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Tearful Kvitova returns, Venus marks 20th anniversary

Petra Kvitova swept to a tearful French Open victory on Sunday in her first match since surviving a horrifying knife attack which almost ended her ...

Khan wants Brook bout after Spence Jr takes title

Britain's former light-welterweight world boxing champion Amir Khan wants to end years of failed negotiations and finally take on compatriot Kell Brook he told Sky ...

South Korea shuttlers upset China to win Sudirman Cup

South Korea Sunday won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's ...

Government ready to mediate in Australia cricket pay row

Sports Minister Greg Hunt said Sunday the federal government was prepared to provide mediation between Cricket Australia and players over the pay-dispute stalemate. CA chairman ...

Trailblazing woman football coach 'Beef Ball' Chan quits

Pioneering female coach Chan Yuen-ting has stepped down a year after making history as the first woman to lead a team to a men's top ...

Highlanders to test unbeaten Crusaders in Super Rugby clash

The Canterbury Crusaders will pitch their unbeaten 13-match run against the in-form Otago Highlanders in an enticing Super Rugby showdown after yet another New Zealand ...

More sleep could unlock triple jump record for Taylor

Triple jump king Christian Taylor believes a new sleep regimen could hold the key to his dream of breaking Jonathan Edwards' 22-year-old world record. Taylor, ...

Penguins aim for repeat against underdog Predators in Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators have spent the past six weeks in a postseason battle of attrition that will culminate with them locking ...

Venus Williams set for French Open 20th anniversary

Serena Williams may be missing from this year's French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary ...

England hope ICC Champions Trophy provides elusive title

In 42 years of trying England have never won a major global one-day international trophy but hopes are high they can finally put an end ...

India out 'to enjoy' Champions Trophy after money row

Virat Kohli says India will go out "to enjoy" their cricket as they aim to defend their Champions Trophy crown against the backdrop of a ...

Tokyo Olympics 'too far' for Mo Farah

Mo Farah says he is unlikely to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as he prepares to wind down his glittering career. The four-time Olympic champion ...

Feng seizes one-shot lead at LPGA Volvik

China's Feng Shanshan fired six birdies in a six-under par 66 on Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead going into the final round of the ...

Simpson surges to two-shot lead at Colonial

Former US Open winner Webb Simpson emerged from a crowded leaderboard Saturday, firing a three-under 67 to take sole possession of the lead heading into ...

Last-gasp own goal hands PSG French Cup

Unfortunate Issa Cissokho headed agonisingly into his own net in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup ...

South Africa's De Villiers angry at 'ball-tampering' inference

South Africa captain AB de Villiers insisted his side had done nothing wrong after they found themselves caught up in a fresh ball-tampering row on ...

Messi magic inspires Barca to retain Copa del Rey

A Lionel Messi masterclass salvaged some silverware to end Barcelona's season and gave coach Luis Enrique a victorious send-off as the Catalans retained the Copa ...

Farah, Taylor shine at Prefontaine Classic athletics event

Mo Farah laid down a marker to his rivals with a superb 5,000m victory in the Prefontaine Classic as triple jump king Christian Taylor edged ...

Aubameyang seals Dortmund's German Cup final win

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a second-half penalty to seal Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday's German Cup final -- on what could be ...

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal's "spectacular" FA Cup win

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal's "spectacular" 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was just reward for an outstanding display from his team at the end ...

Kean caps stellar season for treble-chasers Juventus

Teenage starlet Moise Kean came off the bench to score a last-gasp winner with his maiden Serie A goal as Juventus closed their record-setting season ...

Warriors' Brown on Cavs connections: 'Circle of life'

Mike Brown, standing in for Golden State coach Steve Kerr as the Warriors head into an unprecedented NBA championship rubber match with Cleveland, is downplaying ...

Clermont set up Top 14 final clash with Toulon

European Cup runners-up Clermont overpowered French Top 14 rugby champions Racing 92 37-31 on Saturday to set up a final showdown with Toulon next month ...

Mertesacker returns to inspire Arsenal's Cup glory

Over a year after Per Mertesacker last started for Arsenal, the German defender came in from the cold to provide the inspiration for his side's ...

Stokes stars as England take South Africa series

Ben Stokes struck a superb century before pacemen Josh Ball and Mark Wood helped England seal a dramatic and series-clinching two run-win over South Africa ...

