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Sainz wins halted 10th stage to stretch Dakar lead, Alonso rolls

Spaniard Carlos Sainz took a big lead in the Dakar Rally on Wednesday after winning a 10th stage halted before the halfway point by strong winds and deteriorating conditions in the Saudi Arabian desert. The Mini buggy driver, a two-times winner of the endurance event, had started only 24 seconds cl


Sadio Mane has been named the 2019 African Player of the Year

Sadio Mane has been named the 2019 African Player of the Year after winning the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League with his club Liverpool and leading Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final. Mane won the award for the first time on Tuesday, after finishing runner-up


Bale, Benzema out of Spanish Super Cup due to injuries

Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for the Spanish Super Cup this week. The forwards will not make the trip to Saudi Arabia for the tournament that will debut a semifinals format. Madrid plays Valencia in the first semifinal on Wednesday, then Barcelona takes on Atlét


Zidane, UD Almería owner Turki Al-Sheikh recreate infamous ‘Materazzi headbutt’

UD Almería football club owner Turki Al-Sheikh posted pictures of his meeting with Zinedine Zidane, recreating the Frenchman's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. Al-Sheikh, who bought UD Almería last summer, was also pictured meeting current UD Almer&iac


Stamina most important thing in chess, physical training key to get rid of tension: Viswanathan Anand

If you thought chess is all about outsmarting your opponent who is at the other end of the board, then you are mistaken. Legendary chess player Viswanathan Anand said physical training is crucial to a chess player. Wondering why? Anand, speaking to India Today Consulting Editor Sports Boria Majumd


Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77

David Stern, the basketball-loving lawyer who took the NBA around the world during 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global powerhouse, died Wednesday. He was 77. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on December 12 and underwent emergency surgery. The league sa


Serie A apologises for “inappropriate” monkey paintings in anti-racism campaign

Italy's top football league, Serie A, has apologised for a new anti-racism campaign which features paintings of three apes. The artwork was installed at the league's headquarters in Milan as part of an effort to combat the rising problem of racism in Italian football. But the campaign has widely c


Barcelona vs Madrid ends 0:0 for first time in 17 years amid clashes

El Clasico, the biggest match in the Spanish football calendar, has ended 0:0 in the highly anticipated game between Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is the first time in 17 years El Clasico has ended goalless and was marked by disturbances both during and after the game, including clashes with police


Formula One going carbon neutral

ByDAVE MAKICHUK Formula One has announced a new 10-year plan to “change the face of the sport” and become carbon neutral by 2030, CNN reported. The sport has faced increasing criticism over its current yearly output of 255,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide given the so-called climate emerge


Liverpool head home hungry for more after being crowned world champions

Liverpool have made winning trophies a habit in 2019 and Jurgen Klopp's side return to England and to their push for the Premier League title galvanised after being crowned world champions in Qatar on Saturday. It is an honour the Anfield side had never before claimed but which is now theirs after


Mahrez, Mane, and Salah nominees for African Footballer of the Year

Cairo - Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, plus Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City, were named as the three candidates for this year’s African Footballer of the Year award, to be decided next month. Senegal talisman Mane will be the favorite for the award ahead of his Egyptian club m


Messi nets sublime hat-trick as Barca rout Mallorca

Barcelona, Spain - Lionel Messi celebrated his sixth Ballon d’Or award with a brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona moved back top of La Liga with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Real Mallorca on Saturday 12-7-2019.Real Madrid had climbed three points clear after beating Espanyol, but Ernesto Valverde


Avalanche send Bruins to 1st home regulation loss

Los Angeles - Ian Cole scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period as the Colorado Avalanche handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation home loss of the season, 4-1, on Saturday 12-7-2019.Valeri Nichushkin, Andre Burakovsky and Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and Joonas Donskoi


Lions fined $110K for mishandling Stafford injury status

Los Angeles - The Detroit Lions organisation was fined $110,000 on Saturday for how it handled the injury designation of quarterback Matthew Stafford before a November 10 game against the Chicago Bears.The breakdown of fines included $75,000 as an organisation, $25,000 to coach Matt Patricia and $10


Iraq stun Asian Champions Qatar in Gulf Cup opener

Mohamed Qasim Majid scored two first-half goals to give Iraq a 2-1 win over Asian champions Qatar in the opening match of the Arabian Gulf Cup in Doha on Tuesday. Qasim Majid’s attempted cross found the net 18 minutes into the Group A match, and the midfielder doubled their lead with a stunni


Mourinho Brings Good, Bad and Ugly, but in What Ratio at Tottenham?

London - Jamie Jackson - The good, the bad and the ugly: José Mourinho’s appointment as head coach by Tottenham Hotspur means his managerial modus operandi is back in the Premier League. Fans of Spurs and some of their players may mourn the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and question t


Rafael Nadal produces stunning comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal produced an incredible fightback to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev and keep his ATP Finals hopes alive on Wednesday 11-13-2019, saving a match point at 1-5 down in the decider before winning 6-7, 6-3, 7-6. The 33-year-old looked beaten as 23-year-old debutant Medvedev broke serve twice i


Matuidi out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers with rib knock

Blaise Matuidi has been ruled out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania with a rib injury, the Juventus midfielder announced on Monday. Matuidi picked up the knock in the 1-0 win over AC Milan that kept champions Juve top of Serie A, and failed to make the trip to Paris ahe


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