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Podolski hits Germany winner against England to sign off in style

Lukas Podolski signed off his Germany career in style on Wednesday smashing home the winning goal with his trusty left boot to seal a 1-0 ...

Escobdeo upsets Evans at Miami Open tennis tournament

Young American Ernesto Escobedo pulled off a surprise victory in three sets over Britain's Dan Evans in the first round of the Miami Open on ...

Tearful Day withdraws from WGC Match Play over ailing mother

Australian star Jason Day made a tearful withdrawal Wednesday from the World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play to be with his cancer-stricken mother while Rory McIlroy ...

McIlroy, Spieth suffer upsets at WGC Match Play

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth suffered upset defeats as the underdogs bared their teeth on the opening day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play ...

UEFA football boss vows transfer system reform

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to reform the transfer system to stem the talent flow towards the richest clubs. "We'll develop something akin ...

NFL mulling crackdown on illegal head shots

The National Football League is mulling a crackdown on foul play that would see ejections for players who aim hits at an opponent's head, officials ...

Winning Elshorbagy revels in anger at losing top spot

Mohamed Elshorbagy revealed his anger at the likely loss of the world number one ranking with a blazing performance which brought timely revenge and a ...

Wales rugby captain Alun Wyn Jones out for six weeks

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is set to be out of action for at least six weeks after suffering a shoulder injury during last weekend's ...

Valverde recovers from Catalonia cycling penalty with stage win

Spain's Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team brushed off a one minute overnight penalty to claim a mountain summit win on stage three of the ...

No England-All Blacks clash in 2017

A mouthwatering showdown between England and New Zealand will have to wait until 2018 after it was announced Wednesday that the Barbarians will play the ...

Paris joins Los Angeles in rejecting 2028 Olympic bid

Paris 2024 Olympic bid directors rejected on Wednesday the notion of hosting the 2028 Games, saying their target was the 2024 edition, reflecting the position ...

Froome back in picture after Movistar penalty

Tour of Catalonia officials docked the entire Movistar team at least one minute Wednesday when reviewing incidents from Tuesday' controversial team time trial. BMC is ...

Ex-WWE wrestlers to brawl in Pakistan as security improves

More than two dozen pro wrestlers will be ready to rumble in Pakistan this summer as security improves, including former fighters from major US conglomerate ...

2018 Dakar Rally set for Peru, Bolivia and Argentina

The 2018 Dakar Rally will start from Lima, Peru, on January 6 and finish two weeks later in Argentina after passing through Bolivia, organisers said ...

Six Grenoble players held in French rape investigation

French police investigating a rape allegation on Wednesday detained six Grenoble rugby players including two Irishmen, two New Zealanders and an Australian former international, prosecutors ...

Call for calm as 'toxicity' grows in India-Australia Test series

A leading Indian commentator has hit out at the "toxicity" blighting the series against Australia, and called for both sides to show restraint before the ...

China steps up security for South Korea World Cup qualifier

Chinese authorities have stepped up security for Thursday's tense World Cup qualifier against South Korea, whose fans will receive a police escort after protests over ...

Warriors win 'Curry Bowl,' Aldridge leads Spurs rally

Stephen Curry scored 17 points to win his latest on-court duel with elder brother Seth on Tuesday as the Golden State Warriors notched a fifth ...

'Toothless' Crosby leads Penguins into NHL playoffs

Sidney Crosby scored a superb goal and lost a few teeth to help the Pittsburgh Penguins wrap up their playoff berth with a victory over ...

US hands Japan first loss to reach World Baseball Classic final

Adam Jones delivered the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning as the US toppled Japan 2-1 on Tuesday to reach their first World Baseball Classic ...

Warriors adjusting to life without Durant

The Golden State Warriors showed they are finally adjusting to life without Kevin Durant after sweeping aside the Dallas Mavericks for a fifth straight victory ...

'Nice guy' Bottas in hot seat alongside Hamilton

The unassuming Valtteri Bottas faces his toughest test so far as he starts life at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton, who has a history of stormy ...

Hamilton looks for fast start to new F1 season

Lewis Hamilton will look to put his stamp on the new Formula One season at this week's Australian Grand Prix, as he seeks to regain ...

Argentina face Chile test in South America World Cup race

The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South ...

