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Jadon Sancho’s late introduction fails to fire Borussia Dortmund to victory

• Former Man City winger comes on as substitute in 2-2 draw at Eintracht• Leipzig close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Dortmund to a single pointJadon Sancho became the first Englishman to play for Borussia Dortmund when the 17-year-old forward was brou…

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Australia’s David Warner promises ‘hatred’ and ‘war’ with England in Ashes

• Australia opener says he tries to dislike his opposition to get on top• Captain Steve Smith says he ‘cannot condone’ Ben Stokes’s behaviourThe Australia opener David Warner has fired a salvo before the Ashes, likening the series to a “war” and saying…

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FC Sion president vows to defy ban for attacking TV commentator

• Christian Constantin attacked Rolf Fringer following a match at Lugano• ‘If they want a war, they’ll have a war,’ says president in response to banThe president of the Swiss top-flight club FC Sion has pledged to defy a 14-month ban imposed on h…

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Iceland become smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup finals

• Win over Kosovo secures place at World Cup 2018 in Russia
• Serbia seal qualification, Croatia confirm play-off place

Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals.

Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team knew a win against Group I’s bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time.

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Norway FA agrees deal to pay male and female international footballers equally

• Male players to contribute their commercial earnings to women’s team
• Caroline Graham Hansen: ‘Thank you for making this step’

A new agreement between Norway’s football association and the country’s international players will lead to men and women receiving the same financial compensation for representing their country, with the men making a financial contribution to the women’s team.

In what players’ union boss Joachim Walltin believes to be the first deal of its kind, the Norwegian FA has announced it is almost doubling the remuneration pot for the women, from 3.1 million Norwegian kroner (£296,000) to a total of 6 million kroner (£574,000). This includes a contribution of 550,000 kroner by the male players, money they currently receive for commercial activities undertaken as part of the national teams. “Norway is a country where equal standing is very important for us, so I think it is good for the country and for the sport,” Walltin added.

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Croatia sack coach Ante Cacic on eve of final World Cup 2018 qualifier

• Zlatko Dalic appointed as Cacic’s successor after 1-1 draw with Finland
• Croatia face Ukraine on Monday, when a win would seal play-off berth

Croatia have sacked coach Ante Cacic and named Zlatko Dalic as his replacement ahead of their crunch World Cup Group I qualifier in Ukraine, the Balkan nation’s Football Association (HNS) president Davor Suker confirmed on Saturday.

“Dalic is the new coach and will be in charge for the last game away to Ukraine,” Suker told a news conference in the Croatian capital. “The HNS executive board made a unanimous decision after a long night to terminate cooperation with Cacic. We took only four points in the last four games and had no choice but to take this course of action.”

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South American roundup: Uruguay kept waiting after Venezuela stalemate

  • Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay; Bolivia 0-0 Brazil
  • Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani unable to find breakthrough

Uruguay failed to break down Venezuela in a 0-0 draw and must wait until Tuesday to seal what looks a certain World Cup place.

Óscar Tabárez’s team are second in the South American round-robin group with 28 points, behind only already qualified Brazil. Uruguay could secure their place in Russia when the latest round of Conmebol qualifiers is completed.

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Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta calls for ‘open dialogue’ over Catalonia crisis

• Spain’s constitutional court suspended session of Catalan parliament
• Iniesta: ‘Do it for all of us, as we deserve to live in peace’

Barcelona have joined the captain, Andrés Iniesta, in calling for dialogue between the Spanish government and leaders in Catalonia to resolve the crisis between the central government and its richest region following the disputed referendum on Sunday.

Heavy-handed tactics employed on Sunday by Spanish police trying to stop the ballot have been widely criticised. The regional government said the police action left more than 840 people needing medical treatment.

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Portsmouth were ‘like an abused child’, says new owner Michael Eisner

• Former Disney boss says Pompey story is ‘unbelievable’
• ‘They were like an abused child. They thought: Oh my god, not another guy’

Portsmouth’s owner, Michael Eisner, likened the League One club to an abused child on Wednesday as the former Walt Disney chief executive set out his plans for a feelgood tale of sporting redemption.

The 75-year-old American completed his takeover of the south coast club, who fell from the Premier League to the lowest rung of the Football league and are now climbing back up, in August.

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Gerard Piqué jeered by spectators at Spain’s World Cup training session

• Spectators aim chants at Catalan centre-back during session in Madrid
• Barcelona president discusses potential future outside of La Liga

Gerard Piqué was targeted by angry Spain fans on Monday when Barcelona’s Catalan defender took part in an open training session with the national team the day after the Catalonia independence referendum.

