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England's rivals set for staying alive battles

Four will have become two by the time the Six Nations full-time whistles sound at Murrayfield and Lansdowne Road on Saturday. Scotland host Wales and ...

Raonic, del Potro set up Delray Beach clash

Former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro defeated defending champ Sam Querrey in straight sets to reach his second straight Delray Beach Open semi-final ...

Noves the remedy for French rugby's 'malaise': D'Arcy

France are showing signs of a revival after a 'malaise' of several years because they have chosen the right coach in Guy Noves, former Irish ...

Hartley in spotlight for record-chasing England

England captain Dylan Hartley will have a point to prove when the champions face Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday. It says ...

League Cup glory key to Mourinho's United revolution

Jose Mourinho has challenged Manchester United's stars to prove his revolution is on track by winning the first major silverware of his reign in Sunday's ...

'Indiana' Ibrahimovic comes, sees and conquers

Having spectacularly exploded doubts about his age since joining Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic approaches Sunday's League Cup final against Southampton seeking a second triumph of ...

Palmer, Bryan share halfway lead at PGA National

With things looking up on the home front, where his wife is rebounding from cancer, Ryan Palmer is eyeing a reversal of fortunes at PGA ...

Leicester stay in play-off hunt with Quins win

Leicester kept alive their English Premiership play-off hopes with a comeback 27-18 win at Harlequins on Friday night. With games against Exeter and Bath to ...

Comeback man Le Bihan fires Nice to victory

Mickael Le Bihan enjoyed a dream return from 18 months out injured by coming on to score twice as Ligue 1 title hopefuls Nice came ...

LA bid chief 'disappointed' by Budapest Olympics withdrawal

The head of the Los Angeles bid for the 2024 Olympics expressed regret on Friday at Budapest's withdrawal from the process, leaving a two-horse race ...

Hawks suspend Schroder for tardy return after All-Star break

The Atlanta Hawks suspended German guard Dennis Schroder for one game without pay for failure to report to the team on time after the NBA ...

FIFA chief Infantino meets Zimbabwe's Mugabe

FIFA president Gianni Infantino met Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on Friday a day after he attended a birthday party for the country's football chief, an ...

Lance Armstrong fraud trial set for November

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's battle against a $100 million lawsuit brought by the US government over whether he committed fraud by doping has been set ...

Aussie top NBA pick Simmons ruled out for season

Australian playmaker Ben Simmons, the top pick in last year's NBA draft, has been officially ruled out for the rest of what would have been ...

Kyrgios stands between French and Marseille title

Nick Kyrgios kept on course to defend his Marseille Open title with a 6-3, 6-3 quarter-final victory over Slovak qualifier Norbert Gombos on Friday. But ...

New putter helps Fichardt to Joburg Open lead

A new putter helped South African Darren Fichardt to a 66 Friday and a one-shot clubhouse lead in the rain-affected Joburg Open golf championship. "New ...

Irish must improve on historic All Blacks performance: Best

Ireland captain Rory Best called on his players to better the display in a historic victory over world champions New Zealand last year when they ...

Ranieri's dream shattered as Leicester owners take flak

Claudio Ranieri admitted his dream had died after he was ruthlessly sacked as Leicester manager in a brutal move that brought the wrath of the ...

Alonso upbeat over 'aggressive' new McLaren

Fernando Alonso said the new McLaren-Honda MCL32 revealed on Friday looked "fast and aggressive" as the Formula One outfit looks to close the gap on ...

Kerber to rest knee after missing out on top ranking

Angelique Kerber said she needed to nurse her injured knee after a semi-final defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday ended her chances of ...

Brignone wins Crans combined, Vonn opts out over safety

American speed queen Lindsey Vonn opted out of racing Friday's World Cup combined in Crans-Montana, won by Italian Federica Brignone, over safety fears. Brigone claimed ...

McIlroy says golf round with Trump 'not endorsement'

Former world number one Rory McIlroy hit back at critics on Friday saying his decision to play a round with US President Donald Trump "wasn't ...

Man Utd draw delights Rostov in Europa League last-16

Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face faraway Russian outfit Rostov, who unlike Jose Mourinho were delighted with the Europa League last-16 tie. ...

Te'o and Care start for England against Italy

Ben Te'o was poised for his full debut, with Danny Care recalled to the starting side, as England coach Eddie Jones rang the changes for ...

