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North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang LAUSANNE (Reuters) – North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighbouring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday. The IOC said in a statement that the North and South had agreed to march under a single flag at the opening ceremony and would field a united team in the women’s ice hockey, confirming earlier reports. Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by John O’Brien and John Stonestreet…

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North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang, compete in three sports

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang, compete in three sports LAUSANNE (Reuters) – North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighbouring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday. The IOC said in a statement that the North and South had agreed to march under a single flag at the opening ceremony and would field a united team in the women’s ice hockey, confirming earlier reports. Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by John…

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Tennis: Last American standing, Sandgren stoked with 'silly' run

Tennis: Last American standing, Sandgren stoked with 'silly' run MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Those who believe in nominative determinism might see little surprise in Tennys Sandgren’s brilliant run to the fourth round of the Australian Open. The player, himself, was tickled pink by his achievement after downing Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 5-7 6-3 7-5 7-6(5) on Saturday to be the last man standing of 13 Americans in the draw. “It’s kind of silly, right? It feels kind of silly,” the 97th-ranked Tennessee native told reporters after his nearly three-hour win at a…

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Djokovic rolls by Ramos-Vinolas to reach fourth round of Australian Open

Djokovic rolls by Ramos-Vinolas to reach fourth round of Australian Open MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former champion Novak Djokovic added an apparent muscle strain in his lower back to concerns about his problem elbow but still overpowered Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-3 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday. After holding serve to lead 2-1 in the second set, the 14th seed took a medical time-out and lay down on Margaret Court Arena as a trainer worked feverishly on his lower back. Slideshow (2 Images) The…

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Talks under way to finalise North Korea participation

Talks under way to finalise North Korea participation LAUSANNE (Reuters) – Talks began at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters on Saturday to finalise details on North Korea’s participation at the Winter Olympics in the neighbouring South next month. North Korea’s possible involvement in Pyeongchang is seen by some as a sign of easing tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programme. The IOC said that Saturday’s meeting, which includes Olympic officials from both countries, would take a series of “essential decisions” on the North’s participation at the Games that open…

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Scammers are cashing in on Telegram’s upcoming ICO

Scammers are cashing in on Telegram’s upcoming ICO Desperate for an opportunity to jump aboard in the next big thing, cryptocurrency owners are losing money by investing blindly in fake Telegram ICO websites. Chat app Telegram’s upcoming ICO promises to break records with a target raise of $1.2 billion, which may be extended to $2 billion according to new reports. The public sale component isn’t scheduled to launch until March, as noted by multiple media including TechCrunch, but that hasn’t stopped unscrupulous individuals seizing the opportunity. News of Telegram Open Network (TON),…

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Alan Carr gets married to long-term boyfriend in LA

Alan Carr gets married to long-term boyfriend in LA Comedian and TV presenter Alan Carr has got married to his long-term boyfriend Paul Drayton in Los Angeles. The 41-year-old’s publicist confirmed the couple had tied the knot at a “small, private ceremony” last week. The host of Channel 4’s Chatty Man had been in a relationship with party planner Drayton for about 10 years. His publicist said they were “planning a big celebration with all their family and friends” in the UK this summer, adding “they are both extremely happy”….

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Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos

Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after in Zug, Switzerland, the so-called Crypto Valley. You can grab a ticket here. The Davos meetup will be co-hosted by Samantha Stein, TechCrunch’s Director of Special Projects & Startup Battlefield Editor, and Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. Investors, angels, startup community leaders, and startup founders can join us to hear…

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Kerber thrashes Sharapova to reach fourth round

Kerber thrashes Sharapova to reach fourth round MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova’s hopes of a title-winning return to the Australian Open were unceremoniously crushed by Angelique Kerber as the battle of the former champions ended 6-1 6-3 in the German’s favour on Saturday. The Rod Laver Arena evening clash between the only two grand slam winners left in the women’s draw had the feel of a showpiece final rather than a third-round clash but it was Kerber who rose to the occasion. Sharapova, back in Melbourne after testing positive for…

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Zverev collapses to defeat by relentless Chung

Zverev collapses to defeat by relentless Chung MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Korean Hyeon Chung does not appear especially intimidating with his Zen-like demeanour and white-framed spectacles but as German wunderkind Alex Zverev will testify, the 21-year-old should come with a health warning. Fourth seed Zverev went into their Australian Open third-round clash of rising stars as favourite and with many tipping him as a potential winner of the tournament. Despite winning the first and third sets with some stunning tennis, however, the 20-year-old could not shake off the relentless Chung…

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