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Sanchez gets visa to join United's US tour

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Alexis Sanchez is set to join Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States after the club confirmed the …

Kisner leads British Open as Spieth starts title defence with a splutter

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Kevin Kisner of the United States surged to the top of the early British Open leaderboard on Thursday as Jordan Spieth's …

Greipel, Gaviria join Alps casualty list on Tour de France

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At this rate, there will be few sprinters left to contend the prestigious final stage on the world famous Champs Elysees …

Wannabe rap star Lyles seeks birthday tonic

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Wannabe rap star Noah Lyles will bid to celebrate his 21st birthday by winning the 200m at Friday's Diamond League meet …

Groenewegen joins Alps' list of casualties on Tour de France

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Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen became the latest sprint star to fall victim to the gruelling Alpine stages of the Tour de …

Kisner leads British Open as McIlroy, Woods prepare to begin charge

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Kevin Kisner of the United States surged to the top of the early British Open leaderboard on Thursday as Rory McIlroy …

Kazakh Olympic figure skater stabbed to death at 25

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Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten, who won bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, died on Thursday aged 25 after being …

Gallopin pulls out, adds to Bardet's Tour woes

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The Tour de France hopes of Frenchman Romain Bardet suffered another setback on Friday after AG2R teammate Tony Gallopin …

Spotlight back on Willett after 'pitch black' times

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Danny Willett admitted the dramatic slump that followed the exhilaration of winning the 2016 Masters plunged him into …

NBA star Marc Gasol recounts dramatic migrant rescue

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Spanish basketball giant Marc Gasol, star of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, recounted the dramatic sea rescue of a migrant …

Laura, Jason Kenny feature in Britain team for Cycling Euros

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Olympic champions Laura and Jason Kenny have been included in the Britain team for next month's European Championships …

American Kisner takes clubhouse lead at British Open

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American Kevin Kisner birdied three successive holes on the inward nine to card a five-under-par 66 and take the …

US host spars with French envoy over 'African-ness' of World Cup champs

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The host of America's late-night TV program "The Daily Show" has drawn the ire of France's ambassador to the US after …

Brace for yet more spin, Sri Lanka warns Proteas

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Rangana Herath warned South Africa Thursday to expect yet more spin in the second Test after the visitors were skittled …

Hamilton signs blockbuster Mercedes deal to end speculation over future

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Lewis Hamilton finally ended speculation over his future on Thursday as the four-time world champion signed a …

Rigoberto Uran pulls out of Tour

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Colombian Rigoberto Uran, last year's runner-up and leader of the EF-Drapac team, pulled out of the Tour de France ahead …

South Africa's Van Rooyen sets early pace at British Open

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South Africa's Erik van Rooyen put down an early marker at the British Open as a four-under-par first round of 67 gave …

Philippines, Australia fined and 15 suspended for 'basketbrawl'

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Basketball's governing body FIBA on Thursday handed down hefty fines and suspensions over an ugly on-court melee in …

McIlroy bids to end American dominance as Open returns to Carnoustie

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Rory McIlroy admits it is going to take something special to end the recent dominance of the majors by American golfers …

Rapes and beatings: the torments of South Korea's young athletes

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When Kim Eun-hee was 10 years old, a primary school child with dreams of tennis stardom, her coach raped her for the …

'Wonderful start' for Talisca in China as debut hat-trick lifts Evergrande

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Anderson Talisca revelled in a "wonderful start" after the Brazilian hit a dazzling debut hat-trick for Guangzhou …

Matera boost as Jaguares debut in Super Rugby finals

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Jaguares skipper Pablo Matera has been cleared to play in the Argentina team's first ever Super Rugby finals match this …

Fiji chase Rugby Sevens glory as World Cup lands in San Francisco

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The Rugby World Cup Sevens will break new ground here Friday when the tournament kicks off in San Francisco with Olympic …

