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Mario Balotelli signs new deal with Nice

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:29:14 GMT

The former Manchester City striker, who joined the French club on a free transfer from Liverpool in August, scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in 2016-17 as Lucien Favre's side finished third - earning them a place in qualifying for next season's Champions League. Nice tweeted on Sunday evening: "@ogcnice_eng are delighted to confirm that Mario #Balotelli has signed a new contract with the club."




Petra Kvitova proud of "fairy tale" Aegon Classic title success at Birmingham

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:28:06 GMT

Petra Kvitova described winning the Aegon Classic title as "a fairy tale" just six months after a career-threatening stabbing incident at her home. Kvitova saw off Australia's Ashleigh Barty 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Birmingham in only her second tournament since the start of her comeback at the French Open last month.




Eoin Morgan defends decision to sit out T20 series decider against South Africa

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:23:44 GMT

Morgan was rested for the final game of the three-match series in Cardiff on Sunday with the score tied at 1-1. But Morgan, who drew criticism for pulling out of England's tour of Bangladesh in October 2016 because of his fears over terrorism, said the South African series was an opportunity to blood youngsters.




Dawid Malan makes history as England score 181 in T20 series decider

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:23:43 GMT

Dawid Malan made the highest score by an England Twenty20 debutant as South Africa were set 182 to win the NatWest International Series decider in Cardiff. Malan turns 30 at the start of September and has had to wait patiently for his opportunity in the international arena.




Halle Open: Federer destroys Zverev for 9th title, stakes claim for favourite tag at Wimbledon

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:20:27 GMT

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory after defeating Germany's Alexander Zverev at the Gerry Weber Open final in Halle, Germany on Sunday, June 25, 2017 The 18-times grand slam champion, who skipped the claycourt season after winning the Australian Open and titles in Indian Wells and Miami, to prepare for the grass, is in ominous form and won in Halle without dropping a single set all week. World number five Roger Federer clinched a record ninth Halle Open title on Sunday, crushing last year's finalist Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 to lay down a marker in the lead-up to Wimbledon.




Judy Murray - pretty sure' Andy and Jamie will play at Wimbledon together

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:15:23 GMT

Andy and Jamie Murray could seek to cap their glittering careers by teaming up to win a Wimbledon doubles title, according to their mother Judy. The pair boast two tour titles and led Britain to Davis Cup glory in 2015 but rarely team up on the circuit, largely due to Andy's singles commitments.




McCullers solid in return as Astros top Mariners 5-2

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:03:25 GMT

Houston Astros' Brian McCann hits a three-RBI double to score George Springer, Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a game Saturday in Seattle. SEATTLE - Josh Reddick homered, Brian McCann added a three-run double and Lance McCullers pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the disabled list to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.




Saturday's Major League Soccer Capsules

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:00:10 GMT

Ben Sweat scored his first MLS goal and assisted on Jack Harrison's goal to help New York City FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Saturday in the Hudson River Derby. NYC won for the first time at Red Bull Arena and for the second time in seven MLS meetings with the Red Bulls .




Boo gives Jordan a fright but Spieth still top dog in Cromwell

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:50:35 GMT

Jordan Spieth resisted a spirited challenge from his fellow American Boo Weekley to preserve his one-shot lead in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.




Fernando Alonso not unduly negative despite starting from the back in Baku

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:36:48 GMT

Fernando Alonso did little to dampen mounting speculation that he will leave McLaren by declaring his weekend in Azerbaijan has been "very positive" despite being on the back of the grid. Alonso, the 35-year-old Spaniard who is out of contract with the British team at the end of the year, will start tomorrow's race in Baku from last following a 40-place penalty after a series of changes to his Honda engine.




Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez to meet in Aegon Championships final at Queen's

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:36:47 GMT

Fourth seed Cilic battled past Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3 5-7 6-4 while Lopez came through 7-5 3-6 6-2 after a rain-interrupted encounter with Grigor Dimitrov later on Centre Court. Cilic, the world number seven, booked his place in the final at Queen's for the third time, having eventually been able to start play following a one-hour delay as the weather finally improved at the west London venue.




Harry Aikines-Aryeetey stars as Great Britain sit third in Lille

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:32:07 GMT

Great Britain sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey took maximum points with victory in the men's 100metres final at the European Athletics Team Championships. The 28-year-old won in a time of 10.21 seconds ahead of Germany's Julian Reus and Netherlands' Churandy Martina.




Lewis Hamilton posts perfect lap to claim pole in Azerbaijan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:32:06 GMT

Lewis Hamilton delivered the perfect lap at exactly the right time to leave his championship rival Sebastian Vettel firmly in the shade ahead of Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Just as in Canada a fortnight previously, Hamilton made it count when it mattered the most to finish nearly half-a-second clear of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying, with Vettel a distant fourth.




Kvitova reaches first final since attack

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:27:50 GMT

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova in the Aegon Classic semifinals on Saturday to reach the first final since her playing hand was injured in a knife attack at her home. This is Kvitova's first grass-court final since her triumph at 2014 Wimbledon, though this significant achievement was tinged with anti-climax as Safarova quit with a right thigh strain after only eight games.




British teenager George Russell to test Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in August

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:07:16 GMT

British teenager George Russell will get his first taste of Lewis Hamilton's 2017 Mercedes car at a Formula One young driver test in August. The 19-year-old, who hails from Norfolk, was signed by Hamilton's Mercedes team to their young driver programme earlier this year.




Alvaro Arbeloa retires from football

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:48:38 GMT

The 34-year-old Spaniard made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released and in an interview with Marca he revealed he was hanging up his boots. The full-back spent three years with Liverpool before returning to the club for whom he made his senior debut, Real Madrid, in 2009.




Shifted to second base, Asdrubal Cabrera asks Mets for trade

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:36:46 GMT

Activated from the disabled list and inserted into the New York Mets' starting lineup at second base rather than shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera said he wants to be traded. The 31-year-old, a two-time All-Star and a veteran of 11 big league seasons, had not started at second since Sept.