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Dominant Ogier rules world rally for sixth year

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Dominant Frenchman Sebastien Ogier clinched his sixth world rally title Sunday in a gripping final race of the year at …

Erasmus defends Springboks captain Kolisi after Scotland incident

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Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus defended the character of Siya Kolisi after the possibility of a citing against his …

Courageous Irish down All Blacks for historic home win

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Six Nations holders Ireland beat world champions New Zealand for the first time at home on Saturday, winning a frenetic …

Flawless Djokovic sets up ATP Finals title clash with Zverev

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Novak Djokovic produced a masterclass on Saturday to crush Kevin Anderson and set up a title decider at the ATP Finals …

Ronaldo still very much part of Portugal team, insists coach

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos insisted Saturday that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains a key part of his national …

Irish best in the world? Schmidt laughs off Hansen claim

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen's claim that Ireland are now number one in the world and favourites for the World Cup has …

Portugal hold off Italy to reach Nations League semi-finals

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European champions Portugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals on Saturday after …

France claim first win in nine months by beating Argentina

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France claimed their first victory in nine months by beating Argentina 28-13 as Teddy Thomas scored twice on Saturday, …

Thompson in control at LPGA Tour Championship

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Lexi Thompson fired a four-under par 68 on Saturday to take a commanding three-shot lead over Nelly Korda in the LPGA's …

Pollard stars as South Africa down Scotland at Murrayfield

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Handre Pollard plundered 18 points to help South Africa follow up their dramatic late win against France by becoming …

Olympic champions Hanyu and Zagitova win in Moscow

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Japan's two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu overcame an injury to his right ankle to win the men's title, while …

Nigeria, Uganda, Mali, Morocco qualify for Cup of Nations

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Nigeria, Uganda, Mali and Morocco qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday while Libya scored eight …

Impressive India thump Australia to top World T20 group

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India sent out a warning to their rivals at the Women's World Twenty20 with a 48-run thrashing of record three-time …

Jones glad as 'seduced' England recover to beat Japan

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Eddie Jones said his team "played like England" in the second half after they came from behind to beat Japan 35-15 at …

Federer passion undimmed as he plots 2019 campaign

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Roger Federer trained his sights on next season after a disappointing defeat in the last four at the ATP Finals brought …

Australia warm up for England with win over Italy

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Marika Koroibete scored two tries as Australia beat Italy 26-7 on Saturday amid controversy in Padua over two disallowed …

Dominant Shiffrin takes World Cup slalom in Finland

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American star Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her first win of the World Cup season by cruising to victory in the slalom in …

England survive Japan scare at Twickenham

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England came from behind to beat Japan 35-15 at Twickenham on Saturday as they avoided a shock defeat by the 2019 World …

Canada close in on Rugby World Cup after Germany win

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Canada are one point away from a place at next year's Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 29-10 in a round-robin …

Fatigue Dalic's main concern for England clash

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Saturday he was worried his players would still be feeling the effects of their …

Biggar-inspired Wales thrash Tonga

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Dan Biggar guided Wales to their eighth consecutive victory as a much-changed side scored 10 tries in a comprehensive …

England survive Japan scare

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England came from behind to beat Japan 35-15 at Twickenham on Saturday as they avoided a shock defeat by the 2019 World …

Ball boy fumble overshadows Zverev win over Federer at ATP Finals

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Alexander Zverev beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday to reach the title decider at the ATP Finals in a match …

Marquez defies injury to qualify fifth for Valencia MotoGP

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World champion Marc Marquez battled bravely through injury to qualify fifth for the season-ending Valencia MotoGP on …

Federer forgives ballboy bungle after ATP Finals defeat

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Roger Federer said he hoped a ballboy who dropped a ball during the climax of his ATP Finals last-four defeat against …

Cokanasiga strikes on debut as England bounce back to beat Japan

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Joe Cokanasiga scored a try on his Test debut as England came from behind to beat 2019 World Cup hosts Japan 35-15 at …

