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Apr 14, 2014

Swimming-Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

April 14 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statement on Monday.

Apr 5, 2014

Tanaka overcomes rocky start to win Yankees debut

TORONTO (Reuters) – Masahiro Tanaka got his debut off to the shakiest of starts before showing why the New York Yankees spent $175 million to bring him to the Major Leagues as he led the Bronx Bombers to a 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Melky Cabrera, the first major league batter the 25-year-old Japanese ace faced in a regular season game, welcomed him to the big leagues by taking him over the wall in right field for a home run.

Apr 4, 2014

Leafs beat Bruins but playoff hopes remain dim

TORONTO (Reuters) – Nazem Kadri scored in overtime to lift Toronto to a 4-3 win over Eastern Conference leaders Boston on Thursday, but the Leafs’ playoff hopes remain dim despite the victory.

Toronto entered the game a point behind Columbus for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot and the gap remained at the end of the night after the Blue Jackets shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0.

Apr 1, 2014

Marlins’ Opening Day bash gives fans reason to return

MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami finished with the worst record and lowest attendance in the National League last year but young ace Jose Fernandez gave jaded fans reason to return to the ball park on Monday, leading the Marlins to a 10-1 Opening Day rout of the Colorado Rockies.

While the Major League Baseball season officially began last week in far away Australia, for Americans from New York to San Diego it was Monday that marked the true Opening Day and for the Marlins, the promise of another clean slate.

Mar 30, 2014

Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

MIAMI (Reuters) – While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal may be the most trendy rivalry in men’s tennis, the most enduring may be top ranked Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who clashed for the 40th time on Sunday in the final of the Sony Open.

Any final featuring the world’s two top ranked players automatically qualifies as significant but Nadal and Djokovic have elevated their clashes to something special.

Mar 30, 2014

Tennis-Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

MIAMI, March 30 (Reuters) – While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal may be the most trendy rivalry in men’s tennis, the most enduring may be top ranked Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who clashed for the 40th time on Sunday in the final of the Sony Open.

Any final featuring the world’s two top ranked players automatically qualifies as significant but Nadal and Djokovic have elevated their clashes to something special.

Mar 30, 2014

Djokovic beats Nadal for fourth Miami title

MIAMI (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic tamed world number one Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-3 to claim his fourth Sony Open title on Sunday, denying the Spaniard a maiden win on the Miami hardcourts.

The win was the second straight Masters series title for the second ranked Serb, who defeated Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open two weeks ago in Indian Wells.

Mar 30, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic beats Nadal for fourth Miami title

MIAMI, March 30 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic tamed world number one Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-3 to claim his fourth Sony Open title on Sunday, denying the Spaniard a maiden win on the Miami hardcourts.

The win was the second straight Masters series title for the second ranked Serb, who defeated Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open two weeks ago in Indian Wells.

Mar 30, 2014

Hingis returns to winner’s circle in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Martina Hingis made a winning return when the Swiss player and German partner Sabine Lisicki claimed the Sony Open doubles title on Sunday with a 4-6 6-4 10-5 over Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

The title was the 33-year-old Hingis’s first since winning the doubles in Doha in 2007.

Mar 30, 2014

Tennis-Hingis returns to winner’s circle in Miami

MIAMI, March 30 (Reuters) – Martina Hingis made a winning return when the Swiss player and German partner Sabine Lisicki claimed the Sony Open doubles title on Sunday with a 4-6 6-4 10-5 over Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

The title was the 33-year-old Hingis’s first since winning the doubles in Doha in 2007.