Tennis - Halep survives Dodin scare to advance in Miami

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep survived a scare from France's Oceane Dodin on Thursday, beating the lucky loser 3-6 6-3 7-5 to reach the Miami Open third round.

Williamson scores New Zealand record century as lead builds

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Captain Kane Williamson scored a New Zealand record 18th test century early on the second day of the first match against England on Friday to take his side's lead to 139 runs just before rain forced the players from the field at Eden Park.

Ibrahimovic says farewell to Manchester United ahead of U.S. move

LONDON (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic said farewell to Manchester United on Thursday after the Premier League club agreed to terminate the Swedish striker's contract ahead of an expected move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

Soccer - Sizzling Sisto gives Denmark win over 10-man Panama in friendly

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark winger Pione Sisto put on a sizzling show of dribbling before scoring his first senior international goal to secure a 1-0 win over 10-man Panama in a friendly between the World Cup-bound teams at the Brondby Stadium on Thursday.

Golf - No repeat championship for Johnson at WGC Match Play

(Reuters) - Defending champion Dustin Johnson will not advance to the knockout phase of the WGC-Dell Match Play after suffering a second straight defeat in Texas on Thursday.

Rugby: Tahiti booted from World Cup qualifiers over ineligible players

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The Cook Islands have advanced to the next stage of qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Tahiti were found to have breached player eligibility regulations in their Oceania Cup clash last year.

Soccer - Wilshere ruled out of England friendly vs Netherlands

LONDON (Reuters) - Jack Wilshere will play no part in England's friendly against the Netherlands on Friday because of a knee injury but could be fit to face Italy next week, manager Gareth Southgate said.

Soccer - Italy's a strange country, says Buffon

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said Italy was a strange country as he replied to criticism of the decision to pick him for this month's friendlies against Argentina and England.

Van Dijk named Netherlands captain ahead of England friendly

(Reuters) - Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named captain of the Netherlands by manager Ronald Koeman on Thursday, a day ahead of his first game in charge of the national team against England.

Golf - Former NFL quarterback Romo shoots 77 in PGA Tour debut

(Reuters) - Tony Romo acknowledged the unforgiving nature of professional golf after carding five-over-par 77 in the opening round at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.