Scotland-South African Strauss is Scottish surprise

LONDON (Reuters) - Uncapped backrower Josh Strauss, who will qualify to represent Scotland on residential grounds on Sept. 19, a day after the Rugby World Cup begins, was the surprise name in coach …

Kenya's deputy president vows to criminalise doping

Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday announced plans to criminalise doping, after two of the east African nation's athletes were banned after positive tests during the …

Southampton sign defender Van Dijk from Celtic

(Reuters) - Southampton have signed defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Dutchman spent more than …

F1 driver Hulkenberg staying at Force India

London (AFP) - Nico Hulkenberg will stay on with Force India until at least the end of the 2017 season, the British-based Formula One team announced on Tuesday.

Qatar to finish work on first World Cup venue by 2016

Doha (AFP) - Controversial football World Cup host Qatar will complete work on the first venue for tournament matches by 2016, six years before the event takes place, officials announced on Tuesday.

Crystal Palace's Murray signs for Bournemouth

(Reuters) - Bournemouth have signed forward Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 31-year-old scored 47 goals in …

Real blame United for failed De Gea transfer

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid have blamed Manchester United for their failure to sign Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before Monday's midnight transfer deadline and said they did everything needed to …

Kenya's world champions get heroes' welcome

Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya's triumphant world championship athletes were given a rousing welcome home on Tuesday, with thousands of supporters and the east African nation's leaders out in force for the …

Tokyo Olympic committee scraps scandal-hit logo

Tokyo (AFP) - Tokyo's 2020 Olympics organisers on Tuesday scrapped the event's scandal-hit logo in the latest mishap for the Games after a costs furore forced plans for a $2 billion new national …

Germany out to avenge Poland defeat, says Schweinsteiger

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - World Cup winners Germany will be looking to make amends for their Euro 2016 qualifying defeat to Poland last year when the two sides meet again in Frankfurt on Friday in order …

India end 22-year series drought in Sri Lanka

Colombo (AFP) - India overcame a gallant century by Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews to win the final Test by 117 runs on Tuesday and end a 22-year wait for a series win on the island.