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Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges in Nevada

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Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any charges over an alleged rape in the US state of Nevada a decade ago, …

Mascots and javelin carriers: Tokyo adds robots to Olympic roster

AFP - 2h ago

A roster of Olympic robots that will do everything from welcoming visitors to transporting javelins has been unveiled as …

Ineos has answer to Alaphilippe conundrum, says boss Brailsford

AFP - 3h ago

Ineos boss Dave Brailsford said Monday Tour de France leader Julian Alaphilippe had revolutionised the way the race was …

Dressel turns to martial arts book to restore calm

AFP - 5h ago

American Caeleb Dressel said Monday that he has been channelling his inner Bruce Lee to keep himself focused as he …

'Never give up': swimmers send moving message to Japan's Ikee

AFP - 5h ago

Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom led a moving tribute to Rikako Ikee at the world championships on Monday, calling the …

Cipriani dropped from England training squad

AFP - 5h ago

Fly-half Danny Cipriani's chances of going to the World Cup with England are fading after he was omitted from a 38-man …

Yellow jersey 'hanging by a thread' says Tour leader Alaphilippe

AFP - 6h ago

Tour de France leader Julian Alaphilippe admitted Monday his yellow jersey was "hanging by a thread" as the toughest, …

Tattoo twins Peaty and Dressel romp to world swim gold

AFP - 6h ago

Britain's Adam Peaty completed a world treble in the men's 100 metres breaststroke Monday, while American Caeleb Dressel …

Ajax face awkward Champions League qualifier against PAOK

AFP - 7h ago

Last season's Champions League semi-finalists Ajax were on Monday drawn to face Greek champions PAOK Thessaloniki in the …

Peaty completes world treble in men's 100m breaststroke

AFP - 8h ago

Britain's Adam Peaty became the first male swimmer to capture three 100 metres breaststroke world titles Monday, …

Swimmers 'don't trust' Sun as doping row boils over

AFP - 11h ago

World championship swimmers slammed China's Sun Yang over lurid doping allegations and said competitors were firmly …

Sleepless Sun on song, 'caged tiger' Ledecky seeks worlds rebound

AFP - 9h ago

There were no tears from Sun Yang on Monday, just ruthless efficiency as the Chinese giant began the defence of his 200 …

Fearing Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home

AFP - 12h ago

Japan's famously diligent workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to …

Ten years since amateur triumph, Lowry's comes full circle on Irish soil

AFP - 12h ago

Shane Lowry burst onto the professional scene with an incredible victory as an amateur at the Irish Open a decade ago, …

Yankees closer Rivera leads 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class

AFP - 13h ago

Legendary New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera, the first player unanimously voted into the National Baseball …

Cuban skateboarders pivot for official recognition

AFP - 11h ago

After years in the shadows, with neither means nor official recognition, Cuban skateboarders are hoping that their sport …

Herman holds on to win Barbasol Championship

AFP - 3h ago

Jim Herman finally earned that elusive second PGA title of his career, winning the Barbasol Championship by one stroke …

Pacquiao mulls future after title stunner

AFP - 10h ago

Father Time may be undefeated, as the old boxing saying goes, but Manny Pacquiao is not going down without a fight.

Lowry 'can't believe' British Open triumph, feared 'wasn't good enough'

Jul 21 2019

Shane Lowry said that he "couldn't believe it was happening" as he marched down the 18th fairway in front of thousands …

Lowry weathers storm to win British Open and first major

Jul 21 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy …

Who's saying what at the final round of the British Open

Jul 21 2019

Shane Lowry ensured the British Open's return to Northern Ireland after 68 years had an Irish winner as he romped home …

Fleetwood rues missed chances for British Open 'dream'

Jul 21 2019

Tommy Fleetwood found it hard to take solace in his second-place finish at the British Open as he failed to reel in …

Westwood happy to book Masters return despite missing out on Open title

Jul 21 2019

Lee Westwood said it was "brilliant" to book a return to the Masters in 2020 after a two-year absence following his …

Four key moments from final round of the British Open

Jul 21 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry romped to victory in treacherous conditions to claim his maiden major title at the 148th British …

How the second week of the Tour de France played out

Jul 21 2019

AFP Sport reviews an eventful second week on the Tour de France:

Ten years since amateur triumph, Lowry's career comes full circle on Irish soil

Jul 21 2019

Shane Lowry burst onto the professional scene with an incredible victory as an amateur at the Irish Open a decade ago, …

Alaphilippe leaves Pyrenees in Tour lead, Thomas battles back

Jul 21 2019

Julian Alaphilippe dug deep to keep the overall Tour de France lead on Sunday as Simon Yates captured his second stage …

Sibling rivalry spurs Ingebrigtsen track feats

Jul 21 2019

Norway's Filip Ingebrigtsen joked "you don't really want to be beaten by your brother" after breaking the national …

Sprint queen Fraser-Pryce cruises in London as Obiri shines in 5000 metres

Jul 21 2019

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fired a warning to her sprint rivals ahead of the world championships as Hellen Obiri set the …

Fraser-Pryce beats Asher-Smith to win 100m in London

Jul 21 2019

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised to victory against home star Dina Asher-Smith in the women's 100 metres at the London …

Lowry weathers storm to open up six-shot British Open lead

Jul 21 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling gales and a bogey at the first to stretch his lead of the British Open to six …

Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan wins men's singles title at Indonesia Open

Jul 21 2019

Taiwan shuttler Chou Tien-chen won the men's singles at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament Sunday, his first title …

'I've evolved so much', says Peaty after smashing magical 57 seconds

Jul 21 2019

Britain's Adam Peaty promised to go even faster after shattering his own 100 metres breaststroke world record Sunday.

Tearful Sun roars to gold as Peaty crushes world record

Jul 21 2019

China's Sun Yang captured a record fourth 400 metres freestyle world title in an acrimonious final Sunday, before …

Lowry opens up five-shot lead early in Open final round

Jul 21 2019

Shane Lowry overcame a nervy start to open up a five-shot lead at the British Open after four holes of his final round …

Tearful Sun roars to gold as Peaty shatters world record

Jul 21 2019

China's Sun Yang captured a record fourth 400 metres freestyle world title in an acrimonious final Sunday, before …

Lowry on brink of breakthrough Open win at gloomy Portrush

Jul 21 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry teed off to massive support with a four-shot lead over Englishman Tommy Fleetwood at the final …

Peerless Peaty crushes 100m breaststroke world record

Jul 21 2019

Britain's Adam Peaty shattered his own 100 metres breaststroke world record Sunday as he chased a third successive world …

China's Sun blazes to record fourth 400m freestyle world crown

Jul 21 2019

China's Sun Yang stormed to 400 metres freestyle gold at the world swimming championships Sunday, retaining his title …

Sheffield United break club record to sign Mousset

Jul 21 2019

Premier League newcomers Sheffield United broke their club transfer record to sign France Under-21 striker Lys Mousset …

Wood eyes Ashes role despite injury blow

Jul 21 2019

England paceman Mark Wood has set his sights on recovering from injury in time to play a role in the Ashes against …

Griezmann 'cried with joy' at Barca move

Jul 21 2019

Antoine Griezmann admitted on Sunday that he was moved to tears of happiness when his big-money move to Barcelona …

Zidane a 'disgrace' over Bale exit comments - agent

Jul 21 2019

Gareth Bale's agent has branded Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane a "disgrace" after the Frenchman revealed that the La …

'Wow, wow, wow!' Philippines goes wild for 'force at 40' Pacquiao

Jul 21 2019

Fans in the Philippines roared their approval and rose to their feet Sunday, imitating the punches of Manny Pacquiao, as …

Cricket World Cup final umpire admits 'error': report

Jul 21 2019

The umpire who awarded England six runs from a freak overthrow in the last over of the World Cup final has admitted he …

Newgarden overcomes rain delays to capture Iowa 300

Jul 21 2019

Josef Newgarden roared to his fourth victory of the season on Sunday, winning the weather-hit Iowa 300 which took over …

Brilliant Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crown

Jul 21 2019

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a …

Real Madrid ready to move Welsh star Bale

Jul 21 2019

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says the La Liga giants are poised to offload Welsh star Gareth Bale in the …

Refugee swimmer Mardini rising fast after fleeing war

Jul 21 2019

Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini, who almost drowned at sea fleeing her war-torn country four years ago, heaved a deep sigh …

First blood to Sun in world swim grudge match

Jul 21 2019

China's controversial champion Sun Yang topped qualifying in the 400 metres freestyle at the world swimming …

Lowry on brink of breakthrough British Open win

Jul 21 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry is on the brink of a huge popular first major win as he holds a four-shot lead over Englishman …

Plant outclasses Lee to retain IBF crown

Jul 21 2019

Caleb Plant of the United States made a successful first defence of his IBF super-middleweight crown on Saturday, …

