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Tennis: Ruthless teacher Svitolina ends Kostyuk's dream debut

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:10am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Elina Svitolina showed not an ounce of sentiment as she gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open for the first time on Friday.

Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:00am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park.

Tennis: Birthday girl Martic reaches last 16 in Melbourne

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:51pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Petra Martic celebrated her 26th birthday in style by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

Tennis: Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal heat

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:16pm
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 contest to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

Tennis: Ruthless Svitolina ends Kostyuk's dream debut

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:53pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ruthless fourth seed Elina Svitolina gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory in searing heat on Friday.

Rahm cards his lowest score on PGA Tour for first-round lead

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:59pm
(Reuters) - Spaniard Jon Rahm carded his lowest score on the PGA Tour, a bogey-free 10-under-par 62, for a one-stroke lead after the first round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert on Thursday.

Canceled Montreal Formula E races will not be replaced

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:54pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula E will not replace the two canceled Montreal races that would have ended the season in July, the all-electric series said on Thursday.

USA Gymnastics severs ties with Karolyi Ranch

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:14pm
(Reuters) - USA Gymnastics has terminated its agreement with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas where a number of top gymnasts have said they were victims of sexual abuse by former team physician Larry Nassar, the ruling body said on Thursday.

Rallying: Sainz takes another step towards Dakar victory

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:51pm
(Reuters) - Carlos Sainz moved a step closer to a second Dakar win on Thursday after finishing the 12th stage with a 44 minute lead over Peugeot team mate Stephane Peterhansel and two days remaining.

Triathlon: ITU launches investigation into Schoeman allegations

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:35pm
(Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has launched an investigation into allegations that Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman of South Africa failed a doping test at the Rio Games in 2016, the ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

Zagitova leads, Russian pairs sweep podium at Europeans

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:06pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twice world champion Evgenia Medvedeva was upstaged by Russian compatriot Alina Zagitova in the short program at the European championships on Thursday as Russians pairs swept the podium on home ice.

North Korea Olympic officials in Switzerland ahead of IOC talks

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:54pm
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean Olympic officials arrived in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of weekend talks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to finalize Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Games in South Korea next month.

Back with old sponsor, Patrick seeks car for Daytona and Indy

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:44pm
(Reuters) - Danica Patrick has found a sponsor for the final two races of her career at this year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. All she needs now is some wheels.

IOC tests over 14,000 athletes ahead of Winter Olympics

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:01pm
(Reuters) - Over 14,000 doping tests have been conducted ahead of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an effort to protect clean athletes and safeguard the Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

Russia chooses neutral gray for Winter Olympians' outfits

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:30am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian competitors at next month's Winter Olympics will be kitted out in predominantly gray uniforms with no national markings, in keeping with their status as neutral athletes after the national team was barred over doping allegations.

Zagitova spoils Medvedeva's comeback to take lead at Europeans

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:17am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twice world champion Evgenia Medvedeva was upstaged by Russian compatriot Alina Zagitova in the short program at the European championships on Thursday as the Olympic gold medal favorite made her comeback following a two-month injury layoff.

Fleetwood, Tanihara lead in Abu Dhabi as McIlroy returns

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:49am
(Reuters) - Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood and Japan's Hideto Tanihara took the first round lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday, while Rory McIlroy returned to competitive golf for the first time since October.

Garcia shares Singapore Open lead after disrupted first day

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:54am
(Reuters) - Masters champion Sergio Garcia and American Kurt Kitayama both carded five-under-par 66 to share the lead after the first round of the Singapore Open on Thursday.

Wilander fears Rod Laver slot may inhibit Kyrgios vs. Tsonga

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:03am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios must not let playing on Rod Laver Arena douse his natural fire when he plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the standout match of the Australian Open third round on Friday, according to former champion Mats Wilander.

Snowboarding: British 'shred-homies' ready to take on the world

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:31am
LONDON (Reuters) - Great Britain broke their duck on snow at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and now they are gunning for further glory in Pyeongchang.