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Late David double keeps Lille top of Ligue 1

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Canadian forward Jonathan David's late double helped Lille edge out Marseille 2-0 on Wednesday to remain two points …

Man Utd lose ground on leaders Man City with fog-bound Palace draw, Burnley hold Leicester

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Manchester United were left a huge 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City as Crystal Palace held them …

Man Utd to join Liverpool in not releasing internationals

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said it "doesn't make sense" for his players to travel for international …

Extra-time winner lightens mood as Barcelona reach Spanish Cup final

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Barcelona needed extra-time to reach the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday, with a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla coming …

AC Milan salvage Udinese draw with last-gasp penalty

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Franck Kessie scored a 97th-minute penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for AC Milan at home to Udinese on Wednesday, giving …

Yankees manager Boone receiving pacemaker, taking medical leave

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was having surgery to receive a pacemaker on Wednesday and will take medical leave, …

Leipzig see off Wolfsburg to reach German Cup semis

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Yussuf Poulsen and Hwang Hee-chan netted second-half goals as RB Leipzig beat Wolfsburg 2-0 in the German Cup …

Former Qatar Open champions Pliskova, Kvitova, Azarenka through to quarters

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Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, cheered on by the small Qatar Open crowd like a home star, deployed masterful racquet work, …

Man Utd fire another blank at Palace

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Manchester United drew another blank to hamper their chances of a return to next season's Champions League after a …

Former NFL player Winslow jailed 14 years for rape, assault

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Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for a series of sexual assaults …

Gerrard sent off as Rangers move to brink of title

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Steven Gerrard labelled the officials "bang out of order" after he was sent-off in Rangers' 1-0 win at Livingston on …

Chelsea survive early red card to defeat Atletico in Women's Champions League

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Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the Women's Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday despite being a …

Angry Medvedev out of Rotterdam, Rublev beats Murray

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Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the Rotterdam ATP event in the first round on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to Dusan …

England's Hatton defends at Bay Hill after whirlwind year

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England's Tyrrell Hatton defends his title this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where victory launched a …

Leicester held by Burnley, Villa shocked by Sheffield United

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Leicester had captain Kasper Schmeichel to thank just for a point in a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Wednesday as the Foxes' …

Aouar fires Lyon top of Ligue 1

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Houssem Aouar's second-half strike clinched Lyon a 1-0 home win over Rennes on Wednesday to send Rudi Garcia's men top …

Williams century, bowlers help Zimbabwe trounce Afghanistan inside two days

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A century from skipper Sean Williams coupled with destructive pace bowling from Blessing Muzarabani and Victor Nyauchi …

Mourinho says Real questions needed over Bale bid to find Spurs form

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid are best-placed to explain why it took Gareth Bale quite so …

England's Lawes out for up to 12 weeks

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England forward Courtney Lawes could be out of action for up to 12 weeks following a chest injury, according to club …

Nats pitcher Lester faces surgery to remove thyroid

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Washington Nationals pitcher Jon Lester is to undergo surgery to remove his thyroid gland but is expected to return in …

Bess in 'great space' for India series return after England axe

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England off-spinner Dom Bess said he was in a "great space" to return to the Test side after the disappointment of being …

Labour of love - new boss Grammozis committed to keeping Schalke up

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New Schalke head coach Dimitrios Grammozis insists his appointment is a match made in heaven with only a short honeymoon …

Angry Medvedev out of Rotterdam, blows chance of taking Nadal ranking

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Daniil Medvedev became the latest high-profile first round casualty at the Rotterdam ATP event on Wednesday after losing …

Vettel targets another F1 world title as Aston Martin unveil car

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Sebastian Vettel said he believes he can win another Formula One world title as his new Aston Martin team unveiled their …

ATP extends rankings freeze, boosts prize money at smaller events

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The ATP announced Wednesday it will prolong its rankings freeze and increase prize money at lower-level tournaments as …

Klopp threatens to withdraw Liverpool players from World Cup qualifiers

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has threatened to withdraw players from international matches this month if there is a …

UK government unveils new £300m virus-aid scheme for English sport

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The British government announced Wednesday a new £300 million ($419 million, 347 million euros) recovery package for …

