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Badminton 23 Dec 2014 | 4:42 PM

Suspended Lee to lose top ranking to China's Chen

(Reuters) - Lee Chong Wei's indefinite suspension for a doping violation will cost the Malaysian his top ranking with Chinese world champion Chen Long set to take over on Thursday after his World Superseries Finals triumph in Dubai.

Tennis 20 Jan 2015 | 3:12 PM

Wawrinka opens title defence with quickfire win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Coming back to the Australian Open as defending champion has felt surreal at times for Stan Wawrinka but the Swiss fourth seed was all business in his first-round thrashing of Turkish trailblazer Marsel Ilhan.

Football 18 Jan 2015 | 11:22 AM

Nekounam remains heartbeat of Iran team

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Age may be catching up with Javad Nekounam but the milestones keep on coming for the veteran Iranian captain.

Cricket 12 Feb 2015 | 8:42 AM

Pakistan ponder options ahead of India clash

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pakistan have found some momentum ahead of the World Cup but have not settled on their best line-up for their tournament opener against champions India this weekend, coach Waqar Younis said.

Rugby 10 Mar 2015 | 2:47 AM

Ireland confident Sexton, Heaslip will be fit for Wales

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Six Nations champions Ireland are confident Jonathan Sexton and Jamie Heaslip will return from injury in time to face Wales on Saturday as they chase a second grand slam in six years, team manager Michael Kearney said on Monday.

Cricket 24 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM

Finch reckons he's close to the 'big one'

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Opener Aaron Finch knows he's the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.

Tennis 17 Jun 2015 | 3:02 AM

Nadal looks on bright side after Queen's setback

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal put a positive spin on his latest setback after being out-foxed in a 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 defeat by Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Tuesday.

Tennis 09 Jul 2015 | 10:57 PM

Murray and Federer to resume Wimbledon rivalry

LONDON (Reuters) - A lot has happened to Andy Murray in the three years since he choked back the tears on Centre Court after a four-set defeat that handed Roger Federer the Wimbledon trophy for a seventh time.

Other Sport 24 Jan 2015 | 8:22 PM

Chinese skipper fears Vietnamese hazards ahead of win

ALICANTE, Spain (Reuters) - Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team closed to within 500 miles of third leg victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday and an important first for their country in the round-the-world challenge.

Tennis 16 Jan 2015 | 8:12 PM

Djokovic primed to reclaim Melbourne throne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Last year's Australian Open kicked off the biggest shakeup in men's tennis for a decade but Novak Djokovic is primed to stave off the charge of 'Generation Next' and take back his throne at Melbourne Park.