articles by Agence France-Presse

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Formula 1 2020: Sebastian Vettel admits being 'out-classed' by Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in qualifying

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel wound up down in 15th on the grid while his Ferrari teammate Leclerc was fourth.

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Eredivisie: Ajax smash 13 goals past Venlo to break 48-year Dutch record

The defending champions outdid Johan Cruyff's Ajax, whose 12-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem has stood as the top flight's record win since May 1972.

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Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton pips Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to pole position in Portuguese GP qualifying

In denying his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the final seconds of qualifying Hamilton moved to within three of his 100th career pole.

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Poland's president Andrzej Duda tests COVID-19 positive as country sees record rise in cases

While it was unclear when Duda was infected, he attended an investment forum in Tallinn on Monday where he met Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev

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Giro d'Italia 2020: Britain's Tao Geoghegan Hart edges past new overall leader Jai Hindley to win 20th stage

Although Hindley took the pink jersey from his Sunweb teammate Wilco Kelderman, all-rounder Geoghegan Hart, who gained precious bonus seconds by winning, will go into the final stage as the favourite.

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Formula 1 2020: FIA defend appointment of Vitaly Petrov as race steward despite controversial views on racism, gay rights

Petrov's appointment was questioned on Thursday by several drivers, led by Lewis Hamilton, and condemned by Racing Pride, a British motorsport equal rights initiative.

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Ligue 1: Unnamed Paris Saint-Germain player tests positive for COVID-19, to miss league match against Dijon

PSG were badly hit by the virus at the start of the current season, when Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes all had to self-isolate after a holiday to Ibiza following the team's Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich.

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MotoGP 2020: Takaaki Nakagami grabs maiden pole in Teruel GP qualifying, championship leader Joan Mir in 12th

The 28-year-old Nakagami, who signed a new deal with Honda's satellite team earlier this week, posted a fastest lap of one minute and 46.882 seconds.

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Premier League: Edinson Cavani makes United debut in goalless draw against Chelsea; City held by West Ham

Foden came on at half-time and produced an instant equaliser, but City couldn't deliver the knockout blow and have now won just one of their last four Premier League games.

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Formula 1 2020: Alex Albon given two-race ultimatum to save Red Bull seat

Albon has struggled for consistency in his second year in Formula One with Red Bull after a mid-season switch from Toro Rosso last year, his rookie season.

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Serie A: Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi ready to make return after testing negative for COVID-19 twice

Hakimi missed Inter Milan's Champions League 2-2 draw against Borussia Moenchengladbach in midweek after testing positive hours before kick-off.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC chief Thomas Bach says Games cannot become 'marketplace of demonstrations'

World Athletics chief and newly enshrined IOC member Sebastian Coe has backed athletes' right to "take the knee" on the Olympic podium, as long as it was done with "complete respect" for other competitors.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: $542 million, 15,000 seater aquatics centre opens after seven months delay

The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.

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Premier League: Pep Guardiola continues to back Sergio Aguero over female assistant referee incident

After arguing his case for a throw in against Arsenal with Massey-Ellis, Aguero briefly put his arm around her shoulder as she began to walk away.

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Ostrava Open: Aryna Sabalenka wins 12 straight games against qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo in comeback

Aryna Sabalenka lost the first ten games before miraculously recovering to find the court with her groundstrokes and went on to take the next 12 games for a 0-6, 6-4, 6-0 win.

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Zozo Championship: Justin Thomas takes one shot lead, Tiger Woods improves in second round

Justin Thomas birdied seven of the first 12 holes in a bogey-free round to stand on 14-under 130 after 36 holes at Sherwood Country Club.

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Ligue 1: Rennes lose 2-1 to Angers with fans attempting to beat curfew

Rennes could have moved to the top of Ligue 1 with a victory, instead, they suffered their first defeat of the season as, for the fourth time in four games, they blew a lead. This time they did not even gain a draw.

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Premier League: Patrick Bamford hat-trick fires Leeds United to third place as Aston Villa suffer first defeat of season

Bamford had one goal in 27 Premier League appearances prior to this season, but he already has six in six games this term.

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Formula 1 2020: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton predicts dogfight after 'terrible' opening day

Six-time world champion Hamilton is seeking a record 92nd career victory in Sunday's race at the new, slippery and undulating Algarve International Circuit.

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Premier League: Jurgen Klopp 'doesn't want to know' how long Virgil van Dijk will be out

Klopp now only has two fit senior centre-backs in Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, with midfielder Fabinho providing impressive cover in the midweek Champions League victory over Ajax