Spieth looking forward to shedding Augusta hoodoo

Former world number one Jordan Spieth says he can't wait to get next month's Masters out of the way -- because he's fed up with ...

Wawrinka believes Federer on course for No.1

Roger Federer's comeback from injury has been so successful that his compatriot Stan Wawrinka believes he can become the oldest world number one in history ...

Los Angeles 'only bidding for 2024' - official

Los Angeles Olympic bid organisers on Tuesday reiterated that officials remained focused on staging the games in 2024. "Los Angeles is the right city at ...

Cocaine-tainted O'Connor back training with Toulon

Australian international James O'Connor, suspended by Toulon after he was arrested and fined in a cocaine bust in Paris, returned to training with the Top ...

No.1 Kerber looking for Miami boost

Germany's Angelique Kerber heads into this week's Miami Open in the unusual position of having regained the world number one ranking despite a disappointing start ...

Movistar storm Catalonia time trial to stun rivals

Alejandro Valverde's Movistar stormed to a surprise victory in the team time trial at the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday, as Team Sky suffered a ...

Scottish centre Huw Jones' British and Irish Lions dream over

Scotland centre Huw Jones' hopes of making the British and Irish Lions squad for the daunting tour of New Zealand have been dashed after he ...

Cahill says privileged to follow Terry as Chelsea captain

Chelsea legend John Terry's captaincy of the Premier League giants is an impossible act to follow, his successor Gary Cahill said in Tuesday's London Evening ...

Podolski captains Germany on farewell against England

Lukas Podolski will captain injury-hit Germany on his farewell international appearance in Wednesday's friendly against England, head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed. Podolski, 31, will ...

Grand National favourite Minella Rocco withdrawn by O'Neill

Ante-post favourite Minella Rocco will not run in the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National, his trainer Jonjo O'Neill announced on Tuesday. O'Neill, who ...

Special goggles behind Gold Cup winning jockey Power's comeback

Robbie Power would have been unable to ride Sizing John to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory last Friday but for a special type of goggles which ...

Thompson, Curry outshine Westbrook, Harden fires Rockets

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry outshined Russell Westbrook as the Golden State Warriors romped to victory against Oklahoma City on Monday, while James Harden produced ...

Security guard denies All Blacks 'bugging' charge

A security consultant employed by the All Blacks denies a charge of false representation over a bugging scandal involving the world champions, his lawyer said ...

McIlroy ready for Woodland revenge bid at World Match Play

Rory McIlroy believes he will carry a psychological edge into his duel with Gary Woodland after being drawn to face the American in the opening ...

Puerto Rico beat Netherlands to reach World Baseball Classic final

Eddie Rosario clubbed a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as Puerto Rico punched their ticket to the World Baseball Classic final for the ...

Life bans for China's marathon cheats

China will ban marathon cheats for life to clamp down on scandals that have dogged the fast-growing sport, which saw nearly three million participants across ...

Schweinsteiger signs for Chicago Fire: Man Utd

Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed for Major League Soccer side the Chicago Fire from Premier League giants Manchester United, the English club confirmed ...

Japan's Honda admits to 'failure' before UAE clash

Japan's Keisuke Honda has blamed his own shortcomings for sparking debate on his international future before this week's World Cup qualifier in the United Arab ...

Celtics down Wizards in NBA grudge match

The Boston Celtics scored a bruising 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday to maintain their grip on second place in the Eastern Conference ...

All change as new owners steer F1 into fast lane

Formula One ventures into the unknown zone of a long-awaited revamped and high-speed era under new American ownership this weekend when the engines roar into ...

Germany, England to blood youngsters in glamour football friendly

World champions Germany host England in a prestige friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday with both coaches primed to give youth its head for one of ...

Los Angeles only has eyes for 2024 Olympics amid deal speculation

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has insisted that the city remains solely focused on staging the Olympics in 2024 amid speculation of a deal which ...

No citing for alleged biting: Six Nations organisers

Star Wales wing George North's claims he was bitten during France's dramatic 20-18 win over Wales on Saturday will not be investigated further, Six Nations ...

Monfils in rehab for achilles heel, patella injuries

World number 11 Gael Monfils announced Monday that he was to go into rehabilitation for injuries to his patella and achilles heel. "The exams that ...

Jones backs under-fire England skipper Hartley

Eddie Jones came to the defence of "outstanding" England captain Dylan Hartley on Monday amid growing speculation the hooker could be left out of the ...

