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Enable to stay in training, says owner Prince Khalid Abdullah

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Flat racing superstar Enable is to stay in training as a six-year-old, owner Prince Khalid Abdullah has announced, with …

Rivalry, what rivalry? McIlroy has no majors since I joined tour - Koepka

AFP - 3h ago

World number one Brooks Koepka on Wednesday took a big swipe at notions of a rivalry with Rory McIlroy, pointing out …

Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEAsia games

AFP - 4h ago

Competitive surfing was barely known in Myanmar a few years ago but one local beach town is riding a wave of enthusiasm …

'Ignorance and panic': Jordan Spieth opens up on his epic golfing fall

AFP - 4h ago

A few years ago it all came so easy to Jordan Spieth.

Everybody's talking about Jamie: Japan heroes toast 'massive' Joseph

AFP - 5h ago

Eddie Jones once described Japan as a "joke team" -- before the Australian lit the fuse that sparked an outrageous …

Nationals down Cardinals for first World Series berth

AFP - 11m ago

The Washington Nationals reached the World Series for the first time in franchise history on Tuesday after completing a …

Nationals defeat Cardinals 7-4 to reach World Series

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The Washington Nationals reached the World Series for the first time in franchise history on Tuesday after completing a …

World Cup dream sparked retirement U-turn for England's 'plodding' Marler

AFP - 6h ago

England prop Joe Marler said his belief in the team's potential to become world champions had fuelled his decision to …

Koepka leads big guns rolling in for PGA Tour's Asian riches

AFP - 6h ago

The US PGA Tour kicks off its new-look Asian Swing in South Korea on Thursday with the world's top golfers lured by …

'We can win it' - Williams says Wales in good shape to lift first World Cup

AFP - 6h ago

Liam Williams believes Wales's recent history means they can win the World Cup for the first time.

Swing when you're winning: Thai golf stars blaze path for youngsters

AFP - 6h ago

Flashing luxury sports cars and a bejewelled watch, Kiradech Aphibarnrat is one of several rising golf stars drawing …

Canada stun US with first win in 34 years

AFP - 34m ago

Canada defeated the United States for the first time in 34 years Tuesday after goals from Alphonso Davies and Lucas …

Aussie cricketer Watson apologies for 'illicit' social media posts

AFP - 8h ago

Australian cricketer Shane Watson has apologised to fans after his social media accounts were flooded with "illicit" …

Spain make Euro 2020 with late Sweden draw, beaten Ireland forced to wait

Oct 15 2019

Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden while the Republic of Ireland's chances …

Clasico concerns for Madrid as Modric and Bale sit out training

Oct 15 2019

Real Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be fit for next week's Clasico against …

Spain make Euro 2020 in dramatic Sweden draw, Ireland forced to wait

Oct 15 2019

Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden which while the Republic of Ireland's …

Italy hammer Liechtenstein for perfect Euro 2020 run and record

Oct 15 2019

Andrea Belotti scored a second-half brace as already-qualified Italy overran Liechtenstein 5-0 on Tuesday to stretch …

Rodrigo fires Spain into Euro 2020 with late leveller at Sweden

Oct 15 2019

Spain sealed qualification for Euro 2020 with two games to spare on Tuesday after Rodrigo Moreno came off the bench to …

Switzerland beat Ireland to keep automatic Euro hopes alive

Oct 15 2019

Haris Seferovic's early effort and Shane Duffy's late own goal kept Switzerland's hopes of automatic qualification for …

Italy hammer Liechtenstein to push perfect Euro 2020 run to eight games

Oct 15 2019

Andrea Belotti completed a second-half brace as already-qualified Italy overran Liechtenstein 5-0 on Tuesday to stretch …

Gronkowski says no to coming out of retirement

Oct 15 2019

Former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski says he is enjoying his time away from the sport and has no plans to …

Koreas in silent, surreal stalemate as Aussies plunder seven

Oct 15 2019

North and South Korea played out a surreal 0-0 draw in front of an empty stadium and with no TV coverage as Australia …

Woods hopes to right the wrongs with memoir called 'Back'

Oct 15 2019

Tiger Woods is writing a book, called "Back", which he describes as his definitive story and says will clear up a lot of …

Vegan Hamilton despairs of the future of the planet

Oct 15 2019

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton declared in an Instagram post on Wednesday he worried about the "extinction of …

UEFA investigates Turkey for military salute in Euro qualifiers

Oct 15 2019

UEFA announced on Tuesday that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into "potential provocative …

