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PARIS: Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France yesterday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

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BUDAPEST: Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull yesterday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.

Sri Lanka duo strike hardest

COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk half-centuries to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the series-deciding second Test against South Africa yesterday.

Cook helps England build healthy lead

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: England captain Alastair Cook fell agonisingly short of ending his barren spell without a Test hundred as he led from the front against India at Southampton yesterday.

Hamilton shocked by 'move over' instructions

BUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton said he was "very, very shocked" to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during yesterday's tumultuous Hungarian Grand Prix.

Dickwella fined on debut

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined and reprimanded for claiming an unfair catch in the ongoing second cricket test against South Africa, International Cricket Council authorities said yesterday.

ICC tell Dhoni to behave

SOUTHAMPTON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday accused India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of "undermining" its disciplinary process by condemning a fine handed against team-mate Ravindra Jadeja.

Swiss Open trophy joy for Andujar

GSTAAD, Switzerland: Spain's Pablo Andujar broke a title drought lasting for more than two years yesterday as he defeated Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 to win the Swiss Open.

Rooney double seal United win

DENVER: Wayne Rooney scored twice and Juan Mata added another goal to lift Manchester United to a 3-2 friendly victory over AS Roma on Saturday.

Guardiola won't be sacked says Bayern chief

BERLIN: Bayern Munich will never push out their coach Pep Guardiola, club chief executive Karl-Heinze Rummenigge said in an interview published yesterday.

Blue Jays end 17-game 'jinx'

NEW YORK: Dan Johnson drove in four runs with a go-ahead infield hit and a three-run homer, helping the Toronto Blue Jays end their 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with a 6-4 victory over New York on Saturday.

Arsenal sign Colombia goalkeeper Ospina

LONDON: English Premier League side Arsenal said yesterday they have signed Colombia's World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina from French club Nice.

Golovkin floors Geale to retain WBA title

NEW YORK: Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds on Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world title.

South Korea knock out Americans

BALTIMORE: Park In-Bee and Ryu So-Yeon each birdied a sudden-death playoff hole on Saturday to lift South Korea over the United States at the LPGA International Crown, eliminating the top-seeded Americans from the match-play event.

Furyk closes in on title with three-shot lead

MONTREAL: Jim Furyk closed in on a third Canadian Open crown on Saturday, firing a five-under 65 for a three-shot, third-round lead in the US PGA Tour event.

Kenyans clinch double glory in athletics

GLASGOW: Kenya's Caleb Ndiku took a flamboyant 5000m gold while compatriot Flomena Daniel claimed the women's marathon title as Commonwealth Games athletics got under way yesterday without headliners Usain Bolt and Mo Farah.

Lifter Sivalingam wins title for India

GLASGOW: Indian debutant Sathish Sivalingam broke the Commonwealth Games record for the snatch with a mark of 149kg and kept his nerve on the way to gold in the men's 77kg weightlifting yesterday.

Second gold for Halsall

GLASGOW: James Magnussen led an Australian sweep of the medals in the 100m freestyle as his nation continued its dominance of the swimming pool at the Commonwealth Games yesterday.

Jebet clinches gold for Bahrain

IT was a golden day for Bahrain yesterday at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon, in the US.

Chillers capture crown

TEAM Rodrigues The Chillers defeated Team Godinho The Snipers 2-1 in the finals of the 7-A-Side One Day Football Tournament played on Friday at Al-Najoom Ground in Gudaibiya.

Wales eases to victory in Medal Series

DAVID Wales enjoyed a clear victory in the July competition of the Euro Motors BMW Monthly Medal Series at the Royal Golf Club.

Cuevas wins Croatia title

UMAG, Croatia: Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas ousted defending champion Tommy Robredo in straight sets to win his second ATP title in as many weeks at the Croatian Open yesterday.

Swiss Open trophy joy for Andujar

GSTAAD, Switzerland: Spain\'d5s Pablo Andujar broke a title drought lasting for more than two years yesterday as he defeated Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 to win the Swiss Open.

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