennis's would-be princess in a Wimbledon final closer to a coronation than a contest. It took just 55 minutes of thundering forehands and savage ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard finally had time to think what went wrong when she sat in the engraving room waiting for the roof to close before her opponent Petra Kvitova took the plaudits and received the Wimbledon women's singles trophy. The 20-year-old had hardly had time to catch her ...
SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Mercedes want to continue supplying engines to four Formula One teams next season, with Lotus expected to take the place of McLaren. Asked by Reuters about a likely Lotus deal, Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff offered a carefully-worded reply after qualifying at ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg made the right call to seize pole position at the British Grand Prix on Saturday while Mercedes team mate and Formula One title rival Lewis Hamilton got it wrong and qualified sixth. As Hamilton aborted his last lap, assuming he could not improve on a ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain upstaged talismanic team mate Lionel Messi with a superb goal to clinch a nervy 1-0 win over Belgium that put them in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years on Saturday. Higuain buried a shot into the corner of the net in the ...
Stadler, son of 1982 U.S. Masters champion Craig, carded a one-over-par 72 in testing conditions to record a nine-under total of 204. The 35-year-old, who has been in front since day one, is four ahead of Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (69) and Frenchman Victor Riu ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Ferrari need to be faster off the track as well as on it, Fernando Alonso said on Saturday after the team reacted slowly to changing weather conditions in British Grand Prix qualifying and paid the price. The Spaniard qualified a distant 19th, with team mate Kimi ...
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Playing in their first final at the All England Club, the No.2 seeds became the first pair to win all four grand slams since Venus and Serena Williams in 2001. With the rain pouring down in southwest London, the roof on Center Court was closed and the four-times grand slam winners dominated the ...
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Kittel, who also won the first stage last year, took the overall leader's yellow jersey after easily outsprinting Slovakian Peter Sagan and Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas. "It was so hard," said the Giant Shimano rider. "The hill in the last kilometer made it very difficult to win. ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The ticket bubble of "Murray mania" burst when Andy Murray was knocked out of Wimbledon this year, but the All England Club says attendance at the championships is up and remaining tickets sold through official channels were snapped up in minutes. Last year when Murray ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Her nearest and dearest thought she was "too nice to play tennis" but Petra Kvitova proved that when she walks out on court, she is "not that nice" as she handed Eugenie Bouchard a right royal thumping in the Wimbledon final. Kvitova was so brutal and so ...
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Much had been made of Bouchard's raw power and determination to triumph in what she calls the "Temple of Tennis" but she was unable to cope with Czech sixth seed Kvitova's more varied attacking style. Bouchard, who was watched from the Royal Box by the British princess she had been named ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Old rivalries will be renewed on and off the court in the men's Wimbledon final on Sunday when Roger Federer, bidding for a record eighth title, takes on top seed Novak Djokovic. While two of the game's most recognizable figures meet on Center Court, their 'super coaches' will ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg made the right call to take pole position while Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton got it all wrong at the British Grand Prix on Saturday. As Hamilton aborted his last lap, assuming he could not improve on a time that ...
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HARROGATE England (Reuters) - The 101st Tour de France rolled out of Leeds for the start of the first stage on Saturday with hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route across the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate. With Tour fever gripping Yorkshire and the sun out for the 190.5-km opener, Team ...
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Wolff, who in Friday practice with Williams at the British Grand Prix became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a Formula One weekend, made clear there were no hard feelings. Interviewed by Spanish television, Perez had hailed Wolff as a great driver but than added jokingly that he would ...
"It is possible, although one or two other companies are interested and I would not enter an auction," the 83-year-old, who is on trial in Germany accused of bribery, told the Daily Express newspaper on Saturday. "Our company has been a very good investment for CVC and it would be a ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in a wet final practice for the British Grand Prix on Saturday as neither of the Mercedes drivers bothered to set a timed lap. The Red Bull driver, who has not won a race since last season when he ...
The Cubs will receive 2012 first-round draft pick Addison Russell as well as pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney and a player to be named later. For Oakland, the move continues their recent trend of acquiring veteran pitchers after they also picked up Brad Mills in a move with the ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday in a major blow to the host nation. Neymar, who has scored four goals in the tournament, will ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Colombia were not helped by the decision-making of referee Carlos Velasco Carballo, tearful playmaker James Rodriguez said after their World Cup quarter-final defeat by Brazil on Friday. "I'm crying because we gave everything. Unfortunately, the referee didn't ...
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After young gun Grigor Dimitrov succumbed to top seed Novak Djokovic in the first of Friday's semi-finals, 23-year-old Canadian Raonic capitulated in straight sets against seven-times champion Roger Federer. Yet Raonic says such chastening experiences will be the making of the new brat pack, which ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - When Novak Djokovic's flying forehand kissed the net and bounced into the corner, he let out a primal roar that echoed around Centre Court, the All England Club and probably all the way to his hometown of Belgrade. It was the point that had spared him going into a nerve-jangling ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - A stunning free kick from Brazil's David Luiz sealed a 2-1 win over Colombia in a bruising World Cup quarter-final on Friday but the hosts will next face Germany without their talisman Neymar. Brazil's victory came at a heavy price as their leading scorer was carried ...
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LEEDS England (Reuters) - "So Good It's Coming Twice" boasts the sign on the road into Addingham, a village just a few kilometers of pedaling from Leeds. This year's Tour de France, which begins on Saturday morning before spending two days traversing the hills and valleys of the county ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Coolness under pressure, a strong work ethic and never-say-die attitude makes Germany's Martin Kaymer one of the favorites for this month's British Open, according to Frenchman Thomas Levet. Kaymer will go into the year's third major at Hoylake with his status considerably ...
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American Matteson enjoyed a magnificent day on the greens, using his putter just 19 times as he racked up nine birdies to trail leader Billy Hurley III by two strokes on Greenbrier's Old White course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia . "This was unlike any day I've had this year but ...
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Sabathia, who has been sidelined since May 11, had appeared poised to rejoin the Yankees rotation this month before his troublesome right knee swelled after a recent rehab start. The left-hander, who was 3-4 with a 5.28 earned run average in eight starts before going on the disabled list with a ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - "Don’t change a winning team" is a mantra beloved of armchair coaches but when it gets to the business end of a World Cup there is no room for sentiment, as Joachim Loew showed when his reshuffled Germany beat France 1-0 to reach the last four. There is also ...
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Greater Manchester Police would not confirm that it was Khan who had been arrested but they did issue a statement on the incident. "Just before 1.30am on Friday 4 July 2014 police were called following reports of an assault in Bolton," the statement ...
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Trailing by two sets to one, the Bulgarian 11th seed looked to have the Serb on the back foot in the fourth, but Djokovic held his nerve to save a set point in the ninth game and three more in the tiebreak before sealing a 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(7) victory. "You never know what would have ...
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BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) - Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe's biggest remaining team Germany. Brazil's poster-boy, in terrific form with four ...
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(Reuters) - The prospects of NBA fireworks loomed on the Independence Day holiday weekend as speculation grew on Friday about the future of four-time league most valuable player LeBron James. James, who four years ago left the Cleveland Cavaliers in a messy divorce to join the Miami Heat, is a ...
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The American, son of 1982 U.S. Masters champion Craig, shot a three-under-par 68 to record a 10-under total of 132, three clear of Frenchman Victor Riu (67). After not dropping a stroke on his way to an opening 64, Stadler was on track for a repeat before he bogeyed his 32nd hole, the par-four ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has taken Eden Hazard to one side to discuss how to get the best from the gifted but under-performing midfielder for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. The 23-year-old Chelsea player undoubtedly has the talent but has yet to set ...
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LEEDS England (Reuters) - The peloton will breathe a collective sigh of relief if it makes it through the first five days of this year's Tour de France unscathed, according to French hope Thibaut Pinot. Race director Christian Prudhomme thinks the opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate through the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Ryder Cup mainstays Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell may be on the outside looking in on Europe's team at the moment but vice-captain Sam Torrance has no doubt that both will be in the side come September. The top nine in the points list qualify automatically for Europe's title ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer reached a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of the bullet-serving Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterly display of the grasscourt arts on Friday. Chasing a record eighth title at the All England Club, Federer set up a ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis players are a "superstitious" breed, says the head of the team which strings their rackets at Wimbledon, but his workshop is ready to cater to their every whim. As the championship enters its final weekend, pressure is mounting not only on the remaining players ...
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The 35-year-old American, who qualified for the third major of the year through his ranking, is replaced by Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. World number 18 Steve Stricker, a part-time player on the U.S. PGA Tour these days, has yet to decide whether he will travel over to ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - An early Mats Hummels header proved enough for Germany to beat France 1-0 in a tense, error-strewn and largely uninspiring World Cup quarter-final at the Maracana on Friday. The defender scored the only goal of a match neither team ever took control of when he headed in ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - When you have a player like Lionel Messi in your team why would you not lean on him to lead you to World Cup glory? Pundits and fans have been quick to lambaste Argentina's dependence on the inspirational forward to carry them to a third World Cup but coach Alejandro Sabella ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Fog closed a downtown airport in Rio for more than four hours on Friday morning, delaying arrivals for scores of French and German fans streaming into the city for a quarter-final match in the early afternoon. The weather forced the cancellation of more than two dozen ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic has tackled innocence and now faces experience at Wimbledon after beating young pretender Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final against seven-times champion Roger Federer. The Serb was in self-critical mood on Friday after he allowed Dimitrov, playing ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods is kidding himself if he turns up at this month's British Open with only a repeat of his 2006 Hoylake win on his mind, according to former U.S. Ryder Cup skipper Curtis Strange. The 14-times major champion is desperately short of competitive ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Hosts Brazil face their stiffest test so far at the World Cup finals when they take on South American rivals Colombia in the last eight in Fortaleza on Friday after European heavyweights Germany and France clash in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil scraped past Chile via a penalty ...
Sabathia has not played since May 10. He had a workout on Wednesday with an eye to returning to the lineup later this month but woke up on Thursday with swelling and had an MRI scan. "I can't tell you how long he's gonna be shut down," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. ...
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HAVANA/TOKYO (Reuters) - Cuba is allowing some of its best baseball players to take their skills to Japan and make good money instead of risking their lives at sea with human traffickers in pursuit of Major League Baseball dreams. The bright lights of the U.S. big leagues do still draw Cuban ...
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas A&M University and a band of four Buffalo Bills football fans led by a double amputee are in a fight over the use of the school's "12th Man" trademark, with the fans accusing the school of heavy handed tactics to protect its copyright. The university ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - World number 18 Steve Stricker may one day live to regret his decision if he chooses to miss this month's British Open for the second year in a row, according to former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange. The ultra-consistent Stricker has achieved a high ranking in spite of ...
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Jordan, who was drafted by Miami out of the University of Oregon, apologized for the impact his positive test would have on the entire Dolphins organization. "I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy," he said in a ...
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LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Former world 100 meters champion Tyson Gay finished second behind fellow American Justin Gatlin on his return to competition after a one-year doping ban at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Thursday. Gatlin, the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist who was later banned for ...
LONDON (Reuters) - They don't have pepper with strawberries at Wimbledon anymore, but 28 tonnes of berries covered in 20,000 pints (11,365 liters) of cream will have been eaten by the end of the men's final on Sunday. Asked to rank the most popular items at the grass-court championship, Jonathan ...
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Firing at the flags whenever possible on a calm morning in the Allegheny Mountains, the 30-year-old racked up eight birdies and two bogeys on the way to a six-under-par 64 on the Greenbrier's Old White Course. That left him one ahead of New Zealand's Danny Lee and Americans James Hahn, Jason Bohn, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - It was "a weird match with a weird ending" but all Eugenie Bouchard cared about was the split-second in which she saw Simona Halep's lunging service return spinning into the net. It was the moment that confirmed her 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over the Romanian third seed at ...
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After an explosive start, in which the pair flung each other around Center Court with some brutal groundstrokes, third seed Halep looked poised to take the set from 4-2 up in the tiebreak. But after a short delay to allow medics to come to the aid of a sick spectator, Halep fell victim to that ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Susie Wolff will accelerate out of the Silverstone pitlane on Friday to become the first woman driver in 22 years to take part in a grand prix weekend. It is a big step for the 31-year-old Scot, who replaces Williams' Finnish regular Valtteri Bottas for first ...
LEEDS England (Reuters) - Sprint king Mark Cavendish has warned that nothing is guaranteed in cycling after being installed as hot favorite to claim the yellow jersey after the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday. The 29-year-old, third on the all-time list for stage wins ...
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(Reuters) - Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were named to Jamaica's 68-member team for next month's Commonwealth Games, a source with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said on Thursday. Both sprinters, who each received medical exceptions to miss last week's Jamaican senior ...
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SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Japanese Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi expects to see out the season at Caterham despite a change of ownership at the struggling team. Speaking to reporters a day after Caterham announced Malaysian Tony Fernandes had sold up to a consortium advised by former F1 ...
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The burly American reeled off seven birdies in a seven-under-par 64 to move one stroke clear of Germany's Marcel Siem. Stephen Gallacher was in third place on 66, one ahead of fellow Briton Jamie Donaldson and Chilean Felipe ...
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(Reuters) - The 'Melo Tour' heads into Day Three on Thursday, the LeBron James and Miami Heat mystery muddles on and a pair of big-name veterans are sparking interest in the NBA free agency market. Carmelo Anthony, after initial stops in Chicago, Houston and Dallas, has Los Angeles next on his ...
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(Reuters) - Landon Donovan, the United States' record scorer who was left out of the World Cup squad, has criticized coach Juergen Klinsmann's tactics during their campaign which ended with a 2-1 second round extra-time defeat by Belgium. Klinsmann's decision not to include 32-year-old Donovan in ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Powerful Canadian Eugenie Bouchard overcame match-point jitters to claim an eventful 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over Romania's Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-2 at Wimbledon on Thursday and reach a grand slam final for the first time. The 20-year-old from Montreal harried and chased third seed ...
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - It might be hard to stand up in court but evidence is mounting that sex is good for footballers – at least in this World Cup. All eight of the teams through to the quarter-finals allowed their players to have sexual relations with partners during down time, according to ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Fans around the world have been enjoying a flurry of goals at the World Cup in Brazil but with the tournament now in its knockout phase it is goalkeepers not strikers that have been grabbing most of the headlines. In a tournament that well before the quarter-final ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former champion Petra Kvitova moved within one match of capturing a second Wimbledon title, ending the plucky resistance of Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6) 6-1 in their all-Czech showdown on Thursday. Although few held out much hope of the 27-year-old Safarova beating her friend, having ...
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With defending champion Andy Murray booted out of the tournament by Dimitrov and Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios dismantling two-time winner Rafael Nadal, only Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remain from the so-called Big Four in men's tennis. The emergence of the young guns has been the topic ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's defeat at Wimbledon on Wednesday should have come as no surprise, according to a new IBM system that claims the Briton was a less aggressive player than opponent Grigor Dimitrov. Computer giant IBM credited Dimitrov with 50 aggressive forehands to 44 for Murray ...
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Pistorius, who had his lower-legs amputated at birth, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. His defense team have sought throughout the trial ...
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Teenager Nick Kyrgios's ranking is not the only thing that will soar after his electrifying run at Wimbledon. The Australian's brand has also shot into the stratosphere, according to marketing experts. An exhausted Kyrgios bowed out of Wimbledon with a four-set loss to ...
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The 30-year-old from Nassjo who is now based in Florida has recorded only one top-10 in 16 starts this season but his best finish was certainly a memorable one, a tie for second at the Masters in April. "A little bit of a roller-coaster this year," Blixt told reporters at The Greenbrier ...
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But the judge ordered the Los Angeles Superior Court jury, which has been considering the case by 45-year-old Bryan Stow for five days following a month-long civil trial, to continue deliberating, the court spokesman said. Stow, a father of two and former paramedic from Northern California, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The problem with allowing a bunch of rowdy gate crashers into the party is they will repay you by re-arranging your furniture. It must feel a little bit like that for the established names at this year's ...
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The 35-year-old from Finland, who was selected third overall in the 1997 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators. "Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the ...
Born in Bangor, Wales to one of Britain's most esteemed golfing families, Ball went on to compete in 25 major championships and became the PGA of America’s oldest and longest-serving member. As a club professional, he taught generations of players and he was inducted into the PGA Golf ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - United States coach Juergen Klinsmann says he will now turn to youth after his team’s World Cup ended in a second-round defeat by Belgium. The U.S. lost 2-1 in extra-time on Tuesday and although Klinsmann praised the effort and spirit of his team during the tournament his ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - After three weeks of unrelenting drama and excitement, the World Cup took a rare time-out on Wednesday as the eight surviving teams tried to catch their breath before the quarter-finals kick off on Friday. A tournament which was derided as a disaster waiting to happen, ...
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Kyrgios out but not down
July 2nd, 2014, 9:18 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - The adrenaline rush of slaying Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon was replaced by dejection and despondency only 24 hours later but Australian tyro Nick Kyrgios should take plenty of heart from what he described as the "best couple of weeks of my life". The 19-year-old who ...