The centre-back, who voted in the referendum and has criticised police violence against voters which resulted in hundreds of injuries, has long been taunted by Spain fans but Monday’s barrage of insults was particularly severe.

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Rohit Sharma’s 125 guides India to seven-wicket ODI win over Australia

• Australia 242-9 (50 overs); India 243-3 (42.5 overs)
Full scorecard from Nagpur

The opening batsman Rohit Sharma smashed 125 to guide India to a convincing seven-wicket win against Australia in the fifth and final one-day international in Nagpur on Sunday, for a 4-1 series victory.

Chasing 243, the hosts cantered to their target with more than seven overs remaining as Australia’s listless bowling attack failed to pose any serious challenge.

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European roundup: Neymar double helps PSG breeze past Bordeaux

• Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler also on target as Ligue 1 leaders hit six
• Shinji Kagawa becomes Bundesliga’s top Japanese scorer of all time

Neymar scored a double as Paris Saint-Germain’s awe-inspiring firepower was on show again in a 6-2 demolition of Bordeaux that stretched their Ligue 1 lead to three points.

Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier and Julian Draxler also found the back of the net before the break, with Kylian Mbappé adding a goal in the second half, though Younousse Sankharé and Malcom struck consolation goals for Bordeaux.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale score as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund

• Portuguese on target twice in 150th European club match in 3-1 win
• Wissam Ben Yedder is first Sevilla player to hit hat-trick in European game

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in his 150th European club match as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund for the first time in Germany. His goals wrapped up a 3-1 win after Gareth Bale had put them ahead with a superb volley in the 18th minute.

Ronaldo doubled Real’s lead before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back in the 54th minute but the Portuguese international confirmed the holders’ victory when he fired past Dortmund’s keeper Roman Buerki in the 79th minute.

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Tour of Britain: Lars Boom wins second title after Boasson Hagen takes stage

• Dutchman protects eight second lead to clinch second title
• Boasson Hagen wins stage and moves to second in general classification

The Dutchman Lars Boom sealed a second overall victory in the Tour of Britain as Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen won the final stage to Cardiff on Sunday.

Boasson Hagen launced a solo attack with three kilometres remaining and managed to stay out in front despite the efforts of the sprinters to chase him down.

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Paulo Dybala’s fine strike caps Juventus’s home victory over Chievo

Juventus maintained their perfect start to the Serie A season with a 3-0 home win over Chievo capped by a superb individual goal from Paulo Dybala. The champions have taken nine points from their opening three games as they chase a seventh successive title.

Chievo gave Juventus a helping hand when Perparim Hetemaj inadvertently headed Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick into his own goal at the near post after 17 minutes.

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American women fill US open semi-final spots after Madison Keys victory

  • American champion guaranteed at final major of year
  • Keys to play CoCo Vandeweghe; Venus Williams to meet Sloane Stephens

A rampaging Madison Keys completed an American sweep of the US Open women’s quarter-finals, dismissing Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to guarantee an American champion at the year’s final grand slam.

Keys’ victory ensured Americans grabbed all of the semi-finals berths at Flushing Meadows for the first time since Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter filled the final four spots in 1981.

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Lionel Messi scores 350th La Liga goal as Barcelona canter past Alavés

Lionel Messi made amends for a missed first-half penalty by scoring both goals as Barcelona won 2-0 at Alavés on Saturday.

Messi, who hit the woodwork three times but failed to score in last week’s 2-0 win over Real Betis, endured further frustration when his spot-kick was parried away by Fernando Pacheco in the 41st minute after Gerard Piqué was fouled.

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Lionel Messi scores 350th La Liga goal as Barcelona canter past Alavés

Lionel Messi made amends for a missed first-half penalty by scoring both goals as Barcelona won 2-0 at Alavés on Saturday.

Messi, who hit the woodwork three times but failed to score in last week’s 2-0 win over Real Betis, endured further frustration when his spot-kick was parried away by Fernando Pacheco in the 41st minute after Gerard Piqué was fouled.

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Robert Lewandowski’s rapid double sees Bayern Munich past Werder Bremen

Robert Lewandowski struck twice in three second-half minutes to steer Bayern Munich to a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen for their second successive win of the new Bundesliga season.The Poland international scored his first goal in the 72nd minute with …

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Julian Alaphilippe wins stage eight and Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead

• French rider marks return from knee injury with maiden grand tour win
• Froome attacks on final climb to add 17 seconds to lead

France’s Julian Alaphilippe signalled his return to top form after knee surgery when he took his maiden grand tour win in the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España on Saturday.

Chris Froome, looking to become the first rider to achieve a Tour de France-Vuelta double since 1978, attacked on the final climb to extend his overall lead as only Alberto Contador could follow him.

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