Reuters Sports News Summary
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
One of the three surviving soccer players pulled from the wreckage of the Colombian air crash that killed 71 people this week is doing well after leg surgery and will play again, his father said. "My son is getting better all the time," Helam Marinho Zampier, father of Chapecoense player Helio Neto, wrote in a Facebook post late on Thursday night.
German sportswear giant Adidas has ended its sponsorship agreement with the International Association of Athletics Federations(IAAF) three years early, the company said on Friday. "Adidas and the IAAF have agreed to terminate their existing partnership agreement in mutual agreement at the end of 2016," Adidas said in a statement.
Woods' swing 'ineffective', says ex PGA Tour winner Chamblee
Tiger Woods might have earned plaudits from some with his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge on Thursday, but one former player was unimpressed with the 14-time major winner's swing. Brandel Chamblee was scathing in his assessment of Woods' swing, predicting that the former world number one will continue to struggle unless he tweaks his swing.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called on Tokyo to show a sense of urgency about finalizing its budget for the 2020 Summer Games, noting that costs will continue to increase the longer it takes At an open meeting for a four-party working group that includes the IOC on Tuesday, Tokyo 2020 organizers vowed to keep costs below $20 billion but the Olympic authority felt even that amount was too high.
Blatter appeal decision to be announced on Monday
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will discover on Monday whether he has won his appeal against a six-year ban from football imposed for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandal ever to shake the world soccer body. Blatter led the global soccer body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year after several dozen football officials, including former FIFA executive committee members and entities, were indicted in the United States on graft-related charges.
Ronaldo, Messi and Griezmann to contest FIFA's annual award
Frenchman Antoine Griezmann joined regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for FIFA's Player of the Year award on Friday. Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the year's biggest surprises, were nominated for the best coach award alongside Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane.
French Grand Prix to return in 2018: Ecclestone
The French Formula One Grand Prix is set to return in 2018 after a 10-year absence, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Friday. "Yes, I think it will happen," the 86-year-old Briton told Reuters when asked about French media reports that a deal had been agreed to host the race at the Le Castellet circuit in southern France.
Cowboys beat Vikings 17-15 for 11th straight win
The Dallas Cowboys held on to beat the Vikings 17-15 on Thursday night after Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford's pass sailed high out of the back of the end zone on a two-point attempt with 30 seconds left. Bradford led an eight-play, 65-yard drive that began with just over two minutes remaining, pulling Minnesota within two points. However, he was pressured on the conversion attempt, and his desperation attempt to Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone was too high.
2024 bid cities upbeat on costs as Tokyo struggles
Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris have expressed confidence in their ability to control costs as they prepare for the final phase of bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, unworried by steep overruns at next host Tokyo. Top officials from the 2024 candidate cities, visiting Tokyo this week, told Reuters they were being vigilant on costs from the onset and were focusing on utilizing existing infrastructure to limit financial risk.
Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes. "From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion," the German said in a statement.