Apart from a change of venue, organizers hope that a "World Cup-type format" will breath new life into the first of the season's four elite World Golf Championships (WGC) events where so often in the past the top players have made early exits. Instead of the traditional 'tennis-style' ...
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ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A day after signing for the new Orlando Major League Soccer franchise, former Brazil playmaker Kaka said his belief in the future of the American league clinched a difficult 11th-hour decision to make the move. “My expectation is that soccer is going to be the first ...
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Hollins, a former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, takes over for Jason Kidd, who left Brooklyn to join the Milwaukee Bucks as head coach on Tuesday. "We are very excited to welcome Lionel as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets," Nets general manager Billy King said in a ...
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Kidd, signed by Milwaukee on Tuesday after they traded two future second-round draft picks to Brooklyn for the rights to negotiate with him, was grilled about the job shift by local media at his introductory news conference. "This is business," said Kidd. "It's business. That's what ...
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The Canadian eighth seed called upon his huge serve to thump down 39 aces, conceding only one break against the 19-year-old upstart who had rocked the All England Club with the previous day's triumph over world No.1 Rafael Nadal. Both Kyrgios and Raonic, 23, were playing the day after their ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - If the United States is ever to conquer its final sporting frontier and win the soccer World Cup, 2026 could be the perfect time. Although the disappointment of falling short in Brazil continues to linger, it could pay even richer dividends in years to come if 2014 ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The women's semi-finals at Wimbledon on Thursday will provide a glimpse into the future of the women's game and a nod to its recent past. Rising stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard will meet in one semi-final after they impressed in quarter-final victories on Wednesday, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - It's not been a good year for British sport. First England exited the World Cup in unseemly haste, and now defending champion Andy Murray has left Wimbledon almost as fast. Worse, nobody was much surprised. Murray's match on Wednesday lasted just three sets, and they were mostly ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The idea that a fourth substitute should be allowed in extra time should be re-submitted to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the game's law-making body, Gerard Houllier said on Wednesday. Houllier, who has managed France and Liverpool among others, is ...
The par-72 Tournament Players Club layout, a municipal course owned by the City and County of San Francisco, has previously staged the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship and the 2009 Presidents Cup. The 2020 PGA Championship will mark the first major championship to be held at a TPC property ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer finally blotted his copybook on Wednesday, dropping a set for the first time at this year's Wimbledon before reaching the semi-finals with an emotional victory over friend and Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. It is the ninth Wimbledon semi-final for the ...
LONDON (Reuters) - The mayhem created by an Australian firecracker the previous evening was continued in brutal fashion by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as he annihilated defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. With the dust still settling on 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios's fourth-round ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Two former Wimbledon champions will meet in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, but this battle will be in the stands as supercoaches Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic watch their players battle for a place in the last four. Top seed Novak Djokovic, coached by three-times champion ...
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Once a global super-power in the sport, Australia has waited in vain for a new men's talent to take the mantle from an aging Lleyton Hewitt and 19-year-old Kyrgios's stylish advance to the Wimbledon quarters propelled a tidal wave of accolades from former players, Hollywood celebrities and ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - Much-fancied Belgium needed extra time to crack heroic United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in a thrilling 2-1 extra-time victory on Tuesday that set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina. The Belgians had dominated the first 90 minutes but a barrage of ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Todd Woodbridge described fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios's stunning victory over world No.1 Rafael Nadal on Tuesday as one of the best performances he has ever seen from a teenager. The 19-year-old wildcard continued his dream Wimbledon debut at ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - When Norlaila Kyrgios checks her mobile phone for messages on Wednesday morning in Canberra there will be a "smiley-face text" waiting for her. That text from 19-year-old son Nick in London isn't a simple greeting that means 'hi mum' or 'miss you mum'. What it really ...
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The American world number three moved into the luxurious resort at The Greenbrier with his family only a month ago and has played several practice rounds on the Old White Course over the past fortnight. "It's nice being here, nice being able to sleep in your own bed, it's pretty cool," ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - Extra-time goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sealed a thrilling 2-1 victory for Belgium over a spirited United States on Tuesday and set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina. After dominating the game and being frustrated by an inspired Tim ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Argentina scored in the 118th minute to beat Switzerland and Belgium clung on to defeat the United States in another heart-stopping period of extra time to reach the World Cup quarter-finals amid more extraordinary drama on Tuesday. Angel Di Maria struck with two minutes of ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Milos Raonic found the perfect way to celebrate Canada Day, booking a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) 6-3 win against 10th seed Kei Nishikori on Tuesday. The eighth-seeded Canadian became the first of his countrymen to reach the quarter-finals at the ...
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"People are just finding it now because they're flipping over to July," said University of Florida spokesman Daniel Apple. The calendar was produced by a third-party licensee and approved by school officials in spring 2013, before Hernandez's June 2013 arrest on charges murdering ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's charge towards a third Wimbledon title came to a juddering halt in the fourth round on Tuesday when he was sensationally beaten by 19-year-old Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (5) 6-3. Ranked 144th in the world, Kyrgios fired down 37 aces and ...
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Miller, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender in 2010, joined the Vancouver Canucks on a three-year deal estimated by local media to be worth $18 million. "I'm so happy to join the @VanCanucks. What a great day! They keep telling me it's always this sunny here," tweeted ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - This time there was no escape for world No.1 Rafael Nadal. For the fourth match in a row at this year's Wimbledon he got his fingers burned when losing the first set - only this time he was engulfed by player with dynamite in his ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Baseball home run king Barry Bonds has convinced a U.S. appeals court to reconsider his criminal conviction for obstructing a grand jury probe into steroid sales, according to a court filing on Tuesday. The case involves testimony Bonds gave to a grand jury in 2003 about ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - After years ushering VIPs to their seats in Wimbledon, David Spearing has himself become a minor celebrity at the tournament, in a black hat that has earned him the nickname "General Custer". At 78, Spearing is Wimbledon's longest serving steward, working at the London ...
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(Reuters) - American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game. Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil had ignited passions in a country not known for ...
John Bieniewicz, 44, was about to eject a player from a recreational game at a park in Livonia, Michigan, on Sunday when he was hit and critically injured, police said. Bieniewicz, who was a resident of Westland, a suburb next to Livonia, died Tuesday morning at Detroit Medical Center, Livonia ...
The survey for WTOP radio was carried out shortly after a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal canceled six Redskins trademarks earlier this month, saying they disparaged Native Americans. Sixty-one percent of the 604 adults reached by telephone said they supported keeping the Redskins name, ...
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AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Fixtures have nothing to do with plumbing, kit means uniform, and clean sheet is a shutout. The World Cup in Brazil has been forcing American fans to learn a whole new sports vocabulary. With interest in soccer at new highs in the United States, Americans face a new way of ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka set up a mouth-watering Wimbledon quarter-final showdown with fellow Swiss Roger Federer after edging past 19th seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 7-6(7) 6-3 on Tuesday. The fifth seed had complained about his punishing schedule before the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's hopes of celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Wimbledon triumph with a sequel ended in a thrilling defeat by Germany's Angelique Kerber in the fourth round on Tuesday. The Russian's chances of recapturing her 2004 title rose at the weekend when world No.1 ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer's immaculate Wimbledon continued as he moved smoothly into the quarter-finals for the 12th time in his career on Tuesday by outclassing Spaniard Tommy Robredo. The Swiss, bidding for a record eighth title at the grassscourt slam, needed only one hour 34 minutes of ...
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"Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great team mate," Bucks owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry said in a statement. "We believe his focus, vision and intensity will help him...to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer was at his imperious best on Tuesday, rattling past familiar foe Tommy Robredo 6-1 6-4 6-4 and into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 12th time in his career. In a Court One masterclass, Federer demonstrated all the finesse and dazzling array of strokes that ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A sore shoulder could not prevent Sabine Lisicki's love-affair with grass from blossoming further as she reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win over Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday. For 50 weeks of the year, the 24-year-old German seems to get ...
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Four-time Olympic gold medalist Ainslie will lead an 80 million pound British challenge for the 35th America's Cup in 2017, aiming to return sport's oldest trophy to his country for the first time since the competition began in 1851. "Sir Ben Ainslie's project is truly fantastic news for ...
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The world number three has enjoyed a year of career-best results at consecutive grand slams and wasted little time in continuing that trend at the All England Club with a dominant victory on Court Two in just 57 minutes. Halep became the first Romanian woman to reach a grand slamfinal in 34 years ...
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ATHENS (Reuters) - Outgoing Greece coach Fernando Santos has angered sections of the local media and soccer figures by claiming that some of his players were more interested in personal success than following instructions. Greece lost on penalties against 10-man Costa Rica in their last 16 clash ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has been the key to Argentina's perfect start at the World Cup, scoring four of their six goals in three straight group wins, and the South Americans hope his blistering form continues when they face Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday. Also battling for a ...
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The 19-year-old Kyrgios has already defied expectations by advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon where he will meet world number one Rafa Nadal on center court on Tuesday in the biggest match of his short career. Kyrgios has stepped into the limelight once occupied by the struggling Bernard ...
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The four-day trial, which is set to start on July 7, will focus on whether Shelly Sterling properly installed herself as sole controlling trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers after two physicians deemed her 80-year-old husband mentally incapable to handle business. Sterling, whose ...
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Kidd had been widely expected to join the Bucks after he had sought increased power over the basketball operations in Brooklyn but was rebuffed. "The organization has permitted Jason Kidd to pursue a coaching opportunity with the Milwaukee Bucks," the Nets said in a statement on their ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - The future of soccer in the United States has never seemed brighter. Like the rest of the planet, the land of the free has been swept up in the excitement of the World Cup, with millions of people glued to their television sets watching the events unfold in ...
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HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has hired a new lawyer to pursue another appeal of his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse, the attorney said on Monday. Al Lindsay, who leads the Pittsburgh area firm of Lindsay Law Firm, said he plans to ...
Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36, was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm for the altercation at a park in Livonia, Wayne County prosecutors said. "It is alleged that Saad became upset and punched the referee in the head," the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a ...
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Briere, 36, recorded 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games for Montreal last season, while adding a further three goals as the Canadiens reached the Eastern Conference final. "Daniel is a veteran who brings experience to our hockey club. We're looking forward to him joining our team," ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - If there were fears Novak Djokovic's double-fisted backhands may malfunction after a heavy fall on his shoulder three days ago, they were allayed on Monday by a show-stopping crosscourt service return on match point. That effort left Jo-Wilfried Tsonga praying for a Hawkeye ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has criticized FIFA for appointing an Algerian referee to officiate his side's World Cup second-round match against Belgium on Tuesday. The U.S. scored a late winner against Algeria in the World Cup four years ago that put them top ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A steely-eyed Marin Cilic blasted his way past Jeremy Chardy and into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time on Monday, a year after failing a drugs test and pulling out of the tournament. Despite the Croatian's initial claims that a knee injury was hampering his ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Wimbledon title holder Andy Murray after a 6-4 7-6(6) 6-2 victory against Argentine Leonardo Mayer on Monday. Nicknamed Baby Fed for the similarity of his playing style with that of 17-times grand slam champion ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Germany and France snuffed out African hopes and reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday with hard-won victories over Algeria and Nigeria, while Uruguay striker Luis Suarez broke his silence to apologise for biting. Both European powerhouses struggled for ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - For most U.S. fans the journey to Brazil has been more in hope for the future than expectation for now, but for one in particular it has been a pilgrimage to the place where his family made its mark on American and World Cup history. Steve Lange's 10-minute wait in the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Young gun Grigor Dimitrov stands between Andy Murray and the Wimbledon semi-finals and the champion is clearly wary of the Bulgarian he describes as "coming into his prime". The Briton, who beat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Monday, has enjoyed a smooth ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Named after a British princess and tipped by John McEnroe as a Wimbledon queen-in-waiting, there are not many things that intimidate Eugenie Bouchard. That was certainly the case on Monday as the Canadian 20-year-old made her debut outing this year on Wimbledon's famed Center ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Fifth seed Stanislas Wawrinka breezed through his delayed third-round match with Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin on Monday before blasting his Wimbledon schedule, a run his coach labeled "not humanly possible". The Australian Open champion won 6-3 6-3 6-4, conserving energy ...
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Despite blasting down 52 aces, the American went down 6-7(8) 7-6(6) 7-6(3) 7-5 in a third-round match that was stopped on Saturday because of heavy rain. Earlier, teenager Madison Keys was forced to withdraw from her third-round match against Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova with a leg injury, ...
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SALTO Uruguay (Reuters) - Uruguay's star striker Luis Suarez always had a temper when things did not go well on the pitch but coaches, relatives and neighbors remember him as a happy kid in no way destined to be hit with a record World Cup ban for biting another player. Suarez's life in soccer ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard succeeded where Serena Williams failed as she beat Alize Cornet to reach the last eight of Wimbledon on a rain-hit Monday that produced another display of grass mastery by defending men's champion Andy Murray. Frenchwoman Cornet caused a sensation on Saturday by ...
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It wasn't much fun for Spain's Feliciano Lopez but he could finally raise a smile after finding his rhythm just when he needed it to outgun ninth seed John Isner in a brutal battle of big servers at Wimbledon on Monday. The duo hit a combined 86 aces in the delayed third-round tussle, meaning ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - Organization, preparation and desire - it may be a simple mantra, but it has taken Costa Rica from unfancied underdogs to World Cup dark horses who are within one more upset of the semi-finals. A penalty shootout victory against Greece having played almost an hour with ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - They were minutes away from elimination against Mexico but having pulled off one of the great escapes of the World Cup, the Dutch are in a strong position to reach the semifinals. With two minutes to play against the Mexicans in Sunday's second-round clash, Louis van ...
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PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter on trial for murder for shooting his girlfriend, was not suffering from a mental condition at the time she was killed, a psychiatric report said on Monday. Pistorius, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, has ...
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Over the years, fellow Canadians Carling Bassett-Seguso, Patricia Hy-Boulais and Daniel Nestor all made the second week of the grasscourt major but none of them managed to go as far as Bouchard. The 13th seed looked like she would be stretched into a third set when she trailed 4-2 in the second, ...
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Lisicki, seeded 19, had the first set in the bag when the match was called off after much discussion between players and officials about the gathering gloom on Saturday evening. Former world No.1 Ivanovic came out fighting as the match resumed on a chilly Monday morning, producing some telling ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori reached the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time on Monday and said working with former world number two Michael Chang was paying dividends. Nishikori needed only four games to complete a 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 defeat of Italian Simone Bolelli after ...
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The 28-year-old, whose 6-2 7-5 fourth-round victory over Danish world No.16 Caroline Wozniacki was her third against seeded opposition over the past week, is enjoying a new lease of life since coming back from a six-month break last April. "I didn't want to come back and play again and ...
Center Court's retractable roof was closed to allow the women's fourth-round match between Alize Cornet and Eugenie Bouchard to resume sooner than on the rest of the courts. The schedule had already been muddled by Saturday's rain, meaning several third round matches in the men's and women's ...
The 16th-seeded Dane has yet to reach the quarter-finals at the All England Club and the 23-year-old must wait at least another year after world No.43 Zahlova Strycova claimed another notable scalp, having sent second seed Li Na packing in the previous round. After a quick surrender of the opening ...
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Fifth seed Stanislas Wawrinka needed only 87 minutes to breeze through his delayed third round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin on Monday, but faces a punishing upcoming schedule. The Swiss fifth seed won 6-3 6-3 6-4, conserving energy for a possible three matches in three days or five in ...
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The Beko name will be worn on the shirts used in La Liga and the King's Cup, as well as for friendlies and pre-season games, Barca said on their website. The Catalan club's main sponsors are airline Qatar Airways and sporting goods maker Nike, and other partners include carmaker Audi, chipmaker ...
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For the first time in the professional era, four women from the Czech Republic reached the last 16 of a grand slam and Safarova could be joined in the last eight by compatriots Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who are in fourth round action later on Monday. Safarova, ...
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The 19-year-old winner of the Eastbourne warm-up tournament injured her left thigh shortly before play was suspended because of bad light late on Saturday, with Shvedova leading 7-6 6-6. The American's withdrawal sends 26-year-old Shvedova, ranked 65, into the last 16, where she will face either ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - With 1 billion posts, likes and comments in just the first half of the World Cup, the soccer tournament is already the most talked-about event in Facebook Inc's decade-long history, data obtained by Reuters showed. The soccer conversation measured between June 12 and June 29 ...
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Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, has admitted to shooting dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but maintains he mistook her for an intruder hiding in his toilet in an upmarket Pretoria suburb. The trial, which began in March, took a month-long break to allow the 27-year-old to ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the world of long-distance running there are the marathoners, ultra-marathoners and the desert runners who trek for days through drought, wind, heat and cold with supplies strapped to their backs. Fitness experts say for athletes grappling with these extremes, success is ...