Del Potro books ATP Delray Beach quarter-final clash with Querrey

Juan Martin Del Potro turned back a challenge by Damir Dzumhur on Thursday to book a quarter-final clash with defending champion Sam Querrey at the ...

O'Keefe, Smith flatten India in 1st Test

Australian spinner Steve O'Keefe Friday said he expected India to come back fighting after his career-best haul of 6-35 left the hosts on the ropes ...

O'Neill calls for flawed Super Rugby series to dump teams

Former Australian rugby chief John O'Neill has called for Argentina and Japan to be dumped from the troubled Super Rugby competition, along with a South ...

Warriors, Cavaliers return from NBA All-Star break with wins

The Golden State Warriors exploded for 50 points in the third quarter Thursday to roar past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-113 in their first game ...

Barcelona launch major football academy in China

Ronaldinho launched a Barcelona academy for about 1,000 students in China on Friday as the world's most populous nation pursues its grand ambitions in the ...

History beckons for North and Wales against Scotland

George North and his Wales team-mates will all have the chance to earn a place in the record books as they look to extend their ...

Kaymer lurks as rookies lead PGA Honda Classic

Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer was hot on the heels of rookie co-leaders Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan on Thursday after one round of the ...

Schmidt desperate for Ireland to 'stay alive' against France

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes to end France's title challenge and keep his own side's dreams of Six Nations glory alive when the sides meet ...

Ranieri pays the price as Leicester fairytale turns sour

The anguished tone in Kasper Schmeichel's voice told the story of the turmoil gripping Leicester as the Premier League champions slumped into a relegation crisis ...

IAAF green light for three Russian athletes

Three Russian athletes were on Thursday given the green light to compete internationally under a neutral flag by athletics' world governing body the IAAF. Pole ...

Boffelli returns as Argentina try to stay unbeaten

Emiliano Boffelli, a Super Rugby standout for Jaguares last year before a knee injury ended his season, plays for the first time since May when ...

Gent foil Spurs, Lyon cruise into Europa last 16

Unheralded Gent stunned Tottenham at Wembley as their more illustrious fellow Belgians Anderlecht, Ajax and Lyon also progressed to the Europa League last 16 on ...

Cowboys to face Cardinals in August NFL Hall of Fame Game

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be able to watch his NFL team play Arizona in the annual Hall of Fame Game next August before ...

Premier League champions Leicester City sack Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Leicester City just months after leading the club to a remarkable Premier League title triumph, the Midlands ...

Penguins, Flyers take 50-year NHL rivalry outside

Defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia Flyers, cross-state National Hockey League rivals each celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, meet outdoors for the ...

Farrell still on edge with England

Owen Farrell has insisted he has yet to feel totally relaxed in the England set-up even though he is on the brink of winning his ...

I'm staying at Manchester United says Rooney

Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League. British ...

Wilder tests KO power in defending heavyweight crown

Undefeated World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will learn Saturday if his surgically repaired right hand still has the knockout power that helped make ...

Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal

Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas. ...

American Peterson fires 62 in rain to lead Joburg Open

American Paul Peterson defied torrential rain to fire a first-round 62 in the Joburg Open Thursday before the weather forced play to be suspended for ...

Mourinho's United building momentum after slow start

Winning by a single goal away to Saint Etienne in the Europa League may not seem a significant milestone for a team of Manchester United's ...

Arsenal's Cazorla 'set to miss rest of season'

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla's recovery from ankle surgery could see the Spain international ruled out of the rest of the English season, British media reported ...

Ireland's Sexton returns for France Six Nations clash

Standout fly-half Johnny Sexton will start his first match for Ireland since limping off against New Zealand last November in the Six Nations clash at ...

Kerber into Dubai semis, stays on target for top spot

Angelique Kerber hammered out a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ana Konjuh on Thursday to stay in contention for a return to the top WTA ranking ...

Porto win puts vintage Allegri on display

A perfectly-orchestrated 2-0 win over depleted Porto has put Juventus on the cusp of the Champions League quarter-finals, and underlined Massimiliano Allegri's credentials amid rumours ...

Hamilton says F1 must embrace social media

Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton urged Formula One's new rulers Liberty Media to bring the sport up to date on Thursday by opening it up ...

Barclay to captain Scotland against Wales in Six Nations

John Barclay will replace the injured Greig Laidlaw as Scotland captain for Saturday's Six Nations international against Wales at Murrayfield, it was announced Thursday. Laidlaw ...

