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Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

McGregor makes fast work of Cerrone on UFC return
Former two-division champion Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon with a stunning knockout of Donald Cerrone in under a minute at UFC 246 on Saturday in his first fight since losing a lightweight title bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov 15 months ago.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

Golf: Kuchar wins in Singapore despite seventh hole meltdown
Matt Kuchar survived a nightmare on the front nine before claiming a three-shot victory over former world number one Justin Rose in his maiden appearance at the Singapore Open on Sunday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

Perfectly prepared Barty ready for an electric Melbourne ride
Ash Barty is already sick of the sight of her face plastered all over Melbourne but feels she is as well prepared as possible for a shot at ending her country's 42-year wait for a homegrown Australian Open champion.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

NBA roundup: LeBron, D lead Lakers by Rockets
LeBron James produced his 31st double-double, Kyle Kuzma chipped in 23 points and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers turned a third-quarter defensive clinic into a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Louisville upsets No. 3 Duke
David Johnson scored 19 points as No. 11 Louisville withstood a charge from third-ranked Duke and pulled out a 79-73 road victory Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

NHL roundup: Ovechkin leads Caps with 2nd straight hat trick
Alexander Ovechkin recorded a hat trick to pass Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for 10th place and tie Steve Yzerman for ninth place on the NHL's all-time goals list and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 6-4 victory over the host New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

McGregor make fast work of Cerrone on UFC return
Former two-division champion Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon with a stunning knockout of Donald Cerrone in under a minute at UFC 246 on Saturday in his first fight since losing a lightweight title bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov 15 months ago.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 19, 2020

Djokovic crosses fingers for clean air at Melbourne Park
Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he was saddened by the sight of players and ball kids struggling in smoky conditions during Australian Open qualifying and hoped the worst of the air pollution was behind them at the year's first Grand Slam.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Melbourne Park ready to embrace the Kyrgios that cares
An unlikely hero of his country's bushfire relief efforts, Nick Kyrgios enters the Australian Open on a rare surge of goodwill from a sports-loving public long infuriated by his failure to convert talent into trophies.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Final curtain looms for Wozniacki at Melbourne Park
While most of her rivals are looking for a strong showing at Melbourne Park to kickstart their seasons, a defeat for Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open will bring an end to 15 years of hitting a ball over a net for a living.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

NFL notebook: OBJ reportedly won't face charges
The Superdome police officer on the receiving end of a butt slap from Odell Beckham Jr. is not pressing charges against the Cleveland Browns receiver, multiple outlets reported Saturday. The 48-year-old lieutenant signed an affidavit stating he did not wish to pursue any charges, according to law enforcement sources.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

College football notebook: Clemson's Simmons entering NFL draft
Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced Saturday that he plans to skip his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Scheffler tied for lead after rocky finish to third round
Scottie Scheffler survived a rocky finish to tie fellow American Andrew Landry for the third-round lead at the American Express tournament in California on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Hurricanes hope to snap 3-game skid as Isles visit
It's a matter of regrouping in a variety of ways for the Carolina Hurricanes as they suffered losses of various degrees during the past week.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Reports: Bregman denies wearing 'stupid' devices to steal signs
In the wake of Major League Baseball's sign-stealing scandal that has cost three managers their jobs and the Houston Astros a hefty fine and bevy of draft picks, third baseman Alex Bregman denied that he or his teammates wore any devices to help them detect which pitches were coming.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Boutier follows up hole-in-one with slam dunk eagle
A day after making the first hole-in-one of the year on the LPGA Tour, Celine Boutier pulled off another slam dunk eagle at the Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Guenther becomes youngest Formula E winner in Santiago
BMW1 Andretti driver Max Guenther took his first Formula E victory, and became the youngest winner at 22 years old, with a last lap overtake in the third round of the season in the Chilean capital Santiago on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Reports: Officer not pressing charges against OBJ
The Superdome police officer on the receiving end of a butt slap from Odell Beckham Jr. is not pressing charges against the Cleveland Browns receiver, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

