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Emotional Nibali celebrates Tour win

Vincenzo Nibali fought back the tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner’s podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected. Nibali completed his victory at this year’s Tour by finishing safely in the peloton in Sunday’s 21st and final stageFULL STORY

Vos wins inaugural ‘La Course’ on Champs-Elysees

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the inaugural women’s version of the Tour de France on Sunday, a 88.5km circuit on the famous cobblestones of Paris’ Champs-Elysees. “I felt quite good,” the Rabobank-Liv rider said after the race. “My team was upfront all the time —FULL STORY

England’s Bell, Ballance make the tourists toil

Gary Ballance and Ian Bell piled on the runs to cement England’s strong position in the third Test against India in Southampton, England, yesterday. At lunch, England were 358-3 with Ballance falling shortly before the break for a Test-best 156. Together with Bell (68 not out), BallanceFULL STORY

S Africa tailenders stand firm to clinch top ranking

A gritty South Africa tail fought off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a nerve-jangling draw in the second Test and seal a historic 1-0 series win. The series victory propelled South Africa to the top of world Test rankings ahead of Australia and also ended theirFULL STORY

Reds sign Croatian centerback Lovren from Southampton

Liverpool’s raid on Britain’s south coast continued with the capture of Southampton’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren on Sunday for a reported £20 million (US$33.95 million). “The 25-year-old Croatian international today put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after completing his medical,” theFULL STORY

S Africa claim sevens gold in Glasgow

South Africa ended four-time Commonwealth Games rugby sevens champions New Zealand’s unbeaten 30-match run to take gold on Sunday, while Kenya grabbed two titles on the opening day of the athletics program. The Springboks clinched a nail-biting 17-12 final victory at a packed Ibrox Stadium thanksFULL STORY

Buffalos surprise with win in Taipei league

By Grant Dexter

The Buffalos belied their bottom-of-the-ladder status with an entertaining 6-5 win over the Clouded Leopards at the Ice Land rink at the Taipei Arena on Sunday night. Jack Weng opened the scoring for the Clouded Leopards, and Alex Whalen and Andy Shen combined to outflank goaltenderFULL STORY

Spain victorious at inaugural Crown

Carlota Ciganda breezed to an early victory to set the tone as Spain won all four of their singles matches on Sunday to capture the inaugural LPGA International Crown team event. Sweden finished second in the tournament that began on Thursday with 32 players from eightFULL STORY

Horsey edges McGrane in Russian Open playoff

Englishman David Horsey won his third European Tour event, but only his first since 2011, as he edged Irishman Damien McGrane in a Russian Open playoff on Sunday. The 29-year-old, who led from day one, looked to have thrown away his overnight lead when he doubleFULL STORY

Dan Carter makes All Blacks squad for Championship

A rejuvenated Dan Carter is back in the All Blacks as one of three additions to their squad named yesterday for the Rugby Championship, which is to start next month. Carter, who took an extended break at the end of last season, was recalled along withFULL STORY

South Africa’s Clark wins Canadian title, Jim Furyk second

South African Tim Clark clinched his second PGA Tour title when he sank a six-foot par putt to beat the US’ Jim Furyk by one stroke at the Canadian Open on Sunday. Clark knocked his clutch putt in dead center to edge Furyk in a battleFULL STORY

Ricciardo wins at Hungaroring

Australian Daniel Ricciardo upstaged the stars again on Sunday when he won a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix and claimed his second victory for Red Bull in five races. Ricciardo, 25, held off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to take first place in a race which saw several high-speedFULL STORY

Top seed Isner beats Sela to keep Atlanta Open title

Top seed John Isner claimed the Atlanta Open title for the second successive year with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Israel’s Dudi Sela on Sunday. Standing 2.08m, Isner towered over the 1.75m Sela and punished him with his serve. The world No. 12 cracked down 15 acesFULL STORY

Ortiz homers, Boston end a five-game losing streak

MAJOR LEAGUES David Ortiz hit a three-run homer as the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays’ longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games. Ortiz’s 25th home run came in the third inningFULL STORY

Manchester City put five past Milan, Reds beat Olympiakos 1-0

English Premier League champions Manchester City cruised to a 5-1 triumph over Italy’s AC Milan on Sunday in a weather-hit friendly at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Manuel Pellegrini’s men stormed into an early 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Stevan Jovetic inFULL STORY

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