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3:12 AM

Watson sizzles at Barclays, Spieth struggles

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Bubba Watson charged into a tie for the early first-round lead at The Barclays on Thursday while newly crowned world number one Jordan Spieth struggled to his worst score of the year in relation to par.

3:02 AM

Serena faces strong home challenge at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams must navigate a heavily American quarter of the draw including sister Venus to complete a calendar sweep of the four grand slams, while two sensational quarter-finals loom on the men's side after Thursday's U.S. Open draw.

2:52 AM

Exclusive - FIFA disowns 'girls in schools' and Blatter comments by reform chief

(Reuters) - FIFA on Thursday disowned comments made by the head of its reform committee, who had questioned why American authorities were investigating corruption in football, which he described as "just an ethnic sport for girls in schools" in the U.S.

2:37 AM

Usain does it again for Beijing sweep

BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200 metres world title on Thursday and prove that when it comes to major championship sprinting, he simply has no peer.

2:30 AM

Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut's death

BERLIN (Reuters) - Knut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday.

2:15 AM

EU response plans on migration crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is putting in place a package of measures to address sharply increasing numbers of people claiming asylum in the bloc, often after dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean.

2:12 AM

News of Ibrahimovic's return crashes Malmo website

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The website of Malmo FF crashed following the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started his career with the Swedish champions, will return to the city with Paris St Germain for the group stage of the Champions League.

2:00 AM

Iran may have built extension at disputed site - U.N. nuclear watchdog

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday, as part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Tehran's past nuclear activity.

1:57 AM

Mourinho faces Porto clash in Champions League

MONACO (Reuters) - Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career.

1:52 AM

France defender Kurzawa joins league champions PSG

(Reuters) - France international left back Layvin Kurzawa has joined Paris Saint-Germain in a five-year deal, the club said on Thursday.

1:52 AM

Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird's Nest

BEIJING (Reuters) - A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt's rivals could in the 200 metres final at world championships on Thursday -- knock the Jamaican off his stride, and his feet, during his lap of honour.

1:45 AM

U.S., allies hit Islamic State in Iraq with 21 air strikes - military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition led by the United States pummelled Islamic State targets in Iraq on Wednesday with 21 air strikes concentrated near the cities of Baji and Tuz, according to a statement released on Thursday.

1:40 AM

Lorry of migrant corpses, new boat sinking intensify Europe's crisis

PARNDORF, Austria (Reuters) - As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria on Thursday, and another migrant ship sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day.

1:32 AM

Ivory Coast leave Toure out of Nations Cup squad

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - African champions Ivory Coast have left out captain Yaya Toure from their African Nations Cup qualifier next week as he reflects on his future international career, coach Michel Dussuyer said on Thursday.

1:32 AM

I did the best I could, says weary Gatlin

BEIJING (Reuters) - After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain. Widespread disdain within the sport for the American sprinter because of his two failed drug tests is also taking its toll.

1:30 AM

Spain accuses suspect of running Islamic State network in Morocco

MADRID (Reuters) - A Moroccan man arrested in Spain this week is accused of coordinating a network of Islamic State supporters in Moroccan cities who spread the group's message and recruit militants to fight in Iraq and Syria, a court document said on Thursday.

1:30 AM

Insight - Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has "failed" in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

12:55 AM

Germany's Merkel says too soon to lift sanctions against Russia

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it was too soon for the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia, but that she hoped Berlin could work together with Moscow to solve international crises like the Syria conflict.

12:35 AM

Srebrenica defender indicted over Serbs' killings - prosecutor

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - A Bosnian Muslim wartime commander who defended Srebrenica against separatist Serb forces was indicted on Thursday for war crimes over the alleged killing of three Serb prisoners of war, Bosnia's state prosecutor's office said.

12:26 AM

There's no silencing these girls on the football pitch

Dutch teenagers Myrthe and Bernice have two things in common.

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