Giro still 'rosy' as Pinot targets last-gasp pink jersey

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot's impressive Giro d'Italia campaign has been "rosy" but the FDJ team leader hasn't given up on a last-gasp bid on Sunday that ...

Ramsey fires Wenger to record seventh FA Cup

Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute header to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over Double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a ...

Dodt seeks to end Australia's 27-year PGA wait

Andrew Dodt takes a one shot lead into the final round of the European PGA Championship hoping to end Australia's 27-year wait for the title. ...

Stosur stays top in Australia with Strasbourg win

Samantha Stosur held her Australian number one ranking on Saturday by beating compatriot Daria Gavrilova 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Strasbourg WTA title on ...

Rio Velodrome finally back in business

The Rio Velodrome where six world records were set at the 2016 Games is hosting its first tournament since the Olympics this weekend. The Bike ...

Birthday boy Beauden absent as Hurricanes win

Super Rugby defending champions Wellington Hurricanes were too clinical for Northern Bulls in Pretoria Saturday and won 34-20 despite lacking star fly-half Beauden Barrett. There ...

Wawrinka holds Geneva title ahead of French Open bid

Top seed Stan Wawrinka defended his Geneva claycourt title on Saturday, rallying for a set down to see off German outsider Mischa Zverev 4-6, 6-3, ...

Celtic win Scottish Cup to clinch treble

A stoppage time strike from Australian international Tom Rogic saw Celtic come from behind to defeat Aberdeen 2-1 to lift the Scottish Cup and seal ...

Exeter win Premiership final thriller

Exeter were crowned English club champions for the first time in their history as they beat Wasps 23-20 after extra time in a tense, thrilling ...

Tsonga warms up for Roland Garros with Lyon clay breakthrough

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga warmed up for the French Open by winning his first clay title in Lyon on Saturday, a 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 victory over Czech ...

Stupid mistake cost me, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo blamed his Red Bull team for making a "stupid error" that cost him a shot at pole during Saturday's final qualifying session for ...

Rafael Nadal targets 10th title in French Open generation game

With the world's top five occupied by players over 30 for the first time, Rafael Nadal is poised to tighten the old guard's Grand Slam ...

Kimi Raikkonen on pole as Ferrari secure Monaco front row

Kimi Raikkonen secured his first pole for nine years and Ferrari a first front row lockout at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2008 after qualifying ...

China to play South Korea in Sudirman Cup final

Defending champions China will face three-time winners South Korea in the final of the mixed teams Sudirman Cup after fighting off a stern Japanese challenge ...

Armed police greet fans at UK sporting events after attack

Football supporters arriving at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea were greeted by the sight of armed police days ...

Chespol stoops to conquer 3000m steeplechase at Diamond League meet

Teenaged Kenyan star Celliphine Chespol recovered from a lost shoe to win the 3000m steeplechase with the second fastest time in history at the Prefontaine ...

Fly-half George Ford wants England to match Pumas' passion

England fly-half George Ford has warned the Six Nations champions to prepare for a "hostile" atmosphere when they travel to Argentina for a two-Test series ...

Lee, Kisner lead logjam at top of PGA Colonial leaderboard

New Zealand's Danny Lee and red-hot Kevin Kisner were in a four-way tie for the lead halfway through the PGA Tour's Colonial as an already ...

Barcelona seek winning end to Luis Enrique's reign

Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday's Copa del Rey ...

South Korean rookie Park Sung-Hyun seizes two-stroke LPGA lead

South Korean rookie Park Sung-Hyun fired a seven-under par 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead midway through the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann ...

Five classic FA Cup finals

Prior to Arsenal's meeting with Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world's oldest ...

Visa problems hit Prefontaine Classic - official

Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov is among around 10 athletes who have been prevented from competing in this weekend's Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting because of ...

Celtics' Thomas says hip surgery not top option

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas said surgery is not currently the best option for his injured right hip although it could eventually prove ...

Mertesacker ready for final despite lack of game time

Per Mertesacker has revealed he will go into Arsenal's FA Cup final against Double-chasing Chelsea without a single minute of reserve-team football following a serious ...

Clean-living Conte keen for Wembley cigar

Health-conscious Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans to indulge himself with some champagne and a cigar if his side succeed in overcoming Arsenal in Saturday's FA ...