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The western Ukrainian city had entered the fray with Beijing, Oslo, Almaty and Krakow for the 2022 Games but its bid was essentially put on hold after Russia moved to occupy parts of the country including Crimea. IOC president Thomas Bach held discussions with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy ...
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SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) - Three-time World Cup winners Germany face Algeria in a last-16 clash tinged with history on Monday while France and Nigeria square off in another intriguing Europe against Africa contest. The Germany-Algeria match in Porto Alegre is their first meeting since the 1982 ...
Allen, an American football player for the University of Oregon, pipped world silver medalist Ryan Wilson by five thousandths of a second to win the wind-assisted race in 13.16 seconds on a hot afternoon in Sacramento. "I am pretty excited about it," Allen, a wide receiver who also runs ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equalizer to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday. Dutch forward Arjen Robben was at the ...
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Britain's Rose sank a 15-foot bogey putt at the final regulation hole before parring it a few minutes later to edge unheralded American Shawn Stefani in Bethesda. Rose and Stefani each shot 70 to finish regulation at four-under-par 280 on a course that played much tougher than when it hosted the ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - The United States' declaration of their attacking intentions may awaken the more thrill-seeking instincts of unbeaten but so far underwhelming Belgium as they prepare for "war" in Tuesday's last-16 World Cup clash. The Belgians came through the group stage ...
Latvia's Ernests Gulbis mishearing a question regarding John McEnroe's comments about ...
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The baby is the 32-year-old's first child. Isinbayeva decided to take a break from athletics after winning gold at the world championships in Moscow in ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champion Andy Murray's tranquil progress through Wimbledon's opening week has been eerily calm. No pesky upstarts trying to knock him off his perch, no tumbles on the lush lawns, no niggles from the back that needed surgery last year and no question marks about his ...
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The 31-year-old from Asuncion, three-times a runner-up on the circuit, won at the fifth extra hole after world number two Henrik Stenson of Sweden found water off the tee and sand with his third shot on the par-four 17th at Gut Larchenhof in Cologne. Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Frenchman ...
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Sharapova has dropped just seven games in her three matches thus far and the imperious Russian will be confident of winning her sixth grand slam in the absence of her nemesis Williams. The 27-year-old is on the wrong end of a 16-2 head-to-head record against the American with her only two triumphs ...
The Crew did not immediately confirm details of the incident, instead releasing a statement the match had been postponed due to the 'extenuating circumstances' of an individual being injured 'during the inclement weather'. The Columbus Dispatch newspaper, however, reported eye-witness accounts of ...
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The U.S. face Belgium in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday after emerging from a tough Group G ahead of Portugal and Ghana. Defender Omar Gonzalez says Klinsmann's upbeat assessment of his team's chances of progressing has even gone as far as encouraging revised travel ...
McCorory powered home in a life-time best 49.48 seconds to edge Richards-Ross by 0.18 seconds as the two Americans became the first in the world to dip under 50 seconds this year. "I ran my lights out today," a delighted McCorory told reporters after the victory on a warm afternoon in ...
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Reed moved within sight of his fourth victory in 10 months with an even-par 71 on the brutally tough Congressional course in Bethesda just outside Washington D.C. The American posted a six-under 207 total, while Australian Marc Leishman (73), Swede Freddie Jacobson (71) and South Korean Noh ...
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U.S. finally embraces soccer's charms
June 28th, 2014, 11:05 pm
PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) - After a long and sometimes arduous courtship, soccer has finally revealed its charms to Americans who have embraced the World Cup in record numbers. With the United States through to the knockout phase and interest and television ratings soaring, soccer can ...
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The 56-year-old German, seeking his third major title on the over-50s Champions Tour, recovered from two bogeys in the first five holes with a superb display of putting on the back nine to fire a four-under-par 66 at Fox Chapel Golf Club. Langer, who had been two strokes in front overnight, reeled ...
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Cornet seals it with a kiss
June 28th, 2014, 9:48 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - It is unlikely that Alize Cornet will ever forget the moment she watched Serena Williams come charging towards the net - only to whip a backhand straight into the barrier. It was game, set and match for Cornet as the 24-year-old toppled the world number one in one of the biggest ...
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Wade, a 10-time All-Star guard, informed the Heat that he was opting out of the final two years on his contract, leaving him free to talk to any team when the free agent pool opens on July 1. Multiple media reports said center-forward Chris Bosh, the other member of the Heat's 'Big Three', had ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon great Serena Williams was sent packing by a Frenchwoman who once regarded grass court tennis as a chore but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal illuminated the Centre Court lawn with commanding victories on Saturday. American Williams's hopes of a sixth singles title ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilians rejoiced on Saturday when their nervy team edged past Chile to book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals in a nail-biting penalty shootout, while in the other last 16 game, James Rodriguez scored a stunning volley as Colombia downed Uruguay. It will be ...
Lemieux, whose father Claude is one of only 10 players to have won the Stanley Cup with three different teams, had to sit patiently through Friday's first round before he was snapped up by the Buffalo Sabres as the 31st overall selection. The 18-year-old, a powerful left wing who recorded 27 goals ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar kept the hosts' hopes of World Cup glory alive on Saturday, saving two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send them into the last eight 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time. Four years to the day ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Seven-times champion Roger Federer needed just 81 minutes to breeze through to the last 16 at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Colombia's Santiago Giraldo on Saturday. The Swiss maestro has yet to drop a set in this year's championships and was in good form again ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - It was not quite a Jill Craybas moment for Serena Williams at a soggy Wimbledon on Saturday but her third round defeat by Frenchwoman Alize Cornet was shocking all the same. Just as when she was beaten by obscure fellow American Craybas at the same stage in 2005, no one saw it ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal again offered a chink of light to an opponent on his way to the last 16 at a gloomy Wimbledon on Saturday but another former champion Maria Sharapova was taking no chances under the Centre Court roof. For the third match in a row Spaniard Nadal found himself a set ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A cheerful Maria Sharapova hit top gear under a closed Center Court roof at Wimbledon, comfortably winning 11 games on the trot to keep her bid for a second title on track, 10 years after she won her first. The 27-year-old Russian, whose notorious shriek drowned out the patter ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal believes the best example his successful generation have offered up-and-coming tennis players is that they never stop battling to beat each other but remain friends off the court. The world number one showed his fighting qualities again on Saturday when he lost the ...
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With light rain falling over the All England Club, it meant only those holding Centre Court tickets could watch any live action as organisers closed the retractable roof. Among those left frustrated was world number one Serena Williams, whose match against Alize Cornet on Court One was halted at ...
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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's president has weighed into global controversy over Uruguay striker Luis Suarez's World Cup expulsion, saying he had been unfairly punished for helping eliminate Italy and England. "They can't forgive Uruguay that a son of the people has eliminated two of ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Brazilian chair umpire Carlos Bernardes has heard all about former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe's call for doing away with umpires, and he doesn't buy it for a second. If anything, Bernardes told Reuters, the pace of the game and the money involved at the higher echelons have ...
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Hardee piled up 8,599 points, the year's best score, for an overwhelming 792-point victory in the 10-event, two-day competition at Sacramento, California. "There weren’t really many good things that happened," the 2009 and 2011 world champion told reporters despite his ...
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He joins three other former Wimbledon champions -- Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova -- bidding for a place in Monday's fourth round. Organisers will be crossing their fingers that the weather forecasters will be proved wrong again. Despite cloudy skies, the rain expected to ...
Oakland Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday examined potential remedies to resolve the case between athletes and the National Collegiate Athletic Association that seeks to reshape traditional notions of amateur sports in the United States. In a closely watched trial that ended on Friday ...
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Berdych falls in late-night thriller
June 27th, 2014, 11:59 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - It was so late and so dark at Wimbledon that even Hawkeye went to sleep. It was just too bad a grumpy Tomas Berdych could not find a way to escape the nightmare scenario as he slumped to a 7-6(5) 6-4 7-6(6) third round defeat by Marin Cilic on Friday. Nothing went right for the ...
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Canadian Aaron Ekblad, of the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), was taken number one by the Florida Panthers in a draft in Philadelphia largely devoid of surprises. Draisaitl said he looked forward to following in the wake of some of the greats who have played for the Oilers. ...
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The 56-year-old German, seeking his third major title on the over-50s Champions Tour, also recorded five birdies and a lone bogey in the second round at Fox Chapel Golf Club as he posted an 11-under total of 129. That left Langer two ahead of Americans Bill Glasson (64) and Doug Garwood (67), with ...
(Reuters) - Caterham owner Tony Fernandes triggered speculation about the future of his tail-end Formula One outfit on Friday after declaring "F1 hasn't worked" on Twitter before closing his account. The team have not scored a point in various guises since entering the sport in 2010 and ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - The furor over Luis Suarez's heavy ban for biting filled the void of the first game-free day at the World Cup in Brazil on Friday, with his Italian victim Giorgio Chiellini leading the criticism of the Uruguayan's record punishment. The Italy defender feared the World ...
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Woods, who had been sidelined since March after having surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back, struggled with his driving and short game on a tough Congressional Country Club layout on the way to a four-over-par 75 in the second round. That left the former world number one at seven-over ...
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Murray strolls into last 16
June 27th, 2014, 8:11 pm
The home favourite, attempting to defend the title he won last year to become the first Briton to win the men's singles for 77 years, turned the late evening Centre Court duel into a one-sided romp. Spinal surgery and his inability to reach a final since that surreal day last July meant there had ...
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Competing in only his second PGA Tour event as a professional, the 20-year-old scrambled superbly as he piled up five birdies to card a flawless five-under-par 66 on a difficult Congressional Country Club layout bristling with thick rough. Goss was runner-up at last year's U.S. Amateur ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Fight to the last point is the mantra drilled into aspiring champions but Italian Fabio Fognini took a different approach in his five-set defeat by Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Friday. Serving to stay in the match with the situation already looking hopeless at 0-5 in the fifth ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - For 13 glorious days in Brazil the feel-good factor flourished at the World Cup as the football flowed, the goals gushed and fans reveled in the tournament's return to its spiritual home. Then along came Luis ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Li Na's husband was granted an unexpected breather from his usual duties of "fixing the drinks and fixing the rackets" and "doing a lot of jobs" for his famous wife after the Australian Open champion suffered a shock third round exit at Wimbledon. Six months ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former champion Lleyton Hewitt drew on every ounce of his Wimbledon experience in a typically gutsy performance as he went down fighting in the delayed second-round tussle with big-serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz, 10 years his junior. The 33-year-old Australian battled back from two ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov is hoping a successful Wimbledon will help consign to history some of the unwanted nicknames he has been given in his career. The Bulgarian was handed the 'Baby Fed' tag because he is similar in playing style to seven-times Wimbledon champion ...
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The 2010 U.S. PGA champion, who launched his campaign at Gut Larchenhof near his home town of Duesseldorf with an opening one-under 71, mixed a double bogey with three dropped strokes and four birdies in a second-round 73. Kaymer finished 12 shots adrift of joint leaders Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - American veteran Venus Williams played like the great champion she has been at Wimbledon on Friday but fell just short, losing a high-quality Center Court slug fest against Petra Kvitova. A match-up between two of the best exponents of grasscourt tennis always looked like being ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A decade ago a fresh-faced Maria Sharapova won the Wimbledon title at the age of 17, following in the footsteps of Martina Hingis in making an early breakthrough. No teenager has lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish since Sharapova’s victory over Serena Williams in 2004 and ...
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(Reuters) - It was considered the 'Group of Death' in the United States but Juergen Klinsmann's team emerged from Group G to earn a second-round clash with Belgium and now believe they can really make the world sit up and take notice. Victory over Ghana, a 2-2 draw with Portugal and a 1-0 loss to ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon's grass claimed its most notable victim so far when the women's world number two Li Na exited the tournament on Friday and the lush lawns almost did for top men's seed Novak Djokovic, who took an agonizing tumble. Two former champions also battled for supremacy in an ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Rolling around in pain clutching his left shoulder, Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon hopes flashed before his eyes on Center Court on Friday before he climbed off the turf to beat Gilles Simon and reach the last 16. Leading by two sets and 3-2 in the third set, the Serb top seed was ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - French Open runner-up Simona Halep was looking forward to a match in which "both players will have nothing to lose" after she survived a torrid outing against little-known Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko on Friday. Third seed Halep survived a 6-3 4-6 6-4 tussle on a blustery ...
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Li was champion on red clay at Roland Garros in 2011 and on the hard courts of the Australian Open in January but grass has proved to be tougher surface to conquer for the popular Chinese player. Her hopes of improving on three previous quarter-final appearances ended on Friday when she whipped a ...
But Van Dyken, one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers of all time, is still struggling to train herself to adjust to everyday activities with her injuries, she said in an interview that aired Friday on NBC's "Today" program. Going into the pool was "the first time I felt ... ...
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Wimbledon debutante Konjuh, the youngest player to reach the last 32 at the All England Club since 2005, forced Wozniacki on the backfoot for much of the first set, combining punchy hitting with deft touches at the net. The world No.189 hit 19 winners compared to the Dane’s nine, but Wozniacki ...
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Hushovd, who made his professional debut in 2000 with French team Cofidis, won the world championships' road race in 2010. A one-day race specialist with great sprinting abilities, Hushovd twice claimed the points classification green jersey on the Tour, in 2005 and ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - FIFA defended the harsh punishment it handed down to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during the World Cup, despite complaints on Friday from his coach, politicians and even the man he bit that the record penalty was excessive. The 27-year-old striker ...
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Wiggins had been widely tipped to miss selection in the squad and all but confirmed the decision after winning the British time-trial title on Thursday. The 34-year-old Wiggins was, however, included in Team England's track cycling team for the July 23-Aug 3 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as the ...
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On Thursday, Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 to top Group H, setting up a clash with the United States after Juergen Klinsmann's team pipped Portugal to second place in Group G on goal difference despite losing to Germany. "Hey @BarackObama, I am betting some great Belgian beers that our ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon’s head groundsman Neil Stubley is relaxed and calm as he watches the cream of international tennis battle it out on his turf - a far cry from a year ago, when a spate of injuries took an extraordinary toll on players. The series of mishaps, which led seven players to ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates has urged Tokyo to ensure plans for the 2020 Summer Games avoid wasteful construction and welcomed talk of reviewing or possibly scaling back venues. Japanese officials, led by Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe, said earlier ...
America's top distance athlete surged past runner-up Chris Derrick with around 500 meters remaining and finished in a time of 28 minutes, 12.07 seconds - more than a minute off his month-old U.S. record - at Sacramento, California. "I was just trying to run as easy as possible. I didn't want ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Australia's Dante Exum, the NBA Draft's Mystery Man, will have a chance to reveal his talents with the Utah Jazz after being taken fifth overall on Thursday. Exum chose not to enroll in U.S. college, the more common path to the NBA, after leading Canberra's Lake Ginninderra ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champion Andy Murray's match will complete a heavyweight Centre Court lineup on Friday that boasts four former Wimbledon winners and includes Venus Williams' return to the main stage. World number five Murray faces 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canada's Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas was taken with the number one pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday launching a great night for Canada and international players. Four of the first eight players selected into the world's leading ...
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KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has made himself available for the Jamaican relay teams at next month's Commonwealth Games, providing organizers with a potential boost for the multi-sport event's profile. Bolt has not competed at all this season due to injury and has ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury began deliberations on Thursday in a lawsuit seeking $37 million in damages from the Los Angeles Dodgers and their former owner for a baseball fan rendered permanently disabled from a brutal assault he blames on lax security at Dodger Stadium. Capping 20 days of ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - The United States gave Germany too much respect, but manager Juergen Klinsmann promised there would be no repeat of their cagey display in the last 16 after they reached the World Cup's knockout stages despite a 1-0 loss on Thursday. The U.S. edged into the second round ...
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Chalmers, at the age of 40 still seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, fired a five-under-par 66 on a difficult Congressional Country Club layout bristling with thick rough to take a one-shot lead in the opening round. The Australian left-hander picked up three shots in his first nine holes ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The support was familiar but the face was not as teenager Nick Kyrgios ushered in a new era for Australian tennis on the lush grass of Wimbledon with an epic five-set triumph against 13th seed Richard Gasquet. The 19-year-old wildcard defended nine match points to beat the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - If Roger Federer believes in omens, he is guaranteed to walk off with an eighth Wimbledon trophy on July 6. Never mind that the Swiss only reached round three on Thursday - or that possible duels with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray await - but the fact he beat ...
Four players are considered worthy of the coveted first overall spot, a far cry from recent years where Sidney Crosby (2005), Steven Stamkos (2008) and John Tavares (2009) were considered slam dunks to go first overall. The top pick this year will likely come from one of four players -- Kingston ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - Germany, the United States and Algeria sealed last 16 World Cup places on Thursday but much of the spotlight was on the tournament's bad boys as Uruguay's Luis Suarez got a nine-match ban for biting and Ghana sent two players home in disgrace. On the final day of group ...
