Winter Olympics & Paralympics: Italy's Milan-Cortina chosen to host 2026 Games

Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo have been announced as the hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted for Italy's joint bid ahead of Stockholm, Sweden.

Skating sports and ice hockey will be held in Milan, while most alpine skiing events will take place in the resort of Cortina.

Other snow sports will be held in other venues in the Italian Alps, including Bormio and Livigno.

The 2026 Winter Olympics will take place from 6 to 22 February and the 2026 Winter Paralympics will be held from 6 to 15 March.

 

 

Lewis Hamilton cruises to French GP victory

Lewis Hamilton took a stranglehold on the world title with a dominant victory in the French Grand Prix.

Hamilton was in a league of his own, even over his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, as the 34-year-old Briton took his sixth win in eight races.

The five-time champion leads Bottas in this year's title race by 36 points - a win and a fifth place - after just eight races.

Bottas finished a distant second, holding off an attack from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc on the final lap.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari took fourth and fifth and the only minor irritation for Hamilton was that Vettel managed to steal the point for fastest lap, by virtue of a late pit stop for fresh soft tyres.

 

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Andy Murray makes winning return in doubles at Queen's

Britain's Andy Murray came through his first match since a career-saving hip operation with an impressive victory in the Queen's doubles.

Murray, 32, was seemingly set for retirement before having his hip resurfaced in January.

Five months later the Scot was back on court alongside Spain's Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships.

The pair won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 against Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.

"It was brilliant. I enjoyed it a lot," Murray told BBC Sport. "I was a bit slow at the beginning and got better as the match went on.

 

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French Grand Prix: Honda to upgrade Red Bull and Toro Rosso engines

Honda will give an upgraded engine to its Red Bull and Toro Rosso teams at this weekend's French Grand Prix.

Three of the company's four drivers will have the engine - Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat.

The move means a grid penalty for Kvyat for exceeding the permitted usage of engine parts in a season.

Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon will upgrade at a later date to avoid both cars incurring penalties at one race.

Honda boss Toyoharu Tanabe said the engine was more powerful but had not yet reached the level of Mercedes and Ferrari.

 

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Geraint Thomas crash: Defending champion will be fit for Tour de France

Defending champion Geraint Thomas says he will be fit to take part in the Tour de France despite crashing out of the Tour of Switzerland and being taken to hospital on Tuesday.

Team Ineos said the Welshman suffered "abrasions to his shoulder and a cut above his right eye", but the 33-year-old escaped serious injury.

"Clearly it's frustrating and a small setback," said Thomas.

"But there's plenty of time before we start in Brussels [on 6 July]".

Thomas is expected to lead Team Ineos at the Tour de France after team-mate Chris Froome was badly injured in crash at the Criterium du Dauphine last week, ruling him out of action for at least six months.

 

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Formula 1 teams agree to delay finalising new rules until October

Formula 1 teams and bosses have agreed to delay the finalisation of new rules for 2021 until the end of October.

There was a statutory deadline of this month for the changes to be settled but the unanimous agreement required for a delay was reached on Thursday.

To achieve it, teams had to sign a letter guaranteeing that provisions for a budget cap and other financial rules could not undergo any further changes.

Five smaller teams had refused to agree to the delay without this promise.

This means that in 2021 teams will have to operate on a maximum budget of $175m, with exclusions for driver costs, the salaries of the three top executives, and marketing and race weekend travel costs.

 

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US Open: Gary Woodland holds off Brooks Koepka to win first major

American Gary Woodland held off the challenge of world number one Brooks Koepka to claim his first major victory at the 119th US Open at Pebble Beach.

The world number 25 shot a two-under 69 to win by three on 13 under from two-time defending champion Koepka.

"It was special. I never thought the tournament was over," said Woodland.

England's Justin Rose took a share of the lead with a birdie on the first hole on Sunday, but fell away with a 74 to finish on seven under par.

The 38-year-old world number four, aiming to win the second major of his career after his 2013 US Open success, carded five bogeys as he finished tied for third with Spain's Jon Rahm and Americans Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie.

