CADEL Evans’ historic Tour de France win was yesterday hailed as one of Australia’s finest ever sporting achievements, ranked alongside Rod Laver’s tennis exploits and their America’s Cup yachting triumph. The 34-year-old fulfilled his lifelong quest by securing the title, 30 years after pioneering compatriot Phil Anderson paved the way for dozens of young Australians by becoming the first non-European to pull on the yellow jersey. Read more about Evans Tour win hailed in Australia
FORMER Asia soccer chief Mohamed Bin Hammam wants the evidence presented to FIFA that led to his life ban from foot¬ball to be placed in the public domain, the Qatari said in a blog post yesterday. The 62-year-old was banned by foot¬ball’s ruling body on Saturday after a two-day hearing into allegations he had tried to buy votes in the run-up to last month’s FIFA presidential election, in which he had challenged Sepp Blatter. Read more about Banned Bin Hammam wants FIFA evidence
THE Springboks, already injury-ravaged and fast running out of fit lock forwards, face ‘an unbelievably difficult task’ against the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations this weekend, according to assistant coach Gary Gold. With more than 20 top players recuperating from injury back in South Africa, the Springboks lost second row forward Johann Muller to a hamstring injury last week before Flip van der Merwe was injured in the 39-20 defeat to Australia on Saturday. Read more about Boks down to last fit men for All Blacks
FRENCH international striker Jeremy Menez is set to complete his move from Roma to Paris St Germain on Monday, according to sources close to the player. The source confirmed to AFP that Menez will sign a three-year contract with PSG. French and Italian media claim the transfer fee is in the region of 8 million Euros. Read more about Football Moves
DIEGO Forlan scored twice after Luis Suarez’s opening goal as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America on Sunday and be crowned South American champions for a record 15th time. Suarez, voted player of the tournament, put Uruguay ahead in the 12th minute of the final at the Monumental when his low, left-footed shot from the right beat the diving Justo Villar and went in off the far post. Read more about URUGUAY WINS COPA AMERICA
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COACH Robbie Deans believes his triumphant Wallabies are better placed to break through for a win in New Zealand than at any time during his three years in charge.
Australia dominated an injury-ravaged South Africa 39-20 in their opening Tri-Nations encounter in Sydney on Saturday and now are setting their sights on their long-time protagonists. The Wallabies have lost their past 11 internationals in New Zealand and next take on the All Blacks on 6 August at Auckland’s Eden Park where they haven’t won in a quarter of a century. Read more about Wallabies beat boks
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CADEL Evans sealed an historic first Tour de France victory for his native Australia after the 21st and final stage of the epic race yesterday.
Britain’s Mark Cavendish, of HTC-Highroad, took his third consecutive stage win on the Champs Elysees where Evans, who rides for BMC, maintained his lead of 1min 34sec over Andy Schleck of Luxembourg who rides for Leopard. Read more about Evans seals historic win
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THREE second-half goals lifted English Premier League champions Manchester United to a 3-1 friendly football victory over Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire.
Wayne Rooney’s goal in the 66th minute got the English giants on level terms in the match played before a crowd of 61,308 at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
Rafael Da Silva scored the go-ahead goal and in the 76th, dribbling through the defence and using his left foot to slot the ball through the legs of Chicago’s backup keeper Jon Conway. Nani added another goal in the 82nd to seal the victory. Read more about Man United rally to oust Fire
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MOHAMED bin Hammam’s downfall from being one of football’s most powerful men to a disgraced outcast was completed Saturday when FIFA banned the Qatari official for life for his role in a bribery scandal. Read more about FIFA bans bin Hammam for life