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Golf: First 2017 women's major may bring joust for top rank

1 hour 51 min ago
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - The first major of the women's golf season could lead to a changing of the guard at the top of the rankings at the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club starting on Thursday.

Fognini in Miami Open semis with win over Nishikori

2 hours 30 min ago
(Reuters) - An out-of-sorts Kei Nishikori was sent packing from the Miami Open on Wednesday, beaten 6-4 6-2 by unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini.

LPGA chief says sport trumps push to boycott Trump course

3 hours 16 min ago
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - While the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference was underway this week, a plane flew over Mission Hills towing a banner reading: "USGA & LPGA: DUMP TRUMP".

Halep talks herself into defeat against Konta at Miami Open

3 hours 25 min ago
(Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta recovered from the brink of defeat at the Miami Open on Wednesday to beat third seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final.

Figure skating: Wenjing and Cong stand tall among walking wounded

4 hours 6 min ago
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Chinese duo Wenjing Sui and Cong Han emerged unscathed in a field littered with the walking wounded to grab the lead in the pairs competition at the figure skating world championships on Wednesday.

Marshawn Lynch considering comeback

4 hours 14 min ago
(The Sports Xchange) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that retired running back Marshawn Lynch is considering a return to the NFL.

NBCUniversal slightly ahead of Sochi for 2018 Winter Olympics ad sales

5 hours 21 min ago
(Reuters) - Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal is pacing ahead in the amount of advertising inventory it has sold for next February’s Winter Olympics compared with the same time four years ago, NBC Sports executives said on Wednesday.

'Hideous' Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

6 hours 36 min ago
FUNCHAL (Reuters) - When the island of Madeira on Wednesday renamed its airport in honor of its hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo, all eyes were expected to be on the four-time world player of the year who is adored not only for his soccer skills but also his model looks.

Spencer's anti-doping case set for May 15

7 hours 33 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.

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

7 hours 53 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.

Baseball: Mets' Familia banned after domestic violence arrest

8 hours 57 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

11 hours 10 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

11 hours 42 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

11 hours 47 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

12 hours 10 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

12 hours 45 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

12 hours 50 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

14 hours 27 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

15 hours 30 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

17 hours 37 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.