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Double trouble as Ronaldo rages at selfie-hunting pitch invader

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Cristiano Ronaldo was confronted by two pitch invaders, including one seeking a selfie, after his goal helped Juventus …

Relief for Atletico as win over Lokomotiv secures qualification

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Atletico Madrid lifted the gloom by qualifying for the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday after they beat Lokomotiv …

Neymar makes impression as PSG crush Galatasaray

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Neymar marked his first start in a Champions League game in a year by scoring one goal and setting up two more as Paris …

Bayern brush aside Mourinho's Spurs to claim perfect six

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Bayern Munich on Wednesday became the first German club to win all of their six group matches in the Champions League …

Atletico, Atalanta reach last 16 as Bayern cruise past Spurs

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Atletico Madrid claimed the final spot in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv …

Asghar returns as Afghanistan captain eight months after sacking

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Asghar Afghan was reappointed as Afghanistan captain on Wednesday just eight months after being controversially sacked …

Jesus 'cannot stop scoring' as hat-trick lifts Man City's mood in Zagreb

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Gabriel Jesus said he cannot afford to stop scoring goals after a hat-trick helped Manchester City put their Premier …

Al-Sadd dash New Caledonian minnows' Liverpool dream

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Qatar's Al-Sadd defeated Hienghene Sport 3-1 after extra-time on Wednesday, shattering the New Caledonian part-timers' …

Champions League debutants Atalanta reach last 16

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Atalanta reached the Champions League last 16 in their first season in the tournament on Wednesday after a 3-0 victory …

Top-ranked Barty named WTA Player of the Year

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Australian Ashleigh Barty, whose breakout 2019 campaign included a French Open crown and world number one ranking, was …

Jesus hat-trick lifts Man City's mood in Zagreb

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Manchester City put their Premier League woes to one side as Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick in a dominant 4-1 win over …

Everton stick with Ferguson for United trip

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Duncan Ferguson is to stay on as caretaker manager of Everton for their Premier League match away to Manchester United …

Gattuso named new Napoli coach after Ancelotti sacking

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Gennaro Gattuso said it was "embarrassing" for Napoli to be seventh in the Serie A table, after taking over from Carlo …

Sixes galore as India clinch T20 series win over Windies

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Skipper Virat Kohli led the sixes charge with seven hits over the fence to set up India's series-clinching 67-run win …

FIFA to take legal action to recover $2 million from Platini

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FIFA is to take legal action by the end of the year to force Michel Platini to return two million Swiss francs ($2 …

FIFA to take legal action to recover 2 million Swiss francs from Platini

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FIFA is to take legal action by the end of the year to force Michel Platini to return two million Swiss francs ($2 …

Scotland's Seymour retires from rugby Test duty

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Scotland's Tommy Seymour has retired from international rugby, the Glasgow wing announced on Wednesday.

Blatter happy to testify in France on Qatar World Cup

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Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA, told AFP on Wednesday that he had opposed awarding the 2020 World Cup to …

Graeme Smith agrees acting role at crisis-hit South African cricket

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Former Test captain Graeme Smith on Wednesday agreed to become Cricket South Africa's director of cricket – but only in …

Israel launches first Tour de France team

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Israel launched its first Tour de France team Wednesday, the latest sporting initiative funded by a Canadian-Israeli …

Liverpool hungry for European glory despite Premier League push

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Liverpool are pushing hard for their first English league title for 30 years but the clamour to end a long wait on …

Philippines hails 'world class' SEA Games despite stormy start

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The 30th Southeast Asia Games ended on Wednesday with a rocking closing ceremony in the 20,000-seater purpose-built …

Pakistan dominate Sri Lanka in first home Test for ten years

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Test cricket made its long-awaited return to Pakistan after a deadly attack in 2009, with the home team led by fast …

Blatter happy to testify in France on Qatar   Blatter ready to testify in France over 2022 World Cup

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Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA, told AFP on Wednesday that he had opposed awarding the 2020 World Cup to …

Solskjaer calls for Man Utd consistency after mini-revival

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Wednesday that he wants Manchester United to learn how to be consistent as his in-form team …

Ancelotti's reign ends amid feuding as Napoli turn to Gattuso

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Carlo Ancelotti's reign at feuding Napoli came to an abrupt end on Tuesday as the veteran coach was sacked despite a 4-0 …

