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Russian hurdler Shubenkov cleared of doping in 'genuinely exceptional' case

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Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov has been cleared of doping in what the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) called on Tuesday …

Wembley looking forward to staging Euro 2020 final: Downing Street

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Britain is looking forward to staging a "fantastic" Euro 2020 final, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said …

Troubled Tokyo Olympics near finish line with one month to go

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The Tokyo Olympics have weathered a historic postponement, an unprecedented ban on overseas fans and persistent domestic …

Ugandan Olympic team quarantined in Japan after virus case

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Eight members of the Ugandan Olympic team have been quarantined in Japan until early July, a local official said …

Former France full-back Medard plays on at Toulouse

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Veteran former France full-back Maxime Medard has extended his current contract with Toulouse while former two-time …

Scotland quartet in Lions XV for Murrayfield clash against Japan

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Four Scotland players have been selected in the British and Irish Lions starting XV for Saturday's landmark match …

England duo Mount, Chilwell to isolate until June 28, will miss Czech game

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England will be without Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell for their final Euro 2020 Group D match on Tuesday …

Covid chaos disrupts England and Scotland at Euro 2020

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England's bid to win their Euro 2020 group has been thrown into chaos ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Czech Republic …

Ntamack ruled out of Top 14 final after concussion

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French international fly-half Romain Ntamack has been ruled out of the Top 14 final after being stretchered off with …

UEFA refuses to light Munich stadium in rainbow colours for Germany-Hungary match

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UEFA on Tuesday rejected plans by the city of Munich to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for the …

Raiders' Nassib comes out as NFL's first openly gay player

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib made history on Monday after coming out as the first openly gay active …

Injured Tuilagi out of England training squad for USA and Canada Tests

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Manu Tuilagi's latest injury setback has seen the Sale centre withdrawn from England's training squad for next month's …

Denmark 'unit' rides wave of emotion into Wales last-16 clash

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Denmark is a nation united behind its football team after they charged into the Euro 2020 knockouts on a cathartic night …

Rahmbo and the Mickelsons: golf talking points

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Jon Rahm's maiden major at Torrey Pines dominates AFP Sport's golf talking points this week:

Japan infection expert eyes Olympics with excitement, concern

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Infectious disease expert Atsuo Hamada still fondly remembers the thrill of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but with a month …

Osaka, Dressel, Bromell: stars to watch at Tokyo Olympics

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Five stars to watch at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which start on July 23 after a year's delay because of the coronavirus …

Increased doping in pandemic 'not a particular worry', says WADA chief

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World anti-doping chiefs insist they are not overly worried by athletes who may have tried to take advantage of reduced …

Tokyo 2020's turbulent Olympic timeline

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From a historic virus postponement and summer heat fears to unprecedented restrictions on fans, the path to staging the …

Ball in Serena's court at Wimbledon with rivals' fitness doubts

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Serena Williams turns 40 on September 26 and the arrival of that landmark birthday will be all the sweeter if she has at …

Djokovic ready to be first among equals at Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic is targeting a record-equalling 20th major and sixth Wimbledon title from next week, edging him closer to …

Roger Federer's highs and lows at Wimbledon

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Roger Federer aims for a ninth Wimbledon title from next week with his career at a crossroads and his 40th birthday fast …

Doubts hang over Spain ahead of 'do or die' game against Slovakia

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Spain are bracing themselves for a test of nerve in their last group game against Slovakia on Wednesday, with Luis …

World 800m champion Brazier stunned at US Olympic trials

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World 800m champion Donavan Brazier suffered a sensational upset at the US Olympic track and field trials in Oregon on …

At 91, Polish ex-champion revs up for Kenya rally

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Sobieslaw Zasada took part in his first auto rally in 1952 and went on to win the European title three times.

Chile through to Copa quarter-final after Uruguay draw

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Chile booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Monday after securing a 1-1 draw with Uruguay in …

Denmark thump Russia to make last 16 in stunning fashion

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Denmark made it through to the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Monday after a convincing 4-1 win over Russia which alongside …

England duo Mount, Chilwell isolating after Gilmour contact

Jun 21 2021

England suffered a Euro 2020 blow on Monday as Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced to self-isolate …

Clinical Belgium put Finland on brink of exit

Jun 21 2021

Belgium scored two late goals to see off a valiant Finland 2-0 on Monday, pushing their opponents to the brink of a …

