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Competitions needed for Russians not going to Games, says ROC chief

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:05am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said competitions should be organized for Russian athletes who decide not to compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, R-Sport news agency reported on Friday.

Figure skating: American Chen overcomes mistakes to win Grand Prix Final

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:00am
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Nathan Chen of the United States overcame an error-filled program including a fall to win the men's Grand Prix Final on Friday, beating hometown favorite Shoma Uno by half a point.

Peru's Guerrero to miss World Cup after drugs ban

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:54am
(Reuters) - Peru's hopes at next year's World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year on Friday after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine.

Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:32am
LONDON (Reuters) - Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were named as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions on Friday - the first time in 19 years the awards have gone to players from the same country.

FIFA bans Peru skipper Guerrero for one year for drug offence

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:55am
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's disciplinary committee has banned Peruvian soccer captain Paulo Guerrero for one year after he failed a doping test, the watchdog said on Friday.

Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:50am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.

EU regulators order skating body ISU to scrap disproportionate penalties

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:36am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators sided on Friday with speed skaters seeking to compete in new money-spinning events as they ordered the sport's governing body ISU to scrap "disproportionately punitive" penalties aimed at stopping athletes from doing so.

Mixed martial arts: St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight belt

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:06am
(Reuters) - Canadian Georges St-Pierre has vacated the UFC middleweight title he won on his recent return to the octagon as the recent upheaval in the sport continued.

Figureskating: Canada's Osmond takes surprise lead in Grand Prix Final

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:03am
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took a surprise lead in the women's short program at the Grand Prix Final on Friday, edging ahead of Russian teenager Alina Zagitova by less than a point.

Highlights of Thursday's NHL games

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 3:07am
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games:

Highlights of Thursday's NBA games

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:57am
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Basketball Association games:

Falcons stop Saints to keep division hopes alive

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:29pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a Drew Brees pass in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining to preserve the NFC South champion Falcons' 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:57pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Russia's world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month's Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday.

Soccer: Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:24pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Born and raised in Japan, three North Korean soccer players are expecting to face boos from the home crowd in a match that comes less than two weeks after the latest North Korean test missile splashed into the Sea of Japan.

National Hockey League roundup

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 8:25pm
(The Sports Xchange) - A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday from Manalapan, Fla., where the league's board of governors are meeting.

Ronaldo pips Messi to win Ballon d'Or for joint-record fifth time

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:51pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.

U.S expects to participate in Winter Olympics - White House

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years for child pornography

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:39pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation.

Ronaldo's fifth Ballon d'Or reignites eternal debate with Messi

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:26pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo collected his joint-record fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday in Paris in the middle of his worst domestic season for Real Madrid, but with a deserved reputation for delivering on the biggest stage of all and when it matters most.

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon denies harassment claim

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:51pm
(Reuters) - Professional football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon denied accusations of sexual harassment by a woman who was an executive assistant to the former National Football League player at the sports marketing firm he co-founded.