Kosgei joins Kipchoge as IAAF athlete of the year nominee

Oct 15 2019

Brigid Kosgei, who broke the marathon world record at the weekend, was among 11 nominees announced Tuesday on the IAAF's …

Regional German footballers warned against copying Turkish salute gesture

Oct 15 2019

Regional footballers in some parts of Germany were warned on Tuesday to expect "heavy penalties" if they imitate the …

Bulgaria football chief resigns as UEFA urges 'war' on racists

Oct 15 2019

Bulgaria's football chief resigned on Tuesday after racist chanting marred England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia, as …

Saudi, Palestine draw in landmark West Bank game

Oct 15 2019

Saudi Arabia's football team played Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday, having previously …

Doubts shroud Froome's bid for a fifth Tour de France title

Oct 15 2019

A course made up of 29 lung-busting climbs would appear to be tailor-made for Chris Froome but the four-time champion …

Epic mountain slog unveiled for 2020 Tour de France

Oct 15 2019

The 2020 Tour de France promises to be one for the climbers after organisers revealed a route on Tuesday which includes …

Turkey defends footballers saluting soldiers

Oct 15 2019

Turkey's sports minister voiced support on Tuesday for national team players who saluted the country's soldiers during …

Main contenders for 2020 Tour de France

Oct 15 2019

After the unveiling of the 2020 Tour de France AFP takes a look at the chief contenders to win the 107th edition:

Seven-up Australia thrash Taiwan in World Cup qualifying

Oct 15 2019

Australia ran riot in a 7-1 demolition of Taiwan on Tuesday to continue their runaway start to qualifying for the 2022 …

No goals, no fans, no TV: Koreas draw 0-0 in blacked-out World Cup qualifier

Oct 15 2019

North and South Korea drew 0-0 in a historic but surreal World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, played in front of FIFA …

Inter's Sanchez awaits decision on ankle surgery

Oct 15 2019

Inter Milan on Tuesday said Chile forward Alexis Sanchez will see a specialist in Barcelona to determine if he needs …

Who said what at 2020 Tour de France unveiling

Oct 15 2019

AFP's selected quotes from the 2020 Tour de France unveiling ceremony:

Qatar swims to the rescue of first beach games

Oct 15 2019

The organisers of the inaugural World Beach Games that kicked off this week have heaped praise on Qatar for stepping in …

Bulgaria football chief resigns after racist abuse at England match

Oct 15 2019

Bulgaria's football union chief resigned Tuesday, a day after a match against England was twice halted because of racist …

Five stages to look forward to at the 2020 Tour de France

Oct 15 2019

The 2020 Tour de France route unveiled in Paris on Tuesday set pulses racing with a host of mouth-watering stages in …

Pacific's plight 'virtually colonialism' says NZ Rugby boss

Oct 15 2019

The treatment of rugby's Pacific nations by northern hemisphere powerhouses borders on colonialism, New Zealand Rugby …

Saudi to play Palestine in landmark West Bank game

Oct 15 2019

Saudi Arabia's football team will play Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday, having previously …

Derby pair banned after pleading guilty to drink-driving

Oct 15 2019

Derby players Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett avoided prison after they admitted drink-driving over a crash that left …

Ranieri rides to rescue of Serie A bottom club Sampdoria

Oct 15 2019

Claudio Ranieri said Tuesday he had come to rescue demoralised Italian basement club Sampdoria, who are reeling at the …

Bulgaria PM urges football chief to resign after England match racism

Oct 15 2019

Bulgaria's prime minister on Tuesday urged the country's football union president Borislav Mihaylov to resign after a …

Liverpool eye Premier League title as 'barometer of success'

Oct 15 2019

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says a long-overdue Premier League title would sit alongside their Champions …

British PM condemns 'vile' racism during Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria

Oct 15 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday condemned the "vile" racist chanting during England's Euro 2020 …

British PM condemns 'vile' racism at Bulgaria v England clash

Oct 15 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday condemned the "vile" racist chanting directed at England players during …

British MPs demand action as Bulgaria football racism row escalates

Oct 15 2019

British lawmakers called Tuesday for tough action from UEFA after England players were subjected to repeated racist …

Boundary countback scrapped as Super Over rules changed

Oct 15 2019

Cricket chiefs have announced changes to the Super Over regulations, ending the use of boundary countback to decide …

