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Emiliano Sala and crash pilot ‘probably poisoned by fumes’

Toxicology tests on footballer’s body show fatal levels of carbon monoxide exposureThe footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes in their small plane that crashed in the Channel in January, invest…

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Franky Zapata: French inventor crosses Channel by hoverboard – video

French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on his second attempt, after being knocked off balance during his first try last month. The 22-mile trip from Sangatte in northern France took Zapata 20 minu…

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Blood, rain and cheers: Tour de France 2019 – in pictures

With 21 stages of racing for 176 riders from 22 teams – over a distance of 3,480km – this year’s Tour comes to an end in Paris, so here are some of our favourite images from the last three weeksThe race brings highs and lows for the riders, both in the…

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From VAR drama to a viral video: six key Women’s World Cup moments

After 50 games and 141 goals we pick some of the tournament’s most significant talking points before its final weekendWhen the Lionesses captain, Steph Houghton, stepped up to the penalty spot the weight of England’s hopes and dreams were on her should…

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USA emerge as World Cup favorites as hosts France crack under pressure

The US are two wins away from repeating as World Cup champions after a night where head coach Jill Ellis pushed all the right buttonsMegan Rapinoe hoped that it would be “a total shitshow circus” and Friday’s quarter-final between the US and France del…

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Rapinoe and Henry: a tale of two leaders defines USA’s win over France

While the American looked calm before Friday’s quarter-final, her French counterpart was grim-faced. That contrast continued on to the fieldAmandine Henry, the decorated France captain, came out of the locker room before Friday’s World Cup quarter-fina…

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‘You can’t win without gay players,’ says USA’s World Cup hero Megan Rapinoe

• Coach Jill Ellis is unconcerned at Rapinoe speaking out• France’s Corrine Diacre will not quit after 2-1 defeatMegan Rapinoe showed no sign of stemming her outspoken ways after scoring the goals that saw USA march one step closer towards the World Cu…

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Megan Rapinoe double sends USA past France and into England semi-final

It was fitting that Megan Rapinoe, the focus of unwanted presidential attentions before the game, was the player to power the US into a semi-final with England, her two goals emphatically ending France’s hopes of a men’s and women’s World Cup double.“L…

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France v USA: Women’s World Cup quarter-final – live!

Winners will play England in Tuesday’s semi-finalEmail Beau with your thoughts or tweet @duresport 8.06pm BST Rapinoe’s free kick goes into traffic and emerges on the other side. Surely it was deflected? 8.05pm BST 5 min: We spend a rather long time se…

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‘Only winning the World Cup will satisfy England’s players,’ admits Fran Kirby

• Chelsea forward determined to avoid third successive semi loss• Kirby says facing USA or France holds no fear for EnglandFran Kirby has admitted reaching the World Cup semi-final is not enough and is determined to avoid the heartache that has seen En…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top, Germany rising

The United States are the only team from outside Europe in the quarter-finals, in which England will play with the jury still outSpain have lifted the air of infallibility around the world champions but the USA are the title holders for a reason. Spain…

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USA relish ‘a total circus’ as they set up France World Cup showdown

Arguably the two best teams at the World Cup will meet in the quarter-finals. And the reigning champions got the test they perhaps needed against Spain on MondayThe US are through to the quarter-final of the World Cup after a less-than-convincing 2-1 w…

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Amandine Henry edges France past Brazil and into quarter-final

Captain Amandine Henry steered hosts France into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with the extra-time winner in a victory over Brazil.After Thaisa had cancelled out Valerie Gauvin’s 52nd-minute opener just after the hour mark, Henry settled a tense …

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France v Brazil: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Keep up with all the action from the 8pm BST kick-offGolden Boot: top scorers for France 2019Feel free to email Will or to tweet: @Will_Unwin 7.15pm BST I just did the MBM on this madness, too … Related: England beat Cameroon to reach quarter-finals …

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Women’s World Cup: Corinne Diacre enchants France with wit and iron will

The hosts’ winning run has thrust their reluctant trailblazer into the limelight and Brazil await in the last 16Corinne Diacre was deadpan. “I’m intransigent, yes,” France’s manager admitted. “I’m vigorous – that’s typical of me. Often I’m told I’m ver…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top and England third | Suzanne Wrack

The defending champions are No 1 here ahead of hosts France with Italy the dark horse as the knockout stages beginThe question after USA’s 13-0 win against Thailand – in which Alex Morgan scored five – and 3-0 victory over Chile was whether they could …

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Wendie Renard’s twice-taken penalty takes France past Nigeria

Wendie Renard went from villain to hero in the space of two minutes, scoring her retaken penalty after a double VAR check to ensure France progress to the last-16 having topped Group A.With the sun setting the home team were given arguably their most v…

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South Korea v Norway, Nigeria v France: Women’s World Cup clockwatch – live!

Live updates from Group A, kick-off 8pm (BST)‘You can feel this surge’: how France caught World Cup feverFeel free to email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 7.13pm BST Here’s the teams for South Korea v Norway. The fun don’t stop! Here’s the team news for #K…

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South Korea v Norway, Nigeria v France: Women’s World Cup clockwatch – live!

Live updates from Group A, kick-off 8pm (BST)‘You can feel this surge’: how France caught World Cup feverFeel free to email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 7.13pm BST Here’s the teams for South Korea v Norway. The fun don’t stop! Here’s the team news for #K…

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‘You can feel this surge’: how France has caught Women’s World Cup fever

Whether at the stadiums or in front of the television, enthusiasm for the host team is exceeding expectationsFrance has seen a huge surge in enthusiasm for women’s football, with TV viewing figures for the World Cup double what was predicted, national-…