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The two-time major winner was tied in 66th place at Gut Larchenhof outside Duesseldorf, seven strokes adrift of joint leaders Danny Willett of Britain and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello. World number two Henrik Stenson of Sweden was well placed on 68, while eighth-ranked Sergio Garcia also returned a ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - There is a steely look about Maria Sharapova as she talks about focus, concentration and looking to the future, not the past. The 27-year-old former champion was dumped out of Wimbledon in the second round last year by Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito and was keen to avoid ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - Thomas Mueller's netted his fourth goal in three World Cup games in a 1-0 win over the USA to give Germany top spot in Group G and send them into knockout stages full of confidence following a dominant display at the Pernambuco arena in Recife. Deployed at center forward ...
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Fighting Tsonga just can't stay away
June 26th, 2014, 6:07 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just cannot keep off the grass at Wimbledon this year, having played on all four days of the championships so far during a torturous route to the third round. The popular Frenchman, twice a semi-finalist at the All England Club, needed two days and five sets ...
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Finally back in action after having surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back in March, the 14-times major winner mixed four birdies with seven bogeys and seven pars to finish eight shots off the early lead. "The hard part was just getting into the rhythm of playing competitively," ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A few of the past Wimbledon champions watching this year's tournament would disagree, but big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic reckons grass courts do not allow for great tennis. Raonic and compatriot Eugenie Bouchard, a fan of the grass, both advanced to the third round on ...
In a letter to Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Cuomo said New York state stands strongly behind the U.S. soccer team and was allowing workers to take an extra hour at lunch to watch the game. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish you and the entire team the best of luck," the letter ...
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Germany looked the most likely to break the deadlock with the U.S. defense scrambling away several dangerous crosses and Omar Gonzalez making some last ditch tackles as the European side surged ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal pulled back from the abyss to reach the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday just when it looked as though bogeyman Lukas Rosol had returned to haunt him. Two years after being knocked out at the same stage by the hard-hitting Czech in a late night ...
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Roared on by a vociferous Australian contingent on Court Two, the 19-year-old wildcard showed incredible resilience to complete the biggest win of his career. Having fended off a succession of match points, one of which was saved after a successful Hawkeye appeal on a second serve, he broke former ...
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But Rosol, who shocked Spaniard Nadal at the same stage two years ago, could not maintain the charge and went down 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4 in two hours 44 minutes on Center Court. Nadal was behind a set and a break of serve and had to save a set point in the tiebreak. But he showed all the dogged ...
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(Reuters) - The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not appeal the one-year ban handed down to Tyson Gay for doping which has put the United States's second-place finish in the 4x100 meters relay at the 2012 London Olympics in jeopardy. Gay, the world's joint second ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams showed no ill-effects from a late-night doubles outing, barely breaking sweat in a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers to reach the third round on Thursday. The American top seed was first up on Court One on Thursday, having had to wait until ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Uruguay's Luis Suarez was hit with the longest ban imposed at a World Cup on Thursday as FIFA threw the book at one of soccer's most talented but controversial players for biting an opponent. Suarez was suspended from all football-related activity for four months by the ...
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Portugal captain and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, whose record goal haul helped Real Madrid win a 10th European Cup last season, has failed to spark in Brazil and they can only still go through because of Silvestre Varela's stoppage-time equalizer in Sunday's 2-2 draw with the ...
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Dallas have sent starting point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, reserves Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington along with two picks in Thursday's NBA draft in exchange for Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton. The deal reunites the 31-year-old Chandler with the Mavericks after he ...
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Nadal meets Rosol in revenge match
June 26th, 2014, 3:14 am
LONDON (Reuters) - French Open champion Rafael Nadal will face his 2012 Wimbledon nemesis, Lukas Rosol, on Thursday, knowing he will have to up his game to avoid another second-round exit at the hands of the Czech world number 52. After a first-round defeat at the All England Club last year, and ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - United States head coach Juergen Klinsmann has produced a cheeky hand-written letter for American fans who want to skip work on Thursday in order to watch his team's World Cup game against Germany. The United States will qualify for the second round of the tournament if ...
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The 30-year-old right-hander struck out six and yielded one walk in dominating the Padres, the team he also hurled his first career no-hitter against last July. "I wasn't really thinking about it out there, and at the very end it caught me by surprise, and what do you know? You got a ...
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Financial terms of the contract for the unrestricted free agent forward were not disclosed by the Kings but local media reports said the deal is worth $34.1 million. The 32-year-old Slovakian forward scored a league-leading 14 goals during the 2014 playoffs, leaving him one shy of the franchise's ...
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"Which is a really good sign," the former long-time world number one added about his comeback after surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back. Woods is set to tee off in Thursday's opening round with emerging 20-year-old American Jordan Spieth and Australian Jason Day in the morning ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Argentina’s Lionel Messi continued his World Cup dual with Neymar by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria while Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri got in on the act with a magnificent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday. Nigeria scraped through behind ...
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Djokovic lives to fight another day
June 25th, 2014, 6:50 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic showed that Wimbledon was no place for a 35-year-old warrior as he beat battle-scarred Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(5) in a hugely entertaining contest to reach the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday. Bidding to become the oldest man to reach the ...
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The French Open semi-finalist may not have delivered on the court this week, falling 6-4 6-3 7-6 against the Ukrainian who accounted for Roger Federer at the same stage last year, but the world No.10 lived up his billing as one of the biggest personalities off it. The 25-year-old started his ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - No phone calls, no texts. For United States coach Juergen Klinsmann and his Germany counterpart Joachim Loew their friendship is on hold until after the World Cup. With their two teams meeting in a decisive Group G clash in Recife on Thursday, there is no room for small ...
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Johnston, who was coach of Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks since early in the 2008-09 season, replaces Dan Bylsma, who was fired three weeks ago. "As a career coach, you aspire to get to these positions," Johnston, 57, said during his introductory news conference. "It's ...
(Reuters) - The National Football League has agreed to remove a $675 million ceiling it had placed on payments to former players who were part of a groundbreaking lawsuit over concussions suffered on the field, it said on Wednesday. The NFL's agreement removes a major hurdle in reaching a ...
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The 23-year-old Bulgarian, who blazed through the Wimbledon warm-up event two weeks ago, showed no Center Court nerves in dispatching Saville, 20, like him a former junior champion at the All England Club. After being knocked out in the second round in his last three appearances at Wimbledon, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The champagne cork that popped in the first game of Andy Murray's thrashing of Blaz Rola may have been premature, but the defending Wimbledon champion has already thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals. Fans toasted the home favourite as he arrived on Court One for his second ...
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Ji, 26, was already the first Chinese rider to participate in a grand tour when he rode the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in 2012. The Tour de France starts from Leeds on July ...
(Reuters) - This lawsuit may cut the mustard. A longtime baseball fan has persuaded the Missouri Supreme Court to revive his negligence lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals over a detached retina he claimed to suffer when a hot dog tossed by the baseball team's mascot struck him in the ...
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While the British No.1 was winning Wimbledon last year, Rola was winding up a successful college tennis career for Ohio State University. The contrast in quality was stark on Wednesday. Some of the biggest cheers on an otherwise partisan Court One were reserved for Rola's two winning games, the ...
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Li powers into Wimbledon third round
June 25th, 2014, 1:49 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Second seed Li Na proved too powerful for Austrian Yvonne Meusburger as she eased into the Wimbledon third round with a 6-2 6-2 win on Wednesday. Australian Open champion Li arrived at the All England Clubon the back of a dismal clay court season, concluding with a first-round ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Taylor Townsend's hopes of repeating her French Open success at Wimbledon were snuffed out by Klara Koukalova but for her, the first round defeat had nothing to do with the issue that has made her a poster child for heavier-set women. The 18-year-old Chicago native, who beat ...
A challenge from Emirates Team New Zealand, which lost 9-8 to Oracle Team USA after surging into an 8-1 lead, had been in doubt because of reported difficulties raising finances and the government's reluctance to contribute. However, the team said on Wednesday it had secured sufficient private and ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - Luis Suarez can learn to stop biting opponents but it will not be a quick or easy process, senior psychologists have said following the Uruguay striker's bite on the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. Suarez, twice previously banned for biting, ...
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"FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suarez of Uruguay," the world soccer body said in a statement. FIFA said Suarez and the Uruguayan soccer association had until 5 p.m. Brasilia time on Wednesday to "provide their position and ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray will take a trip into the unknown against Slovenian world number 92 Blaz Rola as he continues the defense of his Wimbledon title in the second round on Wednesday. After overcoming his first-day nerves and David Goffin on day one, Murray will be back to face the ...
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The 2006-07 MVP beat out Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers at the league’s awards dinner in Las Vegas. “To the Professional Hockey Writers Association thank you for selecting me, to the Penguins organization, my teammates, our fans, thank you for all your ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Soccer's governing body FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue on Thursday. Uruguay FA president Wilmar Valdez told reporters in Rio de Janeiro that FIFA's ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez is tentatively scheduled to go on trial in May of next year on charges he gunned down two Cape Verdean men in Boston in 2012, the second murder trial he faces in Massachusetts. At a pretrial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court ...
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Runner-up at the French Open last month and a quarter- finalist at the Australian Open in January, Halep called the victory which opened her account at this year's Wimbledon "pretty easy". The 22-year-old Romanian, who has raced up the rankings over the last year, found out her match ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Australian standard bearer Lleyton Hewitt scrapped to his 145th victory in grand slam play at Wimbledon on Tuesday and, for a change, he will have plenty of company in the second round. The 33-year-old former champion has all too often had to carry the fight alone for a nation ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Uruguay forward Luis Suarez faces a lengthy ban after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans' 1-0 Group D victory on Tuesday, overshadowing a day of emotional extremes at the World Cup. Tears of joy ran down the face of Colombia ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Still buzzing from her first WTA title a few days ago, American teenager Madison Keys showed again why she is being tipped for a big future as she powered into Wimbledon's second round on Tuesday. Hurling down 25 clean winners, including seven aces, she had too much weaponry for ...
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The five-times champion looked supremely comfortable on the Center Court lawn, dispatching powerful groundstrokes down both flanks and thumping 16 aces past her 113th-ranked opponent, including four in the sixth game of the second set. Top seed Williams, beaten by Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Sabine Lisicki opened her Wimbledon campaign with an emphatic victory against Israel's Julia Glushko, proving she was worthy of opening play on Center Court and helping to erase memories of her meltdown in last year's final. Opening proceedings on the main show court on the ...
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Opting out of the final two years of his contract does not necessarily mean the four-time league Most Valuable Player is leaving the star-studded Heat team he led to NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. "We fully expected LeBron to opt-out and exercise his free agent rights, so this does not ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Dumped publicly by her former boyfriend, surely internet dating will mend Caroline Wozniacki's broken heart? "I'm not that desperate!" quipped the bubbly Dane after she walloped Shahar Peer 6-3 6-0 to reach the second round of ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - It was a jittery first outing for Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Memories of his checkered recent history at the tournament, the fast grass and a tough opponent combined to cause the world No.1 some anxious moments. But Nadal is nothing if not a fighter and he said it was ...
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Sharapova, bidding for a French Open and Wimbledon double after claiming the Roland Garros title this month, cut a cold figure after being wiped out in the second round last year and was one of many players to criticize the condition of the playing surface. A year on and the Russian fifth seed ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova led a parade of former champions into the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday after Marion Bartoli briefly lit up Centre Court without swinging her racket. An order of play overloaded with A-listers began with a tearful Bartoli milking a standing ...
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"If this wasn't the foundation and the impact that we can have on kids, I probably would not," the 14-times major winner told reporters at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda on Tuesday about ending his three-month absence. "Our goal was the British Open (next month). I healed ...
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Federer back with a flourish
June 24th, 2014, 2:14 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - They walked on to Court One as fellow 32-year-olds, but that's where the similarity between Roger Federer and Paolo Lorenzi ended as the Swiss began his pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-1 6-1 6-3 romp on Tuesday. A year after leaving the All England Club as a ...
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The leading quartet, who are not already exempt, from the top 12 at the Congressional Country Club will earn a spot at Hoylake, the venue of golf's oldest major from July 17-20. "I am excited to see that guys will have the chance to qualify for The Open," said Haas who has already booked ...
HERZOGENAURACH Germany (Reuters) - German sportswear firm Adidas expects to keep its position as the world's biggest seller of soccer gear as strong World Cup performances by the star players it sponsors fires demand for its shirts, boots and balls. Chief Executive Herbert Hainer said Adidas would ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - World No.1 Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Slovakian Martin Klizan on Centre Court on Tuesday hoping to ease the painful memories of his past two years in southwest London. After a second-round defeat to Lukas Rosol in 2012, Nadalwas dumped out by Belgian ...
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(Reuters) - Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky should be allowed to keep his state pension of roughly $60,000 a year despite his 45 child sex abuse convictions, an independent hearing examiner recommended on Monday. Finding that state rules for forfeiting pensions due to sex crimes took effect ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar fulfilled a nation's expectations to score twice in a 4-1 destruction of Cameroon on Monday while the Netherlands again showed their potential to win the World Cup with a third straight win. The 22-year-old Neymar, his team's ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Attorneys for Donald Sterling told a probate court judge on Monday that the Los Angeles Clippers co-owner had been duped into taking medical examinations that determined he lacked the mental capacity to have a say in the $2 billion sale of his team. Attorney Maxwell ...
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ISLE OF WIGHT England (Reuters) - Ben Ainslie isn't angry, but sailing's most successful Olympian is clearly irritated. After a text book start to the annual "Round the Island Race" off Cowes, Ainslie and his crew aboard the sleek green racing yacht "Rebel" are locked in a ...
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Also gaining induction in the Player category were American Mike Modano and Canadian Rob Blake. Late coach Pat Burns was selected in the Builder category while former referee Bill McCreary was added in the Referee/Linesman category. "My goal was just to make the NHL, and achieving this ...
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AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Sports legends told a U.S. mayors' conference in Dallas on Monday the controversy around Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling exposed racism in some segments of society and called on the urban leaders to use his case as a tool to end discrimination. Six-time NBA ...
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"Working closely with the World Anti-Doping Agency and its director-general David Howman, the UCI has been reviewing all of its anti-doping rules and procedures including those regarding therapeutic use exemptions," the UCI said in a statement on Monday. "A completely revised set of ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The problem for Andy Murray is that every time he arrives at Wimbledon he is saddled with erasing a statistic. Last year he did it in the most memorable fashion, ending 77 years of hurt for success-starved British tennis by beating Novak Djokovic to win the men's ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams chalked up her first victory at the tournament for three years, adopting an underdog mentality to help her to dispose of Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4 4-6 6-2. "I'm not here to surprise anyone. I've got nothing to prove, ...
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The German driver, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps in December, was transferred from Grenoble in France to a Swiss medical center on June 16. "For several days stolen documents and data have been offered for sale," Sabine Kehm, managing director of ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - One was a grand slam novice playing her first singles match on the main tour, the other was a double grand slam champion with millions in the bank and ranked second in the world. Yet for 30 minutes it was difficult to believe that Polish qualifier Paula Kania was the one with a ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - All was as it should be on the opening day of Wimbledon when returning British hero Andy Murray opened the defense of his historic title with an impressive first-round victory on Monday. Under bright skies, with the Center Court grass glistening, his grandparents in the royal ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Watching your team go down in the World Cup is devastating for any soccer fan, but for restaurants that identify themselves with a particular country, a World Cup defeat can mean a loss of business. "The last two games Spain played, it was a full house," Lolo Manso, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is usually considered one of the "Mr Nice Guys" of the tennis circuit, always game for a laugh and ready to applaud the winners flying off his opponents' rackets. It was just too bad that Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev failed to witness any of those ...
Desjardins spent the previous two seasons as coach of the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars' American Hockey League affiliate, who last week won the Calder Cup as champions. He replaces John Tortorella, who was fired on May 1 after one season in charge as the Canucks missed the playoffs for the first ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - When it became clear on Sunday that the United States will slug it out with Germany in their final Group G game for qualification and top spot, memories of Germany's "Disgrace of Gijon," a 1982 World Cup match against Austria, quickly resurfaced. With ...
The high-scoring forward's agent confirmed Anthony's widely expected decision to forego the $23.5 million he would have made for the final year of his contract with the Knicks in order to explore his options. "Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city and he loves the fans," agent ...
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HARRISBURG Penn. (Reuters) - A highly anticipated review of the child sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky released on Monday found delays in prosecuting the former Penn State football coach but no evidence of political interference by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett during his time as attorney ...
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The guidelines specifying white clothing and undergarments, with only a thin band of color on the undergarment or accessories like headbands, was in force last year, Wimbledon spokesman Jon Friend said, but that did not stop women players from showing up in undergarments that clearly were not ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Soccer is a hot topic in the Wimbledon locker rooms this year, but American Sloane Stephens's interest in the World Cup ended when friend Jozy Altidore was injured in her country's opening match. Altidore tore a hamstring during the United States' defeat of Ghana, and though ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The rare combination of sunny skies and a British defending champion has made tickets for this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament even more in demand than usual. Stuart Bere, a gardener from Lincolnshire, England was first in "The Queue" for tickets on Monday, ...