Miami voters will have say on Beckham MLS stadium plan

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Miami voters will have their say in November on David Beckham's latest plan for a Major League Soccer stadium …

NFL's Casey plans to take fine, make sideline anthem protest

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Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey says he will continue to protest social injustice on the NFL sidelines …

Liverpool close in on record 75 million euro deal for Alisson - reports

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Brazilian international Alisson is expected to sign for Liverpool on a five-year deal worth 75 million euros, a world …

Qatar ploughs ahead with World Cup plans despite crises

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Last year, Qatar's finance minister Ali Sharif Al-Emadi said his country was determined to have everything ready for the …

World Cup moves onto Qatar and a whole lot of problems

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As one of the best World Cups ever ends in Russia, football's biggest tournament must now prepare for its most …

Brazil's 2014 World Cup legacy left little to celebrate

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When Brazil hosted the World Cup in 2014 the country dreamt of glory, but the beloved national team was thrashed and the …

South Africa living with mixed legacy of 2010 World Cup

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South Africa's turn as World Cup hosts in 2010 left the country with 10 world-class stadiums and an influx of tourists …

Four key holes at Open venue Carnoustie

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AFP Sport picks out four key holes at Carnoustie where the third major of the golf season, The British Open tees off on …

Hamilton eyes gatecrashing Vettel's Hockenheim homecoming

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Less than two weeks after an acrimonious aftermath to the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton will this weekend bid to …

'I'd be finished': Joshua says doping slurs would wreck his career

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Anthony Joshua believes he would be forced to quit boxing if the heavyweight champion ever endured the kind of doping …

Gor Mahia shed goal-shy image with four in CAF romp

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Gor Mahia of Kenya shed a goal-shy record by trouncing Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 Wednesday and boosting their hopes …

Chelsea name Zola as Sarri's right-hand man

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Gianfranco Zola was Wednesday named as assistant coach to new manager Maurizio Sarri, marking a return to the club where …

Germany's Stich, Czech Sukova to join Tennis Hall of Fame

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Former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich of Germany and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Helena Sukova of the Czech …

New look Winter Olympics gets youth and gender revamp

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The Beijing 2022 Winter Games will feature seven new events as the IOC pushes for a more gender-balanced and …

Froome still 'the leader' as triumphant Thomas pulls on yellow

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Geraint Thomas insists he will help Sky teammate Chris Froome claim a record-equalling fifth victory on the Tour de …

British and Irish Lions captain Warburton retires

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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, admitting defeat in his …

Sluggish Cavendish eliminated from Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish's hopes of beating Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins on the Tour de France were put on hold Wednesday …

Organisers firm up schedule for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday endorsed the schedule of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, it was announced …

Liverpool star Oxlade-Chamberlain 'likely to miss whole season'

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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the whole of the forthcoming season, with the Premier …

Embarrassed Root won't 'drop the mic' again

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Joe Root is keen to utilise his experience batting against spinner Kuldeep Yadav in limited-overs cricket during …

Mourinho confident World Cup heroics will lift Pogba

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Jose Mourinho is confident that the euphoria of lifting the World Cup will provide a boost to Paul Pogba's club career …

Thomas soars to 11th stage and into Tour's yellow jersey

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Welshman Geraint Thomas soared to victory in the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday to take the overall …

Hazard and Courtois futures in board's hands says Sarri

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The futures of star Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois can be decided by the Chelsea board said the club's new …

'I want to cement my legacy': Joshua plans history bid

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Anthony Joshua has set his sights on joining boxing's all-time greats as the heavyweight champion builds up to his title …

Late father inspires List ahead of Open debut

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Luke List will be more emotional than most of the golfers teeing off at The Open on Thursday recalling how his late …

Pakistan crush Zimbabwe, take 3-0 lead in ODI series

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hailed "a great performance" after his team sealed a series win by strolling to a …

