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Immelman expects Woods to be ready for Masters return
  + stars: | 2023-01-27 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Jan 26 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods will not be at his favourite hunting ground of Torrey Pines this week but former Masters winner Trevor Immelman expects to see the 15-time major champion back at Augusta National in April. 2008 Masters champion Immelman said that despite Woods's inactively he fully expects to see the five-time Green Jacket winner in the field for the year's first major from April 6-9. "I do anticipate him playing the Masters," added Immelman, who makes his debut as CBS Sport's lead golf analyst on Friday at the PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines, where Woods has won eight times. "He has to make sure he is really ready to walk that course four or five days in a row. "I think a lot of it will depend on how the major golf courses are set up for him."
Greatness is in the eye of beholder, says Shiffrin
  + stars: | 2023-01-25 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
A day after capturing her 83rd career win in Kronplatz to surpass American compatriot Lindsey Vonn's record for the most women's World Cup victories, Shiffrin turned her sights on Stenmark's mark of 86. With three more wins Shiffrin would statistically become the most successful Alpine skier ever, but for the 27-year-old, the title of greatest will remain open to debate. "If you know anything about ski racing at all and even if they don't they know about Ingemar Stenmark. "I don't think that is something that I can surpass, I don't know if I ever will." The slalom is Shiffrin's signature event with 51 wins, the most for any Alpine skier in any discipline.
Trout excited about possible WBC duel with Ohtani
  + stars: | 2023-01-21 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
A three-time American League most valuable player, Trout just might get an even closer look when the team mates find themselves in opposite dugouts at the March 8-21 World Baseball Classic (WBC). A showdown between two of baseball's best could provide the signature moment of the WBC and it is something Trout said on Friday that he would welcome. "He (Ohtani) tried to tell me that he doesn't think he is the best player on that team," said Trout. The United States. The last WBC in 2017 Trout gave the event a pass and said on Friday he has regretted that decision.
Murray said he respected the rules but criticized having to play until 3 or 4 a.m. "and you're not allowed to go and take a piss." You know it as well.”"It’s disrespectful to you, disrespectful to the ball children, disrespectful to the players and we are not allowed to go to the toilet. "For starters, it was insane that matches at that level are played 4 to 4:30 a.m. in the morning." Most elite sports do not hold their biggest events into the wee hours of the morning after most fans have gone to bed. Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Josie KaoOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
LIV Golf reaches U.S. broadcasting deal with CW Network
  + stars: | 2023-01-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
[1/3] Oct 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; General view of the 18th green and clubhouse during the second round of the season finale of the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsJan 19 (Reuters) - LIV Golf secured the United States television deal it had been seeking, announcing on Thursday that the CW Network will broadcast all 14 events of the Saudi-backed series. Beginning this year the CW Network will bring the rebel circuit's tournaments to 120 million households across the United States, LIV Golf said in a statement. "This is a momentous day for LIV Golf as this partnership is about more than just media rights," said LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman. LIV Golf will play from February to September and features simultaneous team and individual play with golfers competing for an unprecedented $405 million in prize purses.
Jan 13 (Reuters) - The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) investigation into figure skater Kamila Valieva's failed drug test has ruled that the teenager was not guilty of any doping infraction, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday. WADA said in a statement that RUSADA had determined that although Valieva had committed an anti-doping rule violation, she bore "no fault or negligence" for it. In her defence, Valieva said the positive test was the result of a mix-up with her grandfather's heart medication. CAS had cleared Valieva to continue competing at the Beijing Games in the women's singles, upholding an earlier decision by RUSADA to lift a ban on the skater. CAS had cited the fact that Valieva was a "protected person" under WADA rules as one of the "exceptional circumstances" underpinning its decision.