Aleem Dar set to break record for most Tests as an umpire

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Aleem Dar is set to break Steve Bucknor's record of most Tests as an umpire in the first match of the series between …

Home advantage good as gold for SEA Games hosts, yet again

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The Philippines easily topped the Southeast Asian Games medal table with 149 golds, continuing a rich tradition at the …

Lampard hints at striking reinforcements in January transfer window

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard hinted he could dip into the transfer market next month to strengthen his attacking …

Snipers, smiles as Test cricket returns to Pakistan after 2009 attack

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Pakistani fans skipped classes and work on Wednesday to attend the country's first cricket Test in a decade, which was …

Rugby fans mob Japan's Brave Blossoms at victory parade

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Thousands of flag-waving rugby fans cheered Japan's national team at a celebratory parade in Tokyo on Wednesday, hailing …

Heavy security as Pakistan host first cricket Test since 2009 attack

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Tight security ringed Rawalpindi cricket stadium on Wednesday as Pakistan hosted their first Test match since a deadly …

US captain Woods picks himself to lead off Presidents Cup defence

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Captain Tiger Woods will lead from the front when the United States begin their Presidents Cup defence after Wednesday …

Sri Lanka make steady start as Test cricket returns to Pakistan

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Sri Lanka were 89-0 at lunch on Wednesday as Pakistan hosted its first cricket Test since a deadly 2009 attack scared …

Smith says Reed friendship damaged by 'cheat' row

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Australian Cameron Smith admitted Wednesday his friendship with US star Patrick Reed has been damaged after calling him …

Foster vows to restore All Blacks' aura after taking top job

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Ian Foster pledged to restore the All Blacks' aura of invincibility on Wednesday as the former assistant coach was …

Fit Johnson 'ready' for full part in Presidents Cup after surgery

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Former world number one Dustin Johnson has fully recovered from left knee surgery and declared Wednesday he was fit and …

US Captain Woods likely to play three times at Presidents Cup

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Tiger Woods will combine his captain's duties with playing most likely three times during the Presidents Cup, his deputy …

New All Blacks coach keen to cast off Hansen's shadow

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Colleagues say new All Blacks coach Ian Foster possesses "a real rugby brain" and believe he will have no problem …

Lost in translation: swimmer Sun Yang's doping case hits interpretation snag

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Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang's anti-doping case, in which he is facing an eight-year ban for missing a …

Golf: Guide to the Presidents Cup

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A guide to the 13th Presidents Cup match between the International team captained by Ernie Els and Tiger Woods' United …

Presidents Cup: Five pivotal holes at Royal Melbourne

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Five holes at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club that could be crucial in deciding who wins the 13th Presidents Cup when it …

Foster named All Blacks coach as New Zealand opt for continuity

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Former assistant Ian Foster was named as the All Blacks' new head coach on Wednesday as the three-time World Cup winners …

Foster appointed All Blacks coach to succeed Hansen

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New Zealand Rugby named Ian Foster as the new All Blacks head coach Wednesday, promoting the 54-year-old to the role …

Arsenal, Rangers chart safe passage in Europa League

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Last season's runners-up Arsenal and Steven Gerrard's Rangers have their sights fixed on the Europa League knockout …

Liverpool, Chelsea through to Champions League last 16 as Ajax go out

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Holders Liverpool safely negotiated Tuesday's trip to Salzburg to take their place in the last 16 of this season's UEFA …

Ancelotti sacked despite guiding Napoli to Champions League last 16

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Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by Napoli despite taking the Serie A side to the last 16 of the Champions League on …

Fati makes history as Barca send Inter crashing out of Champions League

Dec 10 2019

Teenage prodigy Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score a Champions League goal as a second-string Barcelona side …

Lampard strives for more as Chelsea edge into Champions League last 16

Dec 10 2019

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants his young side to be more ruthless after a 2-1 win over a much-changed Lille at …

Lyon players, fans clash after Depay secures last 16 spot

Dec 10 2019

Lyon supporters and players clashed following the full-time whistle after captain Memphis Depay's equaliser sent the …

Dortmund hold off Slavia to reach Champions League last 16

Dec 10 2019

Borussia Dortmund made it to the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday after squeezing past Slavia Prague …

