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Garcia report: England World Cup bid team broke rules when courting Jack Warner

The England 2018 World Cup bid team was found to have “accommodated or at least attempted to satisfy the improper request” of FIFA executive committee members, including former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, by the Garcia report.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The Daily Telegraph writes that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is so eager on completing a move to Manchester United that he has taken a short break from his honeymoon.

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Dell and Russell have no regrets about controversial mid-tour Lions call-up

Allan Dell and Finn Russell insist they have no regrets about joining the British and Irish Lions as mid-tour reinforcements.

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Zara Tindall’s world champion event horse Toytown dies aged 24

Zara Tindall’s world champion event horse Toytown has died at the age of 24.

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England Under-21s crash out of Euro 2017 to Germany on penalties

England Under-21s suffered more penalty semi-final heartbreak against Germany after Nathan Redmond’s miss sent them out of Euro 2017.

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German paper reveals secret FIFA report into Qatar 2022 corruption allegations

Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup looks set to become mired in fresh controversy after the leaking of a secret FIFA report into the 2010 bidding contests.

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Alves says he doesn’t play football for money after confirming Juventus exit

Dani Alves insists he is not leaving Juventus for a more lucrative contract elsewhere as he confirmed his departure in an emotional goodbye note to the club’s fans.

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Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan ruled out of St Helens clash

Leeds will be without captain Danny McGuire and experienced back-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan for Thursday’s Betfred Super League home game against St Helens because of suspension.

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Kumar Sangakkara passes 1,000 runs as Surrey take charge

Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 180 put Surrey in charge against Yorkshire in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship at Headingley.

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5 things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ draw with the Hurricanes

The British and Irish Lions’ final midweek match of their New Zealand tour ended in a gripping 31-31 draw against Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.

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Muir set for 1,500m and 5,000m at World Championships despite Black claim

Laura Muir and her coach have contradicted comments made by British Athletics performance director Neil Black that the Scot had only “a one per cent” chance of competing in both the 1,500 metres and 5,000m at the World Championships in August.

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Injury scare for Murray ahead of Wimbledon title defence

Andy Murray has pulled out of his scheduled Wimbledon warm-up match at the Hurlingham Club on Tuesday because of a sore hip.

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Robert Lui signs new two-year contract with Salford Red Devils

Australian stand-off Robert Lui has become the latest out-of-contract Salford player to commit his future to the club.

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Lions held to draw by Hurricanes after surrendering second-half lead

The British and Irish Lions were held to a dispiriting 31-31 draw in Wellington after succumbing to a final-quarter fightback by the Hurricanes.

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John McEnroe won’t apologise over Serena Williams remarks

John McEnroe has refused to apologise for his comments about Serena Williams – and believes men should play against women to settle the argument.

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FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race

FIFA has taken the dramatic step of publishing a controversial internal report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process after it was leaked to a German newspaper this week.

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Yellow card takes shine off Iain Henderson’s performance against the Hurricanes

British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson believes his performance against the Hurricanes was “probably overshadowed by the silliness of a yellow card.”

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The New Saints facing uphill battle after home defeat against Europa FC

The New Saints suffered a blow to their hopes of progress in the Champions League after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Gibraltar’s Europa FC in the first qualifying round opening leg in Wales.

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Sciver and Knight hundreds fire impressive England to victory over Pakistan

Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight both hit maiden one-day international centuries as England got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 107-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Pakistan.

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Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini suffers defeat in professional tennis debut

Former footballer Paolo Maldini’s professional tennis debut ended in defeat at the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan.

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