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‘It’s not coming home’: England’s anthem returns to haunt them

Is what started as an ironic nostalgic chant being seen as hubris by rival nations?When the French midfielder Paul Pogba danced with the World Cup trophy on Sunday night, he laughed as he delivered a message for fans watching on his Instagram video liv…

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Matildas name 16-year-old in squad for Tournament of Nations defence

Canberra United’s Amy Sayer the only uncapped player17 players from 2017’s winning tournament includedThe Matildas are set to blood a 16-year-old bolter when they defend their Tournament of Nations crown in the United States.Amy Sayer is the only uncap…

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Tim Cahill, Australia’s leading goalscorer, retires from international football

The Socceroos legend was the first Australian to score in the World Cup and ends his career with 50 goals and 107 capsSocceroos striker Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from international football, after 107 appearances and 50 goals across a rec…

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Pussy Riot protesters sentenced to jail for World Cup final pitch invasion

Four protesters who interrupted the final between France and Croatia sentenced to 15 days The four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot pu…

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The French national football team’s victory parade – in pictures

France celebrated their second World Cup win on 15 July, 20 years after their maiden triumph. They overcame the passionate Croatian side 4-2 in one of the most gripping finals in recent history Continue reading…

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Rejuvenated Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic looks to New York | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb has been happier with the state of his game – and his mind – since reuniting with his former coach Marian VajdaIf anyone doubted that elite tennis players – like champions in any sport – reside on a different planet, they had only to follow th…

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Thierry Henry quitting Sky pundit role to focus on managerial career

• Henry, 40, was Belgium assistant manager at World Cup • Former Arsenal striker wants to ‘spend more time’ coachingThierry Henry, the former Arsenal striker and World Cup winner with France in 1998, is leaving Sky Sports to concentrate on his coaching…

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Usain Bolt set for trial in Australia’s A-League with Central Coast Mariners

Mariners chief executive insists six-week trial for sprint star is ‘not a stunt or gimmick’The eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt could be on his way to Australia’s A-League.Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that Bolt, 31, was set for a six-w…

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Former athletes sue USA Diving over allegations of sexual abuse

Lawsuit claims coach coerced young divers into sexWill Bohonyi was fired by Ohio State University in 2014Two former divers are suing USA Diving, accusing the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing inquiries into allegations that a coach sex…

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Rory McIlroy takes heart from Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph

• Northern Irishman is without a major victory in four years• ‘Golfers and tennis players try to win four tournaments’If Rory McIlroy needed any further incentive to win a second Open Championship, it was delivered by another sport. Novak Djokovic’s Wi…

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Corruption case against Willie Mullins’ vet described as ‘complete fantasy’

• Tim Brennan alleged to have passed inside information• His brother layed Faugheen before it was declared a non-runnerA corruption case brought against Willie Mullins’ vet has been condemned by defence lawyers as “complete fantasy”, at a regulatory he…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Usually players of my age go to Qatar or to China’

The striker revealed his hunger to succeed at Juventus after his move and added: ‘I’m very grateful for this opportunity’Even as Cristiano Ronaldo settled in for his first Juventus press conference it somehow did not quite feel real. There he was, fles…

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World Cup 2018: the Guardian team of the tournament

Throughout the World Cup, our readers have been able to vote on every single performance and their verdicts have led to this team The World Cup in Russia has come to an end and we can look back at a tournament with only one 0-0 draw among the 64 games….

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France team celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

Open-top bus travels down Champs-Élysées as hundreds of thousands cheer squad onFrance’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporter…

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France parade World Cup in Paris as fans welcome heroes home – video

Thousands of fans welcomed their heroes home as France paraded the World Cup trophy following their triumph in Russia Continue reading…

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Vive la France! World champions welcomed home

World Cup winners France were welcomed home by hundreds of thousands of supporters as they paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday.France beat Croatia 4-2 in the…

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Why Russia 2018 was the best World Cup – statistically

Four simple words, used variously as a statement or a question across the country during a baking June and scorching July: “Best World Cup ever?” The 2018 edition of intern…

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Four weeks of endless drama in Russia has re-energised World Cup | Barney Ronay

After a tournament that was gripping from start to finish with thrilling matches, marvellous midfielders, the rebirth of England and VAR controversy, Qatar has a lot to live up toThank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrill…

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Lizzie Deignan will lead Trek’s new professional women’s cycling team

• ‘Historic’ team to launch in 2019 with roster of a dozen riders• Former world champion to resume training in DecemberLizzie Deignan will lead a new professional women’s team in 2019 backed by the current men’s World Tour sponsor, Trek. The former wor…

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Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters

Alan Gilzean | Eldorado at the BBC | Motorway speeds | Morris Minors | Fake newsRumour has it that the only reason Alan Gilzean (Obituary, 12 July) stayed with Tottenham Hotspur after Jimmy Greaves left was that with the advent of substitutions, the Sp…