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  • 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 7 minutes ago
  • Arsenal's Welbeck fit for Leicester, Mertesacker unlikely to start

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

    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. Welbeck has … More »

    Reuters - 12 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 - 25 minutes ago
  • Man United fans must be patient with Martial - Carrick

    Man United fans must be patient with Martial - Carrick

    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 since his … More »

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago
  • 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 - 39 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 - 45 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 - 1 hour 2 minutes 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 - 1 hour 13 minutes 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 - 1 hour 38 minutes 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 - 1 hour 53 minutes 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 - 1 hour 58 minutes ago
  • England team to play Italy in Six Nations

    LONDON (Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones on Friday named the following team to play Italy in Rome in the Six Nations on Sunday: Team: 1-Mako Vunipola, 2-Dylan Hartley (captain), 3-Dan Cole, 4-Courtney Lawes, 5-George Kruis, 6-Chris Robshaw, … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 59 minutes 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 - 2 hours 1 minute 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 - 2 hours 35 minutes 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 - 2 hours 44 minutes 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
  • Wilshere, Cazorla will be back soon, says Arsenal boss

    Wilshere, Cazorla will be back soon, says Arsenal boss

    (Reuters) - Arsenal's long-term injury absentees Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are only weeks away from returning to first-team action, manager Arsene Wenger said ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table Premier League clash against leaders Leicester … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • FIFA candidate Salman signs amended human rights pledge

    FIFA candidate Salman signs amended human rights pledge

    (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has signed an amended version of an Amnesty International pledge to end human rights abuses and corruption in the sport should he win election to soccer's top job later … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Karri Ramo hurt in wild Flames win over Sharks

    Karri Ramo hurt in wild Flames win over Sharks

    Said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, "Gutsy effort from our guys. I'm very proud of our team." … More »

    Puck Daddy - 4 hours ago
  • NBA All-Star weekend highlights Canada's growing hoops love

    When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange. Anthony was a star in college at mighty UNLV and went to the NBA to play for the … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Robinho agrees two-year deal with Atletico Mineiro

    Robinho agrees two-year deal with Atletico Mineiro

    (Reuters) - Former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Robinho has signed for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, the club confirmed on Thursday. "Robinho is Atletico's new signing," the Belo Horizonte team said in a short statement. "Robinho … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • In show-dog circles, breeders in big cities are a small pack

    In show-dog circles, breeders in big cities are a small pack

    In the dog world, Angela Reilly is a rare breed. Like many show-dog owners, Reilly has bred her own puppies. With shared walls and city sidewalks instead of a country spread or suburban property, Reilly camped out at a veterinarian friend's New … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Smith, Khawaja drive home Australia's advantage on day one

    Smith, Khawaja drive home Australia's advantage on day one

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja hammered home the advantage their bowlers had established when they took Australia to 147-3, a deficit of just 36 runs, at the close of the opening day's play in the first test … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Hudler wins it for the Flames 6-5 over Sharks in shootout

    Hudler wins it for the Flames 6-5 over Sharks in shootout

    Jonas Hiller was more spectator than participant and was only concerned that Calgary had taken too many penalties in the third period. Juri Hudler scored the winning goal in the shootout, leading the Flames past the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Thursday … More »

    The Canadian Press - 4 hours ago
  • Kenyan federation calls bribery claims 'malicious'

    Kenyan federation calls bribery claims 'malicious'

    Kenya's athletics federation on Thursday dismissed allegations of bribery against its chief executive, saying two athletes who accused Isaac Mwangi of seeking payments to reduce their doping suspensions were acting out of malice. Joy Sakari and … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Flames goaltender Ramo leaves game with apparent leg injury

    Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo left Thursday night's game against the San Jose Sharks with an apparent lower leg injury. Ramo, who stopped 29 of 34 shots before being helped off the ice with three minutes remaining in the third period, was … More »

    The Canadian Press - 4 hours ago
  • Defending champ Virginia not taking trips to CWS for granted

    Virginia has reached the College World Series four of the last seven years, finished as the runner-up in 2014 and as national champion in 2015. Unlike Texas coach Augie Garrido, who famously says any year that doesn't end at the CWS is a … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • 10 players to watch in college baseball in 2016

    10 players to watch in college baseball in 2016

    Here are 10 players to keep an eye on this college baseball season: … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Prince Ali says FIFA politics affected international fixtures

    Prince Ali says FIFA politics affected international fixtures

    By Brian Homewood GENEVA (Reuters) - Some national teams have been given unfavourable fixtures for failing to toe the political line inside soccer's world governing body, the Jordanian candidate to become its next president said on Thursday. … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Odom makes public return at Kanye's show

    Odom makes public return at Kanye's show

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Lamar Odom made his public return at brother-in-law Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show on Thursday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Florida sets sights - again - on 1st national baseball title

    Florida sets sights - again - on 1st national baseball title

    Florida has done everything except win a national championship in eight seasons under Kevin O'Sullivan, and here the Gators are again with a roster overflowing with talent and the consensus No. 1 ranking in the preseason polls. Absolutely,'' … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Unbeaten Nyquist all set to start his Run to the Roses

    Unbeaten Nyquist all set to start his Run to the Roses

    Ready, set, here comes Nyquist. … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago