Soccer-Mexico coach accuses Uruguay player of post-match attack

Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez could face disciplinary action after he was accused of insulting Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio after a 3-1 defeat by the Mexicans in their opening game of the Copa America.

In a bad-tempered encounter in Phoenix on Sunday, Uruguay had a man sent off in the first half and conceded two goals in the last nine minutes.

The incensed Uruguayans surrounded the referee after the game and, according to Osorio, Gimenez made his feelings known to him as he left the field.

Malaysian Lee to return to top of world rankings

Former world number one Lee Chong Wei will jump above China's Chen Long to the top of the world badminton rankings after winning the Indonesia Open title on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Malaysian beat Denmark's Jan Jorgensen in the final in Jakarta, winning his sixth Indonesia Open crown and strengthening his bid for gold at the Rio Olympics in August.

Lee returned to action in May last year after a backdated eight-month doping ban for testing positive for dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory drug, at the 2014 world championships.

Italy face Euro 2016 misery, England reach semis - Goldman Sachs

Italy, beaten finalists at the last European championship, will have a miserable Euro 2016 while England will sail through to the semi-finals, according to Goldman Sachs, which put host nation France as most likely to win.

The investment bank, whose researchers more routinely analyse the world's economies and financial markets, have crunched the numbers on the past and current form of the 24 teams heading for this week's kickoff.

Its report, published on Monday, has some surprising predictions:

Russia's Chicherova records clean London 2012 B-sample - TASS

MOSCOW Russian high jump champion Anna Chicherova tested negative for doping after an reexamination of her B-sample taken at the London Olympics, a potential boost to Russia's efforts to have its athletics federation reinstated in time for the Olympics in Brazil in August.

Chicherova, who won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 and went on to claim gold in London, one of the eight Russian athletes whose 2012 A-samples tested positive for doping.

Green carpet treatment awaits Muguruza in Mallorca

LONDON When Spain's newly-crowned French open champion Garbine Muguruza arrives in Mallorca this week it will not be a red carpet they lay down but a lush green one.

In a dream scenario for promoters of the ambitious new WTA event being staged just a few kilometres from the party resort of Magaluf, the world number two is the headline act of a tournament being dubbed Wimbledon by the Mediterranean.

Federer fit and ready to return in Stuttgart

Roger Federer is optimistic his back is on the mend as he prepares to return to action in the Wimbledon warm-up event on Stuttgart's grasscourts this week.

The seven-times Wimbledon champion, whose unbroken run of 65 consecutive appearances at grand slam tournaments ended when he withdrew from the French Open last month because of back pain, has been hitting in Germany.

"I feel much better again. It's been a good last three weeks. No setbacks," Federer told the ATP's website (www.atpworld tour.com).

Boks will not under-estimate injury-ravaged Ireland

CAPE TOWN, June 6 (Reuters) – - Hosts South Africa will not be under-estimating a depleted Ireland squad during this month's three-test series, new Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss said on Monday.

“It’s still an international game. Every single player in world rugby who gets the opportunity to play for his country lifts his game," he told a news conference.

'We're prepared', says Paris police chief ahead of Euro 2016

PARIS Paris' police chief said on Monday he would be receiving thousands of reinforcements ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament and that his force was as prepared as it could be to face the risk of a militant attack in the French capital.

France is in a state of emergency after militants killed 130 people in a series of coordinated assaults across Paris in November. The French, United States and other governments have warned that militants may target the tournament.

Ex-Chelsea doctor refuses payout from club in dismissal case - reports

LONDON Chelsea's former doctor Eva Carneiro, who left after a public spat with team manager Jose Mourinho, rejected a 1.2 million pound ($1.7 million) settlement from the London club, British media reported, citing employment tribunal papers.

Last August, Carneiro angered then-manager Mourinho by running onto the pitch with a physio to treat playmaker Eden Hazard in the closing stages of Chelsea's first Premier League match of the season, a tense 2-2 draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo even more vital to Portugal than to Real - Santos

MADRID Portugal coach Fernando Santos is counting on Cristiano Ronaldo to use another impressive season with Real Madrid as a springboard to a strong Euro 2016 campaign.

Ronaldo joined his national team in training on Sunday, eight days after scoring the winning penalty against Atletico Madrid for Real to lift the Champions League trophy.

His presence is a boost for Portugal, who lost 1-0 to England in a friendly last week and take on Estonia on Wednesday in Lisbon in their final warm-up game.

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