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Federer defeats Nadal to win fifth Australian Open, 18th grand slam

Roger Federer added another honour to his superlative career, defeating hot rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win a record 18 grand slam singles titles at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Slovenia beat Croatia to win bronze in Handball World Championship

Croatia's national team did not manage to grab the bronze in the men's handball championship in Paris on Saturday, after Slovenia defeated them 31-30.

Serena Williams wins seventh Australian Open; record 23rd grand slam

Serena Williams wrote more history with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to claim a record 23rd Open Era grand slam singles title with a seventh Australian Open trophy on Saturday.

No triple triple: Bolt loses an Olympic gold for team-mate's doping

The historic triple triple of Olympic gold medals won by Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt is no more after Nesta Carter, his team-mate in the 2008 4x100-metre relay, tested positive for doping at the Beijing Games.

Lucic-Baroni turns back the clock to reach Melbourne semi-finals

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni turned back the clock almost two decades on Wednesday, as the evergreen Croatian outsider upset fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for a stunning win into the Australian Open semi-finals.

World number one Murray not named in Britain's Davis Cup squad

World number one Andy Murray has not been named in Britain's Davis Cup squad for the opening round away to Canada next month but could yet join the team.

Balotelli rails against alleged racist insults from Bastia fans

Italian football star Mario Balotelli has reacted on social media after claiming to be racially abused by Bastia fans in a French Ligue 1 match on Friday.

New revelations expected on Russian doping in documentary

New revelations on doping practices in Russia were expected later Friday when a documentary on the subject was to be screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Manchester United end Real Madrid's reign atop Football Money List

Manchester United generated the highest revenue of any football club in history last season, according to professional services company Deloitte.

Petition starts in Budapest with aim for referendum against Olympics

A petition against Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympics started on Thursday, with the aim of having a referendum on the issue.

Sevilla beat Real Madrid to end their 40-game unbeaten run

Sevilla ended Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run on Sunday in Spain’s top division with a 2-1 victory.

Barcelona president reassures supporters over Messi's future

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reassured supporters on Saturday that the club would renew Leo Messi’s contract.

Record champion Peterhansel clinches Dakar rally win

Record winner Stephane Peterhansel secured his 13th Dakar Rally victory when he held off fellow Peugeot driver Sebastian Loeb in the final stage in Argentina on Saturday.

Croatia's Kostelic says goodbye to World Cup races in Wengen

Swiss Niels Hintermann on Friday won a World Cup Wengen men's super combined, while the best Croatian Alpine skier, Ivica Kostelic, finished 22nd and announced that he would say a goodbye to Alpine ski races in the World Cup.

Benzema strike helps Madrid set unbeaten record in cup thriller

Karim Benzema's stoppage time strike helped Real Madrid set a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten on Thursday, in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sevilla that saw Los Blancos reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Real still lead the way in UEFA financial report; big English growth

Real Madrid maintained first place in the latest Club Licensing Benchmark report by the ruling body UEFA published on Thursday, boasting revenue of 578 million euros (609 million dollars).

Report: UEFA suspends Partizan Belgrade over debts

European football's governing body UEFA has banned Serbia's multiple champions Partizan Belgrade from European competition over unpaid debts, the B92 news portal reported Wednesday.

Euro 2016 tournament in France generated $1.29 bn, study says

The Euro 2016 football tournament hosted by France over the summer had an economic impact of 1.22 billion euros (1.29 billion dollars), a study released Tuesday said.

World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams from 2026

The World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition, football governing body FIFA confirmed at a council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Rooney equals record as Manchester United cruise into round four

Wayne Rooney equalled Manchester United's all-time goalscoring record as his side cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Reading on Saturday.

Real Madrid equal record unbeaten run with easy win over Granada

Barcelona (dpa) - Real Madrid made it a record-equalling 39 games unbeaten with a 5-0 Spanish league win over Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Sixth stage of Dakar Rally cancelled after heavy rains in Bolivia

The sixth stage of the Dakar Rally from Oruro to La Paz was cancelled late Friday after heavy rainfall in western Bolivia.

Obama tells Trump: Vladimir Putin's not on our team

US President Barack Obama has reminded his successor that "we're on the same team," after an intelligence report said that Moscow had interfered in the US election to help Donald Trump.

Moelgg prevails in Zagreb slalom after rivals falter

Italian Manfred Moellg kept his nerve to win the men's Alpine skiing World Cup slalom in Zagreb on Thursday after an array of challengers slipped up.

Federer marks triumphant tennis return as Swiss sweep Britain

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic combined for a Swiss 2-0 Hopman Cup sweep of Britain on Monday as the 17-time grand slam champion returned to tennis after a six-month injury absence.

Agent: Ronaldo offered 100-million salary in China

Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered a 100 million-euros (105 million dollars) salary per season by an unnamed club if he joins the Chinese Super League, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Leaders Chelsea win 12th straight; Manchester City up to second

Chelsea set a club record with their 12th straight Premier League win on Monday and extended their lead at the top of the table.

AC Milan win shootout against Juventus in Super Cup game

AC Milan beat Juventus in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday, to lift their third domestic trophy this year after the Serie A league and Italian cup titles clinched in May.

IOC opens disciplinary case against 28 Russian athletes from Sochi Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched disciplinary proceedings against 28 Russian athletes from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

German investigators believe truck attack suspect is hiding in Berlin

German authorities believe Anis Amri is still hiding in Berlin after CCTV images showed the prime suspect in a deadly truck attack outside a mosque in the German capital's Moabit district.

Real Madrid's transfer ban cut on appeal at CAS

Madrid (dpa) - Real Madrid have had their transfer ban cut in half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the European champions said Tuesday.

