Olympic Games set for opening ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika […]

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England will appoint Sunderland boss as new manager

Sam Allardyce will be named as the new manager of England, with confirmation expected on Thursday. He will leave Sunderland after nine months at the Premier League club. Allardyce replaces Roy Hodgson, who quit in June after the surprise defeat by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016. The 61-year-old, who has also managed […]

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Russian doping: Olympic chiefs to decide on sanctions after McLaren report

Russia should be banned from this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics after evidence was found of a four-year, state-sponsored doping programme, says the World Anti-Doping Agency. A Wada-commissioned report found urine samples of Russian competitors were manipulated across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports from late 2011 to August 2015. The International Olympic […]

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Henrik Stenson says Phil Mickelson pushed him to victory

Open champion Henrik Stenson says it was the fighting quality of beaten opponent Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon that helped him win his first major. Stenson, 40, hit an eight-under-par 63 – the lowest final-day Open-winning round – to record a tournament record 20-under total and win by three shots. “It was a great match,” […]

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Jo Pavey named in GB athletics team at 42

Jo Pavey will compete in a fifth Olympic Games after being selected to represent Team GB at the Rio Games. The 42-year-old, who will be the oldest British woman to run in a Games, achieved the 10,000m qualifying time at the European Championships in Amsterdam last week. ‘Super Saturday’ gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill, 30, Mo […]

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Surrey v Yorkshire (day one): Former Yorkshire star Aaron Finch offers brief reminder of talent at rain-hit Oval

MUCH of the interest going into the game had focused on Yorkshire’s overseas batsman Kane Williamson. The New Zealand captain is sitting out the match due to what the club described as “mental fatigue”. Much of the interest on a rain-hit opening day, however, focused on Yorkshire’s ex-overseas batsman Aaron Finch. The former Australia T20 […]

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Murray faces Tomas Berdych in semi-finals

Britain’s Andy Murray will attempt to reach his third Wimbledon final when he plays Tomas Berdych on Friday. Murray, 29, is bidding for a second Wimbledon and third Grand Slam title, while his Czech rival was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010. In the other semi-final, seven-time champion Roger Federer will take on Canada’s sixth seed […]

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