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England’s World Cup heartbreak dominates front pages

Semi-final defeat against Croatia marks end of the road for Gareth Southgate’s teamEngland crashing out of the World Cup after extra time on Wednesday night – their first appearance in the semi-final in nearly 30 years – meant that triumphal dummy fron…

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Hyde Park World Cup semi final: fans’ joy turns to disappointment

Event attended by 50,000 optimistic fans but 2-1 win for Croatia sees England leave competition“It’s like the Olympics again.” There was a feeling of high optimism in Hyde Park, where new fans mixed with the more established, as kick-off approached. By…

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Arrest after Liverpool fan in critical condition from pre-match assault

Merseyside police responded to reports of violence before game against Roma at AnfieldTwo men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man was left in a critical condition when he was attacked before Liverpool’s Champions Lea…

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Wayne Rooney charged with drink-driving after posing for selfie at bar

Former England football captain was arrested in the early hours of Friday after police stopped a VW Beetle in WilmslowWayne Rooney is due to appear in court charged with drink-driving the day after his first potential return to Old Trafford since leavi…

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‘So, what are you?’ BBC Today host questions Konta on her Britishness

Wimbledon semi-finalist pulls Radio 4’s John Humphrys up on factual inaccuracies in interview that at times appeared tense

The BBC presenter John Humphrys has questioned whether or not the tennis player Johanna Konta – a Team GB Olympic athlete and UK citizen – is truly British during a Today programme interview.

Konta, who this month became the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon semi-final since 1978, pulled Humphrys up on factual inaccuracies in what appeared at times to be a slightly tense discussion on Radio 4 on Tuesday.

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105-year-old man sets record by cycling more than 14 miles in an hour

Frenchman Robert Marchand, who previously broke record in over-100s category, sets time in new over-105s class

A 105-year-old man has made history by cycling more than 14 miles round a track in an hour.

Robert Marchand set the first hour record in the over-100s category in 2012, then beat it himself two years later at the age of 102, when he covered more than 16 miles. While his distance in Wednesday’s ride was not as great as those two, the new over-105s category had been specially created for him to reflect the magnitude of his feat.

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NSPCC football abuse hotline receives over 1,700 calls in 3 weeks

Many calls to charity phone line, which was only set up three weeks ago, have resulted in referrals to police or another agency

A telephone hotline dedicated to dealing with abuse within football has received more than 1,700 calls since it was set up three weeks ago, a children’s charity has said.

According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which is running the service, more than 900 calls came in the past fortnight – showing a dip on average from the number received in the first week.

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Dario Gradi offers to help in football child abuse investigation

Former Chelsea assistant coach and Crewe manager denies any wrongdoing after claim he ‘smoothed over’ a complaint

Dario Gradi, the former manager of Crewe Alexandra who has been suspended from football amid an investigation into his links to alleged child abuse, has said he will do all in his power to help the authorities.

Gradi, who was also the club’s director of football, reiterated his denial of any wrongdoing on Monday. The club, which he joined in 1983, has been at the centre of allegations of child abuse but it is understood that the Football Association’s investigation into Gradi relates to his time at Chelsea, when it is alleged he “smoothed over” a complaint against a colleague in the 1970s.

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Matt Le Tissier accuses ex-Southampton coach of ‘very wrong’ actions

Former player says he and others were given naked massages by Bob Higgins, who was club’s youth officer in 1980s

The former Southampton footballer Matt Le Tissier has revealed that he witnessed inappropriate behaviour by a coach at the centre of abuse allegations during his time at the club.

He said on Tuesday that he and other young players were given naked massages by Bob Higgins, a former youth officer at Southampton. Though the former player said he was not a victim of abuse himself, he said the behaviour was “very wrong”.

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Gary Lineker in talks with Walkers crisps over Sun advertising

The face of the snack maker supports campaign to convince firms not to advertise with newspapers that ‘stir hostility’ towards refugees

The star of the Walkers crisps adverts, Gary Lineker, has held talks with the brand about its relationship with the Sun newspaper, which has attacked him in recent weeks for his views on the refugee crisis.

Lineker said people would have to “wait and see” the outcome of the discussions. But, within hours, Walkers appeared to pour cold water on suggestions it would sever ties with the paper.

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Endurance athlete Nick Thomas dies in attempt to swim Channel

45-year-old got into difficulty in the water near Calais while was taking part in London-to-Paris Enduroman event

A British athlete has died trying to swim from Dover to Calais.

Nick Thomas was taking part in an attempt to run, cycle and swim from Marble Arch, central London, to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris when he got into trouble in the water near Calais, according to the event’s organisers, Enduroman.

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British woman dies after being swept overboard in Clipper yacht race

Sarah Young, who was 40 and from London, was taking part in the round the world race when she was swept into the Pacific Ocean

A British woman has died taking part in the Clipper Round the World yacht race after being swept overboard, the event’s organisers have said.

Sarah Young, who was 40 and from London, was pulled unconscious from the Pacific Ocean by her crewmates. They tried to resuscitate her but she did not regain consciousness, Clipper said in a statement.

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The Guardian named website of the year at Press Awards

Guardian Weekend section and several of newspaper’s journalists also honoured at annual awards hosted by Society of Editors

The Guardian has been named website of the year at the Press Awards, while Guardian Weekend was given the prize for supplement of the year.

Three of the newspaper’s journalists were also honoured at the ceremony in London on Tuesday night and an Observer writer was highly commended.

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Sepp Blatter’s reign as head of Fifa marked by scandal from outset

Timeline of corruption, payoffs and World Cup vote-buying that lead to disgraced Fifa president’s eight-year ban from football

Sepp Blatter has insisted that he will “fight” for himself and for Fifa after being banned from football for eight years. In his eyes, his tenure as president, which began in 1998, was worthy of mention in the same breath as Nelson Mandela’s time as the leader of South Africa.

It was that year, at the very start of his time at the summit of Fifa, as far as Blatter and Michel Platini’s version of events is concerned, that the seeds of the current scandal were sown.

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Cerebral palsy triathlete, aged eight, wins Rollason award

Bailey Matthews receives ovation as he wins award for outstanding achievement in face of adversity

An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who completed a triathlon unaided was given the Helen Rollason prize at Sunday night’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Related: Andy Murray and Belfast the winners in Sports Personality of the Year

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Swindon Town FC bans media outlets from press conferences

Club excludes local paper and two websites, saying that in future all interviews will be conducted by its own press officer and be released through an app

A football club has been accused of “pulling up the drawbridge” after it banned media outlets from attending press conferences. Instead, Swindon Town FC will put out interviews conducted by its own press officer on its website and a social media app.

The decision follows a ban handed to the local paper – the Swindon Advertiser – last year; one of many such restrictions placed on newspapers by various football clubs in recent years.

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Andy Murray on Scottish independence vote: ‘Let’s do this!’

Wimbledon champion tweets apparent endorsement of yes vote in referendum, criticising negativity of the no side Continue reading…

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Rik Mayall’s World Cup anthem set to move up music charts

Noble England, originally released for the 2010 World Cup, boosted by social media campaigns following Mayall’s death Continue reading…

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Sir Alex Ferguson begins selling wine collection to make space for new finds

Ex-Man Utd manager is auctioning off large part of collection because retirement is giving him more time to find new winesHe was known for inviting opposition managers into his office for a post-match glass during his time in charge of Manchester Unite…

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London marathon 2014: man dies after crossing the finish line

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