Contador concedes Vuelta defeat

Three time former champion Alberto Contador has given up on winning this year's Tour of Spain saying Tuesday he has fallen too far behind overall leader Colombia's Nairo Quintana."The chances of winning are very slim now" said the Spanish pre-race favo...

Arsenal sign Perez as English spending soars

Arsenal completed a move for Spanish striker Lucas Perez on Tuesday as the clock ticked down towards Wednesday's 2200 GMT deadline in the mid-year transfer window.Premier League clubs have already surpassed their previous record of 870 million pounds (...

South Africa Springboks call up Hougaard and Mvovo

Struggling Springboks have called up backs Francois Hougaard and Lwazi Mvovo for Rugby Championship Tests in Australia and New Zealand during September. A knee injury ruled winger-cum-scrum-half Hougaard out of a lucky home win and a deserved away loss...

Ecstatic Torino fans welcome England ‘keeper Hart

England goalkeeper Joe Hart was given a rousing welcome by ecstatic Torino fans Tuesday as he held up the team's jersey ahead of signing a season-long loan with the unfashionable Serie A club.Hart, 29, fell out of favour with new coach Pep Guardiola at...

Platini demands CAS reasoning for four year ban

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has demanded that the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) explain the reasoning behind their decision to ban him for four years from all activities relating to football.Originally banned for eight years, reduced to...

England bat against Pakistan in third ODI

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.England were unchanged from the side that won the second ODI at Lord's by four wickets as they sought a win in th...

Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters Europe’s Ryder Cup wildcards

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke announced England's Lee Westwood, Germany's Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters of Belgium as his three wildcards on Tuesday.With rookies taking up five of the nine automatic qualifying places, Clarke had been expe...

Germany fans cool on Schweinsteiger’s farewell

Bastian Schweinsteiger is going, but not many fans are set to come to his farewell Germany appearance when the exiled Manchester United midfielder takes his bow in Wednesday's home friendly.The international against Finland in Borussia Moenchengladbach...

Zheng sends Rio gold medallist Puig packing at US Open

Monica Puig, whose Olympic tennis triumph in Rio de Janeiro gave Puerto Rico their first ever Games gold, was unceremoniously bundled out of the US Open on Monday by China's Zheng Saisai.Zheng beat the 32nd-seeded Puerto Rican 6-4, 6-2 to book a second...

Rooney retains England captaincy under Allardyce

Wayne Rooney will remain England captain going into the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Monday.The 30-year-old striker, who also captains Manchester United, has been England's skipper for the past two years.He wil...

Murray, Serena swing into action at US Open on Tuesday

Serena Williams launches yet another bid for Grand Slam history on Tuesday, part of a blockbuster second night of the US Open that also features men's second seed Andy Murray.Williams, in search of a seventh US Open crown, opens the action under the fl...

Eagles rookie to follow Kaepernick anthem boycott

Philadelphia Eagles rookie Myke Tavarres on Monday pledged to emulate Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand for the US national anthem in the latest twist to a controversy that has divided the National Football League.Tavarres, 23, said he planned to s...

Britain’s Edmund up-ends Gasquet in US Open debut

Big-hitting Briton Kyle Edmund made a splashy US Open debut on Monday, up-ending world number 15 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows."Definitely one of my best wins in my career," said the 21-year-old ranked 84th...

Turbulence, bitter divorce of ex-Dodgers boss in Marseille bid

If Frank McCourt's turbulent eight-year reign over the Los Angeles Dodgers is anything to go by, fans of French giants Marseille could be in for a bumpy ride. The 63-year-old Boston-born tycoon, who is in talks to take over the French Ligue 1 team, beg...

Rome mayor reticent on 2024 Olympic bid

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi remains reticent on her city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, saying Monday that it would be better to first think about "abandoned municipal installations".Speaking during a visit of the Italian Paralympic delegation preparin...

Quintana storms to stage 10 win, back in Vuelta lead

Colombian Nairo Quintana moved back into the leader's red jersey of the Tour of Spain with a stunning ascent to win Monday's 10th stage.Chris Froome battled back after being dropped early in the 12.2km special category climb to the end of the 188.7km r...

Germany coach Loew eyes young blood for Confederations Cup

Germany coach Joachim Loew is aiming to blood some younger players at next year's Confederations Cup with an eye on defending the World Cup in 2018."I would like to use the Confederations Cup as a tournament based on the future," said Loew, hinting tha...

Nico Rosberg surprised by Lewis Hamilton podium

A victorious Nico Rosberg had no idea where his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had finished in Sunday?s Belgian Grand Prix until he studied the results after finishing the race.He knew that Red Bull?s Australian Daniel Ricciardo had followed him hom...