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Also featuring a disappearing rugby ball, epic celebrations in French football and a Cricket World Cup catch to top them all

1) The 2019 Women’s World Cup begins in France on Friday, so let’s take a look at finals through the years. Last time out, the United States thrashed Japan 5-2, with Carli Lloyd scoring a 15-minute hat-trick, the third goal scored from the halfway line. In 2011, Japan had shocked USA by winning the final on penalties, months after the tsunami that devastated the country – with two players who had worked at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Germany defeated Marta’s Brazil in 2007, and beat Sweden in 2003 thanks to Nia Künzer’s golden-goal header. The only other team to win the trophy are Norway, who won in 1995 after Hege Riise’s solo effort did for Germany. There’s also the first ever final, in 1991, And how about this: the 1984 Mundialito final, between Italy and West Germany from 1984.

2) Following on from Andy Ruiz Jr’s shock win over Anthony Joshua, here are some more historic heavyweight upsets. Buster Douglas knocks Mike Tyson out back in 1990; Lennox Lewis seriously underestimates Hasim Rahman in 2001, and gets rocked by Oliver McCall in 1994 (complete with no-expense-spent intro!). Back to 1978, and a declining Muhammad Ali is well beaten by Leon Spinks. Worth remembering, though, that two of Ali’s finest victories – against Sonny Liston and George Foreman – came against the odds.

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