Swedish court hears slander case filed by footballer Ibrahimovic

Lawyers for footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Monday that the former coach of Sweden's athletics team slandered the footballer during a one-day trial in a Swedish court.

Real Madrid win FIFA Club World Cup with Ronaldo hat-trick

Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 in extra-time to win the Club World Cup in Yokohama on Sunday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.

Stuhec keeps up perfect downhill season start with another win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec was unstoppable again on Saturday as she maintained her 100 per cent season record in World Cup downhill races with a victory in France.

Slovenia's Stuhec wins combined event for third ski season win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec stormed to her third ski season victory on Friday in a combined event which overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to finish.

Tax office demands El Mundo documents on football tax fraud

The Spanish tax administration has requested from the Unidad Editorial, S.A., a Spanish publishing group that publishes El Mundo, all documents concerning 37 football players, including Croatia's Luka Modric, and sports officials who are under investigation for tax evasion after El Mundo recently broke the news that they were suspected of murky tax affairs.

Justin Bieber joins Medvescak during training exercise in Zagreb

Canadian pop and R&B star Justin Bieber, who held a concert in Zagreb's Arena Hall on Wednesday, joined the local ice hockey team "Medvescak" during their official training on Thursday.

Gambia national goalkeeper dies crossing the Mediterranean to Italy

The goalkeeper of the women's national soccer team in Gambia is believed to have died while trying to migrate to Italy, a member of her family said Thursday.

Book on Drazen Petrovic, "the Mozart of Basketball" promoted in Zagreb

The Croatian edition of the book "Drazen: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball" by Australian author Todd Spehr was presented on Friday in Zagreb in the museum dedicated to Drazen Petrovic, a world-famous Croatian professional basketball player.

IAAF World Challenge Zagreb set for 5-6 Sept.

The 66th edition of the Hanzekovic track and field meeting, one of IAAF World Challenge meetings, will take place in Zagreb on 5-6 September, the event's director Ivana Brkljacic said recently.

Croatia's Perkovic wins discus throw at Paris Diamond League

Croatia's best track and field athlete, Sandra Perkovic was the first in the women's discus throw event in the IAAF Diamond League in Paris on Saturday, with the throw of 67.62 metres.

Record-breaking Olympics Games for Croatia as medal tally reaches 10

Croatia's participants at the Rio Summer Olympic Games won a total of 10 medals, which makes these Olympics most successful for Croatia.

Rio men's water polo silver goes to Croatia

Croatia's water polo team was defeated by Serbia in the final at the Rio Olympic Games on Saturday  7-11 (2-3, 1-3, 2-3, 2-2).

Croatia's Perkovic victorious in London with meeting record

Croatia's Sandra Perkovic won the women's discus throw event at the Diamond League meeting in London on Saturday, setting a meeting record of 69.94 metres.

Mamic says hasn't commissioned murder of Chief State Prosecutor

Controversial football manager Zdravko Mamic. an official of the Croatian Football Federation and a former executive director of the Zagreb-based Dinamo club, on Thursday dismissed media reports that he has commissioned the assassination of the Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan.

Exhibition match of Ivanisevic, Agassi and Ferrero to mark start of ATP Umag

Tennis legends -- Goran Ivanisevic, Andre Agassi and Juan Carlos Ferrero -- will play an exhibition match in Umag on Saturday evening at the ceremony of opening the ATP Croatia Open tournament in that Croatian coastal resort.

84 Croats, including two Olympic champions, to compete in Rio Games

A total of 84 athletes will represent Croatia in 16 sports during the 6-21 August Olympic Games in Rio.

Zagreb, Rijeka ready for European Universities Games

The Croatian capital Zagreb and the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka will host the 3rd European Universities Games from 12 to 25 July,  and this multisport competition will open at a ceremony in Zagreb set for Wednesday at the "Mladost" stadium.

Croatia's Perkovic, reigning European champion, defends her title in discus throw

The best Croatian track and field athlete Sandra Perkovic on Friday became the European champion in the discus throw event, for the fourth consecutive time.

Croats win gold and silver in European Shotgun Championship

Croatia's team consisting of Josip Glasnovic, Giovanni Cernogoraz and Kristijan Kancelar won the European title in the skeet event during the European Shotgun Championship in Lonato, Italy, while Glasnovic bagged the silver medal in the trap event for men.

British sports stars reflect on uncertain future after Brexit

British sports stars and officials have given a mixed reaction to Britain's decision to leave the European Union, unsure of what it means for leagues and foreign athletes.

President proposes govt session to tackle Croat hooliganism in France

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Saturday proposed convening a session of the Croatian government to address hooliganism that marred Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic in France on Friday, her office said in a press release.

New swimming pool complex opened in Zagreb

Mayor Milan Bandic formally opened a newly-built swimming pool complex at the Svetice Sports and Recreation Centre in east Zagreb on Monday.

FIFA punishes Croatia for incidents at two friendlies

The international football federation, FIFA, has ordered Croatia to play their next two home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors and fined it with 150,000 Swiss francs after incidents at two recent friendlies, played against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, and against Hungary in Budapest.

Rovinj tournament taking place in Istrian city

The first edition of an international polo tournament started in the Croatian seaside resort of Rovinj on 12 May and is running through 15 May.

Biography about Luka Modric published in Madrid

The book "Luka Modrich: El Hijo de la guerra" (Luka Modric; The Son of War, unofficial translation) by Spanish sports reporters Vicente Azpitarte and Jose Manuel Puertas, will be launched in Madrid on Wednesday.

Croatian athletes to promote tourism at Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

The Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) will, in cooperation with the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO), promote the national tourism in Croatia House in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympic Games 2016, a news conference heard earlier this week.

Bridge supports amended Sports Act

The Bridge coalition of independent slates has been advocating, for quite some time, ridding sports of political influence that serves utterly doubtful individual and group interests.