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  • Costa has broken nose, should play for Chelsea vs Newcastle

    LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says Diego Costa broke his nose in training but still expects the striker to be available for the English Premier League game against Newcastle on Saturday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • King helps Colorado beat Washington St. 88-81 in double OT

    King helps Colorado beat Washington St. 88-81 in double OT

    George King's teammates razzed him about having a blank stare on his face as he let go of a last-gasp, long-range jumper. King scored 21 points, none bigger than his buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime, and grabbed a pivotal … More »

    AP - Sports - 27 minutes ago
  • Zika fears yet to trim Rio participation

    Zika fears yet to trim Rio participation

    IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday that no countries intend to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus. Bach, speaking ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, said he has … More »

    AP - Sports - 28 minutes ago
  • #CanadaRed soccer weekly: Steady as she goes for Canadian women

    #CanadaRed soccer weekly: Steady as she goes for Canadian women

    A 5-0 romp over Guyana got Canada started on its Olympic Qualifying road in Houston, but it's still a bit early to assess where the Canadians stand. … More »

    Eh Game - 29 minutes ago
  • Tennis-Integrity review to take at least a year

    An independent review panel (IRP) will take at least a year to investigate allegations of corruption in tennis and the effectiveness of existing procedures, the sport's governing bodies said on Friday. "While there is no fixed deadline for the IRP … More »

    Reuters - 30 minutes ago
  • Messi named La Liga player of the month for first time

    Messi named La Liga player of the month for first time

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named La Liga's player of the month for January, the first time he has won the award since its introduction in 2013. Argentine Messi's team mate Neymar won the award in November, the first Barca player to … More »

    Reuters - 33 minutes ago
  • Vinci advances after quarterfinal scare

    Vinci advances after quarterfinal scare

    Roberta Vinci survived a scare from Timea Babos of Hungary to reach the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy semifinals on Friday. Vinci broke Babos when the latter was serving for the match in the deciding set, and bounced back from 4-2 down in the … More »

    AP - Sports - 33 minutes ago
  • Troicki upset in Rotterdam quarterfinals

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- French qualifier Nicolas Mahut dispatched eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-1 to reach the World Tennis Tournament semifinals on Friday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 38 minutes ago
  • Suter and Gut go 1-2 in downhill training; Vonn 5th

    Suter and Gut go 1-2 in downhill training; Vonn 5th

    CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) -- Swiss skiers Fabienne Suter and Lara Gut went 1-2 in World Cup downhill training while overall leader Lindsey Vonn was fifth on Friday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • Monza future still uncertain, says Ecclestone

    Monza future still uncertain, says Ecclestone

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - The future of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza remains uncertain after this year with Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone saying on Friday that a deal had become more complicated. The historic … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
  • Newcastle's Colback, Riviere fit to face Chelsea

    Newcastle's Colback, Riviere fit to face Chelsea

    (Reuters) - Midfielder Jack Colback and striker Emmanuel Riviere have recovered from injuries in time to make the squad for Saturday's Premier League clash against 13th-placed Chelsea, manager Steve McClaren said on Friday. Colback has not featured … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
  • Afobe's attitude no problem for Bournemouth, says Howe

    Afobe's attitude no problem for Bournemouth, says Howe

    (Reuters) - Bournemouth have had no problems with the attitude of striker Benik Afobe who left his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers with question marks over his commitment, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday. The Arsenal academy graduate and … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 14 minutes ago
  • Klopp faces first selection headache as injury woes ease

    Klopp faces first selection headache as injury woes ease

    (Reuters) - Manager Juergen Klopp is looking forward to his first selection headache of the season as a number Liverpool's key players have returned to fitness ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa. Klopp has been dogged by an … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Alfa Romeo could enter own F1 team, says Marchionne

    Alfa Romeo could enter own F1 team, says Marchionne

    (Reuters) - Alfa Romeo could return to Formula One with their own team rather than simply putting their name to an engine provided by Ferrari, FIAT Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne said on Friday. "Alfa Romeo are capable of making their … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
  • Amid WADA concerns, Kenya says stepping up anti-doping fight

    Amid WADA concerns, Kenya says stepping up anti-doping fight

    Kenya has ramped up efforts to root out doping ahead of the Rio Olympics, the Kenyan athletics federation chief said on Friday, rejecting concerns by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that it is failing to tackle drugs cheats. Isaac Mwangi, chief … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 24 minutes ago
  • Athletics-Amid WADA concerns, Kenya says stepping up anti-doping fight

    Kenya has ramped up efforts to root out doping ahead of the Rio Olympics, the Kenyan athletics federation chief said on Friday, rejecting concerns by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that it is failing to tackle drugs cheats. Isaac Mwangi, chief … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 55 minutes ago
  • Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry spills into Copa del Rey final

    Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry spills into Copa del Rey final

    The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has spilled into the Copa del Rey final, a match in which Madrid isn't even playing. Barcelona will face Sevilla in the final in May, but the discussion in Spain is about whether Real Madrid will allow … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 0 minutes ago
  • Man United fans must be patient with Martial - Carrick

    Man United fans must be patient with Martial - Carrick

    (Reuters) - Manchester United fans must be patient with Anthony Martial as the 20-year-old cannot always be the 'shining light' in every match, according to midfielder Michael Carrick. The French striker has scored nine goals in 30 appearances … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 1 minute ago
  • Youngs, Lawes and Vunipola start for England

    Youngs, Lawes and Vunipola start for England

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola and Courtney Lawes will return to England's starting team to play Italy in the Six Nations in Rome on Sunday while giant 21-year-old lock Maro Itoje is in line to make his debut from … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 3 minutes ago
  • Arsenal's Welbeck fit for Leicester, Mertesacker unlikely to start

