Reuters: Sports News 30 March 2018

Pickford can be England's World Cup keeper - Allardyce

(Reuters) - Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's display for England in the friendly against the Netherlands last week has boosted his chances of becoming the country's first-choice at the World Cup, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday.

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Boxing - Leaner and lighter Joshua still outweighs Parker on the scales

CARDIFF (Reuters) - A leaner and lighter Anthony Joshua weighed in some six pounds heavier than Joseph Parker on Friday for the battle of the undefeated heavyweight world champions in Cardiff.

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Markram century makes scandal-hit Australia toil

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Opener Aiden Markram led the way with an unbeaten century as South Africa dominated the opening day of the fourth test against a much-changed Australia, going to tea on 177 for two on Friday.

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Zlatan departure a big loss for European soccer - Mourinho

(Reuters) - European soccer has lost a "huge player" in Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the striker will raise the level of the game in the U.S following his move to LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

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Liverpool's Gomez ruled out with ankle injury

(Reuters) - Liverpool will be without injured defender Joe Gomez and midfielder Emre Can for Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.

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City's Stones ruled out of Goodison return with concussion

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester City defender John Stones has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League match against his former club Everton due to concussion, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

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Government report sees Paris Olympics 500 million euros over budget

PARIS (Reuters) - The cost of hosting the 2024 Olympics in Paris is at risk of running half a billion euros over budget and some sites may not be ready in time if plans are not revised, a French government report warned on Friday.

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Real's Ramos, Isco ruled out of Las Palmas game - Zidane

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco are not fit to face Las Palmas in La Liga and coach Zinedine Zidane refused to say whether top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will make the trip the Canary Islands.

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Bairstow leads rearguard fightback as England reach 290-8

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) - Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow and fast bowler Mark Wood produced a rearguard counter-attack to drag England back into the second test against New Zealand on Friday as the visitors ended the first day at Hagley Oval on 290 for eight.

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Motor racing - Haas Formula One team hit back at rivals' criticism

LONDON (Reuters) - Haas have come out fighting after rivals stepped up their criticism of the U.S.-owned Formula One team's close technical ties to Ferrari.

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