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Virus hampers Watford’s stomach for fight against Palace

(Reuters) – Several Watford players have been struck down with a stomach virus ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Crystal Palace, manager Javi Gracia has said. Soccer Football – Premier League – Huddersfield Town vs Watford – John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain – April 14, 2018 Watford manager Javi Gracia before the […]

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Golf – Murray tames wind to lead in Texas, Garcia woes continue

(Reuters) – Grayson Murray has blown hot and cold recently and on Thursday he was hot at the Texas Open, shooting a five-under 67 for a one-stroke lead after the first round in windy San Antonio. On a day when Sergio Garcia battled to a 74, Murray tamed the Greg Norman-designed TPC San Antonio to […]

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Premier League clubs enjoy record profits – Deloitte report

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Premier League clubs enjoyed record profits and revenues in the 2016/17 season according to data released on Friday by Deloitte, who expect profitability to continue despite a decline in domestic broadcasting revenue. The combined revenues of Premier League clubs increased by nearly 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) to a record 4.5 […]

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Atletico loss leaves Barca close to title, Malaga relegated

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat at resurgent Real Sociedad on Thursday which means Barcelona need one more victory to wrap up a 25th Spanish La Liga title while Malaga were relegated after losing 1-0 at Levante. Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid – Anoeta […]

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Moses strike gives Chelsea win at Burnley

BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Victor Moses struck a 69th-minute winner for Chelsea to give Antonio Conte’s side a 2-1 Premier League victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Thursday, closing the gap on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Soccer Football – Premier League – Burnley vs Chelsea – Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain – April 19, 2018 Chelsea’s […]

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Lacklustre Leicester hold Southampton to goalless draw

(Reuters) – Southampton remained deep in relegation trouble after they were held to a 0-0 draw at a lacklustre Leicester City in the Premier League on Thursday. Soccer Football – Premier League – Leicester City vs Southampton – King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain – April 19, 2018 Southampton’s Maya Yoshida in action with Leicester City’s […]

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Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million – attorney

(Reuters) – Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million (3.5 million pounds) to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney said. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Postal Service Team rider Lance Armstrong of the United States raises his arms as […]

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Sociedad thrash Atletico to leave Barca on brink of title

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat at resurgent Real Sociedad on Thursday which means runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona need one more victory to wrap up a 25th Spanish league title. Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid – Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, Spain – April […]

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Thiem downs Djokovic in Monte Carlo to set up Nadal clash

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) – Fifth seed Dominic Thiem came from behind to knock out Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo Masters third round on Thursday and set up a quarter-final clash with defending champion Rafa Nadal. Tennis – ATP – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco – April 19, 2018 Austria’s […]

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Former Lincoln defender banned for match-fixing offences

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood was banned for six years and fined 3,275 pounds by an FA tribunal on Thursday after being found guilty of match-fixing and betting offences. Britain Soccer Football – Burnley v Lincoln City – FA Cup Fifth Round – Turf Moor – 18/2/17 Burnley’s Andre Gray in […]

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Sanches unlikely to play again for Swansea, says Carvalhal

(Reuters) – Swansea City’s Renato Sanches is unlikely to feature again this season as he has not sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury, manager Carlos Carvalhal said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – FA Cup Third Round – Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Swansea City – Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain – January 6, 2018 Swansea City’s […]

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Everton boss Allardyce says fan survey was a ‘marketing slip-up’

(Reuters) – Everton boss Sam Allardyce said a survey sent to supporters asking them to rate his performance from zero to 10 was “a marketing slip-up” and he has received an apology from club chairman Bill Kenwright. Soccer Football – Premier League – Swansea City vs Everton – Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain – April 14, […]

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Injured Joseph set to miss South Africa tour

LONDON (Reuters) – England centre Jonathan Joseph is set to miss their three test tour of South Africa in June after being ruled out for the rest of the Premiership season due to injury on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – Six Nations Championship – England vs Wales – Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain – February […]

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England to host 100-ball domestic competition from 2020

(Reuters) – English domestic cricket is set to get yet another format after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced plans for an eight-team, 100-ball competition in the pursuit of younger, family-oriented audiences. FILE PHOTO – Cricket – England Nets – Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand – March 29, 2018 – England’s James Anderson, […]

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‘Human record holder’ Kipchoge knows what he is doing

LONDON (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge is, by just about any reckoning, the most successful marathon runner in history so he can be excused for his somewhat dismissive response when questioned on Thursday about his unusual preparations for Sunday’s London race. Athletics – London Marathon – Elite Men Press Conference – London, Britain – April 19, […]

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Wembley ‘home’ no advantage for Spurs against United – Pochettino

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino denies his team will gain an advantage by playing Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at their temporary Wembley home. Soccer Football – Premier League – Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur – The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain – April 17, 2018 Tottenham manager […]

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No room for complacency in Palace’s fight for survival

(Reuters) – Crystal Palace have hauled themselves close to safety but cannot afford to let complacency creep in because they still need more points to stay in the Premier League, manager Roy Hodgson said. Soccer Football – Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Selhurst Park, London, Britain – April 14, […]

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Esports with violent content contrary to Olympic values – Bach

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Esports with violent or discriminatory content cannot be considered for the Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Thursday. President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach speaks as he addresses a news conference in New Delhi, India April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Esports, the competitive side […]

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Barcelona eye domestic cup win to help heal Champions League wounds

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona will target a record-extending 30th King’s Cup triumph when they play Sevilla in Saturday’s final which would also virtually assure them of a second domestic double in three seasons, reinforcing their dominance in Spain. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Sevilla vs Barcelona – Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, […]

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F1 steps into fantasy world with equity stake

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One is targeting the lucrative U.S. fantasy sports market with the launch on Thursday of daily pay-to-play and traditional free F1 games in partnership with Dublin-based PlayON. The sport, now owned by Liberty Media, said in a statement it had also acquired an equity stake in PlayON at a company valuation […]