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Montpellier pull level with Top 14 leaders

Montpellier scored three tries to defeat faltering Bordeaux 31-26 on Friday and pull level on points with Clermont and La Rochelle at the head of ...

Froome turned down TUE on 2015 Tour on 'moral grounds'

Britain's triple Tour de France champion Chris Froome declined a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) during the 2015 race because he didn't think it was right ...

Chapecoense back in training after air crash

Brazilian football team Chapecoense on Friday held its first training session since its squad was wiped out in a plane crash in November. The club ...

I could play on until I am 40, says Djokovic

In bad news for his opponents, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic said on Friday that he may continue his astonishing career until the age ...

$640mn boost forecast for 48-team World Cup

Increasing the World Cup from 32 teams to 48, as proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, would generate an additional $640 million (605 million euros), ...

Stoch lands Four Hills title

Polish double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch secured the Four Hills ski jumping tournament with his final effort to land glory at Bischofshofen. Stoch brought the ...

Murray, Djokovic set up dream Qatar final

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on Friday won through to the Qatar Open final, setting up a hugely-anticipated early season clash between the two best ...

Olympic medalist trio set for Boston indoor 3,000m

Rio Olympic 5,000-meter medalists Paul Chelimo of the United States and Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia will be challenged by US 800m medalist Clayton Murphy at ...

Thomson staying positive chasing Vendee dream

British sailor Alex Thomson said Friday he was staying positive as he strives to chase down Vendee Globe race leader Armel Le Cléac'h. "We're in ...

Welsh star Priestland extends Bath contract

Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland extended his contract with English Premiership side Bath, the club announced on Friday. The 29-year-old -- capped 48 times since making ...

Djokovic saves five match points to reach Qatar final

Novak Djokovic saved five match points against world number 42 Fernando Verdasco on Friday to reach the Qatar Open final where he could meet world ...

Loeb wins stormy stage as Peterhansel takes Dakar lead

Stormy conditions in Bolivia forced organisers to shorten the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday, with defending champion Stephane Peterhansel moving clear after ...

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela returns to Roma for treatment

Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela has returned to former club Roma for treatment after becoming frustrated by the progress of a hip injury, manager Mauricio ...

Manchester United freeze out Schneiderlin, Depay as exit looms

Jose Mourinho has told midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay they will not be considered for selection while they wait to leave Manchester United during ...

Zidane plans to limit Ronaldo's minutes

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he will continue to periodically leave out four-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo to keep the Portuguese ...

Alize Cornet to play Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane final

Alize Cornet reached her biggest final in over two years after an "exhausted" Garbine Muguruza withdrew from their semi-final of the Brisbane International on Friday. ...

Milos Raonic downs Rafael Nadal to reach Brisbane semis

A more aggressive Milos Raonic moved into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International when he beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a high quality quarter-final on ...

Silverstone could lose British Grand Prix, say owners

The British Grand Prix may have to leave Silverstone in 2020 due to "potentially ruinous" costs, the circuit's owners have revealed. In a letter published ...

F1 team Manor Racing enters administration

Formula One team Manor Racing has gone into administration and will collapse without fresh investment, administrators confirmed to AFP on Friday. Administrators FRP Advisory said ...

Swiss court rejects workers' rights claim against FIFA

A Swiss court has rejected a claim lodged against FIFA by several trade unions for alleged abuses of workers' rights in 2022 World Cup host ...

Joan Barreda loses Dakar Rally lead after penalty

Spanish Honda rider Joan Barreda has lost the lead in the Dakar Rally motorcycle category after picking up an hour penalty for illegal refuelling, organisers ...

Roger Federer unable to stop French advance at Hopman Cup

A singles masterclass from Swiss champion Roger Federer was not enough to stop the French pairing of Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic winning through to ...

'King Kohli' crowned India limited overs skipper

Selectors appointed Virat Kohli as India's limited overs skipper Friday as the number one ranked Test side sets its sights on winning back its title ...

Carlos Sainz out of Dakar Rally

Former champion Carlos Sainz of Spain has been forced out of the Dakar Rally after his Peugeot was badly damaged in an accident, his team ...

Bangladesh rest Mustafizur for first New Zealand Test

Bangladesh omitted fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman on Friday from a 15-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand, with selectors keen not to overburden ...

Chinese football fans cheer curbs on 'ridiculous' spending

Chinese football fans on Friday cheered a government move to curb the huge sums being lavished on foreign players after a string of record-breaking deals, ...

