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Lakers' James officially out of NBA postseason picture

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Legendary superstar LeBron James will miss the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005 as the Los Angeles Lakers were …

Champion mare Winx makes it 32 wins in a row

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Champion Australian mare Winx extended her record-breaking win streak to 32 on Saturday in what is widely expected to be …

Djokovic, Osaka win Miami openers as Thiem tumbles

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Novak Djokovic put his Indian Wells disappointment behind him on Friday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open with a ruthless …

Top-ranked Park, Liu share LPGA Founders Cup lead

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China's Liu Yu made the most of her early morning start, firing an eight-under par 64 on Friday to join world number one …

Serena survives scare to advance in Miami

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Serena Williams survived an "irresponsible" second set lapse on Friday to see off Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, …

Southgate lauds England hat-trick hero Sterling's coming of age

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England manager Gareth Southgate hailed Raheem Sterling's coming of age on the international stage after hitting his …

Finch's century helps fire Australia to eight-wicket win over Pakistan

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Aaron Finch's fine century drove Australia to a convincing eight-wicket win over a new-look Pakistan in the first …

Defending champ Casey holds share of Valspar halfway lead

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Defending champion Paul Casey fired a five-under par 66 to grab a share of the 36-hole lead alongside American Austin …

Sterling downs Czechs as France sweep past Moldova

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Raheem Sterling showed that he is coming of age on the international stage as his hat-trick saw England start their Euro …

Messi to miss Morocco friendly after injury on international return

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Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's friendly against Morocco next week after picking up a groin injury in the shock 3-1 …

Three things we learned from England v Czech Republic

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England thrashed the Czech Republic 5-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday:

Griezmann stars as France hammer Moldova

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Winger Antoine Griezmann scored one and set up another as World Cup winners France easily beat Moldova 4-1 in Chisinau …

Venezuela down Argentina on Messi return

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Argentina suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as Lionel Messi made his first international appearance …

Ronaldo draws blank on Portugal return in Euro qualifier

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Ukraine snuffed out Portugal on Cristiano Ronaldo's return to international football, defending stoutly as they held the …

Emotional Sterling pays tribute to tragic youngster

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Raheem Sterling dedicated his hat-trick in England's 5-0 rout of the Czech Republic on Friday to a Crystal Palace …

Angola edge Botswana to clinch Cup of Nations place

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Angola beat Botswana 1-0 on Friday thanks to a soft Wilson Eduardo goal to join 14 teams who had already qualified for …

Sterling hits hat-trick as England thrash Czech Republic

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Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as England started what they hope is a road back to Wembley for the Euro 2020 final …

Mourinho eyes management comeback and third Champions League

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Jose Mourinho is gunning for a return to top level management and a third Champions League title, the former Real Madrid …

Osaka advances, Nishikori falls in Miami tennis openers

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World number one Naomi Osaka had to keep her emotions in check as she opened her campaign at the WTA and ATP Miami Open …

Defending champ Casey grabs share of PGA lead as Donald lurks

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Defending champion Paul Casey fired a five-under par 66 to grab a share of the early clubhouse lead in Friday's second …

South Africa seal Sri Lanka series despite Udana heroics

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Isuru Udana's astonishing 84 for Sri Lanka wasn't enough to stop South Africa from clinching their Twenty20 …

PGA Tour bans Garrigus for three months after positive drug test

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Robert Garrigus, an American golfer who hailed conquering substance abuse in 2010 after his lone PGA title, was banned …

Late Simon goal seals win for Nigeria

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Nigeria needed 90 minutes to quell the Seychelles and a 3-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying home victory on Friday.

