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Karlsson dreaming of Ryder Cup role under Bjorn

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:15pm
VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 25 (Reuters) - It is nine years since former European number one Robert Karlsson last sampled the special atmosphere of the Ryder Cup and he would dearly love to be involved in the biennial team event again next year.

Nishikori fights back to reach Geneva semis

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:44am
(Reuters) - Second-seed Kei Nishikori saved three consecutive match points in the final set to beat South African Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6 in the quarter-finals at the Geneva Open on Thursday.

Kitesurfers descend on Mediterranean for Defi Kite race

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:50am
(Reuters) - More than 250 kiteboarders raced their colorful spectrum of sails over the Mediterranean at speeds of up to 30 km per hour in a bid to land the prestigious Defi Kite title this week.

Cycling: Dumoulin fends off Quintana to keep Giro lead

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:36am
(Reuters) - Dutchman Tom Dumoulin took a massive step towards winning the Giro d'Italia when he fended off some desperate attacks by Nairo Quintana on stage 18 to retain the Maglia Rosa on Thursday.

Athletics: Sport needs new types of sponsors - USATF boss

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:30am
EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Athletics must expand its range of sponsors as it seeks revenue to grow the sport nationally and internationally, the president of USA Track & Field (USATF) said in an interview with Reuters.

French Open never under pressure to award Sharapova wildcard: Forget

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:47am
(Reuters) - French Open director Guy Forget has said he was under no pressure to award a wildcard entry to two-times champion Maria Sharapova who returned to action last month following a 15-month doping ban.

Golf: I want old greens back, jokes Wood after Wentworth 72

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:34am
VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Wentworth's new greens have met with popular approval but Chris Wood was almost longing for the old putting surfaces to return after opening his BMW PGA Championship title defense with a 72 on Thursday.

Tsonga saunters into semis in Lyon, Raonic joins him

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:30am
(Reuters) - Home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sauntered into the semi-finals of the Lyon Open with a 6-0 6-4 victory over Russian youngster Karen Khachanov on Thursday.

Murray slump is a mystery, says Becker

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:56am
LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's wretched form ahead of the next week's French Open has left pundits including Boris Becker scratching their heads about what exactly is wrong with the world number one.

Team UK kick their way to FootGolf success over Team USA

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:57am
(Reuters) - It was a fiercely competitive Ryder Cup-style battle on the fairways between two teams from America and Europe, but without any golf clubs being swung.

Djokovic can tap into Agassi's brilliant mind, says McEnroe

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:16am
LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic's decision to work with American great Andre Agassi at the French Open could be an inspired move as he seeks to recover his lost spark, according to John McEnroe.

Hamilton faster than ever in first Monaco practice

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:19am
MONACO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton lapped faster than ever at Monaco as the Mercedes driver and Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel set the pace in first practice for Formula One's showcase race on Thursday.

F1 teams asked to revise cars after Monger crash

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:09am
MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One teams have been told to change the rear jack points on their cars for safety reasons after a recent Formula Four accident that cost British teenager Billy Monger his legs.

Tennis: ATP Tour Finals to stay in London until 2020

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:01am
LONDON (Reuters) - The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals will remain in London until 2020, the men's governing body confirmed on Thursday.

Sailing: High winds threaten delay to America's Cup racing

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 3:15am
LONDON (Reuters) - Near gale force winds could delay the start of the America's Cup in Bermuda, with gusts above the limits allowed by its rules forecast for Friday afternoon when racing between some of the world's top sailors is due to begin.

Azarenka handed Mallorca Open wildcard

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:55am
(Reuters) - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has been handed a wildcard into next month's Mallorca Open as she gears up for a return to Wimbledon following the birth of her son last year.

Siegemund out of French Open, Del Potro doubtful

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:25am
(Reuters) - Stuttgart Open champion Laura Siegemund has sustained a right knee injury and will miss next week's French Open, Germany's Fed Cup captain has said.

Barcelona 'fully support' Messi after fraud sentence

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:25am
(Reuters) - La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.

French Open expansion aims to preserve Parisian style

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:14pm
PARIS (Reuters) - After years of legal battles the French Open has begun to expand its facilities, hoping to match other grand slam events - including having a roof over Centre Court to banish weather delays - while preserving its Parisian pizzazz.

Roland Garros now toughest slam of all, says former champ

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:09pm
(Reuters) - With its quicksilver conditions, quaint old-tech environment and a leviathan casting his shadow across center court, the French Open is now the hardest grand slam title to win, says former champion and tennis great Mats Wilander.

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