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Germany to face Switzerland in Hopman final

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Germany's Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev earned the chance to avenge their defeat in last year’s Hopman Cup final …

Tsonga's comeback gathers pace with win over de Minaur

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's comeback from injury gathered pace when he overcame seventh seeded Australian Alex de Minaur in a …

Japan international Gen Shoji signs for Toulouse

AFP - Jan 04 2019

French Lige 1 club Toulouse said Friday they had signed Japan international Gen Shoji for an undisclosed sum until June …

Burton boss Clough wary of scaring players ahead of Man City match

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Burton manager Nigel Clough is not spending much time briefing his players on Manchester City's qualities because he …

Du Plessis, Bavuma stretch South African lead

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma shared a century partnership as South Africa moved into a commanding position on the …

Pliskova sets up Brisbane semi-final against Vekic

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Former champion Karolina Pliskova moved into the semi-finals of the season-opening Brisbane International with a three …

Giantkiller Andreescu sends Williams packing

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned Venus Williams in the WTA Auckland Classic quarter-finals to continue her …

Badminton's Lee resumes training after cancer battle

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei resumed his training Friday, officials said, months after the sports great had to …

Man City welcome Liverpool chase, says Bernardo Silva

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Bernardo Silva says Manchester City will welcome the pressure of chasing down Liverpool after beating their rivals to …

South Africa take first innings lead over Pakistan

AFP - Jan 04 2019

South Africa moved into a first innings lead during a tense second morning of the second Test against Pakistan at …

Spurs extend Alderweireld contract

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Tottenham Hotspur have triggered an extension clause in veteran Belgian international Toby Alderweireld's contract which …

Solskjaer says no talks yet on long-term Man Utd future

AFP - 4h ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet spoken to Manchester United bosses about extending his stay at Old Trafford beyond the …

Blasts from the past - the Asian Cup's veteran coaches

AFP - 12h ago

Ahead of the Asian Cup's opening game on Saturday, here are five well-travelled coaches looking to add to their list of …

Five things we learned from the Premier League's festive season

AFP - 8h ago

Liverpool emerged from the Premier League's packed festive season with a four-point lead at the top of the table, …

Man City snap Liverpool's unbeaten run to reignite title race

AFP - 10h ago

Manchester City won a "final" according to manager Pep Guardiola to remain in the title race by inflicting Liverpool's …

Gibbes' La Rochelle look to break 62-year Clermont duck

AFP - 14h ago

Third placed La Rochelle head to leaders Clermont on Sunday looking for their first ever win at Stade Marcel Michelin in …

Four things we learned from Manchester City v Liverpool

AFP - 12h ago

Manchester City reignited their Premier League title challenge with a crucial 2-1 win over leaders Liverpool on …

Guardiola proud as 'fearless' City save title bid

AFP - 14h ago

Pep Guardiola saluted his "fearless" Manchester City stars after the champions kept their Premier League title bid alive …

Simon beats Paire to reach Maharashtra Open semis

AFP - 11h ago

Defending champion Gilles Simon on Thursday overcame tough resistance from fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire to reach the …

Villarreal's Cazorla spoils Real Madrid Liga return

AFP - 13h ago

Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla scored twice as Villarreal drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in La Liga on Thursday, with the …

'How is that not a red card': Klopp fumes over Kompany escape

AFP - 14h ago

Jurgen Klopp claimed Vincent Kompany should have been sent off for his ugly foul on Mohamed Salah as Liverpool's title …

Man City snap Liverpool winning streak to reignite title race

AFP - 1h ago

Manchester City inflicted Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of the season to breathe new life into their title …

Djokovic battles through to Qatar semi-finals

AFP - 14h ago

World number one Novak Djokovic won another gruelling battle in Doha on Thursday to continue his unbeaten start to the …

O'Connell finding his feet as a coach in France

AFP - 14h ago

As a player Paul O'Connell saw it all, he captained Ireland at a Rugby World Cup, won Grand Slams with his country, was …

Wales ace Halfpenny to see concussion specialist

AFP - 3h ago

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny will see a concussion specialist in a bid to return from the injury that has sidelined him …

Dumoulin confirms Giro-Tour double bid for 2019

AFP - 3h ago

Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin will again race both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2019 after coming second to …

