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Return to peloton is like second chance, says Froome

Four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome returns to the peloton this weekend saying it feels like "a second chance" after recovering from serious injuries sustained in a high-speed crash last year.

In brains of dead athletes, researchers seek clues to head trauma

Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University studies the brains of deceased football players at the world's largest brain bank, hoping to learn about the long-term impact of repeated head traumas for people ranging from professional athletes to victims of domestic abuse.

Motor racing: Small details, big picture, key to Hamilton's next F1 deal

Lewis Hamilton says small details, and the bigger picture of what he does after Formula One, will be key to his next contract.

Soccer: Leicester's Ndidi won't be rushed back - Rodgers

Leicester City will not rush Wilfred Ndidi back from a knee injury until he is completely fit, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday with the team short of defensive midfield options.

Motor racing: Racing Point say their 'pink Mercedes' is big risk

Racing Point's new Formula One car looks a lot like Lewis Hamilton's title-winning 2019 Mercedes painted pink but technical director Andy Green says the team have taken a big risk with it.

Hockey: Freak head injury forces Olympic champion Danson-Bennett to quit

Britain's Olympic gold medal-winning former women's hockey captain Alex Danson-Bennett has been forced to retire because of a head injury sustained while laughing at a joke in 2018.

London can host 2020 Games if moved over coronavirus - mayor candidate

London would be ready to host the 2020 Olympics if the outbreak of the coronavirus forced the Games to be moved from Tokyo, Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for mayor of the British capital, has said.

Wilder wants Sheffield United to reel in top-four rivals

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder challenged his team on Thursday to catch up with their rivals for a Premier League top- four spot as they approach the final stretch of the season.

Barcelona try to focus on football after more chaos

After another turbulent week off the pitch, Barcelona will try to focus on football when they host Eibar on Saturday with the chance to keep the heat on title rivals Real Madrid.

Former FIFA secretary general Valcke and BeIN sports chairman indicted

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and the chairman of Qatar-based media group BeIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, have been charged in Switzerland in connection with the award of television rights for the World Cup and Confederations Cup, Swiss prosecutors said on Thursday.

Malaga president Al Thani temporarily removed from club

Qatari businessman Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani has been removed as president of Spanish soccer club Malaga for six months on a series of charges including alleged illegal appropriation, a regional court investigating the case said on Thursday.

RTL to cover Vietnam GP remotely due to virus fears

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL will cover the Vietnamese Formula One Grand Prix remotely due to the spread of the coronavirus in the region, it said in a statement.

Warner calls for respect from South Africa fans

Australia opening batsman David Warner has called on South African supporters to show respect ahead of the three-match Twenty20 International series starting in Johannesburg on Friday.

Mercedes cause stir by reinventing the steering wheel

Mercedes brought intrigue to Formula One testing on Thursday with television images showing Lewis Hamilton moving his car's steering wheel forwards and backwards as he drove.

Atalanta tear up script again with Valencia drubbing

Atalanta president Antonio Percassi believes it is never too early to start supporting the club, so he sends a replica shirt to every baby born in the hospitals of their home city Bergamo.

Revived Genoa could prove stumbling block for Lazio

Davide Nicola once cycled the length of Italy to celebrate keeping tiny Crotone in Serie A and he is now attempting to perform another escape act with Genoa who could prove an unlikely stumbling block for rampant Lazio on Sunday.

Surfs up, Igarashi riding wave of Olympic opportunity

With a back story ripped from a Hollywood script, crossover charisma and surfing skill that would impress Duke Kahanamoku, Kanoa Igarashi is riding a wave of opportunity that could carry him to Olympic gold and the sport to new heights.

Reduction in Formula One testing not enough for some

Formula One has reduced pre-season testing to six days this year but some teams are asking already whether less might have been better.

Bulgaria winger Despodov to miss Euro 2020 playoff

Bulgaria winger Kiril Despodov is set to have ankle surgery next week and will miss the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-final against Hungary on March 26.

De Kock has moved on from Warner altercation ahead of T20 series

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock says both he and Australia batsman David Warner have moved on from their altercation two years ago in a ferociously contested test series that culminated in the "Sandpapergate" scandal.