Old devil may care attitude could reap major reward, says McIlroy

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Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy says returning to playing the carefree golf of the start of his career may be the …

Sri Lanka seeks 'clear rules' on ball tampering

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Sri Lanka's sports minister called on the International Cricket Council to establish "simple, clear rules" Wednesday …

Tendulkar links up with Middlesex to form Academy

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Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and English county Middlesex are joining forces to launch an academy to teach …

Kuldeep Yadav gets India call for start of England Test series

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India left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been included in an 18-man squad announced Wednesday for the first three …

Astros heroes power American League to Baseball All-Star win

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Back-to-back home runs by Houston Astros stars Alex Bregman and George Springer, part of a record 10-homer slugfest, …

Morgan joy as Root back in the runs - but don't mention the 'mic drop'

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Eoin Morgan was glad to see the return of the "Joe Root we know and trust" as his second successive unbeaten hundred …

Astros heroes power National League to Baseball All-Star win

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Back-to-back home runs by Houston Astros stars Alex Bregman and George Springer, part of a record 10-homer slugfest, …

Legal battle over rights to Olympic founder's name

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A Dutch branding company, a global sports organisation and the name of a French aristocrat who has been dead for 80 …

Asian Games venues '95% ready' but potential pitfalls remain

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Asian Games venues will be ready before Indonesia hosts the showpiece event in a month, organisers say, but the threat …

Warriors hand Kerr contract extension

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The Golden State Warriors handed head coach Steve Kerr a contract extension on Tuesday, locking in the man who has led …

Three memorable Opens played at Carnoustie

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Carnoustie or "Car-Nasty" as it is referred to by some stellar golfers who have suffered on the course hosts The Open …

Spieth eyes wide Open, seeks to emulate Harrington

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Jordan Spieth feels he is back in the groove and capable of becoming the first player since Irishman Padraig Harrington …

Bouchard battles past Bacsinszky in Gstaad opener

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Eugenie Bouchard quelled a home threat at the Gstaad WTA tournament on Tuesday, fighting back to beat Timea Bacsinszky …

Ahly cruise to CAF victory, Esperance survive scare

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North African giants Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia scored contrasting victories Tuesday to give Group A of …

Root century seals England series win over India

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Joe Root became England's leading one-day international century-maker as an innings of exactly 100 not out on his …

Harper homer blitz bet backfires for Nationals

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Bryce Harper's electrifying victory in Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby may have delighted Washington Nationals …

South Africa call up uncapped Stormers fly-half Willemse

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Uncapped Western Stormers fly-half Damian Willemse has been called up by South Africa, suggesting he could be the second …

Sky keep powder dry ahead of alpine fireworks

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Outgunned on the opening Alpine salvo of the Tour de France, the Sky team of defending champion Chris Froome have …

Panama World Cup coach Gomez quits

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Hernan Dario Gomez said on Tuesday that he was quitting as coach of Panama after leading the nation to their first World …

Beckenbauer tells Deschamps 'Welcome to our club'

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Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and a coach, welcomed Didier Deschamps on Tuesday "to our club!"

Alaphilippe claims maiden stage, Van Avermaet retains yellow

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Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe turned on the style to secure his maiden Tour de France stage win on Tuesday as Belgium's …

Flooding damages World Cup stadium in Russia's Volgograd

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Heavy rain has damaged parts of the interior and landscaping around the Volgograd Arena, a new stadium that hosted four …

Toulon owner Boudjellal fined 75,000 euros over Treviso comments

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Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has been fined 75,000 euros (£66,500, $87,538) "payable immediately" by European …

Willey and Rashid strike as England hold India to 256-8 in 3rd ODI

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David Willey and Adil Rashid took three wickets apiece on their Yorkshire home ground as England held India to 256 for …

Reed's young Americans out to deliver Ryder Cup warning

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United States golfers can strike a significant psychological blow ahead of September's Ryder Cup by winning their sixth …

