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Women’s World Cup game-changing moments No 4: Brandi Chastain in 1999

The 1999 World Cup games were watched by 660,000 fans and will for ever be associated with USA defender celebrating the winning penalty by ripping off her shirtThe Rose Bowl, Pasadena – a virtual cauldron on a typically sweltering Californian summer’s …

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Women’s World Cup game-changing moments No 4: Brandi Chastain in 1999

The 1999 World Cup games were watched by 660,000 fans and will for ever be associated with USA defender celebrating the winning penalty by ripping off her shirtThe Rose Bowl, Pasadena – a virtual cauldron on a typically sweltering Californian summer’s …

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Cricket’s Superman, a history of women’s football and bad unveilings

This week’s roundup also features legendary commentary, England in cricket World Cup finals and green baize antipathy1) The Women’s World Cup is heating up, so let’s have a look at some history. Here’s a documentary celebrating 50 years of the Donny Be…

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EFL fixtures: Luton face Middlesbrough and Salford play Stevenage on day one

• EFL fixtures for the 2019-20 season announced• Woodgate’s first game in charge of Boro is on 2 AugustJonathan Woodgate’s managerial debut will be the first match of the 2019-20 EFL season. Middlesbrough installed the 39-year-old former England intern…

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Football transfer rumours: David Brooks to Manchester United?

Today’s nonsense didn’t get a cakeManchester United “have agreed to pay £55m” to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. After weeks of negotiating a fee for the scorer of one of the finest own goals you’ll ever see, they’ve finally done it. Ed Woo…

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USA women face Sweden in first true test with chance to exorcise Rio ghosts

Three years after Sweden handed the US women their earliest ever exit from a major tournament, the Americans can score revenge while making a statement in their first true World Cup testMegan Rapinoe insists that she has moved on from the 2016 Olympics…

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Lionel Messi penalty salvages Copa América point for Argentina

Spot kick cancels out Richard Sánchez opener Colombia qualify for quarter-finals with win over QatarLionel Messi scored from the penalty spot to salvage a 1-1 draw for Argentina against Paraguay in the Copa América as his side rode their luck to cling …

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Plenty of room for improvement as Matildas turn attention to Norway | Richard Parkin

Nothing but a complete performance – in defence, midfield and attack – will be enough in the World Cup knockout stageIn terms of the spectacle, you could not have asked for more from Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica. A pulsating end-to-end clash, enliv…

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Neville looks forward to ‘business end’ of World Cup as England cruise through

• Manager will not compromise on style or rotation tactics• England to face a third-placed team in last 16 on SundayPhil Neville looked forward to the “business end” of the World Cup insistent that England’s new possession-based approach will not be co…

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Georgia Stanway and Rachel Daly seize chance to impress Neville

Phil Neville has been keen on rotation throughout the World Cup and Stanway and Daly – both making their World Cup debuts – certainly justified their selectionKnown as a bit of a tinkerman, even those most used to Phil Neville’s mix-it-up style baulked…

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Scotland out of Women’s World Cup as Argentina make dramatic comeback

Scotland crashed out of the World Cup in dramatic style after throwing away a three-goal lead against Argentina. They looked to be cruising but a five-minute capitulation that saw Milagros Menéndez score and Lee Alexander deflect the ball into her own …

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Ellen White’s double sinks Japan and seals top spot in group for England

It was not quite a flawless performance but England head north to Valenciennes for Sunday’s round of 16 game trailing a perfect record. Three wins out of three dictates that Phil Neville’s side top Group D, clearing the way for a meeting with one of th…

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‘We’ve learned a lot from him’: Luis Rubiales after Luis Enrique steps down as Spain coach – video

Spain coach Luis Enrique stood down on Wednesday for “personal reasons” after 11 months in charge. The former Barcelona coach will be replaced by his assistant Robert Moreno, who has been in temporary charge since March when Enrique was granted absent …

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Japan v England: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Women’s World Cup updates from the Group D finaleScotland v Argentina – live! Follow our MBM nowAnd feel free to email Paul or tweet him @Paul_Doyle 6.21pm BST Hello and welcome to the decisive match in Group D. We are assured there will be no jiggery …

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Scotland v Argentina: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Women’s World Cup updates from the Group D finaleJapan v England – live! Follow our MBM report nowAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 4.44pm BST Parc des Princes is the venue where Scotland play Argentina for the very first time in …

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I was heartbroken when I called Sweden cowards. Now rawness is accepted | Hope Solo

I did not express myself well after USA’s loss to Sweden at the Rio 2016. But US Soccer made sure it exploited my comments for its own endsThis World Cup is about championing emotion – especially in a lot of the marketing and ads surrounding the tourna…

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Everton set to land £22m Gomes but Burnley hit by Heaton contract blow

• Barcelona midfielder André Gomes close to Everton transfer• Goalkeeper Tom Heaton rejects new contract at Turf MoorEverton are close to the permanent signing of André Gomes after agreeing a fee of £22m plus add-ons for the Barcelona midfielder.Gomes …

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The Fiver | Paul Scholes and that breach of football betting regulations

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Reading the story detailing how Paul Scholes was hauled before the Football Association beaks to answer questions about his fondness for an occasional punt on football, one sentence leapt out at The Fi…

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Luis Enrique steps down as Spain coach due to personal reasons

Forty-nine-year-old leaves post after 11 months in jobAssistant Roberto Moreno takes over national teamLuis Enrique has stepped down as coach of the Spanish national team for personal reasons, leaving his assistant Robert Moreno in charge until Euro 20…

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Mats Hummels to rejoin Borussia Dortmund from Bayern for £34m

• Defender will complete transfer subject to a medical• Fee for Hummels understood to include add-onsMats Hummels is to rejoin Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund for a fee understood to be €38m (£33.8m) including add-ons, subject to a medical.The 30-…