Spirited 14-man Saints clinch final European spot

Northampton Saints produced a memorable performance in overcoming captain Tom Wood being sent off to beat French giants Stade Francais 23-22 in their European Champions ...

Last-gasp drop takes Toulon into Top 14 final

A drop goal from Anthony Belleau with the last kick of the game gave Toulon a come from behind 18-15 win over 14-man La Rochelle ...

Wenger invokes spirit of 2005 in FA Cup history bid

History-chasing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team will upset the form book and overcome their defensive injury crisis by beating Double hopefuls Chelsea in ...

McIlroy pulls out of US PGA Memorial as US Open looms

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has pulled out of his last warm-up event for the US Open, saying Friday he would skip the US PGA's Memorial ...

All eyes on Alonso at 101st Indianapolis 500

Fernando Alonso rocked racing when he opted to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to run in the Indianapolis 500, but the two-time world champion's gamble ...

Attack sparks robust security for FA Cup and other sporting events

Armed police looked on as thousands watched the Great CityGames in the centre of Manchester on Friday just days after a suicide bomb at a ...

Amid comparisons to Jordan, James out to cement own legacy

LeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to "be like Mike," but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he'd be mentioned in the ...

Gavrilova aims to end Stosur's 450-week run as top Aussie

Samantha Stosur's 450-week run as Australian number one will come to an end on Saturday if she loses to compatriot Daria Gavrilova in the final ...

Argentina crave Sampaoli's magic touch

Argentina hope their new coach Jorge Sampaoli's magic touch, along with returning striker Lionel Messi's magic skills, will spirit them through a rocky qualifying campaign ...

Sarfraz says Pakistan have 'nothing to lose' in Champions Trophy

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes his side will "have nothing to lose" when the Champions Trophy one-day international tournament in England and Wales gets underway ...

Injury-plagued Del Potro confirms for French Open

Juan Martin del Potro, whose career has been plagued by injuries, confirmed Friday that he will compete in next week's French Open despite shoulder and ...

Wawrinka in Geneva final as Nishikori slumps

Top seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka reached the Geneva claycourt final on Friday where he'll face German outsider Mischa Zverev who stunned Japan's Kei ...

Monaco's Silva to join Man City

Manchester City began their campaign to snatch the Premier League title from Chelsea next season when they signed Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva from French champions ...

Du Plessis hopes Proteas have 'blown away England cobwebs'

South Africa hope to live up to their reputation as the world's top-ranked one-day international side at Southampton on Saturday after blowing away "cobwebs" in ...

Landa dedicates win to tragic Scarponi

Team Sky's Mikel Landa paid tribute to late Italian rival and friend Michele Scarponi after another gutsy ride in the mountains finally paid out with ...

Coach Mitchell inherits 'big, fat, lazy Bulls'

Former New Zealand coach John Mitchell has been tasked with reviving the fortunes of Super Rugby strugglers Northern Bulls, whose players were branded "big, fat ...

Australia's Beale out of Premiership final

Australia's Kurtley Beale will miss Wasps' English Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham on Saturday with a hamstring injury. The Wallaby star pulled up sharply ...

Bertens to defend Nuremberg title against Krejcikova

Dutch title holder Kiki Bertens booked her ticket to Saturday's Nuremberg WTA final after semi-final opponent Misaki Doi of Japan retired. Doi, 26, called time ...

Chinese 50 years off Euro elite - Tevez

Carlos Tevez may be reaping the rewards of China's football boom, but believes standards in his new home fall well below the level he has ...

Quintana back in pink as Dumoulin struggles

Former winner Nairo Quintana took the Giro d'Italia pink jersey from Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin on Friday but the Colombian climber warned the race is ...

Wimbledon fire 'under investigation'

Fire chiefs were looking into the cause of a "small fire" at Wimbledon after crews from four different stations dealt with an incident at the ...

Andy Murray shrugs off health setbacks as French Open looms

World number one Andy Murray said Friday he considered himself lucky despite seeing his season torpedoed by shingles, flu, an elbow injury and now a ...

Wenger deserves to stay at Arsenal, says Chelsea's Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte does not believe Saturday's meeting with Arsenal in the FA Cup final will be Arsene Wenger's last game as manager of ...

FIFA admits North Koreans helped build World Cup venue

Football's world governing body FIFA said Friday it had evidence that North Korean workers had been employed on 2018 World Cup venue construction in Russia. ...

