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Ainslie busting a gut in America’s Cup quest

Numbingly-cold salt water showers Ben Ainslie and his crew as they enter "flight" mode in a practice sail before defending their America's Cup World Series lead in Japan this weekend.

Their catamaran's rigging and hulls groan and creak with the strain of the vast wing sail, which is about as …

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Luck, Herbert lead as Spieth's putter stutters in Sydney

Local amateur prospect Curtis Luck and compatriot Lucas Herbert shot five-under-par 67s for a share of the lead as Jordan Spieth struggled with his putting in the opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Luck, the U.S. and Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, mixed seven birdies with two bogeys to …

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Mixed Martial Arts: McGregor challenges Mayweather again

Fresh off his latest triumph, UFC champion Conor McGregor continues to call out boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and attempt to lure him into a bout.

McGregor called Mayweather "afraid" and demanded $100 million for a showdown between the two during an appearance in a New York nightclub on Tuesday.

"As …

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FIFA panel imposes one-year ban on Qatari official Al-Mohannadi

FIFA's ethics watchdog has handed a one-year ban to Saoud Al-Mohannadi, a high-ranking Qatari and Asian soccer official, for failing to cooperate as a witness with an investigation, it said on Wednesday.

Al-Mohannadi, a vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Qatar Football Association (QFA), had previously been barred …

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Murray and Djokovic careering towards Sunday showdown

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are careering towards a Sunday showdown to decide their year-long battle for supremacy.

The two 29-year-olds, rivals since their junior days, have matched each other stride for stride so far at the ATP World Tour Finals with Murray recording his second group win on Wednesday …

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New F1 owner Liberty Media looks to expand number of races

Liberty Media is looking to expand the number of Formula One races, hoping to cash in on the glamorous appeal of its newly acquired asset, chief executive Greg Maffei said on Wednesday.

Formula One has a record-equalling 21 races this season and teams have historically been reluctant to go beyond …

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NHL expresses willingness to take part in Olympics Games: report

The NHL has expressed a willingness to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics if the union representing its players agrees to extend the current labor deal, a Canadian sports channel reported on Wednesday.

NHL Players' Association chief Donald Fehr, who met with the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation …

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Rio courts clear ex-IOC executive to leave Brazil on bail

The former head of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey can retrieve his passport from Brazilian authorities and return to Ireland once he posts bail of 1.5 million reais ($440,000), a court representative in Rio de Janeiro said on Wednesday.

Hickey was detained during the Olympic Games in …

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