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Russia says progress in anti-doping reforms unrecognized

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:07am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has made significant leaps in its anti-doping reforms but the progress is not being recognized by the international community, sports officials from the country said on Thursday.

Swiss open World Cup criminal probe into former FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:10am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors said on Thursday they had opened a criminal investigation into former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media, focused on corruption linked to World Cup broadcasting rights.

Tennis: Nadal crushes Fognini, Federer joins him in Shanghai quarters

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:45am
(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.

Swiss open criminal case against former FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:43am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.

Motorcycling: Nozane replaces stricken Folger for Japanese MotoGP

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:24am
(Reuters) - Local rider Kohta Nozane will replace Jonas Folger for Sunday's Japanese MotoGP race at Motegi after the German suffered a mystery energy-sapping illness, the Tech3 Yamaha team said on Thursday.

Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:02am
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova overpowered Poland's Magda Linette to enter the quarter-finals of the Tianjin Open on Thursday and is targeting a first title since returning from a 15-month doping ban.

After NHL snub, Russian league becomes springboard to Olympics

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:28am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Often seen as a destination for veterans or those struggling for ice-time in North America's National Hockey League (NHL), the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has suddenly become a haven for Russians with Olympic aspirations.

Golf: Super rookie Park shares lead in South Korea

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:19am
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Women's Open champion Park Sung-hyun closed with a pair of birdies to join Minjee Lee and Kim Min-sun at the top of the leaderboard on six-under par after the first round of the LPGA's $2 million KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon on Thursday.

Frenchwoman Garcia completes WTA Finals field

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:17am
(Reuters) - Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia became the eighth and final player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore after Britain's Johanna Konta withdrew from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow due to a foot injury, the WTA said on Thursday.

Eight birdie Smith upstages quality field at CIMB Classic

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:43am
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Australian Cameron Smith blitzed the TPC Kuala Lumpur with a flawless eight-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over a top-quality field after the opening round of the $7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday.

Highlights of Wednesday's NHL games

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:42am
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from the National Hockey League games on Wednesday:

Highlights of Wednesday's MLB playoff games

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:16am
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball playoff games:

Major League Baseball roundup

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 7:05pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday, two days after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.

National Football League roundup

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 7:02pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Giants suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after he left the team's facility and did not practice Wednesday.

League invites NFLPA to join anthem discussion

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:43pm
(Reuters) - NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will attend meetings next week where team owners will discuss the issue of player protests during the U.S. national anthem, the two sides said on Wednesday.

Soccer: Fox undaunted by U.S. failure to qualify for World Cup

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:01pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The failure of the United States men's team to qualify for next year's World Cup will not impact on Fox Sports's plans to televise the tournament, a right for which it paid $200 million, the network said on Wednesday.

Brazil Olympic committee chief resigns amid bribe scandal

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:15pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The head of Brazil's Olympics committee announced his resignation on Wednesday following his arrest last week for arranging alleged bribes to win Rio de Janeiro's selection as host of the 2016 Summer Games.

Motor racing: Kubica completes first test with Williams

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 3:45pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Polish driver Robert Kubica completed a one-day test with Williams at Silverstone on Wednesday as he pushes for a Formula One comeback after a seven-year absence.

Nadal and Federer ease through in Shanghai

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:59pm
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer resumed their battle for the year-end number one ranking with imperious victories to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

Italian Fognini gets suspended two grand slam ban for U.S. Open outburst

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:58pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Italy's Fabio Fognini was provisionally suspended for two grand slam tournaments and fined $96,000 for his outburst at this year's U.S. Open, the Grand Slam Board said on Wednesday.