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Alexander Povetkin has Russian government behind him, warns Hearn

• Anthony Joshua’s promoter says fight is important for Russia• ‘This is a major, major thing if he could stick one on a Brit’Alexander Povetkin has the full weight of the Russian government behind him as he prepares to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley …

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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‘No pasarán’: Spain laps up Clapton CFC’s anti-fascist football kit

London non-league club’s shirt salutes International Brigades who fought in Spanish civil warA London non-league football club’s away kit has become a surprise hit in Spain, because of the anti-fascist message embroidered into it. Clapton Community FC …

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Genoa fans stay silent to honour victims of bridge collapse

Fans watched match against Empoli for 43 minutes in near-silence to honour victimsFans of Italian football club Genoa watched the first 43 minutes of their team’s Serie A match at home to Empoli in near-silence on Sunday to honour the victims of the mo…

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Jan Ullrich arrested after allegedly attacking escort in Frankfurt hotel

• 1997 Tour winner could be charged with attempted murder• Arrest follows incident in Mallorca on neighbour’s propertyJan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was arrested early on Friday for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel. A po…

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Black athlete attacked as Salvini criticised for ‘climate of hate’ in Italy

Opposition politicians condemn far-right minister after series of racist assaultsOpposition politicians in Italy have accused the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of creating a climate of hate after a series of racist attacks that have coin…

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Fans line Paris streets as Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France

The Welshman – the first to win the tour – crossed the finish line on the Champs Élysées alongside teammate Chris FroomeThousands of fans lined the streets of Paris on Sunday to see Geraint Thomas become the first Welshman to take home cycling’s bigges…

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‘I can’t deny my heritage’: German Turks share pain of Özil’s split loyalties

The racism row around the football star’s exit from the national team is causing loyalties to be questioned on the capital’s pitchesAs Hakan G?m?s, 17, walked off the pitch with slumped shoulders on a sweltering summer evening in Berlin, he was console…

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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It’s not just Mesut Özil. All diaspora footballers face the same conflict | John McManus

The hostility the Arsenal star has faced from Turkey and Germany epitomises the strain on migrant players who don’t fit the patriotic mouldReinhard Grindel is the president of the German Football Association, and clearly doesn’t like Recep Tayyip Erdo?…

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Fun and frivolity watching the Tour de France – in pictures

By the time the Tour de France finishes in Paris on 29 July, millions of fans will have lined the 2,000-mile route. From the Vendée plains to Alpine summits, spectators will be cheering the world’s best road cyclists Continue reading…

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‘I felt anger’: why NBA star Marc Gasol helped crew a migrant rescue boat

While many of his fellow player spent the off-season on the beach, the Grizzlies center decided he could not watch a humanitarian crisis from the sidelinesMarc Gasol will never forget the terrified look on the face of Josefa, the Cameroonian woman left…

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Pussy Riot protesters sentenced to jail for World Cup final pitch invasion

Four protesters who interrupted the final between France and Croatia sentenced to 15 days The four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot pu…

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The French national football team’s victory parade – in pictures

France celebrated their second World Cup win on 15 July, 20 years after their maiden triumph. They overcame the passionate Croatian side 4-2 in one of the most gripping finals in recent history Continue reading…

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France team celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

Open-top bus travels down Champs-Élysées as hundreds of thousands cheer squad onFrance’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporter…

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Why didn’t any ‘World Cup heroes’ stand up for Russia’s LGBTQ+ people? | Lee Hurley

Not a single player wore Stonewall’s rainbow laces. It was left to Pussy Riot to show true braveryAs Dejan Lovren raised his hands to grab a protester sprinting across the pitch during the 2018 World Cup final, teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé raised hi…

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France celebrates World Cup victory – in pictures

Celebrations carried on into the night after the national team beat Croatia in the World Cup final Continue reading…

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A day of glory: how the French press covered World Cup victory

Ecstatic commentators reached for the superlatives after the 4-2 victory over CroatiaAllez les bleus! After early hopefuls Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain bowed out earlier than expected in the tournament, there remained just one of the original f…

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France’s victory was a befitting end to a thrilling World Cup

The team’s convincing win against Croatia was celebrated with dizzy delight in MoscowEmmanuel Macron joined heady celebrations in the France dressing room, dabbing alongside star midfielder Paul Pogba and delivering a rousing speech to the team after t…