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Matthew replaces Pettersen on Europe Solheim Cup golf team

Norway's Suzann Pettersen withdrew from the European Solheim Cup team Wednesday with a disc injury, pushing British alternate Catriona Matthew into the line-up for the ...

Raging Ronaldo 'persecuted' as appeal against ban rejected

Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish Football Federation as "persecution" after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected on Wednesday. The World ...

West Indies captain backs pacemen to shine against England

West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his pacemen can help the "huge underdogs" make life uncomfortable for England during their upcoming Test series. The first ...

Dutch defender Van Dijk not for sale, say Southampton

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk won't be allowed to leave St Mary's in the current transfer window, the Premier League club's chairman Ralph Krueger said ...

Kei Nishikori to miss rest of tennis season with wrist injury

World number nine Kei Nishikori of Japan will miss the remainder of the 2017 ATP season after suffering a torn tendon in his right wrist, ...

Monaco coach says Mbappe was dropped to 'protect' him

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has claimed that star striker Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend "to protect him" rather than as a ...

Women's major winner Davies to make history on men's Senior tour

Laura Davies is set to make history as the first woman to play on the European Senior Tour in next year's Shipco Masters in Denmark. ...

Stoneman the only change for England Test against West Indies

Mark Stoneman will be the lone change to England's side for the start of the first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday, ...

Rabat title-winning bike stolen in Belgium

The Kalex bike with which Spain's Tito Rabat won the 2014 world Moto2 title has been stolen in Belgium, his Marc VDS team revealed on ...

Arsenal's Wenger admits no progress on Sanchez contract talks

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday. Wenger's admission will only heighten speculation the ...

SEA Games: Malaysia promises to iron out 'glitches'

Malaysia's sports minister admitted Wednesday there were "glitches" with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready ...

China under-20 football team to play in German league

China's Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes ...

Sigurdsson's record move to Everton hinges on medical

Iceland midfielder is due to complete a £45 million ($58m, 49.4m euros) move to Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea later on Wednesday if he ...

Spaniard Jese joins Stoke on loan from PSG

Spanish forward Jese has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs announced on Wednesday. "Jese was a man in ...

'Alexander the Great' - Liverpool teen Alexander-Arnold earns rave reviews

Trent Alexander-Arnold's stunning free-kick for Liverpool in their 2-1 Champions League win over Hoffenheim had the British media purring 'Who needs Coutinho?' in reference to ...

Head knock won't stop Warner's Bangladesh cricket tour

Australian vice-captain David Warner is expected to be fit for the upcoming Bangladesh tour after retiring hurt when he was struck in the neck by ...

Tevez expected back in China after treatment - Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua denied suggestions that Carlos Tevez's career in China was over and said Wednesday they expected him to return after the Argentine went home ...

Isner leaps into Zverev's path at injury-hit ATP/WTA Cincinnati

In a week where most ATP stars are idled by injuries, the two men with multiple titles since Wimbledon -- John Isner and Alexander Zverev ...

Bayern expected to win sixth straight Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga season on Friday with the coaches of 13 of their 17 rivals expecting them to dominate again -- ...

Zverev seeking strong start in bid for ATP hat trick

He's the hottest man in tennis after winning trophies at Montreal and Washington this month, but Alexander Zverev would like to escape his opening round ...

Expectant Serena aims for 'outrageous' Australian Open comeback

Serena Williams, feeling "new power" from her pregnancy, is already preparing for an Australian Open title defense in January. In a wide-ranging interview with Vogue ...

German female ref ready to whistle in Bundesliga

Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus insists she is no feminist trailblazer as she prepares to become the first female ref in Europe's top leagues having already tamed ...

'Aunt' Venus preparing for Serena's baby and US Open

Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams is preparing this week for the US Open and to become a new aunt with sister Serena giving ...

Trump makes racism 'fashionable again', LeBron James blasts

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James blasted Donald Trump on Tuesday for making hate "fashionable again", saying individuals must combat racism and not look to the ...

Own goal seals Liverpool win at Hoffenheim

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are far from certain of a Champions League group stage berth despite their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday in their ...

US, Canada, Mexico 2026 bid inviting venue submissions

The United States, Mexico and Canada's bid for the 2026 World Cup on Tuesday invited 44 cities across the three nations to declare an interest ...

Goodwin banned but free to play NFL

United States long jumper Marquise Goodwin has been hit with a one-year suspension for failing to provide anti-doping authorities details of his whereabouts, but will ...

Taylor hunting down record again - at altitude

Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor will target the world record on Wednesday at altitude in the French Alps, just a week after coming up ...

Leave Pettersen alone, US skipper urges fans

United States captain Juli Inkster on Tuesday urged fans not to heckle Europe star Suzann Pettersen at this week's Solheim Cup, two years after a ...

Raonic withdraws from Cincinnati with sore wrist

World number 10 Milos Raonic of Canada withdrew from the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday with a left wrist injury, joining a list of high-profile ...

Neymar becomes Handicap International ambassador

Neymar-mania, which has engulfed France, landed briefly in neighbouring Switzerland on Tuesday where the Brazilian star became Handicap International's first-ever ambassador at a ceremony at ...

Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam

Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard Tuesday ...

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel ...

Ronaldo ban angers Real Madrid coach Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expressed his anger on Tuesday at a five-game ban handed to Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing a referee after being sent-off ...

Kenya to bid for 2023 world athletics championships

Kenya is to launch a bid to host the athletics world championships in 2023 after successfully staging two other international competitions in the last 10 ...

Taiwan or Chinese Taipei? 'Little Olympics' spotlights China row

Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the ...

Philippine boxers at risk in brain scan scam

A total of 150 professional boxers in the Philippines have been banned for falsifying brain scan results aimed at detecting serious head injuries in the ...

Pato dreams of Brazil recall after China career boost

Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he's at the peak of his career following ...

After horror year for Australia, here come the All Blacks

Australia's once-mighty rugby scene has reached a low ebb after a year of problems on the pitch and off it -- and things look unlikely ...

China runners brave gawps, pollution and deadly driving

A group of elderly Chinese joggers are pounding along a deserted motorway when suddenly a taxi ploughs into the back of them, knocking them over ...

Five drugs found in Tiger Woods' system after arrest

Tiger Woods had five drugs, including the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the ...

Mexico zoo names tiger cub for French football star Gignac

French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has received a rare tribute from hundreds of Mexican schoolchildren, who voted to name a newborn Bengal tiger at their local ...

NBA eases schedule for weary stars

The NBA announced its full 1,230-game schedule for the upcoming season, complete with tweaks designed to reduce wear-and-tear on players through the grinding 26-week campaign. ...

Pliskova, Halep lead five-woman fight for No. 1

With sidelined Serena Williams about to have a baby, five players have a chance to grab the world number one ranking at this week's US ...

Horror flight for Halep in trek to Cincinnati tennis

World number two Simona Halep had a horror show journey to reach the WTA Cincinnati Masters this week involving a scary private plane flight and ...

Monfils withdraws from Cincinnati tennis tournament with illness

France's 21st-ranked Gael Monfils withdrew from the ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament on Monday due to illness. The flamboyant 30-year-old from Paris is coming off a ...

Uran signs cycling contract extension with Cannondale

Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who finished second to Chris Froome at the Tour de France last month, signed a three-year contract extension with American team Cannondale ...

Nadal delighted at return to No. 1, sorry Federer out

Rafael Nadal was thrilled Monday to learn he would return to world number one for the first time in three years but sorry it came ...

Chinese businessman buys stake in Premier League club Southampton

Southampton have entered into a partnership with Chinese businessman Gao Jisheng, the Premier League club's owner Katharina Liebherr announced on Monday. "I am pleased to ...

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent off in ...

Neymar charms French press on PSG debut

Brazilian superstar Neymar took little time to seduce the press in his new home with a goalscoring debut for Paris Saint-Germain at Guingamp. "Already charmed," ...

Chelsea false start revives spectre of 2015

For Chelsea's supporters, Saturday's calamitous 3-2 loss at home to Burnley will have immediately rekindled uncomfortable memories of their last Premier League title defence. In ...

