Competition for Tokyo Olympics mascot starts in August
Tokyo Olympic organisers announced on Monday a competition to design the mascots for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and said elementary school students would vote for the winners. ''We..

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Rooney may have to leave United to extend career
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may have to leave the club to extend his career ''at the highest level'', former United defender Phil Neville has said. Rooney has made 42 appearances in..

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Button says Monaco return poses no pressure
Jenson Button says he feels no pressure ahead of his one-off Formula One comeback with McLaren in Monaco this weekend because he has nothing riding on it. ''If I get to Turn Two and I feel totally..

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Records tumble as Celtic beat Hearts to end season unbeaten
Champions Celtic became the first team to go unbeaten in a 38-game Scottish Premiership season with a 2-0 win over Hearts on Sunday, leaving their manager Brendan Rodgers praising his players for..

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Champions Chelsea bid farewell to captain Terry with gold-topped trophy
Stamford Bridge erupted in celebration on Sunday as departing Chelsea captain John Terry lifted the Premier League trophy in Antonio Conte's record-breaking first season in charge, but the carnival..

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Juventus clinch sixth successive Serie A title with Crotone win
Juventus became the first team to win Serie A six times in a row when they beat Crotone 3-0 on Sunday to clinch the title with one game to spare. Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, with a stunning..

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Manchester City romp to win at Watford to ensure third place
Manchester City made sure of third place in the Premier League when they romped to a 5-0 win at Watford on Sunday to ensure a Champions League berth for next season. City were already 4-0 up..

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Djokovic names Agassi as coach after Rome defeat by Zverev
Novak Djokovic confirmed he will be coached by Andre Agassi at the French Open after being humbled by German youngster Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday. The Serb, beaten..

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Arsenal victory in vain as top-four hopes end
Ten-man Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 on Sunday to complete their Premier League campaign with a fifth successive win but there was no last-day reprieve for their top-four hopes. First-half goals..

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Ronaldo fires Real Madrid to first La liga title since 2012
Real Madrid ended a five-year wait to win La Liga on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema secured a 2-0 win at Malaga which clinched a 33rd league triumph. Barcelona fought back from..

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Motor racing - Dixon wins Indy pole, Alonso starts fifth
New Zealand's Scott Dixon won the pole for next week's Indy 500 when he posted the fastest average speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso..

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Inconsistency cost Barcelona title says Luis Enrique
Barcelona's inconsistency over the season had cost them the La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique has said. A second half comeback from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season..

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Tottenham player Kane wants 100 goals by end of next season
Tottenham Hotspur's Golden Boot winner Harry Kane had not even finished this season's work when he set his next target -- reaching 100 league goals by the end of next season. Kane racked up a..

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Thompson takes wire-to-wire golf win at Kingsmill
Lexi Thompson earned her first win of the year, shooting a 6-under-par 65 on Sunday to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia In carding..

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No sign of a Frenchman to win tennis title in Paris
No French man has lifted the Musketeers' Cup in over three decades and there is no sign of the frustrating and painful wait ending for one of tennis's leading nations at this year's French Open...

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Maclaren recalled for Australian soccer crunch Saudi qualifier
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has recalled Germany-bound striker Jamie Maclaren in a preliminary 30-man squad for the Socceroos' crunch World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia and the Confederations..

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Australia closer to sports lottery for funding Olympic athletes
Australia's federal sports minister Greg Hunt has thrown his weight behind a push for a national lottery to boost funding for athletes and arrest the country's slide down the Olympic medals table..

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Puel is satisfied with Saints campaign despite fan unrest
Southampton manager Claude Puel is keen to focus on the positives of a challenging season after the under-fire Frenchman's side ended their Premier League campaign with a disappointing 1-0 home..

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Silva service at Hull to be decided at Wednesday meeting
Hull City manager Marco Silva will decide on his future at the relegated club at a meeting with the owners on Wednesday after his side ended their Premier League campaign with a pitiful 7-1 home..

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Thiem ends the unbeaten run on clay for Nadal
Austria's Dominic Thiem dumped seven-times champion Rafael Nadal out of the Italian Open 6-4 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals. Beaten twice by Nadal in the space of a month, in the Barcelona..

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Zverev gives Raonic a lesson in Rome to reach semis
Rising German star Alexander Zverev reached his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final with a 7-6(4) 6-1 defeat of world number six Milos Raonic at the Italian Open on Friday. Zverev, 20, will face..

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Cricket - England have recovered from World Cup woes
England have recovered from their disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign and are one of the favourites for next month's Champions trophy, South Africa captain AB de Villiers said ahead of the teams'..

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Liverpool can attract top talent, says manager Klopp
Liverpool are a more attractive destination for top players than a few years ago and clinching Champions League football for next season would be the ''icing on the cake'', manager Juergen Klopp..

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McGregor applies for Nevada boxing license
Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor took another step toward setting up a megafight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather by applying for a professional boxing license in Nevada, according..

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Everton set sights on transfer targets as Europe beckons
Everton are setting their sights on transfer window targets as they gear up to meet the demands of European football next season, manager Ronald Koeman said on Friday. The Dutchman has led Everton..

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