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Down but not out, Kostner determined to pen her own ending

1 hour 55 min ago
HELSINKI (Reuters) - When Carolina Kostner was slapped with a lengthy ban in 2015 for attempting to cover up her ex-boyfriend Alex Schwazer's use of illegal performance-enhancing substances, it seemed that her career had come to an inglorious end.

Spencer's anti-doping case set for May 15

2 hours 9 min ago
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Reigning Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer's anti-doping hearing will begin May 15 in Jamaica, the panel overseeing the case said on Wednesday.

Baseball: Mets' Familia banned after domestic violence arrest

2 hours 59 min ago
(Reuters) - New York Mets All-Star closer Jeurys Familia has been suspended for the first 15 games of the 2017 Major League Baseball season after being arrested for alleged domestic violence last October, the league said on Wednesday.

Figure skating: Medvedeva on track to emulate Kwan

5 hours 12 min ago
HELSINKI (Reuters) - A nerveless and haunting short program by Evgenia Medvedeva kept the Russian teenager on track to become the first skater since American Michelle Kwan in 2001 to win back-to-back women's titles at the world championships on Wednesday.

Motor racing: Timberlake follows Swift as F1 Austin crowd-puller

5 hours 45 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Justin Timberlake has been confirmed as the headline act for this year's U.S. Formula One Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in October.

Motor racing: U.S. GP boss says F1 should own some circuits

5 hours 49 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Grand Prix promoter Bobby Epstein says it would make sense for Formula One's new American owners Liberty Media to buy some circuits as part of their long-term strategic plans for the sport.

Surf League offers $5,000 for season's biggest wipeout

6 hours 12 min ago
(Reuters) - Five bruised and battered surfers are vying for a $5,000 cash prize for the season's most spectacular wipeout, to be presented at the Big Wave awards in California next month.

Soccer: Ronaldo Airport overshadowed by dodgy statue

6 hours 47 min ago
FUNCHAL (Reuters) - Madeira renamed its airport in honor of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday - although it is a new statue of the four-times world player of the year that is likely to grab the headlines.

Defiant world chess head says 'revolution' to oust him has failed

6 hours 52 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The president of world chess's governing body said on Wednesday that an attempted "revolution" to oust him by falsely announcing his resignation had failed, and that he would serve out his full term and might even stand for re-election.

Doping: More whistleblowers are talking to WADA, says Reedie

8 hours 29 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Several whistleblowers have approached the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through a new program set up after revelations of rampant state-sponsored doping in Russia, WADA President Craig Reedie said on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Federation to cover NHL costs to play at 2018 Winter Olympics - IOC

9 hours 32 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has agreed to pay NHL players' travel and insurance costs to try to lure them to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Games chiefs said on Wednesday.

Olympics or not, NHL ready to make push into China

11 hours 39 min ago
TORONTO (Reuters) - With or without the Olympics, the National Hockey League will join the sporting stampede into the coveted China market with the league expected to announce on Thursday preseason games in Beijing and Shanghai.

Ice hockey: Seoul gives North Korea team green light to play

11 hours 43 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul has given the North Korean women's ice hockey team the green light to take part in an international competition in the South next week, a Unification Ministry official said on Wednesday.

Neymar helps guarantee World Cup place for Brazil

12 hours 56 min ago
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Neymar shrugged off some rough tackling and a missed penalty to score a brilliant solo goal as he led Brazil to a 3-0 win over Paraguay which booked their place at the 2018 World Cup finals on Tuesday.

Soccer: U.S. keep World Cup hopes alive, Mexico take control

14 hours 51 min ago
(Reuters) - The United States remain in contention for a spot at next year's World Cup after Bruce Arena's side battled to a scrappy 1-1 away draw against Panama in CONCACAF qualifying on Tuesday.

Sharapova feels vindicated and empowered after doping ban

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 9:25pm
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova said on Tuesday she is excited about her return to competition next month, feeling vindicated by the reduction of her doping suspension and empowered by her time away.

Figure skating - Is there a downside to quad-fest?

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 9:16pm
HELSINKI (Reuters) - When Evan Lysacek struck gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics without attempting a single quadruple jump, men's figure skating was at a crossroads.

Soccer-Bolivia beat Messi-less Argentina 2-0 in qualifier

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:34pm
LA PAZ (Reuters) - Argentina, weakened by the last-minute suspension of Lionel Messi, had their chances of reaching next year's World Cup finals dealt a blow on Tuesday when they were beaten 2-0 by a spirited Bolivia side in La Paz.

Tennis-Federer, Nadal reach Miami semis, Wawrinka falls

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 7:23pm
(Reuters) - Roger Federer survived a stern test from Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals while top-seeded Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka was eliminated on his birthday.

Motor racing-Mansell joins tributes to Surtees at funeral

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:41pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell joined the motorsport world on Tuesday in paying tribute to John Surtees at the funeral of the only man to win world titles on two wheels and four.