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McGregor's reign as lightweight champion set to end says UFC

1 hour 19 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - Conor McGregor's reign as UFC lightweight champion looks to be over after the organization's president Dana White said on Friday that American Tony Ferguson and Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed title on April 7.

Germany, Denmark move closer to Euro handball semis

1 hour 56 min ago
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Holders Germany took a stride toward the European handball championship semi-finals with a rugged 22-19 win over the Czech Republic while Olympic champions Denmark followed in their footsteps after a 31-28 victory against Slovenia on Friday.

Yun chalks up a Korean first with World Cup skeleton title

2 hours 38 min ago
(Reuters) - South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin made history for his country on Friday by winning the men's skeleton overall World Cup and ending a run of eight titles in a row for Estonia's Martins Dukurs.

Olympian abused by team doctor sees USA Gymnastics as 'rotten'

3 hours 19 min ago
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted U.S. gymnastics officials on Friday for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, calling the sport's governing body "rotten from the inside."

Patriots' Brady won't discuss hand injury

4 hours 17 min ago
(Reuters) - 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.

Fernandez blows away rivals to claim sixth European title

4 hours 34 min ago
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.

IOC reduces pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at Olympics

5 hours 16 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had reduced the pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics to 389 from 500.

Olympic gymnast Raisman harshly criticizes Nassar, USA Gymnastics

6 hours 10 min ago
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.

Motor racing: Stirling Moss retires from public life at 88

6 hours 18 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion: spokesman

6 hours 47 min ago
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - 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.

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

6 hours 59 min ago
GANSEOUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The chairs of an abandoned ski lift sit on a barren, ghostly mountainside in South Korea; like gravestones for what was one a vibrant holiday resort.

French ice dancers Papadakis, Cizeron lead at Europeans

7 hours 11 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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.

Coaching change tough on Gatlin, new trainer says

7 hours 29 min ago
(Reuters) - 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.

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

8 hours 37 min ago
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.

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

9 hours 5 min ago
(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.

Pieters takes Abu Dhabi lead on day two

9 hours 9 min ago
(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.

Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools

9 hours 57 min ago
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - 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.

Angry Wozniacki battles past Bertens after tantrum

10 hours 21 min ago
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.

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

10 hours 46 min ago
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.

Triathlon: Olympic medalist Schoeman to cooperate with doping investigation

10 hours 50 min ago
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.