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Empty offices, wary lenders: China's faltering bid for AC Milan

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:19pm
CHANGXING, China/MILAN (Reuters) - The paper trail for an $800 million bid by little-known Chinese investors for AC Milan, the seven-time European soccer champions, leads via Luxembourg, Hong Kong and a network of shell companies to the deserted 11th floor of the World Trade Centre in Changxing, two hours west of Shanghai.

Soccer: Germany's Podolski crowns farewell with stunning winner over England

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:04pm
DORTMUND (Reuters) - Germany forward Lukas Podolski capped his international swan song with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.

Soccer: Scotland frustrated by Canada in 1-1 friendly draw

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:48pm
(Reuters) - Scotland were held to a 1-1 home draw against Canada in a friendly on Wednesday as Gordon Strachan's struggling side warmed up for this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia with another frustrating display.

New British Cycling performance chief pledges swift progress

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:04pm
LONDON (Reuters) - British Cycling's incoming performance director promised rapid action in areas including leadership and governance on Wednesday, but said the body did not require wholesale change.

Athletics: Jamaica's Spencer denies evading drug test

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:53pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Reigning Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer denied on Wednesday that she "refused or evaded a drug test" and plans to legally challenge the assertion by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

USA Hockey postpones training camp amid wage dispute

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:26pm
(Reuters) - USA Hockey said on Wednesday it had put preparations for the upcoming world championships on hold amid a wage dispute with the U.S. women's team who have threatened to boycott the event.

McIlroy and Spieth fall as upsets abound at WGC-Dell Match Play

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:07pm
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were among the early losers in Wednesday's opening day of the WGC-Dell Match Play as the two former world number one players suffered stunning upsets.

Soccer: Sanchez and Ozil contract talks are on hold, says Wenger

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:49pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are on hold until the end of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Sport: Teams and leagues look to score big in new markets

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:25pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The quest for trophies may be the number one objective of every sports franchise in the world but boosting revenue is a close second as clubs and leagues focus as much on the bottom line as scoreline.

Boxing: Brook to take on Spence in Sheffield title tilt

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:22pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight world title against mandatory American challenger Errol Spence Jr. at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground on May 27.

Cycling: Valverde bounces back with stage 3 win in Catalonia

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:39am
(Reuters) - Alejandro Valverde bounced back from the disappointment of losing the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia overnight by winning the third stage at the top of La Molina on Wednesday.

European athletics chief wants Fredericks to step down

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 8:22am
BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of European athletics has called on Frank Fredericks to step down from the world athletics' (IAAF) federation council pending an investigation into allegations he accepted payments before the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

British wrestler Sandhu gets four-year ban for doping violation

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:00am
(Reuters) - British freestyle wrestler Chinu Sandhu, who won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, has been handed a four-year ban for a doping violation.

Mercedes look to make early statement in Australia

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:17am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Beefier cars and bulked-up drivers will hit Albert Park circuit on Sunday for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix where many fans will be hoping at least one team can strike an early blow against dominant Mercedes.

United States edge Japan 2-1 to reach first WBC final

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:28am
(Reuters) - The United States tagged on an eighth-inning run to edge out Japan 2-1 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to advance to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) final for a first time.

Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:16pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas is determined to make the most of his "dream" opportunity after being ushered into the Mercedes seat left vacant by the sudden retirement of Formula One champion Nico Rosberg at the end of last season.

IOC's Fredericks to remain IAAF council during probe: Coe

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:15pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Frank Fredericks will stay on the IAAF Council while an ethics board reviews allegations that he accepted payments before the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Rio, Sebastian Coe, the organization's head, said on Tuesday.

Athletics: Jamaican duo charged with anti-doping rule violation

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:11pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer and world championship relay medalist Riker Hylton have been charged with breaching anti-doping rules, Jamaican athletics officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Players' Tribune eyes European expansion

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:58pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Players' Tribune, a website designed to allow athletes to express themselves, is thinking 'international' and hoping to become an outlet for English Premier League players and other footballers in Europe.

Golf: Johnson handed major challenge at WGC-Dell Match Play

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:17pm
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson has the hottest hand in golf and will need to keep that form heading into Wednesday's WGC-Dell Match Play tournament after being grouped with a trio of major champions.