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Atlanta franchise to join MLS in 2017

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:35

Atlanta will be the newest league member of Major League Soccer in the United States.

The announcement follows six years of talks between MLS and the new team's owner, Arthur Black, who also owns the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta will join the league for the 2017 season and be its 22nd team.

A Miami franchise headed by former Manchester United, LA Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham hopes to join in the same year.

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Phelps to come out of retirement
Monday, 14 April 2014 16:02

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian in history, is set to end his retirement.

He's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes

Coach Bob Bowman

The 28-year-old American, who has won 22 Olympic medals, is expected to compete at a meet in Arizona at the end of April.

"He's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," said long-time coach Bob Bowman.

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Watson wins second Masters title
Sunday, 13 April 2014 18:15

The Masters, final leaderboard

  • -8: Watson
  • -5: Blixt, Spieth
  • -4: Jimenez
  • -2: Fowler, Kuchar
  • -1: Westwood
  • Selected others: E McIlroy; +1 Rose, Donaldson, Scott; +2 Poulter; +6 Gallacher; +9 Clarke, Lyle.

American Bubba Watson won a second Masters title in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta.

The 35-year-old carded a three-under 69 in the final round to finish on eight under for the tournament, with compatriot Jordan Spieth and Sweden's Jonas Blixt tied for second position.

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Hamilton wins thrilling Bahrain GP
Sunday, 06 April 2014 12:46

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrillingly close battle at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

With the pair in a league of their own, the battle became a 10-lap sprint after a late safety car period wiped out Hamilton's 10-second advantage.

On the faster soft tyre, Rosberg had the advantage, but Hamilton held him off to the end with aggressive defence.

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Rosberg beats Hamilton to Bahrain pole
Saturday, 05 April 2014 14:46

Nico Rosberg won a battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mercedes were in a league of their own as Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took third 0.866 seconds behind Hamilton.

The Briton lost his chance to take pole from Rosberg when he made a mistake at Turn One on his final qualifying lap.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas was fourth ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez, the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren's Jenson Button.

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Ferguson takes Harvard teaching role
Friday, 04 April 2014 12:32

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a "long-term teaching position" at Harvard.

The 72-year-old, who retired at the end of last season after more than 26 years at Old Trafford, will lecture as part of a programme called "The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports".

He gave a lecture on his management style at the university in 2012.

Ferguson said: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute.

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Beckham unveils MLS stadium plans
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:15

Former England captain David Beckham has announced plans to base his Major League Soccer team in a 25,000-seat stadium on Miami's waterfront.

The 38-year-old retired as a player last May but earlier this year announced his intention to start a MLS franchise in the American city.

There'll be certain things that come up, but we're ready to handle everything that'll be thrown at us

David Beckham

"When people think of Miami, they immediately think about being near or on the water," said Beckham.

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Qatar defends bid after payment claims
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 07:01

Qatar's World Cup organising committee has defended its bid to host the 2022 tournament following newspaper claims casting doubt on the process.

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and his family were paid more than £1m by a company owned by an ex-football official from Qatar, a Daily Telegraph report claims.

But Qatar's World Cup organising committee said its bid adhered to Fifa rules and it was "unaware of any allegations surrounding business dealings between private individuals".

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Djokovic beats Federer in thriller
Sunday, 16 March 2014 18:16

Novak Djokovic fought back to beat Roger Federer in a deciding tie-break 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells.

The Serb, 26, lost the opening set but, despite not being at his best, clawed his way back to win the event for the third time.

Djokovic failed to serve out for the match at 5-4 in the third, but kept his nerve to comfortably win the tie-break.

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Player suspended for 'Sisi' sign
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:15

Egypt's FA has suspended a player accused of gesturing in support of the country's military chief.

The EFA said Salah Amin, who plays for Tala'ea El-Gaish, was in violation of rules against political statements by players.

Amin is the latest sportsman to be punished for making a political gesture.

Multiple African champions Al Ahly suspended Ahmed Abdel Zaher last December for a pro-Islamist salute.

Egypt has been sharply polarised between supporters of the military and those of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, deposed by the army in July.

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