ATP roundup: Rublev wins second title of 2020
Andrey Rublev claimed his second title of the new year, defeating unseeded South African Lloyd Harris 6-3, 6-0 at the Adelaide International in Australia on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Blistering Kuchar jumps into Singapore lead after birdie binge
Matt Kuchar will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Singapore Open following his blistering nine-under-par 62 at the Sentosa Golf Club on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Barty wins Adelaide title in Australian Open boost
World number one Ash Barty beat Dayana Yastremska 6-2 7-5 to win the Adelaide International on Saturday in a major boost before launching her Australian Open campaign.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Kvitova, Halep driven by Australian Open heartbreak
Petra Kvitova took a while to come to terms with her heartbreaking defeat in last year's Australian Open final but the Czech says she can now look back on the experience as one of the top achievements of her career.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Nadal surprised to still be on top of the game
Australian Open top seed Rafa Nadal entered his third decade as a professional ranked No. 1 in the world and the 33-year-old Spaniard says he is surprised to be at the summit of the men's game given his long and varied history of injuries.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

NBA roundup: Doncic, Mavs shoot past Blazers
Luka Doncic made a career-best eight 3-pointers and recorded 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 120-112 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Tsitsipas ready to live the dream again in Melbourne
With Melbourne's large Greek community certain to come out and support him in large numbers, the Australian Open is the closest Stefanos Tsitsipas will come to a home Grand Slam and the young gun is determined to put on a show for his fans.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Shapovalov says will default match if forced to play in poor air
World number 13 Denis Shapovalov says he will refuse to play at the Australian Open if forced to compete in poor air and expects other leading players at the Grand Slam tournament would do the same if their health is at risk.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Undercooked Federer hopes for fast start at Melbourne Park
Roger Federer is bidding for a third title in four years at Melbourne Park and a record-extending 21st Grand Slam trophy but having not played competitive tennis since November the Swiss is keeping a lid on expectations.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Top 25 roundup: Michigan State's Winston sets Big Ten assist mark
Senior Cassius Winston handed out four assists on Friday night, leading No. 15 Michigan State to a 67-55 victory over visiting Wisconsin and becoming the Big Ten's all-time leader in career assists with 817.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Humbert beats Paire for maiden title in Auckland
Ugo Humbert won his maiden ATP Tour title with a 7-6(2) 3-6 7-6(5) win over fifth seed Benoit Paire in a thrilling all-French final at the Auckland Classic on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 18, 2020

NHL roundup: Crosby's OT goal lifts Penguins
Sidney Crosby scored on a tip-in during an overtime power play, and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Rybakina downs Zhang in Hobart to win second WTA title
Rising Kazakh talent Elena Rybakina overcame a gulf in experience to beat China's Zhang Shuai 7-6(7) 6-3 in the Hobart International final on Saturday and claim her second WTA title.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

More seasoned, less fearless, Osaka set for Australian Open defense
Naomi Osaka has learned to appreciate her victories more after enduring the "toughest" year of her fledging career and the Japanese world number three says mentally she is in a better place to launch her Australian Open title defense.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Tennis: Medvedev happy with the hype at Melbourne Park
Having suffered burn-out at the end of a brilliant 2019, Daniil Medvedev is feeling rejuvenated and worthy of the hype he is generating as one of the top contenders outside the 'Big Three' at the Australian Open.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Smoke threat recedes as Australian Open approaches
Fears of more disruption to the Australian Open from bushfire smoke receded on Saturday as hundreds of children flooded the Melbourne Park precinct under sunny skies on Kid's Day at the year's first Grand Slam.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Golf: Scheffler, Fowler shoot matching 64s for La Quinta lead
Scottie Scheffler shot an eight-under-par 64, despite chalking up a double bogey at his ninth hole, to tie Rickie Fowler for the second-round lead of The American Express in La Quinta, California, on Friday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Ex-White Sox RHP McDowell: La Russa had sign-stealing system
Former Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell added more nasty history to the sign-stealing scandal on Friday by going back to the 1980s and implicating former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who is now a member of the Hall of Fame.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Chicharito signs with Galaxy to become highest-paid MLS star: report
Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy have signed Mexican goal machine Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez from Spanish side Sevilla, the Los Angeles Times reported https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2020-01-17/chicharito-hernandez-signs-with-galaxy-to-become-highest-paid-player-in-mls on Friday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

