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Olympics: Tonga's bare-chested flagbearer qualifies for Pyeongchang

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:30am
(Reuters) - Pita Taufatofua, the bare-chested and oiled Tongan taekwondo athlete who carried his country's flag at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has qualified for the Pyeongchang Games as a cross-country skier.

Biathlon: Frenchman Fourcade wins last race before Olympics

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:12am
(Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade underlined his Olympic biathlon credentials when he won the last race before the Pyeongchang Games, the mass start in Antholz-Anterselva in Italy on Sunday.

Fleetwood fires on back-nine to defend Abu Dhabi title

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:10am
(Reuters) - Briton Tommy Fleetwood produced a sparkling display on the back nine for a closing round of 65 in gusty conditions to retain his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.

Tennis: Kyrgios bows out defeated but wins over Australia

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:49am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios's Australian Open ended with a gallant fourth round defeat by an inspired Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday but the maverick talent leaves Melbourne Park after winning over a nation.

Alpine skiing: Kristoffersen wins at last to end Hirscher's run

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:12am
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Reuters) - Henrik Kristoffersen ended his frustrating run of second-place finishes with an empathic win in the slalom at Kitzbuehel on Sunday and, in doing so, put a stop to Marcel Hirscher's winning run in the discipline.

Tennis: Dimitrov stays cool to subdue Kyrgios in thriller

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:50am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favorite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday.

Tennis: Contender Svitolina races past Allertova

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:47am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ukraine's Elina Svitolina firmed as a strong contender for the Australian Open title with a ruthless 6-3 6-0 demolition of Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova in the early hours of Monday morning.

Halep tests her powers of recovery in Osaka clash

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:23am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep's powers of recovery will be put to the test on day eight of the Australian Open on Monday when the world number one meets Japan's Naomi Osaka in a tricky fourth round clash.

Tennis: Double delight for Taiwan's Hsieh at Australian Open

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:05am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ten years after a stunning run to the fourth round of the Australian Open on her main draw debut, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei has enjoyed double good fortune at Melbourne Park this week.

Alpine skiing: Switzerland's Gut claims first win since injury

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 7:55am
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Swiss Lara Gut won the World Cup Super G at Cortina on Sunday to claim her first win since last February's knee injury and signal her return to form in time for the Winter Olympics.

Tennis: Dimitrov holds nerve to end Kyrgios's run

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 7:16am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept his cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favorite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday.

Ethiopia's Bekele to race London Marathon

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:30am
(Reuters) - Ethiopia's triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele will race the London Marathon in April and line up alongside Briton Mo Farah and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge for what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

Tennis: American hero Tennys is good for tennis, says Wilander

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:16am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American outsider Tennys Sandgren's fairytale run at the Australian Open is just what the sport needs to make it less predictable, according to former champion Mats Wilander.

Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:07am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 and reach his 10th Australian Open quarter-final on Sunday.

Andy who? Briton Edmund reaches first grand slam quarter-final

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 4:02am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Seoul says North Korea's Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:38am
SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month's Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Mertens makes maiden major quarter-final in Melbourne

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:15am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Belgium's Elise Mertens progressed to her maiden grand slam quarter-finals in her first appearance in the Australian Open main draw, beating Croatian Petra Martic 7-6(5) 7-5 on Sunday.

Sublime Garcia cruises to season-opening win in Singapore

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:04am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia produced a masterful display of bogey-free golf over 27 holes on Sunday to open his season with a five-shot victory at the weather-disrupted Singapore Open, the Spaniard making his move early and dominating from the front.

Tennis: Edmund ousts Seppi to reach first grand slam quarter-final

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 2:54am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Tennis: Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 2:31am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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