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HARRISBURG Penn. (Reuters) - A highly anticipated review of the child sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky released on Monday found delays in prosecuting the former Penn State football coach but no evidence of political interference by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett during his time as attorney ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Young soccer players may never reach the dazzling athleticism on display at the World Cup in Brazil, but fitness experts say the sport cultivates such a variety of skills that playing it can underpin a lifetime of activity. From aerobic prowess to foot-eye coordination and the ...
The 17-year-old Ledecky, who clinched gold in the distance as a 15-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics clocked eight minutes, 11.00 seconds at the meeting in Shenandoah, Texas on Sunday, breaking her own record by almost three seconds. Ledecky clocked 8:13.86 in winning gold in the event at last ...
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Phelps, competing in the 200 medley for the first time since taking gold at the 2012 London Olympics, showed early flashes of that form before running out of steam. The 22-time Olympic medalist led through the first three lengths but tailed off and finished with a time of one minute, 59.76 ...
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(Reuters) - With one moment of genuine class at the very death, Portugal snatched victory from the grasp of the United States and kept their World Cup hopes alive on Sunday. If football was divided between "triers" and "flyers" then Juergen Klinsmann's uber-fit side ...
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More than a decade after becoming famous when she almost made the cut against the men in a PGA Tour event, the 24-year-old from Hawaii was emotionally moved after winning the biggest prize in women's golf. "I'm just unbelievably happy," she told reporters after shooting even-par 70 to ...
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Hernandez was treated for an unspecified medical condition at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning, and was gone from the jail for less than an hour, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told WBZ-TV, a local CBS affiliate. Hodgson did not reveal the reason for ...
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Streelman came from nowhere, one-putting the final 10 holes and storming home in 28 strokes on the back nine to clinch his second tour title with a six-under-par 64 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. His seven birdies to finish and win is a tour record, supplanting Mike Souchak's previous ...
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Italian Molinari, who along with brother Francesco was part of Europe's thrilling 2010 triumph over the United States at Celtic Manor, took one of the three Open spots available from the tournament at the Fota Island Resort in County Cork. The other two Open qualifying spots up for grabs at the ...
The Swiss-based Formula One team, once a consistent midfield presence, are in a sorry state this season without a single point in eight races. Their chances of scoring at the Red Bull Ring disappeared when Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was released from his first pitstop before a wheel nut had been ...
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MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police boosted security around the Manaus stadium on Sunday ahead of the World Cup Group G game between the United States and Portugal, bringing in extra officers and even a water cannon. Almil David, commander of the local military police, said his men were ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Apart from the final five seconds of her Wimbledon singles final last year Marion Bartoli is not missing her tennis career. The Frenchwoman will be back at the All England Club next week minus her rackets, in the commentary box rather than trying to defend the title she won by ...
The Finn led the Cork event from start to finish, hitting a then course-record 64 in his first round on Thursday, before carding a final round one-under 70 and a win from Italian Edoardo Molinari (67). Ilonen's occupation of the top of the leaderboard for every day of the tournament was ...
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SPIELBERG Austria (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas gave Finland another presence on the Formula One podium on Sunday when the Williams driver celebrated his first top three finish at the Austrian Grand Prix. "Really, really happy. Difficult to put into words really. Just really thankful to the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon welcomes back a British men's singles champion for the first time in 78 years on Monday but Andy Murray says he will allow himself only a brief moment to milk the adulation before getting down to business. Not since Fred Perry's return as defending champion in 1936, ...
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SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Thousands of cyclists tore through the Bosnian capital on Sunday in a race sponsored by the Tour de France to promote peace a century after the Sarajevo assassination that lit the fuse for World War One. The race was the first in a string of events to mark the June 28 ...
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Olympic champion Agnel led Phelps only narrowly after 100m but extended his lead in the second half of the race to clock 1:46.99. Phelps was second in 1:48:20, more than five seconds slower than his American record of 1:42.96, set at the 2008 ...
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The three-time PGA Tour winner used the fortunate break to set the stage for a bogey free four-under-par 66 in delightful conditions at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. He posted a 13-under 197 total, while Australian Aaron Baddeley notched a 65 to move into second place on ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Argentina captain Lionel Messi and record-equalling Miroslav Klose of Germany rode to the rescue of their teams with trademark goals on another day of rich entertainment at the World Cup on Saturday. Messi snatched a 1-0 win for Argentina against plucky Iran with a typical ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Germany striker Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th World Cup goal and salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana in a pulsating Group G game on Saturday. With his first touch two minutes after coming on, Klose poked home at the back post from a ...
Gallant, for the past two years an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens, replaced interim coach Peter Horacek, who took over the Panthers after Kevin Dineen was fired in November. "He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience ...
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Lopez fired down 14 aces in a 6-3 6-7(5) 7-5 win as he made up for the disappointment of losing in the prestigious Queen's Club final to Grigor Dimitrov the previous weekend. In the women's final big-hitting American teenager Madison Keys claimed her first WTA title when she beat fifth seed ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - To most tennis players, Wimbledon's inviting lush lawns represent green and pleasant land. For Rafa Nadal, however, dangers lurk around every nook and cranny of the famed grass arena. A champion at the All England Club in 2008 and 2010, memories of those joyous days when he ...
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LONDON - Serena Williams could not care less, Maria Sharapova thinks it's great and Novak Djokovic admitted his surprise as Wimbledon's title contenders were asked their views on Andy Murray choosing Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach. Defending men's champion Murray went against convention when ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Lionel Messi spared Argentina's blushes with a wonderful last-gasp winner against unheralded Iran at the World Cup on Saturday to give the South Americans a 1-0 victory and passage to the last 16. Argentina's fabled "Fab Four" strike force had appeared ...
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SPIELBERG Austria (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton arrived at the Austrian Grand Prix with victory in his sights but damage limitation was the order of the day after Saturday's error-strewn qualifying. The 2008 Formula One world champion, 22 points behind Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg after seven ...
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SPIELBERG Austria (Reuters) - Brazilian Felipe Massa celebrated his first Formula One pole position since 2008 as Williams stunned leaders Mercedes on Saturday and swept the front row of the Austrian Grand Prix starting grid. Finland's Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place for the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A year after having his "butt kicked" at Wimbledon, a fitter and healthier Roger Federer was back at the All England Club on Saturday eager to kick butt himself over the next fortnight. Little-known Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky enjoyed more than 15 minutes of fame after ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil is deadly serious about developing young footballers in a factory-like environment, shattering the romantic image of bare-footed youngsters honing their skills on ramshackle streets and sandy beaches. Young players are the financial lifeblood of Brazilian clubs ...
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Blatt, who resigned his post at Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, is the Cavs' third coach in as many years, where he will be handed the task of leading them back into the playoffs after a four-year hiatus since the departure of LeBron James. "David is a great basketball coach and a special ...
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While certainly not back to his dominant best since hanging up his goggles following the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps tied for first in the 100 meters butterfly with Tom Shields but had to settle for second behind Nathan Adrian in the 100m freestyle. In his third meet since taking nearly two ...
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The left-hander overcame a double bogey to post an 11-under 129 total, one stroke ahead of fellow Americans Harris English and Michael Putnam and South Korean K.J. Choi on a crowded leaderboard after the second round. Putnam’s 63 was the best round of the day at the TPC River Highlands in ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Another European soccer heavyweight fell to Latin American opposition on Friday as Costa Rica shocked Italy 1-0, putting the four-times champions' qualification in doubt, but France thumped Switzerland 5-2 in an imperious World Cup display. After yet another upset in Brazil, ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - The United States have long imported talent to help compete with more established soccer nations, a policy that paid off spectacularly at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil when Haitian-born Joe Gatjens' strike secured a shock 1-0 victory over England. Gatjens, the son of a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A socialite who billed herself as "Diet Queen to the Stars" was fined $60,000 on Friday by a U.S. magistrate judge for drug misbranding of a weight-loss supplement that was linked to suspensions of several NFL players in 2008. Nikki Haskell and her defunct company, ...
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TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Major League Baseball must allow players in Cuba to sign contracts directly with professional teams in the United States in order to receive tax breaks in Florida under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott on Friday. Because of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, ...
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"We spent quite a while talking about things and so on and we’ve agreed a couple of things next year which will save money," Red Bull principal Christian Horner told reporters at the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday. "Testing is reduced. Testing will be in Europe rather than ...
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Woods said he was excited to be returning after missing the year's first two majors following treatment for a pinched nerve in his back that had troubled him for months. "I've just started to hit full shots but it's time to take the next step," Woods said on his Facebook page. "I ...
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On a day when 11-year-old Lucy Li played respectably but missed the cut, former child prodigy Wie birdied her final two holes, rolling in a curling 15-footer at the last with her stooped cross-handed putting style for a second consecutive two-under-par 68 at Pinehurst No. 2 Course. She posted a ...
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The world number six, let down by an opening 74 in perfect conditions the previous day, lost out by one stroke as he finished with a one-over total of 143. Finn Mikko Ilonen, the overnight leader, followed his opening course-record 64 with a 68 to stay in front on 10-under ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by the NFL Players' Association accusing the National Football League of unlawfully colluding to cap salaries in 2010. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel from a federal appeals court based in St. Louis said the ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Few people know the words. Fewer still can faithfully carry its bouncy melody. But a resurgent national anthem in Brazil is transforming each World Cup appearance by its national team into a collective expression of the country's frustrations – both on and off the ...
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Second seed and French Open champion Rafa Nadal has been named on the same side of the draw with seven-time winner Roger Federer of Switzerland. Murray, who ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion in 2013, is seeded third for the grasscourt championship, two places above his ...
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MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) - The United States play Portugal in the World Cup on Sunday, hoping to channel the inspiration and drive which brought them a shock victory the last time the teams met in the tournament. Few gave the Americans much chance when they ran out into the heat and humidity in ...
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Steele, who moved to eight under after just 13 holes before closing with five successive pars, ended the day with a one-stroke lead over compatriots Ryan Moore and Bud Cauley at the TPC River Highlands. Americans Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Jeff Maggert, Scott Langley and Eric Axley carded 64s ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of people, young and not so young, lined up under rainy skies on Thursday to try out to be U.S. Open ballpersons, a short-term, low paying summer job that can be a dream come true for tennis fans. A few dozen will be chosen from the competitive tryouts at the USTA ...
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(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected Lance Armstrong's bid to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that he and his former cycling team, which the U.S. Postal Service had sponsored, defrauded the government in a scheme to use banned, performance-enhancing drugs. U.S. District Judge ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - Hampered by a depleted strike force, the United States are likely to choose between a young Icelandic import or a veteran super-sub to lead the line in place of the injured Jozy Altidore for their World Cup match against Portugal. U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann lacks someone ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - South American dark horses Colombia cantered into the World Cup knockout round on Thursday and 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay put hapless England on the brink of elimination with a Luis Suarez-inspired 2-1 win. Returning from knee surgery and facing several Liverpool ...
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Speaking at an event to promote this year's International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), the British number one was quoted by the organizers as saying: "Being able to grow the sport globally is important to me. "It's great to be able to play tennis in parts of the world that don't have a ...
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On a humid day at Pinehurst Resort where the temperature peaked at 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius), the 29-year-old American fired a flawless three-under-par 67 on the fabled No. 2 Course with its challenging turtle-back greens. Lewis, bidding for a third major title, birdied the 14th, ...
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The Frenchman, who has won the event twice before when it was held in Nottingham, will meet Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the last four. "I've won two good matches," said Gasquet who celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday. "I served well and could play with ...
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The Spurs won the best-of-seven final 4-1 to snap the Heat's two-year championship run. Miami is the first team to play in four straight finals since Boston from 1984-87. "Media, Heat players, organization, all of our fans, they've got to get a grip on greatness," Riley told a new ...
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Ukrainian Klitschko, 38, has been a heavyweight champion since 2006. He was the 1996 Olympic champion and has an outstanding record as a professional of 52 knockouts in 62 wins. "He (Pulev) has an impressive record as both an amateur and a professional," Klitschko was quoted as saying in ...
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The pre-tournament favourite was 10 shots adrift of leader Mikko Ilonen after the Finn reeled off five birdies in his last seven holes to fire a course record 64. McIlroy struggled at his home tournament a day after announcing he would play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, carding six ...
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Altidore was carried off on a stretcher after 23 minutes of the 2-1 win over the Africans on Monday. The U.S. soccer association said forward Clint Dempsey, who scored the opening goal against Ghana, and defender Matt Besler were fit and available to play against Portugal. ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Redskins expect a legal case involving cancellation of the NFL team's trademarks to move more quickly than a previous case that took nearly 11 years to conclude in the franchise's favor, a lawyer for the team said on Thursday. On Wednesday, a U.S. Patent and ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - When Andy Murray walks into Wimbledon on Monday to begin what he hopes will be the successful defense of his title he may be feeling a little lighter than usual at this time of year. Ever since assuming the role of Britain's flag bearer at the All England Club from perennial ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Thursday rejected a bid by Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, to issue an injunction against her husband and his legal team after her attorneys accused them of intimidation. Shelly Sterling's lawyers ...
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Kershaw, who is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, added another milestone to his resume on a night he threw 107 pitches and did not walk a single batter. Only a Dodgers error kept it from being a perfect ...
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Champions Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday, their glory days consigned to history books on the same day that King Juan Carlos signed his abdication papers, handing over to his heir Felipe who will be sworn in on Thursday. Spain's main newspapers, which had splashed headlines about the team's ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A crowd estimated at more than 100,000 people lined San Antonio's River Walk to cheer from balconies, blow horns and chant "Go Spurs go" on Wednesday to celebrate the team's National Basketball Association championship. San Antonio Spurs players floated on barges ...
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Watson won the first of his six PGA Tour titles in a playoff for the 2010 Travelers Championship and has played in the event every year at the TPC River Highlands since tying for sixth in 2008. "This is a week I always look forward to," the American world number three told reporters ...
American world number one Stacy Lewis, third-ranked New Zealander Lydia Ko and reigning champion Park Inbee of South Korea have commanded much of the attention ahead of the season's second women's major where all three are among the favorites. Also front and center in the media spotlight has been ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Holders Spain crashed humiliatingly out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a second shock defeat while 2010 runners-up the Netherlands continued their perfect start with another high-scoring win. Thrashed 5-1 by the Dutch in their opening game, Spain's normally ...
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ENGLEWOOD Colo. (Reuters) - Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken said she was excited to be starting her new life on Wednesday as she arrived partially paralyzed at a hospital near her hometown of Denver for specialist treatment after severing her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Van ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane – it was over. But this was no hard luck story. No tale of near misses, or if onlys. It was a 90-minute clubbing of a once-mighty ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Australia pushed the Netherlands to the limit in their thrilling World Cup clash on Wednesday but failed to get anything from the game because while they had one world class striker the Dutch had two. Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie have scored six of the ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Holders Spain, who first showed signs of vulnerability at the Maracana a year ago, were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when a 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile at the same stadium ended one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game. On the day when Spain's King ...
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The 28-year-old American has entered four events for the June 19-22 Grand Prix meet in Santa Clara, double what he swam at two previous meets since coming out of retirement. He does not have any events on the first day of competition in Santa Clara but is entered for each of the other three days, ...
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EASTBOURNE England (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was happy to be back on grass and enjoying her game again after easing into the quarter-finals of the pre-Wimbledon Eastbourne event on Wednesday. "The grass really suits me", said the Dane following her 6-3 6-3 ...
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Former 100 meters world record holder Powell and Athens Olympics relay champion Simpson were banned 18 months in April after testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine during last June's Jamaican trials. The Swiss-based CAS upheld the application for a "stay of the execution" ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez argued in court on Wednesday that evidence seized from his home should not be allowed in his upcoming trial on charges of murdering an associate because police lacked cause to search the residence. The former ...
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"I am happy with the performance yesterday," said Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) . "Of course, a win would have been better, but the fact that the goalkeeper of the other team was considered the best player on pitch ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government tribunal canceled trademarks of the NFL's Washington Redskins on Wednesday because they disparage Native Americans, setting the stage for a court battle with the team's owner. The 2-1 decision by a Patent and Trademark Office administrative tribunal ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hundreds of cost-conscious soccer fans have found a cheaper way to attend the World Cup in one of Brazil's most expensive cities - camping by Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. Most of them drove thousands of miles from other South American countries to support their ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's attempted defense of his Wimbledon title was given a boost when he was bumped up to third seed on Wednesday, meaning he will not face either Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer until the semis. World number five Murray was hoisted up the pecking order ...
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The 25-year-old two-time major winner was born in Northern Ireland and could have represented both Ireland at Britain when golf returns to the Olympic stage for the first time since 1904. "I see this as a continuation of what I have always done," he was reported as saying on Wednesday ...
