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This will be my final season: Bolt
Ostrava: Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt insists this “emotional” season will indeed be his last, bringing the curtain down on a glittering career which galvanised track and field at a time of doping and corruption scandals. Bolt has won eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals in his career, but importantly was the outgoing, larger-than-life personality on whom athletics administrators could rely for a positive slant, an athlete
 
 
Horn has 10-point plan to upset Pacquiao: Trainer
Brisbane: Australian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight, his trainer said on Monday. Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is one of the greats of his generation and a strong favourite to overcome the unbeaten Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday. But trainer Glenn Rushton said he has watched hours of the “Pac
   
Rahane, Kohli shine as India rout WI
Port of Spain:Ajinkya Rahane’s third hundred and a blistering assault by captain Virat Kohli took India to a comfortable 105-run victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday. Replying to the visitors’ formidable total of 310 for five in a match reduced to 43 overs per side due to early morning rain and an two-hour delayed start, the hosts were restricted to 205 for six in
 
 
De Villiers ponders future after loss
Cardiff: AB de Villiers left South Africa’s tour of England saying he would decide his cricket future in August. One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, the 33-year-old headed home after captaining the Proteas in a 19-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Sunday that saw them beaten 2-1 in a three-match Twenty20 series. They previously lost a one-day international series to England by the same scoreline and then
   
Chile and Mexico sweat on fitness issue
Moscow: Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia. A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz. Pizzi hopes to have the experienced Aranguiz, 28, fit to partner Arturo Vidal in Chile’s defensive midfield core which helped win the Copa
 
 
Loew relishes Mexico test
Sochi: Joachim Loew said he is relishing the challenge of facing Mexico on Thursday for a place in next Sunday’s Confederations Cup final in St Petersburg. “Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players,” said Loew. “We don’t often play central American sides, so that will be interesting for us, but we need to be on our guard.” On Sunday, Timo Werner netted twice in the win over
   
Paulinho unlikely to complete Barca move, says Scolari
Madrid: Guangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari believes midfielder Paulinho’s proposed move to Barcelona is unlikely to happen as the Chinese Super League’s transfer regulations make it too expensive to find a replacement. The Brazilian’s form for the six-time Chinese champions has been impressive since signing for the club two-and-a-half years ago and the 28-year-old admitted last week that the Catalan club had
 
 
US sets Gold Cup line-up with eye on World Cup
Chicago: US national team coach Bruce Arena named a 23-player roster on Sunday for next month’s Gold Cup, using the North American championship to evaluate talent for next year’s World Cup. A squad dominated by talent from Major League Soccer features 13 players with less than 10 caps, four of them making their first appearance at a US team training camp. “Anytime you’re in the midst of World Cup qualifying and very close to
   
Resurgent Balotelli extends Nice contract
Nice: Italian international striker Mario Balotelli signed a new deal with French Ligue 1 outfit Nice on Sunday after spearheading their qualification for the Champions League in his first season. “OGC Nice are delighted to confirm that Mario Balotelli has signed a new contract with the club,” Nice wrote on their Twitter account, without revealing the length of the deal. A source close to the negotations on Thursday had
 
 
Dutch great De Boer lands Palace job
London: Former Dutch international great Frank de Boer is the new manager of English Premier League side Crystal Palace, it was announced on Monday. The 47-year-old — who guided Ajax to four successive league titles before a disappointing short spell at Serie A giants Inter Milan — signed a three year contract. He fills the vacuum left by Sam Allardyce who stepped down at the end of May shortly after steering Palace to safety.
   
Lawes given chance against Hurricanes for Test spot
Auckland: Lock Courtney Lawes will arguably be the player that British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland pays most attention to against the Wellington Hurricanes on Tuesday as he considers his side for the second test against the All Blacks. The 28-year-old Lawes has been unlucky on the tour, failing a concussion test during the 23-22 loss to the Otago Highlanders then needing to be reassessed for another head knock against
 
 
Diouf reignites Gerrard feud with ‘failure for country’ jibe
London: Controversial ex-Senegalese international El Hadji Diouf on Monday reignited his long running feud with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard by declaring the England icon was a failure for his country. Diouf, who spent an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool which prompted Gerrard to criticise him in his autobiography 10 years ago and sparked the war of words, told the BBC Gerrard was a very good player but for his club
   
Coleman stunned as upsets hit US trials
Sacramento: Sprinter Christian Coleman suffered a shock 200m defeat as upsets dominated the final day of the US World Championship Trials on Sunday. Coleman, the 21-year-old seen as the rising star of American sprinting, was pipped in a photo-finish by Ameer Webb at Sacramento’s Hornet Stadium. It was a second disappointing loss for Coleman, who was beaten in the 100m final by veteran Justin Gatlin on Friday. Coleman, the
 
 
Blake claims sprint double
Kingston: Olympic Games silver medallist Yohan Blake copped his third sprint double at the Jamaican national track and field championships on Sunday, winning the 200 meters in 19.97 seconds. It was just the second 200m race of the year for Blake who also won the 100m on Friday night and says he is pleased with how his comeback is progressing. “I have been working for this, making my comeback,” he said. “I just want to keep
   
Recovering Kerber sets sights on Wimbledon
Eastbourne: After dealing with injuries and a chronic lack of solid results, Angelique Kerber confirmed on Monday she finally feels fit again and keen to challenge at Eastbourne and Wimbledon. The 29-year-old German remains locked in a battle to hold onto her top WTA status amid a pending challenge on the lawns from number two Simona Halep and Czech Karolina Pliskova, who stands third. “I’m feeling good already,” said Kerber,
 
 
McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour
Los Angeles: Tennis legend John McEnroe says while he has great respect for Serena Williams as the best of her gender, the 23-time Grand Slam winner would be the 700th ranked player in the men’s game. Speaking as part of a tour to promote his new book “But Seriously”, McEnroe said he would place Williams “like 700 in the world” on the men’s circuit. “Best female player ever — no question. If she had to just play the circuit —
   
Timing key for Eastbourne wildcard Djokovic
Eastbourne: Novak Djokovic on Monday credited perfect timing on his decision to seek a wild card at Eastbourne for the struggling Serb’s first Wimbledon warm-up event in seven years. “Because of the old schedule (two weeks between Paris and Wimbledon as opposed to the current three) we had a week less,” the three-time Wimbledon champion said on Monday. “Usually the Queen’s and Halle tournaments were starting the week after
 
 
Spieth finishes Travelers’ journey in style; Ryu moves to No.1 spot
Washington: Jordan Spieth sank a bunker shot on the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat US compatriot Daniel Berger and win the Travelers Championship for his 10th career US PGA title. Sixth-ranked Spieth, the 2015 Masters and US Open champion, fired a final-round par 70 to finish 72 holes level with Berger on 12-under 268 at TPC River Highlands near Hartford, Connecticut. On the par-4 18th hole in the playoff, Spieth hit a
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