Isner books Newport final against Bublik

Jul 21 2019

Three-time champion John Isner fended off fourth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 Saturday to …

Herman maintains one-shot lead at Barbasol Championship

Jul 21 2019

Jim Herman rolled in two eagle putts in a 10-under par 62 on Saturday to maintain a one-shot lead heading into the final …

Brilliant Lowry shoots 63 to seize four-shot Open lead on 'incredible day'

Jul 21 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry said it had been "the most incredible day" after firing a stunning eight-under-par 63 on Saturday …

Depleted New Zealand survive onslaught to claim 450th Test win

Jul 20 2019

Depleted New Zealand survived a second-half onslaught from Argentina to win a Rugby Championship first round match 20-16 …

Lowry puts demons of Oakmont behind him after best ever day

Jul 20 2019

Shane Lowry believes he is better equipped to defend a four-shot lead at the British Open on Sunday than three years ago …

We expect to peak at World Cup, says Wallabies coach Cheika

Jul 20 2019

Australia coach Michael Cheika refused to blame two disallowed tries in the first half for their 35-17 defeat at the …

Four key moments from the third round of the British Open

Jul 20 2019

Shane Lowry's stunning eight-under par round of 63 has given the Irishman a four-shot lead heading into the final round …

Who's saying what at the third round of the British Open

Jul 20 2019

Irishman Shane Lowry grabbed the headlines with a magnificent 63 on Saturday to take a four-shot lead ahead of the final …

Line of duty: Dhoni to serve with army instead of touring West Indies

Jul 20 2019

Former India captain M.S. Dhoni is to skip his country's tour of West Indies to spend two months in the army but is not …

Clanton, Jasmine sizzle to win inaugural LPGA team event

Jul 20 2019

Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura combined to fire an 11-under 59 in Saturday's final-round four-ball to win the …

Koepka hoping for wind to blow Lowry off course at Open

Jul 20 2019

World number one Brooks Koepka said he is hoping for rain and winds to hit Royal Portrush on Sunday to give him a chance …

Springboks coach Erasmus hails 'awesome' new boy Jantjies

Jul 20 2019

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus described debutant Herschel Jantjies as "awesome" after the 23-year-old scrum-half …

Brilliant Lowry shoots 63 to seize four-shot Open lead

Jul 20 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry fired a stunning eight-under-par 63 on Saturday to take a four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood into …

Schauffele hits out at R&A after 'cheat' jibes

Jul 20 2019

American Xander Schauffele branded British Open organisers the R&A unprofessional after his driver was deemed to be …

Africa Cup champs Algeria return to hero's welcome

Jul 20 2019

Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria arrived home Saturday to a hero's welcome from a huge crowd of joyful supporters …

Two-try debutant Herschel Jantjies stars for Springboks

Jul 20 2019

Debutant scrum-half Herschel Jantjies scored two tries as South Africa beat Australia 35-17 Saturday in the opening …

'Over-heating' and 'weak': Thomas's Tour defence wobbles as mountains loom

Jul 20 2019

Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas put a brave face on his mountain-top wobble Saturday after slipping …

Pinot conquers Tourmalet as 'weak' Thomas fades in finale

Jul 20 2019

Thibaut Pinot conquered the Pyrenean summit of la Col du Tourmalet on Saturday with Julian Alaphilippe following him …

Daley's world diving flop 'lights fire' for Tokyo 2020

Jul 20 2019

A defiant Tom Daley promised to come back stronger after flopping to seventh in the defence of his world 10 metre …

Thompson wins 200m in London as Muir storms to victory in 1500m

Jul 20 2019

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson cruised to victory in the 200 metres at the Anniversary Games in London on Saturday as …

Stanley unrepentant over 'fore' controversy with MacIntyre at British Open

Jul 20 2019

American Kyle Stanley said he had not apologised for a "non-issue" after his playing partner Robert MacIntyre complained …

Lucas respects Pochettino despite Champions League final snub

Jul 20 2019

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura insists he doesn't hold a grudge against boss Mauricio Pochettino despite being dropped …

Pinot conquers Tourmalet as Thomas loses time

Jul 20 2019

France celebrated Saturday as Thibaut Pinot conquered the Pyrenean summit of la Col du Tourmalet with Julian Alaphilippe …

Molinari disappointed by 'bittersweet' Open title defence

Jul 20 2019

Francesco Molinari said the tame nature of his British Open title defence at Royal Portrush this week was "bittersweet", …