NBA's investment in Africa to produce more stars: Biyombo
The National Basketball Association's investment in Africa will result in more star players from the continent shining in the NBA, Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo said.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Bobby Labonte lives up to family name with Hall induction
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The indications were there from that first green flag he took as a little boy growing up in small town Texas.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Lloyd, Rapinoe anchor U.S. Olympic qualifying roster
The U.S. women's soccer team unveiled a 20-strong roster headlined by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe for the Olympic qualifying tournament on Friday, as the four-time World Cup winners aim to reach their seventh consecutive Games.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Rockies to retire Walker's No. 33
The Colorado Rockies will retire Larry Walker's No. 33 in a ceremony on April 19.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Bulluck reliving fairytale run as Titans make Super Bowl bid
If anyone has an idea of what is going on right now inside the Tennessee Titans dressing room as they prepare for Sunday's showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs for a spot in the Super Bowl it would be Keith Bulluck.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Oil giants find fresh focus in all-electric Formula E
Oil giants familiar to fans of fossil-fuelled Formula One are finding a new focus for their energies in the all-electric world of Formula E.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

U.S. women's team reveals Olympic qualifying tournament roster
The U.S. women's national soccer team revealed its 20-strong Olympic qualifying tournament roster on Friday, as the four-time World Cup winners aim to reach their seventh consecutive Olympic Games.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

ATP roundup: Rublev, Harris move into Adelaide final
Andrey Rublev reached his second final of the new year, defeating No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-4 at the Adelaide International in Australia on Friday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

WTA roundup: Barty, Yastremska to meet in Adelaide final
No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty fought back from a set down to beat unseeded Danielle Collins 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5) on Friday and advance to the final of the Adelaide International in her native Australia.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

One-armed golfer makes hole-in-one at PGA Tour event
One-armed amateur Laurent Hurtubise recorded an improbable hole-in-one during the opening round of a PGA Tour event in La Quinta, California.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Soccer: U.S. women's team reveals Olympic qualifying tournament roster
The U.S. women's national soccer team revealed its 20-strong Olympic qualifying tournament roster on Friday, as the four-time World Cup winners aim to reach their seventh consecutive Olympic Games.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Golf: Italian Laporta surges to Abu Dhabi lead as Koepka struggles
A birdie blitz on the back nine helped Italian Francesco Laporta card a superb nine-under 63 on Friday to take a one-shot lead in the Abu Dhabi Championship, while world number one Brooks Koepka slid down the leaderboard after a disappointing second round.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Barty sets up Adelaide final against teenager Yastremska
World number one Ash Barty fought back from a set down to beat unseeded Danielle Collins 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) on Friday to reach the Adelaide International final where she will face Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Electric clashes in final stop on road to Super Bowl
The NFL postseason rolls onward on Sunday, with young talent facing off against veteran experience in the NFC conference championship, and an AFC underdog looking to cement a spot in the Super Bowl.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Iranian chess ref accused of flouting dress code says she won't return home
An Iranian chess referee who has been accused of violating her country's Islamic dress code while adjudicating a women's tournament said that she does not want to return home from Russia out of fear for her safety.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Jazz rocks in Singapore to boost title defense
Jazz Janewattananond injected fresh momentum into his title defense at the Singapore Open with a second round six-under-par 65 on Friday to grab a one-shot lead heading into day three.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Rybakina overcomes Watson to set up Zhang final in Hobart
Third seed Elena Rybakina endured a tough test against British qualifier Heather Watson before winning 6-3 4-6 6-4 to reach the final of the Hobart international on Friday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Mexican immigrant dreams of leading first U.S. breakdancing team to Olympic gold
Antonio Castillo discovered the joyful athleticism of breakdancing as a child in Mexico in the 1980s. Now a new generation of young people comes to his Washington studio to learn the finer points of a dance style that has evolved into a sport, hoping one day to bring home Olympic gold.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Frustrated Paire sets up all-French final in Auckland
Benoit Paire overcame a second set of simmering frustration that ended with a smashed racket and point penalty to advance to the Auckland Open final on Friday and a showdown with fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Rallying: Sainz wins Dakar for third time as Brabec takes motorcycle title
Spaniard Carlos Sainz became a triple Dakar Rally champion with the Mini X-Raid team on Friday while American Ricky Brabec took the motorcycle crown for Honda and ended KTM's 18-year dominance.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