Konjuh weathers Goerges storm to reach Auckland Classic final

Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh outlasted Julia Goerges in a two-hour battle Friday to set up a final against diminutive American Lauren Davis in the WTA ...

Another scalp for Siniakova in WTA Shenzhen

Unseeded Czech tennis player Katerina Siniakova defeated Britain's world number 10 Johanna Konta on Friday to secure a place in the WTA Shenzhen Open final. ...

Nene nails NBA game-winning free throws for Rockets

Brazil's Nene drained two clutch free throws with 0.7 seconds left on the clock to lift the Houston Rockets to a 118-116 victory over the ...

German teen Zverev ramps up Australian Open preparations

Highly rated teenager Alexander Zverev continued his impressive build-up for the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Dan Evans at the Hopman Cup on ...

Cornet into Brisbane Int'l final after Muguruza withdraws

Unseeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet reached the final of the Brisbane International when Spain's Garbine Muguruza withdrew while trailing 1-4 in the opening set of their ...

Australia push for Test series clean sweep over Pakistan

Australia were nine wickets away from a series clean sweep and Pakistan an improbable 410 runs from victory with one day left in the third ...

Walker leads by two after opening round in Hawaii

Reigning PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker fired a bogey-free 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Tournament of Champions, the inaugural ...

Blazing Munro belts New Zealand to T20 series win vs Bangladesh

Colin Munro produced a masterclass of controlled aggression to smash 101 off 54 balls as New Zealand coasted to a 47-run win in the second ...

Kerber keen to shine in final Grand Slam warm-up, Sydney Int'l

Angelique Kerber has one last chance to shine ahead of the Australian Open after crashing out early at the Brisbane International, but she insists she ...

Draxler in line for home PSG bow in French Cup tie

Julian Draxler could make his competitive debut for Paris Saint-Germain when they begin their defence of the French Cup at home to Bastia on Saturday. ...

Reading manager Stam plots FA Cup upset on Manchester United return

Jaap Stam returns to Manchester United on Saturday with the Reading manager plotting an FA Cup giant-killing at the club that sold him when he ...

Juventus fully charged for 2017, says defender Rugani

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani insists the champions are "fully charged" up for a successful 2017 and ready to put their Italian Super Cup defeat behind ...

Barcelona start 2017 with defeat at nine-man Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao held out with nine men to secure a first win over Barcelona in four years and carry a 2-1 lead into the second ...

Riyad Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez was Thursday voted African Footballer of the Year after he inspired Leicester City to the English Premier League title last season. ...

Cavalier heroes LeBron, Irving lead NBA All-Star voting

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who sparked the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA crown last year, were the top vote-getters in the first preliminary ...

Frustration as fixing scandal hits ahead of Australian Open

A match-fixing charge in Australia has underlined concerns about corruption in tennis ahead of the year's opening Grand Slam, with top players frustrated at another ...

Win-hungry Tiger adds Dubai to growing event list

Tiger Woods added the Dubai Desert Classic to his growing list of 2017 tournaments on Thursday, giving him four events in five weeks in a ...

Silverstone could ditch British Grand Prix - report

The future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone could be under threat because of the "potentially ruinous risk" of staging the race, a report ...

Moelgg ends eight-year win drought at FIS World Cup

Italy's Manfred Moelgg clinched his first World Cup win in eight years when he triumphed in the slalom at Zagreb on Thursday. It was a ...

Dakar Rally claims star duo on only day four

Defending motorcycle champion Toby Price was forced out of the Dakar Rally on Thursday after breaking his left leg, joining two-time auto winner Nasser Al ...

Broken leg forces defending champion Price out of Dakar

Defending motorcycle champion Toby Price of Australia was forced out of the Dakar Rally on Thursday after breaking his left leg in a fall, race ...

Murray, Djokovic through to Qatar Open semi-finals

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic remain on collision course for their first major meeting of the season after both won through to the Qatar Open ...

Court orders Chinese owner to pay Dutch club Den Haag 2.5 mn euros

A Dutch court on Thursday ordered the Chinese owners of top-flight side ADO Den Haag to pay almost 2.5 million euros ($2.6 million, £2.1 million) ...

Teenager Lookman seals 'dream move' to Everton

Highly-rated teenager Ademola Lookman achieved his 'dream move' on Thursday signing for Premier League Everton from third tier Charlton Athletic for a fee reported to ...

Better concentration needed from batsmen: Sri Lanka's Mathews

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said poor batting was the main reason for his team's 282-run defeat on the fourth day of the second Test ...