Turkey seeks arrest of NBA star Kanter - report

Turkey issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Turkish NBA star Enes Kanter, accusing him of being a member of a "terror group", a pro-government ...

'I'm the favourite? I don't care', says Nadal before French Open

Rafael Nadal insisted Friday that he didn't care if he was regarded as the favourite for a 10th French Open, even if his rivals begged ...

Luis Enrique says could return as Barcelona boss

Luis Enrique will take charge of Barcelona for the final time as coach in Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Alaves, but refused to rule ...

Jayawardene named coach of Bangladesh league team

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was Friday named as the head coach of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Khulna Titans for the next ...

Rossi leaves hospital after crash - Yamaha team

MotoGP star Valentino Rossi has been discharged from hospital in Rimini where he was admitted after a training accident, his Yamaha team said on Friday. ...

Sharapova's Wimbledon qualifying bid to be broadcast

Fans around the world will be able to watch Maria Sharapova's bid to reach Wimbledon with qualifying for the Grand Slam to be broadcast for ...

Chance phone call led to Djokovic snaring Agassi

Novak Djokovic revealed Friday that a chance telephone call sparked his decision to hire US legend Andre Agassi as his new coach. World number two ...

Stab victim Petra Kvitova says saving fingers was 'biggest fight'

Petra Kvitova will return to tennis at the French Open having already won her biggest battle -- saving the fingers so badly damaged fighting off ...

Massa defends F1 teammate Stroll after 'computer game' crash

Felipe Massa has defended his under-fire Williams team-mate Lance Stroll amid claims the Canadian rookie treats his career like a computer game. The back-from-retirement Brazilian ...

Cristiano Ronaldo postpones UK appearance after Manchester attack

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has postponed a schedule appearance in London on Saturday following the Manchester terror attack. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, once a Manchester ...

Djokovic, Nadal on French Open semi-final collision course

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were drawn to face each other in a blockbuster French Open semi-final on Friday. Nadal is chasing a ...

Belgian tyro Pieters in share of PGA lead

Belgian star Thomas Pieters, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Francesco Molinari of Italy will go into the last two rounds of the European PGA Championship in ...

Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door

Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his ...

Tendulkar fans rave over movie of cricket hero despite mixed reviews

Critics called the new Sachin Tendulkar biopic "hagiographic" but fans of the Indian cricket legend loved the work that hit screens amid nationwide fanfare on ...

The first Lions - death, intrigue and Aussie Rules

A British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand is considered the sternest test in modern rugby but pales in comparison to the challenges, both ...

All Blacks coach expects to quit in 2019: report

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said he is likely to step down after the next World Cup in 2019, according to a report on ...

Gatland's Lions face ultimate challenge in New Zealand

The British and Irish Lions arrive in New Zealand next week armed with Kiwi movies and Irish inspiration -- and a belief they can win ...

WBA suspends judges after disputed N'Dam win

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has suspended two judges for six months after Frenchman Hassan N'Dam won the middleweight title on a split decision over ...

Kunitz scores OT winner, Penguins return to NHL finals

Chris Kunitz scored 5:09 into the second overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over Ottawa to book their spot in the ...

Australia to overhaul coaching system amid Super Rugby woes

The Australian Rugby Union unveiled plans Friday for a national panel to oversee coaching development as it grapples with the fall-out of a demoralising Super ...

Navratilova urges renaming of Margaret Court Arena

Martina Navratilova Friday called for a name change of the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park after the Australian great's boycott of airliner Qantas over ...

Cleveland Cavaliers power into third straight NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by another milestone night for LeBron James, powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors with ...

Hsu, Lewis share early lead at LPGA Volvik Championship

What a difference a year makes for Taiwan's Hsu Wei-Ling, who fired a 65 on Thursday to grab a share of the lead with Stacy ...

Mixed emotions as Madrid waves goodbye to Vicente Calderon stadium

Atletico Madrid's mythical Vicente Calderon stadium will soon be history: sad news for supporters of Real Madrid's rivals but not so for locals who hope ...

Fly-half Cipriani aims to shrug off international woes

Danny Cipriani hopes to shrug off more international despair to help engineer Wasps' first Premiership title triumph in nine years at Twickenham on Saturday. The ...

Three share lead as big names lurk at PGA Colonial

Americans Kelly Kraft, JT Poston and Derek Fathauer shared the first-round lead at Colonial on Thursday with a host of big names on their heels ...

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