Anscombe eyes World Cup glory with Wales

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Gareth Anscombe is backing Wales to "ruffle a few feathers" at the World Cup in Japan later this year after storming to …

Hendricks hits smart 65 to revive World Cup hopes

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Opening batsman Reeza Hendricks hit a high-quality 65 as South Africa scored 180 for three in the second Twenty20 …

Football hacker Pinto makes first appearance in Lisbon court

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Rui Pinto, the Portuguese hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website, made his first appearance before a …

Rakhimov quits as head of crisis-hit amateur boxing association

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Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as head of the AIBA, world amateur boxing's governing body, on Friday amid a spat with the …

Savea returns for Toulon a month after 'DNA test' blast

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Former New Zealand international Julian Savea will start for Toulon this weekend, the Top 14 side announced on Friday, …

Canadian goalie to skip White House visit by NHL champs

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NHL All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby will not join his Washington Capitals teammates for a Monday visit to the White …

Adams leaves US team for Leipzig, injured McKennie stays

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US national team coach Gregg Berhalter sent defender Tyler Adams back to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on Friday but …

NFL team owners eye expanded video after playoff blunder

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Two months after a crucial pass interference penalty went uncalled in an NFL playoff game, team owners will consider …

IAAF new gender rules 'humiliating, harmful': UN rights council

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The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the IAAF's attempt to regulate the testosterone levels of female athletes, as …

PSG's Neymar charged for rant after Champions League loss

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Neymar was charged by UEFA on Friday for making "insulting" comments about the match officials following Paris …

Oakland lawmakers approve 2019 lease for departing Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders, moving to Las Vegas in 2020, will stay in their Northern California home stadium this year after …

Birmingham hit with nine-point deduction after breaching financial rules

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Championship side Birmingham have been docked nine points for breaching financial rules, the English Football League …

Disgraced former England player Adam Johnson released from prison

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Disgraced former England international Adam Johnson has been released from prison after serving three years for engaging …

Haris maiden hundred lifts Pakistan to 280 in first ODI

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Left-hander Haris Sohail knocked his maiden one-day century to guide Pakistan to 280-5 in the first day-night …

Kenyans lament Diamond League scrapping 5000m

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Kenya's Commonwealth and world junior 5000m champion Edward Zakayo expressed concern on Friday over the future of …

Colombia beat Japan to give Queiroz winning start

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Captain Radamel Falcao smashed home a second-half penalty as Colombia beat Japan 1-0 on Friday to give Carlos Queiroz …

Olympic champ Zagitova storms to maiden world skate title

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Olympic champion Alina Zagitova produced a dynamic free programme to capture her first figure skating world title Friday …

Wales captain Jones named player of Six Nations

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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones was on Friday named player of the 2019 Six Nations after leading his team to a first Grand …

Beardsley charged with racially abusing young footballers

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Former Newcastle coach and England international Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association with …

Three Germany fans filmed shouting racist abuse turn themselves in

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Three men who shouted racist abuse at Germany's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during the friendly with Serbia turned …

Olympic champ Zagitova storms to world skate title

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Olympic champion Alina Zagitova produced a dynamic free programme to win her first figure skating world title Friday …

UN rights council blasts IAAF over testosterone rules for female athletes

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The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the IAAF's attempt to regulate the testosterone levels of female athletes, as …

Scotland must 'make statement' after Kazakhstan defeat

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Scotland must make a statement against San Marino after they failed in the basic aspects of football during their …

UN rights council blasts IAAF over testerone rules for female athletes

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The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the IAAF's attempt to regulate the testosterone levels of female athletes, as …

'Such a shame' - Japan's Sunwolves axed, months before World Cup

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Japan's Sunwolves will be axed from Super Rugby after next season, the governing body said on Friday, dealing a heavy …

American Bell cleared after crash with skate rival Lim

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Figure skating's ruling body on Friday cleared American Mariah Bell of deliberately attempting to injure South Korean …

Axe falls on Japan's Sunwolves, six months before World Cup

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Japan's Sunwolves will be axed from Super Rugby after next season, the governing body said on Friday, dealing a heavy …

Adelaide's Danish striker Ilso Larsen suspended for doping

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Adelaide United's Danish forward Ken Ilso Larsen was suspended Friday after testing positive for cocaine.