France make three changes for Six Nations clash with Ireland

France coach Guy Nov├Ęs has made three changes to his side for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin. Rabah Slimani, Bernard Le Roux ...

Rooney's agent in China for transfer talks

Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain's future, British media said. Rooney, 31, ...

McMenemy backs Southampton to trim Zlatan down to size

Despite harbouring some reservations about his hairstyle, Lawrie McMenemy knows Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man his old club Southampton must stop in Sunday's League Cup ...

NBA legend Yao Ming named Chinese basketball chief

NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for "urgent" reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of ...

Renshaw, Starc revive Australia in first India Test

Australia's Matt Renshaw admitted he feared he had let his teammates down by leaving the fray with an upset stomach before returning to hit a ...

Japan's Sunwolves ready for Super Rugby reset after horror year

Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia said Thursday that the Japanese side have no reason to feel pressure this season after a chastening first year in Super ...

Manny Pacquiao 'in negotiations' to fight Amir Khan

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said he was "in negotiations" to face British fighter Amir Khan, after weeks of conflicting reports over his ...

Ultimate Fighting Championship muscles into Asia with eyes on China

The world's biggest mixed martial arts organisation, the Las Vegas-based UFC, Thursday announced its long-awaited return to Asia with a Singapore show and an "ambition" ...

Top seed Raonic advances at ATP Delray Beach

Canadian top seed Milos Raonic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open on Wednesday by defeating Croatia's Borna Coric 6-3, 7-6 (7/2). ...

Japanese swim sensation Ippei Watanabe seeks Tokyo gold, and more

Fresh from setting a new world record, Japan's latest swim sensation Ippei Watanabe is plotting Tokyo Olympic glory in 2020 -- and he wants his ...

Vardy goal gives Leicester hope in Sevilla Champions League defeat

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes his side can continue their "holiday" from the reality of a Premier League relegation battle in the Champions League ...

Mourinho worried about distant Euro draw

As Manchester United continue to battle on four fronts, wracking up too many air miles is proving a concern to manager Jose Mourinho. Henrikh Mkhitaryan ...

Shabby Maracana to reopen after dispute

Rio's mythic Maracana stadium, fallen into disrepair since taking centre stage at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, is due to reopen next month. ...

Shiffrin eyes multiple medal haul at Pyeongchang Winter Games

US alpine ski star Mikaela Shiffrin, who captured her third consecutive world slalom title last weekend in Switzerland, is looking at a possible multiple medal ...

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last ...

Vardy gives Leicester hope in Sevilla Champions League defeat

Jamie Vardy's first Champions League goal gave Leicester City a lifeline in their last 16 tie despite going down 2-1 to Sevilla in Wednesday's first ...

Scott revamps his masterplan for winning majors

From training and scheduling to coaches and caddie, Australia's Adam Scott has changed his golf routine in order to enchance his chances at winning more ...

England drop Joseph for Italy match

Jonathan Joseph has been dropped from the England side to face Italy in the Six Nations this weekend as the Bath centre was omitted from ...

Messi happy at Barcelona - Argentina coach

Lionel Messi could not be happier than at Barcelona, and can crown his status as an all time great by winning the World Cup with ...

22 sex abuse charges against ex-US gymnastics doctor

The authorities in Michigan on Wednesday charged former US national gymnastics team doctor Lawrence Nassar with 22 criminal counts of sexual assault, including of girls ...

Kerber moves closer to top ranking comeback in Dubai

Angelique Kerber dominated Monica Puig 6-2, 6-3 in barely an hour at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday to move a step closer to returning ...

Outdated F1 not winning' warns Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton said Wednesday that Formula One was "outdated" as he urged grand prix racing's new owners to lead a revival of the sport's fortunes. ...

'No vacancy' for Georgia says Six Nations chief

Georgia's hopes of playing in the Six Nations any time soon have been dashed after the tournament's chief executive insisted there was no vacancy. The ...

Canada flyer Van der Merwe joins Newcastle

Canada wing DTH van der Merwe has signed to join Newcastle from next season, the English Premiership side said Wednesday. Van der Merwe will arrive ...

Valencia early show stun Real Madrid

Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders ...