The Open my best chance to add to majors haul, says Woods

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American superstar Tiger Woods returns to The Open after three years saying said on Tuesday that it is his best …

Iceland's World Cup coach Hallgrimsson steps down

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Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson stepped down on Tuesday, a few weeks after leading the tiny nation at its first World …

Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

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Table tennis players from North and South Korea played alongside each other at an international tournament Tuesday, …

AC Milan's Europa League ban appeal set for Thursday

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AC Milan's appeal against a European ban for breaking UEFA's financial fair play rules will be heard Thursday by the …

Peru's Guerrero cleared to play for Brazilian club - Swiss court

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Peruvian football star Paolo Guerrero can play for his Brazilian club Flamengo when it resumes competition this week, …

Rose ready to blossom at The Open

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Justin Rose says he can repel the host of young Americans who hold all the major golf titles and claim The Open crown …

Hammers boss Pellegrini backs Anderson to add 'new dimension'

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West Ham United manger Manuel Pellegrini believes the London club's record signing, Felipe Anderson, will give his team …

Peru's Guerrero clear to play for Brazilian club -- Swiss court

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Peruvian football star Paolo Guerrero can play for his Brazilian club Flamengo when it resumes competition this week, …

Record scorer Cahill retires from Australia duty

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Australia's all-time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill retired from international football Tuesday, ending an illustrious …

Not tall, not fast, but Cahill became a legend anyway

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Once dismissed as too small to be a professional, Australia's Tim Cahill, who retired from international football …

Bolt poised for surprise trial with Aussie football club

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Usain Bolt is on the verge of sealing a deal to trial with the A-League's Central Coast Mariners, the Australian club …

France gives World Cup winners a heroes' welcome home

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The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as …

South Korea's Choo makes MLB All-Star debut at age 36

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South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo will realize his dream to play among the world's greatest players in Tuesday's …

Russia jails Pussy Riot members for World Cup pitch invasion

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Russia on Monday jailed four members of Pussy Riot feminist punk group for 15 days after they invaded the pitch during …

MLB boss: doping nearly dead, US betting tests integrity

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred declared the sport's "steroid era" all-but over Monday but said new US …

Boston's Sale gets third MLB All-Star start in a row

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will make a record-tying third consecutive start in Tuesday's 89th Major League …

Five favoured contenders for The Open

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The Open gets underway at Carnoustie golf course on Thursday.

USA Diving accused in sexual abuse lawsuit

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The governing body of diving in the United States has been accused of ignoring allegations of sexual abuse in a case …

'Different' Ronaldo aiming for Champions League success with Juve

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Cristiano Ronaldo said Monday that he's "different" from other players of his age who move to China or Qatar for …

2021 Rugby League World Cup to be staged solely in England

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The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is set to be played solely in England, with 80 percent of games in the 13-a-side code's …

Maradona arrives in Belarus to take up new job

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Hotfoot from creating a stir at the World Cup Diego Maradona arrived in Belarus on Monday to begin the latest chapter in …

Thierry Henry quits TV to focus on coaching

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Retired France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry said on Monday that he was quitting as a football analyst with British …

I'm 'not like others' says Ronaldo at Juve unveiling

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Cristiano Ronaldo said that he's "different" from other players of his age who move to China or Qatar for mega-money …

Pakistan's Azhar Ali signs for Somerset

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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has joined Somerset for the remainder of their first-class English County Championship …

India still working on middle-order ahead of World Cup

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India may be one of cricket's top one-day teams, but batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said they have work to do deciding …

Putin leaves World Cup ball in Trump's half

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with American leader Donald …

Sky can 'control race' as Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes

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Former runner-up Romain Bardet has played down his Tour de France hopes ahead of a crucial three-day block of climbing …

Sky worried for Froome as notorious Alpe d'Huez looms

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Tour de France organisers are preparing for a potential Alpe d'Huez backlash against defending champion Chris Froome as …