Australia crush Italy 26-7 in autumn Test

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Fijian wing Marika Koroibete scored two tries as Australia beat Italy 26-7 in Padua on Saturday to relieve the pressure …

Former Masters champions take joint lead in Dubai third round

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Two past Masters champions – American Patrick Reed and Englishman Danny Willett – moved to the top of the leaderboard in …

Zverev shocks Federer to reach final of ATP Finals

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Alexander Zverev beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday to reach the title decider at the ATP Finals in a match …

Two-time Olympic champion Hanyu survives fall to win in Moscow

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Japan's two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu overcame an injury to his right ankle to win the men's title at the …

Hong Kong get World Cup hopes back on track

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Hong Kong rekindled hopes of joining the big guns of international rugby at next year's World Cup with a comprehensive …

Nigeria, Uganda, Morocco qualify while Libya hit eight

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Nigeria, Uganda and Morocco qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Saturday while Libya scored eight goals to keep …

Champion Marquez bounces back from painful qualifying crash

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Marc Marquez, already assured of the MotoGP title, battled bravely to the fifth fastest time in Valencia as two other …

Morocco qualify for Cup of Nations after Malawi lose

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Morocco qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday when Group B rivals Malawi lost 2-1 away to …

Boult leads New Zealand fightback against Pakistan

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Left-arm pacer Trent Boult helped New Zealand foil Pakistan's advantage with four wickets as the first Test was evenly …

Croatia lose Rakitic for England clash

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Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has returned to Barcelona with a hamstring strain and will miss the Nations League match …

South Africa too strong for Australia in rain-hit T20

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Speedster Chris Morris claimed two key wickets as South Africa strangled Australia to a 21-run victory in their …

Powerful Kuwaiti IOC member to be tried in Switzerland for forgery

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a former Kuwaiti minister and one of the most powerful officials in international …

South Africa down Australia in rain-hit T20

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Speedster Chris Morris claimed two wickets as South Africa strangled Australia to a 21-run victory in their rain-reduced …

Dybala shines as Argentina ease past Mexico

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Juventus forward Paulo Dybala shone as Argentina comfortably beat Mexico in a friendly on Friday despite the absence of …

Petrucci quickest in morning practice for Valencia GP

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Italian Danilo Petrucci, on a Ducati Pramac, posted the fastest time Saturday morning in the final free practice session …

Cricket: Coulter-Nile, Tye wickets as SAfrica score 108

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Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed two wickets each as Australia held South Africa to 108 for six in their …

Mayweather and kickboxer will aim to 'knock out' in exhibition: promoter

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Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr and a Japanese kickboxer half his age will be aiming to knock each other out next …

Ryobolovlev has no plans to sell Monaco, says spokesman

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Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has no plans to sell his majority stake in Monaco football club, despite being …

Wiggins's Armstrong comments 'publicity seeking': Geraint Thomas

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Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas accused Bradley Wiggins of trying to drum up publicity on Saturday with his …

Momota stunned in Hong Kong Open semis

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Top-ranked Kento Momota was sent packing in the Hong Kong Open semi-finals Saturday after a stunning semi-final loss to …

Mexico's Ancer dazzles at Australian Open

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On-fire Mexican Abraham Ancer battled howling winds to sink nine birdies and race to a five shot lead at the Australian …

Tanak piles pressure on Ogier in race to world rally crown

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Tenacious Ott Tanak mastered the gravel to take the lead at Rally Australia Saturday and pile pressure on Sebastien …

Sagan holds off Tour champ Thomas to win Shanghai criterium

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Peter Sagan beat off reigning Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas in a tense three-way tussle to the line to win the …

Hooker stops Saucedo to retain WBO super-lightweight title

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Maurice Hooker survived a knockdown on the way to a seventh-round technical knockout of previously unbeaten Alex Saucedo …

Srikanth upbeat on Indian badminton despite Hong Kong loss

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Kidambi Srikanth has suffered his third straight quarter-finals loss but says Indian badminton has a bright future, …

Irving leads Celtics past Raptors, 76ers and Bucks win

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Kyrie Irving scored 23 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday as the Boston Celtics made a statement …

