Cristiano Ronaldo fully fit for Euro glory, Portugal coach says

MADRID Cristiano Ronaldo is in top condition and showing more resolve than ever to lead Portugal to the European title, national team coach Fernando Santos said ahead of their final Euro 2016 warm-up match on Wednesday.

Portugal's hopes of winning the tournament in France rest to a large extent on the fitness of the Real Madrid forward who had muscular problems at the end of the season yet still helped his club beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

Ronaldo is set to start in Portugal's warm-up against Estonia in Lisbon on Wednesday night.

Cook hoping Finn will get up to speed

LONDON Captain Alistair Cook hopes pace bowler Stephen Finn can join the party as England chase a 3-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka when the third test begins at Lord's on Thursday.

Finn was named in an unchanged side on Wednesday but took only four wickets in the first two matches against a touring side struggling in the English conditions.

Defender Bailly signs for Man United on a four-year deal

Central defender Eric Bailly has joined Manchester United from Spanish side Villarreal on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Bailly, who has 15 caps for Ivory Coast, made 47 appearances for Villarreal after joining in 2015. The 22-year-old becomes the first signing for manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

"I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club," Bailly said.

Recharged Ricciardo can be a handful for Hamilton

LONDON Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has put Monaco misery behind him and is hoping for another epic battle with Lewis Hamilton in Montreal this weekend.

Two weeks after taking a first Formula One pole position, only to lose out on victory for the second race running due to no fault of his own, the smiling Australian returns to the scene of his first grand prix victory in feisty mood.

Sri Lanka recall Maharoof for ODIs in UK

COLOMBO Sri Lankan all rounder Farveez Maharoof inched closer to a return to international cricket on Wednesday after being called into the squad for one-day series against England and Ireland.

Fellow all rounder Danushka Gunathilaka, batsman Upul Tharanga, leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna and off-spinner Suraj Randiv will also join the squad for the one-dayers, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

Young English team 'most serious' in years, Sagna says

CLAIREFONTAINE, France England's young squad is the best the country has produced in a long time and is a serious contender to win Euro 2016, French fullback Bacary Sagna said on Wednesday.

"I think they are a serious rival for us," Sagna, who plays for Manchester City, told reporters ahead of the host nation's opening game against Romania on Friday.

"Like us it's an extremely young team and it has a certain quality going forward. In my opinion, it's the most serious English team in a long time."

Kremlin: We will treat all unfounded doping allegations as slander - RIA

MOSCOW Russia will treat all unfounded allegations of doping against its sportspeople as slander, the RIA news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Wednesday.

Referring to genuine doping cases which have already been proven, Peskov said: "All this does not mean that we are ready to accept any unfounded allegations, any unsubstantiated accusations."

Any new wider allegations not underpinned by hard evidence would be treated as "absolute slander," said Peskov.

World champion Sagan swaps road for mountains in Rio

LONDON Slovakia's world road race champion Peter Sagan will compete in the mountain bike event at the Rio Olympics, returning to the discipline in which he began his career.

Sagan, who will ride this year's Tour de France for his Tinkoff-Saxo team, has been handed Slovakia's only spot for the mountain bike race which will take place on Aug. 21.

He will not ride the road race in Rio.

Russian sports minister says ARD film attempt to sway IAAF - Ifax

MOSCOW Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday new doping allegations from German broadcaster ARD/WDR were aimed at influencing a ruling by the International Athletics Federation on Russia's suspension from world athletics, Interfax news agency reported.

France launches attack alert app ahead of Euro 2016

PARIS France launched an app to alert users to attacks on Wednesday, two days before the Euro 2016 football championship gets underway under a state of emergency imposed after militant Islamists struck Paris in November.

The Interior Ministry app, called SAIP, flashes a warning on a user's mobile phone screen if there is an attack close to their location or suspicion of an imminent strike. Users can also request alerts for up to eight geographic areas, including individual districts in the capital.

First impressions on social media were mixed.

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