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McIlroy confident and keen as British Open approaches

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:25am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy is confident he can put injury problems and a frustrating run of form behind him to mount a serious challenge for a fifth major title at this week's British Open.

Kittel abandons Tour de France

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:10am
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel abandoned the Tour de France during the 17th stage, a 183-km ride from La Mure on Wednesday.

Swimming: Twichell takes first U.S. gold of Budapest worlds

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 7:11am
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Ashley Twichell won the U.S. swimming team's first gold medal of the Budapest world championships on Wednesday with victory in the women's five km open water event.

Simpson given good chance for parole, despite 'O.J. factor'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:08am
(Reuters) - O.J. Simpson is headed for a parole hearing in Nevada this week with legal experts saying he stands a good chance of winning release from prison in October, after serving nine years for a botched attempt to steal mementos from his sports career at gunpoint.

Soccer: Brazilian match ends in chaos after linesman over-ruled

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:57am
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian second division match ended in chaotic scenes after a linesman raised his flag for offside, the defending team stopped playing, the attacking side walked the ball into the net and the referee awarded a goal.

Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson from White Sox

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:17am
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees obtained third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa to release America's Cup protocol in September

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:37pm
(Reuters) - Defenders Team New Zealand and challenger of record Luna Rossa are considering the possibility of the 36th America's Cup being staged in Auckland in 2021 and will release the protocol in September, the teams' governing bodies have said.

Baseball: Astros send prospects to Tigers for J.D. Martinez

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 7:33pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right fielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for three prospects, getting a jump on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline market.

Mongolian-born wrestler turned Japanese to get to grips with sumo

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 6:31pm
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns throwing each other out of a ring of sand.

Astros shortstop Correa out six to eight weeks with thumb injury

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:20pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa will miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb, the team announced Tuesday.

Cycling: Tour will be decided on the Izoard climb - LeMond

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:51pm
GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) - The Tour de France will go down to the wire and will be decided in the last mountain stage on Thursday at the end of another grueling ride, three-time champion Greg LeMond said on Tuesday.

NBA: New uniforms do away with home and away designations

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:18pm
(Reuters) - Nike has unveiled new NBA uniforms for the 2017-2018 season that dispense with traditional 'home' and 'away' team designations.

Tennis: U.S. Open to top $50 million in prize money

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:59pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open will become the first tennis tournament to top $50 million in prize money following a nine percent increase in the total purse, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Tuesday.

Cycling: Matthews accuses Degenkolb of bad sportsmanship after clash

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:17pm
ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France - Australian Michael Matthews accused German rival John Degenkolb of being a poor sport after his angry reaction to being beaten in a sprint for the line at the end of a windy 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

Matthews wins Tour de France stage 16

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:43am
ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France (Reuters) - Australian Michael Matthews won the 16th stage of the Tour de France, a 165-km ride from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isere on Tuesday.

Appeal by heptathlete Chernova dismissed by CAS

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:41am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has had her appeal against her ban for blood doping offences rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS said on Tuesday.

Golf: Stenson has lofty ambitions for Open defense

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:37am
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is known as "The Iceman", and a year on from landing his first major title after an epic British Open duel with Phil Mickelson, the Swede was his usual laid-back self on Tuesday.

F1 shield needs more work, says Horner

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 9:22am
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One should hold fire on introducing a new "shield" cockpit protection system until the device has been fully tested and refined, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Swimming: Olympic champion Weertman wins 10km gold at Budapest worlds

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 7:07am
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Olympic champion Ferry Weertman added a world championship 10km gold to his Rio 2016 open-water title at Hungary's Lake Balaton on Tuesday.

Golf: Rose seeks to recapture freedom of teenage Birkdale bow

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 6:53am
(Reuters) - It was at Royal Birkdale, scene of this week's British Open Championship, that in 1998 Englishman Justin Rose first grabbed the attention of the golfing public in astonishing fashion.

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