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CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Russia knocked out as Mexico and Portugal progress to semi-finals

KEIR RADNEDGE in KAZAN —- Hosts Russia slid out of the Confederations Cup at the group stage as they lost 2-1 to Mexico in the Kazan Arena while Portugal joined  El Tri in the semi-finals, beating New Zealand 4-0 in St Petersburg, The Russians needed ...
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Southampton bring in ex-Alaves boss Pellegrino to replace sacked Puel

LONDON: Mauricio Pellegrino has been appointed as the new Southampton manager on a three-year deal. Despite guiding Saints to eighth in the Premier League and the League Cup final in his first season, frustrations behind the scenes and in the stands led to Claude Puel’s ...
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Asian and African football caught in political fall-out as Gulf dispute bites

JAMES M DORSEY —- International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots as football associations grapple with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE plus Egypt that lays bare the contradictions embedded in their insistence that sports and ...
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Vitaly Mutko . . . head of the World Cup organising body

CONFED CUP: Organisation all going according to plan so bring on the World Cup, says Mutko

KEIR RADNEDGE in KAZAN —- Vitaly Mutko believes Russia has presented as near-perfect a World Cup organisational model as possible during the current Confederations Cup, the warm-up for next year’s ‘real thing.’ Mutko, in his role as head of the local organising committee, was speaking here ...
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CONFEDERATIONS CUP: How it all could come down to the drawing of lots . . .

KAZAN: Russia must beat Mexico in Kazan tonight to regain a place in the top two of Group A of the Confederations Cup and thus reach the semi-finals. For Mexico a draw is enough. In the other, simultaneous match in St Petersburg, Portugal need to ...
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President Macron joins Olympic Day celebrations in Paris as the city transforms into Paris Olympic Park

City of Light lights up as 1.12m people gather to take part in a giant festival of sport and culture in the heart of the French capital —- French President Emmanuel Macron joined more than one million Parisians and visitors to the city, who turned out ...
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IOC must enforce radical changes to bid process despite members doubts

GIANNI MERLO / AIPS - LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee seems to be sailing full speed towards the choice of assigning two summer Olympics, for 2024 and 2028, in one swoop. . President Thomas Bach is stubborn and wants to change the procedure quickly to avoid future ...
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Unstoppable All Blacks tame Lions to run away with first Test

AUCKLAND: New Zealand’s All Blacks took a decisive advantage in the three-match rugby union series against the British and Irish Lions by securing a 30-15 victory in their Eden Park fortress. The match had been poised at 13-8 at half-time – Codie Taylor’s brilliant pick-up having ...
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No Wimbledon for Evans after British tennis No3 fails dope test for cocaine

LONDON: The British tennis No3 three Dan Evans has been suspended after testing positive for cocaine in a drugs test taken in Barcelona in April. The world No50, who has played for Britain in the Davis Cup, learned of the failed test earlier this week ...
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