USA Gymnastics executive Galimore resigns

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USA Gymnastics Chief Operating Officer Ron Galimore resigned Friday as the organization continues to flounder in the …

Celtics edge Raptors in overtime battle of Eastern powers

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Kyrie Irving scored 23 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday as the Boston Celtics made a statement …

Eurovision legend Coulter answers Ireland's Call

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Grammy-nominated composer Phil Coulter told AFP his song 'Ireland's Call', which he was asked to compose to allow …

Loew says Germany must accept 'painful' Nations League relegation

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Head coach Joachim Loew on Friday said that Germany must move past their "painful" relegation from the top tier of the …

Netherlands eye Nations League finals after handing France first post-World Cup defeat

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The Netherlands have qualification for the Nations League semi-finals in their sights after beating France 2-0 on Friday …

Itoje happy to be led by 'Dr' Ford against Japan

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Maro Itoje believes England will be led by one of rugby's brightest minds when fly-half George Ford captains the side …

Neymar penalty punishes Uruguay in feisty friendly

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Neymar kept his cool to score the controversial penalty that fired Brazil to a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a full-blooded …

Cilic upbeat ahead of Davis Cup final

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Marin Cilic said Friday that playing against some of the top players in the world at the ATP Finals had given him a …

Howell stretches lead at PGA Tour RSM Classic

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Charles Howell fired six birdies in a six-under par 64 on Friday to stretch his lead to three strokes in the PGA Tour …

Bulgaria's Petkov becomes oldest European international goalkeeper

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Bulgarian Georgi Petkov became the oldest European international goalkeeper when he started against Cyprus on Friday, …

Denmark gain Nations League promotion with Wales win

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Denmark climbed into the top tier of the Nations League with a 2-1 win over Wales in Cardiff on Friday.

Perfect Djokovic gears up for ATP Finals last-four with win

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Novak Djokovic prepared for Saturday's last-four clash with Kevin Anderson at the ATP Finals in ominous fashion by …

Salah snatches winner as Egypt edge Tunisia in Cup of Nations

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Mohamed Salah scored in the final minute to give Egypt a 3-2 home victory over Tunisia on Friday in a 2019 Africa Cup of …

Former Olympic champions Cameroon make winning start

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Former Olympic football gold medallists Cameroon began their qualifying campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Games with a 3-0 …

RFU rattled as chief executive quits

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England's Rugby Football Union was in turmoil on Friday after announcing that chief executive Steve Brown will stand …

Hanyu and Zagitova break short programme world records

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Reigning Olympic champions and star attractions Yuzuru Hanyu and Alina Zagitova broke the men's and women's short …

RFU chief exec to stand down at end of year

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England's Rugby Football Union announced on Friday that chief executive Steve Brown will stand down at the end of the …

Champion Marquez tops Valencia Moto GP practice

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World champion Marc Marquez powered his Honda to the top of the timesheets in a rain-interrupted free practice session …

Rams and Chiefs duel in potential Super Bowl preview

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The two most potent offenses in the NFL go head-to-head on Monday when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Kansas City …

Captain Leitch says Jones changed Japan's rugby culture

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Michael Leitch paid tribute to former coach Eddie Jones on Friday for changing Japan's rugby culture, on the eve of a …

Zverev sets up Federer last-four clash at ATP Finals

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Alexander Zverev set up a last-four clash against Roger Federer in the ATP Finals after seeing off John Isner 7-6 (7/5), …

Ranieri confident of pulling 'quality' Fulham out of the mire

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Claudio Ranieri said Friday that he was confident that he can drag rock bottom Fulham out of relegation danger after …

Two-time Olympic champion Hanyu grabs lead in Moscow Grand Prix

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Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan grabbed the lead after the men's short programme at the Rostelecom Cup, …

Champion-in-waiting Marquez tops Valencia Moto GP practice

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Spain's champion-in-waiting Marc Marquez powered his Honda to the top of the leaderboard in a rain-interrupted free …

