Australia win back respect in Dubai dust

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Leading a scandal-hit team dismissed as Australia's worst in 30 years, captain Tim Paine's pledge to win back hearts and minds seemed a fanciful, if noble, aspiration in the leadup to the test series against Pakistan. In the end, it took only five days of cricket before he

Tardy McGregor angers Nurmagomedov ahead of showdown

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Khabib Nurmagomedov stormed out of the final media conference ahead of his lightweight title fight against Conor McGregor on Thursday, in response to the Irishman not turning up on time. McGregor turned up almost 25 minutes late for the media conference, about 10 minutes after the Russian

European Ryder Cup team felt sense of duty – Poulter

The European Ryder Cup players felt a "sense of duty" to carry on a winning tradition as last week's event in France, team member Ian Poulter said on Wednesday. Speaking after returning to his American base in Florida, Poulter described how the Europeans were inspired by a video featuring past captains

Hamilton on top in final Russian GP practice

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton limbered up for what could be his 80th pole position by lapping fastest for Mercedes in final practice for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday. The Briton set a track record time of one minute 33.067 seconds, with Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas - last