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Snowboarding: White sees himself as favorite in Pyeongchang

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:54:08 -0500

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif (Reuters) - After recovering from a training crash which left him needing 62 stitches, American snowboarder Shaun White is backing himself to win the halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang next month even though he will be facing off against rivals who grew up idolizing him.(image)



Tennis: American hero Tennys is good for tennis, says Wilander

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:16:04 -0500

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American outsider Tennys Sandgren's fairytale run at the Australian Open is just what the sport needs to make it less predictable, according to former champion Mats Wilander.(image)



Ice hockey: Johannson, U.S. Olympic team general manager, dies at 53

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:49:29 -0500

(Reuters) - Jim Johannson, the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team and a two-time Olympian, has died, USA Hockey said on Sunday. He was 53.(image)



Snowboarding: American Kim enjoying the spotlight

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:28:13 -0500

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. (Reuters) - Seventeen-year-old American snowboarding prodigy Chloe Kim is enjoying the media frenzy surrounding her first Olympics, where her status as favorite to win gold in halfpipe has made her among the most talked about athletes heading into the Games.(image)



Seoul says North Korea's Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:07:01 -0500

SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month's Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.(image)



Halep tests her powers of recovery in Osaka clash

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:23:45 -0500

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep's powers of recovery will be put to the test on day eight of the Australian Open on Monday when the world number one meets Japan's Naomi Osaka in a tricky fourth round clash.(image)



Alpine skiing: Switzerland's Gut claims first win since injury

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:55:26 -0500

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Swiss Lara Gut won the World Cup Super G at Cortina on Sunday to claim her first win since last February's knee injury and signal her return to form in time for the Winter Olympics.(image)



Ethiopia's Bekele to race London Marathon

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:30:51 -0500

(Reuters) - Ethiopia's triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele will race the London Marathon in April and line up alongside Briton Mo Farah and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge for what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.(image)



Tennis: Kyrgios bows out defeated but wins over Australia

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:49:34 -0500

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios's Australian Open ended with a gallant fourth round defeat by an inspired Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday but the maverick talent leaves Melbourne Park after winning over a nation.(image)



Mirror, mirror on the phone, am I still the fairest of them all?: asks bloodied Ronaldo

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:19:47 -0500

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo took his obsession with his image to new heights as he examined his bloodied face on the mobile phone of a Real Madrid doctor while walking off the pitch toward the end of Sunday's 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.(image)