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Froome relieved to pass final Alpine test as victory looms

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:05pm
COL D’IZOARD, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome said he was relieved the Alps are out of the way after keeping what should be a Tour de France-winning lead intact on the mighty Col d'Izoard climb on Thursday.

U.S. Women's Open champion Park continues sublime form

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:03pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Gerina Piller shot an eight-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over red-hot U.S. Women's Open champion Park Sung-hyun of South Korea and Peiyun Chien of Taiwan after Thursday's opening round in the Marathon Classic.

Three-way tie for lead at Barbasol Championship

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:27pm
(Reuters) - Zac Blair made a late eagle and birdied the last hole to join a three-way tie for the lead in the weather-interrupted first round of the Barbasol Championship in Auburn/Opelika, Alabama on Thursday.

McIlroy keeps his cool and fights back after poor start

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:36pm
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy says a lack of self-belief was to blame for his poor start to his opening round at the British Open on Thursday - and a chat with his caddie was what turned things around.

Cycling: Froome safe in yellow as Barguil wins on Col d'Izoard

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:09pm
BRIANCON, France (Reuters) - Tour de France leader Chris Froome remained rock-solid on a thrilling Col d'Izoard climb won in audacious fashion by Warren Barguil on Thursday and now looks unstoppable in his bid to claim a fourth title in Paris.

NBA: Warriors to require 30-year commitment for season tickets

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:47pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment.

Motor racing-Formula One 'halo' is a mistake, says Lauda

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:00pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's decision to introduce a 'halo' cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to former champion Niki Lauda.

Cycling: Barguil happy to take time to end French Tour drought

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:56pm
COL D’IZOARD, France (Reuters) - It is 32 years since French cycling fans had a home hero to cheer as overall winner of the Tour de France, but Warren Barguil showed signs on Thursday that he could be the man to eventually end the victory drought.

Cycling: Froome relieved to pass final Alpine test as victory looms

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:31pm
COL D’IZOARD, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome said he was relieved the Alps are out of the way after keeping what should be a Tour de France-winning lead intact on the mighty Col d'Izoard climb on Thursday.

Spieth backs up his swagger with impressive first round

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:37am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth said his opening round in the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday was one of the finest he had ever produced in a major after he took a share of the clubhouse lead with a five-under par score of 65.

Konta v Halep set BBC record for women's Wimbledon match

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:19am
LONDON (Reuters) - The epic quarter-final between Britain's Johanna Konta and Romanian Simona Halep drew a record peak audience for a Wimbledon women's match on BBC television, figures released on Thursday showed.

Barguil win Izoard stage, Froome maintains control

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:51am
BRIANCON, France (Reuters) - Race leader Chris Froome survived the last big test on this year's Tour de France as he protected his advantage on a thrilling climb of Col d'Izoard won by Frenchman Warren Barguil on Thursday.

Golf: Las Vegas party the perfect Open warm-up for Koepka

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:45am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - A holiday with friends in Las Vegas and a four-week break from competitive golf proved the perfect British Open preparation for Brooks Koepka.

Warriors' Durant heads to India to grow interest in league

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:17am
(Reuters) - The NBA is extending a push into India with a visit by Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors to support the growth of basketball in the country.

Egypt's 'Cool Runnings' Special Olympians train for snowshoeing - on sand

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:56am
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) - For Egypt's Special Olympics athletes, a lack of snow in their homeland did not stop them winning medals at this year's Winter Games. They trained on a surface that Egypt has plenty of: sand.

Poulter rolls back the years to ignite home challenge

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:44am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Ian Poulter ignited the home challenge at the British Open on Thursday with a near faultless three-under-par 67, stirring memories of his near-miss when the tournament was last staged at Royal Birkdale nine years ago.

Athletics: Kipchoge returns to the road at Berlin Marathon

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:19am
(Reuters) - Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will make return to the road race circuit at the 2017 Berlin Marathon in September having come agonizingly close to breaking the two-hour barrier at Monza in May.

Golf: Ex-soccer hopeful Manley is Open's early clubhouse leader

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:38am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Welshman Stuart Manley closed his round with an eagle and a birdie to become the early clubhouse leader with a two-under-par 68 at the British Open on Thursday.

O'Meara's farewell to Birkdale is a round to forget

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:16am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Former winner Mark O'Meara was given the honor of being first off in what will almost certainly be his final British Open, but the American endured a horrible round of 81 in the rain at Royal Birkdale.

Cycling: Van Vleuten takes Izoard stage on La Course by Le Tour

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:38am
COL D'IZOARD, France (Reuters) - Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands attacked four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the finish on Thursday to win the first stage of La Course by Le Tour, the women's race run by Tour de France organizers ASO.