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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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Basketball

Yao holding court as Beijing bids for Winter Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Standing 2.29 metres (7ft 6in) tall, Yao Ming has never been able to hide in the background. And now, as one of the front men of Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the former NBA star is again the centre of attention.

Football

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.

Rugby

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.

Rugby

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.