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Copa América moved from Argentina to Brazil just 13 days before kick-off

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has announced Brazil as the new hosts of this summer’s Copa América, with Argentina replaced just 13 days before the tournament is due to begin. “The Copa América 2021 will be played in Brazil,” an official Conmebol statement said. “Tournament start and end dates are confirmed. The venues and […]

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‘Ben’s been brilliant with me’: James Bracey on his unlikely England role

James Bracey spent Sunday 23 May at the County Ground in Bristol, watching Gloucestershire’s game against Somerset peter out into a weather-affected draw and oblivious to the fact that approximately 120 miles due east an unused sock was about to change the course of his career. After being an unused member of England’s biosecure bubble […]

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Robinson and Overton have chance to push case for England’s Ashes tour

A packed international summer starts on Wednesday with the first of two Tests against New Zealand, and from then on England face a brutal schedule across all three formats running through to the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes. It’s not just the sheer quantity of games or the quality of the opposition that makes […]

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Morecambe sink Newport to climb into League One amid penalty controversy

History was made. After 14 seasons in League Two Morecambe finally found the exit door but not how many would have expected. Carlos Mendes Gomes’ controversial extra-time penalty lifted a club that has spent much of its 101-year existence in non-league into English football’sthird tier for the first time. Perennial relegation strugglers, Morecambe were languishing […]

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Gareth Bale declines to deny reports he could retire after Euro 2020

Gareth Bale has cast doubt over his future after twice declining the opportunity to deny reports he could retire after the European Championship finals this summer. Last week Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, labelled as “rubbish” a report in the Spanish daily ABC that his client could retire. The 31-year-old is under contract at Real Madrid […]

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open amid row over press conferences

Naomi Osaka has announced her withdrawal from Roland Garros one day after she was fined $15,000 by the French Open and warned that she could face expulsion from the tournament following her decision not to speak with the press during the tournament. Osaka, 23, who won her first match against Patricia Maria Tig and was […]

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Johanna Konta knocked out of French Open after defeat by Cirstea

Great Britain will be without a women’s player in the Roland Garros second round this year after the 19th seed Johanna Konta was outplayed 7-6(5), 6-2 in the opening round by the world No 54 Sorana Cirstea. Earlier in the day, Heather Watson fell 6-4 7-5 to the No 93 Zarina Diyas. Their defeats mark […]