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Kevin De Bruyne guides Manchester City to victory against Yokohama

• Yokohama F Marinos 1-3 Manchester City• De Bruyne scores and sets up goal in City’s final game of tourManchester City completed their pre-season trip to Asia with a 3-1 victory over Yokohama F Marinos in Japan. In their final warm-up before taking on…

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Pinot wins Tour de France stage 14 and Alaphilippe extends lead over Thomas

• Geraint Thomas suffers on final climb and loses time to leader• Julian Alaphilippe second on Tourmalet stage finishThibaut Pinot took the honours at the iconic Col du Tourmalet finish to a punishing stage where the Col du Soulour climb had already ca…

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Stina Blackstenius sends Sweden past Germany and into World Cup semi-final

Sweden will face Netherlands for a place in the World Cup final after a stunning victory over Germany in the blistering heat of Roazhon Park.Germany went in to the quarter-final as favourites, having not lost to Sweden in a major tournament since 1995 …

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Manchester City win FA Cup to seal treble with 6-0 demolition of Watford

Manchester City have become the first English men’s team to win a domestic treble thanks to a record-equalling 6-0 win against Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley.Watford held their own for the first quarter of the match but from the moment David Si…

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Premier League 2018-19 fans’ verdicts. Part one: Arsenal to Huddersfield

Fans review the season with one game to play – the stars, the flops and the moments that made them smile• Part 2: Leicester to WolvesEmery is entitled to a bit of a free pass in this transitional season but inevitably there’s a mood of discontent over …

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Premier League 2018-19 fans’ verdicts. Part two: Leicester to Wolves

Fans review the season with one game to play – the stars, the flops and the moments that made them smile• Part 1: Arsenal to HuddersfieldI think “all’s well that ends well” is a good enough way to sum up Leicester’s season. Try as he might Claude Puel’…

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League One roundup: Luton seal title as Plymouth go down on goal difference

• Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Walsall relegated to League Two• Doncaster seal final play-off spot with win over CoventryLuton sealed the title while Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Walsall were relegated in a dramatic finale to the League One season.The Hatters …

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League Two roundup: Notts County relegated while MK Dons go up

• Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield survive after Cambridge draw• Newport strike late to secure final play-off spotNotts County are relegated to the National League after a 3-1 defeat against Swindon left them in League Two’s bottom two.County’s defeat meant…

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Derby, Wigan and Northampton all report alleged racist abuse of players

• Police arrest Brentford fan after incident at Griffin Park• Wigan report hate crime after Nathan Byrne abused onlinePolice are investigating multiple allegations of racist abuse against Football League players – with Derby, Wigan and Northampton all …

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Kash Ali disqualified for biting David Price in bizarre heavyweight bout

• Birmingham fighter leaves arena under barrage from fans• Price says former sparring partner ‘lost his head completely’Kash Ali faces a lengthy ban from boxing after being disqualified for biting David Price during their all-British heavyweight contes…

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Alcácer late show takes Dortmund top as Bayern held at Freiburg

• Paco Alcácer scores twice in injury time against Wolfsburg• Mönchengladbach’s top-four hopes hit by surprise 3-1 lossBorussia Dortmund climbed back to the top of the Bundesliga after late drama in their match with Wolfsburg as Freiburg held Bayern Mu…

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West Brom sack head coach Darren Moore blaming ‘disappointing’ results

• Albion lie fourth in Championship after draw with Ipswich• Chief executive Mark Jenkins blames poor form and resultsWest Bromwich Albion have sacked Darren Moore, blaming the head coach for failing to “engineer consistency of form and results”.The de…

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Gordon Banks on his famous Pelé save: ‘I didn’t even realise I’d made it’

Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, is often lauded as making the greatest save in history to deny Pelé at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. In 2003, he spoke to Observer Sport Monthly about itThat save from Pelé’s header was the best I ever made. I didn’t…

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Southampton pledge bans after fans detained for ‘mocking’ Emiliano Sala

• Two men filmed making plane gestures during Cardiff game• Fan behaviour back in spotlight after four arrests at WatfordPolice have detained two Southampton fans who appeared to mock the death of the Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala, on a day when unrela…

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Seven-try Montpellier push weakened Newcastle out of Champions Cup

• Dean Richards bemoans loss of key players• Jacob Stockdale tries inspire UlsterNewcastle, struggling at the foot of the Premiership, made a meek exit from Europe with a Champions Cup defeat at Montpellier, the French side hammering the Falcons 45-8.M…

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The ugly spectre of racism in football on the rise across Europe

The abuse of Raheem Sterling and antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans are indicative of a wider picture of unacceptable intolerance, as our continent-wide survey revealsBelgium continues to have significant problems with racism, not confined to footbal…

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From Tiger Woods to World Cup memories: our favourite sports books of 2018

The story of the 1936 Olympics, tales from the soul of English cricket, a charlatan footballer called Kaiser and the remarkable Doddie Weir all take pride of place on our bookshelvesIn the crowded world of sporting fame, to be known universally by a si…

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Chelsea and police investigate claims of racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling

• Footage circulated online appears to show fan abusing Sterling• Chelsea pledge ‘the strongest possible action where necessary’Chelsea and the Metropolitan police have launched investigations after footage of a fan allegedly aiming racist abuse at Rah…

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Copa Libertadores final: Boca v River first leg postponed after torrential rain

• Match will now be played on Sunday afternoon • Conmebol calls game off after day of confusionThe first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, set to be a Superclásico derby between Argentina’s Boca Juniors and River Plate, has been postponed after heavy…

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Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face of Munster’s Rory Scannell

• Gloucester fly-half apologises after being shown red card• Premiership player of the month left out of England squadDanny Cipriani’s bad week got considerably worse when the fly-half rejected by England was sent off for a high tackle during Glouceste…