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Tennis 24 Apr 2017 | 11:35 PM Premium

All eyes on Stuttgart as Sharapova poised for return

LONDON (Reuters) - Not much fazes Roberta Vinci after 16 years on Tour but the maelstrom swirling around her opening match in Stuttgart against Maria Sharapova will test even the Italian's vast experience.

Tennis 26 Apr 2017 | 5:04 PM Premium

WTA chief Simon defends Sharapova's wildcard entry

(Reuters) - Women's Tennis Association Chief Executive Steve Simon has defended the wildcard entry awarded to former world number one Maria Sharapova for the Stuttgart Open following her 15-month doping ban.

Other Sport 08 Jun 2017 | 4:31 AM Premium

Olympics - Los Angeles bid signals 2028 Games acceptable

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A top official behind the Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Olympics said on Wednesday the city's primary interest is in the long-term health of the Games, not winning the 2024 bid, the clearest signal yet that LA would be open to hosting the competition in 2028.

Cycling 29 Jun 2017 | 5:00 AM Premium

Armstrong criticises Tour organisers for Ullrich snub

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong on Wednesday hit out at Tour de France organisers for not inviting former champion Jan Ullrich, who admitted to doping, to the start of the race in his native Germany.

Football 11 Jul 2017 | 5:28 PM Premium

Arsenal ready to roll out 'red carpet' to Monaco's Mbappe

(Reuters) - Manager Arsene Wenger revealed Arsenal's interest in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe but conceded the talented 18-year-old will be spoilt for choice as top European clubs chase his signature.

Tennis 11 Sep 2017 | 11:46 AM Premium

Stone lauds Billie Jean King at 'Battle of the Sexes' screening

TORONTO (Reuters) - Academy Award winner Emma Stone praised tennis great Billie Jean King's for pushing social change for women while battling her own insecurities at the Toronto premiere of "Battle of the Sexes" on Sunday night.

Other Sport 09 Dec 2017 | 2:10 AM Premium

Alpine skiing - Vonn's stock is sky high in the risk business

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) - The downhill is very much a high risk, high reward business and American speed queen Lindsey Vonn was reminded again of the price you pay for success on the alpine World Cup ski circuit.

Other Sport 10 Jan 2018 | 9:12 PM Premium

Croatia face Serbia in tense EHF Euro 2018 opener

Zagreb (Reuters) - European handball championship (EHF Euro 2018) hosts Croatia take on neighbours and bitter Balkan rivals Serbia with passion already running high ahead of the potentially explosive clash in the opening round of the 16-team tournament on Friday.

Hockey 02 Feb 2018 | 10:50 PM Premium

No Samsung phones, Nike uniforms for North Koreans? Sanctions cloud Olympic perks

SEOUL (Reuters) - All of the almost 3,000 athletes competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are set to get perks including the latest $1,100 Samsung smartphones, top of the range new equipment to take home and sleek Nike uniforms.

Badminton 10 Mar 2018 | 12:00 AM Premium

Biopic of legend rises to the occasion

KUALA LUMPUR: It was truly a Lee Chong Wei show.