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ISU launch probe after Korean skater injured by American rival

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Figure skating's ruling body is set to investigate claims America's Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival …

From Aussie bad boys to the Universe Boss: six to watch in the IPL

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AFP Sport picks six to watch when the 12th season of the high-octane Twenty20 Indian Premier League begins on Saturday:

Aussie footy TV host slammed for mocking NZ PM's accent

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A leading Australian media personality faced a stinging backlash Thursday after mocking New Zealand Prime Minister …

Gloomy return for Super Rugby after mosque attacks

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The Otago Highlanders paid their respects at a mosque on Thursday as Super Rugby prepared to make a sombre return to …

Glum Wolves and a baby: Five talking points in Super Rugby

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Five talking points ahead of this week's games in Super Rugby:

All to prove: Smith, Warner face World Cup test in IPL

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The big-bucks Indian Premier League begins Saturday with disgraced Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner back in …

Youthful talent gives England a bright future, says Henderson

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Jordan Henderson says England are ready to fulfil the growing expectations around their vibrant young team as the Euro …

Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit as Miami Open begins

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World number one Naomi Osaka refused on Wednesday to become embroiled in a dispute with one of her former coaches who is …

Le Sommer and Renard give holders Lyon first-leg edge over Wolfsburg

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Reigning champions Lyon beat two-time former winners Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg on …

Wales leave it late to beat Trinidad without Bale

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Wales needed a stoppage-time goal from Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn to beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in friendly on …

Moroccan, Tunisian clubs on track for more CAF Cup glory

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Moroccan and Tunisian clubs dodged each other in the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals draw in Cairo on Wednesday as …

Horoya paired with Wydad after coaching upheaval

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Guinean club Horoya, who reacted to reaching the CAF Champions League knockout phase by dumping French coach Patrice …

Goretzka strike salvages a draw for new-look Germany

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Leon Goretzka spared coach Joachim Loew a humiliating defeat with a second-half equaliser as a new-look Germany side …

Novak says all good with Roger, Rafa despite Kermode ouster

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Novak Djokovic played down a reported rift with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, saying he welcomed their …

US teen phenom Bhatia makes PGA debut at Valspar

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US teen golf prodigy Akshay Bhatia makes his PGA Tour debut Thursday at the Valspar Championship with plans to turn …

Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunch 2030 World Cup bid

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Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunched their bid to host the 2030 World Cup following a meeting of their …

Bale left out by Wales for Trinidad friendly

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Gareth Bale was omitted from Wales' side for their international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in Wrexham on …

US blends MLS, Europe-based talent to face Ecuador, Chile

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US national team head coach Gregg Berhalter will see how top European-based players and Major League Soccer talent from …

NBA-best Bucks lose Mirotic with broken left thumb

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic has suffered a broken left thumb dealing another blow to the NBA leaders.

Park back after break to defend LPGA Founders Cup crown

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Seven-time major champion Park In-bee, who ended a long break two weeks ago in Singapore, isn't feeling any rust as she …

Women's Super League lands multi-million pound sponsorship

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Chelsea Women's manager Emma Hayes says Barclays' multi-million pound sponsorship of England's Women's Super League is a …

Alexander-Arnold pulls out of England squad

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from the England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers due to a …

Former Colombia footballer Viafara arrested over drug trafficking

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Former Colombia international Jhon Viafara has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and could be extradited to …

Dillashaw surrenders UFC crown after adverse test result

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T.J. Dillashaw surrendered his UFC bantamweight crown on Wednesday after revealing a "adverse finding" in a doping test …

Beckham's Inter Miami win key lawmakers vote

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Former England star David Beckham's Inter Miami expansion team in Major League Soccer has won a key vote from city …

South Africa's Lewies signs for Harlequins

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South Africa lock Stephan Lewies has become the latest player to join Harlequins ahead of next season.

