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Barnaby Chesterman

No Neymar, no problem as Brazil begin new Copa reign

As Brazil geared up for the Copa America last month, a Neymar-induced pall of doom and gloom threatened to scupper the host nation's chances

Messi vows to play on after latest Argentina heartache

Messi will get another chance to break his tournament duck next year when the Copa America takes place in Argentina and Colombia

Uneasy Froome keen to extend Tour lead before TT

The stage 20 race against the clock will be the last opportunity for any overall contender to make a bid for the yellow jersey.

Tour de France: Froome hits back at doping allegations

After a stunning victory on the latest mountain stage of the Tour, cyclist Chris Froome again faces doping claims in the French press.

Messi sparkles with hat-trick, Chelsea suffers shock defeat

The European Champions League group stage has kicked off with a hat-trick, a shock defeat and late-goal game changers.

Euro semi win fails to lift Azzuri’s underdog spirits

Cesare Prandelli has scoffed at suggestions Italy would be favourites in the Euro 2012 final against Spain despite ousting Germany in the semifinals.

Morosoni death highlights necessary medical testing

There have been renewed calls for more stringent medical checks for professional athletes after the death of Italian soccer player Piermario Morosini.

Juve and Inter battle for the top

Juventus have beaten arch rivals Inter Milan 2-0 in Turin to keep the pressure on AC Milan at the top of the Serie A table.

Zlatan blow for Milan ahead of Juventus clash

AC Milan suffered a blow ahead of Saturday's crunch top-of-table clash against Juventus as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out through suspension.

More pressure on Villa-Boas after Napoli sink Chelsea

Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas has been placed under further strain after Napoli's 3-1 Champions League first leg victory against his team.

Penalties overshadow Italian title race

Juventus are up in arms at the number of penalties they have been awarded, claiming unfair treatment while Inter say they are hardest hit.

Nadal downbeat after laboured win in Rome

Rafael Nadal cut a downbeat figure as he talked about his uncomfortably narrow escape in the clay Rome Masters second round on Wednesday.

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