Holder Halep shrugs off expectations ahead of French Open

(Reuters) – French Open champion Simona Halep has said won’t be burdened by expectations that she can repeat last year’s triumph and would rather focus on enjoying the Grand Slam

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French prosecutor calls for Diack to stand trial – source

Former President of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Lamine Diack answers a question at a news conference in Beijing, China in this file picture. REUTERS/Jason Lee/files PARIS (Reuters) –

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Messi increases goal haul as Barca draw with Eibar

EIBAR, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona captain and La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi rounded off a spectacular season by netting twice in a 2-2 draw away to Eibar in the

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Pliskova ends Konta run to win Italian Open

ROME (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova ended Johanna Konta’s hopes of landing a first claycourt title with a 6-3 6-4 victory in the Italian Open final on Sunday. Czech Republic’s Karolina

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Mbappe and Marozsan voted best top-flight players in France

Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their fourth goal REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, who has already scored 32 goals this season, was

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Imperious Nadal blows away Djokovic to land ninth Rome title

ROME (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal proved that he would still be the man to beat when the French Open begins later this month after he humbled Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6

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Koepka survives to win PGA after crowd sense a collapse

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – A coronation almost turned into a calamity but Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday and establish himself

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Hazlewood World Cup snub the right decision, says Langer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to leave Josh Hazlewood out of the World Cup squad, saying the paceman lacked match fitness as he recovers

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South Africa’s rand firmer as risk selloff pauses

An illegal currency dealer holds a wad of Zimbabwean bond notes and South African Rands outside a bank in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) –

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Pliskova ends Konta run to win Italian Open

ROME (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova ended Johanna Konta’s hopes of landing a first claycourt title with a 6-3 6-4 victory in the Italian Open final on Sunday. Czech Republic’s Karolina

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Messi increases goal haul as Barca draw with Eibar

EIBAR, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona captain and La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi rounded off a spectacular season by netting twice in a 2-2 draw away to Eibar in the

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Mbappe and Marozsan voted best top-flight players in France

Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their fourth goal REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, who has already scored 32 goals this season, was

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Woods pays price for being inadequately prepared for PGA Championship

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Tiger Woods acknowledged after missing the cut at the PGA Championship on Friday that he had paid the price for not being adequately prepared for another

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Courts beckon as Folau ponders appeal against sacking

SYDNEY (Reuters) – After a statement saying he was deeply saddened by his sacking from Australian rugby and was considering his options on an appeal, Israel Folau’s public pronouncements on

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Roy ton helps England seal ODI series win over Pakistan

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – England’s Jason Roy hit a superb century and Ben Stokes carried them home as they beat Pakistan by three wickets at Trent Bridge on Friday, surviving

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Lyles pips Coleman in Shanghai sprint photo finish

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Noah Lyles exploded over the final third of the race to win a thrilling men’s 100m in a personal best 9.86 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League

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Crusaders draw a Rubicon moment for Stormers, says coach

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The decision to take a penalty and settle for a 19-19 draw with the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday rather than risk the points by going for

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Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeat

Real Betis’ Jese celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates as Real Madrid’s Nacho looks dejected REUTERS/Juan Medina MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s harrowing season came to a fittingly

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Schwarzenegger struck by flying kick at South Africa sports event

Former California governor and ‘Mr. Universe’ Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference 2017, hosted by Fiji but held in Bonn, Germany, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

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Koepka is no Tiger, at least not yet says Scott

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka has won plenty of admirers with his runaway performance at the PGA Championship, but former world number one Adam Scott is not quite ready

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Ibrahimovic banned for violent conduct in LA Galaxy victory

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) looks on during the first half against the New York City FC at StubHub Center. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – LA Galaxy striker

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Kompany to leave Man City and join Anderlecht as player-manager

LONDON (Reuters) – Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City and joining Anderlecht as player-manager after helping the Premier League club to become the

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De Rossi to leave AS Roma after 18 years

ROME (Reuters) – AS Roma’s combative midfielder Daniele De Rossi will end his playing career at the club after 18 years, during which he made 615 appearances and scored 63

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Shapovalov earns Rome meeting with Djokovic

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his first round match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Eric Gaillard ROME (Reuters) – Canadian Denis Shapovalov set up a clash with world number one

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Solskjaer the right choice but needs time at Man United-Herrera

(Reuters) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right manager to rebuild Manchester United but needs time to get the team back in a position where they can compete for titles,

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Rain par for the course during major week at Bethpage

FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) – Rain and the Bethpage Black Course go hand in hand when the world’s best players visit so it was perhaps appropriate that the PGA Championship

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Returning Serena starts clay campaign with routine Rome win

Serena Williams of the United States hits a forehand against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden (not pictured) in the second round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex. Mandatory

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Spieth says he is close to top form, but critics not so sure

(Reuters) – Jordan Spieth will have a third opportunity to complete the career grand slam at the PGA Championship this week, but his form is a far cry from that

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S.African government instructs athletics body to appeal Semenya decision

PRETORIA (Reuters) – The South African government said on Monday it was “instructing” the country’s athletics governing body to appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision on female

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Barca beat top-four hopefuls Getafe but booed for European failure

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a subdued and near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first Liga game since a

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Delighted Djokovic wins third Madrid Open as Tsitsipas runs out of steam

MADRID (Reuters) – Delighted world number one Novak Djokovic said he was back to his best after winning a third Madrid Open title on Sunday, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4.

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Hamilton hails history in the making after another one-two

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hailed history in the making in Spain on Sunday as his Mercedes team celebrated the best-ever start to a season with

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Zidane despairs as ten-man Real Madrid lose again

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez celebrates after the match as Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane looks dejected REUTERS/Javier Barbancho SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s stuttering season continued as

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Roma secure late win as Juve break with 116-year tradition

ROME (Reuters) – AS Roma kept their Champions League hopes alive on Sunday when late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Edin Dzeko gave them a 2-0 home win over Serie

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City and Liverpool set new standards with ‘fusion football’

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Manchester City retained their Premier League crown on Sunday, pipping Liverpool to the title by a single point, but while the remarkable numbers of this campaign

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