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 ...

Mo Farah rebrands as 'Mohamed' for road career

British athletics great Mo Farah wants to be known as 'Mohamed' now that he is switching his focus to road racing, he has announced. "My ...

'I'm no criminal!' Costa blasts Chelsea

Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Diego Costa has launched an angry broadside against both the club and manager Antonio Conte, accusing them of treating him like a ...

India's Kohli hails 'special' Pandya after Sri Lanka series sweep

India's captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Hardik Pandya for his maiden century in the third Test after the visitors inflicted a crushing series defeat ...

Western Force open legal fight against Super Rugby axe

Western Force opened their legal fight to remain a Super Rugby team on Monday as they requested an appeal against the decision to axe them ...

Sri Lanka cricket board clears first Pakistan tour since 2009 attack

Sri Lanka's cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there ...

'Superhuman' wanted - Bolt exit leaves vacuum to fill

Usain Bolt's retirement leaves a huge vacuum to fill but athletics is moving in the right direction in rebranding itself after scandals that seriously damaged ...

Klopp, Liverpool back in Germany in Champions League play-offs

Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to his native Germany this week to face Hoffenheim as they target a return to the group stage of ...

Back-nine birdies lift Thomas to PGA Championship title in shootout

Two spectacular birdies in the last six holes brought Justin Thomas his first major title, the 14th-ranked American taking the PGA Championship on Sunday in ...

Mixed emotions as Bolt bows out

Jamaican Usain Bolt said Sunday he was sad but also excited to bow out of athletics, adding that his disappointing world campaign in London would ...

Ronaldo sent off, but Real Madrid roll over Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was sent off as Real Madrid beat a Barcelona side missing Neymar by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the ...

Zverev stuns Federer to win Montreal Masters

Alexander Zverev shocked second seed Roger Federer in straight sets in the Montreal Masters final to win his fifth title of the season and announce ...

'More alive than ever', says Neymar after PSG scoring debut

Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp and ...

Bolt takes final curtain call as Felix, Semenya add more gold

Athletics greats Allyson Felix and Caster Semenya lit up the track to bring the curtain down on the world championships in great style on Sunday. ...

Last-gasp Lazio stun Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Lazio defeated Juventus for the first time in four years with a 3-2 triumph in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday with victory secured by ...

Back spasms could sideline McIlroy until next year

Rory McIlroy might not play again until next year because of back spasms he has been battling much of the season, the four-time major champion ...

Felix claims 16th world medal as US win 4x400m relay

Allyson Felix won her 16th world career medal on Sunday, producing as she has on some many occasions before a blistering run to help the ...

Kenya's Obiri denies Ayana world double

Kenya's Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver last year winning the women's 5,000 metres world title on Sunday. The 27-year-old produced a devastating ...

Svitolina destroys Wozniacki in WTA Toronto final

Elina Svitolina crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Toronto WTA trophy on Sunday, capturing her fifth title of 2017 and her second final ...

Peerless Semenya claims third world 800m title

South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the women's 800m on Sunday. ...

Gatlin's 100m victory does not define world champs - Coe

Doping-tainted Justin Gatlin's 100m victory will not define the world championships, IAAF president Sebastian Coe insisted Sunday, adding that he fully understood why the American ...

Lukaku double fires Man United football club to winning start

Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier ...

Lukaku makes dream debut, Shelvey dismissal sparks Spurs

Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian's brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey's ...

Hamburg stunned by 10-man minnows in German Cup

Top-flight Hamburg were sensationally knocked out of the German Cup in the first round on Sunday, suffering a 3-1 defeat to third division side Osnabrueck. ...

Falcao hits treble as Monaco win without Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe watched on from the bench as Radamel Falcao struck a hat-trick in champions Monaco's 4-1 victory away to Dijon in Ligue 1 on ...

Dumoulin wins Binckbank Tour, Stuyven claims final stage

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin's fine season continued as he secured overall victory in the Binckbank Tour as Belgian Jasper Stuyven won Sunday's final stage. Having won ...