Big defeats and the occasional win - the Sunwolves' Super struggles

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The Tokyo-based Sunwolves will be axed at the end of 2020 season. AFP Sport looks at five notable moments during their …

Axe falls on Japan's Sunwolves, months before World Cup

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Japan's Sunwolves will be axed from Super Rugby from 2021, the governing body said on Friday, ditching Asia's first team …

Nibali feeling 'better and better' ahead of Milan-San Remo defence

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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali warned that his confidence was growing as he returns to defend his Milan-San Remo title in the …

Austria's Straka shares lead at Valspar Championship

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Austria's Sepp Straka took advantage of a depleted field at the Valspar Championship, firing a bogey free five-under 66 …

Kaepernick got under $10m in NFL collusion deal: report

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who led kneeling protests during NFL games, and ex-teammate Eric Reid will …

Hazard lifts Belgium in Euro qualifying as Depay triggers Dutch rout

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Eden Hazard ensured Belgium kicked off their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 in style on Thursday with a brace in a …

Depay fires Dutch past Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying opener

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Memphis Depay dazzled for the Netherlands with a brace and two assists as they cruised past Belarus 4-0 in their opening …

NBA fines Boston guard Smart $50K for shoving Embiid

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday after forcefully shoving Philadelphia 76ers …

Messi to start Venezuela friendly on Argentina return

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Lionel Messi will start Friday's friendly against Venezuela in Madrid as he makes his return for Argentina following a …

Wales' Amos joins Cardiff from Dragons

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Hallam Amos became the latest Wales wing to joined Cardiff Blues after the capital club announced his move from regional …

McIlroy to play in Canada before US Open at Pebble Beach

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Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will play in the Canadian Open for the first time in June, a week before he seeks a …

Extradited Football Leaks hacker lands in Portugal

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Rui Pinto, the hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website, arrived in Lisbon on Thursday after his …

Experts dispute testosterone test for top female athletes

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Barring South African runner Caster Semenya from competition due to naturally high testosterone levels would be like …

McLeish won't quit after 'horrible' Scotland humiliation in Kazakhstan

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Alex McLeish refused to quit as Scotland manager after their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign got off to a "horrible" start …

'It was horrible': McLeish fumes after Scotland humiliation in Kazakhstan

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Alex McLeish slammed his Scotland flops after their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign got off to the worst possible start …

Southgate supports Rice amid IRA social media storm

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England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his support for Declan Rice after the West Ham midfielder apologised on …

Southgate supports Rice amid IRA storm

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England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his support for Declan Rice after the West Ham midfielder apologised on …

NHL teams to play regular-season games in Stockholm and Prague

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National Hockey League clubs will play four 2019-20 regular-season games in Europe, the league announced Thursday, with …

Durham appoint sandpaper-scandal Bancroft as captain

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Durham have appointed shamed Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft as captain for the upcoming English County Championship …

Scotland slump to humiliating 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan

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Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign got off to the worst possible start with an embarrassing 3-0 defeat by …

NBA Timberwolves lose Rose, Covington, Teague for season

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Minnesota Timberwolves's slim NBA playoffs hopes suffered a major setback Thursday with the announcement that guards …

Japan baseball great Suzuki ends glittering MLB career

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Japanese hit king Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement Thursday, calling time on a record-breaking career that saw him …

Kvitova, Pliskova snub Fed Cup playoffs against Canada

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Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova will snub the Fed Cup playoffs against Canada in April, raising the chances of …

Ronaldo fined 20,000 euros for mimicking Simeone celebration

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Cristiano Ronaldo was fined 20,000 euros ($22,738) by UEFA on Thursday for mimicking Atletico Madrid coach Diego …

Finch hopes Australia carry momentum in Pakistan series

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Australian skipper Aaron Finch hopes his team carry the momentum of a series win in India to their five-match series …

