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Tennis

Andy Murray plays with pups in sniffer-dog video

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray goes to the dogs, or more precisely the puppies, in a video released on Tuesday which shows him playing at Wimbledon with five cocker spaniels being trained to become sniffer dogs.

Rugby

Toulon edge Leinster in extra-time to reach another final

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Toulon's ageing galacticos earned a shot at a third straight European crown after digging deep in extra time to beat Leinster 25-20 in a far from vintage semi-final at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

Football

More to RB Leipzig than just money, says Rangnick

ZURICH (Reuters) - Bayern Munich are generally regarded as the German team which rival fans most love to hate as envy of their success is mixed with a reputation for luck, perceived aloofness and habit of poaching top players from their competitors.

Football

Rebuff for African sides seeking European talent

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - African countries seeking to strengthen their squads for the African Nations Cup from the ranks of European-born talent have been handed an unusual and multiple brush off over the last days.

Football

Killer instinct deserts Welbeck on Arsenal debut

LONDON (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal probably uttered a rueful 'I told you so' after one costly miss defined Danny Welbeck's Arsenal debut against Manchester City in a match that will be remembered for the quality of finishing on show.

Football

Colombia signal South American World Cup intent

(Reuters) - Colombia's emphatic 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday, hot on the heels of Chile's win over Australia, shows South American teams' World Cup ambitions do not stop at Brazil and Argentina.

Football

Struggling Soldado's World Cup hopes fade away at Spurs

LONDON (Reuters) - Roberto Soldado was a regular in the Spain squad before joining Tottenham Hotspur in the close season but the striker's poor form for his new club means he has little hope of going to this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Rugby

Louw backs breakdown specialist Gray in battle on floor

(Reuters) - Adapting to the greater freedom afforded by northern hemisphere referees at the breakdown will be a big challenge for South Africa against Wales but the experience of their consultant Richie Gray will help them, according to flanker Francois Louw.

Other Sport

NZ Government provide $5 million to prevent America's Cup poaching

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's government has provided a NZ$5 million (2.62 million pounds) investment to the Team New Zealand America's Cup syndicate to stop their top design and sailing personnel being poached as they look to build another campaign for world's oldest sporting trophy.

Football

Mata rebuff shows Spurs are a threat - Villas-Boas

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea's decision to block Tottenham Hotspur's move for Juan Mata in the recent transfer window shows the clubs are now genuine rivals, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said on Thursday.