Lavillenie defends Euro pole vault title

Helsinki: Renaud Lavillenie fired out a broadside at Olympic pole vault contenders by defending his European title yesterday with a soaring best of 5.97 meters, a height

Hurricanes sign Staal to 10-year, $ 60 m deal

RALEIGH, N.C.: The Carolina Hurricanes have signed new center Jordan Staal to a 10-year contract extension.

Howard has face-to-face meeting with new GM

ORLANDO, Fla.: New Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has met face-to-face with Dwight Howard, but the team isn't commenting on what was discussed.

Oilers sign Smyth to 2-year contract

EDMONTON, Alberta: Ryan Smyth will have a chance to finish his career with the Edmonton Oilers.

Murray takes stock after nervy win

LONDON: Andy Murray was enjoying a well-earned day of rest from competition on Sunday while he pondered how to up his game for the challenges facing him in the second we

Serena survives, giant-killer Rosol falls

WIMBLEDON, England: While watching Serena Williams come from behind at Wimbledon, older sister Venus sat in the front row stifling a yawn.

Italy seeking to end Spain’s domination in final

KIEV, Ukraine: Italy is happy to play the underdog role for the last time at the European Championship.

Pakistan revels as Sri Lanka’s gamble misfires

COLOMBO: Mohammad Hafeez roared back to form with a career-best 172 not out as Pakistan made Sri Lanka pay for a failed gamble in the second Test in Colombo on Saturday.

Cancellara claims Tour prologue

LIEGE, Belgium: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the Tour de France prologue for a fifth time yesterday, dominating the time trial around the gritty city of Liege.

Blake steals thunder from Bolt in 100

KINGSTON, Jamaica: “The Beast” turned out to be quite an animal. Not even Usain Bolt can argue with that.

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