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  • Malaysia's Nicol David, 32, dropped to world number two in the September rankings, ending an incredible spell that dates back to August 2006 -- an unbroken sequence of 109 months
    Dethroned squash queen David vows to win back top ranking AFP News - 3 hours ago

    Malaysian squash queen Nicol David has vowed to fight to regain the world number ranking after her record run of nine years at the top finally came to an end. In a video … More »Dethroned squash queen David vows to win back top ranking

    Malaysia's Nicol David, 32, dropped to world number two in the September rankings, ending an incredible spell that dates back to August 2006 -- an unbroken sequence of 109 months

    Malaysian squash queen Nicol David has vowed to fight to regain the world number ranking after her record run of nine years at the top finally came to an end. In a video message to her fans, David said she was "hungry" to snatch back the top spot from Egypt's Raneem El Welily, a feat she could manage after the ongoing …

  • Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the bench during the game against the Denver Broncos during preseason action on August 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado
    Tomsula denies Hayne assured of San Francisco 49ers spot AFP News - 3 hours ago

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula denied reports that rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne had already booked his place on the NFL team's final 53-man roster for the … More »Tomsula denies Hayne assured of San Francisco 49ers spot

    Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the bench during the game against the Denver Broncos during preseason action on August 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula denied reports that rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne had already booked his place on the NFL team's final 53-man roster for the upcoming season. Australian international Hayne has impressed the 49ers management during pre-season with a series of performances that have edged him closer …

  • Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was critical of both Football Federation Australia and Professional Footballers Australia, as players boycotted promotional appearances ahead of Thursday's game against Bangladesh
    Australia football coach rapped over pay row comments AFP News - 3 hours ago

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was forced into an embarrassing retraction on Wednesday after he let rip about a bitter wage row which has overshadowed preparations … More »Australia football coach rapped over pay row comments

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was critical of both Football Federation Australia and Professional Footballers Australia, as players boycotted promotional appearances ahead of Thursday's game against Bangladesh

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was forced into an embarrassing retraction on Wednesday after he let rip about a bitter wage row which has overshadowed preparations for this week's World Cup qualifier. A fuming Postecoglou was critical of both Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the players' union, Professional Footballers …

  • Tokyo Olympic logo designer Kenjiro Sano explains his design during a press conference at the headquarters of Tokyo 2020 on August 5, 2015
    Tokyo Olympics logo designer endured 'unbearable' harassment AFP News - 3 hours ago

    The designer of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has said he asked organisers to yank the scandal-hit emblem due to unbearable harassment he faced in the wake of plagiarism … More »Tokyo Olympics logo designer endured 'unbearable' harassment

    Tokyo Olympic logo designer Kenjiro Sano explains his design during a press conference at the headquarters of Tokyo 2020 on August 5, 2015

    The designer of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has said he asked organisers to yank the scandal-hit emblem due to unbearable harassment he faced in the wake of plagiarism allegations. Kenjiro Sano said online taunts and what he claimed were inaccurate media reports had pushed him to "the limit of what humans can b …

  • Then-Czechoslovak midfielder Antonin Panenka, pictured in October 2014, fooled West German goalkeeper Sepp Maier to hand his country a surprise win in the 1976 European Championship final
    'Panenka' kick tricks goalkeepers for four decades AFP News - 3 hours ago

    For four decades, goalkeepers have been haunted by the "Panenka" penalty kick that leaves them diving to the side while the ball falls slowly into the middle of the net. … More »'Panenka' kick tricks goalkeepers for four decades

    Then-Czechoslovak midfielder Antonin Panenka, pictured in October 2014, fooled West German goalkeeper Sepp Maier to hand his country a surprise win in the 1976 European Championship final

    For four decades, goalkeepers have been haunted by the "Panenka" penalty kick that leaves them diving to the side while the ball falls slowly into the middle of the net. The western world first became aware of the kick a year after it had been invented by then-Czechoslovak midfielder Antonin Panenka when, in the 1976 European …

  • England's players celebrate after scoring during the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia in Ljubljana, on June 14, 2015
    England, Austria look to clinch Euro berths AFP News - 4 hours ago

    The first qualifiers for the Euro 2016 finals in France could be decided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the first of a double-header of matchdays. England have … More »England, Austria look to clinch Euro berths

    England's players celebrate after scoring during the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia in Ljubljana, on June 14, 2015

    The first qualifiers for the Euro 2016 finals in France could be decided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the first of a double-header of matchdays. England have won every game so far in Group E and can clinch qualification for the finals by maintaining that record when they face minnows San Marino in Serravalle on …

  • Roger Federer serves to Leonardo Mayer during their US Open match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2015
    Federer, Murray win as US Open quit list hits record 10 AFP News - 4 hours ago

    Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 winner Andy Murray reached the US Open second round as the crushing heat took the number of first-round retirements to a record … More »Federer, Murray win as US Open quit list hits record 10

    Roger Federer serves to Leonardo Mayer during their US Open match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2015

    Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 winner Andy Murray reached the US Open second round as the crushing heat took the number of first-round retirements to a record 10. Second-seeded Federer had little trouble in seeing off Argentina's world number 34 Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 77 minutes on Arthur Ashe …

  • Former Australian captain Michael Clarke receives a guard of honour from his teammates as he leaves the field after Australia wrap up the game on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes Test against England in London on August 23, 2015
    Clarke takes indefinite break from cricket AFP News - 4 hours ago

