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Senegal buzzing ahead of Africa Cup of Nations final

As Senegal gets ready to face Algeria in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final, residents in the country are celebrating the occasion by painting their neighbourhoods in national colours.

ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket over government interference

Zimbabwe were suspended from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday, with the world governing body saying the country's cricket administration was not free from government interference.

ICC approves concussion substitutes in international cricket

Men's and women's teams across all formats of international and first class cricket will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches following a two-year trial in the domestic game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.

Golf: Daly rides cart to 71 at Barbasol, Poston leads

John Daly rode his cart to a respectable one-under-par 71 on a day of sizzling scoring in the opening round at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky on Thursday.

Tennis: Another Chinese Grand Slam champion due in next decade - Li

China will likely produce another Grand Slam women's champion in the next decade, predicts Li Na, the only player from her nation to taste victory in any of tennis's four biggest tournaments.

Golf: McIlroy's shocking start all too predictable

Another poor start by Rory McIlroy at a major championship on Thursday hardly shocked some former players who used the words "choke" and "inexcusable" to describe the Northern Irishman's performance in the British Open first round on Thursday.

Golf: Struggling Tiger says 'Father Time' catching up with him

If Tiger Woods fans were hoping his Masters win in April marked a return to the days when he was a consistent threat at every major championship, then Thursday's opening round of the British Open was a reality check.

Soccer: U.S. fans at heart of growing Arsenal fan protests

Arsenal fan websites in the United States are playing a pivotal role in a protest campaign against the club's owners as a petition demanding change surpassed 100,000 signatures on Thursday, three days after launching.

Holmes sets pace as McIlroy cards nightmare 79 at Open

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods endured miserable first rounds at the British Open on Thursday with American J.B. Holmes ending in the lead after shooting a five under-par 66 at Royal Portrush.

Golf: Former champion Duval chalks up near-record 14 on one hole

Former champion David Duval came within one shot of matching the highest single-hole score at a British Open when he ran up 14 strokes at the par-five seventh during the opening round at Royal Portrush on Thursday.

Soccer: Forest Green appoint first woman to manage English men's academy

Fourth tier side Forest Green Rovers appointed Hannah Dingley on Thursday as the first woman to manage a club academy in English men's league soccer.

Factbox: Rugby - Argentina v New Zealand

Factbox on Saturday's Rugby Championship test between Argentina and New Zealand:

Rugby: Pumas eye best chance of first win over All Blacks

Argentina have never beaten New Zealand at rugby in 32 matches but momentum on one side and personnel changes on the other mean they may never have a better chance to end that run than on Saturday in Buenos Aires. 

Motor racing: Can F1 team mates be real mates? Why not, say McLaren drivers

Can team mates be good mates in Formula One? McLaren rookie Lando Norris and Spaniard Carlos Sainz see no reason why not -- even if others have their doubts about how long that will last once the stakes are raised.

Soccer: 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw

The draw for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers was conducted in Cairo on Thursday:

Golf: Fox storms home in 29 shots to equal back nine record at British Open

Ryan Fox equalled the record for the lowest back nine at a British Open when he stormed home in 29 strokes at Royal Portrush on Thursday.

Motor racing: Australian GP to stay in Melbourne until 2025

Melbourne's Albert Park circuit will continue to host the Australian Grand Prix until at least the end of 2025, Formula One said on Thursday.

CAF President Ahmad sacks deputy as purge continues

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad fired his deputy Amaju Pinnick on Thursday just as global governing body FIFA was releasing details of a road map to put the crisis-hit organisation back on its feet.

Golf: 'I want to punch myself' says dejected McIlroy

Rory McIlroy said he felt like punching himself after suffering a nightmare round at the British Open on Thursday, shooting an eight over-par round of 79 at the Royal Portrush course.

Cycling: Mystery surrounds Dennis' decision to abandon Tour

Rohan Dennis went AWOL for over an hour after abandoning the Tour de France and his Bahrain Merida team management had no explanation about the Australian's withdrawal on Thursday.