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January 12, 2018 7:53 PM Czech biathlon star Koukalova out of Olympics

PRAGUE (AP) - Two-time biathlon world champion Gabriela Koukalova has been ruled out of next month's Pyeongchang Olympics. The Czech Biathlon Union says Koukalova won't recover in time from a calf problem that has kept her out of World Cup events so far this season. Koukalova says "I tried my best to return" in time for the Olympics, but "unfortunately 5

January 9, 2018 10:11 AM Japanese canoeist spiked rival's drink in attempt to get him banned from Olympics

One of Japan's top sprint canoeists has been banned from competition for eight years after he admitted spiking a rival's drink with a banned substance in an attempt to disqualify him for selection at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, was considered a medal hopeful at the upcoming Games. However, he confessed to putting a muscle-enhancing 11

January 6, 2018 3:03 AM Monk thrives in heat for big cycling win

Cyrus Monk's day turned from fury to fantastic when he won the under-23 road race at the Australian championships. But Monk was angry when organisers slashed Saturday's race program at Buninyong, near Ballarat, because of the extreme weather. The temperature was forecast to reach 39 degrees and the wind was also blustery. The Gran Fondo amateur event 2

December 18, 2017 2:55 PM 'I beat cancer 2x to see you!' Jay Z brings survivor on stage after seeing her sign during 4:44 concert

He's one of the biggest rappers in the game with an arsenal of hits under his belt. The Run This Town musician spotted Christina Cruz carrying a glittering sign begging for a hug near the front row of his 4:44 tour stop at the Oracle Arena. The duo embraced in a warm hug while fans could be heard screaming wildly in support of the chance encounter 5

December 15, 2017 12:10 PM Harry Kane hails Alan Shearer's influence as the Tottenham man hunts down his calendar year scoring record

Harry Kane has revealed how Alan Shearer's advice helped him out of a 'dry spell' as he aims to break the former Newcastle man's Premier League calendar year scoring record. The Tottenham striker has scored 33 league goals in a stellar 2017 and needs four more in Spurs' final three games of the year to break the record Shearer set while at Blackburn 8

November 25, 2017 1:08 AM Barshim, Thiam, named athletes of the year

Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Belgium's heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam were named the IAAF's men's and women's athlete of the year on Friday. World champion Barshim succeeds retired Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt. He claimed the title from a shortlist comprising Britain's long distance star Mo Farah and South Africa's 400m champion 8

October 15, 2017 11:17 PM Aidan O'Brien heads to Ascot needing one more success to equal record for group one wins in a calendar year

Aidan O'Brien will go into British Champions day at Ascot on Saturday still needing one more success to equal the record for group one wins in a year after he drew a blank with his two runners in Canada on Sunday. O’Brien-trained Idaho was fourth under Ryan Moore in the Grade One Canadian International at Woodbine behind 50-1 shock scorer Bullards Alley 11

October 14, 2017 10:15 PM The 5 most memorable moments from Strictly Come Dancing week 4

From Alexandra's outstanding jive to Susan and Kevin's ballroom joy, here's what's worth watching over and over and over again Week four got off to something of a slow start on the Strictly Come Dancing floor, but by the end of the evening the audience were on their feet and viewers at home were in floods of tears thanks to some memorable performances 16

September 6, 2017 4:35 PM Team Sky rider Elia Viviani assumes overall lead in Tour of Britain despite being edged out by Fernando Gaviria in sprint finish in Newark

Fernando Gaviria inched past Team Sky's Elia Viviani to prevail in the Tour of Britain's fourth stage. Quick-Step Floors star Gaviria won the 165-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark but Viviani assumed the overall lead from Caleb Ewan. Colombia's Gaviria held off both Viviani and Alexander Kristoff for the victory, in a stage bristling with drama 7

August 26, 2017 3:42 PM Cycling-Alaphilippe takes Vuelta stage eight as Froome extends overall lead

XORRET DE CATI, Spain, Aug 26 (Reuters) - France's Julian Alaphilippe signalled his return to top form after knee surgery when he took his maiden grand Tour win in the eighth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday. Briton Chris Froome, looking to become the first rider to achieve a Tour de France-Vuelta double since 1978, attacked on the final climb 4