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Ice hockey: U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute

Ice hockey: U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute

(Reuters) – The U.S. women’s ice hockey team has expressed “confidence” that any American players approached to stand in for them at the upcoming world championship would refuse.

Hamilton fastest in first free practice in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.

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Paulinho hat-trick keeps Brazil on road to Russia

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cemented their place at next year’s World Cup finals.

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Messi penalty gives relieved Argentina 1-0 win over Chile

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina labored to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year’s finals in Russia.

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Golf: Johnson stays perfect as McIlroy eliminated at Match Play

(Reuters) – World number one Dustin Johnson continued his perfect record at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday while number two Rory McIlroy was eliminated without even setting foot on the course.

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Golf – Newlywed Mullinax grabs Puerto Rico lead

(Reuters) – PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax, playing five days after getting married, fired a nine-under-par 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Puerto Rico Open on Thursday.

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Pliskova, Cibulkova cruise into third around at Miami

(Reuters) – Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova cruised into the third round of the Miami Open with a 6-1 6-3 win over Madison Brengle on Thursday while Dominika Cibulkova beat Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3 6-2.

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FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer’s governing body told Reuters on Thursday.

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Tour de France sets wheels in motion for Chinese revolution

LONDON (Reuters) – Selling the world’s most famous cycle race to a country where an estimated 450 million people own a bike hardly sounds like a revolutionary concept.

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Everton agree funding deal for new stadium site

LONDON (Reuters) – Everton’s plan to move to a new stadium alongside the River Mersey moved a step forward when the Premier League club announced on Thursday a finance model to buy land at Bramley Moore Dock.

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