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FIFA announces simplified format for World Cup draw

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:56pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA announced on Thursday a new and simplified format for the 2018 World Cup draw with the teams to be grouped by their place in the world ranking rather than their continent.

Anti-doping leaders want Russian Olympic Committee excluded from Winter games

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:12pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - A group of the world's leading national anti-doping organizations (NADOs) have called for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to be excluded from next year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang over alleged state-sponsored doping.

Goffin declares himself fit for Australia Davis Cup tie

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:07pm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian number one David Goffin declared himself fully fit on Thursday ahead of his country's Davis Cup semi-final against Australia this weekend.

Golf: Opening round at Evian Championship canceled due to weather

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:51am
(Reuters) - The final women's golf major of the year has been reduced to a 54-hole tournament after significant rain, strong winds and wet course conditions forced the cancellation of the first round at Evian-les-Bains, France, on Thursday.

Former U.N. chief Ban heads IOC ethics amid ongoing probes

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:19am
LIMA (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was elected head of the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission on Thursday as the Olympic body battles to improve its image amid a string of corruption cases involving senior members.

Former F1 champion Niki Lauda eyes parts of Air Berlin

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:13am
VIENNA/BERLIN (Reuters) - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda said he has partnered with holiday firm Thomas Cook's German airline Condor to make a bid worth around 100 million euros ($119 million) for 38 Air Berlin leased aircraft.

Motor racing: Red Bull and Renault set to split after 2018 - reports

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:05am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former world champions Red Bull and engine supplier Renault are set to part company after the 2018 Formula One season, media reports said on Thursday.

Motor racing: Palmer confident of seeing out F1 season with Renault

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:01am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Jolyon Palmer has denied speculation that he risks losing his Renault Formula One seat from next month's Malaysian Grand Prix, saying on Thursday that he will see out the remainder of the season.

Alonso to decide future after McLaren’s Renault switch

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:47am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso is waiting for McLaren to confirm their switch from Honda to Renault engines before he clarifies his own Formula One future.

France wary of Serbia in Davis Cup despite Djokovic absence

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 7:22am
LILLE, France (Reuters) - France cannot take anything for granted in their Davis Cup semi-final against Serbia even though the visitors will be without Novak Djokovic, team captain Yannick Noah said on Thursday.

Motor racing: Force India's Perez nears decision time on future

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 6:58am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Perez expects to have his Formula One future decided before next month’s Malaysian Grand Prix and said on Thursday that he is currently weighing up two options.

Pouille kicks off Davis Cup semi against Lajovic

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:55am
LILLE, France (Reuters) - French number two Lucas Pouille will kick off the Davis Cup semi-final against Serbia when he takes on Dusan Lajovic in the first singles match, according to the draw made on Thursday.

England want FIFA to decide Alli's punishment before Slovenia game

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:34am
(Reuters) - The English FA has asked FIFA to decide on Dele Alli's punishment before next month's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia to reduce the chance that he will be banned for matches at next year's finals.

Campaigners unveil banner linking racism and baseball at Red Sox game

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:50am
(Reuters) - Campaigners inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement unfurled an anti-racism banner at a Boston Red Sox baseball game on Wednesday before security guards escorted them from the ballpark, broadcast media said.

Australian Olympic swimmer gets one-year 'whereabouts' ban

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:35am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian swimmer Jarrod Poort, who represented his country at the last two Olympics, has been handed a one-year ban for failures to notify anti-doping authorities of his whereabouts.

Australia Olympics media head ousted in restructuring

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:44pm
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Olympic Committee media head Mike Tancred has left the organization as part of a restructuring despite being cleared of allegations of bullying.

UFC strips Jones of title, Cormier reinstated as champion

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 9:52pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The UFC stripped Jon Jones of the light heavyweight championship title on Wednesday following his positive drug test and reinstated Daniel Cormier as champion.

Golf: Second place OK for Spieth for the next two weeks

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 6:54pm
(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth has said finishing runner-up over the next two weeks on the PGA Tour would suit him just fine.

Golf-Day dumps life-long caddie after slump in form

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 5:04pm
(Reuters) - The caddie merry-go-round continued when former world number one Jason Day revealed on Wednesday that he has sacked long-time bagman Col Swatton.

Texans' Cushing suspended for 10 games for PEDs

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 5:01pm
(Reuters) - Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended for 10 games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.