Ajax crash out of Champions League after defeat by Valencia

Dec 10 2019

Ajax's hopes of another fairytale run in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia …

Late Depay equaliser clinches Lyon last 16 spot

Dec 10 2019

Captain Memphis Depay scored the key equaliser as Lyon rallied from two goals down to claim a Champions League last 16 …

Ajax crash out of the Champions League after defeat by Valencia

Dec 10 2019

Ajax's hopes of another fairytale run in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia …

Chelsea edge past Lille and into Champions League last 16

Dec 10 2019

Chelsea booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League as first-half goals from Tammy Abraham and Cesar …

Ancelotti defiant as Napoli advance in Champions League

Dec 10 2019

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti ruled out resigning Tuesday after his side swept into the Champions League last 16 powered …

Liverpool survive Salzburg test to reach last 16

Dec 10 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his side's "intensity" after two goals in as many minutes from Naby Keita and …

French figure skater probed in US over lewd photos: report

Dec 10 2019

French figure skater Morgan Cipres is under investigation by the United States Center for SafeSport after allegedly …

British Olympic Association angered by athletes' legal action

Dec 10 2019

The British Olympic Association said Tuesday it was dismayed by the decision of a group of athletes to pursue legal …

Milik treble puts Napoli through to Champions League last 16

Dec 10 2019

Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik scored a hat-trick to send Napoli into the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday with a 4-0 …

Stars coach Montgomery axed after NHL announce crackdown

Dec 10 2019

The Dallas Stars fired head coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday for "unprofessional conduct", just a day after National …

Filipinos hold court as basketball team wins SEA Games title

Dec 10 2019

The Philippines men's basketball team won their 13th consecutive Southeast Asian Games title on Tuesday night with a …

'Proud' Deschamps' France contract extended to 2022 World Cup

Dec 10 2019

Didier Deschamps' contract as coach of world champions France has been extended through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, …

Stokes sees big future for England 'gem' Burns

Dec 10 2019

Ben Stokes compared Rory Burns to England great Alastair Cook as he forecast a long international future for the Surrey …

Alkmaar's stadium ready for Ajax clash after roof collapse

Dec 10 2019

AZ Alkmaar will be able to play this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Ajax at their home ground after the …

Bayern hoping to boost flagging confidence against Spurs

Dec 10 2019

Bayern Munich are already through to the Champions League last 16 as group winners, but interim coach Hansi Flick wants …

'I have questions': Russian high-jump star Lasitskene slams officials

Dec 10 2019

One of Russia's top athletes, three-time world champion high jumper Mariya Lasitskene, on Tuesday called sports …

Amazon acquire Champions League broadcast rights in Germany

Dec 10 2019

Amazon confirmed Tuesday that they have acquired the rights to broadcast a selection of Champions League games in …

Els itching to upstage old rival Woods at Presidents Cup

Dec 10 2019

Ernie Els and Tiger Woods have a decades-long rivalry and the big South African admitted Tuesday he was itching to …

Fly zone: 'Zombie' Thomas bugged by Australia's summer pests

Dec 10 2019

World number four Justin Thomas said he was like "a zombie" because of jetlag Tuesday and complained that Australia's …

Heartbreak, then joy for Presidents Cup rookie An

Dec 10 2019

It has been a rollercoaster ride for An Byeong-hun, and the Presidents Cup hasn't even started.

Paralympics boss urges clarity for Tokyo after Russia doping ban

Dec 10 2019

The head of the International Paralympic Committee Tuesday called for clear guidance over the participation of Russian …

Woods defends 'great kid' Reed after rule-breaking row

Dec 10 2019

US captain Tiger Woods defended Presidents Cup teammate Patrick Reed as "a great kid" Tuesday after he was penalised for …

Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

Dec 10 2019

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 …

New Zealand face day-night challenge as Australia series begins

Dec 10 2019

Kane Williamson's New Zealand know they need to re-adapt quickly to the nuances of day-night cricket to have any hope of …

I'm no cheat, says US golfer Reed after penalty row

Dec 10 2019

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed denied he was a cheat Tuesday after being penalised for improving his lie, …

Revving up to a new speed record in the Kalahari

Dec 10 2019

A loud hiss rips through the stillness of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert.