    Arsenal's Welbeck fit for Leicester, Mertesacker unlikely to start

    (Reuters) - Striker Danny Welbeck could make the Arsenal squad for the first time this season against Leicester City on Sunday, but manager Arsene Wenger hinted on Friday that defender Per Mertesacker would not start against the league leaders. … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 10 minutes ago
  • Unpredictable league makes beating Spurs essential - Sagna

    Unpredictable league makes beating Spurs essential - Sagna

    (Reuters) - The unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season means it is essential for Manchester City to beat second-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to keep their title aspirations alive, right back Bacary Sagna said. Saturday's 3-1 … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 14 minutes ago
  • World Baseball Classic qualifying: Aussies 4, South Africa 1

    Australia scored three first-inning runs on five hits - including four consecutive hits to start the game - and defeated South Africa 4-1 on Friday to advance to the final of the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament. Four pitchers limited … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
  • India bans Pakistani umpire Rauf over IPL scandal

    India bans Pakistani umpire Rauf over IPL scandal

    By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was handed a five-year ban by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Friday over his involvement in an illegal betting scandal that blighted the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 16 minutes ago
  • Bayern trio doubtful for Augsburg trip - Guardiola

    Bayern trio doubtful for Augsburg trip - Guardiola

    Bayern Munich midfielders Mario Goetze, Franck Ribery and new signing Serdar Tasci are doubtful for the Bavarian derby at Augsburg, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday. World Cup winner Goetze has been out for months with a muscle injury while … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 34 minutes ago
  • Williams beats Sevastova to reach semis

    Williams beats Sevastova to reach semis

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open. … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 54 minutes ago
  • Glenn Hubbard's snake-draped baseball card is now a bobblehead

    Glenn Hubbard's snake-draped baseball card is now a bobblehead

    The Lexington Legends will be reproducing Glenn Hubbard's memorable card as a bobblehead giveaway. … More »

    Big League Stew - 3 hours ago
  • BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Rauf over IPL scandal

    BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Rauf over IPL scandal

    By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was handed a five-year ban by the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) on Friday over his involvement in an illegal betting scandal that blighted the 2013 Indian Premier … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Hong Kong's Ng on cue to storm male bastion

    Hong Kong's Ng on cue to storm male bastion

    By Stefanie McIntyre HONG KONG (Reuters) - A decade after taking up the sport because she liked her father's outfit, Hong Kong's Ng On Yee finds herself on the brink of snooker history as she embarks on a mission to reach the main draw of the men's … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • United would have told me about Mourinho talks: Van Gaal

    United would have told me about Mourinho talks: Van Gaal

    (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said it is unlikely that the club have spoken to Jose Mourinho about replacing him. Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, has been heavily tipped to take over from Van Gaal by British … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Cannavaro sacked by Saudi side

    Cannavaro sacked by Saudi side

    Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has been sacked as manager of Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr after a four-month spell in charge, the Asian Football Confederation said. Cannavaro's final game was Thursday's 4-3 loss to Najran that left the … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Brazilian midfielder Oscar commits to Chelsea

    Brazilian midfielder Oscar commits to Chelsea

    Chelsea midfielder Oscar has said that he has no reason to leave the club and was keen to add to his trophy haul with the Premier League champions. Everyone likes me here and I'm very happy here." Guus Hiddink's side, who are 13th in the table, … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Pulis backs 10 pound tickets for Premier League away fans

    Pulis backs 10 pound tickets for Premier League away fans

    West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis wants the price of Premier League away tickets to be fixed at 10 pounds ($14.51) as a measure to combat rising matchday costs for fans that he believes could kill the atmosphere within top flight stadiums. … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • FIFA election heats up as rivals slam Infantino World Cup plan

    FIFA election heats up as rivals slam Infantino World Cup plan

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino's plan for an expanded 40-team World Cup came under fire from two of his rivals as the campaign to secure the top job at the corruption-hit organisation heated up on … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Islanders start fast, roll past Kings

    Islanders start fast, roll past Kings

    The New York Islanders got off to another fast start at home and came up with a big win against the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings. John Tavares had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots and the Islanders scored three … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 hours ago
  • Benzema admits to lying over sex tape - report

    Benzema admits to lying over sex tape - report

    Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported on Friday. The French daily quoted extracts from … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Snooker-Hong Kong's Ng on cue to storm male bastion

    By Stefanie McIntyre HONG KONG, Feb 12 (Reuters) - A decade after taking up the sport because she liked her father's outfit, Hong Kong's Ng On Yee finds herself on the brink of snooker history as she embarks on a mission to reach the main draw of … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Sunderland sack Johnson after child sex charge admission

    Sunderland sack Johnson after child sex charge admission

    England international Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, the club said on Thursday. "In light of Adam Johnson's guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Sevilla reach King's Cup final against Barcelona

    Sevilla reach King's Cup final against Barcelona

    (Reuters) - Sevilla set up a King's Cup showpiece clash against Barcelona with a 6-2 aggregate semi-final victory over Celta Vigo after a 2-2 second-leg draw on Thursday. Sevilla conceded for the first time in this season's competition in the 35th … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Thursday's Sports in Brief

    The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter to all possible Olympians, acknowledging the growing … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 hours ago
  • Bobbitt leads Hawaii past Irvine 74-52 in Big West showdown

    Roderick Bobbitt hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points with six rebounds and seven assists and Hawaii defeated UC Irvine 74-52 on Thursday night in a showdown for first place in the Big West. Aaron Valdes added 16 points and nine rebounds and Sal … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago