Simone Biles: Olympic champion expects Tokyo 2020 to be last Games

World champion Simone Biles says Tokyo 2020 will be her final Olympics as her body is "falling apart".

Biles, 22, dominated the 2016 Olympics with four golds and became the first woman to win four World Championships all-around titles in 2018.

The American, the most-decorated gymnast in World Championships history, says minor injuries are taking a toll.

"I am in pain most of the time but it kind of feels right as if not, it is like you could do more," she said.

"I definitely plan for the Tokyo Olympics to be my last.

 

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Mick Schumacher: 'Being compared to my father is no problem'

Mick Schumacher says he has no problem with being compared to his father - seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher.

Mick, 19, is embarking on his first season in Formula 2 this year, beginning in Bahrain on 29-31 March.

"Being compared to my father was never a problem for me," he said.

"Being compared to the best driver in F1 history is the goal you want to achieve and to have that as my idol and father is very special."

 

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Valtteri Bottas - no more just Lewis Hamilton's wingman

What a difference a year makes.

In 2018, Valtteri Bottas left Melbourne after the opening race of the season on the back foot.

He had a big crash in qualifying, started well down the grid, and just about managed to salvage a few points with eighth place. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton took pole by more than half a second and only lost the win due to a Mercedes strategy error.

Fast forward 12 months, and Bottas has sent a convincing message of intent for the remaining 20 grands prix with a resounding victory.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus forward charged by Uefa over celebration

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with improper conduct by Uefa for a goal celebration in the win over Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The 34-year-old appeared to mimic Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who turned to fans and grabbed his crotch during his side's 2-0 first-leg victory.

Ronaldo made the gesture after his third goal of his hat-trick in the return leg as Juventus won 3-0.

Uefa will rule on the case on 21 March.

 

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British Gymnastic Championships: Georgia-Mae Fenton and Ellie Downie among winners

Ellie Downie and Georgia-Mae Fenton won two titles apiece on the final day of the British Gymnastic Championships.

Downie, who won the all-around senior title on Saturday, notched further wins on the vault and floor in Liverpool.

Eighteen-year-old Fenton claimed senior titles on the uneven bars - the same discipline in which she won Commonwealth gold in 2018 - and beam.

Max Whitlock won the Masters pommel event while all-around champion James Hall took victory on the rings.

 

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Tiger Woods 'on track' for the Masters despite recent neck injury

Tiger Woods says he expects to play at the Masters in April despite withdrawing from last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck strain.

Woods, who is set to play this week's Players Championship at Sawgrass, says the neck problem is linked to his spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 and is an issue he has to "manage".

"It's not painful now," said Woods.

The 43-year-old is aiming for his 15th major title at Augusta, when the Masters starts on 11 April.

"It was getting to the point where it was affecting my set-up, my backswing, it was just gradually getting worse and that's just because my lower back is fused," Woods added.

 

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Do Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo thrive on each other's magic?

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A night after Ronaldo recorded a magnificent hat-trick to propel Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarter-finals, his old nemesis Lionel Messi followed suit with a decisive contribution of his own to send Barcelona past Lyon.

In a sense, Messi even managed to surpass Ronaldo by providing four goals: two scored by himself, and two more expertly set up for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.

The victory allows Barca to keep La Liga's flag flying as the sole Spanish representatives in the last eight, as well as keeping Messi on track to fulfil his pledge -

delivered in a surprisingly forthright pre-season speech to fans - to bring back the European crown for the first time since 2015.

 

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Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in third round

World number one Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open in the third round by Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells.

The Serb, who currently holds three of the four Grand Slam titles, was beaten 6-4 6-4 by the German world number 39.

Djokovic broke his racquet in anger after Kohlschreiber - who had lost his past seven matches against the 31-year-old - took the first set.

Britain's Kyle Edmund beat Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16.

He will face either Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka next with the Swiss pair meeting in Tuesday's night session in California.

 

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Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid reappoint Frenchman to replace Santiago Solari

Zinedine Zidane said he is "very happy to be home" after returning as Real Madrid manager just 10 months after leaving the Spanish giants.

The Frenchman replaces Santiago Solari, who was sacked after less than five months in charge.

Former Real midfielder Zidane, 46, who left in May after leading the club to a third straight Champions League trophy, has agreed to take over until 2022.

Real are currently third in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.

"The best manager in the world has rejoined the club," Real president Florentino Perez said.

 

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Russia sending world champions to Winter Student Games

The Winter Student Games are not, traditionally, one of the more high-profile events in the sporting calendar.

But this year's competition in Russia is treated with a bit more fanfare than usual - at least by the host nation.

The Games, the 29th edition of the biennial Winter Universiade, opened in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday and run until the 12 March.

During that time, more than 3,000 competitors from 58 countries will take part in sports including ice hockey, biathlon, figure skating and alpine skiing.

 

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Rafael Nadal: World number two says players need to show 'good values'

Rafael Nadal says he has immense respect for Nick Kyrgios's talent, despite his criticism of the Australian last week in Acapulco.

But the Spaniard also said that players need to show "good values".

Kyrgios survived three match points to beat Nadal in the quarter-finals but afterwards Nadal claimed that Kyrgios "lacked respect".

"I never said nothing too negative about Nick, even if he took it more personally," said the Spaniard.

"But there's other stuff in my opinion he can do better."

 

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Champions League: 'This is what we do', says Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after win

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led the club into the Champions League quarter-finals on a dramatic night in Paris and then declared: "This is what we do."

Romelu Lukaku scored twice before Marcus Rashford's VAR-awarded penalty saw United progress on away goals at the expense of Paris St-Germain.

"It's this club. It's what we do, that's Man Utd," said Solskjaer, who famously scored a late winner for United in the 1999 final. "That's the Champions League, it's what it does."

This is the first time since 2014 that United have reached the last eight. The last four quarter-finalists will be decided on 12 and 13 March, with the draw on 15 March.

 

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Real Madrid: How Champions League holders crashed out against Ajax

Real Madrid's 1,011-day reign as European champions is over.

Two years, nine months and five days since they beat fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from Europe's premier club competition after three title wins in a row.

Santiago Solari's side saw their 2-1 first-leg lead overturned in emphatic fashion, as Dutch side Ajax claimed a stunning and deserved 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.

Despite only being in charge for 113 days, Solari has overseen Real's two heaviest home Champions League defeats, with this coming after the 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in December.

 

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Gold for Sweden, Silver to Slovenia and Bronce for Norway

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld continue with spectacular team sprint events. Stina Nilsson and Maja Dahlqvist from Sweden take home the golden medal before team Slovenia and Norway.

Katja Visnar and Anamarija Lampic could not believe what they had achieved when Lampic crossed the finish line +0.37 seconds behind Dahlqvist. "It‘s so amazing! Skis, tactic – everything just worked out.

It is the 3rd time we got a medal in the sport history of Slovenia. This is really big for our small country and we are really happy", Visnar said after the race.

Team Norway with Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla came 3rd only +0.6 seconds behind the gold medalists. 

 

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Chloe Kim to have surgery after ankle break

Winter Olympic champion snowboarder Chloe Kim is to have surgery after breaking her ankle.

The 18-year-old American won silver at the Burton US Open on Saturday.

But on Sunday she said she had fractured her ankle, an injury she appeared to suffer in her first run at the event - but still went on to finish all three rounds of the contest.

"Unfortunately, I found out I broke my ankle today so I will need to get surgery to get it fixed," she said.

 

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Nick Kyrgios lacks respect, says Rafael Nadal after Mexican Open defeat

Australia's Nick Kyrgios "lacks respect for the public, the rival and himself", says world number two Rafael Nadal.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost a dramatic second-round match to world number 72 Kyrgios 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) at the Mexican Open in Acapulco.

Kyrgios served underarm late on during the match against the Spaniard.

Nadal said: "He's a player who has the talent to win Grand Slams - a player who can fight for the top rankings, but there's a reason he is where he is."

 

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Sebastian Vettel crashes Ferrari on day two of Barcelona test

Sebastian Vettel crashed his Ferrari on the second day of the final pre-season test in Barcelona, severely curtailing the team's running.

Vettel lost control after what the team described as "a mechanical problem" at the 150mph Turn Three and hit the barriers, causing extensive damage.

"From the feeling in the car it was an issue with the front-left corner," the German said.

McLaren's Carlos Sainz set the fastest time, from Racing Point's Sergio Perez.

 

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Tyson Fury to 'take on another fight' before Deontay Wilder rematch

Tyson Fury will "take on another fight" before a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, says the governing body's president.

A second fight has been anticipated since their first meeting in December, in which Wilder retained his belt after an enthralling draw in Los Angeles.

Last week, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said he was "confident" the fight would take place.

But on Tuesday, Sulaiman said the rematch would be "at a later date".

 

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Roger Federer beats Philipp Kohlschreiber at Dubai Tennis Championships

Roger Federer needed three sets to beat fellow veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Federer cruised through the deciding set to win 6-4 3-6 6-1 against the 35-year-old German in his first match since his Australian Open last-16 exit.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, 37, has never lost to Kohlschreiber, winning all 14 of their meetings.

Federer is again going for a 100th ATP singles title after moving on to 99 at the Swiss Indoors in October.

 

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Six Nations: Ireland labour to 26-16 bonus-point victory over Italy

Ireland's defence of their Six Nations crown remains alive but only just after a laboured bonus-point win over Italy.

Quinn Roux, Jacob Stockdale, Keith Earls and Conor Murray scored the tries as the champions held on for victory.

Italy led at half-time with tries from Edoardo Padovani and Luca Morisi but were unable to score after the break.

Replacement Ian McKinley missed a stoppage-time penalty as Italy could not even salvage the losing bonus point their efforts deserved.

 

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