NBA roundup: Ingram's 49 leads Pelicans to wild OT win over Jazz
Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 49 points and won a shootout with Donovan Mitchell as the host New Orleans Pelicans ended the Utah Jazz's 10-game winning streak with a 138-132 overtime victory Thursday night.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Australian Open organizers on alert for return of bushfire smoke
Cool temperatures and smoke-free skies gave Australian Open organizers a second day of reprieve on Friday and they will keep their fingers crossed that the haze stays away for the final weekend of preparations for the multi-billion dollar tournament.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

NHL roundup: Bruins score 4 unanswered to upend Pens
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored the last half of four unanswered goals as the Boston Bruins beat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in a testy affair Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

World number one Momota discharged from hospital
World number one badminton player Kento Momota was discharged from hospital on Friday, his sponsor Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp, said in a statement, after being treated for injuries sustained in a vehicle collision in Malaysia.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Barty eyes home party as Serena continues chase
Ash Barty faces the double burden of being world number one and the focus of an expectant host nation as she seeks to win the Australian Open amid challenges from record-chasing Serena Williams and a host of other Grand Slam winners.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

List of Australian Open women's singles champions
List of Australian Open women's singles champions since the event began in 1922 (Australian unless stated):

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

List of Australian Open men's singles champions
List of Australian Open men's singles champions since the event began in 1905 (Australian unless stated):

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Djokovic the man to beat, again, at Melbourne Park
Gary Lineker's celebrated quote that soccer is a simple game that "the Germans always win" might well be adapted to tennis and the inescapable dominance of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Australian Open order of play on Monday
Order of play on the main showcourts on the first day of the Australian Open on Monday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding):

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Giant Olympic rings installed as Tokyo enters final stretch
Tokyo 2020 organizers on Friday began the installation of a giant Olympic rings monument in the shadow of the city's Rainbow Bridge.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Bekele backs 'struggling' Farah's return to track
Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele believes Mo Farah has struggled to flourish in the marathon events at the highest level and said he was not surprised by the Briton's decision to return to the track.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Penpix of the top women's contenders at the Australian Open
Penpix of the top women's contenders at the 2020 Australian Open (Prefix denotes seeding):

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Penpix of the top men's contenders at the Australian Open
Penpix of the top men's contenders at the 2020 Australian Open (Prefix denotes seeding):

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Factbox: Australian Open in numbers
Following are facts and records ahead of the 108th edition of the Australian Open, which begins on Monday:

Reuters International Sports
Jan 17, 2020

NHL notebook: Bruins place G Rask (concussion) on IR
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask was placed on injured reserve Thursday after he sustained a concussion early in the first period of the Bruins' 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets two days earlier.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

NBA notebook: Hawks land G Teague in trade with Wolves
The Atlanta Hawks acquired some help for point guard Trae Young on Thursday, making a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jeff Teague, both teams announced.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

NFL notebook: Arrest warrant issued for Beckham Jr
New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on a complaint of simple battery Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

