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Rogers redeemed by first stage victory in 10 Tours

After 10 years of trying, Michael Rogers finally won a Tour de France stage and with it came redemption for the Australian. In his 10th Tour, the wily veteran stole a march on his four escape companions to solo to victory after a monumental 237.5km stageFULL STORY

Nibali dismisses talk of his demise after Pinot closes the gap

Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali played down suggestions he had finally cracked ahead of yesterday’s fearsome 17th stage in the Pyrenees. The day before, Astana’s Nibali was slightly distanced by young French climber Thibaut Pinot of team FDJ.fr as the leaders crested the Port deFULL STORY

Orioles win 4-2 at Angels to maintain AL East lead

MAJOR LEAGUES Recalled Baltimore pitcher Miguel Gonzalez held Los Angeles scoreless for the first seven innings to set up a 4-2 win for the Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday and maintain their four-game lead atop the American League East division. Gonzalez (5-5) allowedFULL STORY

Celtic rout Reykjavik 4-0 to smash first Euro hurdle

Virgil van Dijk ensured Scottish Premiership champions Celtic’s safe passage into the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round when he scored twice in his side’s 4-0 demolition of Iceland’s KR Reykjavik on Tuesday. With Celtic leading 1-0 from the first leg in the Icelandic capital, VanFULL STORY

Yankees’ upgrade a hit as newest signing wins game

For a team floundering in the American League East, perhaps it was appropriate that the New York Yankees would acquire a player named Chase. In their pursuit of the division-leading Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees made another in a series of incremental moves designed to upgradeFULL STORY

Real present Rodriguez to packed Bernabeu

Colombia’s FIFA World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid’s latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup in Brazil, has moved to the UEFA Champions LeagueFULL STORY

Despite lacking stars, Commonwealth Games still more than colonial vestige

It is not just those outside the Commonwealth who wonder what the Commonwealth Games mean at this stage. On Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald ran an essay with the headline: “Why we should still love the Commonwealth Games.” If the sports-loving Australians, who have topped theFULL STORY

Nervy Robin Haase wins Gstaad opener

Last year’s finalist Robin Haase had to fight through an extended case of first-match nerves to advance over Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 on another rainy day at the Swiss Open on Tuesday. The Dutchman, who lost the final a year ago on the BerneseFULL STORY

Typhoon frustrates, but Chan advances

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei, Chuang Chia-jung and Hsieh Shu-ying were frustrated yesterday after their bids for the Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women’s Open doubles title were put on hold after wind and rain brought by Typhoon Matmo halted proceedings at the WTA Tour 125 tournament in Nanchang,FULL STORY

Speight call-up adds a big weapon to Aussies’ armory

Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armory yesterday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship. Fresh from the best display of tackle-busting in Super XV this year against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend,FULL STORY

Afghanistan edge thriller to keep their hopes alive

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by two wickets on Tuesday in a thrilling one-day international to keep alive their hopes of squaring the series. The hosts scored 261-8 off 50 overs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and Afghanistan reached 264-8 with two balls to spare. Afghanistan, whoFULL STORY

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