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India suffer blow as Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of Cricket World Cup

• India ask ICC to allow Dhawan to be replaced by Rishabh Pant• Afghanistan coach Simmons’s rift with chief selector deepensIndia’s World Cup prospects have suffered a setback with the news that opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for the rest of …

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Which footballers have had unlikely guests at their weddings? | The Knowledge

Plus: captains born close to the scene of trophy-lifting success, more Davids v Goliaths and the lowest-ranked international Premier League players. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“After Mesut Özil’s government-endorsed nuptials, have any other playe…

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Geraint Thomas taken to hospital after heavy crash at Tour de Suisse

• Welsh rider falls 27 kilometres from finish • Team Ineos confirm Thomas has abandoned raceReigning Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has been taken to hospital after he abandoned the Tour de Suisse following a heavy crash during stage four of th…

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Alexis Sánchez scores first goal since January as Chile beat Japan

I have felt worse than ever, says Manchester United forwardReigning champions start Copa América campaign with winAlexis Sánchez scored his first goal since January as Chile beat Japan 4-0 in their opening Copa América game. The Manchester United forwa…

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Jason Roy ruled out for minimum of two England games with hamstring tear

• James Vince to come in for Afghanistan and Sri Lanka games• Eoin Morgan could be replaced by Moeen Ali after back spasmEngland have confirmed Jason Roy will miss at least the next two games of the Cricket World Cup with a hamstring injury. Related: F…

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Linda Sembrant strikes early to steer Sweden past spirited Thailand

An early header from Linda Sembrant helped Sweden towards a 5-1 victory over Thailand that guarantees their progress into the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup.The defender rose bravely to meet a free-kick and give her side the lead in the sixth…

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Chelsea confirm Maurizio Sarri’s exit and will ask for Frank Lampard talks

• Sarri leaving to become Juventus head coach• Chelsea want Lampard from Derby to replace himChelsea have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left the club after one season as head coach. The club will now approach Derby County for talks with Frank Lampa…

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Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour glory by two seconds

British rider holds off Katarzyna Niewiadom to winAmy Pieters sprints home in concluding sixth stageLizzie Deignan took victory in the Women’s Tour after pipping Katarzyna Niewiadoma by just two seconds, the smallest winning margin in the race’s histor…

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Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour glory by two seconds

British rider holds off Katarzyna Niewiadom to winAmy Pieters sprints home in concluding sixth stageLizzie Deignan took victory in the Women’s Tour after pipping Katarzyna Niewiadoma by just two seconds, the smallest winning margin in the race’s histor…

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Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour race lead after stage five victory

• British rider is one second ahead of Kasia Niewiadoma• Final stage sees competitors head through CarmarthenshireLizzie Deignan moved into the overall race lead at the Women’s Tour with one day remaining after winning stage five in Builth Wells.The Br…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: talking points from the first week of action

Fifa’s ticket policy, French sarcasm, colourful supporters and teams making their World Cup debut have grabbed attentionThe word on the street in Nice and Le Havre – well, mainly from the mouths of taxi drivers but they’re usually a decent barometer – …

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FFA confirm Socceroos to play at next year’s Copa América

Qatar also invited to South American tournamentGraham Arnold: ‘We crave these opportunities’The Socceroos will broaden their horizons next year after accepting an invitation from the South American confederation, Conmebol, to take part in the 2020 Copa…

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India v Pakistan, Boris Johnson’s street rugby and US Open memories

This week’s roundup also features a goalkeeper’s calamitous loss of focus, USA goal gluts and office chair racing1) There’s no doubt what the most watched Cricket World Cup match will be this weekend (if the rain holds off): India v Pakistan excites pa…

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Daniel James’s exceptional pace will benefit United, says Solskjær

• United confirm signing of 21-year-old on five-year deal• James says it is ‘perfect club’ to continue his developmentOle Gunnar Solskjær has said that Daniel James’ “exceptional pace and work ethic” was one of the reasons Manchester United wanted to s…

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Chris Froome in hospital and a doubt for Tour De France after Criterium crash

• Four-time Tour winner was injured on practise run for time trial• Team INEOS say rider has been taken to local hospitalChris Froome has been taken to hospital after crashing on a recon run for the Criterium du Dauphine stage four time-trial, casting …

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What is football’s biggest David v Goliath victory? | The Knowledge

Plus: golden oldie top scorers, Zs in names and a Derby County curiosity. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Curaçao beat India 3-1 in the King’s Cup last week,” notes Bas van Eldonk. “Curaçao has a population of 162,000 v India’s 1.367 billion, which m…

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International men’s football: talking points from the week’s action

Nations League positives for Portugal and even England, dismay for David de Gea and Kosovo’s Euro 2020 qualifying joyThe numbed anticlimax of Sunday’s third-place play-off ensured the lingering impression of England’s Nations League campaign was one of…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…

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French Open trophy error lists Britain’s Sue Barker as Australian

Barker won women’s title in 1976 but is listed as ‘AUST’Australia’s Ash Barty noticed error after her victoryShe may have been born and raised in Devon and be the face of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage but, according to the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen – the tr…

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Shane Duffy’s late header snatches point for Ireland in Denmark

• Mick McCarthy’s side stay on top of their group• Jesus Navas on target for Spain in Faroe IslandsShane Duffy left Denmark cursing the Republic of Ireland once again as he headed home a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw in Copenh…