MLB notebook: Mets, manager Beltran agree to part ways
The New York Mets and Carlos Beltran mutually parted ways on Thursday, three days after the club's new manager was implicated in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing incident from 2017.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Giants' Nakken becomes first woman on MLB coaching staff
The San Francisco Giants made history on Thursday when Alyssa Nakken was hired as a coach to become the first woman on a major league coaching staff.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Murray grabs share of lead in California, Fowler one back
Grayson Murray tied his career best with nine birdies in one round to tame the challenging PGA West Stadium Course and was rewarded with a share of the first-round lead at The American Express in La Quinta on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Murray return delayed further due to slow recovery: report
Andy Murray has delayed his comeback to tennis because of a slower-than-expected recovery from bone bruising that resulted from a career-saving hip surgery last year, the three-times Grand Slam champion told the BBC.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Kang holds first-round lead at Tournament of Champions
Danielle Kang fired an 8-under-par 63 on Thursday and holds the first-round lead by two shots at the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Bekele and Kipchoge set for London Marathon showdown
Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, the only men to go under two hours, two minutes for the marathon, will go head to head over the classic distance in this year's London Marathon, organizers said on Friday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Giants add LHP Smyly on one-year deal
The San Francisco Giants landed some pitching help Thursday as they agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent left-hander Drew Smyly.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Beltran out as Mets manager after Astros sign-stealing scandal
Carlos Beltran's first season as manager of the New York Mets ended before it began as he stepped down on Thursday as a result of a sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros, his former team.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Judge orders Rio Olympic park closed over security concerns
A lack of security has prompted a Brazilian judge to order the closure of the Olympic Park used to host several events at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Hamilton warns he will be 'a machine'
Lewis Hamilton has warned rivals that he plans to be better than ever as he chases a record-equalling seventh Formula One championship this season.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Why a ban on Vaporfly shoe could boost Nike's bottom line
A controversy over Nike's hyper-advanced Vaporfly shoes that some say give runners an unfair advantage could boost sales, especially among amateurs hoping for more spring in their step who would not be affected by any ban.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

ATP roundup: Auger-Aliassime reaches Adelaide semis
No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada advanced Thursday to the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International in Australia.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

New Orleans police issue arrest warrant for Browns' Beckham
The New Orleans Police Department said on Thursday it obtained a warrant for the arrest of Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr., for allegedly slapping an officer's buttocks after this week's U.S. college football championship.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Arrest warrant issued for Beckham Jr. over simple battery
New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on a complaint of simple battery Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Demi Lovato to sing national anthem at Super Bowl
U.S. pop singer Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem ahead of next month's Super Bowl in Miami, the National Football League said on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Medvedev has thrown a curve ball, says McEnroe
Russian Daniil Medvedev is the most likely player to break the Grand Slam stranglehold of the "big three" when the Australian Open starts in Melbourne next week, according to John McEnroe.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Would you give up a kidney for Super Bowl tickets? Some would
What would you give up to watch your favorite team play live in a Super Bowl?

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Jan 16, 2020

Paratore, Norris take Abu Dhabi lead as Koepka makes strong return
Italy's Renato Paratore and South Africa's Shaun Norris carded identical opening round scores of eight-under 64 on Thursday to share the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship while world number one Brooks Koepka was tied third on his return from injury.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Would you give up kidney for a Super Bowl ticket? Some would
What would you give up to watch your favorite team play live in a Super Bowl?

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Strong voices like Megan Rapinoe's are good for sports: German athlete body chief
Athletes are not just sports role models and should speak out about social and political issues just like U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe at last year's World Cup, the CEO of independent German athletes' association Athleten Deutschland said.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Thai Hamamoto grabs early lead in Singapore Open debut
Kosuke Hamamoto impressed immediately in his Singapore Open debut, firing a flawless six-under-par 65 to grab an early lead before the opening round was suspended because of fading lights on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Kenyan athletics authority says top athlete escaped from anti-doping testers
A top Kenyan athlete ran away from anti-doping testers who had visited their training camp unannounced to take samples, a senior athletics authority official said, as the East African nation ramps up efforts to combat doping.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Smoke clears in Melbourne, organizers defend playing qualifiers
The Melbourne skies were largely clear of bushfire smoke on Thursday as Australian Open organizers defended their decision to continue playing qualifiers during two days when a thick haze enveloped the city.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Barty masters Vondrousova again, Sabalenka stuns Halep in Adelaide
World number one Ash Barty maintained her mastery over Marketa Vondrousova but Aryna Sabalenka jolted Simona Halep's Australian Open build-up in the quarter-finals of the Adelaide International on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Djokovic faces Struff, Barty takes on Tsurenko at Australian Open
Top seed and world number one Ash Barty's bid to end the host nation's long wait for a homegrown Australian Open champion will begin against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko when the year's first Grand Slam gets under way next week.

Reuters International Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Key first round fixtures at the Australian Open
Following is a list of key opening round matches at next week's Australian Open after the tournament draw was made on Thursday (Prefix denotes seeding):

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