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Beach volleyball stars boycott Qatar tournament over bikini ban

Karla Borger says bikinis necessary due to heat on courtPlayer questions if Qatar is a suitable host nationGerman beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar because it is “the only country” wher…

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South Korea ex-Olympic coach jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting athlete

Coach Cho Jae-beom was sentenced for abusing gold medallist speed skater Shim Suk-hee for years, from when she was a teenagerA former national speed skating coach in South Korea has been sentenced to more than decade in prison for sexually assaulting d…

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Cruyff turn: musical about Dutch football legend planned for 2021

14 de musical, named after the number on the back of Johan Cruyff’s shirt, will be staged near AmsterdamA musical about the life of Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff is set to start late next year, paying tribute to one of the game’s greatest-ever players….

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French Olympic hopeful climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after cliff fall

Douady seen as one of the sport’s brightest young talents French climbing federation expresses ‘immense sadness’ Teenage French climbing prodigy Luce Douady was killed on Sunday when she fell on a footpath in a climbing area in the French Alps, the Fre…

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Trump stumbles over Sachin Tendulkar’s name during India visit

US president struggles with pronunciation while attending a rally with prime minister Narendra Modi in AhmedabadThe US president, Donald Trump, gave a special mention to cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli during a visit to India on Monday …

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Trump stumbles over Sachin Tendulkar’s name during India visit

US president struggles with pronunciation while attending a rally with prime minister Narendra Modi in AhmedabadThe US president, Donald Trump, gave a special mention to cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli during a visit to India on Monday …

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Coco Gauff wins again in Linz to become youngest WTA finalist since 2004

Gauff beats Andrea Petkovic in straight sets to reach Linz finalWorld No 110 set to climb to at least 80th in Monday’s rankingsAmerican teenage sensation Coco Gauff reached the first WTA final of her career on Saturday as the 15-year-old beat Andrea Pe…

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Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Women free to watch World Cup qualifier after ban liftsThose attending in Tehran will be segregated from menIranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic r…

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Tears of joy as South Korea’s water polo team score – but concede 94

Record 64-0 defeat followed by 30-1 loss Memories evoked of Eric ‘The Eel’ MoussambaniSouth Korea’s women’s water polo team lost their first two games at the world championships by an eye-watering aggregate score of 94-1 – but they celebrated their sol…

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Manotas brace lifts Houston Dynamo to US Open Cup over snakebitten Philly

Manotas double lifts Houston to club’s first US Open CupPhiladelphia beaten in cup final for third time in five yearsColombian striker Mauro Manotas scored two first half goals as the Houston Dynamo captured its first US Open Cup championship with a 3-…

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Manotas brace lifts Houston Dynamo to US Open Cup over snakebitten Philly

Manotas double lifts Houston to club’s first US Open CupPhiladelphia beaten in cup final for third time in five yearsColombian striker Mauro Manotas scored two first half goals as the Houston Dynamo captured its first US Open Cup championship with a 3-…

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Top Belgian football TV presenter charged with armed robbery

Stephane Pauwels arrested in major police probeSuspected of armed robbery with firearm as part of gangOne of Belgium’s top football TV presenters has been charged with armed robbery during a raid in an affluent Brussels satellite town, prosecutors said…

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Christian Pulisic’s double lifts Dortmund past Liverpool in friendly

Pulisic hits twice as Dortmund rally to top Liverpool in friendlyLiverpool 1-3 Borussia Dortmund – as it happenedChristian Pulisic scored two second-half goals to lift Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in an International Champions Cup frie…

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Keith Murdoch: disgraced All Black who ‘went bush’ in Australia dies at 74

After a bar brawl in Cardiff, Murdoch became the only All Black sent home from tour, but he didn’t make it to New ZealandKeith Murdoch played just three Tests for the All Blacks, but his name was etched in New Zealand rugby folklore after he became a r…

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José Mourinho joins RT as World Cup pundit

Kremlin-funded channel is branded a ‘foreign agent’ by the US after being caught up in the investigation of Russia meddling in the 2016 electionJosé Mourinho is going to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for RT, a Kremlin-funded news channel…

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Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies

Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to driveSaudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a land…

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Qatar spending $500m a week on World Cup projects

Country’s finance minister says the rate of spend could continue for the next four years to get country ready for tournament

High-spending World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are laying out almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament, the country’s finance minister said.

That eye-watering level of spending could continue until 2021, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said on Tuesday.

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Qatar spending $500m a week on World Cup projects

Country’s finance minister says the rate of spend could continue for the next four years to get country ready for tournament

High-spending World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are laying out almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament, the country’s finance minister said.

That eye-watering level of spending could continue until 2021, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said on Tuesday.

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Qatar to give World Cup workers hats that reduce body temperature

Solar-powered fan reduces skin temperature by up to 10 degrees, which in the height of summer in Qatar means the difference between 50C and 40C

World Cup 2022 labourers in Qatar are to be given “cooling” hard hats which reduce their body temperature as they build football stadiums in the fierce desert heat.

The innovative technology uses a solar-powered fan to reduce the skin temperature by up to 10 degrees, said the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the controversial tournament’s organisation.

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Michael Jordan scores partial victory in China trademark case

Qiaodan Sports Co ordered to stop using basketball star’s name in Chinese script but it can still use phonetic version in English

Michael Jordan has won part of his trademark case against a China-based sportswear company, following the retired basketball star’s years-long struggle for control over the rights to his Chinese name.

In a ruling by the Chinese supreme court, Qiaodan Sports Co, based in south-eastern Fujian province, must stop using the Chinese characters for Qiaodan on its merchandise, according to a transcript of court records posted on an official website.

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