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Argentina will be competitive without Messi, says Crespo

CHENNAI (Reuters) - Argentina will fight for major honours despite Lionel Messi retiring from international soccer after the disappointment of last month's Copa America final shootout loss to Chile, the country's former forward Hernan Crespo has said.


Winner takes all in mega football shirt deals

BERLIN (Reuters) - A battle between Adidas and Nike for dominance of the global football gear market is driving a steep rise in sponsorship payments to elite clubs - and cutting into the two manufacturers' profits.


Rebels recruit Fiji rugby league talent Koroibete

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Melbourne Rebels have signed Fiji rugby league international Marika Koroibete to a two-year deal in a cross-town raid on the Melbourne Storm.


Perak lose two key players against PKNS in FA Cup semis

TAIPING: Winger Elias Oliviera and striker Vokhid Shodiev will play no part in the Perak’s all-important FA Cup semi-final, return-leg clash against PKNS FC at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Saturday.


Phillip Island secures 10-year MotoGP extension

(Reuters) - Australia's Phillip Island circuit has agreed a 10-year contract extension to host the country's MotoGP round until 2026, series promoters Dorna said on Monday.


Dardai is no dreamer but Hertha are aiming high

BERLIN (Reuters) - Hertha Berlin's excellent Bundesliga season has taken fans by surprise because the team are more used to battling against relegation than fighting for a Champions League spot.


Window is a pain, say English top flight managers

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The circus that is the transfer window has become as much a part of the entertainment experience as the football but, with the season now in full swing, managers have had enough of all the absurd moving and shaking intrigue.


McCaw achieves another record in G.A.B. career

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Richie McCaw will become the most capped player in test rugby in the Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia on Saturday, notching up yet another record in a career that has made him arguably the greatest player to ever wear the All Blacks jersey.


Pocock-Hooper combination proves a smash hit for Wallabies

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - It took Wallabies coach Michael Cheika three matches to get round to it but Australia finally got the back row it had been clamouring for when David Pocock and Michael Hooper started alongside each other in the victory against the All Blacks.


De Jong double lifts PSV to Dutch Super Cup glory

AMSTERDAM, Aug 2 - Luuk de Jong scored twice as champions PSV Eindhoven handed out a stark warning to the other Dutch league title contenders with a 3-0 win over Groningen in the Super Cup on Sunday.