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Apr 24, 2015

Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko challenger

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings each had a special guest at Friday’s weigh-in for their heavyweight title clash, with former champions Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis on hand.

The title holder’s older brother was able to take a brief leave from his role as mayor of Kiev in war-torn Ukraine, while Lewis came to support his friend Jennings in Saturday’s championship bout at Madison Square Garden.

Apr 23, 2015

Brazil aim for best ever medals haul in Rio

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio Games, including the host country’s goal of a top-10 finish in the medals table for Brazil’s best ever Olympics haul.

Hilton told Reuters that all venues are now on schedule, pollution problems are being addressed, environmental concerns answered, legacy initiatives in place and that he is confident the Games will be produced within the $13 billion budget.

Apr 23, 2015

Olympics-Brazil aim for best ever medals haul in Rio

NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) – Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio Games, including the host country’s goal of a top-10 finish in the medals table for Brazil’s best ever Olympics haul.

Hilton told Reuters that all venues are now on schedule, pollution problems are being addressed, environmental concerns answered, legacy initiatives in place and that he is confident the Games will be produced within the $13 billion budget.

Apr 22, 2015

Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A year after hosting the soccer World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event — the Indigenous Peoples World Games.

The inaugural games will be held from Sept. 18-27 in Palmas in the northern state of Tocantins.

Apr 21, 2015

Nothing cooler for Klitschko than ‘beating up people’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko will match Joe Louis in boxing’s record books with his 27th heavyweight title fight on Saturday and could set more marks since he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

The 39-year-old Ukrainian, speaking to reporters ahead of Saturday’s fight against American Bryant Jennings at New York’s Madison Square Garden, has dominated the heavyweight division for nearly a decade and shown no signs of slowing down.

Apr 19, 2015

Golf-Olympic course designer hopes golf wins in Rio Games

FAR HILLS, New Jersey, April 18 (Reuters) – Gil Hanse designed the course that will stage the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 for the first time in 112 years and knows the stakes are high for the sport.

“I hate figure skating. I don’t ever watch it. But every four years I watch figure skating because it’s in the Olympics,” Hanse said on Saturday at an Architectural Symposium at the U.S. Golf Association headquarters.

Apr 13, 2015

Golf-Masters patrons offer tips on improving perfection

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 13 (Reuters) – The lords of the Masters are dedicated to putting on an ideal golf tournament, and most of the competitors and thousands of patrons judge it to be just about perfect.

An on-course bank of tablets by the 15th hole is used for feedback, but an informal survey by Reuters of over 50 patrons allowed spectators a chance to utilize a verbal suggestion box to air any pet peeves.

Apr 13, 2015

Mickelson signals readiness for grand slam bid at U.S. Open

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Three-time champion Phil Mickelson found his scoring touch at the Masters, closing with a 69 for a runner-up showing that could herald a serious bid to complete his career grand slam at the U.S. Open in June.

Mickelson, whose last win came at the 2013 British Open, came alive at Augusta National and showed his electric potential by holing out from the sand for eagle at the par-five 15th and finished on 14-under-par 274 tied with England’s Justin Rose.

Apr 13, 2015

Woods overcomes wrist shock to cap proud return

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods toughed it out after hurting his right wrist on a tree root at the ninth hole of Sunday’s final round of the Masters and shot a 73 to tie for 17th in a proud return to competition.

“I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done,” the 39-year-old Woods said after finishing on five-under-par 283, 13 shots behind winner Jordan Spieth, whose 18 under total matched Woods’s 1997 Masters record.

Apr 12, 2015

Mickelson channels Palmer to close Masters gap

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson borrowed a color from Arnold Palmer and channeled his swashbuckling spirit to fire a 67 on Saturday and move within five shots of the Masters lead heading into the final round.

Three-times Masters winner Mickelson donned a salmon-colored shirt and canned seven birdies, including three successively from the second hole to finish the day on 11-under 205.