Wallace leads as Molinari gives Fleetwood opening in Race to Dubai

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England's Matt Wallace continued his remarkable rise toward the top echelon of world golf as he took the lead at the …

Ledesma jokes French players 'went off' with Argentine women in 1980s

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Argentina coach Mario Ledesma said the Test match against France on Saturday had added spice because of close links …

Ireland have to be 'on the money' against All Blacks: Best

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Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland will pay dearly if they switch off for even a second against world champions …

France aim to avoid another Puma mauling

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France welcome Argentina to Lille on Saturday seeking to avoid an 11th defeat by the Pumas since the turn of the …

Japan remain undefeated under new boss with Venezuela draw

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Japan drew with Venezuela 1-1 in a home friendly on Friday with defender Hiroki Sakai netting his first goal for the …

Pakistan hold edge after New Zealand dismissed for 153

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Leg-spinner Yasir Shah led a double-barrelled attack of spin and pace to leave Pakistan sitting comfortably on the …

Boycott still her hero as May bats on Brexit sticky wicket

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It says something about Britain's fondness for a sport continental Europeans often find baffling that as Theresa May …

Juventus apologise for China 'suicide' condolence message

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Juventus have apologised after the Italian champions came under fire for posting a message on Chinese social media about …

Pushovers? Swiss win shows Qatar is in a 'good way' ahead of 2022

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For those who thought Qatar would at the very best make up the numbers at its own World Cup in 2022, this week's …

Van der Flier replaces injured Leavy for All Blacks Test

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Josh van der Flier will start for Ireland in their Test match with world champions New Zealand on Saturday after fellow …

Jaw-breaker Atonio handed six-month suspended sentence

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France international Uini Atonio escaped a prison term for breaking his victim's jaw during a drunken brawl when he was …

Root ton puts England on top against Sri Lanka

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Captain Joe Root smashed 124 and newcomer Ben Foakes again hit valuable tail end runs to put England in command of the …

Miller an 'idol' for Shiffrin as slalom opener beckons

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American star Mikaela Shiffrin said she won't shy away from trying to emulate childhood hero Bode Miller when she lines …

New Zealand dismissed for 153 after Williamson's fifty

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Pakistan's spin-cum-pace attack left New Zealand in ruins at tea on the opening day of the first Test despite captain …

Italy going for the kill against wounded Wallabies

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Italy are looking to turn the screw on Michael Cheika and gun for their first ever win over ailing Australia, who are in …

Root ton gives England 200-plus lead in second Sri Lanka Test

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England skipper Joe Root hit an attacking century to counter Sri Lanka's spin and push the tourists' second-innings lead …

New Zealand fight back with Williamson fifty

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson completed a half century to lead his team's fightback on the opening day of the …

Shearer defends 'fantastic' Scudamore after controversial payout

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England great Alan Shearer on Friday defended the controversial £5 million ($6.4 million) farewell gift collected by …

Track legend Keino turns state witness in Kenya graft case

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Kenya's former Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will become a witness for the prosecution after charges of corruption at the …

Rockets thrash 'banged up' Warriors, Nuggets bounce back

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The Houston Rockets humbled the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday in a rematch of …

Du Plessis urges Australia to keep the aggression

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Australia have clearly toned down their sledging since a ball-tampering scandal broke, South Africa captain Faf du …

Japan promoter says Mayweather bout with kickboxer back on

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An unprecedented match-up between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr and a Japanese kickboxer half his age is back on, …

No Curry, no three-pointers as Rockets thrash Warriors

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The Houston Rockets humbled the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday in a rematch of …

Germany braced for Canadian showdown in key World Cup qualifier

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Germany expect a bruising battle against Canada in Saturday's crunch repechage clash for the final qualifying berth for …

Jones' focus solely on England as Japan reunion looms

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England coach Eddie Jones has no intention of getting sentimental when his side face 2019 World Cup hosts Japan at …

Springbok boss Erasmus in search of fresh success over Scotland

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A Murrayfield fortress awaits Rassie Erasmus on Saturday as South Africa's coach returns to the ground where he helped …