Walker dropped as Guardiola reshuffles defence for Liverpool test

AFP - 3h ago

Pep Guardiola reshuffled his Manchester City defence for Thursday's must-win top of the table Premier League clash with …

Steyn lauds ‘phenomenal’ South Africa bowling attack

AFP - 4h ago

Dale Steyn said on Thursday he was happy to be part of a “phenomenal” bowling attack as he and his fellow fast bowlers …

Henry's Monaco recruit giant Brazilian Naldo for relegation scrap

AFP - 5h ago

Brazilian defender Naldo has joined Thierry Henry's Monaco from Schalke 04, the French Ligue 1 club struggling in 19th …

Saudi female fan ban at Italian Supercup sparks row

AFP - 4h ago

The ban on unaccompanied women attending the Italian Supercup in Saudi Arabia sparked a furious reaction in Italy …

South African on top as bowlers, Markram hurt Pakistan

AFP - 4h ago

Duanne Olivier led another fast bowling assault on Pakistan’s batsmen as South Africa took control on the first day of …

Eriksen has right to consider future away from Spurs, says Pochettino

AFP - 4h ago

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder Christian Eriksen has the right to ponder a future away from the …

Herrera not thinking about top four despite Man Utd charge

AFP - 5h ago

Ander Herrera said he is not thinking about a top-four finish even after Manchester United racked up a fourth straight …

Pakistan crumble against South African pace quartet

AFP - 2h ago

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hit a spirited half-century but could not prevent South Africa's fast bowlers taking …

Osaka says US Open win has given her belief

AFP - 6h ago

Japanese star Naomi Osaka said her US Open victory in September had given her the self-belief to be able to come from …

F1 pays tribute to stricken Schumacher on his 50th birthday

AFP - 7h ago

Ferrari issued an emotional message on Thursday to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher, who has not been seen …

Clever Boys aim to outsmart South African title rivals

AFP - 6h ago

It took Bidvest Wits FC 96 years to become South African champions for the first time, and now they are on course to win …

South Africa's fast bowlers strike early

AFP - 3h ago

South Africa's fast bowlers ripped through Pakistan's top-order batting on the first day of the second Test at Newlands …

Guptill, Neesham show six appeal as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka

AFP - 6h ago

Jimmy Neesham made a dream return to international cricket Thursday, crushing Sri Lanka with bat and ball as New Zealand …

'Cricket in heaven': Tendulkar honours boyhood coach

AFP - 5h ago

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar paid a glowing tribute on Thursday to Ramakant Achrekar, his childhood coach and …

Gritty Pujara century puts India in control of Sydney Test

AFP - 9h ago

Irrepressible Cheteshwar Pujara stroked his third century of the summer Thursday to put India in a commanding position …

Serena sweeps Hopman Cup singles ahead of Slam record bid

AFP - 10h ago

Serena Williams completed a clean sweep of her singles matches at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth Thursday as she …

George ignores boo boys as Thunder sink Lakers

AFP - 4h ago

Paul George shrugged off a chorus of boos to score 37 points and lead Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-100 victory over …

Lippi left needing a Chinese miracle at Asian Cup

AFP - 12h ago

China coach Marcello Lippi has put his players through a tough month of training ahead of the Asian Cup, but the …

Pujara, Kohli keep India in control after Agarwal's 77

AFP - 2h ago

Big guns Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli steered India into a commanding position in the decisive fourth and final …

'Need for speed': New-look Australia target back-to-back Asian Cups

AFP - 13h ago

Australia are banking on pace and versatility up front to win back-to-back Asian Cups as they embark on a new era …

India battle to 69-1 at lunch in decisive Sydney Test

AFP - 2h ago

Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara built a solid 59-run partnership as India battled to 69 for one at lunch on the …

WADA athletes body seeks Russia ban over missed deadline

AFP - 12h ago

The World Anti-Doping Agency's Athletes Committee on Wednesday demanded Russia be hit with new sanctions over its …

Never let me go: Solskjaer wants to stay as Man United boss

AFP - 10h ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books in his team's 2-0 win at Newcastle on …

Sarri admits new striker needed as Chelsea frustrated by Saints

AFP - 8h ago

Maurizio Sarri admitted Chelsea need attacking reinforcements after they wasted a chance to cement their place in the …

Lukaku saves Solskjaer's perfect record as Chelsea fire blanks

AFP - 23m ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United made it four wins out of four in the Premier League on Wednesday, beating …