Koreas face off in blacked-out World Cup qualifier

Oct 15 2019

A World Cup qualifier like no other kicked off in Pyongyang on Tuesday, with North and South Korea playing to an empty …

Scotland hit with misconduct charge over World Cup typhoon comments

Oct 15 2019

Rugby World Cup organisers filed misconduct charges against Scotland on Tuesday over comments made about Typhoon …

LeBron under fire after blaming China row on 'misinformed' Rockets GM

Oct 15 2019

Basketball superstar LeBron James was accused of turning a blind eye to Chinese repression on Tuesday after he …

Eight players to watch in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Oct 15 2019

Eight stand-out players from the Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists, ahead of this weekend's games:

Japan in line for more Tier One games after World Cup breakthrough

Oct 15 2019

Japan's stunning Rugby World Cup performances have made the rest of the game "sit up and notice", World Rugby chief Bill …

US Open champ Woodland has only two weeks to nail cup spot

Oct 15 2019

US Open champion Gary Woodland admitted Tuesday he has only two weeks to convince Tiger Woods that he deserves a …

Rugby World Cup quarters: a major rivalry, and a surprise package

Oct 15 2019

Defending champions New Zealand play Ireland, England face old rivals Australia, France have Wales and surprise package …

Strasburg dominates as Nationals lead series 3-0

Oct 15 2019

Stephen Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings to put the Washington Nationals on the brink of their first World Series …

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15 2019

Basketball superstar LeBron James has sharply criticised a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a tweet …

Scotland face probe over 'disappointing' World Cup typhoon comments

Oct 15 2019

Rugby World Cup organisers said Tuesday they would refer Scotland's "disappointing" comments about Typhoon Hagibis to a …

World Rugby boss praises 'improved' refereeing after rare rebuke

Oct 15 2019

World Rugby chief Bill Beaumont said Tuesday the standard of refereeing at the World Cup had improved after organisers …

James says free speech comes with a cost in Morey-China row

Oct 15 2019

Basketball player LeBron James waded into the dispute between the NBA and China on Monday, saying he believes Daryl …

Adams eyes Welsh World Cup record ahead of France clash

Oct 15 2019

Josh Adams is on the verge of setting a new record for Wales at a World Cup as the wing prepares for the "biggest week …

Springbok Etzebeth takes rights watchdog to court over racism case

Oct 15 2019

South Africa's rugby star Eben Etzebeth is taking the country's rights watchdog to the High Court over racial abuse …

Ireland, Scotland attempting to deny minnows 'dream' World T20 qualification

Oct 15 2019

Ireland captain Gary Wilson wants his side to ensure they finish "right at the top again" in the upcoming 2020 T20 World …

Rocketing star Medvedev revives Russia's tennis hopes

Oct 14 2019

Daniil Medvedev, Russia's number one tennis player, on Monday signed caps and tennis balls for fans in his native city …

Ukraine reach Euro 2020 as racism blights England win in Bulgaria

Oct 14 2019

Ukraine booked their place in Euro 2020 after squeezing past Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal …

Ayhan equaliser forces France to wait for Euro 2020 spot

Oct 14 2019

France drew 1-1 with Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday in a match played against a backdrop of diplomatic and …

Ukraine reach Euro 2020 as racism marrs England win in Bulgaria

Oct 14 2019

Ukraine booked their place in Euro 2020 after squeezing past Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal …

Racist abuse twice halts England's 6-0 victory in Bulgaria

Oct 14 2019

England manager Gareth Southgate said his side made a statement by deciding to complete a 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win …

Ukraine qualify for Euro 2020 despite Ronaldo's 700th goal

Oct 14 2019

Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 on Monday to clinch a place at Euro 2020 despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 700th career …

English FA condemn 'abhorrent' racist abuse in Bulgaria

Oct 14 2019

The English Football Association urged UEFA to investigate after England's 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory in Bulgaria …

Racist abuse twice halts England Euro match in Bulgaria

Oct 14 2019

England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was twice halted in the first-half due to racist chanting in Sofia.

