Football | Copa America – Messi & Argentina shining together, closer to elusive title

Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina. The Barcelona star heads into the Copa America final with a chance to end his nation’s 22-year title

Lausanne favored for 2020 Youth Olympics

Lausanne appears favored to win 2020 Youth Winter Games hosting rights after an International Olympic Committee evaluation of the two candidates. An IOC report notes uncertainty about how Romanian city

All ingredients in place for mouthwatering Tour de France

The Tour starting on Saturday has all the ingredients in place: —A nervy first week on treacherous roads. —Towering mountains passes to climb. —The grandest of finales up 21 hairpin bends to the

FOOTBALL | Chile beats Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host’s hopes of

Champions League final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium

The Champions League final will be played in Wales for the first time in 2017 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The venue, with around 74,000 seats, was awarded the hosting rights by

Tennis | Wimbledon | ‘Lucky’ Federer sets slam record as Nadal, Kvitova advance

Heat, rain, cold weather, wind, injuries or advancing years. Nothing has stopped Roger Federer from playing every single grand slam tennis event since 2000. Despite temperatures of up to 30

UEFA tells Spanish league to accept World Cup dates

European foot-ball’s governing body says the Spanish league should stop challenging the decision to move the dates of the World Cup in 2022 to November-December. A Spanish appeal against FIFA’s scheduling

Discovery secures European Olympic TV rights through 2024

U.S.-based media giant Discovery Communications Inc. secured the European broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 yesterday in a landmark deal worth 1.3 billion euros (USD1.45 billion). The parent company of

Midfielder Paulinho joins Guangzhou from Spurs

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has left Tottenham to join Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for 14 million euros (USD15.5 million), ending a frustrating two-year spell at the Premier League team. Guangzhou said yesterday

Former Coach recalls first Chinese NHL draft Song Andong

Song Andong made sports history last week as the first Chinese player selected in the NHL draft. To his old coach, though, he’s just a nice kid who keeps his

European Games come to a close in Azerbaijan

Just as the inaugural European Games have sought to establish themselves on the global sporting calendar, so host nation Azerbaijan has used the event to make its mark on the

Yachtsman Laurent Bourgnon reported missing after dive

Leading Swiss yachtsman Laurent Bourgnon was reported missing by authorities in French Polynesia yesterday after a diving incident. The Papeete rescue center in Tahiti said the 49-year-old Bourgnon, who twice

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang announces divorce

Former Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang, one of China’s best-known athletes, announced yesterday he is getting a divorce after a nine-month marriage to actress Ge Tian. Liu, who won gold in the

Women’s World Cup | A look at the teams in the quarters

The quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup are set. Here’s a look at the upcoming matches, and how the teams have fared so far in Canada: UNITED STATES VS. CHINA: This

Western Europe preferred to host 2019 European Games

The second European Games should be in Western Europe following the inaugural event in Azerbaijan, the head of the European Olympic Committees said yesterday. The 2019 games were originally awarded to

Allez Paris: French capital launches bid for 2024 Olympics

Declaring they have learned from their past mistakes and failures, French officials launched a bid yesterday to bring the Olympics to Paris in 2024 — 100 years after the games

Norwegians release mockumentary assailing stereotypes

Several Norwegian players teamed with Norway’s national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a “mockumentary” addressing sexist stereotypes and critics who say the women’s game is no match to the men’s. During

Olympics | Baseball-softball among 8 sports proposed for 2020 Games

Baseball and softball remain on course to get back into the Olympics. Squash, karate, surfing and four other sports are in contention to get into the games for the first

FOOTBALL |Bankrupt Parma to start again in amateur leagues

Bankrupt club Parma will have to play under a new name in the fourth tier of Italian football after no buyer was found by yesterday’s deadline, completing the fall of

Neymar out of Copa America after Brazil accepts his ban

Neymar will play no further part in the Copa America after Brazil chose to accept the four-­match suspension handed to its captain and star player following his red card in

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