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Golf

Top Russian golfer could emerge soon, says British pro

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and the former Soviet Union have produced world and Olympic champions in virtually every sport over the last century but no Russian has ever made an impact at the top level in golf.

Golf

Masters runner-up finish in 2011 turned Day's career around

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - A disillusioned Jason Day arrived five years ago for his first Masters but he was hardly full of eager anticipation about the prospect of finally playing Augusta National competitively.

Golf

Golf - Day relishing Canadian sunshine after Troon battering

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - World number one Jason Day is looking forward to strolling the U.S. Tour's fairways and greens sporting just a simple tee-shirt after being battered by the wind and rain at the British Open.

Tennis

Venus rises to occasion with straight sets win

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sixth-seeded Venus Williams stayed on track for a possible semi-finals clash with sister Serena by sprinting past German Julia Goerges to reach the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Golf

Tiger's form, battle for top spot to dominate 2017 storylines

(Reuters) - The new golf year begins with Jason Day and Tiger Woods seeking to overcome back issues, Rory McIlroy trying to shake off a bout of glandular fever and Hideki Matsuyama perhaps on the cusp of supplanting them all as the game's top dog.

Golf

U.S. Open Day Four

ERIN, Wisconsin (Reuters) - The final round of the 117th U.S. Open is being played on Sunday. Following are highlights from the second major championship of the year at Erin Hills.

Football

Sombre mood likely at sell-out Ajax season opener

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam’s first home game of the season against French club Nice in Champions League qualifying on Wednesday is a sell-out but the mood will be sombre in the stadium as players and supporters pay tribute to midfielder Abdelhak Nouri.

Tennis

Bouchard falls again at U.S. Open as lawsuit continues

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard was back on centre court at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, the United States Tennis Association saying it held no grudges against the Canadian who is suing the organisation for negligence over injuries suffered in a locker-room fall.

Tennis

Highlights - Australian Open day one

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top-seed Rafa Nadal and world number three Grigor Dimitrov progressed to the second round of the Australian Open with easy victories on Monday while top American contenders were sent packing after shock defeats in the first round.

Tennis

Australian Open day two

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer cruised to victory at the Australian Open on Tuesday and was joined in the second round by former champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.