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Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas wins to make sporting history

Sporting history was made on the Champs-Elysees Sunday as Geraint Thomas became the first Welshman to win cycling’s Tour de France. Arm-in-arm with 2017 champion and Team Sky teammate Chris Froome, the 32-year-old Thomas crossed the finishing line after the 21st and final stage in Paris in triumph. His eventual …

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Former Fifa executive Jerome Valcke loses CAS appeal against 10-year ban

Sepp Blatter’s former right-hand man Jerome Valcke has failed in an attempt to have a 10-year ban from football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), the Lausanne-based tribunal has announced. Valcke worked under Blatter at FIFA from 2003 to 2015, spending the last eight years as the …

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Man City 1-2 Liverpool: Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane score in Reds win

Mohamed Salah wasted no time in returning to goalscoring form as Liverpool came from behind to beat Manchester City 2-1 in New Jersey. The Egypt forward, who scored 44 goals in 52 games for the Reds last season, equalised Leroy Sane’s second-half goal barely a minute after coming on as …

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IOC preparing ‘detailed heat countermeasures’ for Tokyo 2020

With exactly two years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan continues to swelter under searing heat. Dozens of people have died across the nation since early July, with 11 losing their life to the deadly heatwave on Saturday alone. Temperatures have been almost 11 degrees hotter than the …

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Tour de France temporarily halted by protesters; riders inadvertently tear-gassed

He Tour de France — cycling’s most prestigious race — was temporarily halted Tuesday after tear gas, used to disperse protesters by police, inadvertently got into the eyes of some riders. Protesting farmers had blocked the road with hay bales, leading police to spray them with CS gas. Unhappy farmers …

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Fifa’s best player: Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah & Cristiano Ronaldo head shortlist

England’s Harry Kane features on a 10-man shortlist for the Best Fifa Men’s Player award for 2018. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and new Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo are also included. England full-back Lucy Bronze is on the shortlist for the best women’s …

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Mesut Ozil: German FA rejects the Arsenal midfielder’s racism claim

Germany’s football association (DFB) has “emphatically rejected” allegations of racism from Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil but says it could have done more to protect him from abuse. Ozil, 29, announced his retirement from international football, citing “racism and disrespect” within German football. The midfielder says he received hate mail and threats, …

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Egypt bags 5 gold medals at African Youth Games

Egyptian athletes have snatched four more gold medals at the African Youth Games, currently held in Algeria. Taekwondo player Abdel Rahman Khalaf got a gold medal in the +73 kg competition, to be added to three gold medals collected by weightlifter Ismail Helal in the 85 kg competition. Egypt has …

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Real Madrid: Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior arrives in £38.7m deal

Real Madrid have presented Brazil’s 18-year-old Vinicius Junior as their new £38.7m signing at the Bernabeu Stadium. The teenager, who can play as a winger or forward, joins from Flamengo after a deal – which is a record for a player under 19 – was agreed a year ago. Madrid …

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Kylian Mbappe: The boy from Bondy who never forgot his birthplace

‘I can be someone, I can be someone,” say the kids playing football in Bondy, Kylian Mbappe’s birthplace. The 19-year-old, who wasn’t even born when France won their first World Cup, traveled to Russia 2018 with the label of the world’s most promising teenager. He returned with the World Cup …

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