Nick Kyrgios injury flares at the Hopman Cup

Australian Open hopeful Nick Kyrgios played down concerns over a worsening knee injury less than two weeks before the first Grand Slam of the year ...

Milos Raonic sets up Nadal clash at Brisbane International

Defending champion and top seed Milos Raonic cruised into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International with a regulation 6-3, 6-2 win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman ...

Qatar's Nasser Al Attiyah pulls out of Dakar Rally

Qatari two-time winner Nasser Al Attiyah has been forced to pull out of the Dakar Rally on Thursday, his Toyota team confirmed. The 46-year-old, the ...

Kerber, Cibulkova shocked at Brisbane International

The Brisbane International lost its top two women's seeds Thursday when Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova were both bundled out in the quarter-finals of the ...

Marco Silva appointed Hull City manager

Premier League strugglers Hull City appointed Marco Silva as manager for the rest of the season on Thursday. The 39-year-old Portuguese -- who guided Olympiakos ...

China football authorities to curb splashy spending

China ordered a clampdown Thursday on the mega sums being shelled out on foreign football stars and their salaries after the high-profile signings of Oscar ...

Alison Riske stuns Agnieszka Radwanska at Shenzhen Open

American world number 39 Alison Riske stunned Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the Shenzhen Open on Thursday, sending her careering out of the WTA ...

South African cricket rocked by Abbott departure

South African cricket was rocked on Thursday when it was announced that Test fast bowler Kyle Abbott had quit the national team in order to ...

South Africa's Rabada sends Sri Lanka crashing in second Test

Kagiso Rabada took three wickets in two overs as South Africa sent Sri Lanka crashing to a 282-run defeat on the fourth day of the ...

Goerges stuns Wozniacki in latest WTA Auckland upset

Unseeded German Julia Goerges burst into the WTA Auckland Classic limelight on Thursday with a dramatic come-from-behind win to oust Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals. ...

Curry scores 35 as Warriors topple Trail Blazers

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant had 30 as the Golden State Warriors won their ninth straight home game with a 125-117 win ...

Czech Republic's Hradecka bows out of Hopman on a high

Czech veteran Lucie Hradecka on Thursday said she was hoping to climb back up the rankings in 2017 after a successful start to the season ...

Auckland wants Serena back despite stormy exit

Auckland Classic organisers have appealed for Serena Williams to return next year despite the world number two lashing out at conditions following her shock second-round ...

Toure demands Manchester City show more fight

Yaya Toure has challenged Manchester City to put a smile back on Pep Guardiola's face with a dominant display in Friday's FA Cup third-round clash ...

Hideki Matsuyama focused on golfing goals for 2017

A sizzling finish to 2016 has Hideki Matsuyama focused more than ever on his golfing goals this year, among them a major title and perhaps ...

Tiger to make 2017 debut at Torrey Pines

Former world number one Tiger Woods will launch his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines, where his eight triumphs include the 2008 US Open. Organizers said ...

Ton-up Younis keeps Pakistan alive in final Australia Test

Younis Khan claimed his 34th Test century and first in Australia as Pakistan struggled to stay alive in the final Test in Sydney on Thursday. ...

Rodriguez caps perfect year for Zidane's Real

Zinedine Zidane celebrated a spectacular first year in charge of Real Madrid as James Rodriguez scored twice to set the European champions firmly on course ...

Spurs and Alli deny Chelsea record win

In-form midfielder Dele Alli scored two near-identical headers as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday to torpedo the Premier League leaders' hopes of a ...

Algeria's Mahrez tipped for top Africa award

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez is favourite to be crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2016 on the back of his contribution to Leicester City's ...

Brazil air crash team signs new players

Brazilian football club Chapecoense on Wednesday presented the first three of 20 new players it plans to sign after its squad was wiped out in ...

Ancelotti backs Guardiola to succeed in England

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti backed his predecessor Pep Guardiola to do "a fantastic job" in the Premier League despite recent criticism of the Spaniard ...

Peterhansel leads Peugeot sweep as Toyota hit Dakar trouble

Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel led a Peugeot sweep of the top-three finishing spots on the third stage of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday with teammate ...

Tande doubles up at windswept Four Hills

Norway's Daniel-Andre Tande claimed his second win of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament when he triumphed at Innsbruck on Wednesday as high winds played ...

Speed of Clement's Swansea switch a surprise - Ancelotti

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday that the speed of former assistant Paul Clement's appointment as Swansea boss took the Bundesliga champions by ...

