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France Beat Croatia to Win World Cup After Moscow Thriller

France Beat Croatia to Win World Cup After Moscow Thriller

Moscow (AFP) – France won their secondWorld Cup20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.

Party Begins As Delirious French Revel in World Cup Victory

Party Begins As Delirious French Revel in World Cup Victory

Paris (AFP) - France erupted in joy on Sunday as the country clinched the World Cup, with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the tricolore flag at the start of an enormous national celebration.

Houston's Altuve Tops Voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Houston's Altuve Tops Voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Washington (AFP) -Houston Astrossecond basemanJose Altuvereceived a pace-setting 4.84 million votes in fan balloting totals unveiled on Sunday that decided starters for the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Female Voices from World Cup Spark Sexist Backlash

Female Voices from World Cup Spark Sexist Backlash

Berlin (AFP) - Female sports journalists have made history with live commentaries on games broadcast from the World Cup -- only to be vilified in torrents of sexist insults and ridicule on social media.

Former 49ers Receiver Dwight Clark Dies of ALS at 61

Former 49ers Receiver Dwight Clark Dies of ALS at 61

Los Angeles (AFP) - Dwight Clark, the formerSan Francisco 49ersreceiver whose soaring touchdown catch in 1982 is one of the iconic plays in NFL history, died Monday at the age of 61 from complications of ALS.

Zeta-Jones to star in Facebook comedy ‘Queen America’

Zeta-Jones to star in Facebook comedy ‘Queen America’

British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy “Queen America,” the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content.

White Sox Pitcher Farquhar Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

White Sox Pitcher Farquhar Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

Chicago (AFP) -Chicago White Soxrelief pitcherDanny Farquharis hospitalized in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage during a Major League Baseball game, the team announced Saturday.

NFL Great Favre Fears ‘Thousands’ of Concussions

NFL Great Favre Fears ‘Thousands’ of Concussions

Los Angeles (AFP) - FormerGreen Bay Packersquarterback Brett Favre said Thursday he may have suffered "thousands" of concussions as he revealed his struggle with possible long-term effects of his 20-year NFL career.

Girls Banned from Japan Sumo Event Amid Sexism Uproar

Girls Banned from Japan Sumo Event Amid Sexism Uproar

Tokyo (Japan) (AFP) - Japan's sumo association came under fire for sexism again on Thursday after requesting girls be prevented from participating in events showcasing the traditional sport.

Phenom Ohtani Dazzles with His Bat and Arm for Angels

Phenom Ohtani Dazzles with His Bat and Arm for Angels

Anaheim (United States) (AFP) - Shohei Ohtani flirted with a perfect game in his home pitching debut on Sunday, retiring the first 19 batters to power the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics.

Aldon Smith Arrested for Third Time in Two Months

Aldon Smith Arrested for Third Time in Two Months

Troubled former San Francisco 49ers star Aldon Smith has been arrested for the third time in two months after violating conditions of his bail, US media reported Sunday.

Conor McGregor Released on $50K Bail After New York Assault

Conor McGregor Released on $50K Bail After New York Assault

New York (AFP) - Irish Mixed Martial Arts superstar Conor McGregor was released on $50,000 bail Friday after being hauled before a US judge on assault and criminal charges over a frenzied attack on a bus of rival fighters that injured two athletes.

Mayweather Ready to Start MMA Training Soon

Mayweather Ready to Start MMA Training Soon

Los Angeles (AFP) - Former welterweight boxing king Floyd Mayweather has teased the possibility he may come out of retirement for a mixed martial arts bout, revealing that he plans to start training for the octagon later this year.

Tiger Shares Early Lead at Valspar Championship

Tiger Shares Early Lead at Valspar Championship

Miami (AFP) -Tiger Woodsfired a three-under par 68 on Friday to share the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Valspar Championship, his fourth tournament since returning from spinal surgery last April.

US Olympics Chief Resigns in Wake of Abuse Scandal

US Olympics Chief Resigns in Wake of Abuse Scandal

Los Angeles (AFP) - United States Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun has stepped down following calls for his resignation in the wake of the USA gymnastics abuse scandal, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

LeBron James Fires Back at Conservative Critics

LeBron James Fires Back at Conservative Critics

Los Angeles (AFP) - A defiant LeBron James said Saturday he would continue to speak up about social issues and racism in America despite criticism this week from conservative commentators.

Excited Tiger Set to Play at Torrey Pines, Riviera

Excited Tiger Set to Play at Torrey Pines, Riviera

Los Angeles (AFP) - Former world number one Tiger Woods announced Thursday he will play his first US PGA Tour event of 2018 in three weeks at Torrey Pines and another three weeks later at Riviera.

British Navy Frigate Escorts Russian Warship in North Sea

British Navy Frigate Escorts Russian Warship in North Sea

A Royal Navy frigate escorted a Russian warship on Christmas Day as it passed close to British territorial waters, the ministry of defence said Tuesday at a time of strained relations between London and Moscow

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Fats Domino Dead at 89

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Fats Domino Dead at 89

Fats Domino, whose rollicking rhythm and blues piano helped give birth to rock ‘n’ roll, has died in his lifelong home of New Orleans, the coroner said Wednesday.

NFL Players Chief Hits Back Over Anthem Protests

NFL Players Chief Hits Back Over Anthem Protests

Los Angeles (AFP) - National Football League Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith hit back on Monday after fresh criticism of athletes who kneel or sit during the playing of the US national anthem.

Pacquiao Pulls Out Of Title Rematch With Horn

Pacquiao Pulls Out Of Title Rematch With Horn

Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) -Filipino great Manny Pacquiao on Friday pulled out of a rematch with world champion Jeff Horn, leaving the Australian looking for another challenger in his title defence.

Mayweather Takes Jab at ‘Heavy’ McGregor

Mayweather Takes Jab at ‘Heavy’ McGregor

Los Angeles (AFP) - Floyd Mayweather believes Conor McGregor is struggling to make the weight for their cross-combat showdown as the final countdown to the superfight cranked into overdrive on Tuesday.

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