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Ex-Costa Rican soccer chief banned for life by FIFA

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:11am
(Reuters) - The former president of the Costa Rican Football Association, Eduardo Li, was banned from the game for life by FIFA's independent Ethics Committee on Friday, the organization said on Friday.

Murray to play Barcelona in bid for claycourt time

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:44am
MADRID (Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray will play next week's Barcelona Open in a bid to build match fitness and clock up much-needed claycourt time ahead of next month's French Open.

Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says rival Radwanska

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:18am
WARSAW (Reuters) - Former world number one tennis player Maria Sharapova should not be fast-tracked into next month's French Open as she returns from a doping ban, insists Polish rival Agnieszka Radwanska.

Britain asks cities for bids to take over 2022 Commonwealth Games

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:07am
(Reuters) - Britain asked its cities on Friday to draw up detailed plans to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as it prepared a bid to take over the athletics event from dropped host Durban.

Golf: Wiesberger storms to China lead after bogey-free round

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:02am
(Reuters) - Austrian Bernd Wiesberger fired a spotless seven-under-par 65 to grab a four-shot clubhouse lead before the second round of the Shenzhen International was abandoned due to heavy rain and lightning on Friday.

Murray denies top ranking pressure after Monte Carlo exit

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:33am
(Reuters) - Andy Murray has dismissed suggestions that the pressure of being the world's top tennis player is affecting his performance after losing to Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Round of 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters.

James leads Cavs to record second-half comeback win over Pacers

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:18am
(Reuters) - LeBron James engineered the NBA playoffs' biggest second-half comeback as the Cleveland Cavaliers overturned a 25-point deficit at half-time to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in Game Three of their series on Thursday.

Super Bowl champion Patriots to play Raiders in Mexico City

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:10am
(Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots kick off the season against the Kansas City Chiefs and will travel to Mexico City in November to play the Oakland Raiders, the National Football League said on Thursday when it released the new schedule.

Golf: South African Grace leads Texas Open

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 7:44pm
(Reuters) - Branden Grace built on recent good form to earn the first-round lead with a six-under-par 66 at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio on Thursday.

Olympic hurdles champion Rollins handed one-year ban

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:01pm
(Reuters) - American Olympic 100 meters hurdles champion Brianna Rollins was handed a one-year ban for failing to properly file whereabouts information, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday.

Reinvented Ronaldo poised to make decisive Clasico impact

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:47pm
MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo has made a habit of defying his critics and will try to do so again by leading Real Madrid one step closer to the Spanish title on Sunday against bitter rivals Barcelona.

Messi eyeing 500 as Barca bid to reignite season in Clasico

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:45pm
MADRID (Reuters) - Lionel Messi requires two more goals to reach 500 for Barcelona and will have his sights set on achieving the milestone against great rivals Real Madrid in Sunday's Clasico.

Tiger undergoes back surgery, could be out six months

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:37pm
(Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods said on Thursday he has undergone further surgery to help alleviate pain in his back and leg and could be away from competitive golf for another six months.

Day after ex-NFL star Hernandez's death, fight over his brain

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:26pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday accused the Massachusetts' medical examiner's office of reneging on a deal to turn over the athlete's brain to a Boston laboratory a day after he was found dead in his prison cell.

Dispute emerges over release of ex-NFL star Hernandez's brain

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:38pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday accused the Massachusetts' medical examiner's office of reneging on a deal to turn over the athlete's brain to a Boston laboratory a day after he was found dead in his prison cell.

NHL: Sabres fire both coach Bylsma and GM Murray

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:29am
(The Sports Xchange) - The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on the heels of the team missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, the club announced Thursday.

Athletics: Blow for Jamaica as Powell withdraws from Jamaican World Relays

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:26am
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Olympic and double world sprint relay gold medalist Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Jamaica's team for this weekend's third IAAF World Relays event in the Bahamas.

Brady, Kaepernick named to Time most influential list

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:17am
(The Sports Xchange) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James were among seven sports figures named to Time Magazine's annual list of the world's most influential people, which was announced Thursday.

Bekele in a hurry for London marathon glory

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:21am
LONDON (Reuters) - Triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele is somewhat surprised that his sepia-tinged 5,000 and 10,000-metres world records are still standing but, at 34, he still feels he can complete a remarkable hat-trick by claiming the marathon mark.

Ramos knocks Murray out of Monte Carlo Masters

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 7:43am
PARIS (Reuters) - Spaniard Albert Ramos dumped world number one Andy Murray out of the Monte Carlo Masters 2-6 6-2 7-5 on Thursday after firing back from 4-0 down in the final set to take his place in the quarter-finals.