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Toyota on pole for 88th Le Mans 24 Hour held without fans

Toyota are on pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours race which gets underway at 1230 GMT Saturday in front of empty stands with Covid-19 keeping away the motorsport classic's normal crowd of 250,000 diehard fans. Toyota are hot favourites to claim a third successive Le Mans, with the Japanese manufacture


Neymar to Lead Brazil in World Cup Qualifying

Brazil coach Tite kept faith with a troubled Neymar on Friday, choosing him to lead the Selecao as they launch their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign next month. Young Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes comes into the squad and could make his international debut while Real Madrid striker Rodrygo a


Traore Leaves Lyon for Aston Villa

Aston Villa has signed Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore from French top-flight club Lyon subject to international clearance, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. No fee was disclosed but media reports put it at around 17 million pounds ($21.9 million). “We’re delighted


Gonzolo Higuaín Signs with Miami after Leaving Juventus

Gonzalo Higuaín signed with Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami on Friday, a day after the 32-year-old forward terminated his contract with Italian champion Juventus. Higuaín signed as a designated player whose salary largest is not counted under the league’s salary cap.


Ilyass Habibali raring to get back in the ring at K-1 Combat event in Dubai

Ilyass Habibali can hardly contain his excitement at the thought of returning to the ring this weekend in the inaugural K-1 Combat kickboxing competition in Dubai. Nearly nine months after winning gold at the Asian Muaythai Championship in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati once again takes up the cudgels, a


Thomas grabs U.S. Open lead, Mickelson falters

World number three Justin Thomas fired his lowest opening score in a major and held a one-shot lead after the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, while Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were among a slew of big-name players well off the pace. Thomas, who has one top-10 finish in five U.S. Open


Vinícius Júnior: 'I Hope I Can Make Every Brazilian Cheer for Me One Day'

Vinícius Júnior played football incessantly as a kid. He still does. At the beginning of our interview, before sitting in his chair to talk, he is playing keepie-uppie and laughing. A few years ago his home pitch was on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Now, at the age of 20, it is the


Kwiatkowski wins Tour 18th stage, Roglic retains yellow

Michal Kwiatkowski, the unsung hero of Team Sky/Ineos during their dominant years, claimed his maiden Tour de France victory when he won the 18th stage from a breakaway duo with team mate Richard Carapaz on Thursday. Carapaz, who took the lead in the mountains classification, gave former world ch


LeBron, Giannis unanimously selected to All-NBA First Team

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo unanimously were selected to the 2019-20 All-NBA First Team, the league announced Wednesday.  James set the NBA record with his 16th All-NBA Team selection, surpassing the 15 set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,


Chelsea’s Werner expects to be fit in time for Liverpool clash

Timo Werner insisted he will be fit to face Liverpool on Sunday after Chelsea's new striker finished their 3-1 win at Brighton with an ice pack on his thigh.Werner marked his Premier League debut by winning a penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead, but the Germany star took a whack o


Aston Villa sign Arsenal goalkeeper Martinez

Aston Villa announced the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on Wednesday for a reported fee of £20 million ($26 million). The 28-year-old Argentine, who has signed a four-year deal, helped Arsenal to FA Cup victory last season and Community Shield glory last month but faced pl


Gareth Bale 'close' to Tottenham return, says agent

Gareth Bale's agent says the Real Madrid forward is "close" to a move back to Tottenham but admitted it is a complicated deal to thrash out. The Wales international has been frozen out by Real manager Zinedine Zidane and said earlier this month that he was open to returning to the Premier League.


Morikawa eager to build on PGA Championship success

 After fending off a slew of big names to win last month’s PGA Championship, American Collin Morikawa is hungry for more success as this week’s U.S. Open.  The 23-year-old showed great maturity when he triumphed at TPC Harding Park by two strokes, a remarkable achievement fo


Al-Hilal back in the AFC Champions League and their biggest obstacle is COVID-19

After a gap of seven months, Al-Hilal resume their defence of the AFC Champions League on Monday looking good for a place in the knockout stage with coronavirus possibly the biggest obstacle to the title-holders’ chances of getting out of the group. The champions take on Uzbekistan giants P


Messi tops wealth league ahead of Ronaldo

Lionel Messi was denied a potentially money-spinning move away from Barcelona this month after a contract-dispute but the Argentine maestro remains the world’s richest soccer player. According to a list compiled by Forbes, Messi’s total earnings this year are $126 million -- $92 milli


New-look Everton prove too good for Tottenham

Everton signaled their intent for Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season in charge as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s towering header earned their first win over Tottenham since 2012 in a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Ancelotti has been heavily backed with the signings of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Dou


Thiem claims US Open title after thrilling fightback

 Austria’s Dominic Thiem finally claimed his maiden Grand Slam title with a stunning comeback to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) in a nerve-jangling battle of wills in the US Open final on Sunday.The 27-year-old world number three appeared to have blown his


F1 drivers bullish Tuscan GP race at Mugello won't be as "dull" as feared

Formula 1 drivers are hopeful that the Tuscan Grand Prix will not be as "dull" as originally feared ahead of the Mugello weekend. The high-speed nature of the Italian circuit, with its twisty sections not offering many obvious overtaking opportunities, prompted concerns that the race could be a p



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