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Farrell and Marler run Australia risk after European citings LONDON: Owen Farrell and Joe Marler could both miss England's three-Test tour of Australia in June after being cited Monday for alleged disciplinary offences while on European duty with their respective club sides last week.Farrell could also be sidelined from Saracens' bid to be crowned kings of Europe in next month's Champions Cup final after being cited Monday for a dangerous tackle.Meanwhile Marler, already banned once in a season where both he and Farrell helped England win the Six Nations with a grand slam, found himself in fresh disciplinary trouble after being cited for kicking an opponent playing for Saracens' London rivals Harlequins.Farrell was alleged to have committed a dangerous tackle on Wasps' scrum-half Dan Robson early in the second half of Saracens' 24-17 European Champions Cup semi-final win over their fellow English club in Reading, southwest of London, on Saturday.Saracens fly-half Farrell was shown a yellow card by French ...

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McIlroy to play French Open instead of Bridgestone LONDON: Rory McIlroy will play at this year's French Open rather than the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, saying it will serve as better preparation for the British Open at Troon.Four-time major winner McIlroy won Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio two years ago and the event is one of the most prestigious on the PGA Tour. But this year it clashes with the 100th French Open after schedules were tweaked to accommodate the Rio Olympics.The Paris event, played on ...

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McIlroy set for French Open return PARIS: Rory McIlroy is to play in the French Open at the end of June as part of his preparations for the British Open, organisers announced on Monday.The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland believes that the tough challenge of playing at Le Golf National near Versailles - the host venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup - will help him get ready for the third major of the year, at Royal Troon in western Scotland."I feel that ...

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Tokyo 2020 unveils new logo after plagiarism claim TOKYO: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers on Monday announced a new logo nearly eight months after the original choice was scrapped over a plagiarism scandal, but faced immediate criticism that it was 'dull'.The new design, chosen from a short list of four finalists unveiled earlier this month, features a circular indigo-coloured Japanese traditional checkered pattern."Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking," organisers said in a release."It ...

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Neymar to lead Brazil's Operation Olympic Medals RIO DE JANEIRO: Football superstar Neymar will lead Brazil's charge for gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the country seeks to forget its political and economic blues.The country of 200 million people faces a nervous 100-day countdown to the start of the Games where it is counting on winning about 30 medals. That would put it in the top 10 sporting powers for the first Olympics to be held in South America.The ...

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Lee wins delayed Shenzhen International BEIJING: South Korea's Lee Soo-Min won the rain-delayed Shenzhen International on Monday, claiming his first European Tour title with a two-shot victory over Dutchman Joost Luiten and South Africa's Brandon Stone.More than nine hours of play were lost to rain and electrical storms during the tournament in the southern Chinese city, and Lee was among three joint leaders when play resumed early on Monday, with another trio just one shot behind.But the 22-year-old went into ...

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Nomura braves wind to take Swinging Skirts title SAN FRANCISCO: Japan's Haru Nomura shot a one-over par 73 in difficult conditions Sunday to win the LPGA Tour's Swinging Skirts tournament for her second title of 2016.The 23-year-old Nomura managed to extend her three stroke 54 hole lead as she finished at nine-under 279 to win by four shots over runner-up Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa.She became the third player to record multiple victories this year, joining Jang Ha-Na and Lydia Ko. Nomura posted ...