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Belgian cyclist Goolaerts dies in Paris-Roubaix race

Roubaix - Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts died in hospital on Sunday at the age of 23, hours after suffering heart failure during the gruelling Paris-Roubaix one-day classic race in France.

French watchdogs warn of 500mn-euro Paris Olympic overspend

Paris - With work on the 2024 Olympics in Paris barely begun, French budgetary watchdogs on Friday warned there was a danger of a 500-million-euro ($616 million) cost overrun.

Neymar's golden foot to go under the knife

Belo Horizonte - Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was to undergo surgery for a broken right foot Saturday, putting the planet's most expensive footballer out of action until the eve of the World Cup.

Neymar goes under the knife, misses Real clash

Paris - Brazilian superstar Neymar will undergo surgery on his fractured foot in Brazil at the end of this week, ruling the world's most expensive footballer out of Paris Saint-Germain's do-or-die Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Around the world in 42 days: French sailor smashes solo record

Brest - Frenchman Francois Gabart smashed the world record for the fastest non-stop solo navigation of the globe on Sunday, completing the mammoth feat in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

Football: 29 hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

Amiens - Twenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.

29 hurt in French stadium barrier collapse

Amiens - Twenty-nine fans were hurt, four of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens when away supporters celebrated a goal.

France 'to stay home' if no Korea security guarantee

Paris - France will not attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang if the current international stand-off over North Korea's atomic weapons programme worsens and security cannot be guaranteed, the country's sports minister said Thursday.

Neymar moves into sprawling mansion near PSG training ground

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian superstar Neymar has moved into a five-storey, 1,000-square-metre (10,800 square foot) mansion in the posh western Paris suburb of Bougival, sources said Friday.

Football: Mexico zoo names tiger cub for French star Gignac

Mexico - French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has received a rare tribute from hundreds of Mexican schoolchildren, who voted to name a newborn Bengal tiger at their local zoo after the Mexico-based star.

Australian to attempt 'torturous' quadruple Channel swim

Sydney - An Australian swimmer plans to attempt a world-first non-stop quadruple crossing of the icy English Channel, a torturous feat never before tried and widely considered impossible.

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

Dibai - With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.

Football: Picture this! Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever

Paris - Neymar's decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

French sailor sets new Atlantic solo record

Paris - French yachtsman Francis Joyon beat his own record for the solo trans-Atlantic crossing on Wednesday to set a new benchmark of five days two hours and seven minutes.

Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Olympics

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee was poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles on Tuesday in a landmark double hosting deal.

French President shows game side to support Paris Olympics 2024

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron tried his hand at sports including boxing and wheelchair tennis to support Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympics on Saturday.

Spain mourns slain matador Fandino

Madrid - Spain's royal family joined politicians and the bullfighting world Sunday in mourning matador Ivan Fandino, gored to death in a fight in France.

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored

Aire-sur-l'adour - Renowned Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in southwestern France, a medical service source said.

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored

Aire-sur-l'adour - Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in south-western France, a medical service source said.

Terror victims to be honoured as Macron, May attend France-England

Paris - A minute's silence will be held prior to France's home friendly with England on Tuesday as a tribute to the victims of recent terror attacks in England, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Monday.

Five die as light aircraft crashes in Portugal

Lisbon - Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the suburbs of Lisbon on Monday, rescue services said.

Dortmund football team bus blasts: what we know

Dortmund - Three explosions hit German football team Borussia Dortmund's bus late Tuesday ahead of a Champions League home game and police found a letter at the scene claiming responsibility for the attack.

Barcelona hailed as living legends after miracle win over PSG

Barcelona - Barcelona were hailed as living legends Thursday after Neymar helped the Spanish giants pull off a Nou Camp miracle with a dying minutes Champions League win over stunned Paris Saint-Germain.

Six jailed for machete attack on French rugby stars

Rodez - Six men who attacked a group of French rugby stars with knives and machetes outside a nightclub were Wednesday sentenced to between one and four years in prison.

French president says Paris safe for 2024 Olympics

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday that Paris, a target of devastating terrorism, would guarantee the security of athletes if it hosted the 2024 Olympics.

Nice triathlon event cancelled amid security concerns

Nice - The Nice-Cote d'Azur triathlon scheduled for October 1 and 2 has been cancelled amid security concerns, the French Triathlon Federation announced on Tuesday.

Security stepped up at Tour de France

Bourg-saint-and - Tour de France security measures have been stepped up for Friday's 13th stage following the killing of at least 84 people in a terror attack in Nice on Thursday night.

'Cruel' blow to French hope of football elixir

Paris - It was meant to be a moment of collective euphoria, with a potential Euro 2016 win offering a salve to France's wounds after the Paris attacks and months of political blues.

40 arrested in Paris over Euro 2016 violence

Paris - Around 40 people were arrested in Paris after police used tear gas and water cannon against football fans hurling glass bottles at officers at the Eiffel Tower during the Euro 2016 final.

Clashes outside Eiffel Tower fan zone during Euro final

Paris - French police fired tear gas during clashes Sunday evening with a group of football supporters denied entry to a packed Eiffel Tower fan zone showing the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal.
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