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IOC's Bach, Games chief Lee carry torch as opening looms

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:30pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach took part in the final stages of the Pyeongchang Olympics torch relay ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday, the official sounding upbeat about the first Asian Winter Games outside Japan.

Olympics: IOC discussing norovirus outbreak, more cases reported

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 7:28pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic officials are discussing measures to combat the spread of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea after 42 new cases were confirmed at the Winter Games, a Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official said on Friday.

Golf: Johnson two shots behind leaders at Pebble Beach

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:37pm
(Reuters) - World number one and twice winner Dustin Johnson birdied five of his first 11 holes to sit two strokes behind the opening-round leaders on Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

Motor racing: McLaren watching Hamilton's moves with interest

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:21pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's former team McLaren are watching his contract situation with interest, even if the four times Formula One world champion and Mercedes have said they want to stay together.

Congress opens second investigation into USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday began a second congressional investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG) and other gymnastic organizations over a sexual abuse scandal that led to the conviction of the sport's former top medical doctor.

Raisman says former coach Geddert may have known of Nassar's abuse: CNN

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:46pm
(Reuters) - Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman told CNN that her former coach, John Geddert, might have known about sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar as early as 2011.

NBC says its Olympics U.S. ad sales set record for winter games

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:36pm
(Reuters) - U.S. national advertising sales for the Olympics in Pyeongchang have surpassed $900 million, a record for the Winter Games, U.S. broadcaster NBC Sports Group said in a statement on Thursday.

Top seed Wawrinka labors to three-set victory in Sofia

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:05pm
SOFIA (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka, looking to play himself back into form after a long layoff due to a knee surgery, survived a scare to advance to the Sofia Open quarter-finals with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win over Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan on Thursday.

North American soccer World Cup would create $5 billion in economic activity: study

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:36pm
(Reuters) - A tri-nation North American bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup could create over $5 billion in economic activity for the area if it wins the right to stage the tournament, according to a study published on Thursday.

U.S. Olympic swimmer accuses ex-coach of sexual abuse when she was 16

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:26pm
(Reuters) - A former U.S. Olympic swimmer accused a former coach of the national team of sexually abusing her when she was 16, joining a chorus of young athletes in gymnastics and other sports who have come forward with similar allegations involving team officials.

Snowboarding: Ormerod out of the Games with broken heel

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:31am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - British snowboarding hope Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday after fracturing her wrist and heel in training falls.

Champions League costs put brake on Man United profit

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:07am
(Reuters) - A return to the Champions League came at a price for Manchester United as a related increase in player wages crimped core quarterly earnings for the Premier League soccer club.

Athletics: World champion Gatlin to test out 150-metres in South Africa

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:56am
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - World 100-metre champion Justin Gatlin will race over a new distance next month at the inaugural Athletics South Africa (ASA) Athletix Grand Prix series meet in Pretoria.

IOC clears Iran, North Korea for gift after Samsung phone row

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:31am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian and North Korean athletes at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will receive Samsung mobile phones, organizers said on Thursday, after Iran summoned South Korea's ambassador over reports its athletes would not get the gifts.

North Korean orchestra serenades South Koreans amid protest

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 7:30am
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - A 137-strong North Korean orchestra kicked off its first performance in South Korea on Thursday, serenading hundreds of South Koreans with familiar tunes while dozens of protesters blasted their own music outside, to the beat of drums.

Olympics: Tongan Taufatofua ready to live the dream again

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:43am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Having eschewed movie offers and modeling contracts after a telegenic appearance at the Rio Olympics, Tongan taekwondo fighter Pita Taufatofua will compete as a cross-country skier at Pyeongchang, a reinvention worthy of a Hollywood script.

Manchester United profit weighed down by higher wage bill

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:42am
(Reuters) - English soccer club Manchester United said its core quarterly earnings dipped because of rising wages for its players after its return to the Champions League.

Insurers bet, a little nervously, on smooth Games in South Korea

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:28am
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - If South Korea's Winter Olympics go off without a hitch this month, organizers will not be alone in toasting success. Their insurers will also be celebrating a tidy profit.

Alpine skiing: Meillard ruled out after suffering knee injury

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:20am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Swiss Alpine skier Melanie Meillard has been ruled out of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after she crashed in training and suffered a knee injury on Thursday.

How do you like your eggs, Norway? By the thousand..

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:40am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Egg sandwiches. Bacon and eggs. Egg salad. Eggs on toast. Scrambled eggs, or fried. After taking receipt of 15,000 eggs instead of the 1,500 they wanted, Norway's team at this month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics may have a pretty limited menu.

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