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Spieth returns to form and grabs Connecticut lead

Spieth returns to form and grabs Connecticut lead

(Reuters) – Jordan Spieth put an emphatic end to his putting woes during an impressive Travelers Championship debut on Thursday, grabbing a one-shot lead after the first round in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Sixers take guard Fultz with top pick of NBA Draft

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Philadelphia 76ers selected University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, bolstering the team’s young core by adding the 19-year-old playmaker.

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Cycling: Grand Tour teams to be reduced to eight riders from 2018

(Reuters) – Teams will be reduced from nine riders to eight for next year’s three Grand Tours while the 2018 Tour de France will start a week later to avoid clashing with the soccer World Cup.

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Tennis: Azarenka's return cut short in Mallorca

(Reuters) – Former world number one Victoria Azarenka’s return from maternity leave was cut short by young Croatian Ana Konjuh at the Mallorca Open on Thursday.

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Sailing: Heat on for helmsmen in U.S.-New Zealand America's Cup showdown

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) – Opposites both on and off the water, New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling and U.S. skipper Jimmy Spithill are set for a showdown which could see the Kiwi pretender wrest the America’s Cup from his rival.

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Boks aim to keep feel-good factor going against France

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa will seek to maintain the feel-good factor that has returned to their rugby in the third test against France on Saturday, knowing that tougher challenges lie ahead this season.

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Giorgi upsets Svitolina at Birmingham

(Reuters) – Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi pulled off a surprise three-set win over number two seed Elina Svitolina on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon Classic.

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Doping: IPC VP says Russia has until September to conform

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia has until September to prove it has made the necessary reforms to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) presidential candidate Andrew Parsons said on Thursday.

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U.S. banks look to rebuild European football from the ground up

LONDON (Reuters/IFR) – U.S. banks that have carved out a lucrative niche financing the construction and renovation of sports stadia are making a push into Europe, signing a major deal with English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur last month.

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Boston to rename street after retired slugger Ortiz

(The Sports Xchange) – Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will have a street named in his honor in Beantown.

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