ST ETIENNE: Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out to reach the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time following a riveting last-16 clash that ended 1-1 after extra time on Saturday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed weather conditions today hampered Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah's chances of securing a strong qualifying position in what was a slow day overall for Malaysian riders in Assen.
SYDNEY: Owen Farrell kicked England to a pulsating 44-40 win over Australia to sweep their rugby union series 3-0 in Sydney on Saturday.
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NICE: Brought up on a regular supply of the Premier League, Iceland’s players are used to cheering on England at major soccer tournaments.
DUNEDIN: New Zealand pounded Wales with pace and intensity and a masterful performance by Beauden Barrett to sweep the three-Test series with a 46-6 victory in Dunedin on Saturday.
MUMBAI: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand made the cut for the women’s 100m at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, less than a year after she was cleared to race following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling on gender testing guidelines.
PARIS: At the European football championships on Friday it was left to players from the rest of Europe to express shock that Britain had voted to break away from the European Union.
LENS: Croatia coach Ante Cacic believes his side can shut out Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo to reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday.
PARIS: Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill is counting on more defensive heroics to counter the threat posed by Gareth Bale in Saturday’s British “cup tie” against Wales in the last 16 of Euro 2016 in Paris.
SAINT-ÉTIENNE: Experience forged in the German league will help Switzerland’s Bundesliga stars when they face Robert Lewandowski’s Poland in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Saturday.
LILLE: Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes the world champions can put a slow start to Euro 2016 behind them and thrive under the pressure of knockout football when they face Slovakia on Sunday.
NEW YORK: Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation here Sunday by ending Argentina’s 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.
MONTPELLIER: Key defender Giorgio Chiellini insists Italy’s confidence remains intact as the beaten 2012 finalists prepare to beat their “bogey team” Spain to a Euro 2016 quarter-final spot on Monday.
CHANTILLY: Harry Kane on Friday said that the England squad were not “focused” on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union as they prepare for a Euro 2016 tie with Iceland.
TOKYO: Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki was recognised by Guinness World Records as professional baseball’s base hit king Friday after taking his count in Japan and Major League Baseball to 4,257.
FIJI’S mixed squad of Olympic and senior players is not Ong Kim Swee’s only worry as the national coach is also concerned with the venue’s facilities and the afternoon kick-off time of the international friendly on Sunday.
LISBON: Real Madrid’s brightest player Cristiano Ronaldo is facing controversy after he threw a journalist’s microphone into a lake in Lyon, France where the Euro 2016 is taking place, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media report on Thursday.
MARSEILLE: Japan’s Hiroki Sakai and Cameroon’s Henri Bedimo have both signed for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, the French club said Thursday.
LONDON: Midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama became the first player from Southampton to join up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino when he signed for Tottenham from their Premier League rivals on Thursday.
PARIS: Two small, British nations clash for the momentous prize of a Euro 2016 quarter-final berth on Saturday when Real Madrid star Gareth Bale’s Wales meet Northern Ireland in Paris.
CHANTILLY: England captain Wayne Rooney says that he is more relaxed than at any previous major tournament because he no longer feels like the only match-winner in the squad.
LEICESTER: Jamie Vardy gave a huge boost to champions Leicester on Thursday by rejecting an offer from Arsenal to sign a new contract.
PARIS: With the European Championship finals first round now over here are five stars who failed to bring the tournament alight in the group games:
CHICAGO: Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday and will face Argentina in Sunday’s final after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago that was halted for more than two hours due to a torrential rain storm.
CHICAGO: The Copa America Centenario semi-final between Chile and Colombia was plunged into chaos here Wednesday after a severe thunderstorm halted play.
ASSEN: Fresh from his second win of the MotoGP season Valentino Rossi heads to one of his favourite circuits this weekend eager to pile more pressure on championship leader Marc Marquez.
CLEVELAND: Downtown Cleveland was a sea of wine and gold Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans gave a hero’s welcome to NBA superstar LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates.
NICE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was filled with pride as he bowed out of international football on Wednesday, saying he had emerged from “the ghetto” to become Sweden’s record goal scorer.
PARIS: Substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason’s last-gasp winner fired Iceland past Austria 2-1 in their final Group F match at Euro 2016 on Wednesday to book a last-16 showdown with England.
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