Liverpool will drop points, says Man City boss Guardiola

AFP - 10h ago

Pep Guardiola is convinced Premier League leaders Liverpool will drop points between now and the end of the season as …

Boca Juniors name Alfaro as new coach

AFP - 4h ago

Argentine giants Boca Juniors named Gustavo Alfaro as their new coach on Wednesday, just hours after former boss …

Solskjaer extends perfect record as Man United beat Newcastle

AFP - 12m ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books on Wednesday as his inspirational decision …

Chelsea frustrated as Gunn shines in stalemate

AFP - 1h ago

Chelsea wasted a chance to cement their place in the Premier League's top four as a superb display from Southampton …

'We need you': Djokovic backs 'legend' Nadal to return from injury again

AFP - 51m ago

Novak Djokovic said that sport needed "legend" Rafael Nadal to make another comeback after it was announced Wednesday …

'Fighter' Djokovic into Qatar quarter-finals after scare

AFP - 7h ago

Novak Djokovic admitted he had to "fight" to come back from a set down to beat world number 36, Hungary's Marton …

LA Galaxy name Barros Schelotto as coach

AFP - 6h ago

Former Boca Juniors boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto was unveiled as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy by the …

Klopp talks up 'world's best' Man City ahead of title clash

AFP - 4h ago

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are the best team in the world ahead of his Premier League leaders' …

Over 60 wounded in Algeria football clashes

AFP - 1m ago

More than 60 people, mostly police officers, were wounded in clashes with supporters at a football match in Algeria, …

Klopp talks up 'worlds's best' Man City ahead of title clash

AFP - 12m ago

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are the best team in the world ahead of his Premier League leaders' …

Bruce appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss

AFP - 5h ago

Steve Bruce has been named as the new manager of English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, succeeding Jos Luhukay, …

Guardiola hopeful De Bruyne fit for crucial Liverpool clash

AFP - 15h ago

Kevin de Bruyne could return from injury as Manchester City bid to inflict Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of …

Chelsea kick start transfer window with Pulisic splurge

AFP - 19h ago

Chelsea made an early splash in the January transfer window on Wednesday by making Christian Pulisic the most expensive …

'Enforcer' Olivier confirmed for second Test

AFP - 21h ago

South African captain Faf du Plessis said on Wednesday that fast bowler Duanne Olivier would be used in an "enforcer" …

WADA must act now on Russia missing deadline: NADO

AFP - 21h ago

The World Anti-Doping Agency should act now over Russia's failure to meet a December 31 deadline to hand over data from …

Medvedev shows Murray there's still work to be done

AFP - 10h ago

Russia's Daniil Medvedev showed Andy Murray just how much work he still has to do, when he beat the former world number …

Chelsea sign American star Pulisic from Dortmund

AFP - 10h ago

American international Christian Pulisic, regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football, signed for …

Brawn understands wall of secrecy round stricken Schumacher

AFP - 7h ago

The radio silence surrounding the status of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is totally understandable, …

Zverev, Kerber put Germany on track for Hopman final

AFP - 7h ago

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber steered Germany closer to a second successive Hopman Cup final after winning their …

Paine targets long-term improvement as India series loss looms

AFP - 13h ago

Australia captain Tim Paine insisted Wednesday that his priority was to develop his inexperienced cricket team for the …

South Korea counting on red-hot Son to shine on Asian Cup quest

AFP - 15h ago

South Korea are hoping Son Heung-min's dazzling pace and goals can help them end a 59-year wait to be crowned …

Bruins down Blackhawks in NHL's Winter Classic outdoor game

AFP - 12h ago

Sean Kuraly scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves Tuesday as the Boston Bruins beat …

Serena in inspirational message to working mums

AFP - 17h ago

Serena Williams has posted an inspirational New Year message to mums and dads juggling parenthood with work, saying …

Van Gerwen wins third world darts title

AFP - 11h ago

Michael Van Gerwen won his third PDC World Darts Championship on Tuesday after beating outsider Michael Smith 7-3 in an …

New sanctions loom as WADA confirm Russia misses doping deadline

AFP - 16h ago

Russia faced the possibility of renewed sporting sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed …

'Fantastic' Djokovic eases to opening Qatar win, Thiem crashes out

AFP - 14h ago

Novak Djokovic took just 55 minutes to claim his first win of 2019, brushing aside Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar …

Proud Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

AFP - 1h ago

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his players need to be consistent if they are to win the Premier …

'Fantastic to be back': Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

AFP - 1h ago

Novak Djokovic took just 55 minutes to claim his first win of 2019, brushing aside Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar …

Colback double sinks 10-man Leeds

AFP - 9h ago

A Jack Colback double inflicted Leeds United's second straight defeat as the 10-man Championship leaders fell 4-2 at …

Record-equalling Kane keeps Spurs in title hunt with Cardiff romp

AFP - 18h ago

Harry Kane got himself into the record books again as Tottenham Hotspur started 2019 in style outclassing Cardiff City …

Vlhova pips Shiffrin again with parallel slalom victory

AFP - 12h ago

Petra Vlhova got her new year off to a perfect start after beating Mikaela Shiffrin to the World Cup parallel slalom …

Emery finds it hard to put case for Gunners defence

AFP - 16h ago

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was happy with his team's attacking play after Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Fulham but admitted …

Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

AFP - 39m ago

Novak Djokovic took just 55 minutes to claim his first win of the 2019 season, brushing aside Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 in …

WADA confirm Russia misses Moscow doping lab deadline

AFP - 3h ago

Russia faced up to the possibility of renewed sporting sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) …

Veteran giant Karlovic beats teen at Maharashtra Open

AFP - 15h ago

Veteran Croatian Ivo Karlovic, two months from his 40th birthday, overcame a rising player less than half his age …

Arsenal bounce back to rout feeble Fulham

AFP - 2h ago

Arsenal responded to their thrashing by Liverpool in the best possible manner reeling off a routine 4-1 humbling of …

'Total joke': USADA chief urges WADA to reinstate Russia ban

AFP - 1h ago

US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to reinstate the ban on Russia, calling the …

Japan's Kobayashi halfway to Four Hills sweep

AFP - 2h ago

Ryoyu Kobayashi became the first Japanese man in 21 years to win the two opening legs of the Four Hills ski jumping …

Vardy rings in New Year with acrobatic display

AFP - 8h ago

Jamie Vardy rescued a dire match with an eye-catching celebration as his goal secured Leicester City a 1-0 win away at …

Federer gets bragging rights over Williams in hugely anticipated match

AFP - 8h ago

Roger Federer took the honours in the much-anticipated mixed doubles clash with fellow great Serena Williams in what the …

Confidence key to turning things round, says Farrell

AFP - 5h ago

The fine line between winning and losing can boil down to confidence England rugby co-captain Owen Farrell told The …

Serena ensures meeting with Federer will have an edge

AFP - 1h ago

Serena Williams ensured her first ever on-court meeting with Roger Federer would have a competitive edge as she fought …

United defender displays Shaw-fire generosity

AFP - 7h ago

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw entered in the Christmas spirit of giving in grand style by spending £10,000 …

Winning Nations League can be launching pad for Euros: Kane

AFP - 4h ago

Harry Kane believes if England can lift the inaugural Nations League later this year in Portugal it will instil the …

Osaka cruises as Konta sends Stephens packing

AFP - 6h ago

Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka cruised past Australian qualifier Destanee Aiava to reach the quarter-finals of …

Froome eyes joining legends as five-time Tour de France champions

AFP - 8h ago

British cyclist Chris Froome will focus on becoming only the fifth rider to win five Tour de France crowns this year and …

Hosts unknown, but Cup of Nations to take centre stage in Africa

AFP - 6h ago

An Africa Cup of Nations with new dates and an expanded 24-team line-up will take centre stage this year in the …

Federer beat Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

AFP - 1h ago

Roger Federer dispatched Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday in a match which served as an appetiser for the Swiss great's first …

Murray upbeat after winning start in Brisbane

AFP - 6h ago

Former world number one Andy Murray was upbeat after making a winning start to 2019 with a straight sets victory over …

South Africa and Pakistan face selection posers

AFP - 5h ago

South Africa and Pakistan must resolve selection headaches ahead of the second Test starting at Newlands on Thursday.

Venus wins three-set thriller against Azarenka

AFP - 8h ago

The ageless Venus Williams launched her 25th year as a professional by outlasting Victoria Azarenka in a three-set …