Simmons reappointed West Indies coach three years after being axed

Oct 14 2019

Phil Simmons has returned to take charge of the West Indies three years after being dismissed in controversial …

Cycling legend Merckx recovering after bike fall

Oct 14 2019

Cycling legend Eddy Merckx, 74, was out of intensive care on Monday after being treated for a serious head injury …

Vorm returns to Tottenham to cover Lloris absence

Oct 14 2019

Tottenham have re-signed goalkeeper Michel Vorm on a deal until the end of the season to cover for the injured Hugo …

Cycling legend Eddie Merckx recovering after bike fall

Oct 14 2019

Cycling legend Eddy Merckx, 74, was out of intensive care on Monday after being treated for a serious head injury …

Noves retires 'nauseated' by France firing

Oct 14 2019

Guy Noves, the most succesful French club rugby coach, said on Monday that he is ending his career, in part because he …

Injured Neymar out for four weeks say PSG

Oct 14 2019

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar will be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered playing for Brazil, …

Tabarez set for 200th match in charge of Uruguay

Oct 14 2019

Iconic Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez will reach a new milestone when his team take on Peru in a friendly on Tuesday, in …

Springbok Etzebeth takes rights watchdog to over in racism case

Oct 14 2019

South Africa's rugby star Eben Etzebeth is taking the country's rights watchdog to the High Court over racial abuse …

Sanchez could need ankle surgery, says Chile coach

Oct 14 2019

Inter Milan attacker Alexis Sanchez could be out for three months with an injury suffered in a friendly international …

Second Brazil-Argentina clash heading to Saudi Arabia

Oct 14 2019

Brazil will take on Argentina in a friendly in Saudi Arabia for the second time in a year next month, the Brazilian …

Neymar out for four weeks say PSG

Oct 14 2019

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar will be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered playing for Brazil, …

Doping court sets date for Chinese swimming champ Sun

Oct 14 2019

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has given Chinese Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang, accused of …

Ireland's Aki gets three-match ban, World Cup over

Oct 14 2019

Ireland's Rugby World Cup hopes took a knock on Monday as centre Bundee Aki was given a three-match ban for a high …

Zimbabwe readmitted as International Cricket Council member

Oct 14 2019

Cricket chiefs readmitted Zimbabwe as an International Cricket Council member on Monday following a three-month …

Struggling Lyon name Garcia as new coach

Oct 14 2019

Lyon have named Rudi Garcia as their new coach following the sacking of Brazilian Sylvinho last week, the Ligue 1 club …

Germany pair 'made mistake' by liking Turkish salute post

Oct 14 2019

German FA director Oliver Bierhoff on Monday defended Germany pair Ilkay Gundogan and Emre Can, but admitted they "made …

Olympic gold lures Federer to Tokyo Games

Oct 14 2019

Roger Federer announced Monday he will compete at next year's Tokyo Olympics in a bid to claim the men's singles gold …

Wales wary of fit French ahead of World Cup quarter-final

Oct 14 2019

Wales will be up against an increasingly fit France in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final in Oita according to their …

Mountains galore again for 2020 Tour de France

Oct 14 2019

The 2020 Tour de France will be as mountainous and open to attacks as this year's vintage edition, the race designer …

Security fears as Turkish military offensive clouds football clash with France

Oct 14 2019

Police reinforcements were drafted in Monday amid fears of violence at France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey, a …

Cricket South Africa urges supporters to be patient

Oct 14 2019

South African cricket officials on Monday urged the country's supporters to be patient with their struggling Test side …

French minister scraps plan to attend tense Turkey football clash

Oct 14 2019

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has scrapped plans to attend a football match between France and Turkey …

Ex-India skipper Ganguly poised to become cricket board chief

Oct 14 2019

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is poised to take over as the president of the country's cricket board as …

Boks block out Brighton as they prepare for Japan

Oct 14 2019

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said his team had "erased" their shocking loss to Japan in the 2015 Rugby World Cup's …

'Magic from Japan' - how 'unique' style took Brave Blossoms to World Cup quarter-finals

Oct 14 2019

Japan weren't expected to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, but they have confounded their critics and surprised …

Forget past defeats against Ireland, say All Blacks

Oct 14 2019

Past matches between Ireland and New Zealand will be irrelevant when the two teams take the pitch in the Rugby World Cup …

Japan hit rankings high to buoy World Cup hosts after deadly typhoon

Oct 14 2019

Japan rose to a record rankings high of seventh on Monday after their historic run to the Rugby World Cup …

S. Korea football team departs for World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang

Oct 14 2019

South Korean footballers departed for Pyongyang on Monday to play a World Cup qualifier against North Korea amid …

'Scary' how good Japan can be, warns sleepless Leitch

Oct 14 2019

After a sleepless night replaying Japan's historic Rugby World Cup victory over Scotland in his head, captain Michael …