Category Archives: SPORTS

Crowds flock to see McIlroy, Woods as Open returns to Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland’s long wait to host the Open Championship comes to an end on Thursday as golf’s oldest tournament gets underway outside of Scotland and England for the first time since 1951 at Royal Portrush. A local and former champion Darren Clarke will hit the first tee shot of the 148th Open at 6:35 am […]

Mahrez and Mane duel in rematch for Africa Cup of Nations glory

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Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane will renew their Premier League rivalry for a second time in Egypt, with Africa Cup of Nations immortality awaiting the victor of Friday’s final between Algeria and Senegal. Algerian star Mahrez was part of the Manchester City team that edged out Mane’s Liverpool for the English title last season, grabbing […]

McIlroy looks to end drought on Open’s return to Northern Ireland

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The British Open returns to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years this week at Royal Portrush, giving Rory McIlroy the opportunity on home soil to end his five-year major drought. The four-time major champion has not lifted one of golf’s big four trophies since winning the 2014 US PGA Championship, but is […]

De Ligt has agreed to join Juventus: reports

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Defender Matthijs de Ligt has agreed to join Juventus, Dutch and Italian media reported on Monday, but it was not clear whether the Turin club had yet agreed a fee with Ajax. Reports said that the 19-year-old Dutch international, who captained Ajax to the semifinals of the Champions League, had agreed personal terms with Juventus […]

Australian newspapers lose Chris Gayle masseuse defamation appeal

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An Australian media group on Tuesday lost an appeal against an Aus$300,000 (US$211,000) defamation payout to West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle after claiming he exposed his genitals to a masseuse. Gayle was accused by former media group Fairfax, which at the time was publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, of exposing […]

What they said at Wimbledon

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AFP Sport picks out 10 of the best quotes from this year’s Wimbledon which drew to a close on Sunday: “These kind of matches, you work for, you live for, they give sense and they give value to every minute you spend on the court training and working to get yourself in this position and […]

Koscielny rebellion adds to Arsenal gloom

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Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny’s decision to boycott the club’s pre-season tour over a contractual dispute is the latest blow in an unsettling summer for the Gunners. Facing a third consecutive season outside the Champions League, Arsenal are attempting to play catch up with their rivals at the top end of the Premier League on a […]

Smith and Warner back for Australia against NZealand

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Steve Smith and David Warner were Monday selected by Australia for the first time since the ball-tamperingscandal as the reigning World Cup champions face a New Zealand XI in a practice match. It marks the pair’s return to the national fold after serving year-long bans for their part in the “sandpapergate” furore in Cape Town. […]

Foakes stars as England survive Ireland scare

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Ben Foakes’ unbeaten 61 on his debut helped England recover from a top-order collapse to beat Ireland by four wickets in a lone one-day international in Dublin on Friday. England, the world’s top-ranked side in ODI cricket and the hosts of the 50-over World Cup starting later this month, collapsed to 66 for five chasing […]

Torino aim to honour past heroes in derby clash with Juve

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Torino are pushing for a first-ever qualification for the Champions League as they face local rivals Juventus on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the air disaster that wiped out their all-conquering team of the 1940s. Eighteen Torino players and officials were among 31 people killed in the accident on May 4, 1949, when […]