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Poland's World Championship opening win signals "new era" in volleyball

By Mike Rowbottom at Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw

FIVB President Dr Ary Graça has promised a "new era" in volleyball at the opening of the World Championships in Warsaw ©Getty ImagesA sell-out crowd of 70,000 in Poland's national football stadium here tonight to witness the opening match of the 2014 World Volleyball Championships between the hosts and Serbia after a lengthy, glitzy, pumped-up Opening Ceremony – an experience that the President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Dr Ary Graça, believes will prove a landmark for his sport.

Seven-up for Riner as Krpalek makes history for Czech Republic at World Judo Championships

By Duncan Mackay at the Traktor Sport Arena in Chelyabinsk 

France's Teddy Riner celebrates his seventh world title ©IJFTeddy Riner won a record-equalling seventh title as he took the gold medal in the over-100 kilogram, with Lukas Krpalek making history for the Czech Republic at the World Judo Championships here today. 

Britain and New Zealand power on, but French suffer upset at World Rowing Championships

By Mike Rowbottom

Britain's men's four added the world gpld to their European title in Amsterdam ©Getty ImagesFamiliar names assumed their places on top of the rostrum on the penultimate day of competition at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

Chinese big guns make singles finals at Badminton World Championships

By Gary Anderson

Chen Long of China came through his World Championship semi-final against Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto ©AFP/Getty ImagesChen Long and Li Xuerui ensured that China remains on course for a shot at winning both singles titles at the Badminton World Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen as each put in impressive performances in their semi-finals today.

Spain and United States off to winning starts at FIBA Basketball World Cup

By Duncan Mackay

Croatia's Dario Saric vies with Philippines' Marc Pingris during the team's Group B match at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Seville ©Getty ImagesIt was a memorable opening to the FIBA Basketball World Cup as hosts Spain and defending champions the United States both got their campaigns off to a winning start, although Croatia were nearly on the wrong end of an upset.  

Bouhanni takes second stage win on Vuelta a España as Valverde retains overall lead

By Gary Anderson

Nacer Bouhanni celebrates his second stage win on the Vuelta a España in Albacete today ©AFP/Getty ImagesFrenchman Nacer Bouhanni outsprinted Michael Matthews of Australia to claim victory on stage eight of the Vuelta a España after a bunched sprint finish in Albacete, while home favourite Alejandre Valverde maintained his grip on the leader's red jersey.

Tickets for end-of-season Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park go on sale

By Gary Anderson

Gordon Reid is one of the home stars set to appear at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ©Getty ImagesTickets for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters are now on sale as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park gets set to welcome the world's top players for the end-of-season showpiece in November.

Federer and Sharapova cruise through but other big names fall at US Open

By Gary Anderson

Roger Federer has eased into the third round in New York as he chases a sixth US Open title ©Getty ImagesFormer champions Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova secured comfortable passages through to the third round of the US Open in New York City with straights sets wins while some big names in the women's draw made an early exit, including number two seed Simona Halep.

Four golds for US as Briton Storey claims 17th title at Para-cycling Road World Championships

By Gary Anderson

Dame Sarah Storey claimed a 17th Para-cycling world title in Greenville today ©Getty ImagesHost nation the United States claimed four gold medals at the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, which also saw a 17th cycling world title go the way of Britain's multi-Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey.
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