Furious Medvedev joins list of famous names out of Rotterdam ATP

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Daniil Medvedev became the latest big name to fall in the first round of the Rotterdam ATP after losing in straight sets …

Kohli credits Test success to not grumbling about pitches

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India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday credited India's Test success to not moaning about pitches as he fuelled …

Juve buy McKennie from Schalke for 18.5 million euros

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Juventus have bought Weston McKennie from Schalke for 18.5 million euros ($22.3 million), the Serie A club announced on …

Malaysian prince puts Valencia football club in his sights

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A Malaysian prince has prompted speculation of a takeover bid for Spanish football club Valencia after posting about his …

Galthie backed as French sports ministry studies rugby Covid probe

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France coach Fabien Galthie has received the backing of his federation amid a probe into a Covid-19 outbreak among the …

Decision on foreign fans at Tokyo Games this month: organisers

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Tokyo Olympics organisers will decide this month whether to allow overseas fans, the Games president said Wednesday, …

Rennes to appoint Bruno Genesio as new coach

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Rennes have chosen Bruno Genesio as their new coach to replace Julien Stephan, who resigned earlier this week, a source …

Arsenal boss Arteta dismisses Barcelona speculation

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Mikel Arteta says he is fully focused on doing "much better" at Arsenal after he was linked with the Barcelona manager's …

Six of the best for Agar as Australia down Black Caps

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Spinner Ashton Agar produced the best bowling performance in Australia's Twenty20 international history in a 64-run win …

UK lawmakers to probe link between sport and brain injuries

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British lawmakers are to hold an inquiry into the link between sport and long-term brain injury at a time of growing …

Kohli says 'too much noise' about Test spin pitches

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India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday fuelled controversy over spin pitches that have dominated the Test series against …

Tokyo Olympics board gets 12 new female members

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Tokyo Olympics organisers approved 12 new female executive board members on Wednesday, less than two weeks after …

Oil-rich Malaysian prince puts Valencia in his sights

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A Malaysian prince has prompted speculation of a takeover bid for Spanish football club Valencia after posting about his …

LeBron eclipsed as Suns down Lakers

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LeBron James exploded for 38 points but it was not enough to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from sliding to a 114-104 …

Popovich slams Texas governor over 'ignorant' mask decision

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday his team would ignore Texas' decision to lift a state-wide mask …

Joker's wild as Nuggets thrash Bucks, Celtics down Clips

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Nikola Jokic bagged the 50th regular-season triple-double of his career as the Denver Nuggets halted the Milwaukee …

Solskjaer promises 'responsible' transfer business at Man Utd

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have to focus on realistic and responsible business as they target …

Hamilton says eighth F1 title not sole factor in his future

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Lewis Hamilton said Tuesday that winning a record-breaking eighth world championship in 2021 would not be the …

Hendry targets Crucible after snooker return

Mar 02 2021

Stephen Hendry will target 800 centuries and a return to the Crucible after making an impressive return to the …

Root wants England to be 'brave' against Indian spinners

Mar 02 2021

Joe Root has urged his England team to be "braver" and to free themselves from fear in the fourth and final Test against …

Colombia to allow 30% attendance of Copa America

Mar 02 2021

Colombia said Tuesday it would open its stadiums to the public for the 2021 Copa America it will co-host with Argentina, …

Wawrinka dumped out of Rotterdam ATP, Rublev advances

Mar 02 2021

Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of the Rotterdam ATP meeting in the first round on Tuesday after losing in straight sets …

Man City equal unbeaten record in 4-1 Wolves demolition

Mar 02 2021

Manchester City equalled their club record of 28 games unbeaten on Tuesday, hammering Wolverhampton 4-1 to open up a …

Juve boost hopes of 10th straight title with win over Spezia

Mar 02 2021

Juventus gave their hopes of a 10th straight Serie A title a timely boost as they beat struggling Spezia 3-0 on Tuesday …

Sancho fires Dortmund into German Cup semi-finals

Mar 02 2021

England winger Jadon Sancho hit the winning goal as Borussia Dortmund marched into the semi-finals of the German Cup …