Double Olympic decathlon champion Eaton retires

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and Games medallist wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton said Wednesday they were both retiring at the age of 28. The childhood ...

Murray battles through, Djokovic gets selfie surprise

World number one Andy Murray claimed his 26th consecutive victory on Wednesday with a battling 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 win over Austria's Gerald Melzer to reach ...

Dhoni quits as India limited overs skipper

Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit as India's limited overs captain Wednesday after a decade-long spell as skipper in which he led his team to victory in ...

S.African former golf pro Westner commits suicide

South African former golfer Wayne Westner, who won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991, shot himself dead in front of his wife on ...

Anthony Crolla given chance to regain world lightweight title

Britain's Anthony Crolla will get his chance to regain the WBA lightweight title in a rematch with Venezuelan Jorge Linares in Manchester on March 25, ...

Kerber, Cibulkova survive scares in Brisbane

World number one Angelique Kerber survived a big scare from Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty to progress to the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International on Wednesday. ...

Gold medalist slams GB Diving over coach defection

Britain's Olympic gold medallist Jack Laugher described British Diving's failure to hire his coach Adrian Hinchliffe as a 'massive insult'. Hinchliffe worked as a consultant ...

Barca trio rested and readied for vital January - Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists his star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are in fine physical condition despite being allowed extended ...

French prop Jefferson Poirot out of Six Nations

Bordeaux-Begles' France international prop Jefferson Poirot has been ruled out for three months with a leg injury and will miss the Six Nations, his club ...

Roger Federer loses to teenager Zverev

Roger Federer’s comeback from injury struck its first hurdle on Wednesday when he was beaten by teenager Alexander Zverev at the mixed teams Hopman Cup ...

No festive goodwill from trigger-happy Premier League owners

Mike Phelan became the third Premier League manager in a fortnight to lose his job after being sacked by Hull City on Tuesday, leading to ...

Impressive Stan Wawrinka moves into quarters

Reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka was in impressive form as he saw off Serbia's Viktor Troicki in straight sets to move into the quarter-finals ...

China's Tianjin targets more Serie A stars: reports

Tianjin Quanjian coach Fabio Cannavaro could continue the Chinese club's impressive European buying spree by snapping up Serie A strikers Nikola Kalinic and Carlos Bacca, ...

England's Manu Tuilagi out for season

Injury-prone England centre Manu Tuilagi will miss the rest of the season because of a knee ligament problem, his club Leicester Tigers announced on Wednesday. ...

Bournemouth appeal Francis red card against Arsenal

Bournemouth have appealed against captain Simon Francis' sending off in the thrilling 3-3 Premier League draw with Arsenal, the club said on Wednesday. Francis was ...

Rabada pushes Sri Lanka to brink of defeat

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada said South Africa would rely on the pace and bounce of the Newlands pitch when they press for a series-clinching win ...

FA treated Bobby Moore shamefully, says ex-wife

England's 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore was treated outrageously by the Football Association after he retired in 1978, claimed his former wife Tina. Moore, ...

Zidane celebrates flawless year at Madrid

The relentless demands for success at Real Madrid have cost many high-profile and heavily experienced coaches their jobs, but Zinedine Zidane has made the move ...

Hot French blitz Brits at Hopman

France's Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic overcame extreme heat to sweep Great Britain 3-0 and near the final of the Hopman Cup mixed-teams tournament on ...

Spurs romp past Raptors, 76ers edge Timberwolves

The San Antonio Spurs dominated Toronto 110-82, handing the Raptors their worst defeat of the season in a clash of elite teams. Kawhi Leonard scored ...

Nishikori survives scare from qualifier in Brisbane

A rusty Kei Nishikori survived a scare from qualifier Jared Donaldson to move into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International on Wednesday. The third seeded ...

Serena follows sister Venus to Auckland exit

Serena Williams suffered a shock second-round defeat at the Auckland Classic Wednesday following her sister Venus's earlier withdrawal with an arm injury. Top seeded Serena ...

Blue Jackets eye history with 16th straight win

The Columbus Blue Jackets inched closer to NHL history Tuesday, notching their 16th consecutive victory 3-1 over the Edmonton Oilers. Cam Atkinson and William Karlsson ...

Injury forces 'old' Venus out of Auckland

Venus Williams pulled out of the Auckland Classic with an arm injury Tuesday just hours after "feeling old" in overcoming unsung teenager Jade Lewis 7-6 ...

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