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Hatton leads by three as Garcia misses cut at British Masters

(Reuters) – Tyrrell Hatton backed up his opening round of 63 with a second round five-under-par 65 to hold a three-shot lead in the British Masters, where Sergio Garcia missed the cut on Friday. The British world number 29 coped admirably with the wet conditions in Newcastle in the north …

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Tensions over Catalan independence spill onto football pitch

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Tensions around Catalonia’s upcoming independence referendum have spilled onto the soccer pitch in Spain after a warning from the country’s national football league that one of its crown jewels, FC Barcelona, would be expelled if the region seceded. Catalonia is home to the world’s second most-valuable club, …

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Interview – Soccer players should copy NFL protest against racism, says Thuram

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – European soccer players should copy American footballers by “taking a knee” during national anthems to protest against racism, former World Cup winner Lilian Thuram said on Friday. In a gesture initiated last season by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, several NFL players have routinely knelt on …

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Koeman dismisses Everton crisis talk ahead of Burnley visit

(Reuters) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman admitted he is worried about his future at the club but insists there are plenty of positives to take from his side’s recent results. Koeman was booed off by a section of the crowd at Goodison Park on Thursday after Everton were held to …

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England name Marley as interim women's team coach

LONDON (Reuters) – England have appointed Mo Marley as interim women’s team head coach following the sacking of Mark Sampson, the Football Association said on Friday. Sampson was fired last week for “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour in a previous role at the Bristol Academy. A decision on a permanent successor …

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Figure skating-North Korea qualifies first athletes for Pyeongchang 2018

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) – North Korea on Friday secured qualification for its first athletes at South Korea’s Pyeongchang Olympics in February when figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik finished in the top six in a qualifying event on Friday. The pair successfully completed a solid short programme on Thursday …

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Motor racing-F1 teams fear data leak after official quits

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Formula One teams fear expensive and closely-guarded secrets could leak to rivals once the former head of the governing body’s F1 technical department has served a period of gardening leave. Marcin Budkowski, who worked at several teams before joining the International Automobile Federation (FIA), quit this …

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Man United's Pogba out long-term with injury, says Mourinho

(Reuters) – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is facing a long spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. Pogba suffered the injury in United’s 3-0 Champions League win over Basel this month. “He’s injured, he cannot play tomorrow and it’s not an …

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America's Cup could move to Italy if Auckland not ready

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – The next America’s Cup regatta will be sailed in Auckland in 2021 in 75-foot monohull yachts but only if New Zealand’s largest city can build the infrastructure needed to stage the regatta, holders Team New Zealand said on Friday. They took international sport’s oldest trophy off Oracle …

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Soccer-Netherlands recall Babel after six-year absence

AMSTERDAM, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Ryan Babel was recalled to the Netherlands squad on Friday after a six-year absence as coach Dick Advocaat named 24 players for key World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Sweden. The 30-year-old Babel, who scored for Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League on Tuesday, …

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