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Exclusive: Infantino and Coe face IOC snub - source

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:38am
(Reuters) - The presidents of world soccer and world athletics are set to be snubbed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next month when the body is likely to again overlook them for membership, a source told Reuters on Monday.

McMorris just happy to be back after horrific injuries

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:24am
(Reuters) - The list of injuries suffered by Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris in a freak accident at the end of last season would be enough to put some people off the sport for life.

Don't expect miracles from Woods in 2018, say experts

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am
(Reuters) - As anticipation builds over Tiger Woods's official comeback after nearly a year rehabilitating from a spinal fusion, two former professionals have offered a tempered view of what to expect from the 14-times major champion in 2018 and beyond.

Halep beats pain, Osaka to reach quarter-finals

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:56am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep shook off a sleepless night racked with ankle pain to sweep past rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka and into the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory on Monday.

Federer makes light of day shift to ease into last eight

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 2:54am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer was a strictly nocturnal beast throughout the first week of the Australian Open but proved just as effective with the sun on his back as he sauntered into the quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday.

Snooker: China Open raises stakes after pocketing lucrative deal

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 2:12am
(Reuters) - This year's China Open will become only the second snooker tournament after the world championship to offer one million pounds ($1.39 million) in prize money following a new four-year deal with its promoters, the organizers have announced.

Tennis: Halep ends Osaka's run to reach quarter-finals

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:55am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep proved too experienced for Japan's rising star Naomi Osaka as she eased into the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory on Monday.

Tennis: Kerber back in quarter-finals club after tough year

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:15am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Federer eases past Fucsovics into Melbourne quarter-finals

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:13am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday but the defending champion did not have everything his own way against 80th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

Protesters greet North Korean Olympic delegation touring Seoul

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:41am
SEOUL (Reuters) - Small but vocal groups of South Korean demonstrators on Monday protested North Korea's participation in next month's Winter Olympics, as a delegation of North Korean officials led by star singer Hyon Song-wol visited Seoul and inspected Games' venues.

Patriots, Eagles ready for Super Bowl showdown

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:53pm
(Reuters) - The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have set up a second Super Bowl showdown after both teams won their respective conference championships with contrasting victories on Sunday.

Tennis: Kerber ends Hsieh's fairytale run to reach quarters

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:31pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Tennis: Berdych sweeps past Fognini into quarter-finals

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:20pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Czech Tomas Berdych belied his lowest seeding at a grand slam since 2010 by sweeping into his seventh Australian Open quarter-final with a convincing 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini on Monday.

Golf: Spain's Rahm wins CareerBuilder after playoff

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:02pm
(Reuters) - Spain’s Jon Rahm survived four playoff holes to capture the CareerBuilder Challenge in southern California on Sunday.

Slopestyle: Americans Goepper, Kenworthy qualify for Pyeongchang

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 7:43pm
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, California (Reuters) - U.S. men's slopestyle skiers Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy will both be returning to the Olympics next month after qualifying for the team during competitions on Sunday in Mammoth Mountain.

Tennis: American Keys storms into last eight at Melbourne Park

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 7:33pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Madison Keys blew French eighth seed Caroline Garcia off the court 6-3 6-2 in a 68-minute display of power tennis to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the second time on Monday.

Golf: Rahm and Landry in playoff at La Quinta

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:21pm
(Reuters) - Spain's Jon Rahm and American Andrew Landry were headed for a playoff at the Career Builder Challenge after Landry made a birdie putt at the last hole on Sunday.

Ski lift: North Korea may capitalize on joint Olympics training visit

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:17pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's offer to send athletes to a North Korean ski resort for joint training ahead of next month's Olympics risks giving leader Kim Jong Un's regime legitimacy and some much needed cash, North Korean defectors and experts say.

Snowboarding: American Kim enjoying the spotlight

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:28pm
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. (Reuters) - Seventeen-year-old American snowboarding prodigy Chloe Kim is enjoying the media frenzy surrounding her first Olympics, where her status as favorite to win gold in halfpipe has made her among the most talked about athletes heading into the Games.

Snowboarding: White sees himself as favorite in Pyeongchang

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 1:54pm
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif (Reuters) - After recovering from a training crash which left him needing 62 stitches, American snowboarder Shaun White is backing himself to win the halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang next month even though he will be facing off against rivals who grew up idolizing him.