Chen eclipses Hanyu to set pace at world figure skate

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Reigning champion Nathan Chen stole Yuzuru Hanyu's thunder Thursday with a sparkling short programme to snatch pole …

Juve opt for Asian pre-season amid Ronaldo US rape claims - report

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus will play the pre-season International Champions Cup in Asia and not in the United States …

Champions Cameroon among 21 teams seeking Cup of Nations places

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Defending champions Cameroon are among 21 countries hoping to fill one of 10 places up for grabs this weekend in the …

Disgruntled Icardi back training with Inter

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Disgruntled Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi returned to training with the club on Thursday after a month on the …

'Unhappy' Sanches considering leaving Bayern Munich

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Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches says he is considering leaving Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the end of the …

Butler, Embiid star as Sixers rattle Celtics

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Jimmy Butler led a fourth quarter comeback as the Philadelphia 76ers overpowered the Boston Celtics 118-115 in a stormy …

Tudor returns in bid to rescue Udinese season

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Former Croatian international Igor Tudor will oversee his first training session on Thursday after being appointed for a …

ISU launch probe after Korean skater injured by American rival

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Figure skating's ruling body is set to investigate claims America's Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival …

From Aussie bad boys to the Universe Boss: six to watch in the IPL

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AFP Sport picks six to watch when the 12th season of the high-octane Twenty20 Indian Premier League begins on Saturday:

Aussie footy TV host slammed for mocking NZ PM's accent

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A leading Australian media personality faced a stinging backlash Thursday after mocking New Zealand Prime Minister …

Gloomy return for Super Rugby after mosque attacks

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The Otago Highlanders paid their respects at a mosque on Thursday as Super Rugby prepared to make a sombre return to …

Glum Wolves and a baby: Five talking points in Super Rugby

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Five talking points ahead of this week's games in Super Rugby:

All to prove: Smith, Warner face World Cup test in IPL

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The big-bucks Indian Premier League begins Saturday with disgraced Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner back in …

Youthful talent gives England a bright future, says Henderson

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Jordan Henderson says England are ready to fulfil the growing expectations around their vibrant young team as the Euro …

Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit as Miami Open begins

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World number one Naomi Osaka refused on Wednesday to become embroiled in a dispute with one of her former coaches who is …

Le Sommer and Renard give holders Lyon first-leg edge over Wolfsburg

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Reigning champions Lyon beat two-time former winners Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg on …

Wales leave it late to beat Trinidad without Bale

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Wales needed a stoppage-time goal from Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn to beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in friendly on …

Moroccan, Tunisian clubs on track for more CAF Cup glory

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Moroccan and Tunisian clubs dodged each other in the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals draw in Cairo on Wednesday as …

Horoya paired with Wydad after coaching upheaval

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Guinean club Horoya, who reacted to reaching the CAF Champions League knockout phase by dumping French coach Patrice …

Goretzka strike salvages a draw for new-look Germany

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Leon Goretzka spared coach Joachim Loew a humiliating defeat with a second-half equaliser as a new-look Germany side …

Novak says all good with Roger, Rafa despite Kermode ouster

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Novak Djokovic played down a reported rift with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, saying he welcomed their …

US teen phenom Bhatia makes PGA debut at Valspar

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US teen golf prodigy Akshay Bhatia makes his PGA Tour debut Thursday at the Valspar Championship with plans to turn …

Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunch 2030 World Cup bid

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Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunched their bid to host the 2030 World Cup following a meeting of their …

Bale left out by Wales for Trinidad friendly

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Gareth Bale was omitted from Wales' side for their international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in Wrexham on …

US blends MLS, Europe-based talent to face Ecuador, Chile

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US national team head coach Gregg Berhalter will see how top European-based players and Major League Soccer talent from …

NBA-best Bucks lose Mirotic with broken left thumb

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic has suffered a broken left thumb dealing another blow to the NBA leaders.