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Williams targets Olympic gold for New Zealand

Jul 27, 2016

Williams targets Olympic gold for New Zealand

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Sonny Bill Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports. When he competes in rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next month it’s likely his light, which shines ...

Jul 27, 2016

Wide receiver Boldin joining Lions

Anquan Boldin is joining the Detroit Lions, according to messages on the free-agent receiver’s Twitter account Tuesday. “This coming season, I am excited to announce that I have chosen to play for the Lions and reunite with Coach Caldwell for another run,” Boldin tweeted. ...

McIlroy, Spieth ponder last chance

Jul 27, 2016

McIlroy, Spieth ponder last chance

Rory McIlroy took stock of his game and the shots required at Baltusrol and reached a most logical conclusion Tuesday. He believes the PGA Championship will be his best chance this year to win a major. He overlooked the obvious. It now is his ...

Federer to miss Olympics, end season to protect ailing knee

Jul 27, 2016

Federer to miss Olympics, end season to protect ailing knee

Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs “more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier ...

Jul 26, 2016

Stepanova makes appeal to IOC

Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova’s hopes of competing in the Summer Olympics are all but over. Her fight to expose doping and corruption is not. “It’s OK to lose a good fight,” Stepanova’s husband, Vitaly Stepanov, told The Associated Press on Monday. They have appealed to ...

Number of banned Russian athletes to grow

Jul 26, 2016

Number of banned Russian athletes to grow

At least eight Russian athletes are set to miss next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro under new IOC rules prohibiting former dopers from competing, Russia’s top Olympic official said. Alexander Zhukov had said earlier that only eight athletes would be affected, but acknowledged ...

Budding superstar Ikee set to melt hearts in Rio

Jul 25, 2016

Budding superstar Ikee set to melt hearts in Rio

Schoolgirl swimmer Rikako Ikee, who melted the hearts of a nation when she burst into tears after qualifying for the Olympics, is set to make a big splash in Rio. Having just turned 16, the butterfly and freestyle specialist will compete in seven events ...

Froome cruises to third Tour de France crown in four years

Jul 25, 2016

Froome cruises to third Tour de France crown in four years

After the beer and champagne celebrations, Chris Froome delivered a sobering and emotional message from the Tour de France winner’s podium on the Champs-Elysees. Ten days after the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed 84 people, Froome — a Kenyan-born British rider ...

Farah dominant in final Rio tuneup

Jul 24, 2016

Farah dominant in final Rio tuneup

Mo Farah cruised to victory in the 5,000 meters and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fell short in a sluggish sprint in a Diamond League meet on Saturday in contrasting fortunes for the Olympic champions in their final races before heading to Rio de Janeiro. Back on ...

Jul 24, 2016

Hurricanes, Lions join Highlanders in Super Rugby semifinals

New Zealand’s Hurricanes and South Africa’s Lions booked their places in the Super Rugby semifinals on Saturday, joining the defending champion Highlanders as three of the last four teams in the tournament were decided. The Wellington-based Hurricanes, last year’s losing finalists, crushed the Sharks ...