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Swamp soccer: footballers battle it out in mud for World Cup spot – video

Dozens of footballers have taken part in the Russian Swamp football cup near Saint Petersburg to earn a place in the Swamp Soccer World Cup. The contest, which was officially started in 1998, was inspired by Finland’s top cross-country skiers usin…

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Vladimir Putin tops the scoring in ice hockey match … then falls over – video

The Russian president burnished his action man status by scoring at least eight goals in an exhibition ice hockey game in Sochi. The 66-year-old leader was helped by some rather static defending as he helped his side to a 14-7 victory. The occasion was…

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Vladimir Putin scores at least eight goals in hockey exhibition, then falls on face

Putin takes spill after scoring eight (or 10) goals in Friday gamePresident was playing in annual exhibition with ex-NHL starsRussian president Vladimir Putin scored at least eight goals in an exhibition ice hockey game with former National Hockey Leag…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Giggs’s credentials under the microscope, Berahino’s Burundi opportunity and another international debut for RiceSpeaking to the Elis James Feast Of Football podcast last week, Ryan Giggs admitted Slovakia are his Wales side’s main rivals to qualify al…

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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Wada retrieves doping data from Moscow but doubts linger over veracity

• Craig Reedie hails major breakthrough for clean sport• Data has to be checked and authenticatedThe World Anti-Doping Agency says its expert team has finally managed to retrieve all the doping data from the Moscow laboratory – but admits that it canno…

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Saudi loss is Russian gain under ex-Kremlin chess boss

Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the world chess federation, says he wants to increase the sport’s transparencyAfter Saudi Arabia was stripped of the right to hold a major chess tournament this month, organisers quickly struck a deal with Riyadh to move…

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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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Inquiries begin after football fans injured by escalator in Rome

Dozens of Russian fans of CSKA Moscow were hurt when metro station escalator collapsedAuthorities in Rome have launched two investigations after 24 fans of the CSKA Moscow football team were injured when a crowded escalator suddenly sped up then collap…

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Nations League: 10 things to look out for in the international matches

Montenegro and Serbia’s historic meeting, unhappy memories for England and the Republic of Ireland, and Georgi Petkov’s international return – at 42Twelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by …

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Nations League: 10 things to look out for in the international matches

Montenegro and Serbia’s historic meeting, unhappy memories for England and the Republic of Ireland, and Georgi Petkov’s international return – at 42Twelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by …

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Vladimir Putin sympathises with Nurmagomedov over McGregor brawl

Russian president congratulates fighter over UFC 229 victoryLas Vegas fight ended with brawls breaking out in arenaVladimir Putin has congratulated Khabib Nurmagomedov on his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, and sympathised with the fighter over…

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Kremlin lieutenant elected head of world chess governing body

Arkady Dvorkovich, former Russian deputy prime minister, wins vote to become FIDE president An influential Russian bureaucrat has been elected the head of the world chess governing body after a brutal election campaign that saw accusations of Kremlin m…

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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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Spanish anti-doping agency investigates Russia’s Denis Cheryshev

Probe comes after remarks made by winger’s fatherValencia player denies ever taking a banned substanceSpain’s anti-doping agency has opened an investigation into Valencia and Russia winger Denis Cheryshev, following remarks from his father Dmitri in th…

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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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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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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…