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Rome votes against bid to host 2024 Olympics

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:04:09 GMT

Rome's ill-fated bid to host the 2024 Olympics was definitively buried on Thursday when the city council voted in favour of the new mayor's request to withdraw support for it.



Gladbach forward Raffael out with thigh muscle injury

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:30:19 GMT

Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Raffael will be out for an unspecified length of time after sustaining a thigh muscle injury in their 2-1 Champions League loss to Barcelona on Wednesday.



Liverpool's Klopp says Swansea will provide tough test

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:30:14 GMT

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp believes Saturday's opponents Swansea City are a far better team than current form suggests and there will be no complacency as the Merseysiders look to maintain their bright start to the season.



F1 drivers step into the unknown on resurfaced Sepang

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:25:24 GMT

Experienced drivers such as Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button have no idea what to expect at the Malaysian Grand Prix as the Sepang circuit has been overhauled for this weekend's race.



Rugby - Faltering Boks and Wallabies seek win to restore confidence

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:25:13 GMT

A disappointing year for both South Africa and Australia will take a turn for the worse for whichever team finishes on the losing side of their Rugby Championship encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.



Golf - Clarke's wildcard phone call was agony for rookie Pieters

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:20:22 GMT

Belgian Thomas Pieters fulfilled a lifelong dream by making his first Ryder Cup team but he had to endure a nervous wait before learning he had been handed a wildcard spot for Hazeltine National.



'Joseph in his natural form': Photo book shows Schooling behind the scenes

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:56:54 GMT

"It's not like 'Joseph is always winning'. There are struggles. There are pictures of him waking up early and going through the motions. It will show him being tired," says Schooling family representative Hafidz Ja'afar.



Cycling no longer the black sheep, says Tour de France director

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:25:13 GMT

With scandal after scandal rocking the world of sport, cycling is shedding its image as the black sheep because of its changing culture, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme believes.



Injured Ramsey forced to sit out Wales' World Cup qualifiers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:20:19 GMT

Aaron Ramsey was left out of Wales' 23-man squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Georgia as the Arsenal midfielder is yet to recover from an hamstring injury he sustained in August, manager Chris Coleman said.



AS Roma denies in talks with China Evergrande over stake sale

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:20:13 GMT

The majority shareholder in AS Roma denied on Thursday that he was in talks with China's second-largest property developer, China Evergrande Group, over the sale of a stake in the Italian Serie A soccer club.



Rugby - Lambie returns for Boks in new-look backline

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:50:13 GMT

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee made three changes to his backline for the Rugby Championship clash with Australia on Saturday with a new half-back pairing and the return of Pat Lambie at fullback.



Winterburn backs Wenger for England, says he will stay at Arsenal

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:30:12 GMT

Arsene Wenger would be the perfect choice to revive England's flagging fortunes, according to Nigel Winterburn - although the former Arsenal defender hopes it never happens.



Real Madrid ready to fight back to winning ways

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:05:14 GMT

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is not pressing the panic button despite a third straight draw for his team ahead of Sunday's home game against Eibar.



Banana thrown onto pitch during Rostov's Champions League match with PSV

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:35:13 GMT

A banana was thrown onto the pitch in Rostov-on-Don in an apparent racist gesture during Rostov's Champions League Group D clash with PSV Eindhoven, Russian media reported, an incident that could prove damaging for the Russian side.



LMA calls on newspaper to disclose evidence of bungs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:25:11 GMT

The League Manager's Association (LMA) says it is "deeply concerned" with allegations of corruption involving some of its members and has urged the Daily Telegraph to forward evidence to England's football authorities.



Higuain move may be blessing in disguise for Napoli

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:21 GMT

Napoli's free-scoring, unbeaten start to the season has suggested that the departure of prolific forward Gonzalo Higuain, viewed as a crushing blow at the time, could have been a blessing in disguise.



African duo voted onto FIFA Council by CAF

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:45:12 GMT

African soccer leaders elected Guinea's Almamy Kabele Camara and Ghana's Kwesi Nyantakyi on Thursday to represent the continent on the expanded 36-member FIFA Council.



Alonso to get 30-place penalty for using new engine

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:25:13 GMT

McLaren's Fernando Alonso is set to start Sunday's Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as he tries out an upgraded Honda power unit in practice on Friday.



Rugby - McMahon replaces Pocock for Wallabies versus Springboks

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:10:15 GMT

Sean McMahon is to start at number eight in place of the injured David Pocock in the only change to Australia's starting lineup for the Rugby Championship tussle against South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday.



West Ham searching for 'one good result' to gain momentum

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:13 GMT

West Ham United are one win away from getting their season back on track, manager Slaven Bilic has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Middlesbrough.



Tennis: Halep books place in WTA Finals at Wuhan

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:36:12 GMT

World number five Simona Halep downed Madison Keys in the quarter finals of the Wuhan Open Thursday, which also booked her place in the elite season-end WTA Final for the third consecutive year.



Cricket - Kohli hints at end to India's dogged DRS resistance

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:20:23 GMT

India test captain Virat Kohli remains sceptical on the accuracy of ball-tracking technology but hinted India might be ready to finally embrace the Decision Review System (DRS).



Philippines boxing icon Pacquiao used drugs as a teen but backs Duterte

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:40:30 GMT

Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months.



Bayern boss demands instant reaction to Atletico loss

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:13 GMT

Bayern Munich must brush aside their first loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, and immediately bounce back with victory over Cologne, said club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.



England hope Farrell, Hartley can recover ahead of tests

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:17 GMT

England face an anxious wait over the fitness of hooker Dylan Hartley and flyhalf Owen Farrell, who are struggling with back injuries ahead of this year's Autumn internationals.



Football: Asia brings in extra refs for goalmouth incidents

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:10:43 GMT

Asia's football body said Thursday it would use extra referees to help stamp out goalmouth controversies in its top competitions, falling into line with Europe.



Perez keen to confirm 2017 seat in coming week

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:12 GMT

Force India's Sergio Perez hopes to shed some light on where he will be driving in 2017 by the end of next week, with the Mexican conducting negotiations that he described as key to his Formula One career.



England 'ultimate job' but Howe committed to Bournemouth

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:35:14 GMT

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is delighted to be in the mix for the "ultimate job" of managing England but remains committed to his Premier League club.



Lingard targets improved consistency to keep United place

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:05:12 GMT

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has said he needs to show greater consistency to cement his place in manager Jose Mourinho's starting side this season.



Ryder Cup: Tiger serves up the food

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:55 GMT

 Tiger Woods has endured two tough runner-up finishes in majors at Hazeltine, but he could be reduced even further, to sandwich delivery man, at the Ryder Cup this week.