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Facebook to show Major League Baseball games live on Fridays

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:32pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league's games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming.

Olympics: No-go zone to be opened for North Korean athletes - Games chief

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:21pm
LONDON (Reuters) - North Korean athletes will be allowed to cross the demilitarized zone into South Korea to compete at next year's Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018 chief Lee Hee-beom said on Thursday.

WADA fast tracks rules that could bar Russia from Olympics

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:15pm
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Russia could be banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code announced on Thursday are fast-tracked.

Ice hockey: Russia beat Czechs for last four spot, Finland stun U.S.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:53am
COLOGNE (Reuters) - Russia eased past the Czech Republic 3-0 to book their spot in the last four of the Ice Hockey World Championships on Thursday with Finland joining them after stunning the United States 2-0.

Sharapova gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:51am
LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham in June, Britain's Lawn Tennis Association said on Thursday.

Cycling: Gaviria secures third Giro stage win, Dumoulin retains pink jersey

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:50am
May 18 (Reuters) - Colombian Fernando Gaviria claimed a hat- trick of victories in this year's Giro d'Italia when he won the 229-km 12th stage on Thursday.

Motorcycling: Hayden in intensive care in Italy after cycling accident

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:11am
ROME (Reuters) - Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden spent a second day in intensive care on Thursday after colliding with a car while cycling in eastern Italy, the American's Honda World Superbike team said on Thursday.

Dominant Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:07am
(Reuters) - Venus Williams powered into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a dominant 6-1 3-6 6-1 victory over fifth seed Johanna Konta.

Home favorite Fognini defeated in Italian Open third round

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:12am
(Reuters) - Germany's Alexander Zverev defeated home favorite Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday in a match which saw the Italian lose his cool over a line call and fail to recover.

Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Djokovic

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:03am
(Reuters) - Roger Federer made a smart decision by pulling out of this month's French Open, where he has less chance of adding to his 18 grand slam titles than on the sport's quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic said on Thursday.

Sailing: Volvo Ocean Race makes 50 million euro bet on technology

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:08am
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - The Volvo Ocean Race will make a 50 million euro investment in new boats with 'foiling' and 'flying' technology for future editions as part of a plan organizers hope will strengthen both its sporting reputation and its commercial appeal for sponsors. Organizers used an event at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg to unveil the design for a foil-assisted 60-foot (18.29m) monohull boat that will be used for the offshore legs of the round-the-world race for teams. Foils

FIFA Council's Mahfuza keen to empower women through football

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:56am
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Improving wages and ensuring job security are key elements of Mahfuza Akhter Kiron's plans to develop women's football in Asia, the continent's newly elected representative to the FIFA Council has told Reuters in an interview.

Women's MMA has 'huge' potential, says rising star Angela Lee

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:43am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Mixed martial arts may have started as a male-dominated sport, but women have grappled their way to the upper echelons of MMA and will only gain more popularity in the coming years, undefeated champion Angela Lee said.

Nadal expects Murray challenge at French Open despite form dip

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:00am
(Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray will be ready for Roland Garros despite his poor recent form, nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal has said.

Baseball: Court upholds Pirates infielder Kang's drunk driving sanction

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16am
SEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court has dismissed Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Kang Jung-ho's appeal against a drunk driving sentence and upheld an eight-month suspended jail term imposed in March, local media reported on Thursday.

Boxing: McGregor signs deal for Mayweather fight

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:06am
(Reuters) - The long-rumored bout between undefeated American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is halfway to becoming a reality after the Irish signed a deal for the fight, it was announced on Wednesday night.

Sharapova's sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:35am
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's racket sponsor backs French Open's decision to deny the former world number one a wildcard entry and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for her exclusion.

Cycling: Huffman wins stage four in California

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:05pm
(Reuters) - American Evan Huffman sprinted to the line to secure victory in the fourth stage of the Tour of California on Wednesday.

Wrestling: U.S. rout undermanned Japan team in Times Square

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:58pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Team USA got the better of Team Japan under the neon lights of Manhattan's Times Square on Wednesday in an annual charity event to benefit youth wrestlers in the New York area.

Derby winner Always Dreaming gets fourth post for Preakness

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:01pm
(Reuters) - Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming drew the fourth post on Wednesday for Saturday's 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore where he will seek the second jewel of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

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