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(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is ready to take an unfamiliar bull by the horns this weekend as Austria's revamped Red Bull Ring returns to the Formula One calendar after an 11-year absence. The Mercedes driver, a teenager when Austria last hosted a grand prix in 2003, needs to win at Spielberg to ...
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Manuel Pellegrini's side, who claimed a second title in three seasons, have been handed a tough start to their campaign, hosting Liverpool in the second week, followed a fortnight later by a trip to Arsenal and then a home fixture against Chelsea. Chelsea travel to newly promoted Burnley on the ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday. While Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, the hapless ...
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(Reuters) - Brazil failed to win for the first time in 11 games with their own lackluster midfield as much to blame for the 0-0 draw with Mexico as the inspired goalkeeping performance of Guillermo Ochoa. Brazil started Tuesday's World Cup Group A match with a midfield trio of Paulinho, Luiz ...
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David Joyner, a Penn State graduate and member of its board of trustees, was named acting athletic director in November 2011, shortly after Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing boys he met through his charity for disadvantaged children. Sandusky was convicted the following year on 45 ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami-Dade County lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to commit tax revenues to the Miami Dolphins football team if it can attract big-ticket events like the NFL's Super Bowl and World Cup soccer matches to its privately owned stadium. In return, the team agreed to self-finance a $350 ...
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"Watching the United States win last night was a great thrill for us," Biden told reporters on Tuesday hours after seeing the Americans defeat Ghana 2-1. Biden brought his soccer-playing granddaughter and a nephew with him to Monday's game. "I'm the favorite grandfather in the ...
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(Reuters) - A veteran federal judge in Chicago has withdrawn from NBA legend Michael Jordan's lawsuit against a local supermarket chain over the use of his name and image in a magazine ad, but not without levying harsh criticism at the basketball Hall of Famer's lawyers for seeking his ...
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A satisfied observer of Kaymer's eight-shot win at Pinehurst, North Carolina, McGinley was 'buzzing' on Tuesday ahead of playing in the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort, where he won the first of his four Irish PGA Championships in 1997. "On the back of Martin's win, it creates a buzz for ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Clint Dempsey's opening goal for the United States in their 2-1 win over Ghana has been officially timed at 30 seconds, FIFA said on Tuesday. The goal in the Group G match in Natal on Monday was initially given as 32 seconds and later 29 ...
Playing only her second match since her quarter-final loss in the Australian Open in January because of a persistent foot injury, the fourth-seeded Belarusian showed her usual grit but looked rusty as she was bundled out of the Wimbledon warm-up event on England's south coast. The twice Australian ...
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(Reuters) - The United States are full of confidence after a dramatic win over Ghana but coach Juergen Klinsmann remains wary of a Portuguese backlash after the Cristiano Ronaldo-led side were mauled in their World Cup opener by Germany. A last-gasp 2-1 victory over Ghana showed the United States ...
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Ban, asked whether he would watch the start of the 'Red Devils' opening match in Group H in Cuiaba, Brazil and his forecast of the score, displayed his diplomatic skills. "That is a very delicate, sensitive question for me," he told a news conference in ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - Juergen Klinsmann extended his perfect record in opening World Cup matches when the United States beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday but after their late winner he was more concerned with the flaws exposed in his team. Clint Dempsey's early goal gave the U.S. the perfect start and, ...
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(Reuters) - As Germans celebrated a 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal and welcome news regarding the health of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, one major sports story appears to have gone largely unnoticed - a first U.S. Open golf title. Martin Kaymer's eight-stroke victory in North Carolina ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - A 2-1 win against a Ghana side that knocked the United States out of the last two World Cups will mean nothing if the Americans falter in their remaining Group G games, captain Clint Dempsey said on Monday. The U.S. were beaten by Ghana in their final group stage game in ...
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(Reuters) - Berlin-born John Brooks grabbed an 86th-minute winner for the United States against Ghana in World Cup Group G on Monday as Juergen Klinsmann’s policy of recruiting dual-nationals from Europe paid off. With Frankfurt-born midfielder Jermaine Jones arguably the best player for the ...
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MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) - Germany marked their 100th World Cup game in style on Monday by thumping shambolic Portugal 4-0 in the midday sun to confirm their billing as title contenders while the United States snatched a win over Ghana. The tournament continued to live up to its reputation as one ...
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(Reuters) - For all the emphasis on formations, tactics and philosophy since Juergen Klinsmann became United States coach, Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana was earned by the traditional American soccer virtues of hard work, discipline and fighting spirit. Forget the ‘midfield diamond’, it was ...
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Players hoisted the glistening silver Stanley Cup for the fans that lined the parade route behind police barriers and cheered the Kings, who prevailed after a record-tying 26 playoff games and three Game Seven wins away from home. "It was an emotional, exhausting ride," Conn Smythe ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday. Dempsey drilled the ball ...
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(Reuters) - Portugal's abject performance in their 4-0 defeat by Germany at the World Cup on Monday was a painful reminder that having the world's best player does not always guarantee success. Their ageing, bad-tempered team endured a nightmare afternoon in the wilting heat of Salvador, ...
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DALLAS (Reuters) - Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent has been sent to a rehabilitation facility to serve out the remainder of his 180-day jail sentence for causing a fiery, one-car crash that killed his teammate after a night of heavy drinking in 2012. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department ...
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The top-seeded Pole, champion at Eastbourne in 2008, was unfazed by another premature exit at the Wimbledon warm-up event because despite the setbacks she has done well at the All England Club for the past two years. "Hopefully I can still do great at Wimbledon," world number four ...
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The Northern Irishman, who shot a closing three-over-par 73 to finish joint 23rd at the U.S. Open on Sunday, has never been to Cork before. "I don't know Fota at all," McIlroy told the tour website (www.europeantour.com) on Monday. "It's going to be good. ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer's astonishing dominance at the U.S. Open, on a challenging Pinehurst layout where only two other players finished under par, left his rivals purring in admiration. More significantly, the German's eight-stroke victory at the year's second major ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Moments after the San Antonio Spurs completed their demolition of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, speculation about whether the LeBron James-led Big Three would stay in South Florida kicked into high gear. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all eligible to become free ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - England striker Daniel Sturridge says he has learnt from Liverpool’s ill-fated end to the season that it is best not to be left relying on other results for his team’s success. Sturridge could be lining up against Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez in England’s Group ...
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SAN DIEGO(Reuters) - Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters of his generation, died on Monday at age 54 after a battle with cancer, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said. Gwynn, who grew up in Long Beach, California, and played his entire major ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Thousands poured into the streets of San Antonio in boisterous and mostly crime-free celebrations on Sunday night after the Spurs won their fifth National Basketball Association championship in 15 years. There were no reports of any major injuries or violence from a crowd ...
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The Open championship was last held at the Northern Irish links course in 1951, the only other time the major championship was held anywhere but England and Scotland, and could be played again at the venue as early as 2019. "I suppose this is just about the world's worst kept secret," ...
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BERLIN (Reuters) - While others cram into crowded bars or squeeze around the television set at home, Berliners can follow the World Cup from the comfort of their own sofas in a stadium-sized living room on a 700-inch screen. Berlin's Union Berlin soccer team, which plays in the second division, ...
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"He is here, he arrived this morning," Darcy Christen, spokesman for the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), told Reuters. Christen declined to say what unit Schumacher, who lives with his family in a town between Lausanne and Geneva, he was being treated in, citing medical secrecy ...
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FALL RIVER Mass. (Reuters) - Attorneys for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Monday called on a judge to throw out charges that the ex-tight end murdered a semiprofessional football player in June 2013, one of three homicides Hernandez is charged with. Defense attorneys argued that prosecutors ...
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PARIS/LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Seven times Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident last year, has come out of a coma and was transferred to a Swiss medical center on Monday, officials said, but gave no details of his ...
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Portugal talisman Ronaldo's participation had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee. Germany, second in FIFA's world rankings behind Spain, will be at full strength after several key players, including keeper Manuel Neuer and captain Philipp Lahm, recovered from injuries. ...
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The Spurs were simply better: James
June 16th, 2014, 4:33 am
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Minutes after the Miami Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals in a Game Five rout, LeBron James conceded the San Antonio Spurs were simply a better team. "That's how team basketball should be played," James told reporters after the 104-87 drubbing on Sunday that ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer tried to stay relatively low key after winning his first major title but after a runaway victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday will use his second to help promote golf in his homeland. Not a natural extrovert, Kaymer, who also won the 2010 PGA ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs delivered a decisive end to LeBron James' two-year reign atop the basketball world by routing the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday to win the NBA Finals four games to one. San Antonio trailed by 16 in the game's first seven minutes but outscored the Heat ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Lionel Messi ended an eight-year wait for a World Cup goal on Sunday as Argentina edged past debutants Bosnia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while fellow No. 10, France's Karim Benzema, put two past Honduras in a man-of-the-match display. The goals continued to ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - When Grigor Dimitrov grasped the Queen's Club trophy after winning the Aegon Championships on Sunday a quick glance at the names engraved on its plinth might have given him goose bumps. In edging past Spain's Feliciano Lopez in a gripping contest the 23-year-old Bulgarian, ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton never envisaged contending for a major championship. But on Sunday, he defied the odds to finish tied for second at the U.S. ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler ended up a distant eight shots behind runaway champion Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort on Sunday but was thrilled with a tie for second, his best finish at a major. Heading into this year, young gun Fowler had made a top ...
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Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs with 15 points, while LeBron James led Miami with 20 points, although he had just three in the second quarter when San Antonio got hot from the outside and outscored Miami 25-11. James scored 12 points in the first seven minutes as the Heat raced to a 22-6 lead, ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella learnt a quick lesson about his team, and his most precious asset Lionel Messi, in Sunday's 2-1 win over Bosnia in Group F – caution won’t work. Sabella surprisingly opted to play an extra defender in Hugo Campagnaro and sacrificed ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - World number one Adam Scott was not exactly thrilled with a tie for ninth at the U.S. Open, but it was at least a step in the right direction. "I felt like my game really came into a good spot today, so it would have been nice to have started the day (in ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is wary of vengeful Americans but confident the young Blacks Stars team have enough talent to open their third World Cup campaign with a victory on Monday. Gyan scored the winner in extra time when Ghana sent the United States tumbling out ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson believes he will eventually win the U.S. Open even though it continues to elude him and history now seems against him. The five-time major champion has won each of the other three majors and only needs the U.S. Open to become the sixth man to ...
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The final stage had been expected to be a showdown between Tour de France champion Froome, who had led the race for the first six stages, and Spaniard Contador who had outclassed the Briton on Saturday to lead the overall standings by eight-seconds. But Talansky surged past the favorites during ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years as Argentina were forced to battle for a 2-1 win over debutantes Bosnia in their opening Group F match on Sunday. Messi, four-times world player ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - American Keegan Bradley ended the U.S. Open on an emotional high on Sunday after putting himself under self-imposed pressure to shine with this year's Ryder Cup uppermost in his mind. Bradley, an inspirational figure for his team with his livewire approach as a ...
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PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) - A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E opener on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus' debacle in South Africa in 2010. Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Three extraordinary minutes of stoppage-time encapsulated Switzerland's 2-1 win over Ecuador, providing a fitting finish to a hit-and-miss game that was absorbing and entertaining throughout despite a lack of finesse. With the score at 1-1, Switzerland wasted a golden chance ...
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For years, merely qualifying for the World Cup was seen as the gold standard for U.S. teams but after steady growth at home and the national team's increasing success on the pitch, the bar is now higher, Klinsmann said. "Expectations now in the United States are very high," Klinsmann ...
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Newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche had accused the UCI of not following its own anti-doping rules in allowing Team Sky rider Froome a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) during the Tour de Romandie to treat a cold. "The UCI has looked into the matter regarding the grant of recent Therapeutic Use ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Matthew Fitzpatrick ended his first U.S. Open with a loud splash on Sunday by finishing as the best amateur, though that is not quite as impressive an achievement as it might sound. Englishman Fitzpatrick was the only amateur to make the cut on Pinehurst's No. ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a breathtaking box-to-box counter-attack in stoppage time to give Switzerland a thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador in their World Cup Group E opener on Sunday. A brilliant block tackle by Valon Behrami in his own area instigated the break, ...
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The 23-year-old Bulgarian fourth seed recovered from a set down and saved a match point in the second to register his fourth career title, all of them since last November. Dimitrov, a former Wimbledon junior champion, is now the first player this year to win titles on three different surfaces ...
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Valencia was left unmarked on 22 minutes to head Walter Ayovi's pinpoint freekick past Diego Benaglio from six metres ...
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(Reuters) - Minus creative midfielder Roman Shirokov due to injury, Russia are unlikely to play an expansive, attack-minded game against South Korea in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday, focusing instead on rigid discipline. Just the way conservative coach Fabio Capello likes ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Germany's Martin Kaymer, ice-cool in hot conditions, confirmed his status as one of the game's very best by coasting to his second major victory by eight shots in Sunday's final round at the U.S. Open. Five ahead at the start of another humid day at Pinehurst ...
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RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - A YouTube video showing a young slip of a lad scything through the heart of defenses with devastating pace and the balance of a tightrope walker had Liverpool fans tapping at their keyboards in a flurry of excitement. That player was a 15-year-old Raheem Sterling, just ...
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BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke 'who can name a famous Belgian?', young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener on Tuesday. Maligned as a non-entity in the past their nation may have been, but now the ...
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Von Bergen's partner was the only doubt for coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, with Senderos, Djourou and Fabian Schaer all having suffered either form or injury problems this season. Drmic, who scored 17 goals for relegated Nuremberg in Germany's Bundesliga this season, was picked for the striker's role ...
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The former world number one dropped her serve in the opening game but from then on dominated the contest to win her third title of the season and 14th overall. "I couldn't ask for better preparation (for Wimbledon) than to win my first title on grass," the Serbian said after following in ...
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Japan slumped to a 2-1 loss in their Group C clash in Recife on Saturday that left them with plenty of fixes required to make the knockout stages. Zaccheroni said the inquest would begin at his door with his own goal of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time looking a tall ...
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The organisers of Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup have denied allegations that they gained unfair advantage by bribing soccer officials who would decide which country staged the biggest, and most lucrative event in the sporting calendar. In their most robust ...
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Four-times world player of the year Messi spearheads an Argentine attack including Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria which is likely to give opposing defenses plenty of problems throughout the tournament. The South Americans are bidding for their third world title as they begin the tournament ...
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The second Audi was more than two laps ahead when Marcel Fassler pitted shortly before the 16-hour mark with problems that eventually necessitated changing the turbo. The 23 minutes they lost saw them drop to third, behind the Porsche driven by former Red Bull Formula One driver Mark ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Italian experience overcame England's youthful exuberance in an intriguing clash of styles at the World Cup on Saturday and in Group D's other game unfancied Costa Rica beat twice champions Uruguay in the tournament's biggest upset so far. Ivory Coast came from a goal behind ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton have followed very different paths to the PGA Tour but they converged in impressive style at the U.S. Open on Saturday as they ended the third round tied for second place. Fowler, one of the most exciting talents to emerge in ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - World champion Bodan Bondarenko of Ukraine beat world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in an epic high jump duel at New York's Diamond League meet on Saturday. Bondarenko and Barshim both cleared 2.42 meters - the first time two athletes jumped that high in the same ...
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MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) - A cool-headed Italy proved too clever for England on Saturday, scoring two well-crafted goals and defending doggedly in the Amazon heat to grab a 2-1 win in their opening World Cup Group D game. Italy grabbed the winner in the 50th minute when midfielder Antonio Candreva ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The organizers of Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup have denied allegations published by Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that a senior Qatari soccer official made payments in order to win support for the bid. In a robust defense on Saturday of its campaign to host the ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - Notions of righting wrongs and exacting revenge will add an extra pinch of spice when Ghana take on the United States on Monday in a World Cup Group G match that looks like a must win for both teams. With encounters against Germany and Portugal to come for both teams in ...
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(Reuters) - Colombia's emphatic 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday, hot on the heels of Chile's win over Australia, shows South American teams' World Cup ambitions do not stop at Brazil and Argentina. On their own continent, the likes of Colombia, Chile and Ecuador will be looking to at least emulate ...
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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Costa Rica pulled off the biggest upset of the World Cup so far, scoring three second-half goals to come from behind and beat former champions Uruguay 3-1 in their opening Group D match on Saturday. The result left Uruguay's World Cup ambitions in disarray in this, one ...
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Former world number one Ivanovic will play Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the final after she upset Australia's number 16 seed Casey Dellacqua 7-6(5) 6-1. Ivanovic made a slow start against her Chinese opponent, who was taking part in the second grass tournament of her career, and trailed 2-0 after ...
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Already a winner on clay and hardcourts this season, the world number 13 could now add a grasscourt title to his growing trophy collection after humbling Australian Open champion Wawrinka in 61 minutes. Spaniard Feliciano Lopez awaits in the final after the number 10 seed beat Andy Murray's ...