Ireland to visit USA Eagles for June rugby test

Ireland will face the United States in a June Test match in suburban New York, USA Rugby announced Wednesday. The Eagles and Irish will meet ...

Mkhitaryan secures United progress despite injury

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored but was then forced off with a hamstring injury as Manchester United cruised into the Europa League last 16 with a 1-0 ...

Budapest 2024 Olympics bid 'dream' dropped

Budapest on Wednesday became the latest city to drop out of the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games, after a petition garnered enough signatures ...

Ranieri recalls Vardy, Mahrez for Sevilla test

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri made 10 changes to the side that suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit to third tier Millwall on Saturday for ...

Paralympic fencing champion target of Facebook hate campaign

Italian paralympic fencing champion Beatrice Vio has taken legal action against an anonymous online sexual harassment campaign targeting her, it was reported on Wednesday. A ...

Mallya dreams big as Force India eye top three finish

Vijay Mallya has promised Force India will "dream big" as they look to break into the top three of Formula One this season. The flamboyant ...

Africa wants 10 World Cup places - official

Africa wants 10 places in the 48-nation World Cup from 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told in Johannesburg Wednesday. The Swiss-Italian was attending a ...

Blackburn look to Mowbray for Rovers revival

Indian-owned Blackburn Rovers have appointed Tony Mowbray as the club's new manager, the English second-tier strugglers announced Wednesday. Mowbray, 53, has signed an 18-month contract ...

Talented Balotelli needs attitude change - Italy coach

Controversial striker Mario Balotelli has shown few signs of wanting to fight his way back into the national side, Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura warned ...

Carli Lloyd arrival 'huge' for English women's game: Stoney

The arrival of Carli Lloyd, the world's best player, in the next edition of the Women's Super League is a "huge" indication of how the ...

Budapest's 2024 Games 'dream dissolves'

Budapest's mayor was due Wednesday to hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss ending the city's embattled bid to host the Olympic ...

Zampa spins Australia to victory to avoid Sri Lanka T20 series sweep

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed three wickets to bowl Australia to victory and avoid a Twenty20 series wipeout against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Wednesday. Man-of-the-match ...

Falcao penalty miss leaves Monaco with plenty of regrets

A penalty miss by Radamel Falcao left Monaco with plenty of Champions League regrets after they let a 2-1 lead at Manchester City turn into ...

Toure says City need two more to see off Monaco

Manchester City's Yaya Toure says his side must score at least two more goals against Monaco if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the ...

Gamba Osaka off to AFC Champions League flyer in Adelaide

Japan's former winners Gamba Osaka dominated their AFC Champions League Group H match, outclassing Australia's Adelaide United 3-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday. Gamba, the last ...

North to make Six Nations return for Wales against Scotland

George North returned after injury to the Wales team announced Wednesday for Saturday's Six Nations international away to Scotland. North replaced Alex Cuthbert, heavily criticised ...

Smog may force FIFA U-17 World Cup out of Delhi

FIFA could pull Under-17 World Cup matches out of New Delhi because of concerns over air quality in the world's most polluted capital city, the ...

Tokyo governor warns of spiralling 2020 Olympics costs

Tokyo's governor has warned that the bill for the city's 2020 Olympics could yet spiral out of control despite exhaustive efforts to rein in runaway ...

Record Taylor century sees New Zealand to South Africa win

A record-breaking century from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to a gripping six-run win over South Africa in the second one-day international in Christchurch on ...

Super Rugby has plenty to tackle in 2017

A new Super Rugby season kicks off this week with bosses pledging to tackle its unwieldy conference structure, exhausting travel schedules and lopsided contests. There ...

Guardiola vows more of same after Monaco goalfest

Pep Guardiola pledged that Manchester City will continue to fight fire with fire when they take a 5-3 lead to Monaco in their Champions League ...

Australian swimmer Hackett to seek help abroad after family bust-up

Australian Olympic swimming great Grant Hackett says he will seek treatment overseas for mental health problems after what he called "the toughest week of my ...

Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan to keep ODI cricket series alive

Tarisai Musakanda hit 60 as Zimbabwe kept their five-match ODI series alive with a three-run win over Afghanistan in Harare on Tuesday. Bowlers Tendai Chatara, ...

Garcia, Thurman seek stardom in unification fight

Unbeaten rival world welterweight title-holders Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia each vowed to grab the global spotlight that once shined on Floyd Mayweather and Manny ...

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