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NFL player sits out national anthem to protest Virginia violence

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 4:35pm
(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett remained seated during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before a pre-season National Football League game to protest deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia over the weekend, his team said.

Gavrilova hangs on to defeat Mladenovic at Cincinnati Open

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 4:13pm
(Reuters) - Australian Daria Gavrilova shook off an uncertain second set to defeat France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 7-6(6) on Monday at the Cincinnati Open.

Olympics: Ireland's Rio ticket agent was front for banned seller, says report

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:21pm
DUBLIN (Reuters) - The agent at the center of an alleged scheme to illegally pass Ireland's tickets for the 2016 Rio Olympics to touts was "not genuine" and was used to hide the involvement of banned ticket reseller THG, a Irish government report said on Monday.

Tennis: Federer's pullout from Cincinnati hands number one spot to Nadal

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:24am
(Reuters) - Roger Federer has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open with a back injury, meaning Rafa Nadal will be the new world number one in next week's rankings.

Soccer: Ronaldo hit with five-match ban after shoving referee

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:28am
(Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for five matches for pushing the referee after he was shown a red card against Barcelona in Real Madrid's 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg victory on Sunday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Monday.

Golf: American Schubert wins U.S. Amateur

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:58pm
(Reuters) - American Sophia Schubert won the U.S. Amateur Championship on Sunday, beating Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland 6&5 in the 36-hole final at San Diego Country Club in southern California.

Nishikori skips Cincinnati Masters due to injury

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:56pm
(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori has become the latest top 10 player to pull out of this week's Cincinnati Masters after the world number nine withdrew from the U.S. Open warmup event due to pain from a long-standing right wrist injury.

Athletics: Golden London run has triumphant Pearson eyeing Tokyo

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 10:13pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Sally Pearson will reward herself with "volumes" of greasy food after winning her second 100 meters hurdles world championship but plans to keep herself in top shape in the long-term for a tilt at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Ronaldo hogs headlines as Real beat Barca 3-1 in Clasico

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:36pm
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational goal and was then sent off for a combination of his provocative celebration and for diving as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in an explosive Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.

Bolt vows 'never again' after emotional London farewell

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:12pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt took an emotional final bow on the track at the end of the World Championships in London on Sunday before declaring that, definitely and definitively, there was no way he would ever return to sprinting.

Federer stunned by Zverev in Montreal final

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 4:28pm
(Reuters) - German fourth seed Alexander Zverev upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal on Sunday to join the Swiss right-hander as the most trophy-laden player on the ATP Tour this year with five titles.

Athletics: Trinidad deny U.S. seventh successive 4x400 world title

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 4:23pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Trinidad and Tobago denied United States a seventh successive world 4x400 meters relay title when Lalonde Gordon overhauled Fred Kerley on the final straight to win a breathtaking final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.

Athletics: Manangoi brings 1,500m joy for Kenya as Kiprop flops

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 3:40pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Asbel Kiprop failed in his bid for a fourth consecutive 1,500 meters gold medal at the World Championships on Sunday - but Kenya still celebrated a dazzling one-two with new champion Elijah Manangoi leading home his friend Timothy Cheruiyot.

U.S. reclaim 4x400m title, more injury woe for Jamaica

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 3:36pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic champions the United States reclaimed their women’s 4x400m relay world title as Jamaica suffered more injury heartbreak in the World Championships final on Sunday.

Athletics: Barshim sails to dominant world high jump gold

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 3:35pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim secured the global high jump title his talent has promised for so long when he completed a faultless series in the World Championships on Sunday, culminating in a winning leap of 2.35 metres.

Athletics: Perkovic dominates discus to clinch second world title

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 2:43pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic eased her way to a second world discus title after being the only athlete to throw over 70 meters at the World Championships on Sunday.

Golf: Kisner seeks major glory at receptive Quail Hollow

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 2:37pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Overnight leader Kevin Kisner set off for what could be a riveting finish to the PGA Championship on Sunday as early starters said a Quail Hollow layout that had been mostly challenging all week was there for the taking.

Semenya takes another 800m title in her stride

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 2:28pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Caster Semenya claimed another global title when she won the world 800 meters gold while seemingly barely taking a breath on Sunday, biding her time before surging clear to record one minute 55.16 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.

Svitolina dumps Wozniacki to clinch Toronto title

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 2:12pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Ukrainian Elina Svitolina capped a remarkable week in Toronto by beating Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-0 at the Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture her tour-leading fifth title of the season.

Obiri wins 5,000 meters with astonishing last lap

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 2:09pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Kenyan Hellen Obiri produced an astonishing last lap to break Almaz Ayana's resistance, win the 5,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships and claim her first major title on Sunday.