2014
09.15

Alberto Contador sealed victory in the Vuelta a Espana with a solid performance in the closing time trial stage in Santiago de Compostela reports BBC Sport

In wet conditions on Sunday he lost 27 seconds to Briton Chris Froome.
But it was enough for Spaniard Contador to take his third Vuelta title, finishing one minute and 10 seconds ahead of the Team Sky rider overall.

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Alberto Contador / Team-SaxoTinkoff during stage eleven of the 2013 Tour de France from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel

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2014
09.12

Marin Cilic’s US Open victory could be the first of many Grand Slam titles, his coach Goran Ivanisevic told BBC Sport
Cilic, 25, beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to become Croatia’s first major champion since Ivanisevic at Wimbledon in 2001.World number 16 Cilic completed a superb run at Flushing Meadows that saw him win his last 10 sets, including straight-sets victories over sixth seed Tomas Berdych, five-time champion Roger Federer and 10th seed Nishikori

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Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates with the trophy after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan to win the men’s singles final match on Day fifteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City

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2014
09.10

Ferrari’s Luca Di Montezemolo is to step down as long-time chairman of the Formula 1 team reports BBC F1

His departure follows a poor season on the track and disagreements with Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of parent company Fiat.
Marchionne will replace Di Montezemolo, who leaves the role on 13 October. Ferrari have not won a drivers’ or constructors’ title since 2008 and are in the midst of their least competitive season for 20 years.

The team had their worst result of the year at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday when Fernando Alonso retired with a hybrid system failure and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth

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Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during qualifying ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany.

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2014
09.08

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton took a crucial victory in the Italian Grand Prix after Nico Rosberg made a mistake under pressure from his Mercedes team-mate reports BBC F1

Hamilton, 29, fought back after a poor start from pole position, caused by a glitch in his start procedure, dropped him to fourth early on.

He had just closed to within a second of his sister Mercedes when the German ran wide at the first chicane

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in action during Practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza Italy

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2014
09.05

Roger Federer saved two match points as he beat Gael Monfils to keep alive his hopes of an 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open reports BBC Sport

The Swiss won 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 in a dramatic New York night session to reach the semi-finals.
Federer, 33, goes on to face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the last four on Saturday

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Roger Federer plays a forehand in his first round match against Benoit Paire during the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park

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2014
09.03

The spotlight will once again be on Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as the battle for the world championship heads to Monza this week for the Italian Grand Prix reports BBC F1

The contest between Rosberg and Hamilton has echoes from the past with Senna v Prost, Mansell v Piquet and Moss v Fangio pictured here

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World champion Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio / Ferrari leading Stirling Moss / Maserati at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

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2014
09.01

Caroline Wozniacki thrilled the New York crowd with a stunning win over fifth seed Maria Sharapova at the US Open reports BBC Sport

The Dane, seeded 10th, won 6-4 2-6 6-2 on a stiflingly hot afternoon at Flushing Meadows.
Wozniacki, 24, is through to her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2012, and plays Italy’s Sara Errani next

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates match point against Maria Sharapova of Russia after winning their women’s singles fourth round match on Day Seven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City

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2014
08.30

The Welsh Rugby Union and the Welsh regions have signed a new £60m deal aimed at keeping star players in Wales and ending nearly two years of a fraught dispute reports BBC Sport

The agreement, until 2020, means a minimum of six key home-based internationals will be on dual WRU-regions contracts.
Players based outside Wales could also be overlooked in favour of home-based talent with coach Warren Gatland tightening selection policy.
Each of the regions – Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets – will be able to sign only six non-Welsh qualified players.

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The Wales team celebrate winning the Championship after the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium

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2014
08.28

Jenson Button’s Formula 1 career is hanging in the balance as McLaren continue their pursuit of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso reports BBC F1

McLaren have been courting Alonso since last year after deciding they want him as a lead driver for their new engine partnership with Honda from 2015.
They are not prepared to take any other decisions on drivers until they know whether Alonso will leave Maranello

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Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren on his way to 4th place in the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton

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2014
08.26

Andy Murray said his body let him down as he suffered with cramp in his opening match against Robin Haase at the US Open reports BBC Sport

The Briton won 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5 after three hours and eight minutes on a hot afternoon in New York.

However, he struggled physically from the start of the third set and was in danger of a shock first-round exit inside Louis Armstrong Stadium

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Andy Murray returns a shot against Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City

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