 

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Chris Froome: Briton has successful surgery, says Team Ineos doctor

Chris Froome's six-hour operation following a high-speed crash on Wednesday has been described as a "success" by his team.

Britain's four-time Tour de France champion, 34, suffered a fractured right femur, a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs and lost consciousness following the crash.

Froome is awake and doctors are "very happy with his progress".

Team Ineos said he will remain in hospital for the next few days.

The crash occurred during a practice ride before stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne, France.

 

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Cricket World Cup: David Warner hits century as Australia beat Pakistan

David Warner scored his first international century since serving a year-long ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in Australia's tense 41-run World Cup victory over Pakistan.

Warner, transformed from the man who struggled in Sunday's defeat by India, busied his way to 107.

With captain Aaron Finch also clubbing 82, Australia should have posted more than their 307 all out, only to lose their last six wickets for 30 runs thanks mainly to Mohammad Amir's 5-30.

Facing a more reachable target than they would have once feared, Pakistan were well placed at 136-2 when their own collapse of 4-24 sucked the life from the chase.

Hassan Ali hammered 32 from 15 balls and Wahab Riaz 45 from 39 balls to revive their vociferous fans, but after Wahab was given out caught behind on review off Mitchell Starc, Pakistan were bowled out for 266.

 

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Germany smashed eight past Estonia to keep the pressure on Northern Ireland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Germany smashed eight past Estonia to keep the pressure on Northern Ireland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Marco Reus gave them a 10th-minute lead in Mainz with Leroy Sane setting up Serge Gnabry for a second.

Leon Goretzka headed in, Ilkay Gundogan scored a penalty and Reus curled in a free-kick to make it 5-0 at half-time.

Gnabry and Timo Werner then scored before a late eighth from Gundogan's Manchester City team-mate Sane, who also had two goals disallowed.

Germany have won their opening three qualifiers, but remain three points behind Northern Ireland, who beat Belarus 1-0 to make it four wins from four.

 

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US Open: Tiger Woods will return to Masters-winning form - Paul McGinley

Tiger Woods will return to his Masters-winning form at the US Open, says former Ryder cup captain Paul McGinley.

Since ending an 11-year wait to claim a 15th major at the Masters in April, Woods missed the cut at the US PGA Championship and finished ninth at the Memorial Tournament earlier this month.

The US Open starts at Pebble Beach on Thursday - the scene of Woods' first victory in the tournament in 2000.

McGinley says the course will "suit" the American's style of play.

"I think we're going to see the Tiger Woods from the Masters for two reasons," McGinley said. "He showed a bit of form at The Memorial and I think he's gearing up for a really strong performance at Pebble.

 

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Canada after Sebastian Vettel penalised

Sebastian Vettel lost victory in the Canadian Grand Prix to Lewis Hamilton after being penalised for dangerous driving against his rival.

The Ferrari driver made a mistake under pressure from the world champion, running wide at Turn Three, and pushed Hamilton wide as he rejoined the track.

Race stewards decided Vettel had rejoined the track unsafely and penalised him five seconds for forcing Hamilton off the track.

The Mercedes driver would likely have passed Vettel had he not been blocked with 22 laps still remaining.

The move will doubtless lead to a major controversy but Hamilton was clear that he felt Vettel had been unfair.

 

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Chris Froome: Criterium du Dauphine will be 'good gauge' for Team Ineos

Chris Froome says next week's Criterium du Dauphine will be a "good gauge" of his form before he attempts to win a record-equalling fifth Tour de France.

Three of the 34-year-old's four Tour wins have come after winning the week-long Dauphine, which starts on 9 June.

Team-mate and fellow Briton Geraint Thomas won the 2018 Tour, having also won the Dauphine the month before.

"There's a bit of everything there, I think it's a pretty good, well balanced route," said Team Ineos rider Froome.

"There are a few lumpy days, a time trial and then some big mountain days.

 

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'He still moves like an Olympic athlete' - Ronaldo shines again on international stage

Cristiano Ronaldo is not a man who shares the limelight.