Larson to attempt Indy 500 and NASCAR 600 double in 2024
  + stars: | 2023-01-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Jan 12 (Reuters) - Kyle Larson will attempt the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 double next year after announcing on Thursday he would join Arrow McLaren Racing for a one-off run at the famed Brickyard. Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion, will become the first driver to attempt the double since Kurt Busch raced in both events in 2014. Only four drivers have attempted the double of racing in Indy 500 in Indianapolis and flying to Charlotte, North Carolina to jump in a car and run the Coca-Cola 600 later that same day. While Rick Hendrick's stock car teams have won a record 291 Cup Series races, the Indy 500 will mark Hendrick Motorsports first IndyCar series event. McLaren have routinely added notable names to their driver lineup for the Indy 500, including twice Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso.
Jan 9 (Reuters) - Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a Cincinnati hospital one week after suffering a cardiac arrest during an NFL game and has returned to Buffalo, New York, doctors said on Monday. Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) where Hamlin spent the last week said he traveled well by air and will continue to be monitored by a care team in Buffalo. "I can confirm he is doing well and this is the beginning of the next stage of his recovery. Happy to be back in Buffalo," Hamlin wrote on Twitter. While Hamlin surprised team mates on a video call last Friday and again after Sunday's game, Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters that having him back in Buffalo was an added boost for the players.
Bills ride emotional win into NFL postseason
  + stars: | 2023-01-09 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
With 19 teams still in the postseason hunt entering the final weekend, there was no shortage of gridiron suspense unfolding across the United States. At every stadium before kickoff there was an announcement acknowledging Hamlin and the first responders and medical caregivers. But the Bills that provided Hamlin with the best tribute of all, harnessing their emotions to secure a victory and the AFC second seed. "We just wanted to come out and play free, play loose, play for (Damar)," said Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who also threw three touchdown passes. Despite the loss, the Giants also qualify for the postseason, moving on to the wildcard, where they will face the Minnesota Vikings.
"It's going to be a celebration of life an ongoing life," Beane told reporters looking ahead to Sunday's game. "It will be a challenge for our team to manage the emotions, there's going to be tears out there. PLAYOFF RACEWhile Hamlin and the Bills will be at the emotional centre of the weekend there is plenty of suspense up and down a full slate of games. While a victory would earn the Chiefs a first round bye it might not necessarily bring them home field advantage. Should the 49ers and Eagles both fall the Dallas Cowboys could snatch the NFC crown with a win over the Washington Commanders.
He remains on a ventilator in the intensive care unit (ICU) at University of Cincinnati Medical Center to assist his breathing. The physicians said Hamlin had asked who won the game between the Bills and the Bengals. The response: "Damar, you won - you won the game of life," Dr. Timothy Pritts said. They said it was too soon to say whether the hit he took on the field or a preexisting condition caused Hamlin to go into cardiac arrest. The doctors credited the Bills' medical staff for quickly recognizing that Hamlin had no pulse and promptly administering Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Summary Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after a hitNo decision on rescheduling gameBengals leading 7-3 when game haltedJan 3 (Reuters) - Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during Monday's National Football League (NFL) game against Cincinnati. "Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals," the Bills said in a statement. The game was suspended with suspended in the first quarter after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) was taken away in an ambulance following a play. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports'PLEASE BE OK'The NFL Players Association also said Hamlin's health was the number one priority. "We have been in touch with the Bills and Bengals players, and with the NFL," it said.
[1/2] Jan 2, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; The Buffalo Bills gather as an ambulance parks on the field while CPR is administered to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) after a play in the first quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills at Paycor Stadium. The game was suspended with suspended in the first quarter after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) was taken away in an ambulance following a play. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY SportsJan 2 (Reuters) - Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was in critical condition after being given CPR and taken from the field in an ambulance during Monday's National Football League game against Cincinnati. "Tonight's Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game has been postponed after Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin collapsed," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Praying for Damar Hamlin," New York Governor Kathy Hochul wrote on Twitter.
Navratilova diagnosed with throat and breast cancer
  + stars: | 2023-01-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Czech-born Navratilova, who became a U.S. citizen in 1981, was also diagnosed and beat breast cancer back in 2010. Navratilova added that the cancer was in Stage 1, and the prognosis are good, with treatments to begin next week. The cancer was first discovered in early November during the WTA finals when Navratilova noticed a swelling in her neck that did not go down. "When it didn't do down, a biopsy was performed, the results came back as Stage 1 throat cancer. "At the same time as Martina was undergoing the tests for the throat, a suspicious form was found in her breast, which was subsequently diagnosed as cancer, completely unrelated to the throat cancer.
