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Sports: Djokovic, Dibaba winners at Laureus awards

Sports: Djokovic, Dibaba winners at Laureus awards

AFP Relax World number one tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba were named Laureus sportsman and woman of the year Wednesday at an event in Shanghai that also honoured China's sporting trailblazers. Germany's world-conquering footballers were chosen as team of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards, while a heavily pregnant Li Na, China's two-time Grand Slam winning cham…

  • Toulon prop Alexandre Menini, pictured (C) against Llanelli Scarlets, will be expected to put in a big performance when the defending champions put their crown on the line against Leinster in the European Champions Cup semi-finals
    France the battleground for European rugby semi-finals AFP News - Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Defending champions Toulon put their crown on the line against Irish contenders Leinster this weekend, while English champions Saracens take on Clermont in the European … More »France the battleground for European rugby semi-finals

    Toulon prop Alexandre Menini, pictured (C) against Llanelli Scarlets, will be expected to put in a big performance when the defending champions put their crown on the line against Leinster in the European Champions Cup semi-finals

    Defending champions Toulon put their crown on the line against Irish contenders Leinster this weekend, while English champions Saracens take on Clermont in the European Champions Cup semi-finals. Toulon, who won their second straight championship last year when they beat Saracens 23-6 behind the boot of retired English …

  • Clermont's French centre Wesley Fofana (R) rides the ball before a try during a match against Northampton on April 4, 2015 in Clermont-Ferrand, France
    Fofana pens new deal at Clermont AFP News - Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    France international back Wesley Fofana on Thursday signed a new deal until 2019 with Clermont, the French top 14 side announced. "This extension was one of my priorities … More »Fofana pens new deal at Clermont

    Clermont's French centre Wesley Fofana (R) rides the ball before a try during a match against Northampton on April 4, 2015 in Clermont-Ferrand, France

    France international back Wesley Fofana on Thursday signed a new deal until 2019 with Clermont, the French top 14 side announced. "This extension was one of my priorities and I'm delighted to be able to build around a player like him," declared Clermont manager Franck Azema. He made his international debut in 2012 and …

  • Australia's Bernard Foley during the international rugby union Test match against France in Saint-Denis on November 15, 2014
    Foley re-signs with Wallabies for three years AFP News - Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Wallabies fly-half Bernard Foley Thursday signed a three-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union on the agreement that he be allowed to play two seasons … More »Foley re-signs with Wallabies for three years

    Australia's Bernard Foley during the international rugby union Test match against France in Saint-Denis on November 15, 2014

    Wallabies fly-half Bernard Foley Thursday signed a three-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union on the agreement that he be allowed to play two seasons with a Japanese club. Under the deal, Foley, 25, is locked in with the NSW Waratahs until the end of 2018, meaning he will be eligible to continue playing …

  • Serbian Novak Djokovic hits a return to Spanish Albert Ramos-Vinolas during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match, on April 14, 2015 in Monaco
    Djokovic, Dibaba winners at Laureus awards AFP News - Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    World number one tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba were named Laureus sportsman and woman of the year Wednesday at an event in Shanghai … More »Djokovic, Dibaba winners at Laureus awards

    Serbian Novak Djokovic hits a return to Spanish Albert Ramos-Vinolas during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match, on April 14, 2015 in Monaco

    World number one tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba were named Laureus sportsman and woman of the year Wednesday at an event in Shanghai that also honoured China's sporting trailblazers. Germany's world-conquering footballers were chosen as team of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards, while …

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
    Djokovic, Germany's World Cup team win Laureus awards Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic won the sportsman of the year prize at the Laureus Sports Awards on Wednesday, while Germany's World Cup-winning … More »Djokovic, Germany's World Cup team win Laureus awards

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic won the sportsman of the year prize at the Laureus Sports Awards on Wednesday, while Germany's World Cup-winning squad received the best team award.

  • Kiwi and Aussie currencies converge, fueling new rivalry
    Kiwi and Aussie currencies converge, fueling new rivalry Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    They tussle over cricket, rugby, movie stars and even a fluffy meringue dessert they call Pavlova, which both countries claim as their own. Now the rivalry between New … More »Kiwi and Aussie currencies converge, fueling new rivalry

    Kiwi and Aussie currencies converge, fueling new rivalry

    They tussle over cricket, rugby, movie stars and even a fluffy meringue dessert they call Pavlova, which both countries claim as their own. Now the rivalry between New Zealand and Australia extends to ...

  • Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband waves after unveiling his party's election manifesto at Granada studios in Manchester, northern England
    In British election, a taste for the absurd brings some relief Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - In an election that will shape the destiny of the United Kingdom, anguish over how to eat bacon sandwiches and hot dogs has brought … More »In British election, a taste for the absurd brings some relief

    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband waves after unveiling his party's election manifesto at Granada studios in Manchester, northern England

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - In an election that will shape the destiny of the United Kingdom, anguish over how to eat bacon sandwiches and hot dogs has brought a note of absurdity to the battle for Downing Street. The May 7 vote could throw Britain's membership of the European Union into doubt or give Scottish nationalists, …

  • Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz, pictured on March 18, 2015 in Marcoussis, France, has been ruled out of their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final clash against Leinster
    Toulon's Mermoz out, Halfpenny fit for Leinster clash AFP News - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz has been ruled out of their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final clash against Leinster in Marseille's Velodrome Stadium this weekend, … More »Toulon's Mermoz out, Halfpenny fit for Leinster clash

    Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz, pictured on March 18, 2015 in Marcoussis, France, has been ruled out of their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final clash against Leinster

    Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz has been ruled out of their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final clash against Leinster in Marseille's Velodrome Stadium this weekend, while full-back Leigh Halpenny has been declared fit.

  • Celtic's coach Ronny Deila looks on during a match on February 26, 2015 at the San Siro Stadium stadium in Milan
    Celtic closing in on Scottish title AFP News - Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Celtic could take another step closer to claiming their fourth successive Scottish Premiership title when they take on struggling Kilmarnock on Wednesday night. The … More »Celtic closing in on Scottish title

    Celtic's coach Ronny Deila looks on during a match on February 26, 2015 at the San Siro Stadium stadium in Milan

    Celtic could take another step closer to claiming their fourth successive Scottish Premiership title when they take on struggling Kilmarnock on Wednesday night. The Hoops, who drew 1-1 with Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday, have a five point lead at the top of the table over nearest challengers Aberdeen with just …

  • New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade kicks the ball in Sydney on August 15, 2014
    All Black fly-half Slade signs for Pau AFP News - Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    All Black fly-half Colin Slade has signed a three-year contract with Pau, who have just won promotion to the Top 14, the club confirmed on Monday. Slade, 27, is considered … More »All Black fly-half Slade signs for Pau

    New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade kicks the ball in Sydney on August 15, 2014

    All Black fly-half Colin Slade has signed a three-year contract with Pau, who have just won promotion to the Top 14, the club confirmed on Monday. Slade, 27, is considered the fourth-choice fly-half in New Zealand behind Beauden Barrett, Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden. Slade, who has played for the Crusaders for the past …

  • Saracens number 8 Billy Vunipola (R) charges through a tackle during the European Cup final rugby union match between Toulon and Saracens in Cardiff on May 24, 2014
    Vunipola facing foul play charge AFP News - Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Saracens back-row forward Billy Vunipola is to face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after being accused of foul play during last weekend's English Premiership … More »Vunipola facing foul play charge

    Saracens number 8 Billy Vunipola (R) charges through a tackle during the European Cup final rugby union match between Toulon and Saracens in Cardiff on May 24, 2014

    Saracens back-row forward Billy Vunipola is to face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after being accused of foul play during last weekend's English Premiership win over Leicester.

  • Pekahou Cowan (C) from the Western Force attempts to break a tackle during the Super 15 rugby union match between Australia’s Western Force and South Africa’s Cheetahs in Perth on April 11, 2015
    South Africa sweep Aussies, Hurricanes stay top of Super 15 AFP News - Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    South African teams rejoiced this weekend with three wins over Australian opposition as New Zealand's Wellington Hurricanes preserved a six-point lead at the top of Super … More »South Africa sweep Aussies, Hurricanes stay top of Super 15

    Pekahou Cowan (C) from the Western Force attempts to break a tackle during the Super 15 rugby union match between Australia’s Western Force and South Africa’s Cheetahs in Perth on April 11, 2015

    South African teams rejoiced this weekend with three wins over Australian opposition as New Zealand's Wellington Hurricanes preserved a six-point lead at the top of Super Rugby. The Hurricanes and Waikato Chiefs had the weekend off with byes as did Australia's Melbourne Rebels with only South Africa's Northern Bulls closing …

  • Saracens' fly-half from England Owen Farrell warms-up ahead of the European Rugby Champions Cup in north London, on October 18, 2014
    Saracens expect to have Farrell back for Euro semi-final AFP News - Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    England fly-half Owen Farrell is set to be available for Saracens' European Champions Cup semi-final against French side Clermont next weekend, the London club's director … More »Saracens expect to have Farrell back for Euro semi-final

    Saracens' fly-half from England Owen Farrell warms-up ahead of the European Rugby Champions Cup in north London, on October 18, 2014

    England fly-half Owen Farrell is set to be available for Saracens' European Champions Cup semi-final against French side Clermont next weekend, the London club's director of rugby, Mark McCall, said Saturday. Farrell has been out of action since suffering a knee injury during Saracens' pool phase loss to Clermont nearly …

