Africa Cup of Nations wrap: Ivory Coast moves onto final with 3-1 win

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Yaya Toure’s stunning blast was one of a trio of goals for the Ivory Coast, as Les Elephants moved to within a win of their first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1992 with a 3-1 win over DR Congo on Wednesday.

Yaya smashed a ball home in the 20th minute with near-max velocity to make it 1-0, but Dieumerci Mbokani converted a penalty two minutes later, taking advantage of an Eric Bailly (Villarreal) handball.

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Alas, there would be no major upset on Wednesday, as Wilfried Bony found Gervinho to restore the Ivory Coast’s lead before halftime. Then Wilfried Kanon put home a Serge Aurier rebound to make it 3-1 in the 68th minute.

The Ivory Coast now awaits the winner of Thursday’s semifinal between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana. The final is Sunday.

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Les Kangourous sur la balle jaune

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Dimanche dernier s’est achevé le premier volet de la tournée des Grand Chelem en Australie, on parle évidemment de tennis. Petit récap’ de la quinzaine du kangourou.

L’Australian Open, c’est le tournoi majeur qui lance la saison de tennis. Celui où on essaie de se demander qui va réaliser une grande saison, qui va passer à côté mais aussi qui pourront être les grandes révélations de l’année.

2015 : Un bon cru mais un léger manque de saveurs

A quelques exceptions près, cet Open d’Australie aurait difficilement pu être plus classique. Chez les hommes, 2015 perpétue la tradition des années impaires de la décennie 2010 puisque, comme en 2011 et en 2013, la finale de cette année opposait le serbe Novak Djokovic au britannique Andy Murray. Et comme en 2011 et 2013, c’est à nouveau Djoko qui s’est imposé sur un score de 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-0 et il remporte ainsi…

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Serena Williams’ headed back to Indian Wells!

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« Today I announced that I’m going back to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. It’s a big moment for me, and one that I want to share with you. Watch as I share my thoughts on returning and enter to be my guest at the tournament here:http://bit.ly/SerenaOmaze »

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The Nole Slam

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For the fourth time in five years, it’s the Djoker who laughs last in Melbourne. His four-set besting of Andy Murray was Grand Slam title number eight, and his fifth Down Under (a record in the open era). While those two iconic hall-of-famers, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both lost early, Djokovic cut a swathe through his section of the draw, straight-setting Fernando Verdasco – a dangerous floater in the first week of Slams – and cuffing aside 6 ft 5 in Milos Raonic, a player who thunders down serves akin to the hammer of Thor. Only defending champ Stan Wawrinka, in the semifinal, could take Nole the distance, before collapsing in a blancmange-esque final set, losing it 6-0.

There is no one so fitted as Djokovic to playing tennis in this era, one of slow courts, poly strings and two-handed backhands. Since the 1990s, when Pete Sampras, Pat Rafter and Stefan…

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First African American PGA Tour Member Charlie Sifford Passes Away at 92

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First African American PGA Tour Member Charlie Sifford Passes Away at 92

Charlie Sifford, who only wanted a chance to play and broke the color barrier in golf as the first PGA Tour member, died Tuesday night, the PGA of America said.

Sifford, who recently had suffered a stroke, was 92. Details of his death and funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

PGA of America President Derek Sprague called Sifford « an uncommon and faithful servant. »

« His love of golf, despite many barriers in his path, strengthened him as he became a beacon for diversity in our game, » Sprague said. « By his courage, Dr. Sifford inspired others to follow their dreams. Golf was fortunate to have had this exceptional American in our midst. »

A proud man who endured racial taunts and threats, Sifford set modest goals and achieved more than he imagined.

Sifford challenged the Caucasian-only clause and the PGA rescinded it in 1961. He won the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and…

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