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English rugby’s brand can still recover

The shrapnel from English rugby's explosive self-destruction still has some time to settle but no permanent damage has been done to the team's image.

French coach slams ‘spoiled brats’ in his squad

France rugby coach Marc Lievremont slammed a section of his World Cup team as "spoiled brats" after they defied his orders on Saturday night.

Kenya mines first gold at World Champs

Edna Kiplagat was left with a skinned knee but the broadest of smiles after she survived a fall to lead a Kenyan sweep of the women's marathon medals.

Singapore still hopeful of hosting World Cup matches

Singapore's rugby chief says the city state wants to host Rugby World Cup matches in 2019, contrary to widespread reports it had withdrawn interest.

Vettel’s championship candle still burning

Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One title after wrestling his wounded Red Bull into fourth place at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Nadal floors Federer in epic final

Rafa Nadal ground Roger Federer's dreams of a record-equalling 14th grand slam singles crown into dust on Sunday.

Serena survives scorcher to join Russians in semis

Serena Williams survived the onset of a heatwave to oust Svetlana Kuznetsova and join a trio of Muscovites in the Australian Open semifinals.

Djokovic wilts as mercury soars in Melbourne

Australia's brutal January weather claimed another victim on Tuesday when Novak Djokovic quit midway through his clash against Andy Roddick.

Federer exudes confidence on eve of Australian Open

Rafael Nadal swiped his top ranking and his Wimbledon crown, but Roger Federer is still the man to beat when the Australian Open kicks off on Monday.

Els overhauls local hero to lead Singapore Open

Ernie Els overhauled local favourite Lam Chih Bing with two birdies in three holes to snatch the lead at the -million Singapore Open on Friday.

Blatter presses on with foreign quota plan

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will forge ahead with plans to curb the number of foreign players at soccer clubs, saying on Tuesday that the organisation should coral the world of sport into helping make it happen. The Swiss head of world soccer's governing body insisted that Fifa would not be ''going into confrontation'' with any employment laws.

Grobbelaar weighs into Liverpool rotation row

The row over Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's squad rotation system continued to rumble on Wednesday as former Anfield goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar said lack of continuity was at the root of the Premier League club's ills. One day after current striker Fernando Torres had supported his boss's policy of switching the first team around, Grobbelaar hit out at the controversial method.

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