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Oakley challenges Nike over McIlroy move
LONDON (Reuters) - American sunglasses maker Oakley has launched legal action to try to retain its sponsorship of world number one golfer Rory McIlroy who is set to become the new face of sportswear giant Nike <NKE.N>. U.S. PGA champion McIlroy is poised to rubber-stamp a 10-year deal with U.S. company Nike worth as much as $250 million, according to media reports.
Donald to make Malaysian Open debut in March 2013-01-08T113821Z_1_BRE9070D8_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-ASIA-MALAYSIA. XML () -
European events as strong as any in world: Tour chief 2013-01-08T152420Z_1_BRE9070N2_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-EUROPEAN.XML () -
Monaco players set 70-point tie-break record 2013-01-08T185207Z_1_BRE9070V7_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-TIEBREAK-REC ORD.XML () -
Goosen returns after "totally disintegrated" disc 2013-01-08T155539Z_1_BRE9070OE_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-EUROPEAN-GOOSE N.XML () -
Rose, Dufner, Olazabal add more stardust to Qatar Masters 2013-01-08T143840Z_1_BRE9070LE_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-EUROPEAN-QATAR .XML () -
American Football-Alabama crush Notre Dame to win championship
MIAMI (Reuters) - Alabama's 'Crimson Tide' swept aside Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game on Monday, dominating the 'Fighting Irish' 42-14 to win their third college football title in four years. Notre Dame, 12-0 in the regular season, had been looking for their first national title since 1988 but were all at sea against irresistible Alabama, who set the tone of the game with an utterly one-sided 28-0 first half.
Quake fears are not a factor, says Tokyo bid chief
TOKYO (Reuters) - Concerns that a major earthquake could strike during the 2020 Olympics will not affect Tokyo's chances of hosting the Games, the city's bid leader said on Tuesday. Tokyo tiptoed into the bidding race after losing out to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 and with the country still recovering from a deadly tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in 2011.
Rampant Bulls run struggling Cavaliers ragged
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Longevity the buzz word for rested Federer 2013-01-08T081017Z_1_BRE90707Y_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-OPEN-FEDERER .XML () -