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«Feet on fire» as heat scorches Melbourne

Caroline Garcia said her feet were on fire and Dominic Thiem couldn't wait to get in an ice bath as Melbourne's searing summer heat took its toll at the Australian Open Thursday.

Iberian derby delivers fast start to Russia 2018

An explosive start to Russia's 2018 World Cup was guaranteed when the past two European champions Spain and Portugal were paired together in Friday's draw to clash on the second day of the tournament.

Moreno errors fail to dent Klopp's trust

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he still trusts Alberto Moreno "100 per cent" despite the left-back's costly mistakes in Sevilla's stunning three-goal comeback against the Reds on Tuesday.

Klopp fighting fit after health checks

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels "really good" despite having been admitted to hospital after feeling unwell earlier this week, he said on Friday.

Kiwis eye Peru upset in World Cup qualifiers

New Zealand believe they can spring a massive upset and down Peru to reach the 2018 World Cup finals, even if no one else shares their faith, coach Anthony Hudson said Friday.

Karate kick Evra faces day of double jeopardy

Patrice Evra faces his disciplinary destiny on Friday when he could be sacked by Marseille and heavily sanctioned by UEFA for aiming a karate kick at one of his own supporters.

RugbyU: 'Gut feel' as Jones rests Farrell, Itoje for Pumas

Eddie Jones is banking on his racehorse trainer-style "gut feel" paying dividends against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday after leaving out both Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje for England's end-of-year Test series opener.

New-look Wales bid to end Wallaby losing streak

Warren Gatland is banking on increased finesse behind the scrum to help end Wales's desperate run of defeats by Australia when the two sides meet at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.

'Lazarus' Daly says recovery no miracle

England's Elliot Daly has insisted there is a perfectly rational explanation for a quicker than expected return from injury that has seen him nicknamed 'Lazarus' by his team-mates.

Cahill poised for Australia World Cup boost

Tim Cahill is poised to give Australia a massive World Cup boost after being declared available for the Socceroos crucial 2018 World Cup playoff with Honduras here Friday.

Football: jury chosen in FIFA corruption trial

Twelve jurors and six alternates were selected at the FIFA corruption trial in New York on Thursday, tasked with deciding the guilt or innocence of three fabulously wealthy and once powerful South American soccer officials.

Northern Ireland fume, Croatia cruise

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill said he was "staggered and bewildered" by a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland a 1-0 win in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday.

Top seed Rublev into NextGen semi-finals

Top seed Andrey Rublev reached the ATP NextGen semi-finals on Thursday, edging out Canadian shot-maker and third seed Denis Shapovalov 4-1, 3-4 (8/10), 4-3 (7/2), 0-4, 4-3 (7/3).

Massa laments Brazil racing decline

Felipe Massa insisted Thursday that his impending retirement from Formula One is for good, but he is dejected by Brazil's declining significance in the sport.

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