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Olympics: Japan stadium worker's suicide was 'death by overwork' say parents

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:03am
TOKYO (Reuters) - The parents of a worker on Japan's Olympic stadium who committed suicide have petitioned the government to recognize it as "death by overwork", an official said on Thursday, with media saying he worked 200 hours of overtime a month before his death.

O.J. Simpson to make case for freedom before Nevada parole board

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:06am
CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson will plead his case for parole on Thursday inside a Nevada prison, nine years after he was jailed for a bungled armed robbery in which he attempted to steal mementos from his own legendary sports career.

Doping: Russian octet cleared to compete as neutrals, 53 declined

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:26am
ZURICH (Reuters) - The world athletics body has approved eight Russians to compete as neutrals but declined the applications of a further 53 competitors hoping to be awarded a similar status, the IAAF said on Thursday.

Out-of-bounds O'Meara gets Open off to bad start

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:09am
SOUTHPORT (Reuters) - Former champion Mark O'Meara made the worst possible start when he sent his opening tee shot out of bounds as the American veteran got the 146th British Open underway in cold and wet conditions at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

U.S. defenders double up in Gold Cup win over El Salvador

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:43pm
(Reuters) - Defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored a goal apiece in the closing minutes of the first half to send the United States into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday.

Johnson and Spieth favorites as British Open begins

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 7:08pm
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the bookmakers' favorites to win the British Open, which starts at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

Soccer: Kraft joins committee for joint 2026 World Cup bid

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:08pm
(Reuters) - Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's Revolution, has been named honorary chairman of the board for the joint 2026 World Cup bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Cycling: Iconic Izoard climb to stage decisive battle for yellow

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:38pm
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - The Col de l'Izoard, where the decisive battle in this year's Tour de France will be waged on Thursday could, in the words of race founder Henri Desgrange, "make a mule whimper".

Motor racing: F1 to implement 'halo' protection device from 2018

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:31pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will introduce the 'halo' cockpit protection system from next year, the sport's governing body, the FIA, said on Wednesday.

Cycling: LeMond picks Barguil as next French Tour winner

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:23pm
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot have been widely tipped to become the next French Tour de France winner, but three-time champion Greg LeMond believes Warren Barguil is the man to watch in the coming years.

Cycling: Contador left empty-handed after day of vintage attacks

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:04pm
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Alberto Contador gave a glimpse of the old attacking style he hoped would allow him to challenge for overall victory in the Tour de France on Wednesday but the Spaniard's audacious attacks ultimately counted for nothing.

Motor racing: Formula One appoints Nielsen as sporting director

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:39am
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Williams team manager Steve Nielsen is joining Formula One as sporting director, reporting to motorsport head Ross Brawn.

Wimbledon and French Open matches trigger fixing alerts

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:35am
LONDON (Reuters) - Matches at Wimbledon and the French Open triggered alerts for potential match-fixing in the second quarter of the year, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Wednesday.

Froome in control as Aru slips down the rankings

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:18am
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome kept control of his rivals in a grueling Alpine ride to move a step closer to a fourth Tour de France title on Wednesday, retaining the leader's yellow jersey after the 17th stage, won by Slovenia's Primoz Roglic.

Athletics: Bolt winning race against time to peak for London

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:49am
MONACO (Reuters) - Usain Bolt says he is over his early season setbacks and running into form at the right time to sign off his career with two more gold medals at next month's world athletics championships in London.

Johnson feeling back to his best ahead of Birkdale challenge

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:44am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson believes he is entering the British Open close to his best again after recovering from the injury he suffered prior to the U.S. Masters in April.

Golf: Snedeker pulls out of Open due to injury

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:40am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker has pulled out of this week's British Open at Royal Birkdale due to injury, the organizers said on Wednesday.

Cycling: Roglic wins Tour stage 17 as Froome retains overall lead

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:29am
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - Slovenia's Primoz Roglic won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a mountainous 183-km ride from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier on Wednesday.

Golf: All the president's fault! Day blames Trump for late arrival

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 9:37am
SOUTHPORT (Reuters) - Australian golfer Jason Day on Wednesday offered an unusual excuse for arriving later than planned for practice at the British Open -- it was U.S. President Donald Trump's fault.

Don't call me the new Seve, says Spain's Rahm

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:29am
(Reuters) - It is hard to avoid talk of Spanish golfing genius at the British Open, a tournament that for so long was the personal fiefdom of Seve Ballesteros.

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