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Cycling: Valverde leads Tour of Catalonia after another stage win

49 min 30 sec ago
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Alejandro Valverde fended off Chris Froome and Alberto Contador with a late attack to clinch stage five of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday and take the overall leader's jersey.

AC Milan deal closing pushed to April 14 after further payment: source

1 hour 7 min ago
MILAN (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, owner of Italian storied soccer club AC Milan, has agreed to postpone the closing of the deal by an extra six weeks after being granted a further 100 million euros in cash and securities, a source told Reuters.

Alpine skiing: Ryding aiming to reclaim Britain's 'lost' medal

1 hour 39 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - For Dave Ryding next year's Winter Olympics offers the chance to redress a "travesty" that inadvertently launched him on a path to become Britain's most successful World Cup skier.

Date set for Messi appeal against tax fraud sentence

2 hours 12 min ago
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said on Friday.

Sweden to host two regular season NHL games in November

2 hours 18 min ago
(Reuters) - Sweden will host a pair of regular-season games between the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators in November, the National Hockey League said on Friday.

AFC candidates cleared for FIFA council elections

3 hours 42 min ago
(Reuters) - Candidates vying for the four available Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seats on the FIFA council have been cleared to stand for election by the world governing body, the AFC said on Friday.

Pan-American tournament could become regular event

3 hours 44 min ago
ZURICH (Reuters) - A Pan-American tournament similar to last year's Copa Centenario could be played on a regular two or four-yearly basis depending on the outcome of discussions between the two confederations involved.

Ice hockey: U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:26pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. women's ice hockey team has expressed "confidence" that any American players approached to stand in for them at the upcoming world championship would refuse.

Hamilton fastest in first free practice in Australia

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:01pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.

Paulinho hat-trick keeps Brazil on road to Russia

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:46pm
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cemented their place at next year's World Cup finals.

Messi penalty gives relieved Argentina 1-0 win over Chile

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:03pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina labored to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.

Golf: Johnson stays perfect as McIlroy eliminated at Match Play

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:00pm
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson continued his perfect record at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday while number two Rory McIlroy was eliminated without even setting foot on the course.

Golf - Newlywed Mullinax grabs Puerto Rico lead

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:51pm
(Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax, playing five days after getting married, fired a nine-under-par 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Puerto Rico Open on Thursday.

Pliskova, Cibulkova cruise into third around at Miami

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:17pm
(Reuters) - Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova cruised into the third round of the Miami Open with a 6-1 6-3 win over Madison Brengle on Thursday while Dominika Cibulkova beat Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3 6-2.

FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:50pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer's governing body told Reuters on Thursday.

Tour de France sets wheels in motion for Chinese revolution

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:08pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Selling the world's most famous cycle race to a country where an estimated 450 million people own a bike hardly sounds like a revolutionary concept.

Everton agree funding deal for new stadium site

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:05pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Everton's plan to move to a new stadium alongside the River Mersey moved a step forward when the Premier League club announced on Thursday a finance model to buy land at Bramley Moore Dock.

Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors over World Cup bid

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:52pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors on Thursday as part of their investigation into his country's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup.

Former Disney boss Eisner in talks to buy Portsmouth

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:48pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former top-flight side Portsmouth, now languishing in the fourth tier of English soccer, announced on Thursday an exclusivity agreement with ex-Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company.

Cycling: Bouhanni wins Catalonia stage five, Van Garderen still leads

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:02pm
(Reuters) - Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni won a weather-shortened fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday while American Tejay van Garderen retained the overall lead.