Hockey | 12 teams book places in 2016 Rio Olympics lineups

The International Hockey Federation has confirmed 12 teams which qualified for the 2016 Olympic tournaments in Rio de Janeiro. Six men’s and six women’s teams earned places in the 12-nation Olympic

Football | Carli Lloyd becomes Captain America for US women

For a brief time Sunday night (yesterday, Macau time), Carli Lloyd’s Wikipedia page listed her position as “President of the United States.” More like Captain America. Lloyd scored three goals to lead

Basketball | Big moves made, but dealing isn’t done in NBA free agency

LeBron James is available. Marc Gasol, too. That’s two All-NBA first team members from last season still on the market, in case anybody thinks all the best players are gone after

Chile beats Argentina 4-1 on penalties to win Copa America

The wait is finally over for Chile. The title drought continues for Argentina. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a save and striker Alexis Sanchez converted the winning penalty as the hosts

England defeats Germany 1-0 in extra time to finish 3rd

Days after a gut-wrenching loss, England finished its deepest run in the Women’s World Cup with an uplifting victory. No last-minute heartbreak this time around. Just a solid all-around performance

Blatter says he has ‘clear conscience’ despite FIFA probes

“Whoever accuses me of being corrupt has to prove it to me first. But nobody can do that because I’m not corrupt,” Blatter told yesterday’s edition of German weekly Bunte,

Athletes avoid South Korea over virus fears

As South Korea battles to contain an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus, some foreign athletes are turning their back on the country. Russian world champion gymnasts and the entire national

China’s Evergrande Taobao team applies for stock listing

A Chinese soccer team Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of the country’s biggest property developers, could become the first club listed in Asia after applying

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

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