Turkey wrap up Euro preparations with win over Slovenia

ISTANBUL An early goal from striker Burak Yilmaz gave Turkey a 1-0 victory away to Slovenia on Sunday, boosting morale in their final warm-up game before Euro 2016 starts in France next week.

Burak found the net with a powerful header in the fifth minute, running on to a free kick from Hakan Calhanoglu, who last week scored Turkey's first ever goal against England.

Turkey, whose 2-1 loss to England at Wembley followed a 14-game unbeaten streak, face holders Spain, Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D at the tournament which starts on June 10.

South African spin needs polish to counter Aussie hitting

GEORGETOWN South Africa must polish the weaker element of their bowling armoury and make better use of a spinning wicket when they face Australia in the tri-nation series in Guyana on Tuesday.

They must also nullify the threat of Australia's powerful hitters to stand any chance of victory in their second one-day international, spinner Aaron Phangiso told reporters on Sunday.

Nordqvist successfully defends ShopRite LPGA Classic title

Swede Anna Nordqvist became the oldest winner on the youthful LPGA Tour this year when she successfully defended her title at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey on Sunday.

Nordqvist, who started the final round two strokes behind overnight leader Karine Icher of France, shrugged off strong winds and stormed to victory with a bogey-free seven-under 64 on the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club in Galloway.

Russia's Denisov injured in Serbia draw, set to miss Euros

Russia holding midfielder Igor Denisov suffered a hamstring injury as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Serbia on Sunday and is likely to miss Euro 2016, said coach Leonid Slutsky.

"Denisov has a serious injury and it's likely we will need a replacement," Slutsky told reporters. "Now we are in touch with another player who plays in the same position."

Russia start their campaign against England on June 11 in Marseille and the Serbia game was their final warm-up.

Belgium struggle to 3-2 win over Norway in final warm-up

BRUSSELS Belgium laboured to a 3-2 victory over Norway on Sunday in a final warm-up match before Euro 2016 that showed off their attacking flair and defensive frailty in near equal measure.

Belgium, second in FIFA's world rankings, looked on course for a morale-boosting victory when forward Romelu Lukaku struck inside three minutes for his fourth goal in four matches.

Mixed emotions for Dunga on Rose Bowl return

PASADENA, California For Brazil coach Dunga, it was a case of sharply contrasting emotions on his return to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium for his country's opening match in the centenary Copa America tournament.

Twenty-two years ago at the same venue, Dunga captained his country to their fourth World Cup title as they beat Italy in a final decided by penalty kicks.

"The happiest day of my life as a soccer player", he says with a beaming smile.

Messi could miss potential group decider against Chile

Lionel Messi looks likely to miss Argentina’s most important match of the opening phase of the Copa America against title holders Chile at Santa Clara, California on Monday.

Messi has not trained with his team since he suffered a back injury in a warm-up friendly nine days ago, a 1-0 win over Honduras in Argentina.

The Argentina captain, four times world player of the year, has been working separately and may not even make it onto the field at Levi’s Stadium, according to reports on Sunday from Argentine media covering the national team’s base camp at San Jose.

American Muslims remember Ali as hero for their faith

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES The death of boxing great Muhammad Ali cost American Muslims perhaps their greatest hero, a goodwill ambassador for Islam in a country where their minority faith is widely misunderstand and mistrusted.

"We thank God for him," Talib Shareef, president and imam of the Masjid Muhammad mosque in Washington, told a gathering of Muslim leaders who honoured Ali in Washington on Saturday, a day after he died in a Phoenix hospital at age 74. "America should thank God for him. He was an American hero."

Olympic champion Pearson back on road to Rio

LONDON Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Sally Pearson finished seventh on her Diamond League return in Birmingham on Sunday but vowed to be at her best for Rio after an agonising year recovering from injury.

"I'm not disappointed by today, it's not nice seeing a 13 seconds in front of your name but this is my first real race in just over a year now so I can't really complain," the Australian told BBC television.

Farah breaks Moorcroft's 3,000m British record

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah continued his build-up to the Rio Games by breaking David Moorcroft's 34-year-old British record in the 3,000 metres at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

Farah, the 5,000 and 10,000m gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, won in seven minutes 32.62 seconds after striding out at the front in a determined effort to beat Moorcroft's 1982 time of 7:32.79.

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