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The IAAF has banned Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova for failing a drug test, she revealed on Friday, just the latest Russian athlete punished over widespread doping.Chicherova was among a batch of Russians snared from fresh tests on samples …

Juan Martin del Potro doubted Friday whether he would ever return to the peak of tennis despite stunning fourth seed Stan Wawrinka on Friday to reach the Wimbledon last-32.The towering Argentine was number four in the world and a US Open champion in 20…

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Former world triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho revealed on Friday from his hospital bed that a benign tumour caused the broken leg that ruled him out of the Rio Olympics.The 27-year-old Frenchman was aware of the problem since the start of May but had …

Rory McIlroy fired a brilliant five-under-par 66 to surge into a share of the lead after his second round of the 100th French Open at Golf National on Friday.The Northern Irishman is in a five-way tie at the top of the leaderboard heading into the thir…

Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen, at the wheel of a VW Polo, led the Rally of Poland after Friday’s early special stages.Mikkelson clocked the fastest time in the third stage to go over two seconds clear of Hayden Paddon, Hyundai’s New Zealand driver.Ford F…

Lewis Hamilton fears his world championship defence is in danger of being undermined by engine failures and grid penalties as he seeks to cut Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg?s 24-points lead. The three-time champion on Friday went into opening free pra…

Iceland’s march to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals has caught the football world by surprise — and left new-found fans struggling to get their hands on a replica shirt.Iceland’s eye-catching blue playing shirt has become the tournament’s must-have item a…

Crystal Palace have signed England international winger Andros Townsend from Newcastle for a club record £13 million ($17m, 15.5m euros), the Premier League club confirmed on Friday.

The 24-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with his transfer coming on the same day that striker Dwight Gayle moved in the opposite direction.

“I’m extremely delighted,” Townsend told Palace’s website. “I had chats with the manager (Alan Pardew) and chairman (Steve Parish) before I signed and I’m pleased to be part of Crystal Palace’s future.

“By the sounds of things it’s going to be a bright one and I can’t wait to get started.”

Townsend, who joined Newcastle in January, scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle, earning a call-up to England’s initial squad for Euro 2016.

Townsend is expected to play on either wing, where the talented Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie are regulars, and where Jason Puncheon also vies for selection.

Gayle, 25, has agreed a five-year deal for a reported £10 million transfer fee to become manager Rafael Benitez’s second summer signing in Newcastle.