Denmark thrash Russia to reach Euro 2020 knockouts, Austria edge through

Jun 21 2021

Denmark powered into the last 16 of Euro 2020 with a brilliant 4-1 thrashing of Russia at a raucous Parken Stadium on …

Italian climber Aru out of Tour de France

Jun 21 2021

Italy's Fabio Aru, a former Vuelta winner and twice a podium finisher on the Giro d'Italia, on Monday withdrew from the …

Medvedev looking for confidence on grass in Mallorca

Jun 21 2021

World number two Daniil Medvedev said on Monday he can play his best tennis on grass as the Russian warms up for …

Maharaj hat-trick spins South Africa to series win in West Indies

Jun 21 2021

Keshav Maharaj completed just the second hat-trick by a South African in Test history as the Proteas completed a 158-run …

Baumgartner sends Austria into last 16 with win over Ukraine

Jun 21 2021

Christoph Baumgartner's first-half goal sent Austria through to the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Monday after a 1-0 win over …

Medical coordinator denies responsibility in Maradona death

Jun 21 2021

The medical coordinator in charge of Diego Maradona's home treatment denied responsibility for his death when questioned …

Wijnaldum double as Dutch complete perfect Euro 2020 group phase

Jun 21 2021

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice and hailed his "special connection" with Memphis Depay as the Netherlands completed a …

Austria beat Ukraine for last-16 place as Denmark target Euro 2020 knockouts

Jun 21 2021

Austria edged to a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Monday to beat their opponents to a spot in the last 16 of Euro 2020, while …

US Supreme Court backs payments for student athletes

Jun 21 2021

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that America's top university athletics body cannot block student-athletes from …

Cook 'feels sorry' for England captain Root over rotation policy

Jun 21 2021

Alastair Cook has expressed sympathy for Joe Root, his successor as England's Test captain, over a rotation policy he …

Cavendish back in Tour de France after 3-year absence

Jun 21 2021

Mark Cavendish will return to the Tour de France for the first time since 2018 after he was called up to a Deceuninck …

Safety concerns to keep Shapovalov from Olympic tennis

Jun 21 2021

World number 12 Denis Shapovalov said Monday that he will not play tennis for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics, citing …

Maharaj hat-trick sends West Indies spinning

Jun 21 2021

Keshav Maharaj completed only the second-ever hat-trick by a South African in Test history as the West Indies slid to …

Bird, Taurasi lead US Olympic women's basketball squad

Jun 21 2021

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will each seek a fifth consecutive gold medal in Tokyo on the six-time defending Olympic …

Dressel, Ledecky lead bevy of new kids on the blocks on US Olympic swim team

Jun 21 2021

Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky head a new-look US swimming team that will travel to Tokyo aiming to maintain dominance …

Aussie guard Daniels joins NBA development club Ignite

Jun 21 2021

Dyson Daniels, a teen guard from Australia, has signed with the Ignite, an NBA development team, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, …

Czechs hoping to learn lessons from 2019 thrashing at Wembley

Jun 21 2021

The Czech Republic will travel to Wembley for Tuesday's Euro 2020 game against England knowing what they do not want -- …

Rain washes out fourth day of World Test Championship final

Jun 21 2021

The inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton was hit by yet more bad weather …

Man City make £100m move for Kane - reports

Jun 21 2021

Manchester City have made a bid of 100 million pounds (138 million dollars) to Tottenham for England captain Harry Kane, …

Maguire ready to return for England's Czech showdown

Jun 21 2021

Harry Maguire says he is fit to feature for England in their decisive Euro 2020 Group D clash against the Czech Republic …

CAS reduces match-fixing ban for former Nigeria coach

Jun 21 2021

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday reduced to five years the suspension for "corruption" of former Nigerian …

Turkey's Calhanoglu switching from AC Milan to Inter

Jun 21 2021

Putting Turkey's early exit from Euro 2020 behind him, Hakan Calhanoglu focused on his future in Serie A on Monday, …

Croatia's Dalic frustrated over 'unfair' Covid rules at Euro 2020

Jun 21 2021

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic believes his side have been treated unfairly over the application of coronavirus rules at …

Van der Poel the star name as Alpecin make Tour debut

Jun 21 2021

The recently rebranded Alpecin-Fenix team will make their debut in the Tour de France led by Dutch star Mathieu van der …

UEFA action over Neuer's rainbow armband would have been 'absurd' - Goretzka

Jun 21 2021

Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka said Monday it would have been "absurd" if UEFA had sanctioned the German FA for the …