South African pacemen Ngidi, Nortje to miss IPL

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Two of South Africa's likely World Cup fast bowlers, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje, will miss the Indian Premier League …

Pogba buys American-style ring for France's World Cup winners

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"The present has arrived," said Paul Pogba on Wednesday, confirming he had given all his France team-mates world …

NBA, YouTube unite for Sub-Saharan Africa channel

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The NBA and YouTube announced Wednesday the launch of a channel for sub-Saharan Africa that will broadcast live games …

Pogba says Real Madrid is 'a dream club'

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Paul Pogba said on Wednesday he is "happy" at Manchester United but that Real Madrid, "is a dream club."

Chinese, Croatian teams to join NBA Vegas Summer League

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China and Croatia will send national teams to compete in the NBA Summer League, an annual showcase for top new talent, …

Mariners smash Athletics 9-7 in season opener in Tokyo

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Domingo Santana blasted a grand slam Wednesday to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 9-7 opening-game victory over the …

Pogba wants 'happy coach' Solskjaer to stay at Man Utd

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Paul Pogba hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is given the Manchester United manager's job on a permanent basis after the …

Bayern talent Davies ruled out of Canada game

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Bayern Munich rising star Alphonso Davies will miss out on Canada's upcoming game against French Guiana after picking up …

Welsh rugby chiefs rule out merger for regions in 2019/20

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The four existing Welsh regions will continue to play separately for the 2019/20 season after the Professional Rugby …

Olympic champ Zagitova dazzles in world short skate

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Olympic champion Alina Zagitova produced a magical short programme crackling with power and grace Wednesday to set the …

Casillas prolongs Porto stay until 2020

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Spain's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas has extended his contract with Porto to 2020, the Portuguese …

Klopp urges Salah to use Liverpool teammate Mane as inspiration

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah should use Sadio Mane as inspiration as the Egypt star looks to hit …

'More time for our wives': Mueller on life after Loew

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Former Germany star Thomas Mueller has said that he is looking to the future after his exclusion from the national team …

Reus 'will end his career at Dortmund'

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Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said that talisman Marco Reus will stay at the club until the end …

Tokyo unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch

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Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday unveiled a cherry-blossom shaped torch for the Games as the city …

New F1 grand prix can tap into Vietnam 'passion' for racing: Todt

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Formula One chief Jean Todt on Wednesday hailed next year's inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix in Hanoi as a great …

Japan's Sunwolves set for Super Rugby axe: report

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Japan's ground-breaking Sunwolves team are set to be axed from Super Rugby, a report said on Wednesday, as the governing …

Badminton's Lee out of Malaysian Open in blow to Olympic hopes

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Badminton great Lee Chong Wei has pulled out of next month's Malaysian Open, despite being given the all-clear after …

Anscombe calls for end to Welsh club uncertainty

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Wales' Grand Slam winner Gareth Anscombe has urged officials to end the uncertainty surrounding the regional game or …

Kane welcomes great expectations on England

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England should embrace their new-found status as one of the favourites for a major tournament, believes captain Harry …

Rabiot 'held hostage' by PSG, claims mother

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Adrien Rabiot's agent has accused Paris Saint-Germain of holding the midfielder "hostage" after he was suspended for …

Wales wing Adams to join Cardiff

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Wales wing Josh Adams is to join Cardiff Blues from English Premiership side Worcester in time for next season, the …

South Africa beat Sri Lanka in Super Over after thrilling tie

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David Miller shone with gloves and bat as South Africa beat Sri Lanka on a Super Over in a dramatic first Twenty20 …

Evra denies homophobia after social media spat with PSG

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Patrice Evra has hit back at accusations of homophobia after Paris Saint-Germain blasted the former France captain for …

Vunipola backs England to bolster self-belief in time for World Cup

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Billy Vunipola believes England's players themselves hold the key to restoring their self-belief ahead of the World Cup, …

