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Manchester City investigate if newly jailed sex abuser had links to club

• William Toner jailed on Friday for indecent assault• Toner claimed he scouted for City’s junior systemManchester City’s independent inquiry into the Barry Bennell scandal is investigating claims that another sex offender, jailed on Friday for four co…

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Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads

ASA to assess if ‘bet now’ offers during matches broke rules on problem gamblingThe UK’s advertising watchdog is examining complaints about World Cup ads by Bet365, William Hill and Coral that potentially broke new rules designed to crack down on probl…

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‘It’s not coming home’: England’s anthem returns to haunt them

Is what started as an ironic nostalgic chant being seen as hubris by rival nations?When the French midfielder Paul Pogba danced with the World Cup trophy on Sunday night, he laughed as he delivered a message for fans watching on his Instagram video liv…

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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…

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Tributes paid to amateur rugby player who died mid-match

Max Blakeley, 32, was playing for Bradford-based Birkenshaw Bluedogs when he fell illTributes have been paid to a popular amateur rugby player who died after collapsing during a match on Saturday.Max Blakeley, 32, was playing for the Bradford-based clu…

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Tributes paid to amateur rugby player who died mid-match

Max Blakeley, 32, was playing for Bradford-based Birkenshaw Bluedogs when he fell illTributes have been paid to a popular amateur rugby player who died after collapsing during a match on Saturday.Max Blakeley, 32, was playing for the Bradford-based clu…

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Wimbledon cleaning staff ‘take food from bins due to low pay’

Housekeepers claim club provides insufficient money for food during their shiftsCleaning staff at Wimbledon claim they were forced to take food from bins because they were given insufficient money by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to buy lunc…

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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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Philosophical fans celebrate Croatia’s historic World Cup, despite final defeat

The national team will return to a heroes’ welcome after their 4-2 loss to France• Paris celebrates World Cup win as one million fans fill Champs-ÉlyséeIn the end, the fairytale was not to be. As the clock ticked down to the end of the World Cup final,…

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England players return to muted reception in Birmingham

Crowd of about 400 greet World Cup squad after fans were advised to stay away England’s World Cup squad landed at Birmingham airport to a muted fanfare as they were greeted by a few hundred supporters behind barbed-wire fences.Fans had been warned to s…

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Kieran Trippier to get freedom of Bury after World Cup success

Footballer was third England player to score in a semi-final with goal against CroatiaEngland player Kieran Trippier is to be awarded the freedom of his home town Bury after his stellar World Cup performance.The 27-year-old defender became only the thi…

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Kieran Trippier to get freedom of Bury after World Cup success

Footballer was third England player to score in a semi-final with goal against CroatiaEngland player Kieran Trippier is to be awarded the freedom of his home town Bury after his stellar World Cup performance.The 27-year-old defender became only the thi…

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France pins its hopes on Kylian Mbappé, the boy from the banlieue

The country’s new football hero has given pride and a positive image to the urban ghetto where he was raisedBeneath grey apartment buildings in the poor suburb of Bondy, north-east of Paris, there was a familiar sound of summer afternoons: the thud of …

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Footballers coming home … with fourth place and no fanfare

England’s World Cup campaign ended in anti-climax, but this was a team that inspired the nationEngland’s World Cup squad will arrive at Birmingham airport this afternoon to a notable lack of fanfare, despite their exploits in Russia uniting most of the…

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Williams rewriting tennis history with return to dominance after difficult childbirth

Wimbledon finalist has grand slam record in sight just 10 months after having daughterJust 10 months after giving birth in traumatic circumstances and four tournaments into her return, Serena Williams stands on the brink of rewriting the history books …

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John Dunlop obituary

Leading trainer with thousands of horse race winners to his nameWith almost 3,600 winners as a racehorse trainer over nearly half a century, John Dunlop, who has died aged 78, was an institution in the world of racing. You could fill an entire page wit…

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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters

Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (J-force give Sunderland followers some respite, 12 July). …

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England World Cup team will be invited to 10 Downing Street

Theresa May expected to honour Gareth Southgate’s side with receptionTheresa May has said she wants to honour England’s World Cup team with a reception at 10 Downing Street in recognition of their achievements. Although football did not come home in th…

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England lost but there are reasons to be cheerful

Yes, it hurts right now, but this team can win on penalties, is young and has a nice manager who can rock a waistcoatIt’s not coming home. Related: England’s World Cup dream dashed as Croatia win semi-final in extra time Continue reading…

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England out of the World Cup but Gareth Southgate has relit the fire | Martha Kelner

After an electrifying start to the semi-final, the nation’s hopes were dashed by a fiercely determined Croatian teamThe dream came to a crushing end for England in Moscow on Wednesday as their first World Cup semi-final appearance for 28 years ended in…