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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…

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Jorge Lorenzo on British GP pole but rain forces early start at Silverstone

• Safety concerns bring forward British GP start to 11.30am• MotoGP leader Lorenzo pips Andrea Dovizioso to poleJorge Lorenzo is on pole position for Sunday’s British GP at Silverstone. The Spaniard pipped fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso by 15 hun…

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World Cup review – 17 things we learned from Russia 2018

Including: England’s mental shift, why everyone loves Neymar, and the height of Mel from Mel and SueBut it doesn’t improve it much, either. Cancelling a Neymar penalty showed its value, but the snagging list was long: delays, missed calls and wrong cal…

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Dylan Groenewegen sprints to back-to-back Tour de France stage wins

• Dutchman follows up Friday’s win with victory in Amiens• Greg van Avermaet stays in yellow, Dan Martin loses timeDylan Groenewegen won his second Tour de France stage in a row after outlasting his rivals in a bunch sprint finish in Amiens.The Dutch L…

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Croatia book World Cup semi-final with England after penalty shootout win

Croatia will meet England in the World Cup last four after defeating the host nation Russia 4-3 in a quarter-final penalty shootout in Sochi.The teams were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and remained locked – though at 2-2 – after extra time, before be…

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Boat Race 2018: Cambridge beat Oxford in men’s and women’s races

• Cambridge men power to victory, 10 seconds clear of Oxford• Cambridge women claim first back-to-back wins since 1999Cambridge enjoyed a clean sweep in the Boat Race with both the men and women cruising to victory on the Thames.In cool, still conditio…

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European roundup: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid sink Valencia

• Madrid bounce back from Copa del Rey defeat with a 4-1 win• Bayern survive early scare against Hoffenheim to win 5-2Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as stumbling Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at …

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FA Cup fourth-round roundup: Biamou claims another scalp for Coventry

• Roared on by 8,000 fans, Mark Robins’ side shock MK Dons• Out-of-sorts Hudderfield held at home by Birmingham CityFresh from knocking out Premier League Stoke City in the third round, Coventry City pulled off another shock as Mark Robins’ League Two …

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Spartak Moscow in racism row after controversial video posted on Twitter

• Caption of black players training translates as ‘See how chocolates melt in sun’• Critics say racism one of the biggest issues Russia faces in World Cup yearSpartak Moscow are at the centre of a racism row after their official Twitter account posted …

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The sporting year ahead: 18 dates for your diary in 2018

Russia’s ethical World Cup adventure, Nigeria’s bobsleigh stars at the Winter Olympics, and a welcome helping of London 2012 nostalgia Russia 14 June – 15 July Continue reading…

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Rhian Brewster hat-trick sends England into Under-17 World Cup semi-finals

• USA Under-17s 1-4 England Under-17s• Morgan Gibbs-White and Liverpool youngster star in rampant win in GoaLiverpool’s Rhian Brewster scored a hat-trick as England beat the USA 4-1 in Goa to secure their first place in the U17 World Cup semi-finals.En…

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Mo Farah takes world 5,000m silver to fall short of a farewell double

• Briton fails to add to 10,000m success in final major run on the track
• Farah, winner of four world and Olympic doubles, beaten by Muktar Edris

Mo Farah missed out on the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Athletics Championships, bringing down the curtain on his track career at major events with a silver medal.

Farah, 34, is stepping up to the marathon and had hoped to add to the doubles he won at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 world championships. He also won the 5,000m at the 2011 worlds, giving him 10 global golds in all.

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Burnley abandon pre-season friendly against Hannover on police advice

• Crowd trouble forces match to be abandoned at Turf Moor
• Burnley led 1-0 at half-time against Bundesliga opposition

Burnley have said they had to abandon their pre-season friendly against Hannover on Saturday on police advice after crowd trouble marred the action at Turf Moor.

Supporters of the newly-promoted Bundesliga side were pictured ripping up seats and throwing them towards home sections of the stadium while the first half was still being played. Defender Ben Mee opened the scoring for Burnley before police attempted to restore order over an extended half-time interval.

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