French rugby to trial revolutionary tackle law changes

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Amateur rugby clubs in France will trial law changes which include lowering the height of a tackle and banning tackles …

Castello joins Italy injury list

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Italy international Tommaso Castello has undergone surgery on a broken leg after a bruising Six Nations campaign for the …

Former NBA star pleads guilty in bribery scheme

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Former NBA star Chuck Person pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accepting $91,500 in bribes while working as an assistant …

PSG slam Evra homophobic comments

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Paris Saint-Germain have condemned the behaviour and comments of Patrice Evra as a social media spat turned nasty with …

Phehlukwayo strikes for South Africa as Sri Lanka struggle

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All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo took three wickets as Sri Lanka struggled to 134 for seven in the first Twenty20 …

Inter get suspended stand closure for Kessie racist abuse

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Inter have been handed a suspended stand closure on Monday for racist abuse by their fans towards AC Milan's Ivorian …

Wilder confirms heavyweight defence vs. Breazeale

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Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight crown against Dominic Breazeale in May following the collapse of his …

Big win for PSG as UEFA financial probe dropped

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Paris Saint-Germain won a major victory Tuesday when the world's top sports court backed the French champions against …

Team Sky stay on road under new owners as Team Ineos

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Team Sky have secured the backing of Britain's richest man and will begin racing as Team Ineos as they seek to maintain …

Ronaldo ban would be 'crazy', says Juve teammate Bernardeschi

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus teammate Federico Bernardeschi said Tuesday it would be "crazy" for UEFA to suspend the …

Italy's Campagnaro and Wales' Baldwin to join Harlequins

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Italy centre Michele Campagnaro and Wales hooker Scott Baldwin will play for Harlequins next season, the English …

'Like Suarez': Serbia star Jovic set to shine against Germany

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Rising Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic is hoping to maintain his superb form when he lines up for Serbia against …

France issues arrest warrants for two Russian ex-athletics officials: sources

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France has issued arrest warrants for two former senior Russian athletics officials in an investigation into a doping …

Everton boss Silva fined £12,000 for Newcastle outburst

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Everton manager Marco Silva has been fined £12,000 ($16,000, 14,000 euros) for confronting match officials on the pitch …

Angels reel in Trout with record deal: reports

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Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout is poised to sign the most lucrative contract in baseball history after agreeing a …

Roglic pips Yates to Tirreno-Adriatico victory

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Slovenia's Primoz Roglic won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race on Tuesday finishing just one-second ahead of Britain's …

Giggs hits back after Zlatan criticism of Man Utd 'Class of 92'

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Ryan Giggs has responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's criticism of the "Class of 92" by insisting players with "over 2,000 …

UK's richest man switches gear to buy Team Sky

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Britain's richest man, reclusive chemicals tycoon Jim Ratcliffe, emerged from the shadows on Tuesday to buy the world's …

Team Sky to stay on road under new owners as Team Ineos

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Team Sky has secured the backing of Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe and will begin racing as Team Ineos in May, the …

Deschamps keen to lead France into 2022 World Cup

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France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps has told AFP he would like to remain in his job until the 2022 finals …

Gambling Germany boss Loew goes all-in ahead of Serbia friendly

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Germany coach Joachim Loew hopes to prove his critics wrong and open 2019 with a win when his new-look team host Serbia …

Ronaldo joins Portugal camp for Euro 2020 qualifiers

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Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined his Portugal team-mates on Tuesday ahead of the start of Euro 2020 qualifying this week …

Casillas plans to play until 40 at Porto

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Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas wants to end his career at Porto and continue playing until he's 40, he told …

Afghan refugee scales summit of women's football

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"I don't really think about the past and what happened," says Nadia Nadim, the daughter of an executed Afghan general …

Austrian ski star Hirscher still undecided on retirement

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Austrian ski legend Marcel Hirscher said on Tuesday that he would decide "relatively soon" if he would retire or call it …

