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Kalinic rocket keeps Croatia in driving seat

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:22pm
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia stayed top of World Cup qualifying Group I after a superb first-half goal by striker Nikola Kalinic gave them a 1-0 home win over Ukraine in an action-packed game on Friday.

Spain ease to 4-1 victory over Israel to stay top of group

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:20pm
(Reuters) - Diego Costa was among the scorers as Spain strolled to a 4-1 win at home to Israel in a World Cup qualifier on Friday to stay top of their group.

Italy beat Albania in match marred by crowd trouble

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:20pm
PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Italy survived some first-half scares on the way to a 2-0 win over Albania in a World Cup qualifier marred by crowd trouble caused by away fans on Friday.

Mickelson, Leishman into knockout stage at Match Play

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:18pm
(Reuters) - Phil Mickelson and Marc Leishman were headed for a Saturday showdown in the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship after winning their respective groups in the round-robin phase in Texas.

Wales defender Taylor dismissed for horror foul in Dublin

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:17pm
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Wales face a tough task to qualify directly for the World Cup after sharing a goalless draw with Ireland in a game overshadowed by the sending off of Neil Taylor for a horrendous foul on Seamus Coleman at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Friday.

Day's mother has surgery, golfer thanks fans for support

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:26pm
(Reuters) - Jason Day’s mother, Dening, is resting comfortably following surgery for lung cancer on Friday at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, the Day family said in a statement.

Vesnina stunned by world number 594 at Miami Open

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:06pm
(Reuters) - Elena Vesnina, fresh off her victory at Indian Wells, crashed out of the Miami Open on Friday after a stunning 3-6 6-4 7-5 loss to world number 594 Ajla Tomljanovic.

Golf - Hatton disqualified from Match Play over rules infraction

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:24pm
(Reuters) - Englishman Tyrrell Hatton was eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play after incurring a two-stroke penalty in his three-man playoff in Texas on Friday.

Tosun double boosts Turkey World Cup hopes

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:27pm
ANKARA (Reuters) - Cenk Tosun scored twice in the first 13 minutes as Turkey beat Finland 2-0 in their World Cup Group I qualifier in Antalya on Friday and boost their hopes of qualification for next year's finals.

Serbia go top after comeback 3-1 win in Georgia

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:13pm
TBILISI (Reuters) - Serbia stayed on course to reach their first major tournament in eight years after goals from Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mijat Gacinovic gave them a smash-and-grab 3-1 win over Georgia in a World Cup Group D qualifier on Friday.

Russia's defeat raises World Cup alarm bells

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:21pm
KRASNODAR, Russia (Reuters) - Jonathan Kodjia and Wilfried Zaha scored stunning goals as the Ivory Coast beat Russia 2-0 in Krasnodar on Friday, a result that raised the alarm bells for the World Cup hosts.

Cycling: Valverde leads Tour of Catalonia after another stage win

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:35am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Alejandro Valverde fended off Chris Froome and Alberto Contador with a late attack to clinch stage five of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday and take the overall leader's jersey.

AC Milan deal closing pushed to April 14 after further payment: source

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:17am
MILAN (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, owner of Italian storied soccer club AC Milan, has agreed to postpone the closing of the deal by an extra six weeks after being granted a further 100 million euros in cash and securities, a source told Reuters.

Alpine skiing: Ryding aiming to reclaim Britain's 'lost' medal

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:44am
LONDON (Reuters) - For Dave Ryding next year's Winter Olympics offers the chance to redress a "travesty" that inadvertently launched him on a path to become Britain's most successful World Cup skier.

Date set for Messi appeal against tax fraud sentence

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:12am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said on Friday.

Sweden to host two regular season NHL games in November

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:06am
(Reuters) - Sweden will host a pair of regular-season games between the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators in November, the National Hockey League said on Friday.

AFC candidates cleared for FIFA council elections

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:42am
(Reuters) - Candidates vying for the four available Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seats on the FIFA council have been cleared to stand for election by the world governing body, the AFC said on Friday.

Pan-American tournament could become regular event

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:40am
ZURICH (Reuters) - A Pan-American tournament similar to last year's Copa Centenario could be played on a regular two or four-yearly basis depending on the outcome of discussions between the two confederations involved.

Ice hockey: U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:26pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. women's ice hockey team has expressed "confidence" that any American players approached to stand in for them at the upcoming world championship would refuse.

Hamilton fastest in first free practice in Australia

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:01pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.