Bale nets hat-trick as Wales smash sorry China 6-0

Ryan Giggs' first game as Wales coach got off to a flying start Thursday with a 6-0 demolition of China as Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick.

Fyodor Smolov - Russia's last best World Cup hope

Russia's World Cup hopes hinge on the right foot of a journeyman forward who plies his trade with a small club from the provinces and is all but unknown abroad.


New Zealand seek All Black magic against England

New Zealand's cricketers are drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory as they head into their first home day-night Test against England on Thursday.

New Zealand set Ireland 290 to win in ODI

New Zealand set Ireland a target of 290 to win the second match of the ODI tri-series in Dublin with Neil Broom top scoring for the Blackcaps with 79.


Chris Eubank Jr attends an open media workout in Canary Wharf, London, in 2015

Eubank Jr says super middleweight win vs Groves would silence doubters

Chris Eubank Jr believes victory over George Groves in Saturday's all-British super middleweight world title bout would finally silence the doubters who say he has been living off his famous father's name.

Britain's Joshua to defend heavyweight title against Molina

Britain's Anthony Joshua will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight title against Eric Molina of the United States in Manchester on December 10, it was announced Tuesday.


Topless Tongan's secret weapon against freezing cold: coconut oil

The Tongan flag-bearer's secret has been revealed: it was coconut oil that kept him warm when he paraded half-naked at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.


Police say New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's home was burglarized while he was at the Super Bowl

NFL: «Double whammy» for Pats' Gronkowski -- home burglarized

As if losing the Super Bowl was not enough, police said Tuesday that New England Patriot star Rob Gronkowski's home was burglarized while he was away at the game.

Broken collarbone could end season for Packers star Rodgers

In a major setback for a Super Bowl championship contender, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken right collarbone Sunday and could miss the remainder of the NFL season.


Russia confirms star speed skater An banned

Short track speed skating star Victor An has been excluded from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the aftermath of a state-sponsored doping scandal, angry Russian officials confirmed on Tuesday


«Superstar» Sanchez the right fit for ManUtd, says Giggs

Ryan Giggs says Alexis Sanchez is a ready-made «superstar» who can give Manchester United a lift as they bid to chase down Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom


Cycling: Impey steals surprise Tour Down Under lead

South Africa's Daryl Impey will take a surprise lead into the final stage of the Tour Down Under after finishing second to Richie Porte on Saturday's iconic stage to Willunga Hill


Viviani swoops to claim Tour Down Under third stage

Italian Elia Viviani capitalised on a lapse in concentration from race leader Caleb Ewan to sweep past the Australian and claim the third stage of the UCI season-opening Tour Down Under in South Australia on Thursday

Quintana doubles up as Giro rivals suffer

Colombia's Nairo Quintana soared to victory on a dramatic ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia Sunday that secured the race leader's pink jersey and dented the victory hopes of several key rivals.


Warriors equal team record with 14th road win in a row

Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday

James tossed for first time in career

LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his NBA career on Tuesday, but it didn't stop his Cleveland Cavaliers from marching to a 108-97 home win against the Miami Heat.


«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.

Australian tennis star Kyrgios ponders larger meanings as success arrives

On the verge of possibly his greatest triumph, Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios thought of the grandparents who nurtured his dream and his low point earlier this month.


Rippon criticizes Pence as US Olympic delegation leader

Adam Rippon, believed to be the first openly gay US Olympian, criticized the White House choice of US Vice President Mike Pence as delegation leader to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to USA Today

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Vanesa Calderon and Vladimir Mejia pose in their costumes for the carnival of Tlaxcala, Mexico. The satirical costumes and masks were originally masquerades of wealthy Spanish and French colonialists, and represent a fusion of European and pre-Hispan

A lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival

As two armored military vehicles patrol the streets of Tlaxcala, workers unload a pick-up truck full of enormous traditional masks for this lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival.

South Korean fans cheer as South Korea's Yun Sungbin  gets the gold in the mens's skeleton during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Friday.

Korean «Iron Man» Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history Friday as he become Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after completely dominating the daredevil event in Pyeongchang.

Tonga's flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua stunned viewers by appearing topless at the ceremony.

Topless Tongan's secret weapon against freezing cold: coconut oil

The Tongan flag-bearer's secret has been revealed: it was coconut oil that kept him warm when he paraded half-naked at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Spanish defender Marc Bartra arrives at a German court to testify in the trial of a man who has admitted to carrying out a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's bus

Dortmund bomb attack «changed my life,» Bartra tells court

Spanish defender Marc Bartra told a German court Monday of his mortal fear when bombs hit the bus of his Borussia Dortmund football team last year in an attack which he said «changed my life».