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A Canadian hockey brat drives the women's game in Korea

NORTH HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - As the daughter of a former NHL coach and a two-time U.S. collegiate champion in her own right, Sarah Murray knows a thing or two about ice hockey and its culture.

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Olympics - Ohno looks for big showing from hosts in short track

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Apolo Anton Ohno recalls the lift that racing at home in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City gave him and expects the South Korean speed skaters to capitalise fully on that advantage in Pyeongchang next month.


Japan tells U.N. of North Korean tanker suspected of sanctions busting

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has told the United Nations about a North Korean tanker spotted in the East China Sea that it suspects was engaged in a transfer of goods with another tanker in defiance of U.N. sanctions, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.


Bogeyman Chung set to give rivals nightmares - coach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nightmares loom for players dreaming of grand slam success if they have the misfortune of running into bespectacled bogeyman Chung Hyeon in coming years, according to his coach Neville Godwin.


Mattis praises Vietnam's 'leadership' on North Korea sanctions

HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised Vietnam on Wednesday for adhering to sanctions against North Korea, saying at the start of a two-day visit to Hanoi that its leadership on the issue came despite the costs associated with lost trade.


Chung blazes trail into Australian Open semi-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Chung Hyeon's trailblazing run through the Australian Open continued on Wednesday as the relentless South Korean tossed American Tennys Sandgren aside 6-4 7-6(5) 6-3 to become his nation's first grand slam semi-finalist.


Black box for sunken tanker Sanchi opened - Iranian media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The black boxes for the tanker Sanchi and the freighter CF Crystal, the two vessels that collided in the worst oil ship disaster in decades, have been opened, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported on Wednesday.


Tennis - Angry Sandgren says 'demonised' by 'sensationalist' media

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An angry Tennys Sandgren slammed journalists for "demonising" him with "sensationalist" reporting on his social media links to right-wing activists but said the controversy had not affected him during his Australian Open quarter-final loss to South Korea's Chung Hyeon.


Zverev fine to cure plague of first-round pull-outs

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The plague of tennis players retiring hurt or ill in the first round of grand slam tournaments was largely absent at the Australian Open this year for a very good reason -- as Mischa Zverev has found out to his cost.

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Japan PM Abe says to attend Pyeongchang Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he would attend the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month, after reports he would not attend due to a dispute over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.