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Nibali wins Tour de France as Kittel sprints to final stage win

By Nick Butler

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates after winning the 2014 Tour de France ©Getty ImagesVincenzo Nibali became only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours today after safely negotiating a final stage of the Tour de France won, as expected, by German sprinter Marcel Kittel.

Shelley shocks in marathon as Kenya take double gold on opening day of Glasgow 2014 athletics

By Paul Osborne at Hampden Park in Glasgow

Success on the first day of athletics action for Kenya as they seal two gold medals ©Getty ImagesKenya kick-started their medal haul in style today as they claimed two gold medals on day one of the athletics at the Commonwealth Games here. 

England's O'Connor impresses as Australian medal train shows no sign of stopping at Glasgow 2014

By Gary Anderson at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow

Siobhan Marie O'Connor announced herself on the international stage with a superb display in the women's 200m individual medley ©Getty Images Australia continue to hoover up the swimming medals at this year's Commonwealth Games, picking up 11 more here tonight, but it was English teenage star Siobhan-Marie O'Connor who put in the most impressive performance with victory in the 200 metres individual medley. 

New Zealand tops medals table at World Rowing Under 23 Championships

By Emily Goddard

Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler claimed gold for New Zealand in the women's pair at the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships ©Getty ImagesNew Zealand has topped the medal table at the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in the Italian city of Varese, with the golds being spread among 23 nations.

Pacific Games mascot Tura begins nationwide tour

By Emily Goddard

Tura the Kokomo is starting a tour of Papua New Guinea ahead of next year's Pacific Games ©Papua New Guinea 2015Tura the Kokomo, the official mascot for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, has begun his tour of every province across Papua New Guinea to spread the excitement next year's event.

"I have always wanted to race at the Commonwealth Games," claims Bolt

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

Usain Bolt is surely the biggest attraction of Glasgow 2014 ©Getty ImagesUsain Bolt, by some margin the biggest individual attraction of Glasgow 2014, made a triumphant arrival here today claiming it had always been a long-term desire to compete in a Commonwealth Games.

Rio 2016 inviting sailors to test pollution levels as Guanabara Bay course criticised again

By Nick Butler

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have become the latest to slam the Guanabara Bay course ©AFP/Getty ImagesRio 2016 are inviting sailors competing in next week's test event to personally test pollution levels in the much criticised waters of Guanabara Bay in the "interests of transparency", it has been revealed. 

We need to get Rio 2016 right to guarantee rugby sevens Olympic future, warns IRB chief

By Gary Anderson at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper says rugby sevens needs to get it right at Rio 2016 to remain on Olympic programme ©Getty Images Rugby sevens needs to ensure it captures the public's imagination and "gets it right" at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in order to secure its future beyond 2020, it was claimed here today. 

Nibali confirms Tour de France win as Martin dominates time trial

By Nick Butler

Tony Martin dominated the time trial on the penultimate day of the Tour de France ©Getty ImagesGermany's world champion Tony Martin confirmed his status as the best time trialist in world cycling with a dominant victory on today's penultimate stage of the Tour de France, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali finished fourth to effectively seal his overall victory.
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