Sanchez wants to bring 'joy' to Manchester United fans

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Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is determined to succeed at the club and says he still believes in himself …

Italy's Campagnaro to make Harlequins switch after World Cup

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Italy centre Michele Campagnaro will join Harlequins from rivals Wasps after this year's World Cup, the English …

'Dortmund can't afford any mistakes' says Bayern star Mueller

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Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller has warned title rivals Borussia Dortmund that they cannot afford to slip up as a …

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

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The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his …

Crusaders say grieving more important than name change talk

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Canterbury Crusaders' Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read called Tuesday for the immediate focus following the Christchurch …

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would 'exacerbate' Gulf tensions

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host …

'No pain in heaven' -- tributes as Hong Kong-Australian swimmer dies at 26

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Record-breaking Hong Kong and Australia swimmer Kenneth To has died suddenly aged 26 after falling unwell at a Florida …

Hong Kong-Australian swimmer dies at training camp aged 26

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Record-breaking Hong Kong and Australia swimmer Kenneth To has died suddenly aged 26 after falling unwell at a Florida …

Bring on the World Cup, we fear no one: Afghan spin king Khan

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Trailblazing bowler Rashid Khan said Afghanistan will fear no one when the World Cup starts in May after a maiden Test …

'I Live! I Die!' -- New Zealand uses haka to heal after attacks

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New Zealanders are gathering to thump chests, stomp feet and stick out their tongues -- staging impromptu performances …

'Public uproar' - critics round on Cannavaro over China role

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Fabio Cannavaro's first task as China coach may be to win over a sceptical public after his appointment was met with …

'Burning' Hanyu to break pain barrier at world skate

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Japan's "Ice Prince" Yuzuru Hanyu declared "mission complete" Tuesday in his race to be fit for the world figure skating …

The long march of women's football

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Women's football has fought a long battle for recognition -- but after several false starts the women's game has grown …

When the German FA banned women's football...

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At 75, former footballer Baerbel Wohlleben still clearly remembers the moment in 1974 when a journalist asked, "but when …

Napoli 'keeper Ospina out of hospital after head injury scare

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Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina has been discharged from hospital and is recovering from his frightening collapse after a …

No trophy, no regrets as Federer departs Indian Wells for Miami

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Roger Federer departed Indian Wells empty-handed for a second straight year, but the Swiss great sees no reason he can't …

Going out on top: Ngata signs off on Kilimanjaro

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Former Baltimore Ravens lineman Haloti Ngata announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, signing off from the sport …

Europa League stunners Slavia dominate Czech team for England, Brazil

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Players from Europa League sensation Slavia Prague form the backbone of a Czech Republic team facing England and Brazil …

Andreescu arrives with unlikely Indian Wells triumph

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Bianca Andreescu's vision became reality in the California desert, where the Canadian 18-year-old's Cinderella run to a …

Roma chief Pallotta blasts departed Monchi

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Roma president James Pallotta hit back at former sporting director Monchi on Monday after the Spaniard blamed …

Burfict released by Bengals

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The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Monday after seven seasons marked by regular suspensions …

'Wary' Deschamps warns France ahead of Moldova trip

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Didier Deschamps expects unfancied Moldova to make life difficult for world champions France when they begin Euro 2020 …

Alaphilippe sprints to Tirreno-Adriatico sixth stage win

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France's Julian Alaphilippe won a bunch sprint in Monday's sixth and penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling …

Harlequins sign two Argentine internationals

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English Premiership side Harlequins announced the signing of Argentina international pair Martin Landajo and Santiago …

'Happy' Rodriguez's Bayern future still open despite hot form

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James Rodriguez says he is happy at Bayern Munich after another brilliant performance from the on-loan Colombian over …

Italy World Cup blow as Ghiraldini ruptures knee ligaments

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Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini suffered ruptured cruciate knee ligaments in the team's final Six Nations game, the …