Grabban haunts Norwich as Sunderland get off the mark

Lewis Grabban returned to haunt Norwich as the Sunderland striker's double inspired a 3-1 win over his former club in the Championship on Sunday. Grabban, ...

I'm not going to lose my cool, says Alli after Shelvey stamp

Dele Alli warned Premier League provocateurs he won't be losing his cool this season after the Tottenham star kept his temper in check following Newcastle ...

Shelvey sees red as Alli fires Spurs past Newcastle

Dele Alli fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday after the England midfielder was involved in the crucial dismissal of Magpies midfielder ...

Rudiger demands quick response from troubled Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger has called on his Chelsea team-mates to make amends for their shock loss against Burnley by bouncing back against title rivals Tottenham next ...

Walking back to happiness -- Diniz enjoys golden moment at last

Mercurial Frenchman Yohann Diniz finally secured the global title that had frustratingly eluded him when he won men's 50 kilometres walk world championship gold at ...

Dovizioso pips Marquez in Austrian MotoGP classic

Andrea Dovizioso held off the hard-charging Marc Marquez to win a thrilling Austrian MotoGP for Ducati on Sunday in a race decided by a nail-biting ...

Former Barca stars Kluivert, Davids appear at Mugabe rally

Former Barcelona stars Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids joined Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on stage at a weekend political rally, drawing sharp criticism from government ...

Oh Mo! Farah gets golden send-off from press

British athletics legend Mo Farah was hailed by the British press on Sunday despite his glorious track career ending with defeat in the 5,000 metres ...

Organisers to blame for Bolt's world champs collapse - team-mates

Usain Bolt's dramatic and inglorious end to his top level career was the fault of world championship organisers, his furious team-mates claimed. The 30-year-old 100 ...

Dortmund maintain Dembele suspension after missed training

Borussia Dortmund on Sunday said Ousmane Dembele remained suspended "until further notice" for skipping training this week, as speculation continues to swirl over the wantaway ...

Pandya, Kuldeep put India on top in third Sri Lanka Test

A blazing century from all-rounder Hardik Pandya and four wickets from spinner Kuldeep Yadav left India in total command of the third and final Test ...

All Black hooker Coles out of Wallaby Test

New Zealand hooker Dane Coles has been ruled out of Saturday's Test against Australia, with coach Steve Hansen confirming he is again suffering a possible ...

Wallabies to follow Lions and put All Blacks 'under pressure'

Coach Michael Cheika says he intends to follow the British and Irish Lions' lead and put the All Blacks under pressure to conjure a huge ...

Neymar braced for French culture shock on PSG debut

After dazzling Rio's imposing Maracana and Barcelona's storied Camp Nou, the world's most expensive footballer Neymar will be welcomed to French football on Sunday at ...

Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of WTA Cincinnati event

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week's WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury. The move came a week ...

IAAF World Championships in London: Day 10 highlights

Highlights for Day 10 -- the final day -- of the IAAF World Championships on Sunday: Women's 5,000m final Almaz Ayana's astonishing win in the ...

Gatlin hails Bolt the 'showman' despite relay flop

A sentimental Justin Gatlin hailed Usain Bolt as an "amazing showman" whose career would certainly not be defined by him pulling up with cramp in ...

Spieth says PGA will be toughest major win of all

Jordan Spieth's hopes to become the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the 99th PGA Championship vanished with a closing double ...

Pain no gain as Bolt and Farah's farewell party falls flat

Athletics legends Usain Bolt and Mo Farah experienced some of their greatest moments in their careers at the 2012 Olympics in London but five years ...

Resurgent Federer advances to ATP Montreal Masters final

Swiss superstar Roger Federer turned in a precision performance on Saturday at the ATP Montreal tennis, using thundering serves and clever backhands to defeat unseeded ...

Resurgent Federer advances to ATP Montreal Masters final

Swiss superstar Roger Federer turned in a precision performance Saturday at the ATP Montreal tennis, using thundering serves and clever backhands to defeat unseeded Robin ...

Sad farewell for injured Bolt as Britain win 4x100m relay

Usain Bolt's glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up with a leg cramp on the anchor leg of the world ...

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