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Cycling: Teams reduced to eight riders for Grand Tours PARIS: The Tour de France and other Grand Tours on Friday announced their decision to reduce the sizes of teams by one rider starting from 2017.The decision means teams will be made up of eight riders instead of nine in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana from next year.In other races, such as the various one-day classics, the number of riders per team will drop from eight to seven."This decision responds to two-pronged objective: the first being to improve the safety conditions for the riders with a smaller peloton on roads equipped with more and more street furniture," read a joint statement from organisers. "The second, which is a fortunate consequence of the first, is to make it more difficult to dominate a race as well as enhance conditions for events to offer better racing for cycling fans."Team Sky in particular have dominated races ...

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RugbyU: We'll have to be at our best, says Moore DUBLIN: Australia captain Stephen Moore says his side will have to be on their best form to beat Ireland on Saturday and keep their hopes alive of emulating the 1984 team and record a Grand Slam over the Home Nations. The 33-year-old Saudi Arabia-born shaven-headed hooker was brought up in Ireland before aged five he and his Irish parents emigrated to Australia.He believes the Irish are too good a side to have started thinking about ...

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Badminton: It's a scream as Marin reaches Hong Kong semis HONG KONG: World and Olympic champion Carolina Marin was told off about her trademark screaming as she roared into the Hong Kong Open semi-finals on Friday.The courtside umpire took Marin to task and warned her not to look into the eyes of her opponent, Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, while screaming during her 21-7, 21-18 win.The Spanish world number one strikes an intimidating figure on court and frequently screams to celebrate a point -- in contrast with ...

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Figure Skating: Hanyu, Pogorilaya lead NHK Trophy TOKYO: Reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and World bronze medallist Anna Pogorilaya of Russia took the early lead in the short programme at the NHK Trophy as they campaigned to qualify for this year's Grand Prix Final of figure skating.Japan's Hanyu showed his clear supremacy with soaring jumps and dramatic steps in an act worthy of a whopping 103.89 points, creating a gap of close to 16 points between him and his closest rival Nathan ...

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Formula One: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix free practice times ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix free practice times on Friday:2nd session1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes-AMG 1:40.861, 2. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-AMG 1:40.940, 3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:41.130, 4. Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull 1:41.389, 5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1:41.390, 6. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari 1:41.464, 7. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams 1:41.959, 8. Sergio Perez (MEX) Force India 1:42.041, 9. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India 1:42.264, 10. Felipe Massa (BRA) ...

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Tennis: Davis Cup final - Croatia 1 Argentina 0 ZAGREB: Results in the Davis Cup final between Croatia and Argentina in Zagreb on Friday:Croatia 1 Argentina 0Marin Cilic (CRO) bt Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2Playing later Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)Saturday (from 1400)Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO) v Leonardo Mayer/Guido Pella (ARG)Sunday (from 1300)Marin Cilic (CRO) v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Tennis: Cilic recovers to give Croatia Davis Cup edge ZAGREB: Croatia's Marin Cilic battled back from a mid-match collapse to beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2 in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup final in Zagreb on Friday.Former US Open champion Cilic appeared to be cruising towards a routine victory at the Zagreb Arena only to lose his way after storming into a two-set lead over the world number 41.Sixth-ranked Cilic, who made his second appearance at the ATP ...