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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…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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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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Pussy Riot claim responsibility for World Cup final pitch invasion – video

The Russian protest performance group ‘Pussy Riot’ has claimed responsibility for invading the pitch during the World Cup Final in order to bring attention to Russia’s lack of political competition and police impunity Continue reading…

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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…

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Pussy Riot claim responsibility for World Cup final pitch invasion

Protest performance group say four members ran on to pitch in protest during second halfThe Russian protest performance group Pussy Riot have claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion early in the second half of the World Cup final.“Right now, there …

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Moscow refugee tournament throws stark light on Russia’s migrant policy

Amid the World Cup euphoria a low-key but no less vital competition was played out in the shadow of the KremlinA few hours before England’s World Cup game against Colombia in Moscow, a very different series of football matches was under way on Red Squa…

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Will the World Cup finally change how Russia is portrayed? | Shaun Walker

Russia’s bad press is largely of its own making – for years, it has been easier for officials to bray about Russophobia than to show a different side of the country“England fan shames British media,” was one of many headlines of a similar nature to app…

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No expense spared as England prepares for World Cup

From private jets to M&S waistcoats, open mosques to closed supermarkets, football fever grips the nationMad dashEngland fans are taking trains, planes and automobiles – often at exorbitant cost – in a desperate bid to get to Russia in time to see …

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England take time to relax after booking place in semi-final

Massages, video games and dinner with family and friends follow victory over SwedenEngland’s history-making footballers enjoyed a day playing video games, getting recovery massages and having a quiet dinner with friends and family as they prepared for …

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Fly the flag for a nation at peace | Letters

Indian cricket supporters cheered on England at football, says Lynn Maree. And the World Cup has worked wonders for Russia, writes Tim Barlow“I’m having a bit of an English flag moment,” says Suzanne Moore (6 July). On Tuesday we went to Old Trafford i…

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Croatia fans celebrate World Cup quarter-final win as Russians are left devastated – video

Russia fans were left heartbroken as they watched their side lose 4-3 on penalties to Croatia in the quarter-finals, after the two sides were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, and 2-2 after extra-time. Around 15,000 fans in Zagreb’s main square celebrated…

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World Cup power rankings: Brilliant Belgium go top before semi-finals

We rank the eight quarter-finalists in Russia with Roberto Martínez’s team at No 1 after their magnificent defeat of Brazil Would anyone have stood a chance against Belgium’s first-half evisceration of Brazil? Their front three were irresistible and in…

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Blood, sweat and beers: Russia down but proud after World Cup exit

Russia’s tournament is over after defeat by Croatia on penalties but admiration for a team who shattered all expectations survivesBefore football comes home, it had to stop by the beach. Russia fans had one last chance on Sunday night to savour a squad…