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014, world champion Britain's Bradley Wiggins competes to win the men's individual time trial event at the Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, north-western Spain.  Wiggins is leaving the Sky team that turned him into a Tour de France champion, and during a press conference Friday April 10, 2015, he wasn’t feeling chatty at all and abruptly announced that he wouldn’t be speaking after all.  (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, FILE)
    Column: End of an era for cycling's most eccentric champion Associated Press - Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    KORTRIJK, Belgium (AP) — Dust off the cut-out-and-wear sideburns. Just one last time. In honor of Bradley Wiggins, a Tour de France champion unlike any other who ends … More »Column: End of an era for cycling's most eccentric champion

    FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014, world champion Britain's Bradley Wiggins competes to win the men's individual time trial event at the Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, north-western Spain.  Wiggins is leaving the Sky team that turned him into a Tour de France champion, and during a press conference Friday April 10, 2015, he wasn’t feeling chatty at all and abruptly announced that he wouldn’t be speaking after all.  (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, FILE)

    KORTRIJK, Belgium (AP) — Dust off the cut-out-and-wear sideburns. Just one last time. In honor of Bradley Wiggins, a Tour de France champion unlike any other who ends his road-racing career this weekend. His sport — all of sport, in fact — will be poorer without this most colorful of characters.

  • The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town
    Statue row blots Mandela's post-apartheid vision for South Africa Reuters - Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's University of Cape Town removed a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on Thursday to cheers from students, … More »Statue row blots Mandela's post-apartheid vision for South Africa

    The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town

    By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's University of Cape Town removed a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on Thursday to cheers from students, a symbolic move that exposes persistent racial divides two decades after the end of apartheid. The statue at the university, one of Africa's top academic …

  • La Rochelle's scrum-half Julien Audy (R) runs with the ball during their French Top 14 rugby union match against Bordeaux-Begles, at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux, south-western France, on March 28, 2015
    La Rochelle aiming to continue French Top 14 great escape bid AFP News - Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    La Rochelle can take a significant step towards Top 14 survival if they extend a five-match unbeaten run in the league by beating Stade Francais at home on Friday night. … More »La Rochelle aiming to continue French Top 14 great escape bid

    La Rochelle's scrum-half Julien Audy (R) runs with the ball during their French Top 14 rugby union match against Bordeaux-Begles, at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux, south-western France, on March 28, 2015

    La Rochelle can take a significant step towards Top 14 survival if they extend a five-match unbeaten run in the league by beating Stade Francais at home on Friday night. At the start of the season, La Rochelle were odds-on for a quick return to the second division having earnt promotion through the play-offs. They have …

  • Levani Botia runs with the ball during a match on March 24, 2012 in Hong Kong
    La Rochelle's Botia banned for five weeks AFP News - Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    La Rochelle centre Levani Botia has been handed a five-week ban on Wednesday by the disciplinary committee of the French National Rugby League for a dangerous tackle … More »La Rochelle's Botia banned for five weeks

    Levani Botia runs with the ball during a match on March 24, 2012 in Hong Kong

    La Rochelle centre Levani Botia has been handed a five-week ban on Wednesday by the disciplinary committee of the French National Rugby League for a dangerous tackle against Bordeaux-Begles.

  • New Zealand All Blacks lock Brad Thorn reacts after the 2011 Rugby World Cup final match New Zealand vs France in Auckland on October 23, 2011
    Dual-code star Thorn to retire at end of season AFP News - Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    New Zealand World Cup-winning lock turned Leicester captain Brad Thorn is to retire at the end of the English season, he said Wednesday. Thorn, 40, originally made his … More »Dual-code star Thorn to retire at end of season

    New Zealand All Blacks lock Brad Thorn reacts after the 2011 Rugby World Cup final match New Zealand vs France in Auckland on October 23, 2011

    New Zealand World Cup-winning lock turned Leicester captain Brad Thorn is to retire at the end of the English season, he said Wednesday. Thorn, 40, originally made his name in rugby league and won eight caps in the 13-man game for Australia, while winning several NRL titles with the Brisbane Broncos. In all, he won 50 …

  • The future of football is here - and it’s freezing
    The future of football is here - and it’s freezing GOAL.com - Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Steve McClaren was ahead of the game when he explored a new idea at Derby County in the 1990s. Science in football has boomed since, as a gathering at the FA will show … More »The future of football is here - and it’s freezing

    The future of football is here - and it’s freezing

    Steve McClaren was ahead of the game when he explored a new idea at Derby County in the 1990s. Science in football has boomed since, as a gathering at the FA will show this weekend

  • Clermont's number 8 Fritz Lee runs in his late try during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match in Eccles on January 17, 2015
    Lee likely to miss Saracens semi-final - Clermont AFP News - Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Samoan No.8 Fritz Lee is likely to miss his club's European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens due to a hamstring injury, Clermont said on Tuesday. More »Lee likely to miss Saracens semi-final - Clermont

    Clermont's number 8 Fritz Lee runs in his late try during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match in Eccles on January 17, 2015

    Samoan No.8 Fritz Lee is likely to miss his club's European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens due to a hamstring injury, Clermont said on Tuesday.