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Woods in share of Doral lead, McIlroy struggles
MIAMI (Reuters) - Looking confident and in control, Tiger Woods shot an impressive six-under-par 66 for a share of the lead in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled again on Thursday. Woods was perched atop the leaderboard with Sweden's Freddie Jacobson, Spain's Sergio Garcia, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and American Bubba Watson, the defending Masters champion.
Nadal set for his first hardcourt test on comeback
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Buoyant after a successful tournament run on clay in recent weeks, Rafa Nadal knows he will face the toughest test of his injury comeback at the BNP Paribas Open starting on Thursday. Following a shock second-round exit at Wimbledon last year, the Spanish left-hander was sidelined for seven months by a left knee injury and he now returns to the hard courts of Indian Wells, a surface where his all-action, fist-pumping game has always been most vulnerable.
Los Angeles interested in 2024 Olympic bid
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mayor of Los Angeles has notified the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) that the city is interested in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Los Angeles has hosted the Games twice before, in 1932 and 1984, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the USOC the city was keen to try for a third time.
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Turkey's Ilyasova riding high in expanded role with Bucks
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is a tantalizing talent whose confidence can fade quicker than his jump shot, though a recent dose of self-belief has him firing in both departments. On some nights, the 6-foot-10 (2.08m) Ilyasova resembles a Turkish Dirk Nowitzki, with his high-arcing jumper appearing as endless as his potential.
Ousted Pistorius detective quits South African police
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African detective, pulled off the investigation of athletics star Oscar Pistorius for murder after it emerged he himself faces attempted murder charges, has resigned from the force, police said on Thursday. Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, the first officer on the scene after the Valentine's Day shooting of Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was also criticized for mixing up key facts about the investigation at the "Blade Runner's" bail hearing.
Adidas sees role for Reebok despite writedown
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (Reuters) - Adidas <ADSGn.DE> is to stick with its troubled Reebok business even though the German sportswear group had to make a 265 million euro ($344.5 million) write-down on the brand at the end of last year. Adidas, which bought Reebok in 2005 for $3.8 billion to try to close the gap with market leader Nike <NKE.N>, last year had to cut its 2015 sales target for the brand by a third after two quarters of declining sales.
Wrestling pledges changes but running out of time
BERLIN (Reuters) - Wrestling will implement a string of immediate changes as the sport seeks to win back its Olympic spot with time fast running out, acting international federation (FILA) president Nenad Lalovic said on Thursday. Lalovic, speaking after a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge in Lausanne, said he had presented all the actions undertaken by the federation to modernize their sport and remain in the Games.
Doping-Tennis to introduce biological passports
LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis will introduce biological passports for players and increase the number of blood tests done each year, the sport's anti-doping agency said on Thursday. A number of players, including 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer, had called for the sport to up its anti-doping measures in the wake of high-profile cases in other sports.
IOC "hugely impressed" by quality of Tokyo games bid
TOKYO (Reuters) - International Olympics officials said on Thursday that they were "hugely impressed" by Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic games as well as strong government support from a country keen to show it has recovered from the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami. At stake are an estimated three trillion yen ($32 billion) in potential economic impact and the chance, Japanese officials say, to showcase the country's recovery from the disaster in the way the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games highlighted the nation's return after its World War Two defeat.