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Local timing, and talent, keys to Europe growth, says UFC's Carr

15 hours 25 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - As part of a drive to increase its popularity in Europe, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is focusing on home-grown talent, and on running events at times of the day which are more convenient for local fans.

Wozniacki survives French Open scare against Aussie teen Fourlis

15 hours 42 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Big-hitting Australian teenager Jaimee Fourlis served up a major scare for Caroline Wozniacki at Roland Garros on Monday, making light of the 300-plus ranking places separating them to push the 11th seeded Dane to three sets.

Athletics: Thiam breaks 7000-points, Johnson-Thompson falls short despite personal best

16 hours 48 min ago
(Reuters) - Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam recorded the third highest heptathlon points total of 7013 at the Hypo Meeting on Sunday, while Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson missed out on the top three despite recording a personal best.

Try, try again in Paris for Japan's Sugita

17 hours 34 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - The motto 'if at first you don't succeed' might have been coined for Japan's Yuichi Sugita, who after a battling French Open main draw debut on Sunday finds himself close to reaching the second round of a grand slam for the first time.

Kuznetsova coach Martinez claims Russian is 'best player'

18 hours 9 min ago
(Reuters) - Svetlana Kuznetsova has the versatility and mentality to mark her out as the "best player" on the WTA Tour, the Russian's coach Carlos Martinez has said as the 31-year-old aims to capture a second French Open title.

Storm brewing at Roland Garros as Muguruza courts danger

18 hours 35 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - A storm was brewing at Roland Garros on Monday before the start of day two of the French Open as defending champion Garbine Muguruza prepared to face 2010 winner Francesca Schiavone in muggy conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier.

One F1 comeback is enough for Button

18 hours 52 min ago
MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One may have seen the last of Jenson Button following the 2009 world champion's Monaco Grand Prix comeback as stand-in for McLaren race regular Fernando Alonso.

Stenson backing Wentworth winner Noren for major glory

19 hours 43 min ago
VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - British Open title holder Henrik Stenson believes new BMW PGA Championship winner Alexander Noren has all the credentials to become the second Swede to triumph in a men's major.

I had to change something, says Djokovic

19 hours 44 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic says the decision to begin working with Andre Agassi came after he realized something had to change if he was to maintain a level of success throughout his career.

Mercedes now the underdogs, says Wolff

20 hours 11 min ago
MONACO (Reuters) - Once-dominant Mercedes are now the underdogs in the Formula One title race, team boss Toto Wolff said after rivals Ferrari took a resounding one-two in Monaco on Sunday.

Japan's Miyazato retiring at end of season

21 hours 23 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Ai Miyazato announced on Monday she is retiring from golf at the end of the season, with the former world number one saying the last four years had been a constant battle to rediscover her motivation.

Yao Ming's PE firm seeks $250 mln for overseas sports assets with China angle

22 hours 34 sec ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Yao Capital, the Chinese private equity firm co-founded by former NBA superstar Yao Ming, said it aims to raise $250 million for its first U.S. dollar fund that will invest in overseas sports assets with relevance to the Chinese market.

Battling Kyrgios ready to play through pain

22 hours 26 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios is having a "hard time" with hip and shoulder injuries but the Australian said he has done all he can to be ready for his French Open first round match against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.

Ryder Cup player Overton survives spine infection, says wife

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:34pm
(Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup player Jeff Overton has survived a "life-threatening" spinal infection after surgery, his wife Christina said on Facebook on Sunday.

Muguruza hoping to avoid embarrassing exit in Paris

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 9:21pm
PARIS (Reuters) - After world number one Angelique Kerber succumbed in the first round of the French Open, another upset could be on the cards on day two of the claycourt major when Garbine Muguruza takes on Francesca Schiavone on Monday.

Nadal begins pursuit of 10th French Open title against mercurial Paire

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 9:14pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Claycourt phenomenon Rafael Nadal returns to his favorite tournament, albeit not his preferred court, to begin pursuit of a record-extending 10th French Open title on Monday against Frenchman Benoit Paire.

No win but no regrets as Alonso returns to F1

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 7:22pm
INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso left the Brickyard on Sunday without a fairytale victory to cap his Indy 500 adventure but had no regrets as he prepared to return to his Formula One day job with McLaren.

Mats Point: Wilander tells it straight on Day One at Roland Garros

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:34pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Three-times Roland Garros champion Mats Wilander reflects on Day One of the French Open for Reuters.

Wimbledon qualifying to be broadcast across Europe for first time

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:32pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon's qualifying tournament -- this year featuring Maria Sharapova -- will for the first time be televised across Europe, after Eurosport struck a deal with the All England Club.

Feng limps to one-stroke LPGA victory despite two late bogeys

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:25pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Shanshan Feng struggled down the stretch but was able to hold on and post a one-shot victory on Sunday at the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Michigan.