Pele gets Covid vaccine, hails 'unforgettable' day

Mar 02 2021

Brazilian football great Pele, 80, received a Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday, a moment he described as "unforgettable" while …

New Marseille coach Sampaoli faces wait before taking charge

Mar 02 2021

New Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli arrived in France on Tuesday ready to take up his new post, the Ligue 1 club …

'Amazing to be back': Keys beats fatigued Bencic in Qatar

Mar 02 2021

America's Madison Keys made a triumphant return to play against sixth seed Belinda Bencic, clinching three games in a …

Salsa dancing aiding England centre Tuilagi's recovery

Mar 02 2021

Powerhouse England centre Manu Tuilagi has taken up salsa dancing as part of his bid to recover from an Achilles injury.

Alonso in 'best shape' of career as he prepares for F1 return

Mar 02 2021

Fernando Alonso said Tuesday he was in the best shape of his career as he prepares to end his two-year Formula One exile …

Staging Euro all across continent is 'a blessing', says UEFA medical advisor

Mar 02 2021

The man appointed as medical advisor by UEFA for preparations for the delayed European Championship believes the …

Ocon says new-look Alpine must build for 2022

Mar 02 2021

French driver Esteban Ocon said that the repackaged Alpine Formula One team, whose car was unveiled on Tuesday, is …

Ex-Barcelona president released from custody after 'Barcagate' arrest

Mar 02 2021

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was conditionally released on Tuesday after appearing before a judge …

Trainer Elliott's hearing set as he loses horses over photo scandal

Mar 02 2021

Leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott's apology for being photographed talking on the phone while sitting on a dead horse …

Cavani in line for Man Utd return against Palace

Mar 02 2021

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani could return at Crystal Palace on Wednesday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men head …

Olympiakos owner Marinakis handed five-month pitch ban after ref row

Mar 02 2021

The Greek Super League on Tuesday banned Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis from entering the field of play for five …

Prepare for another spin fest, Rahane tells England

Mar 02 2021

India look to spin out England in the fourth Test on a similar pitch to the one that hosted last week's two-day match, …

O'Leary calls off Tiger Roll's tilt at Grand National history

Mar 02 2021

Tiger Roll's bid for an historic third successive victory in the Grand National is over after owner, Ryanair boss …

Southgate facing 'big decisions' over England attack at Euros

Mar 02 2021

Gareth Southgate has admitted he is facing "big decisions" over which players to include in England's attack for the …

Racing hit by fresh apology over video of jockey riding dead horse

Mar 02 2021

Racing's reputation suffered another blow on Tuesday as jockey Rob James apologised for a video circulating of him …

Ski star Shiffrin says rights concerns present Olympic dilemma

Mar 02 2021

US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin says that "legitimate proof" of rights abuses in some Olympic host countries forces …

Wolff says Mercedes still fired up for success

Mar 02 2021

The Mercedes Formula One team despite seven successive constructors titles possesses the "same fire, hunger and passion" …

Ex-Barcelona president released after appearing before judge: court

Mar 02 2021

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his former advisor Jaume Masferrer were released Tuesday after …

England ready to host more Euro 2020 games: Johnson

Mar 02 2021

England is ready to host extra matches for this year's European football championships, British Prime Minister Boris …

Pogacar signs new five-year deal with UAE Team Emirates

Mar 02 2021

Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar has committed his future to UAE Team Emirates by signing a new deal to 2026, the …

Irish talisman Sexton hungry as ever as he signs contract extension

Mar 02 2021

Ireland rugby captain Johnny Sexton signed on Tuesday a one-year contract extension up to the end of the 2021/22 …

Detained ex-Barcelona president to appear before judge

Mar 02 2021

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, detained Monday as part of a probe into last year's 'Barcagate' …

Football power by 2050? China dream totters on shaky foundations

Mar 02 2021

Five years ago, China under President Xi Jinping pledged to become a football power by 2050. But the financial collapse …

Lord's final on line as India, England back at scene of two-day Test

Mar 02 2021

India and England return to the scene of last week's hotly debated two-day Test on Thursday with the hosts looking to …

Federer pulls out of Miami Open: report

Mar 02 2021

Defending champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from this month's Miami Open as he works his way back to full fitness …

