Injury worries mount for Terriers ahead of Burnley trip

(Reuters) - Hudderfield Town midfielder Danny Williams and striker Steve Mounie will miss Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Burnley through injury, manager David Wagner has said.

Williams, who sat out the 1-0 League Cup loss to Crystal Palace in midweek, is set to be out for an indefinite period with a foot fracture, while Mounie could return from a heel injury against Tottenham Hotspur next week.

Australia fast bowler Cummins to miss India T20 series

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins will miss the three-match Twenty20 series against India to keep him fresh for the Ashes against England later this year, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

After more than five years of injury setbacks preventing his talent from blooming, the 24-year-old made an inspiring return to the test arena against India earlier this year.

Dagg ruled out for rest of season with knee injury

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - All Blacks utility back Israel Dagg has been ruled out for the rest of the season but does not require surgery on a troubling knee injury, the team said on Friday.

Dagg sustained the problem during the Super Rugby season, forcing him to miss several weeks of the Canterbury Crusaders’ march to an eighth title but had returned for the All Blacks.

Olympics - France to skip 2018 Winter Games if security not assured

PARIS/SEOUL (Reuters) - France’s Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, France’s sports minister said on Thursday, the first major doubts by a participating nation about growing North Korean tensions.

The games organiser said on Friday that it is closely monitoring the current geopolitical situation with the South Korean government, adding that safety is the top priority.

Golf - Stanley upstages big names to take Tour Championship lead

(Reuters) - Kyle Stanley upstaged the big names to take the first-round lead with a six-under-par 64 at the Tour Championship in Georgia on Thursday.

Stanley, 22nd in the FedExCup standings, compiled seven birdies and one bogey in perfect conditions at East Lake in Atlanta.

A winner on the PGA Tour this year, Stanley leads the elite 30-man field by two strokes from fellow Americans Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka, and Englishman Paul Casey.

Motor racing - Switzerland to host first race in more than 60 years

LONDON (Reuters) - Switzerland, a country that banned motor racing in 1955 after the sport’s worst accident at Le Mans, will return to the international calendar next year with a round of the electric Formula E championship in Zurich.

The restrictions on circuit racing were lifted in 2015 for fully-electric vehicles.

Jean Todt, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said on Thursday that the scheduling of the June 10 race was the achievement of an important goal for the sport’s world body.

Olympics - France to skip 2018 Winter Games if security risk too great

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Thursday, raising the first major doubts by a participating country over the event.

Tensions in the region have escalated since reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3 prompting global condemnation.

Golf - Matthew appointed 2019 European Solheim Cup captain

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland’s Catriona Matthew was appointed European team captain for the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles on Thursday in what she said was a dream come true after making nine appearances as a player.

“Since my first appearance in 1998, I have always loved playing in the Solheim Cup,” the 48-year-old three-times winner said in a statement.

China, Bahrain may swap places on 2018 F1 calendar

GROVE, England (Reuters) - Formula One is confident China will have a race next season but the grand prix in Shanghai may end up swapping dates with Bahrain, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on Thursday.

China is currently pencilled in as the second round of the season, subject to confirmation of a new contract, on April 8 with the race at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit on the following weekend.

The season is due to start in Australia on March 25.

Olympics - France ready to skip 2018 Winter Games if security risk too great

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump is locked in a stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear challenge and has threatened to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people if the North threatened the United States and its allies, including neighbouring South Korea.

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