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‘I think it’ll be all right’: England fans begin arriving in Volgograd

There is nervousness among some supporters before World Cup opener but most feel welcomedEngland fans have started arriving in the Russian city of Volgograd before their team’s opening World Cup game on Monday and are abiding by strict warnings not to …

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FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup

• Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would host with England• Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will submit rival joint bidThe Football Association has held secret talks with the other home nations about the possibility of a joint bid for the 2030 Worl…

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US, Canada and Mexico beat Morocco in vote to host 2026 World Cup

• Joint bid chosen by Fifa congress in Russia on eve of 2018 event• United 2026 received 134 votes compared to Morocco’s 65The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after they beat Morocco by a margin of 69 votes to host t…

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Chris Froome and I hung out to dry in doping cases, says Lizzie Deignan

• Deignan: UK Anti-Doping should have protected my reputation• ‘Unfortunately for Chris his reputation is tarnished’Lizzie Deignan has claimed Chris Froome has been denied a fair process in his anti-doping case and criticised the testing authorities fo…

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Gareth Southgate wants young, hungry England to dream of winning World Cup

• Praises players for ‘painstakingly’ accepting new ideas• Says potential racism situation has been discussedGareth Southgate is encouraging his young players to believe they can win the World Cup and create a fresh narrative for an England team that f…

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England’s likable lads inspire hope of happy memories at Russia 2018

England have shown a togetherness not seen at previous tournaments in the buildup to the World Cup with Gareth Southgate’s squad not baring the scars of past failuresOutside Elland Road on Thursday night there was little to suggest excitement levels fo…

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England must target reaching last eight at World Cup – Martin Glenn

• We’ve never been better prepared,’ says FA chief executive• Glenn praised environment in Southgate’s England campEngland should be targeting at least reaching the quarter-finals in Russia, according to the Football Association’s chief executive, Mart…

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Premier League winter break to come into force in 2019-20 season

• Fixture changes will lead to a 10-day break in February • Move is designed to help England at major tournamentsA winter break will come into force in the Premier League for a first time in the 2019-20 season in a move the Football Association believe…

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Safe standing at football: government to review all-seat policy

• Sports minister responds to growing public enthusiasm • Tracey Crouch to address Westminster debate on 25 JuneThe government is poised to make its most significant shift towards allowing safe standing at football matches by commissioning a review of …

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Russia sees spike in racist and homophobic chants before World Cup

• Victims included France players and Russia’s own goalkeeper• Emergency WhatsApp helpline will allow fans to report issuesRacist and homophobic chants are on the rise in Russia before the World Cup finals, with LGBT and ethnic minority supporters trav…

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England are already practising penalties, says Jordan Pickford

• World Cup squad even completing walk from the halfway line• Pickford in duel with Butland and Pope for England No 1 jerseyJordan Pickford has confirmed England are preparing for the possibility of facing penalties in Russia, even practising the …

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R&A chief executive calls for more action to address lack of diversity

• Martin Slumbers says ‘we have to change fast’ or suffer• Local clubs expected to play integral role in attracting womenGolf requires a major facelift in order to attract more women and families and shift away from the stuffy, male?dominated image it …

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Women in Football reports 400% rise in alleged discrimination and sexism

• Equality group received 271 reports during 2017-18• Social media accounted for biggest leap in harassmentA huge rise in the number of reports of sexist discrimination in football targeted at high?profile women in the game is worrying but not surprisi…

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Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Bernard Hinault

• Legendary cyclist criticises Froome after Giro d’Italia win• Froome may enter Tour de France before anti-doping decisionThe legendary cyclist Bernard Hinault has launched a stinging attack on Chris Froome, claiming he should never have been on the Gi…

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Gary Cahill feared Chelsea form would cost him England World Cup place

• 32-year-old left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for friendlies• ‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous,’ says defenderGary Cahill feared the worst when his phone flashed with a missed call from Gareth Southgate this month. He had ampl…

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Eni Aluko: ‘Standing up for what you believe in is liberating’

Forward reflects on a ‘stressful, negative period’ as she gets set to play abroad after leaving Chelsea while looking forward to some World Cup punditryEni Aluko is wearing a lime-green Hawaiian print shirt and is surprisingly sprightly after a week of…

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Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

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Police to issue England fans with guide to ‘sensitive sites’ at World Cup

• Concerns trouble could flare in historically sensitive Volgograd• Memorials there are sensitive … people should be careful with flags’Police will issue England fans with a guide to “sensitive sites” in Volgograd and warn them not to sing inappropri…

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Gwyn Williams accused of ‘mini apartheid state’ in Chelsea youth setup

• Claim by former trainee who may take legal action against club• Williams has denied all allegations of racismA former Chelsea youth player has alleged that Gwyn Williams presided over a “mini apartheid state” there and may join a group of former memb…

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Test that resulted in adverse finding for Chris Froome called into question

• Study claims it is unfeasible to accurately measure level of salbutamol• Froome under scrutiny for adverse finding at 2017 VueltaChris Froome’s battle to rescue his reputation after a failed drugs test looks bound for the court of arbitration for spo…