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As the circuit began to dry following a second shower and a second 'slow zone' with safety cars on the track, New Zealander Brendon Hartley set the pace for Porsche ahead of the leading Toyota that had Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin at the wheel. Hartley took over the number 20 Porsche from German ...
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The result at the Estadio Mineirao stadium confirmed the South Americans' pre-tournament status as Group C favorites, though Ivory Coast and Japan are likely to prove trickier rivals. In another high-tempo match, pacy Colombia attacked from the start as if determined to prove they can cope without ...
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With champion Federer on the verge of defeating Kei Nishikori to reach his ninth final at the Halle grasscourt tournament, the world number four suffered a moment of memory loss when his Japanese opponent clipped a backhand into the net on match point. Federer quickly retreated to the baseline, ...
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Armero's deflected shot squeezed past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis to send the majority Colombian crowd into early ecstasy at the Mineirao stadium and continue Greece's dismal record of never keeping a clean sheet at a World Cup finals. In another of the free-flowing games that have so far ...
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FIFA's reputation has been tarnished by allegations of corruption and its running of the tournament which started on Thursday has also been criticized. "Around 150 people have taken part in the unauthorized demonstration," Michael Wirz, spokesman for the Zurich police, told Reuters. ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer, who had been near-flawless with his golf over the first two days, survived three early bogeys and a faltering finish to lead the U.S. Open by five shots after Saturday's third round. In pursuit of his second major title, the 29-year-old German ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - In their final World Cup warm-up against Ghana earlier this week, South Korea wore different shirt numbers from their official squad list in a bid to outfox observers from Group H watching the match in Miami. The only people who looked confused were the South Koreans, ...
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The 36-year-old - one of Italy's most important players -twisted his ankle in a Friday training session and although coach Cesare Prandelli was confident he would be fit, he did not recover in time for the 6 p.m. ET kickoff. Buffon will be replaced by Salvatore Sirigu, 27, who has eight ...
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PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) - The French Revolution of the last World Cup still haunts the memories of fans who have crossed the Atlantic to support Les Bleus in Brazil. In 2010, players mutinied against coach Raymond Domenech and skulked home from South Africa after a debacle of a ...
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Their title defense got off to the worst possible start on Friday when they surrendered an early lead and were thrashed by the rampant Dutch in what was Spain's worst World Cup loss in more than 60 years. Casillas was one of several players who endured a nightmare game in Salvador and the ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings saved their ultimate climactic finish for the grand finale on Friday as they seized the Stanley Cup with the signature dramatic flair that characterized their latest championship run. With the pressure mounting, their home fans buzzing, and the game ...
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"You go into this hoping that you don't regret anything," said coach Alain Vigneault. "We put it out there. We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?" "It’s tough to go all the way to the end and not win," said right wing ...
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(Reuters) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who helped transform the team into one of the league's dominant franchises and became the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowl titles, has died at the age of 82, the National Football League said on Friday. Citing the Allegheny County ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings reclaimed the Stanley Cup on Friday with a double overtime win over the New York Rangers that capped one of the most remarkable postseasons in National Hockey League history. With both teams close to exhaustion, broken sticks scattered on the ice and ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Brendon Todd is one of the hottest players on the planet, even if he is not exactly a household name. But Todd's star power will take off if he keeps playing like he has been recently, and holding second place after two rounds at the U.S. Open will make more ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer's stunning form over the first two days at the U.S. Open left his challengers trailing in his wake on Friday, reviving memories of runaway wins by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. The ice-cool German, oozing confidence since his victory at the elite ...
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The Kings, one win away from winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, scored six minutes after the opening faceoff when Williams backhanded a puck between the legs of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after a scramble near the New York net. Dwight King and Jarret Stoll were credited with ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Bubba Watson's quest to complete the rare Masters-U.S. Open double never left the launch pad as he missed the cut at Pinehurst on Friday. Watson dug his own grave with an opening 76 and an even-par 70 on Friday proved too little, too late, as he fell one shot ...
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CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) - Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup match on Friday. Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson's quest to become the sixth man to win a career grand slam of all four professional majors was hanging by the thinnest of threads after the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday. "The hole looks like a thimble right now. I'm having a hard ...
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Alexis Sanchez's close-range finish on 12 minutes was quickly followed by Jorge Valdivia's fine strike but Tim Cahill's powerful header after 35 minutes reduced the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake is pacing himself in his comeback from hamstring problems that undercut him last year but he aims to finish on top of the world by the time the season is over. "In 2012 I started the season ranked number one," Blake told Reuters on ...
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The list of potential host cities was narrowed down after a 16-month process that began with the USOC reaching out to some 35 U.S. cities to gauge interest in a bid. "We're extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games," USOC chief executive ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testified on Friday that safety was a top priority at the stadium and he denied responsibility for any gaps in security that lead to the brutal beating of a baseball fan on opening day in 2011. Bryan Stow suffered a skull ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - A rampant Netherlands team inflicted a heaviest World Cup defeat on holders Spain in over 60 years with a dazzling 5-1 demolition on Friday that sent shockwaves through the tournament. The Dutch were nothing but brutal in a tetchy 1-0 final defeat by the Spaniards four ...
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The former French Open champion's competition is dwindling with American third seed Sloane Stephens and number four Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium ousted, 6-3 6-1 by China's Zhang Shuai and 6-4 6-2 by Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova respectively. Ivanovic needed just 27 minutes to win the first set ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Keegan Bradley had the best seat in the house to watch Martin Kaymer take the U.S. Open by the scruff of its neck on Friday, and he described the German as being "as dialed in as I've seen." American Bradley, who was grouped with Kaymer for the first ...
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(Reuters) - Having been down that agonizing road a year ago, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan understands that until the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are eliminated from the NBA Finals they still have a pulse. "We know the caliber team they are, and we have a lot of respect for ...
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Elsewhere, Rafa Nadal's conqueror Dustin Brown was knocked out after he lost a final set tiebreak 18-16 against fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Fourth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan beat American Steve Johnson 6-1 7-6 (4) and Colombian Alejandro Falla ousted home player Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (4) ...
(Reuters) - American Hunter Mahan and Welshman Jamie Donaldson incurred two-stroke penalties for playing each other's ball during the second round at the U.S. Open on Friday. The mistake was particularly costly for Mahan, who seemed likely to miss the cut by just one stroke at Pinehurst No. 2 ...
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Eighteen-year-old Townsend has been rewarded for an encouraging run to the third round of the French Open on her grand slam debut last month. Since the start of the year she has climbed more than 150 places in the rankings to 150th. Russian Zvonareva reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. ...
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World number three Stanislas Wawrinka advanced with a 7-5 6-3 win over Australian Marinko Matosevic while Radek Stepanek, who eliminated Andy Murray in the third round, defeated South African Kevin Anderson 1-6 6-3 6-2. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov completed the semi-final lineup after Ukrainian ...
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Van Dyken, 41, one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers of all time, is in hospital in Arizona but will be transferred to the Craig Hospital in suburban Denver, which specializes in spinal cord and brain injuries. "I just heard a rumor that I'm not paralyzed anymore. Sorry to say, it is ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Adam Scott had a smile on his face after shooting a career low U.S. Open round on Friday, a three-under-par 67 that was the second best score among the morning half of the field. Though Scott ended his second round a distant 10 strokes behind runaway leader ...
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NATAL Brazil (Reuters) - Mexico kept their eyes firmly on the prize through a Natal rainstorm and two controversially disallowed first-half goals to run out deserved 1-0 winners over Cameroon in their World Cup opener on Friday. Oribe Peralta's 61st minute strike was just reward for the attacking ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer, playing flawless golf, took advantage of a rain-softened Pinehurst layout in record style to stretch his U.S. Open lead to a commanding six shots after Friday's second round. The 29-year-old German, three ah7ead overnight after opening with a ...
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The sides meet at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro where Lionel Messi’s side, boasting one of the world’s best attacks, will be hoping to return for the final on July 13 in search of their nation's third world title. Messi scored his 38th Argentina goal in last week’s warmup win over ...
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Song will play in front of the back four of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Nicolas Nkoulou, Aurelien Chedjou and Cedric Djeugoue against a Mexico side that is expected to come out and attack from the start, particularly down the flanks. Mexico coach Miguel Herrera announced his team at Thursday's pre-match ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil midfielder Oscar swiftly silenced his doubters with a commanding performance in the opening win over Croatia which established him as a key player in his team's bid to win the World Cup for a record sixth time. Neymar took the man-of-the-match award for his two goals ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil on Friday after the long-awaited opener went ahead without major hitches, although the lingering threat of violent protests and a late scramble in some host cities kept organizers on edge. Brazil's opening victory over Croatia ...
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SAO PAULO/CUIABA (Reuters) - World Cup fever intensified across Brazil on Friday as violent protests subsided, fans streamed to a second day of riveting matches and a crushing defeat for defending champions Spain set the tournament alight. Despite a last minute scramble to get some venues ready ...
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SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o defended himself on Friday over his role in the squad's pre-World Cup strike action in the wake of blistering criticism back home, including media allegations of "treason". In an open letter to the Cameroon people, Eto'o said last ...
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Jan Bakelants from Belgium won the 178.5km stage from Grenoble to Poisy after a breakaway, but the real drama came late on in the peloton where Tour de France champion Froome crashed on a high-speed descent. The Team Sky rider was forced to change bikes, but worked his way back to the peloton ...
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The most commented play on Facebook was Neymar's first goal, which leveled the match after Brazil fell behind early with an embarrassing own goal. The second most talked-about play was the controversial penalty that led to Neymar's second goal, putting Brazil ahead for the first time. With 16 ...
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The one-sided win gave the Spurs, who routed the Heat by 19 points in Game Three in Miami, a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and put them in position to claim a fifth championship in 15 years when the series shifts to San Antonio for Game Five on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio's balanced, ...
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CVC Capital Partners, a London-based private equity firm, and Lehman Brothers Holdings want about $500 million more for the stake, the report said, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Discussions with CVC Capital Partners Ltd and Lehman Brothers are ongoing although a deal may not be ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - World number one Adam Scott was far from his best in the first round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst on Thursday but managed to dig himself into a hole not quite as deep as Masters champion Bubba Watson. Australian Scott carded a three-over-par 73 that left him ...
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's national anti-doping agency has charged 34 current and former Australian Rules football players with drugs violations, rocking the country's richest and most well-attended sport. The charges are the culmination of a 16-month investigation into the administration ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Germany's Martin Kaymer stunningly birdied four of his last nine holes in the toughest conditions of the day to seize a three-shot lead in the U.S. Open first round at Pinehurst Resort on Thursday. Seeking a second major title after clinching his first in the ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Seven years a hostage to threats of violent demonstrations and crippling labor strikes, the World Cup broke free on Thursday when Brazil brought the tournament to life with Neymar scoring twice in a thrilling 3-1 win over Croatia. It was far from vintage Brazil at times, ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Short-game woes undermined Justin Rose's opening round on Thursday at the U.S. Open but the reigning champion remained upbeat about his bid to become the event's first back-to-back winner in 25 years. Though the English world number nine drove the ball well ...
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Ivanovic was joined in the quarter-finals by third seed Sloane Stephens and number four Kirsten Flipkens, who beat American Alison Riske 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-1 and Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 1-6 7-5 6-4 respectively, but defending champion Daniela Hantuchova lost. In the first game Serb Ivanovic trailed ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson was pleased with his long game in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, but says he needs to start making more medium-length putts to win the championship he covets over all others. The five-times major champion needed 31 putts and ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings returned home on Thursday with their celebration plans still on ice after the New York Rangers staved off elimination in Game Four to send the Stanley Cup Final back to the West Coast. The Kings always knew they would be returning to California after ...
The 41-year-old Van Dyken, one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers of all time, crashed her all-terrain vehicle near her Arizona home last week and was airlifted to a hospital in Scottsdale for emergency surgery on her spine. Her husband, former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, told the Denver ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami police have closed an investigation into a hotel incident involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a woman who told police that she might have been sexually assaulted after drinks with several football players. "There is no evidence to indicate ...
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Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka ousted American Sam Querrey 6-2 6-2 and will play Marinko Matosevic in the quarter-finals after the Australian overcame an ankle injury to spring another shock by defeating a below-par Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-4. World number six Tomas Berdych also progressed with a 7-6 ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police and protesters clashed on Thursday just hours before the opening game of the World Cup, injuring at least five people, although excitement began to build elsewhere as cheering, flag-waving fans converged on the stadium. The tournament has been largely ...
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A player who is almost unbeatable on clay, having won the French Open in nine of the past 10 years, proved to be more vulnerable on grass. He has now lost his last three matches on the slicker surface dating back to 2012. Instead of chalking up his 700th tour win with victory over Brown, Nadal ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - U.S. Open organizers were preparing for the likelihood of late afternoon thunderstorms as the opening round of the year's second major began under cloudy skies at Pinehurst Resort on Thursday. Little-known American Daniel Berger struck the first shot on the ...
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San Francisco hosted the event last year, when holders Team Oracle USA produced a remarkable comeback from 8-1 down to retain the world's oldest sporting trophy in a winner-takes-all final 17th race against Team New Zealand. "Although it is time for the America's Cup to move on for the next ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil exploded with street parties as its soccer team won the World Cup's opening game on Thursday but scattered violent protests were a reminder that many locals remain angry over the billions spent to host the tournament. Millions of fans dressed in Brazil's canary yellow, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Henrik Lundqvist pulled off 40 saves as the New York Rangers held their nerve to edge the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Wednesday and avoid being swept in the Stanley Cup Final while reviving slim hopes of winning their first championship in two decades. Needing a victory to extend ...
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The Jacksonville Jaguars football team is installing swimming pools and cabana-style seating at its downtown stadium in an effort to attract more fans to the franchise's games, the team said in a statement. The poolside seating, which the team says is the first in any NFL ...
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An attorney entered not guilty pleas on Brewer's behalf to one count each of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Brewer, 29, did not appear in court for the proceedings. Another hearing was ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Homesick for the European lifestyle, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts has mainly struggled on the PGA Tour this season but hopes that his love of the U.S. Open can help reignite his game this week at Pinehurst. The 31-year-old, who is nicknamed the 'Belgian Bomber' ...
PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Pinehurst's No. 2 Course is an aesthetic delight for this week's U.S. Open after its recent 'old school' restoration but its notorious turtle-back greens will continue to frustrate the players. While the par-70 layout has been creatively restored to the initial ...
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Nadal primed for switch to grass
June 11th, 2014, 8:47 pm
The Spaniard, who beat Novak Djokovic to continue his Roland Garros domination on Sunday, has been practicing hard on the Halle lawns since arriving on Monday and is eager to get matches under his belt ahead of Wimbledon. "Each training session and each match on grass is very, very important ...
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Andy Murray began the next chapter of his colorful tennis story with a straightforward win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in front of new coach Amelie Mauresmo at Queen's Club on Wednesday. The 27-year-old, playing his first match on grass since winning last year's Wimbledon title, looked ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shelly Sterling on Wednesday was granted a trial next month in Los Angeles to resolve a dispute with her estranged husband Donald Sterling over who controls the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, leaving its $2 billion sale up in the air. Shelly Sterling has asked a probate court ...
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LONDON - Stanislas Wawrinka put his tennis rackets away for 12days after a shock first round defeat at the French Open but was happy to get back into action at Queen's Club on Wednesday. The Swiss, who won this year's Australian Open, crashed out in straight sets to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Having regained his love of golf after enduring a turbulent 2013 campaign on and off the course, Rory McIlroy has set his sights on winning at least two of the last three majors this year. The Northern Irishman is in good form heading into this week's U.S. ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hard-won security gains in Somalia could be undermined unless the rest of the world steps up support to improve Somalis' lives, the United Nations' special representative for the country said on Wednesday. In the struggle against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, the Somali ...
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But one person who is not buying into the far-fetched notion of the U.S. winning the World Cup is head coach Juergen Klinsmann. Recent comments in a New York Times magazine article saying his team were not at a level yet to win the World Cup caused a stir in the U.S. where some viewed the comments ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Adam Scott has been a perennial contender in major championships over the past three years but, for reasons which he finds difficult to explain, he has mainly struggled at the U.S. Open. One of the best ball-strikers in the game and blessed with a swing envied ...
"Doing great today," she said on Twitter. "Making progress. First day I sat up. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers." Her family said Van Dyken crashed her all-terrain vehicle on Friday night and was airlifted to a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, where emergency ...
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The 33-year-old Swiss, who won five singles and nine doubles grand slam titles, returned last year with Daniela Hantuchova but found little success. She will partner Russia's Vera Zvonareva at the All England ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Rising labor and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo's venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials said on Wednesday. The review will include all 10 venues that Tokyo plans to build for the sporting ...
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Jason Mitchell, 26, was convicted of first-degree felony murder and armed burglary, the Miami Herald said. Prosecutors charged five men with plotting a burglary after one of the group visited Taylor's house and saw him give his sister $10,000 in cash. But the case has been beset by legal ...
