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British sprinter Levine suspended after failing drugs test

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:55am
(Reuters) - British Olympic sprinter Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended after for failing a drugs test, UK Athletics said on Wednesday.

Cycling: Laura Kenny selected for world championships

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:54am
LONDON (Reuters) - Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny has been named in Great Britain’s squad for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the Netherlands, five and a half months after becoming a mother for the first time.

Virtue and Moir eager for Olympic ice time at final Games

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:51am
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have arrived in Pyeongchang for their third and final Winter Olympics more prepared than ever, having fine-tuned their programs after a stinging loss to arguably their biggest rivals.

Ice Hockey: U.S. women battle scoring drought as Olympics loom

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:20am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - U.S. women's ice hockey coach Robb Stauber knows he has a problem to solve in the days ahead as the Winter Olympic tournament gets underway - getting the puck in the net.

Athletes, organizers locked in Pyeongchang cold war

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:06am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Even for cold weather warriors hardened by years of winter sports training, the icy chill of South Korea's frigid February has come as a shock to the system in the leadup to this month's Pyeongchang Olympics.

Alpine skiing: Gold medal wouldn't change my life - Hirscher

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:57am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - He has dominated men's Alpine skiing for the past seven years and lacks only an Olympic gold to cap the perfect career, but Austria's Marcel Hirscher is keen to play down the importance of that missing medal.

Tokyo 2020 hoping to learn from Pyeongchang: spokesman

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:39am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Pyeongchang 2018 may not have started yet, but organizers of the next landmark Olympic Games are already learning the rigors of hosting a major sporting event.

Pope praises joint Korean Olympic teams, Vatican willing to back peace initiatives

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:18am
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Wednesday the participation of North Korean athletes in the Olympics raised hopes for reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and that the Vatican was ready to back any peace initiative.

Freestyle skiing: Australia's Morris 'mans up' to nail trick

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:12am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Olympic silver medalist David Morris had to "man up" at the age of 33 to nail one of the hardest tricks in freestyle skiing, a breakthrough he hopes will deliver the aerials gold at the Pyeongchang Games.

Gold hungry Hirscher to skip first team event

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:36am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Marcel Hirscher will almost certainly race in four events at the Pyeongchang Games in his quest for a first Olympic title but the inaugural team event will not be one of them, the Austrian said on Wednesday.

Esports get a cool reception at winter Games

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:24am
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Esports have descended on the Olympics, bringing professional gamers to South Korea's first winter Games, but some athletes warming up for real action on nearby slopes are not impressed.

Short track: U.S. newcomer Biney readies a killer game face

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:10am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Few people wandering around the Olympic venues have as big and infectious a smile as American Maame Biney, but her opponents on the short-track speed-skating oval should be warned: she says it masks a killer game face.

Nadal confirms participation in Queen's Club Championships

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:06am
(Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal will return to this year's Queen's Club Championships in what will be the 10th anniversary of his memorable triumph that served as a prelude to his maiden Wimbledon title.

Americans aim to end cross-country drought

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:28am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - It has been over 40 years since they won a cross-country skiing medal at the Winter Olympics, but the current crop of skiers from the United States of America are sure that drought will end in Pyeongchang.

North Korean leader's sister to visit South Korea for winter Olympics

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:03am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister will make her debut on the world stage when she visits South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

Figure skating: Uno 'relaxed' at being in Hanyu's shadow

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 1:37am
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Far from resenting the overwhelming fame of Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan's Shoma Uno finds it relaxing to be attending his first Winter Games in his compatriot's shadow.

Ice Hockey: Canada's women are on a drive for five

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 1:02am
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - The Canadian women's ice hockey team head into the Winter Olympics as the underdogs to a top-ranked U.S. squad, but they know they have a mission to fulfill: a fifth straight gold medal.

Bloemen set to haunt Netherlands after Canadian resurgence

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:48am
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years ago, a Dutch-born Ted-Jan Bloemen made a phone call that changed his destiny and gave Canadian speed skating a powerful new weapon in its arsenal.

CAS opens case for 15 Russians appealing Pyeongchang exclusion

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:01am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday it has opened another arbitration procedure for 15 athletes and coaches who have appealed against their exclusion from the Pyeongchang Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Puerto Rican Beltran to skip Astros' White House visit

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:34pm
(Reuters) - Recently retired Carlos Beltran will skip the Major League champion Houston Astros' visit to the White House, he said on Tuesday, citing family reasons while also criticising the United States government and agencies.

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