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North Korea cancels visit to prepare for Olympics in South - ministry

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:40am
(Reuters) - North Korea has canceled the planned visit of a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, South Korean authorities said on Friday.

North Korea cancels visit to prepare for Olympic performance in South Korea - Yonhap

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:03am
(Reuters) - North Korea has cancelled a visit by a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, Seoul's Unification Ministry was quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap news agency on Friday.

Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:48am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber's recent revival faces its toughest test in the shape of Maria Sharapova when the only two former Australian Open champions in the women's draw clash in round three on Saturday.

Ice Hockey: Twin Cities sister act on different paths to Pyeongchang

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:59am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon after South Korea was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics, Marissa Brandt sent an e-mail to the country's ice hockey federation. If they needed talent for their fledgling team, she had just the ticket: her.

Angry Wozniacki battles past Bertens after tantrum

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:58am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a late temper tantrum to forge into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens on Friday.

Triathlon: Olympic medalist Schoeman to cooperate with doping investigation

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:55am
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman will co-operate fully with an International Triathlon Union (ITU) investigation into whether he breached doping regulations at the Rio de Janeiro Games, his manager said on Friday.

Svindal boosts Olympic medal hopes with Super G win

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:51am
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA (Reuters) - Aksel Lund Svindal produced a majestic run on a shortened course to win a World Cup Super G race ahead of fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud on Friday and boost his confidence ahead of the Feb 9-25 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Olympics: Same gold medal favorites for women's ice hockey, same questions

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:43am
(Reuters) - It has been 20 years since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympic program but those playing the game at the highest level are still stick-handling around the same old question.

Babcock back behind bench but not at the Games

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:39am
Toronto (Reuters) - Mike Babcock coached Canada to men's ice hockey gold at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Games and he will be back behind the bench again during the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Former world champion Fury regains license

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:23am
(Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to box again after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) lifted his suspension subject to medical clearance.

Ostapenko sunk by Kontaveit in Baltic battle

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:54am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko's Australian Open hopes ended on Friday as the seventh seed was beaten 6-3 1-6 6-3 by Anett Kontaveit in a battle of the Baltic.

Ngannou's rags-to-riches tale tops card at UFC 220

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:46am
(Reuters) - Five years after being homeless on the streets of Paris, Francis Ngannou could be crowned UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday, but he will have to bring all of his awesome power if he is to beat title holder Stipe Miocic.

Dimitrov learning to manage the off-days

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:15am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A key to becoming a grand slam champion is managing the off days that are almost inevitable in a two-week tournament and Grigor Dimitrov showed again on Friday that he has acquired that skill.

Goggia delights home crowd in Cortina downhill

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:53am
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women's downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday.

Ruthless Nadal storms past Dzumhur

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:48am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday.

Team Sky should suspend Froome, says UCI chief

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:05am
(Reuters) - Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, according to International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient.

Vandeweghe hit with $10k fine for obscene outburst

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:14am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - CoCo Vandeweghe was fined $10,000 for shouting an obscenity at her opponent in her first round match at the Australian Open on Monday, organizers revealed on Friday.

WADA welcomes rejection of legal challenge to whereabouts rule

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:24am
ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has welcomed the rejection of a legal challenge to the whereabouts rule which it says is a key element in the fight against doping.

Tennis: Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal battle

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:09am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour battle to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

Dimitrov tames Rublev to reach last 16

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:49am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Grigor Dimitrov survived a tricky test in fierce heat against feisty young Russian Andrey Rublev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.