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Japan promoter says Mayweather bout with kickboxer back on

An unprecedented match-up between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr and a Japanese kickboxer half his age is back on, according to the Japanese promoter behind the fight.

Germany braced for Canadian showdown in key World Cup qualifier

Germany expect a bruising battle against Canada in Saturday's crunch repechage clash for the final qualifying berth for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Djokovic, Federer back new ATP Cup men's team event

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have backed a new men's team competition just a day after the Serbian raised concerns over the timing of the event, which will take place shortly after the revamped Davis Cup.

New-look Germany ease past Russia in friendly

A youthful Germany team easily beat Russia 3-0 Thursday as Joachim Loew began a rebuilding process following the summer's World Cup debacle with a simple friendly win.

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Pittsburgh's Carl Hagelin, right, was traded Wednesday to the NHL's Los Angeles Kings

NHL's struggling Penguins, doormat Kings swap wingers

Swedish left wing Carl Hagelin, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win two Stanley Cups, was traded Wednesday to the National Hockey League-worst Los Angeles Kings for left wing Tanner Pearson.

WADA to continue bullying investigation

The World Anti-Doping Agency is to continue its investigation into accusations of bullying within the organisation, it announced on Wednesday.

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Roger Federer is embroiled in a row over preferential treatment

'The facts are not right': Federer fumes over scheduling row

Roger Federer has hit back at claims he gets preferential treatment from tennis tournaments due to his status as one of the sport's all-time greats.

Zlatan's Galaxy debut strike voted MLS Goal of the Year

Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy, a 77th-minute equalizer from 40 yards last March, was named Major League Soccer's Goal of the Year on Tuesday.

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Jack Sock (left) and Mike Bryan have formed a formidable doubles team

Sock shines in doubles at ATP Finals after rankings plunge

Jack Sock found himself in the bizarre situation of being back at the ATP Finals as a doubles player on Monday -- just a year after taking part in the singles event.

Swedish striker Ibrahimovic named top MLS newcomer

Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy was named Monday as Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year, defeating England's Wayne Rooney among others for the award.

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England coach Eddie Jones has vowed his side will be "ruthless" when they play Japan at Twickenham on Saturday

Jones tells Japan to 'pray' ahead of England clash

England coach Eddie Jones has advised Japan to go to the temple and pray as he promised to show no mercy when the team he coached at the 2015 World Cup come to Twickenham.

Madrid 'very happy' with Solari - Butragueno

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has said the club are delighted with Santiago Solari's spell in charge after the team posted their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta Vigo on Sunday.

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Greece's Tsitsipas beats de Minaur to win Next Gen ATP Final

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas capped a breakthrough season by rallying from a set down to beat Australian Alex de Minaur in the Next Gen ATP final on Saturday.

Mourinho takes swipe at Aguero ahead of City clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a veiled swipe at Manchester City star Sergio Aguero before Sunday's derby showdown at the Etihad Stadium.

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Kuchar takes two-shot lead over Champ in Mexico

Matt Kuchar grabbed a two-shot lead at the US PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Friday, firing his second straight 64 for a 14-under par total of 128.

Farrell wants to 'play within the rules' as tackle row rages on

Owen Farrell has insisted he has no intention of pushing the rules to breaking point as he prepares to lead England against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Warne offers to help beleaguered Cricket Australia

Spin king Shane Warne put his hand up Friday to help Australian cricket out of its current spiral and urged the sport's beleaguered governing body to make better use of other former top players.

Tsitsipas stars at Next Gen ATP Finals, but De Minaur having 'hell of a year'

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas may be the star attraction at the Next Gen ATP Finals but Australian Alex de Minaur said Thursday he was "having a hell of a year" as both raced into the semi-finals of the season-ending tournament for players aged under-21 with only one set dropped in three games.

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Froome to start 2019 season in Colombia

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will kick off his 2019 campaign by riding in the Tour Colombia for the first time in February, the Briton announced on Wednesday.

Five things we learned from the Champions League

Under-fire Jose Mourinho and Manchester United revelled in an incredible smash and grab victory at Juventus, while Real Madrid continue their revival and Cristiano Ronaldo watches on as his magnificent volley counts for nothing.

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Barcelona through in Champions League as Liverpool suffer shock loss

Barcelona secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan, as Harry Kane revived Tottenham Hotspur's hopes but Liverpool slumped to a shock defeat.

Spurs still alive in Champions League, insists Kane

Harry Kane believes Tottenham can still make the last 16 of the Champions League after coming to his side's rescue once more in a late turnaround to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Tuesday.

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US Olympic moves to disband USA Gymnastics body

The United States Olympic Committee said Monday it had begun moves to disband the country's governing body for gymnastics, accusing the sport's rulers of failing to grapple with the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

US Olympic to dissolve USA Gymnastics

The United States Olympic Committee said Monday it had begun moves to disband the country's governing body for gymnastics in the aftermath of the sport's devastating sexual abuse scandal, a statement said.

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Russian lawmakers say  registration of US media groups is retaliation for a similar demand by Washington for the state-controlled Russia Today television

Russia to make US media register as «foreign agents»

Russian lawmakers raced Friday to draft measures requiring US media outlets to register as foreign agents, saying they could be adopted as early as next week.

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, immediately declared the allegations 'disqualifying' for Moore

Republicans run from Senate hopeful accused of sexual contact with minor

Several Republicans on Thursday urged their party's candidate for a vacant US Senate seat to quit the race if an explosive report that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl is true.

Pandas have a notoriously low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss

Melania Trump meets China's furry diplomats: pandas

US First Lady Melania Trump spent some time with a couple of China's most prominent diplomats on her last day in Beijing on Friday: the pandas Meng'er and Gu Gu.

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