From the 57th to the 88th minute of Wednesday's first Nations League semi-final between Portugal and Switzerland, the video assistant referee (VAR) looked to have established itself as the night's big talking point.

Referee Felix Brych's technology-assisted decision to wipe out his on-field call of a Portugal penalty and instead award the Swiss a spot-kick for an incident seconds earlier was certainly a headline-hogging moment.

But having scored once prior to the penalty, Ronaldo was not to be outshone.With two minutes remaining, the hosts' talisman took control when he caressed his second past Yann Sommer, before completing a terrific hat-trick in injury time to send his country to Sunday's final.

BBC Sport looks back on another decisive night for the man his manager calls a "footballing genius".

 

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Roger Federer to face Rafael Nadal in French Open semi-finals

Roger Federer set up a French Open semi-final against defending champion Rafael Nadal by overcoming fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in four sets.

Shortly before Federer won, Nadal completed a 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

But 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer endured an energy-sapping three hours and 17 minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen to win 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

"The complete dream would be to win the tournament," said Federer, 37.

"But I'm very happy, number one, to be back in another semi-final of a Grand Slam. It hasn't happened in the last year or so. I had some tough losses in fourth rounds or quarters.

 

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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver determined to' keep going' in F1

Lewis Hamilton says he is determined to race in Formula 1 for as long as possible so he does not "squander" his opportunity to keep winning.

The Mercedes driver has won four of the first six races this year and is 14 victories short of Michael Schumacher's record of 91 grand prix wins.

"Michael retired when he was 38. I'm 33," said the five-time world champion.

"I can definitely do five years. I've got to keep going for as long as I can basically - until I'm not enjoying it."

Hamilton, who is actually 34 and was speaking on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman on Netflix, has won four of the past five World Championships.

 

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool's owners want manager to sign new deal after Champions League triumph

Liverpool's owners are keen to tie manager Jurgen Klopp down to a new, extended contract after the club's Champions League triumph.

Up to 750,000 fans welcomed Klopp - whose current deal ends in 2022 - and his players home on Sunday after the 2-0 win over Spurs in Madrid.

Fenway Sports Group wants to secure the 51-year-old German for longer.

"Jurgen is a brilliant coach but just as importantly he is a humble and caring man," said chairman Tom Werner.

"When the players threw Jurgen in the air after our victory, they were acknowledging what all Liverpool fans know - he is beloved by all who appreciate football."

 

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Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid captain wants to end career at Bernabeu

Captain Sergio Ramos says he wants to end his career at Real Madrid despite receiving an offer to play in China.

Real president Florentino Perez said on Wednesday that Spain defender Ramos had asked to leave on a free transfer and move to the Chinese Super League.

"It is true that I have an offer from China on the table, I will not lie about it," said 33-year-old Ramos, who has been at Real since 2005 and whose contract expires in 2021.

"My dream is to retire here."

Perez said Ramos and his agent told him they had received a "very good offer" from an unnamed club but that the club could not pay a fee.

"I told Ramos that it was impossible for Real Madrid to let their captain go for free," said Perez.

 

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Hazard scores twice as Chelsa trash Arsenal to win Europa League

Eden Hazard scored two goals and made another to help Chelsea thump London rivals Arsenal in Baku and win the Europa League.

Victory gave Blues boss Maurizio Sarri the first trophy of his managerial career and ensured the Gunners will miss out on next season's Champions League.

With only about 5,000 fans from both sides able to make it to Azerbaijan, there was an eerie atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, which appeared less than half full.

That was the surreal setting for a match played 2,500 miles away from both teams' home, and the game itself was devoid of action before the break before bursting into life early in the second half.

 

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Europa League Final - Chelsea v Arsenal

London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal meet in an all-English Europa League final on Wednesday, 2,500 miles from home.

There is speculation that, win or lose in Baku's Olympic Stadium, it could be Blues boss Maurizio Sarri's final game in charge.

He refused to discuss reports linking him with Italian side Juventus on the eve of the final, saying: "I have a contract with Chelsea for two years.

"So, first of all I will speak with Chelsea but this is not the moment."

 

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