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The haka: how England and others have responded to the All Blacks’ challenge over the years – video

Eddie Jones’s plan to disrupt the All Blacks from the outset came into play before kick-off in the World Cup semi-final as his England side lined up in a V formation while their opponents performed the haka. England could face a fine for their actions…

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Brazilian footballers protest oil spill with custom-made shirts and gloves – video report

A football league match in Brazil was met with protests after an oil spill contaminated the country’s northeast coastline. Both sides demonstrated against the government’s lack of response to the damage. Bahia wore a jersey with several black marks acr…

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‘It was like war’: North Korea v South Korea ends in goalless draw – video report

It was the first time that the teams had met in North Korea for 30 years, although the game was played out with no fans, no media and sadly no goals. The game in Pyongyang ended in a 0-0 draw. Speaking after returning to South Korea, captain and Totten…

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Bulgaria v England: ‘One of the most appalling nights in football’ – video report

England’s trip to Bulgaria was marred by racist abuse hurled at their players during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. Play was halted twice as part of a new protocol aimed at stopping racism in football. A section of Bulgaria’s support could be seen g…

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Petr Cech makes ice hockey dream debut with match-winning penalty save – video

Petr Cech’s life on the ice got off to a dream start as he made a match-winning save in a penalty shootout. The 37-year-old has swapped life on the pitch for life on the ice after playing his first game for Guildford Phoenix ice hockey team. The Premie…

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Ashes 2019 overview: super Smith, sublime Stokes and a tied series – video

Six and a half weeks of extreme highs and lows saw the 2019 Ashes series finish in a draw. Throughout we’ve seen memorable moments from superb Steve Smith hitting hundred after hundred, to Ben Stokes’s incredible solo display at Headingley. An Ashes de…

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Bury FC expelled from EFL after 125 years – video report

Bury, one of the oldest clubs in the league, has been expelled from the Football League after 125 years continued membership with the EFL. However, the governing body ran out of patience with the club’s financial situation and owner, Steve Dale. It loo…

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What is going on at Bury Football Club? – video report

Bury FC, one of the oldest clubs in the league, could be expelled from the EFL on 23 August unless it can provide financial information to show it can pay its debts and function adequately. The Shakers have recently been promoted to League Two but have…

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Stéphanie Frappart: the referee in charge of the Uefa Super Cup – video

Referee Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to officiate a major European men’s game when she takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea in Istanbul. The 35-year-old became the first woman to referee a Ligue 1…

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How Egan Bernal claimed the 2019 Tour de France – video

Egan Bernal is set to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France after retaining the yellow jersey following a shortened stage 20 into Val Thorens. The 22-year-old had taken the overall lead during a chaotic stage 19 on Friday, when the race …

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Maurizio Sarri: a look back at the Italian’s highs and lows at Chelsea – video

Maurizio Sarri has joined Juventus on a three-year contract after securing his release from Chelsea. The 60-year-old had a turbulent tenure as manager, winning the Europa League in a comfortable 4-1 victory over Arsenal and suffering the Blues’ worst e…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: our quick guide to the tournament – video

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Friday 7 as the hosts, France, welcome South Korea. Going into the tournament Phil Neville’s England are one of the favourites, although they’ll face tough opposition from defending champions USA, plus France, Netherl…

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Israel Folau is to be sacked by Rugby Australia: here’s why – video

Israel Folau is to be sacked by Rugby Australia following a post the player made on his Instagram account. RA released a statement on Thursday saying ‘whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs i…

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North London derby: Pochettino and Emery on the top-four clash – video

Unai Emery’s Arsenal side travel to Wembley on a mission to retain their position in the top four. The Gunners go into the Premier League match with three wins in a row, while Spurs have lost their last two games. Speaking before the game Mauricio Poch…

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North London derby: Pochettino and Emery on the top-four clash – video

Unai Emery’s Arsenal side travel to Wembley on a mission to retain their position in the top four. The Gunners go into the Premier League match with three wins in a row, while Spurs have lost their last two games. Speaking before the game Mauricio Poch…

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Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey’s legendary 1966 side. However it’s Banks’s twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is o…

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Super Bowl LIII : LA Rams look for revenge against New England Patriots – video

Super Bowl LIII sees the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams. The battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy will take place in the Mercedez-Benz stadium in Atlanta. This is the third consecutive year the Patriots have been in the Super Bowl; the …

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s record as a manager – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed the interim manager at Manchester United, replacing José Mourinho until the end of the season. The Norwegian says ‘it’s brilliant to be coming back’. Here’s a look at how he’s faired so far in his manage…

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Didier Drogba: Former Chelsea striker calls time on football career – video

The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed his retirement as a player. The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in two successful spells at Chelsea, including a crucial equaliser in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern …

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Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sh…