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Canada heads back to gold medal drawing board

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:27am
TORONTO (Reuters) - When the International Olympic Committee opened the doors of the Winter Games to National Hockey League players in 1998 picking a Team Canada was so simple everyone could do it. And they did.

Short track still Korea's most likely path to gold

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:18am
(Reuters) - While there has been much handwringing over sluggish ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, empty seats will not be an issue inside the Gangneung Ice Arena when short track speed skating is in session.

Beijing Games could help end NHL/IOC standoff

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:17am
(Reuters) - Since saying "I do" to the International Olympic Committee in 1998 the National Hockey League and Winter Games have endured an often tumultuous relationship, one that ended last year in an acrimonious separation.

Unhindered Halep dashes past Bouchard into third round

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:33am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 demolition of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Mercedes to launch 2018 F1 car on same day as Ferrari

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:07am
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes will launch their new car on the same day as rivals Ferrari ahead of pre-season testing next month.

Australia steps up efforts to woo Chinese tennis tourists

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:48am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open has stepped up efforts to lure Chinese tennis fans to Melbourne Park by boosting broadcast and sponsorship deals.

'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:40am
SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met sharp criticism by many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country's northern neighbor.

Dakar 12th stage canceled for bikes and quads

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:12am
(Reuters) - Dakar Rally organizers canceled the 12th stage for motorcycles and quadbikes in Argentina on Thursday for safety reasons due to the weather.

Tennis: Unhindered Halep dashes past Bouchard into third round

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:37am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 victory over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Tennis: Birthday girl Kerber sets up Sharapova clash

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:26am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday on Thursday with an emphatic 6-4 6-1 win over Donna Vekic at the Australian Open to set up an intriguing third round clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova.

Tennis: Injured Del Potro battles through to third round

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:44am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Goffin's hopes over as he succumbs to Benneteau

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:16am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dark horse David Goffin's Australian Open hopes went up in smoke as he fell to a 1-6 7-6(5) 6-1 7-6(4) to French veteran Julien Benneteau in round two on Thursday.

Djokovic survives Melbourne furnace to beat Monfils

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:58am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times champion Novak Djokovic survived the Rod Laver Arena furnace to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils on Thursday.

Two Koreas' 'one flag' emblematic of once better ties

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:51am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea's plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.

Tennis: Lucky loser Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:56pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lucky loser Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two.

Tennis: Muguruza outfoxed by Hsieh in second-round defeat

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:34pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Garbine Muguruza became the latest big-name casualty at the Australian Open as she lost 7-6(1) 6-4 in the second round to tricky Taiwanese doubles specialist Hsieh Su-wei on Thursday.

Canada's Osborne-Paradis says Pyeongchang suits his style

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:11pm
(Reuters) - Canadian skier Manny Osborne-Paradis says the quick snow and medium terrain of the course in Pyeongchang will play to his strengths when the gliding specialist goes for his first Winter Olympics medal in South Korea next month.

WTA Finals to move to Shenzhen from Singapore in 2019

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:59pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China's growing influence over women's tennis moved up a notch on Thursday when the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was announced as the new venue for the season-ending WTA Finals from 2019 to 2028.

Tennis: Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:07pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number 123 Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two.

Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, reaches third round

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:05pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova suffered a late wobble in the blazing center court heat before easing past 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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