World Cup going from compact to super-sized in 2026
  + stars: | 2022-12-16 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
The last time Mexico (1986) and the United States (1994) hosted a World Cup there were 24 teams. The 32-team World Cup in Qatar has a total of 64 matches, completed in 29 days, and, for now, the 2026 finals will be 80 games over 32 days. More matches, however, would mean more television rights money and, as the World Cup brings in some 90% of FIFA's revenue, its leaders will be tempted. The World Cup in Qatar has earned $7.5 billion in rights and sponsorship revenue, one billion more than the 2018 finals in Russia, FIFA said last month. One sponsor almost certainly looking forward to 2026 is Budweiser, the official beer of the World Cup, who had the taps at stadiums turned off by Qatari officials just days before the start.
Croatia beat Brazil on penalties to reach semi-finals
  + stars: | 2022-12-09 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
[1/6] Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Quarter Final - Croatia v Brazil - Education City Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 9, 2022 Croatia's Dominik Livakovic celebrates with teammates after winning the penalty shootout and qualifying for the semi final REUTERS/Hannah MckayAL RAYYAN, Qatar, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Dominik Livakovic saved Rodrygo's first penalty and Marquinhos hit the post to give Croatia a 4-2 shootout win over Brazil on Friday after their World Cup quarter-final finished level at 1-1. After a scoreless 90 minutes Brazil took a 1-0 lead with a bit of extra time solo magic from Neymar but gritty Croatia refused to quit, Bruno Petkovic equalising in the 117th minute to send the contest to penalties. Croatia now await the winner of Argentina and the Netherlands who clash later on Friday. Reporting by Steve Keating in Al Rayyan. Editing by Christian RadnedgeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Morocco and Spain scoreless at halftime
  + stars: | 2022-12-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
[1/3] Dec 6, 2022; Ar Rayyan, QATAR; Spain forward Marco Asensio (10) reacts after a missed scoring chance against Morocco during the first half in the round of sixteen match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Education City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY SportsAL RAYYAN, Qatar, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Morocco and Spain were deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime in their World Cup last-16 clash on Tuesday as both sides struggled to create clearcut scoring chances. Spain enjoyed plenty of possession at a raucous Education City Stadium with Morocco content to sit back and absorb the pressure, waiting for their chance to counter-attack. Morocco's best opportunity came near the end of the half when Nayef Aguerd headed over the bar from close range. Reporting by Steve Keating in Al Rayyan, Editing by Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Senegal seek to end African drought against England
  + stars: | 2022-12-03 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
England have faced African opposition 20 times, including seven at a World Cup, and have yet to lose. Senegal burst into that tournament by defeating reigning champions France and the dreadlocked Cisse has shared those memories with his players ahead of their date with England. "Beating England would be a tremendous achievement, I don't know how important it would rate compared to the victory in 2002, that was important as well. If we can beat a team like England it sends out a very strong message about the progress we have made." Bogaert explained that Senegal has done their homework and have paid special attention to set pieces - a part of the game where England have been particularly dangerous in recent years.
[1/5] Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 United States players applaud fans after the match as United States are eliminated from the World Cup REUTERS/Annegret HilseAL RAYYAN, Qatar, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The United States exited the World Cup with a Round of 16 loss to the Netherlands on Saturday but looking towards the 2026 horizon, a bright future is rising for the young Americans. With defender DeAndre Yedlin, who played in Brazil in 2014, the only link to the country's World Cup past, the Americans' lack of experience was glaring at moments but offset by exuberance and a breathless work rate. A gritty, politically charged win over Iran and draws against England and Wales carried the United States into the last 16 but more will be expected on home soil. "We're just not there yet, we have to use this World Cup to establish ourselves. The loss to the Netherlands underscored the hard work ahead if the Americans plan to venture beyond the Round of 16 in 2026.