    Former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday pulled out of his Big Bash League deal with the Melbourne Stars and said he will take an indefinite break from the … More »Clarke takes indefinite break from cricket

    Former Australian captain Michael Clarke receives a guard of honour from his teammates as he leaves the field after Australia wrap up the game on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes Test against England in London on August 23, 2015

    Former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday pulled out of his Big Bash League deal with the Melbourne Stars and said he will take an indefinite break from the game. Clarke was expected to honour a two-year contract signed in April with the Stars in Australia's domestic Twenty20 league, but he said he needed time …

  • Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot to Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan during the US Open on September 1, 2015 in New York
    Hewitt extends final bow at site of first Slam win AFP News - 5 hours ago

    Australia's Lleyton Hewitt has at least one more match to play on the US Open hardcourts where he became a Grand Slam champion. The 34-year-old wildcard, who will retire … More »Hewitt extends final bow at site of first Slam win

    Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot to Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan during the US Open on September 1, 2015 in New York

    Australia's Lleyton Hewitt has at least one more match to play on the US Open hardcourts where he became a Grand Slam champion. The 34-year-old wildcard, who will retire after January's Australian Open, advanced to the second round Tuesday at Flushing Meadows with a 6-0, 7-6 (7/2), 1-0 victory when Kazakh rival Aleksandr …

  • The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is seen on July 30, 2015
    Los Angeles enters 2024 Olympic race AFP News - 6 hours ago

    Los Angeles joined the race to win the 2024 Olympics here Tuesday after city leaders gave unanimous backing for a bid to stage the sporting extravaganza for a third time. … More »Los Angeles enters 2024 Olympic race

    The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is seen on July 30, 2015

    Los Angeles joined the race to win the 2024 Olympics here Tuesday after city leaders gave unanimous backing for a bid to stage the sporting extravaganza for a third time. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) formally named Los Angeles as its candidate soon after the city council members voted 15-0 in favour of supporting …

  • French teenager Anthony Martial has only 52 league games under his belt and Mancheseter United manager Louis van Gaal said the club would need to show the pacy former Lyon youngster patience
    Manchester United headline deadline day with Martial move AFP News - 6 hours ago

    Manchester United completed a staggering transfer deadline-day deal for French teenager Anthony Martial, but David de Gea remained at Old Trafford after his move to Real … More »Manchester United headline deadline day with Martial move

    French teenager Anthony Martial has only 52 league games under his belt and Mancheseter United manager Louis van Gaal said the club would need to show the pacy former Lyon youngster patience

    Manchester United completed a staggering transfer deadline-day deal for French teenager Anthony Martial, but David de Gea remained at Old Trafford after his move to Real Madrid collapsed. News of United's interest in 19-year-old Martial first broke on Monday and he duly signed a four-year contract with an option for a …

  • Italy national football team head coach Antonio Conte (L) oversees a training session at the Poljud stadium in Split on June 11, 2015
    Conte targets Euro ticket, warns part-timers AFP News - 8 hours ago

    Coach Antonio Conte has demanded Italy seal their Euro 2016 ticket this weekend but has warned that only first team regulars will figure in his travelling plans for next … More »Conte targets Euro ticket, warns part-timers

    Italy national football team head coach Antonio Conte (L) oversees a training session at the Poljud stadium in Split on June 11, 2015

    Coach Antonio Conte has demanded Italy seal their Euro 2016 ticket this weekend but has warned that only first team regulars will figure in his travelling plans for next summer's tournament in France. Italy host Malta in Florence on Thursday before travelling to Palermo to host a Bulgarian side desperate to relaunch their …

  • Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis during his US Open match against France's Richard Gasquet at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 1, 2015
    Cramps foil upset bid by Aussie teen Kokkinakis AFP News - 9 hours ago

    Australian teen Thanasi Kokkinakis, foiled by cramps while poised for the biggest victory of his young career, left the US Open frustrated after his body quit before … More »Cramps foil upset bid by Aussie teen Kokkinakis

    Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis during his US Open match against France's Richard Gasquet at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 1, 2015

    Australian teen Thanasi Kokkinakis, foiled by cramps while poised for the biggest victory of his young career, left the US Open frustrated after his body quit before he did. Kokkinakis, best known for being named by compatriot Nick Kyrgios in the infamous sex slur he uttered in a match against Stan Wawrinka in Montreal …

  • Durban is the only city bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games
    Commonwealth Games: Durban poised to win 2022 bid AFP News - 9 hours ago

    Durban is set to be officially anointed host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, making it the first African city to ever host the event. South Africa's third … More »Commonwealth Games: Durban poised to win 2022 bid

    Durban is the only city bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Durban is set to be officially anointed host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, making it the first African city to ever host the event. South Africa's third largest city is the only candidate in the vote for 2022 hosting rights after Canada's Edmonton withdrew in February, citing cost concerns. The Commonwealth …

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during their US Open men's singles match on September 1, 2015 in New York
    Federer cruises as US Open quit list hits record nine AFP News - 9 hours ago

    Five-time champion Roger Federer breezed through sweltering conditions at the US Open on Tuesday as the crushing heat and humidity took the number of first-round retirements … More »Federer cruises as US Open quit list hits record nine

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during their US Open men's singles match on September 1, 2015 in New York

    Five-time champion Roger Federer breezed through sweltering conditions at the US Open on Tuesday as the crushing heat and humidity took the number of first-round retirements to a record nine. Second-seeded Federer had little trouble in seeing off Argentina's world number 34 Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 77 minutes …