Gilmour loss hurts Scotland's hopes against Croatia at Euro 2020

Jun 21 2021

Scotland's bid to reach the knockout stages of a major international tournament for the first time was rocked by the …

Denmark bid to snatch last-16 berth at Euro 2020 as Scotland lose Gilmour to Covid

Jun 21 2021

Denmark host Russia at Euro 2020 on Monday seeking to snatch a place in the last 16 as coronavirus further disrupted the …

Rain stops World Test Championship final again

Jun 21 2021

Rain once more interrupted the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton, with a heavy …

France lose injured Dembele for the rest of Euro 2020

Jun 21 2021

France have lost Ousmane Dembele for the rest of Euro 2020 after X-rays showed the Barcelona winger's knee injury would …

Scotland's Gilmour tests positive for coronavirus, misses Croatia clash

Jun 21 2021

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, dealing a blow to Scotland's hopes of …

No UEFA action for German 'keeper Neuer's rainbow armband at Euro 2020

Jun 21 2021

The German FA has said it will not be punished by UEFA for the rainbow-coloured captain's armband Germany skipper Manuel …

'Magical Nights': Mancini rekindles Italy's love for Azzurri

Jun 21 2021

Roberto Mancini has turned the clock back for Italy, recapturing the atmosphere of the 1990 World Cup the country …

Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo Olympics events: organisers

Jun 21 2021

Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympic events, organisers said Monday, warning competition could move behind …

England shutting out Euro 2020 'noise', says Sterling

Jun 21 2021

Raheem Sterling says England are shutting out the "noise" and "panic" from outside their Euro 2020 camp after their …

New Zealand weightlifter selected as first transgender Olympian

Jun 21 2021

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected as the first transgender Olympic athlete Monday after Kiwi …

Japanese football star Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender man

Jun 21 2021

Japanese Women's World Cup star Kumi Yokoyama has come out as a transgender man -- one of the few athletes to do so in a …

Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has twin boys - Thunder and Saint Leo

Jun 21 2021

All-time Olympic great sprinter Usain Bolt and his partner Kasi Bennett announced Sunday the birth of twin boys, who …

India protest 'unfair' Tokyo Olympic rules for Covid-hit nations

Jun 21 2021

India's Olympic body has slammed as "unfair" strict rules imposed by the Japanese government on athletes from several …

Felix books Olympic berth, Bromell storms to 100 win

Jun 21 2021

Allyson Felix punched her ticket to a fifth Olympic games while Trayvon Bromell cemented his status as favorite to …

Closed-door Games? Tokyo 2020 to decide on allowing fans

Jun 21 2021

Tokyo Olympics organisers and Japanese officials meet Monday to decide whether fans will be allowed at the …

Tokyo-bound Bromell romps to 100m victory at US trials

Jun 21 2021

Trayvon Bromell blasted to victory in the 100m at the US Olympic track and field trials on Sunday, sealing his ticket to …

New Zealander weightlifter selected as first transgender Olympian

Jun 21 2021

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected as the first transgender Olympic athlete Monday after Kiwi …

Transgender Olympic weightlifter a reluctant trailblazer

Jun 21 2021

Laurel Hubbard is the most reluctant of trailblazers as she prepares to become the first transgender athlete to compete …

Manuel rebounds to punch ticket to Tokyo, Dressel wins 50m free

Jun 21 2021

Simone Manuel rebounded from crushing disappointment in the 100m freestyle to win the 50m free at the US Olympic …

Rahm wins US Open to take first major crown, top ranking

Jun 21 2021

Jon Rahm made tension-packed long birdie putts on the last two holes Sunday to win the 121st US Open and capture his …

Last gasp Hernandez snatches Copa draw for Venezuela against Ecuador

Jun 21 2021

Ronald Hernandez scored an injury time equalizer to earn minnows Venezuela a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with …

US Open contenders fade with back-nine collapses

Jun 21 2021

Jon Rahm delivered fist-swinging birdies at the last two holes to knock out the last of the rivals Sunday and win the US …

Rugby Australia chief calls France 'most dangerous side in Europe'

Jun 21 2021

France are the most dangerous side in Europe, with almost as much depth in their squad as the All Blacks, Australia's …

Support rising in Japan for Tokyo Olympics this summer: poll

Jun 21 2021

Around a third of Japanese now back holding the Olympics, up from just 14 percent last month, a new poll showed Monday, …