"While waiting for the result of the Uruguay and Ghana match it was difficult," said goalscorer Hwang, whose heroics earned him man of the match honours. Portugal topped the group but the Koreans edged out Uruguay on the second tiebreak - number of goals scored. It marks only the third time that South Korea have made it to the round of 16 and they will be determined to try to match their best result - reaching the semi-finals at home in 2002. "I cannot compare because I did not know the Korean team back in 2002," said assistant coach Sergio Costa. Reporting by Steve Keating in Al Rayyan; Editing by Ken FerrisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Morocco lead Canada 2-1 at the break after goalkeeping howler
  + stars: | 2022-12-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
DOHA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Morocco lead Canada 2-1 at halftime in their World Cup Group F game at a rocking Al Thumama Stadium on Thursday, helped by a goalkeeping howler, a result that would see the North Africans through to the last 16. Youssef En-Nesyri doubled the lead in the 23rd minute when he ran onto a long ball from Achraf Hakimi and hammered a low drive into the corner. Canada, who have already been knocked out, pulled one back in the 40th minute from an own goal as Nayef Aguerd deflected in Sam Adekugbe's cross. A win or draw would see Morocco through to their first appearance in the round of 16 of since 1986. Reporting by Steve Keating in Doha; Editing by Hugh LawsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
AL KHOR, Qatar, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Spain coach Luis Enrique made one change to his starting lineup against Germany in their World Cup Group E on Sunday following their opening 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica, with Dan Carvajal replacing Cesar Azpilicueta in defence. The Spaniards, who will all but qualify with a win over the Germans, were otherwise unchanged in attack with Dani Olmo, Feran Torres and Marco Asensio. Germany, who suffered a shock opening loss to Japan and are in desperate need of points, brought on fullback Thilo Kehrer in the place of Nico Schlotterbeck. Coach Hansi Flick also dropped forward Kai Havertz, boosting his midfield with Leon Goretzka. Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Angus MacSwanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Against Belgium, man of the match Ziyech showed what the team was missing in a brilliant performance that helped Morocco to their first World Cup victory since beating Scotland 3-0 in 1998. "He is incredible, the spirit he has, coming back to the national team," a jubilant Regragui said. "A lot of people talk about him, say he is crazy and difficult to manage, that he can't help the team. Ziyech had Morocco's first shot on goal in the second half, and was allowed to move freely between the lines in the front third, tormenting the Belgian defence. Another substitute, Abdelhamid Sabiri, struck the shot that touched captain Romain Saiss on its way in for the first goal.
Croatia show quality to dispatch Canada 4-1
  + stars: | 2022-11-27 | by ( Steve Keating | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
After Davies had scored with a bullet header just over a minute into play, Croatia showed their class with Kramaric levelling in the 36th minute and Marko Livaja putting the 2018 finalists ahead just before the break. Croatia got two more after the break, with Kramaric getting his second in the 70th minute and Lovro Majer scoring in stoppage time. Croatia join Morocco at the top of the Group F standings on four points and now need only a draw in their final game against Belgium to progress. Canada, in the World Cup for just the second time, are bottom of the table and still looking for their first ever win. Reporting by Steve Keating in Doha; editing by Clare FallonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Serbia received a boost ahead of Monday's second Group G match against Cameroon as head coach Dragan Stojkovic said winger Filip Kostic is available for selection after playing no part in their opening game. Kostic was an unused substitute in Serbia's 2-0 defeat by the mighty Brazilians as there were questions over the Juventus player's fitness. Both Serbia and Cameroon lost their opening games, with the African side suffering a 1-0 defeat by Switzerland. A defeat would knock Serbia out if Brazil fail to win against Switzerland, while Cameroon will be out if they lose and Switzerland fail to win against Brazil. After Senegal defeated Qatar 3-1 and Morocco recorded a stunning 2-0 win over Belgium, Cameroon are aiming to be the third African team to win in Qatar.
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