Stanley unrepentant for 'non-issue' with MacIntyre

Jul 20 2019

American Kyle Stanley said he had not apologised for a "non-issue" after his playing partner Robert MacIntyre complained …

Perfect conditions set up third-round fireworks at British Open

Jul 20 2019

Leaders Shane Lowry and J.B. Holmes teed off for the third round of the British Open on Saturday with the pressure …

China swim king Sun demands 'open' hearing in doping case: report

Jul 20 2019

Under-fire swimming superstar Sun Yang has asked for a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Chinese …

Africa Cup of Nations tops and flops

Jul 20 2019

Algeria ended a 29-year wait for a second Africa Cup of Nations title on Friday night with a 1-0 victory over Senegal, …

Cup of Nations Golden Boot Ighalo retires from international football

Jul 20 2019

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo announced on Saturday his retirement from international football after winning the Golden …

Disciplinarian Belmadi restores Algeria to Africa's summit

Jul 20 2019

Twelve months ago Algeria were in turmoil after the departure of former national team star Rabah Madjer, but the …

Unstoppable Ibrahimovic nets hat trick in upset win over LAFC

Jul 20 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic lived up to the bravado on Friday, scoring all three goals to power the LA Galaxy to a hard fought …

Algeria sink Senegal to claim 'incredible' second African crown

Jul 20 2019

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi lauded his side's "incredible" Africa Cup of Nations triumph Friday as Baghdad Bounedjah's …

Penny drops for Canada's teen swim queen Oleksiak

Jul 20 2019

Canada's Penny Oleksiak insists she has finally left the "weirdness" of capturing Olympic swimming gold at the tender …

Herman takes one-shot lead in Barbasol Championship

Jul 20 2019

Jim Herman credited "a good talking to" from US President Donald Trump with helping him lift his game enough to take the …

Clanton, Jasmine grab lead in LPGA team event

Jul 20 2019

Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura fired a seven-under par 63 in the alternate-shot third round of the LPGA's team …

Senegal's Cisse laments another missed opportunity

Jul 19 2019

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse rued his side's inability to recover from an early goal as their wait for a first Africa Cup …

Belmadi savours 'incredible' Africa Cup of Nations triumph

Jul 19 2019

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi saluted his side's "incredible" Africa Cup of Nations triumph after they defeated Senegal …

Three groupings to watch in British Open third round

Jul 19 2019

Leaders Shane Lowry and J.B. Holmes will have to fend off a charge from a host of big names and major champions on …

Algeria sink Senegal to claim second Africa Cup of Nations

Jul 19 2019

Baghdad Bounedjah's early goal propelled Algeria to a first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years after a fiery 1-0 …

Eye of the Tiger: Peaty packs punch for world swim

Jul 19 2019

Britain's Olympic swimming champion Adam Peaty will channel his inner Mike Tyson as he looks to deliver a knockout blow …

Pacquiao, Thurman face off at weigh-in

Jul 19 2019

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman both tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds ahead of their much-anticipated WBA world …

Rockets star Harden will skip basketball World Cup - report

Jul 19 2019

Houston Rockets star James Harden is opting out of the basketball World Cup in China, the Houston Chronicle reported on …

Football: The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations from A to Z

Jul 19 2019

An A to Z of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which concluded in Cairo Friday with Algeria defeating Senegal 1-0 in a …

Who's saying what at the British Open

Jul 19 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry and American J.B. Holmes share the lead of the British Open at the halfway stage on eight-under as …

Home favourite McIlroy misses Open cut at Portrush

Jul 19 2019

Local hero Rory McIlroy fell just short in a thrilling bid to make the cut at the British Open in Northern Ireland on …

Argentina hero Bilardo in serious condition after brain surgery

Jul 19 2019

Argentina's 1986 World Cup winning coach Carlos Bilardo is in a serious condition in hospital following brain surgery, …

Yankees manager Boone suspended after umpire rant

Jul 19 2019

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was suspended for one game on Friday, a day after erupting in a foul-mouthed rant …

Four key moments from the second round of the British Open

Jul 19 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry delighted the home crowds on Friday as he moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage of …

Lowry, Holmes share Open lead as Woods, McIlroy miss cut

Jul 19 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry shot a four-under par 67 to claim a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes at the British Open as …

Roma great De Rossi on verge of Boca Juniors move

Jul 19 2019

Veteran former Italy international Daniele De Rossi is "99 percent" sure of joining Boca Juniors, the Argentine giants' …