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Rafael Nadal moved to within one win of a 10th Barcelona title on Saturday when he swept past Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the clay court event.World number five Nadal, who captured a 10th Monte Carlo Masters last weekend…

British climbing specialist Simon Yates grabbed the overall lead in the Tour of Romandie on Saturday by capturing the fourth stage ahead of Sunday’s concluding time trial.The 24-year-old Orica rider put over a minute between himself and previous overal…

Real Madrid needed another late winner to edge closer to the La Liga title as Marcelo was the hero in a 2-1 home victory over Valencia on Saturday.Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring midway through the first half but also saw a penalty saved by spot-k…

Jamie Vardy scored the goal that effectively ensured Leicester City would remain in the Premier League as the outgoing champions won 1-0 away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.England striker Vardy’s first-half goal, his third in as many seasons at T…

Castres’ Argentinan fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta orchestrated a six-try, 52-7 thrashing of Toulouse on Saturday that deprived the 19-time French championship winners a place in the play-offs for the first time since 1976.Urdapilleta scored his team’s …

American pro cyclist Chad Young died Friday night of injuries suffered in a crash during last weekend’s final stage of the Tour de Gila in New Mexico, his team announced Saturday.

The 21-year-old rider from Newmarket, New Hampshire, was hurt last Sunday during a high-speed mountain descent in the fifth stage of the New Mexico race, a seven-mile (11.3km) trek known as the Gila Monster.

Young suffered severe head injuries in the wreck and was flown to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona.

“I am very sorry to let everyone know that Chad Young did not survive his crash last Sunday. He passed away Friday evening, surrounded by his family,” said Axel Merckx, general manager of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team.

“We lost a friend, a teammate and a family member. I have no words that can express my pain over this loss. I can only say that I am very thankful to have known him and that I feel privileged to have been able to share in his passion for cycling.”

Merckx, who thanked supporters for their well wishes, said Thursday that Young was not expected to survive.

“We are devastated by this news & send our sincere condolences to his family, friends,& teammates,” Tour of the Gila tweeted in reaction to the announcement.

“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” said race director Jack Brennan. “The Axeon Hagens Berman team and its team director, Axel Merckx, have always recruited and mentored these incredible young men to help them mature in the sport of cycling and Chad was certainly in that mold.”

David Moyes’s sorry Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.Allied to Hull City’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, the result left Sunderland 13 points adrift of safety with o…

Sunderland’s 10-year stay in the Premier League is over after Josh King’s late strike gave Bournemouth a 1-0 victory that condemned the Black Cats to relegation on Saturday.David Moyes’ side slumped out of the English top-flight with a whimper as the l…

Dominic Thiem claimed his first win over world number one Andy Murray to book his place in the final of the Barcelona Open on Saturday 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.The Austrian will face Rafael Nadal, who is looking for his 10th title in Barcelona, or Argentina’s Hor…

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel reconfirmed Ferrari’s resurgence by topping the times ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in Saturday morning’s final free practice for the Russian Grand Prix.The four-time champion German led the way with a best …

The team of Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith fired two eagles and six birdies en route to a 62 in the better ball second round of the Zurich Classic on Friday, taking a one-shot lead in the US PGA Tour event.”I think just having a backup, playing a little…

Avery Bradley led a balanced offensive attack as the Boston Celtics advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 105-83 rout of the Chicago Bulls.Bradley led the way with 23 points as all five Celtics starters scored in double figures to clo…

Antonio Conte will hope Diego Costa justifies his faith in having him rather than Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as his main striker and deliver another three points in Chelsea’s chase for the title on Sunday.Chelsea face their biggest challenge in their rema…

Anthony Joshua said it took “two to tango” after Wladimir Klitschko turned fortune-teller ahead of their hugely anticipated world heavyweight title bout at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The Briton faces the former world heavyweight No. 1 in front of 90,000 fans in the biggest fight the division has seen in years.

Klitschko, however, has recorded a video of himself predicting the outcome of the fight and put it on a memory stick which will be sealed into the robe he wears to the ring to face Joshua.

After the fight, Klitschko will auction off the robe — along with his pre-fight prediction on the memory stick — for his charity, the Klitschko Foundation.

“I see myself in AJ (Joshua), I know how he thinks, what he’s going to do and how the fight is going to be. I’m not Nostradamus, but I feel so strong in my obsession,” the 41-year-old Klitschko said.

“Obsession is love in extreme shape so I’m in love with my goal. My goal, my obsession and love, is that those belts will come back to my corner,” the Ukrainian added.

But Joshua, 27, insisted he had not been swayed by his older opponent’s assertions, simply replying “lie, lie” when they were put to him.

“He thinks it’s about him? It takes two to tango, man. You know what I mean? It definitely takes two to tango.”

Joshua’s International Boxing Federation title and the vacant World Boxing Association belt will be disputed in the most significant heavyweight fight ever to be held in Britain, which will reportedly earn the pair upwards of £10 million ($13 million, 12 million euros) each.

Britain’s largest attendance for a boxing event since 1939 is expected with millions more watching on television in over 140 countries

Yet Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, does not even see this as being the most important fight he will ever have.

“I don’t think so, because it won?t be the end of my career,” he explained.

“When he (Klitschko) gets beat that could be the end of him, that?s why it could be defining for him.”

– ‘No denying Father Time’ –

Joshua believes he will be too young and sharp for Klitschko, who has not boxed for 17 months.

“He will probably start fast because he won?t be able to keep the pace,” Joshua, the England-born son of Nigerian parents, said.

“Father Time is something no one can deny. Father Time is genetic,” added Joshua, who has knocked out all 18 of his professional opponents.

Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is fighting to show he is not finished after turning professional in 1996 following his Olympic gold medal success earlier that year when Joshua was aged seven.

The Ukrainian was last seen in a ring when outboxed in a defeat by Joshua’s compatriot Tyson Fury, which ended his reign as champion of nine-and-a-half years, in November 2015.

Klitschko, who saw Fury twice pull out of a re-match, is banking on his greater experience being a decisive factor. While Joshua has never been beyond seven rounds, Klitschko has been 12 rounds nine times.

“Experience is something that you cannot buy in a shop, you gain it over the years,” Klitschko said.

“People could be in great preparation and great spirit and I’ve seen that they crumble like a cookie right before the first bell,” added Klitschko, bidding to become a three-time world heavyweight champion like his older brother Vitali, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali.

Joshua tipped the scales at 17 stones 12lbs 2oz (113.4 kg), 10 pounds more than Klitschko, at Friday’s weigh-in.

But Klitschko had already come up with an answer to that by comparing Joshua to an over-muscled body-builder.

“I’ve never seen AJ as big as he is right now. He is as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger at his best.”

Sepang boss Razlan Razali has urged Formula One’s new owners to “put their ego aside” and learn from the “two wheels” of Moto GP if they are to revive their sport.This year will witness the last Malaysian Grand Prix before the race disappears from the …

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced the reinstatement of the Doping Control Laboratory of Madrid on Friday almost a year after it was barred from conducting anti-doping tests.The Madrid lab had its accreditation suspended on June 6, 2016, a move tha…

Jose Mourinho’s depleted Manchester United side face Swansea at Old Trafford on Sunday with the manager praising the spirit shown by his exhausted squad.Louis van Gaal, Mourinho’s predecessor as United manager, is not remembered with any fondness by th…

Britain’s Elfyn Evans took the lead in the Argentina Rally in his Ford Fiesta on Friday with a 56-second lead after a series of specials on rocky, pebbly terrain.”A really positive day. We can be happy for the whole team,” the 28-year-old Welshman said…