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The Spurs played their motion offense to near perfection in the first half leading by as many as 25 points before going into intermission with a 71-50 lead. Miami moved within seven points at 81-74 with three minutes left in the third quarter before the Spurs built it back to 11 points and ...
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San Antonio put on an offensive clinic, playing their ball movement, motion offense to perfection combined with remarkable shooting accuracy as they hit 25 of 33 shots for a 75.8 percent shooting percentage that was an NBA Finals record for a half. The Spurs built their lead to 25 points at 55-30 ...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, 23, was placed on the NFL's Non-Football Illness List on Tuesday after being diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, the team said. Quessenberry's diagnosis came after he battled persistent fatigue and coughing over ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil's global soccer party when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft. What was to be a soccer celebration is in danger of being ...
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"Doing great today," she said on Twitter. "Making progress. First day I sat up. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers." Her family said Van Dyken crashed her all-terrain vehicle on Friday night and was airlifted to a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, where emergency ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Often guilty in the past of being too hard on himself when things are not going well on the golf course, Masters champion Bubba Watson is reaping the benefits of a 'big picture' approach to his game. By focusing on all the positives in his life and 'rejoicing' ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - David Beckham's bid for a Major League Soccer team suffered a setback on Tuesday when the city of Miami rejected his plan to build a downtown waterfront stadium on a site next to the Miami Heat basketball arena. Beckham's business group, Beckham Miami United, issued a statement ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter made no reference to the various crises surrounding world soccer's governing body when he opened the annual FIFA Congress on Tuesday with a short welcoming speech to delegates from 209 countries. The 78-year-old Swiss made no mention of the ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Returning to Pinehurst's No. 2 Course for this week's U.S. Open could hardly be more poignant for Phil Mickelson who was a runner-up when the year's second major was first played at Pinehurst in 1999. Not only has the American left-hander gone on to finish ...
Kumantsov, 27, was found guilty of 12 charges under the anti-corruption program after an investigation by the London-based Tennis Integrity Unit, an organization initiated by the grand slam tournaments, the ATP and the WTA. No details of the exact nature of his offenses were ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Rangers have had their backs to the wall before during this year's Stanley Cup playoffs but have never faced a climb as steep as the one facing them in the championship series versus the Los Angeles Kings. "We're down 3-0 (in the series). We're all lacking ...
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - World soccer's governing body FIFA defended itself on Tuesday from criticism that it is making big bucks from the most costly World Cup in history at the expense of the Brazilian people. FIFA said in a statement that it has covered the entire $2 billion (1.19 billion pounds) ...
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PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Missing the cut in his last PGA Tour start could be a blessing in disguise, says Justin Rose, who will be bidding this week to become the U.S. Open's first back-to-back winner in 25 years. Rose failed to qualify for the last two rounds at the Memorial ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shelly Sterling will seek an emergency court order confirming her as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in a bid to block her estranged husband from having any say in the team's $2 billion sale, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Donald Sterling, 80, was ...
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The fourth seed, back in action for the first time since a surprise first-round defeat at the French Open, won 7-5 6-3 to move into the third round of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament. Giant South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson also flourished in the warm sunshine, ending the hopes of another ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The founder of an Ohio firm that managed the finances of the National Basketball Association players union was sentenced on Tuesday to 1-1/2 years in prison for forging a $3 million contract and then lying about it to a grand jury. Joseph Lombardo, the founder of Prim Capital ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Derek Fisher was named head coach of the New York Knicks on Tuesday in one of the first major moves in a makeover of the once-proud National Basketball Association franchise by team president Phil Jackson. A five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Jackson was ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Having achieved the miraculous in leading Oracle Team USA to the America's Cup last year, Ben Ainslie has set his sights on arguably a greater challenge: returning sport's oldest trophy to Britain for the first time since 1851. Ainslie, regarded by some as the greatest Olympic ...
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The head of world soccer, Sepp Blatter, faced calls on Tuesday to hand over the reins of an organization mired in allegations of corruption, but he also secured the backing of regional FIFA delegates gathered in Brazil ahead of the World Cup. Michael van Praag, president of ...
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A five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers during his playing career, Fisher takes over from Mike Woodson, who was fired in April after the Knicks missed the playoffs. Fisher, 39, will shift from playing for Oklahoma City to steering a Knicks team that was 37-45 and missed the playoffs ...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A crowd of about 200 soccer fans awaited the Dutch national team on Monday outside its temporary home at the Caesar Park hotel, a 23-story tower along Rio de Janeiro's spectacular beachfront. But their orange jerseys, placards and party hats weren't the only thing odd at ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of reclaiming the Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven National Hockey League title series. The Kings, who have done their business the hard way ...
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Accompanied by his wife Carolyn, Coburn fought back tears as he apologized for calling the connections of the winning horse Tonalist "damned cheaters" and "cowards". "Very ashamed of myself," Coburn told Good Morning America. "Very ashamed. I need to apologize to ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - When Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that many major trophies. Yet only two years later, a younger, fitter, hungrier ...
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LONDON/RIO DEIRO (Reuters) - Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola on Sunday called on soccer's rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week's kickoff in Brazil. With its four yearly showpiece event only four ...
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SAN ANTONIO Texas (Reuters) - National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver said on Sunday a single obstacle blocked completion of the $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers - a lawsuit brought by embattled owner Donald Sterling against the league. Sterling, 80, sued the NBA and ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - LeBron James bounced back from the cramps that forced him out of the NBA Finals opener by scoring 35 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and even the series at one game each. James went both inside and outside to hit 14 of 22 ...
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Showing no outward effects from leg cramps suffered in Game One on Thursday, Miami's LeBron James hit just one of four shots and had three turnovers in the first quarter but by halftime had a team-high 13 points on six of 11 shooting. Tony Parker had 12 points to lead the Spurs, while Tim Duncan ...
MONTREAL (Reuters) - For weeks the Formula One world has been riveted on a feud between championship contenders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton but after the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday the Mercedes team mates have another rivalry to worry about. After a difficult start to the season, Red Bull ...
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Perez will drop five grid spots at the next event, the Austrian Grand Prix on June 22, after the Mexican caused a last lap crash with Brazilian Felipe Massa's Williams when he changed his racing line, sending both cars flying into the safety barriers. Chilton will be pushed back three positions in ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steve Coburn, the outspoken co-owner of California Chrome, continued his bitter attack against the rules of the Triple Crown a day after his horse was beaten in the Belmont Stakes. Winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, California Chrome had the chance to ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal is not ready for Roland Garros to be renamed in his honor, but he can picture a time when he might be the one handing out the trophies in Paris rather than breaking records on court. He bosses the French Open, defeating great rival Novak Djokovic 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 on ...
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MONTREAL (Reuters) - Australian Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his first Formula One victory on Sunday in a Canadian Grand Prix that put Red Bull back on top of the podium and dealt Mercedes a first defeat of the season. An afternoon of high drama at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended behind the ...
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The retirement, after the two Mercedes cars had raced side by side and touched on lap 46 at the Circuit Gille Villeneuve, was the 2008 world champion's second blank of the season. It also ended his dominant team's hopes of a sixth one-two finish in seven ...
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Having fired a seven-under-par 65 in the final round for a total of 276, the 40-year-old Swede held his nerve in the playoff to hole a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-three 18th against 2012 champion Wiesberger. Runner-up and local favorite Wiesberger (69) was hoping victory in Atzenbrugg would ...
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Newey and Red Bull agree new deal
June 8th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Red Bull principal Christian Horner said at the Canadian Grand Prix that Newey would work on as yet unspecified new Red Bull Technology projects as well as "advising and mentoring" the team. Newey, a key and highly-paid part of Red Bull's success who would be snapped up in an instant by ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - One man's despair was another man's ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafa Nadal into a nine-times French Open champion on Sunday. Waiting to launch into a second serve on match point down, a yell from the stands, followed by another, left ...
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Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo will initially take up the role for the grasscourt season and will join Murray at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club next week where the British number one will be hoping to defend his title. "I'm excited by the possibilities of the ...
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Hsieh, of Taiwan, and China's Peng, both 28 and born four days apart, extended their win-loss record to 12-0 in doubles finals with their victory on the Paris clay, building on the Wimbledon title they lifted last year. The Italian pairing, seeded second, had won four of the last eight grand ...
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Soccer's governing body FIFA is conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar. "We are confident that the matter is being dealt with as a priority," Adidas said in a ...
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LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola on Sunday called on soccer's rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week's kickoff in Brazil. With its four yearly showpiece event only ...
Winger Tim Visser and fullback Stuart Hogg crossed for five pointers either side of a penalty try for the Scots, awarded after continued scrum infringements by the hosts close to their try line. Scrumhalf Greg Laidlaw converted all three and added a penalty for the tourists, who were guilty of ...
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Cotto, with a ferocious left hook and punishing combinations, knocked Martinez down three times in the first round, and continued to dominate the scheduled 12-round bout at Madison Square Garden. Martinez's corner waved an end to the fight as the bell rang for round ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings moved one step closer to a second Stanley Cup title in three years after mounting a stunning fightback to beat the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime and end a wild Game Two on Saturday. With the Kings trailing 2-0 and 4-2 before tying things up, ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - David Beckham appealed on Saturday for support for his plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, insisting that he doesn’t want public money and will create "something special" for the city. Beckham and his backers are currently negotiating for a waterfront ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wild Game Two in the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers was forced into overtime after the teams finished tied at 4-4 at Staples Center on Saturday. The Rangers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening period after defenseman Ryan ...
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Altidore ended his six-month goal drought for club and country with a goal in each half to send the U.S. to Brazil on the back of three successive friendly victories. Nigeria forward Victor Moses spoiled Tim Howard’s hopes of a clean sheet in his 100th international appearance with a late ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - California Chrome's bid to complete U.S. racing's elusive Triple Crown ended in disappointment when he finished fourth behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Ridden by Mexican jockey Victor Espinoza, California Chrome moved into contention down the final stretch ...
American Millard, who initially booked his place at Pinehurst after carding a pair of 68s in Memphis, Tennessee five days ago, will be replaced in the field by amateur Sam Love. "We commend Jason for bringing this matter to our attention," Daniel Burton, chairman of the United States ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The Miami Heat have won 12 straight playoff games following a loss, a streak they will need to keep alive on Sunday to avoid going into an ominous 0-2 hole against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. LeBron James credits postseason experience for the team's ability to ...
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They are the first Frenchmen to win the men's doubles title since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte prevailed in 1984. The Spaniards, seeded 12th, held until 3-3 but the 11th-seeded Frenchmen had too much variety in their shots and pulled away on Philippe Chatrier ...
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Crane did just enough to secure his fifth tour title, carding a three-over-par 73 at the TPC Southwind. He had the luxury of bogeying the final hole, tapping in from one foot to finish at 10-under 270, while fellow American Troy Merritt (71) claimed second place on ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - Small details can be cruelly decisive in big matches as Simona Halep discovered after losing her composure following an umpire's call in Saturday's French Open final against Maria Sharapova. The fourth seed from Romania was serving at 4-4 in the deciding set when umpire Kader ...
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MONTREAL (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday, with Mercedes team mate and closest rival Lewis Hamilton again beaten into second place at a favourite circuit. The pole was the seventh in seven races for the sport's ...
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Athletics Kenya named a huge squad of 66 athletes for the event that starts in Glasgow on July 23. Twice world 1,500 champion Asbel Kiprop will miss out because he did not finish his race in the ...
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Emails were sent to 1,376 fans telling them to exchange their tickets for others of the same category but in a different section of several of the 12 tournament stadiums. The substitutions were forced upon organisers by the delay in completing the stadiums, a problem that has dogged preparations ...
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MONTREAL (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton was fastest in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday as Mercedes set their sights on a seventh straight pole position. The Briton, a three-time winner on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, lapped the island track in one minute 15.610 seconds on a ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - Her 12 double faults were a nuisance and the non-stop shrieks that punctured the air for more than three hours even made a baby wail, yet all Maria Sharapova will want to remember from the French Open is the moment she sunk to her knees in triumph. The Russian had scrapped in ...
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The helicopter crashed with five people on board and none survived, according to news reports. "I am saddened by the death of #Fernandão, a hero to all Internacional fans and all lovers of football," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, herself an Inter fan, said on ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - This is their 42nd clash, so there will be few surprises for the world's top two players Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic when they face each other over the net in the French Open final on Sunday. Both are looking to cement their positions among the greats. Nadal is gunning to be ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Every team has a player who embodies the spirit of the side. For the United States, that player is Michael Bradley. The 26-year-old is the heart and soul of a team that has punched above its weight at international level for years but still wants ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - For a man who has spent half his life living and playing in foreign countries, Juergen Klinsmann seems the perfect fit as the United States head coach. Personifying the mantra that you should practice what you preach, Klinsmann's globe-trotting exploits have made him the ideal ...
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It remains one of the final sporting frontiers for the United States to conquer although they reached the semi-finals in 1930 and caused one of soccer's greatest upsets when they beat England the last time that the World Cup was held in Brazil in 1950. Since that inaugural event they have reached ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - One has nothing to lose, the other is expected to win on Saturday. Even though Romania's Simona Halep is the higher seed, at four, Maria Sharapova is the household name, the face on the billboards and is playing in her third successive French Open ...
It is the first head coaching job for Snyder in the NBA but he had previously coached Missouri at college level and was an assistant with the Hawks this year. “The opportunity to join the Utah Jazz and to be part of such a highly respected franchise with an incredibly bright future is a great ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The New York Rangers, who can claim to be this season's team of destiny, will seek further emotional inspiration from Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis as they vie with the Los Angeles Kings for the Stanley Cup. Back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in two ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - California Chrome's fairytale bid to win the elusive Triple Crown has put U.S. horse racing right in the sporting spotlight. The sport of kings is suddenly popular again and everyone is giddy with excitement. The horse and his oddball connections have become instant ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The list of things the San Antonio Spurs did superbly in the opening game of the NBA Finals is textbook: shooting, defense, rebounding and assists. But coach Gregg Popovich knows that the Spurs will not beat the Miami Heat over a full series and claim their first ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings are three wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup for a second time in three years and veteran defenseman Matt Greene views this as a window of opportunity that simply has to be taken. American Greene, 31, is one of six 30-somethings on the Kings' ...
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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - LeBron James insisted he will be "100 percent" for Game Two of the NBA Finals on Sunday after being forced from the series opener during crunch time against the San Antonio Spurs. James received two and a half bags of intravenous fluids after the Spurs' 110-95 ...
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Only 32 players completed Friday's round before storms early in the afternoon dumped more than one inch of rain and flooded parts of the course, while strong winds knocked down some temporary fencing. Officials scheduled the second round to resume at 7 a.m. local time on Saturday with Phil ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal knows he will have to find a way of dealing with Novak Djokovic's pressure game if he is going to beat his great rival and win a ninth French Open title, the Spaniard said on Friday. Premature predictions that now might be a good time to face Nadal on the Paris clay ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - As any horse trainer will testify, patience is not so much a virtue but an occupational hazard. For Art Sherman, the 77-year-old trainer of Triple Crown contender California Chrome, his persistence has been put to the ultimate test, a wait of almost 60 years for his first ...
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Saunders, who was already serving as the team's president of basketball operations, fills a role that became available after Rick Adelman retired from coaching in April. "After an exhaustive process and several thorough discussions with Flip, we came to the conclusion that he was the ...
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The Penguins, who fired general manager Ray Shero last month following the team's early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, had promised to overhaul the team's operations in a bid to return to championship form. "Dan is a good man and a good coach, but I thought we needed a change in ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - The belated appearance of the blazing sun at what had been a cold and chilly French Open until Friday allowed Rafa Nadal to scorch past Andy Murray and set up a hotly-anticipated final with Novak Djokovic. Murray's bid to become the first British man in 77 years to reach the ...
"The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored," Spurs Sports & Entertainment said in a statement. The outage at the AT&T Center during Thursday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat created sweltering conditions and played a ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray found no crumbs of comfort after a French Open semi-final mauling at the hands of Rafa Nadal on Friday, describing it as the toughest of his 20 meetings with the Spaniard. The Wimbledon champion was allowed only six games as he was completely overwhelmed by an ...
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Australian Scott, American Watson, who has earned the coveted Masters green jacket twice in the past three years, and South African Schwartzel will start Thursday's opening round at Pinehurst off the first tee at 1:25 p.m. (1725 GMT). The heavyweight trio will then set off from the 10th tee at ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - After flirting with a major breakthrough during a career that promised more than it has delivered Ernests Gulbis has finally tasted the tennis big time, and now he wants more. The Latvian showman came off the loser against second seed Novak Djokovic in their French Open ...
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MONTREAL (Reuters) - Ferrari’s former world champion Fernando Alonso upstaged the mighty Mercedes team by setting the pace in first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday. Alonso, a winner