Aussie O'Connor back for second spell as Leicester coach

Australian Matt O'Connor will hope to repeat the success of his first spell at English Premiership giants Leicester Tigers after being appointed head coach for ...

Manchester City charged with failing to control players: FA

Manchester City face a charge of failing to control their players by the Football Association for their surrounding the referee Michael Oliver when he awarded ...

Bayern domination threatens Bundesliga: league boss

Bayern Munich's domination threatens the Bundesliga's reputation and their rivals must show more ambition in order to close the gap, the German Football League (DFL) ...

Bristol sign Australia back Morahan

Australia back Luke Morahan has signed to play for Bristol from the 2017-18 season onwards, the English Premiership strugglers announced on Monday. The 26-year-old has ...

Cimolai wins Tour of Catalunya opener

Italy's Davide Cimolai won a bunch sprint to bag the first stage and the overall lead at the Tour of Catalunya on Monday after overtaking ...

Brady's stolen NFL Super Bowl jerseys recovered

The jersey stolen from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after last month's Super Bowl has been found, authorities confirmed Monday, pointing the finger of ...

Italy coach wary of Albania slip-up

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has warned a slip-up against minnows Albania would dent the Azzurri's 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes even before a likely ...

Federer in full flight heading into Miami

Roger Federer keeps saying he's still on the comeback trail, but he's covering ground faster than he ever imagined. The Swiss, sidelined much of 2016 ...

No date for Kvitova return after knife attack

Petra Kvitova has regained the use of her racquet hand badly injured three months ago in a knife attack but there is still no date ...

Tiger 'trying everything' to play at Masters

Tiger Woods still feels he has a chance to compete for a fifth Masters triumph in two weeks but his back remains an issue, the ...

Jones wants Six Nations treble as he wades into France-Wales row

England may have missed out on a record-breaking win against Ireland last weekend but Eddie Jones urged them to make rugby history of a different ...

Galthie to replace Ford as Toulon coach

Former France captain Fabien Galthie will take over as coach of rugby giants Toulon with Englishman Mike Ford leaving at the end of the season, ...

Manchester United confirm United States tour

Manchester United confirmed on Monday they will tour the United States during pre-season. Jose Mourinho's side, currently fifth in the Premier League, will play in ...

Germany's Neuer ruled out of England clash

Germany captain Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of Wednesday's home friendly against England while die Mannschaft's shooting-star Timo Werner is set to make his ...

Tokyo golf club lifts ban on women members

The private Japanese club picked to host golf at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics decided on Monday to lift its controversial ban on full female membership ...

Erdogan bitter Turkey has yet to host Olympics

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged he was still rankled by Turkey's failure to win the right to host the Olympic Games, saying it ...

Roger Federer climbs to sixth in rankings after Indian Wells win

Roger Federer jumped four places to sixth in the latest ATP rankings released Monday, leapfrogging rival Rafael Nadal following his Indian Wells Masters triumph. Federer ...

Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal - reports

Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror ...

AFL showpiece forced to move after Adele concerts

Australian Football League chiefs were fuming Monday after the women's grand final was forced to move from Brisbane's Gabba ground after the surface was deemed ...

Former NFL all-stars Sayers, Clark dealing with severe illnesses

Two former NFL all-stars, Gale Sayers and Dwight Clark, have reportedly been diagnosed with neurological conditions and at least one family is wondering if football ...

Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd India Test

Skipper Steve Smith said the momentum was now firmly with Australia in their battle against India after a fine final-day rearguard action by his batsmen ...

Fiji gold weighs heavy on new rugby coach Baber

A year ago Fiji were running away with the World Rugby Sevens Series, about to win a record 16th Hong Kong title and a few ...

Portland's Lillard explodes for 49 points against Heat

Damian Lillard carried his team on his back Sunday, scoring a season-high 49 points as the Portland Trail Blazers stopped the Miami Heat 115-104 at ...

In Slovenia, ski jumping's coming home

Slovenia may be small, but this nation of two million people in southeastern Europe is a giant and pioneer in one high-flying area: ski jumping. ...

Nordqvist holds off strong field to win Founders Cup

Anna Nordqvist closed with a four-under 68 at the LPGA Tour's Founders Cup to hold off a trio of former major champions and earn her ...

