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  • Rainy Rio wraps up challenging Olympics on upbeat note

    Rainy Rio wraps up challenging Olympics on upbeat note

    A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America's first Games. After a gruelling 17 days, Rio de...

  • Bacca, Donnarumma save give Milan dramatic win

    Bacca, Donnarumma save give Milan dramatic win

    Forward Carlos Bacca scored a hat-trick and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a last-gasp penalty to give Milan a dramatic3-2 win over Torino in their Serie A opener yesterday. Meanwhile, Frank de Boer, one of eight coaches making their debuts...

  • Crutchlow is first British MotoGP winner in 35 years

    Crutchlow is first British MotoGP winner in 35 years

    Cal Crutchlow (picture) ended Britain’s 35-year wait for a MotoGP race winner with victory in a wet and chaotic Czech Grand Prix in Brno yesterday. The non-works LCR Honda rider, who races with the number 35, became the first British winner in the...

  • Football news

    Barcelona have revealed they have “the beginning of an agreement with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo”. City manager Pep Guardiola, who coached Barcelona from 2008-2012, has reportedly been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, having started the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Carroll: West Ham striker Andy Carroll faces yet another spell on the sidelines. The 27-year-old suffered a knee injury during the Europa League play-off against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday. The club have yet to put an official time frame on his...

  • Police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympic officials

    Brazilian police raided Irish Olympic officials on the last day of the Rio Games yesterday, seizing passports, computers, mobile phones and unused tickets in a rapidly expanding investigation into allegations of an illegal ticketing scam. The...

  • Kenya’s Kipchoge triumphs in men’s marathon

    Kenya’s Kipchoge triumphs in men’s marathon

    Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s Olympic marathon with a dominating performance, running alone into the Sambadrome and finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds yesterday afternoon. Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa claimed the silver medal...

  • Third successive basketball triumph for Dream Team

    Third successive basketball triumph for Dream Team

    The United States won their third straight gold medal in men’s Olympic basketball, hammering Serbia 96-66 in the final at the Rio Games last night. It was a winning send-off for head coach Mike Krzyzewski in his final game with Team USA.

  • Sports round-up

    Olympics: Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, a fierce critic of a Russian track and field ban at the Rio Olympics, was elected an International Olympic Committee member yesterday but a third of the votes were against her. The...

  • Bacca hat-trick and Donnarumma save give Milan dramatic opening win

    Bacca hat-trick and Donnarumma save give Milan dramatic opening win

    Forward Carlos Bacca scored a hat-trick and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a last-gasp penalty to give AC Milan a dramatic 3-2 win over Torino in their Serie A opener today. The match at San Siro brought Milan face to face with Sinisa...

  • Rooney willingly gave penalty duties to Ibra, says Mourinho

    Rooney willingly gave penalty duties to Ibra, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has willingly passed penalty duties to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There was no debate about who would take the spot-kick when Luke Shaw tumbled in the box in Friday night’s 2-0 win over...

  • Rio rises to the occasion

    Rio rises to the occasion

    Despite the decidedly shaky run-up to the Rio Olympics, when nothing seemed to be going right for the Brazilian organisers, the games themselves have run relatively smoothly. Yes we’ve had some obvious organisational failures, not least of which...

  • Arise Sir Mo? Calls for Mo Farah to be knighted

    Arise Sir Mo? Calls for Mo Farah to be knighted

    There were calls for "double double" champion Mo Farah to be honoured with a knighthood after his starring role on a glittering night for Britain in Rio. Archbishop of York John Sentamu called on his Twitter followers to spread support for the...

  • Suarez treble and Messi brace lift six-goal Barcelona

    Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two goals as Barcelona began their quest for a third straight La Liga title with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis yesterday. Arda Turan, whose two goals against Sevilla helped Barca lift the Spanish...

  • Celtic beat St Johnstone

    Celtic warmed up for their crucial Champions League play-off in midweek with a 4-2 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, yesterday. Striker Leigh Griffiths, celebrating his 26th birthday, opened the scoring with his sixth of the season before...

  • Germany take women’s title after beating Sweden 2-1

    Germany take women’s title after beating Sweden 2-1

    Germany won their first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football on Friday when they turned in a superior second half performance to beat Sweden 2-1 at the Maracana stadium in Rio. The no.2 ranked Germans scored two goals in the second half,...

  • Valletta sink Wattcell 9-3 to finish third

    Valletta completed their UEFA Futsal Cup Group F commitments in style after seeing off Wattcell United 9-3, in Ylivieska, Finland, yesterday. The Malta champions had lost their opening two matches in the group but made sure they signed off on a...

  • US men down Spain to reach basketball final

    US men down Spain to reach basketball final

    The United States continued their reign over Spain with a scrappy 82-76 win to put them through to the gold medal final of the men’s basketball tournament for a third straight Olympics. The Americans will ride a 24-game Olympic winning streak into...

  • Football news

    Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. The 23-year-old, who has made more than 100 appearances for the club, made his top-flight debut last weekend against Stoke City. Gibson said:...

  • Jorgensen claims triathlon title with perfect race

    Jorgensen claims triathlon title with perfect race

    Hot favourite Gwen Jorgensen produced the perfect race to win the Olympic women’s triathlon gold yesterday, the American unusually staying with her rivals on the bike before surging clear of defending champion Nicola Spirig-Hug on the...