McIlroy turns down spot in Saudi tournament

Dec 10 2019

Rory McIlroy confirmed Monday he had turned down the chance to play in next month's European Tour event in Saudi Arabia …

Sydney SOLAS yacht race cancelled as thick smoke shrouds city

Dec 10 2019

The SOLAS Big Boat Challenge was cancelled Tuesday after thick bushfire smoke sent visibility plummeting on Sydney …

Arsenal relieved as worst winless run since 1977 ends at West Ham

Dec 10 2019

Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes a weight has been lifted off his players' shoulders after a …

Arsenal relieved as worst winless since 1977 ends at West Ham

Dec 09 2019

Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes a weight has been lifted off his players' shoulders after a …

Abraham emerges as Chelsea's talisman

Dec 09 2019

Tammy Abraham has emerged as Chelsea's talisman thanks to a breakthrough season that has taken his side to the brink of …

US athlete who inspired 'ice bucket challenge' dies at 34

Dec 09 2019

A former US college baseball player who helped inspire the global phenomenon known as the "ice bucket challenge" to …

Andreescu named Canada's athlete of the year

Dec 09 2019

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu added another honour to her glittering year on Monday after becoming the first tennis …

Arsenal strike back to end winless run at West Ham

Dec 09 2019

Arsenal ended their worst run without a win in 42 years by coming from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday thanks to a …

NBA rejects Rockets protest after blown dunk call

Dec 09 2019

The NBA has rejected the Houston Rockets' request for a replay following the blown call of a James Harden dunk in the …

Strasburg agrees record deal with Nationals: reports

Dec 09 2019

Washington Nationals ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg is poised to end his career with the World Series champions after …

Benitez rules himself out of Arsenal and Everton jobs

Dec 09 2019

Rafael Benitez insisted on Monday there is "no chance" he will fill the managerial vacancies at either Arsenal or …

Cowboys boot struggling kicker Maher

Dec 09 2019

The Dallas Cowboys axed Brett Maher on Monday, the struggling kicker paying the price for a disappointing season which …

Barca can hurt Inter without Messi, warns Valverde

Dec 09 2019

Lionel Messi's absence for already-qualified Barcelona will not make them less able to stop Inter Milan gaining their …

Klopp tells Liverpool to enjoy 'intensity' ahead of Salzburg clash

Dec 09 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to enjoy the "most intense period of our lives" as a tough schedule …

Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup over doping

Dec 09 2019

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 …

Pakistan's Jamshed pleads guilty in UK bribery case

Dec 09 2019

Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed pleaded guilty on Monday to a conspiracy to bribe fellow cricketers as part of a …

Zarco joins Ducati-Avintia despite critical outburst

Dec 09 2019

Johann Zarco has signed with Ducati-Avintia for the 2020 MotoGP season weeks after saying it was "not a top team', the …

Russia doping whistleblower welcomes ban, urges review of Olympic results

Dec 09 2019

The former head of Russia's anti-doping agency, who fled Moscow after turning whistleblower, on Monday welcomed a …

Real Madrid forward Benzema could face trial over sextape allegations Benzema facing possible court date over Valbuena sextape blackmail

Dec 09 2019

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema may be facing a criminal trial after France's highest court of appeal on Monday …

How Russian doping scandal unfolded

Dec 09 2019

Russia will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency on …

Reeling from doping ban, Moscow blames 'anti-Russian hysteria'

Dec 09 2019

Russia reeled from a four-year ban from global sports on Monday, with athletes in shock and the government quick to …

Riquelme beats Maradona as Boca Juniors elect new president

Dec 09 2019

Former Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has won a three-way battle with bitter rival Diego Maradona and Gabriel …

Lampard challenges young Chelsea players to step up

Dec 09 2019

Frank Lampard has challenged his young Chelsea players to "make a mark" ahead of their crucial Champions League match …

Messi out but Conte expects Inter to suffer

Dec 09 2019

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will not make the trip to the San Siro for Tuesday's final Champions League group game, but …

Filipino boxers rule the ring in SEA Games finals

Dec 09 2019

Filipino fighters punched their way to seven boxing golds at the Southeast Asian Games' very own Thrilla in Manila in …