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Olympics: Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna
Two South Korean skaters on Friday brought down the rafters at the Olympic skating arena as local crowds roared approval of their performances and the two earned praise from two-time Olympic medal winner Kim Yuna. Later, they were singled out for praise by Kim Yuna, who won gold in Vancouver in 2010 and silver in Sochi in 2014 and is still a revered figure and idol to younger skaters in her native land.
MMA: McGregor plotting UFC return
Conor McGregor has vowed to get back in the octagon for his next fight, saying that he offered to take on Frankie Edgar at next weekend's UFC 222 but was denied. The Irishman is set to lose the lightweight belt as UFC President Dana White said last month that Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will fight for the undisputed title at UFC 223 on Apr 7. I am the best at this, McGregor wrote on his official Instagram page.
Formula 1: Alonso 'excited' as McLaren unveil new car
Double world champion Fernando Alonso said he was excited but also apprehensive as McLaren became the final major Formula One team to unveil their car for the new campaign on Friday. Their new car sports a changed livery from last year's design, with an all-orange bodywork and a blue front and rear wing. Alonso, 36, looked certain to leave McLaren last year following a disappointing season but decided to extend his deal after the team terminated their miserable relationship with Honda.
'Saving the Olympics': Women ride to rescue of Team USA
When the US women's hockey team beat Canada to win gold, they did more than just get one over their old rivals - they helped rescue Team USA's Olympics. Several big American names had fallen short of expectations, and the biggest team at the Games was headed for its least successful Winter Olympics in 20 years. Team USA consequently jumped up to fourth in the medals table with eight golds - five of them won by women.
Football: Chelsea's Willian puts Mourinho friendship aside for Man United clash
Chelsea midfielder Willian is good friends with former manager Jose Mourinho but will be focused solely on winning when he faces the Portuguese boss' Manchester United team in the Premier League on Sunday. The Brazil international joined Chelsea in 2013 under Mourinho, who was sacked two years later before taking over at United in 2016. I had a great time with him, but I am at Chelsea and he is now at Manchester United, Willian told British media.
Puel backs Vardy, Kane to flourish together for England
REUTERS: Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Harry Kane can build a rewarding partnership to help England flourish at this year's World Cup, according to Foxes manager Claude Puel. Puel believes that the prolific duo can combine well for England, who begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18. They can play together for England, of course, Puel is quoted as saying by the Leicester Mercury.
Walden brace helps Highlanders beat Blues in thriller
Inside centre Teihorangi Walden scored two tries when the Auckland Blues were reduced to 14 men to give the Otago Highlanders a 41-34 victory in their Super Rugby clash in Dunedin on Friday. The Highlanders trailed 31-24 when Blues replacement flanker Antonio Kiri Kiri was yellow carded by Jamie Nutbrown for a high tackle and the home side seized on the opportunity to take a lead they did not relinquish.
Dortmund's Batshuayi alleges racist abuse by Atalanta fans
REUTERS: Borrussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi said he was racially abused by Atalanta fans during the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday. !, Batshuayi wrote on his official Twitter account after the match. Atalanta hosted the match at the Mapei Stadium after their home ground, the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, was deemed unsuitable for European competitions by UEFA.
Olympics: Russian ice princess 'can't believe' fairytale gold
Teenage figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova expressed disbelief Friday after winning her duel with Evgenia Medvedeva to claim Russia's first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. I can't believe I'm the champion, said Zagitova after a fairytale debut season on the senior ciruit. She beat two-time world champion Medvedeva despite both scoring matching 156.65 points in the free-skating. I am realising that all the work I have put in on the way to this Olympic Games was not in vain.
Arsenal were complacent in Ostersund defeat, says Wenger
REUTERS: Arsenal's poor showing in the 2-1 defeat by Ostersund in Thursday's Europa League last-32 tie was due to complacency, the Premier League club's manager Arsene Wenger has said. The north London club fell behind to two quick Ostersund goals in the first half before Sead Kolasinac reduced the deficit after half-time but Arsenal were unable to make a comeback. Despite their loss, Arsenal progressed to the last-16 on aggregate but Wenger was not happy with his team's performance.
Eating disorders, figure skating's 'dirty little secret'
Four years ago, Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya had the world at her 15-year-old feet, before the ground crumbled beneath them. Eating disorders have been described as skating's dirty little secret - partly because sufferers usually strive to keep their problem well hidden. Canada's Gabrielle Daleman said she received messages from many other skaters when she opened up about her own problems. I tried to look a certain way what people wanted me to look, rather than just feel good about myself.
Chelsea keen to continue upturn against United
REUTERS: Chelsea are focused on extending their recent positive run when they travel to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, the London outfit's defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said. Chelsea are fourth in the standings, three points behind second-placed United, as the race to secure a top-four finish heats up with 11 games left in the campaign. After two tough defeats a few weeks ago the team responded with two wins.
Australia's Lynn avoids surgery after another shoulder injury
MELBOURNE: Top-order batsman Chris Lynn will not require surgery to stabilise his right shoulder after he dislocated it on Wednesday while diving in the field against New Zealand, Cricket Australia said on Friday. The 27-year-old has had three surgeries on his left shoulder and appeared to be protecting it when he fell awkwardly during Australia's victory over New Zealand in the final of the trans-Tasman Twenty20 tri-series at Eden Park in Auckland. Lynn had further scans when he returned to Australia.
Jury finds USTA mostly liable for Bouchard fall
REUTERS: The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was found by a jury mostly liable when Canada's Eugenie Bouchard fell in a training room at the 2015 US Open, resulting in her withdrawal and a concussion, The New York Times reported on Thursday. The jury deliberated for less than a hour before ruling in Bouchard's favour in the lawsuit against the USTA. When you get 75 percent or better, you can't ever complain about that, Bouchard's attorney Benedict Morelli told The New York Times.
Serwa leads Canadian one-two in ski cross
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Kelsey Serwa pulled away from compatriot Brittany Phelan to claim ski cross gold on Friday as Canada secured a one-two finish ahead of Switzerland's Fanny Smith, who edged out Swede Sandra Naesland in a tense battle for third. Serwa's comfortable victory enabled Canada to continue their domination of the event, the country having now won all three ladies ski cross golds since it was added to the Olympic programme at Vancouver in 2010.
Policeman dies in Bilbao after clashes with Spartak fans
A policeman died on Thursday in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao after clashes with Spartak Moscow ultra fans ahead of a Europa League soccer game against Athletic Bilbao. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences and condemned the violence on his official Twitter account. My condolences to the family and friends of the policeman who died in Bilbao and my consideration to the Ertzaintza for its efforts to protect those who do enjoy sport.

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