Denmark look to sneak into Euro 2020 knockouts as Austria, Ukraine face off

Jun 21 2021

Denmark host Russia in Copenhagen on Monday still in with a chance of reaching the last 16 of Euro 2020 despite losing …

Norway decides against Qatar World Cup boycott

Jun 21 2021

Norway's football community on Sunday voted against boycotting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite pressure from its …

Who said what in sport this weekend

Jun 21 2021

Who said what in sport this weekend this weekend:

Chile admit Covid-19 health bubble breach by hairdresser

Jun 20 2021

Chile's football federation admitted on Sunday that it broke Copa America health bubble rules by bringing a local …

Van der Dussen and Rabada put South Africa in charge of second Test

Jun 20 2021

Rassie van der Dussen's unbeaten 75 and support from Kagiso Rabada saved South Africa from a complete second innings …

US Open drama begins with McIlroy chasing fifth major win

Jun 20 2021

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy teed off in Sunday's final round of the 121st US Open trying to snap a seven-year …

Eden Hazard 'not 100%, but ready to start' against Finland

Jun 20 2021

Belgium captain Eden Hazard said on Sunday that he is not yet at "100 percent" but he will be able to start his side's …

World Championships prize money boosted by Russia fine: Coe

Jun 20 2021

World Athletics is boosting prize money at next year's World Championships by $1 million using cash from the fine …

England's Foden hits back at Southgate's critics

Jun 20 2021

Phil Foden has defended Gareth Southgate after the England manager was criticised for his side's spluttering start at …

Pessina seals top spot for Italy as beaten Wales qualify for last 16

Jun 20 2021

Matteo Pessina scored as Italy made it three wins out of three at Euro 2020 by beating 10-man Wales 1-0 to finish top of …

Switzerland forced to wait for knock-out fate despite Shaqiri double

Jun 20 2021

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku on Sunday but they will have to wait to see if they …

Mayers stars as South Africa collapse gives Windies hope

Jun 20 2021

Unheralded Kyle Mayers starred with the ball again as South Africa crashed to 63 for six in their second innings at tea …

Switzerland's Shaqiri 'proud' despite last 16 waiting game

Jun 20 2021

Switzerland goalscorer Xherdan Shaqiri said he was "proud" of his side's performance in Sunday's 3-1 Euro 2020 win over …

Wales make it through to Euro 2020 knockout phase despite defeat in Italy

Jun 20 2021

Wales celebrated reaching the last 16 of Euro 2020 despite losing 1-0 to Italy in Rome on Sunday as Switzerland were …

'Trophies more important than records,' says Mancini

Jun 20 2021

Italy coach Roberto Mancini said Sunday that winning trophies was more important than achieving records as Italy …

New Zealand's Jamieson takes five before India hit back in World Test final

Jun 20 2021

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson completed an impressive five-wicket haul before India's bowlers starred on the third day of …

Qualifier Samsonova wins first WTA title, gets Wimbledon wildcard

Jun 20 2021

Qualifier Liudmila Samsonova won her first WTA title with victory over Belinda Bencic in the final of the Berlin grass …

Marquez grateful for victory but sees long, painful road ahead

Jun 20 2021

Marc Marquez savoured his first victory in 19 months on Sunday saying that while he expected the rest of the season to …

McIlroy chases lead trio in bid to end major win drought

Jun 20 2021

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy tries to snap a seven-year major win drought by chasing down a trio of co-leaders in …

Jabeur becomes first Arab woman to win WTA title with Birmingham triumph

Jun 20 2021

Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title on Sunday when the Tunisian beat Daria Kasatkina of Russia …

NBA Hawks lose Angola's Fernando for playoff decider

Jun 20 2021

Angolan big man Bruno Fernando of the Atlanta Hawks was suspended Sunday by the NBA for the team's Sunday night …

O'Brien completes Chantilly classic double with Joan Of Arc

Jun 20 2021

Master Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien plundered Sunday's French Oaks at Chantilly to add to his French Derby win a …

Griezmann defends Benzema as France attack struggles to fire

Jun 20 2021

Antoine Griezmann insisted Sunday that Karim Benzema has the full backing of the France team and coaching staff with the …

Like father, like son with two more wheels as Doohan wins in France

Jun 20 2021

Australia's Jack Doohan, the son of five-time world motorcycling champion Mick Doohan, claimed his first victory of the …

Qualifier Samsonova downs Bencic in Berlin to win first WTA title

Jun 20 2021

Qualifier Liudmila Samsonova capped her breakthrough week on Sunday by winning her first WTA title with victory over …