• Olympic gymnast Raisman harshly criticizes Nassar, USA Gymnastics
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    Olympic gymnast Raisman harshly criticizes Nassar, USA Gymnastics

    By Steve Friess LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar Friday for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes

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    Fernandez blows away rivals to claim sixth European title

    By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - A flawed routine could not stop Javier Fernandez from becoming the first man in more than 80 years to win six consecutive European figure skating titles as the Spaniard proved he will be among the title favourites at next month's Winter Olympics.

  • Patriots' Brady won't discuss hand injury
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    Patriots' Brady won't discuss hand injury

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to discuss his injured hand on Friday or say if it would keep him from playing in Sunday's AFC Championship game where a Super Bowl berth is on the line. The five-times Super Bowl champion, who injured his right throwing hand during practice on

  • IOC reduces pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at Olympics
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    IOC reduces pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had reduced the pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at next month's Pyeongchang winter Olympics to 389 from 500. The IOC last month banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Games as a result of its "unprecedented systematic manipulation

  • Motor racing: Stirling Moss retires from public life at 88
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    Motor racing: Stirling Moss retires from public life at 88

    British Formula One great Stirling Moss is retiring from public life at the age of 88 to rest and spend more time with his family, his son Elliot announced on Friday. "Following his severe infections at the end of 2016 and his subsequent slow and arduous recovery, the decision has been made that

  • Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion - spokesman
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    Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion - spokesman

    Brazilian soccer great Pele is resting at home in and reports that he was taken to hospital because of exhaustion are "fake news," his spokesperson told Reuters on Friday. Pele was supposed to attend a dinner in his honor at the Savoy hotel in London on Sunday but organizers the Football Writers

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    As South Korea counts down to Olympics, a ghost ski resort festers

    As the country prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in a raft of new sporting venues, the abandoned Alps Ski Resort, only around 100 kilometers (60 miles) away, stands in grim contrast, as the future of South Korea's new facilities remains uncertain. Located close to the border with North Korea

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    French ice dancers Papadakis, Cizeron lead at Europeans

    French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took the lead at the European Figure Skating Championships on Friday with an upbeat short dance that puts them on pace to win their fourth consecutive European title. Dancing to music by British singer Ed Sheeran, the two-time world champions

  • Coaching change tough on Gatlin, new trainer says
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    Coaching change tough on Gatlin, new trainer says

    World 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin needs to put behind him the disappointment of a coaching change before he can move forward with preparations for the 2018 season, his new trainer said. The American sprinter sacked coach Dennis Mitchell in December after doping allegations were made against Mitchell

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    Russia's junior handball team stripped of Euro medal for doping

    By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Under-19 women's handball team has been stripped of the silver medal they won at last year's European championship after three of their players failed doping tests, the European Handball Federation (EHF) said on Friday. The Russian

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    North Korea cancels visit to prepare for Olympics in South - ministry

    (Reuters) - North Korea has canceled the planned visit of a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, South Korean authorities said on Friday. The North did not give a reason for the cancellation, the Unification Ministry said. It was

  • Pieters takes Abu Dhabi lead on day two
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    Pieters takes Abu Dhabi lead on day two

    (Reuters) - Belgian Thomas Pieters carded a seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday to take the lead heading into the weekend, while defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson remain in contention. Pieters, 25, moved to 12-under after

  • Former world champion Fury has license suspension lifted
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    Former world champion Fury has license suspension lifted

    (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is set to resume his career after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) lifted his suspension subject to medical clearance. The BBBC had suspended the 29-year-old's license in 2016, citing anti-doping and medical issues, and he has not

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    Factbox: Maria Sharapova v Angelique Kerber

    (Reuters) - A look at the records of Russia's Maria Sharapova and German Angelique Kerber before their third round match at the Australian Open on Saturday (prefix number denotes seeding). MARIA SHARAPOVA Age: 30 WTA ranking: 48 (Highest ranking: 1) Grand slam titles: 5 (Australian Open 2008; French

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    Kyrgios takes down idol Tsonga to reach fourth round

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios toppled his childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to bury his Rod Laver Arena hoodoo and reach the fourth round of his home Australian Open on Friday. Away from his favored Hisense Arena where he draws energy from the raucous atmosphere, the 17th seed reined

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    UPDATE 4-European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Scores

    Jan 19 (Opta) - Scores from the European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Friday -12 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 67 65 -11 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 69 64 -10 Ross Fisher (England) 67 67 Tommy Fleetwood (England) 66 68 Alexander Levy (France) 69 65 -9 Sam Brazel (Australia) 67 68 Paul Casey (England) 70

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    Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools

    Angelique Kerber's recent revival faces its toughest test in the shape of Maria Sharapova when the only two former Australian Open champions in the women's draw clash in round three on Saturday. Defending men's champion Roger Federer's will look to continue his imperious advance through

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    Angry Wozniacki battles past Bertens after tantrum

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a late temper tantrum to forge into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens on Friday. Serving for the match at 5-3 under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, the former world number one harangued

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    Triathlon: Olympic medalist Schoeman to cooperate with doping investigation

    By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman will co-operate fully with an International Triathlon Union (ITU) investigation into whether he breached doping regulations at the Rio de Janeiro Games, his manager said on Friday. South African Schoeman, 26, finished behind

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    Svindal boosts Olympic medal hopes with Super G win

    Aksel Lund Svindal produced a majestic run on a shortened course to win a World Cup Super G race ahead of fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud on Friday and boost his confidence ahead of the Feb 9-25 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It was Svindal's third win of the season after a pair of downhill victories

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    Ice Hockey: Twin Cities sister act on different paths to Pyeongchang

    By Dan Burns NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon after South Korea was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics, Marissa Brandt sent an e-mail to the country's ice hockey federation. If they needed talent for their fledgling team, she had just the ticket: her. Born in South Korea and adopted as an infant by Greg

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    Olympics: Same gold medal favorites for women's ice hockey, same questions

    It has been 20 years since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympic program but those playing the game at the highest level are still stick-handling around the same old question. Does a sport dominated by two nations belong in the Olympics? Two decades after being welcomed into the Olympic

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    Babcock back behind bench but not at the Games

    By Steve Keating Toronto (Reuters) - Mike Babcock coached Canada to men's ice hockey gold at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Games and he will be back behind the bench again during the Pyeongchang Olympics. Although the NHL wanted no part of the Pyeongchang Games, cutting ties after

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    Kristoffersen adds a touch of spice to skiing

    Most skiers react with an expression of mild disappointment if their time is beaten, happily shaking hands with the new leader as they are displaced from the podium. Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, on the other hand, sometimes livens up proceedings by throwing a tantrum. After seeing his time beaten

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    Sweden, Finland to renew fierce ice hockey rivalry

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The rivalry between Sweden and Finland in men's ice hockey burns with an incredible intensity, and the Nordic neighbors are set to ignite their feud once again in the group stage at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Swedes have twice won the Olympic gold