Rodgers pleased with Celtic's title focus

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his players for showing the determination needed to dig out a 2-1 victory against Dundee that puts them on the ...

Goals the missing ingredient for Manchester City: Guardiola

Sharper finishing is all that is required to take Manchester City to the next level, manager Pep Guardiola said after his side's 1-1 draw with ...

Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United players were accused of sparking an ugly clash in the tunnel in a stormy aftermath to their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough. ...

Federer beats Wawrinka for fifth Indian Wells title

Roger Federer claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title on Sunday, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka. ...

Leishman holds off McIlroy to win Bay Hill title

Australia's Marc Leishman sank a 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole Sunday and held off a charging Rory McIlroy and two others to capture ...

Haskell backs England rugby to be better for Dublin 'dry run'

James Haskell believes England will be a better team after they again saw hopes of a Grand Slam end with a defeat in Dublin. Already ...

Saric soars as Sixers rally to dump Celtics

Croatian forward Dario Saric scored 23 points and Robert Covington sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:41 to play Sunday, sparking the Philadelphia 76ers over visiting ...

Vesnina beats Kuznetsova to win Indian Wells WTA title

Elena Vesnina capped a stellar Indian Wells campaign with a hard-fought 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 6-4 triumph over fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday. Playing in ...

Japan's Kasai, 44, takes second in Norway World Cup ski jumping

Japan's Noriaki Kasai shrugged off his 44 years to grab second place in the latest round of World Cup ski jumping at Vikersund in Norway ...

Worley takes giant slalom title, Italians sweep podium

France's Tessa Worley clinched the World Cup women's giant slalom season crown Sunday while Federica Brignone won the last race of the campaign in the ...

Six Nations to review North bite, French head injury

Six Nations organisers said Sunday that an independent citing commissioner would examine an alleged bite on Wales winger George North and the dispute over a ...

Aguero leveller for Manchester City keeps Liverpool at bay

Sergio Aguero netted a 69th-minute equaliser in a gripping 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday to prevent Manchester City losing ground in the battle for ...

Toulon held to last-gasp draw by troubled Grenoble

Jonathan Wisniewski hit a last-minute conversion to seal a dramatic 23-23 draw for troubled Grenoble with Toulon in the Top 14 on Sunday. Grenoble were ...

Injured Djokovic pulls out of Miami Open

World number two Novak Djokovic won't defend his ATP Miami Masters title next week, saying Sunday that he was withdrawing because of injury. "I apologize ...

Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barcelona's way

Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win ...

Bayern now 13 points clear as Mueller caps milestone

Bayern Munich extended their Bundesliga lead to 13 points as Thomas Mueller capped his 250th league appearance with a rare goal in Sunday's 1-0 victory ...

'Phenomenon' Mbappe keeps Monaco ahead of PSG

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe was described as a "phenomenon" after inspiring Monaco to a 3-0 win at Caen on Sunday as the French Ligue 1 ...

Allegri hails "important step" as Cuadrado saves Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri hailed an "important step forward" as jittery Juventus edged closer to a record sixth consecutive scudetto with a precious 1-0 win at Sampdoria ...

Tottenham ignore Kane absence to down Southampton

Tottenham overcame the absence of leading scorer Harry Kane to beat Southampton 2-1 and close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday. First ...

Mourinho salutes gritty Manchester United

Jose Mourinho praised Manchester United's refusal to let fatigue get the better of them as they kept their top four bid on course with a ...

United on the up as Fellaini strikes

Marouane Fellaini scored his first Premier League goal for 15 months as Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 18 games to move ...

RugbyU: Racing 92 scrap merger with Stade Francais

French clubs Racing 92 and Stade Francais have scrapped merger plans that sparked outrage from top internationals, fans and officials, Racing's president Jacky Lorenzetti said ...

Bangladesh pull off historic win over Sri Lanka

Opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 82 as Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday. ...

Pujara, Saha put India on top in 3rd Test

Cheteshwar Pujara said Sunday the spinners should win the third Test for India after his double century and a marathon partnership with centurion Wriddhiman Saha ...

Trail Blazers used fast start to beat Hawks

The Portland Trail Blazers continued their quest to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 113-97 win over Atlanta, that also ...

Golovkin decisions Jacobs to retain middleweight belts

Gennady Golovkin earned a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs on Saturday to retain his middleweight belts but not before boxing's knockout king was taken the ...

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