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Battered Froome faces final Tour challenge MEGÈVE: Leader Chris Froome's knee and back will play a pivotal role in how Saturday's penultimate -- and likely decisive -- Tour de France stage pans out.The 31-year-old Briton has been pounding dominantly towards a third Tour title with not a single rival able to slow the Sky juggernaut.At least that's how things seemed until the yellow jersey wearer crashed on a slippery descent during Friday's 19th stage.Battered and bruised, his jersey torn and riding a team-mate's bike to the finish, Froome lost only a handful of seconds to some of his rivals, while actually gaining time on others and extending his overall lead.But it is one thing to soldier on in the final 20km of a stage when the adrenaline is high, and quite another to tackle 146.5km of Alpine terrain with four categorised climbs if you're stiff, sore and in pain.What's more, it's expected to rain all day, ...

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Rosberg on top again as Hamilton labours BUDAPEST: World championship leader Nico Rosberg made the most of continued troubles for his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by topping the times in Saturday's final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.The 31-year-old German, who leads reigning champion Hamilton by just one point ahead of Sunday's race, clocked a best lap of one minute 20.261 seconds to outpace nearest rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull by just 0.002 seconds.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third in the second ...

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Bolt accuses rival Gatlin of 'disrespect' LONDON: Usain Bolt has reignited his rivalry with fellow sprinter Justin Gatlin, accusing the American of "disrespect", just two weeks before the Rio Olympics.Brushing aside any concerns about the hamstring injury which forced him to withdraw from his country's Olympic trials earlier this month, the Jamaican sprint king ran a solid time of 19.89sec in his first competitive 200m of this season in London on Friday.The 29-year-old Bolt, a six-time Olympic champion, had received a ...

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Australian NRL results BRISBANE: Results of matches played in Australia's National Rugby League on Saturday:Canberra Raiders 26 New Zealand Warriors 22Gold Coast Titans 34 Parramatta Eels 14Melbourne Storm 26 Sydney Roosters 10Friday:Brisbane Broncos 12 Penrith Panthers 31Thursday:North Queensland Cowboys 36 Canterbury Bulldogs 0Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Kendra Harrison breaks 28-year-old 100m hurdles world record LONDON: Kendra Harrison set a 100m hurdles world record of 12.20sec at the London Diamond League meeting on Friday, relieving some of the pain of her failure to make the US Olympic team.Harrison beat the previous record of 12.21sec set by Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova back on August 20, 1988."After prelims (Friday), I finally got my confidence back," said Harrison, who had been plunged into despair by her failure to punch her Rio ticket at the ...

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Venus Williams books Stanford semi-final SAN FRANCISCO: Top-seeded Venus Williams booked her semi-final berth at the WTA hardcourt tournament in Stanford, California, on Friday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over 17-year-old wild card CiCi Bellis.Ranked seventh in the world, the 36-year-old Williams needed only an hour to get past the 203rd-ranked Bellis in an all-American clash.Williams, who captured the most recent of her 49 singles titles in February in Taiwan, next faces another American, Alison Riske, who was leading 6-3, ...

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College player who died after training had enlarged heart LOS ANGELES: Oklahoma State University basketball player Tyrek Coger, who collapsed and died after a training session on Thursday, had an enlarged heart and died of natural causes, officials said Friday.The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office announced its findings a day after the 21-year-old player collapsed following a 40-minute conditioning workout.He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood broke down at a news conference on Friday talking about ...