Zion dominant as Pelicans upset Jazz, Sixers bounce back

Mar 02 2021

Zion Williamson produced a dominant performance as the New Orleans Pelicans upset the league-leading Utah Jazz with a …

No red, but Morikawa's a tiger: golf talking points

Mar 02 2021

Tributes to Tiger Woods and the first WGC Championship of 2021 dominate AFP Sport's golf talking points this week:

Euro 2020 shrouded in uncertainty 100 days before kick-off

Mar 02 2021

This Wednesday marks 100 days until the scheduled start of Euro 2020 but there remains much uncertainty about exactly …

Murray fights back to beat Haase in Rotterdam first round

Mar 02 2021

Andy Murray fought back from a set down to defeat home hope Robin Haase and claim his first top-level win of the year at …

Hawks fire head coach Pierce: official

Mar 01 2021

The Atlanta Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce on Monday following the team's lacklustre start to the season.

J.J. Watt signs for Arizona Cardinals

Mar 01 2021

Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt confirmed he is joining the Arizona Cardinals on Monday following …

Government backs potential UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Mar 01 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has backed a potential joint bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland …

Runaway leaders Man City can still improve: Guardiola

Mar 01 2021

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City's rivals that the runaway Premier League leaders can get even better as they …

Real Madrid held by Real Sociedad to give Atletico advantage

Mar 01 2021

Real Madrid's chances of chasing down La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid were dealt a blow on Monday as they needed a late …

Richarlison strikes to boost Everton's top-four bid

Mar 01 2021

Everton boosted their bid to earn a top-four finish in the Premier League as Richarlison sealed a 1-0 win against …

Noah calls time on NBA career

Mar 01 2021

French international Joakim Noah announced his retirement from basketball on Monday, ending a 13-season NBA career.

Ex-Barcelona president Bartomeu arrested: source

Mar 01 2021

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested on Monday as part of a police investigation into last …

Irish trainer Elliott given British ban over dead horse photo

Mar 01 2021

Runners trained by Ireland's Gordon Elliott could be barred from this month's Cheltenham Festival after British horse …

Azarenka shines in cloudy Doha on day one of Qatar Open

Mar 01 2021

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka provided what was perhaps the best tennis on the opening day of the Qatar Open …

Trescothick 'building up' to long trips abroad with new England role

Mar 01 2021

Marcus Trescothick has said he will "build up" to prolonged stints abroad after being appointed as England's new …

Bundesliga strugglers Arminia Bielefeld sack coach Neuhaus

Mar 01 2021

Relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld have fired head coach Uwe Neuhaus and his assistant and are now poised to name a …

FIFA favours billionaire candidate for African football presidency

Mar 01 2021

FIFA have asked three candidates to back South Africa's Patrice Motsepe in the up-coming Confederation of African …

Leach says no pitch talk, England focussed on improving

Mar 01 2021

Spinner Jack Leach said on Monday England are not obsessed by the state of the pitches in India but are keen to learn …

Top sports court cancels Iranian judo federation suspension

Mar 01 2021

Sport's top court on Monday cancelled the suspension of the Iranian judo federation, imposed after it ordered judoka …

Guardiola says record-breaking Man City won't rest on their laurels

Mar 01 2021

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have no time to soak up the plaudits during their record-breaking run as the Premier …

Leg injury forces world No. 1 Barty out of Dubai championship

Mar 01 2021

World number one Ashleigh Barty will not compete at the Dubai Championships next week because of a leg injury, she said …

Rodgers urges Leicester to fight through injury woes

Mar 01 2021

Brendan Rodgers has challenged Leicester to defy the odds as a mounting injury crisis threatens to wreck their bid to …

French ref admits blunders during Wales v England

Mar 01 2021

French referee Pascal Gauzere has admitted he made two errors in Wales' controversial Six Nations win over England on …

Rossi excited by 'new challenge' with Yamaha SRT

Mar 01 2021

Valentino Rossi is embracing a fresh start with Yamaha SRT after dropping down from the manufacturer's factory team for …

Tiger Roll trainer Elliott sorry for dead horse photo

Mar 01 2021

Three-time Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott has apologised after a photograph emerged of him chatting on …