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Geraint Thomas conquers Alpe d’Huez to extend Tour de France lead

• Thomas says he is still riding for Chris Froome despite win• Froome fourth on stage behind Dumoulin and BardetThere were a couple of fleeting moments, close to the top of Alpe d’Huez, when Chris Froome faltered and Geraint Thomas seemed ready to clim…

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Adil Rashid set for recall to England Test team after one-day heroics

• Spinner starred in the series win over India• Rashid’s last Test appearance was in 2016Trevor Bayliss has indicated Adil Rashid is in line for a Test recall for the series against India despite the fact the leg-spinner opted out of playing red-ball c…

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Geraint Thomas climbs into Tour de France yellow jersey with stage 11 win

• Team Sky rider broke from peloton to overhaul Mikel Nieve• Thomas has lead of 1min 25sec over Froome in second placeGeraint Thomas burst from the peloton, leaving Chris Froome behind him, to clinch the Tour de France yellow jersey and victory on a gr…

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The Open 2018: five outsiders to keep an eye on at Carnoustie

From Ashton Turner, who was given a golf club aged three after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, to Jovan Rebula, the nephew of Ernie Els, here are five players with a story to tellThe 22-year-old from Alford in Lincolnshire was given a golf club by…

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Chaos on the cobbles as Degenkolb wins Tour de France stage nine in Roubaix

• Greg Van Avermaet extends lead after finishing second• Froome: ‘It was a brutal stage, just brutal’The stars fell like ninepins on the cobbles of the Hell of the North, as the Tour de France finally exploded into life on the ruptured roads leading fr…

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World Cup finals, The Open at Carnoustie and middle-distance melees | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also includes Wimbledon classics, competitive tags and the luckiest golf shots ever1) It’s France v Croatia in Sunday’s World Cup final, so let’s take a look back at previous editions – starting with the most disappointing final of …

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Roger Federer stunned by Kevin Anderson in five-set Wimbledon thriller

• Anderson wins quarter-final 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 • No 8 seed faces either Raonic or Isner in semi-finalRoger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson after a thrilling five-set battle that ended in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-…

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Arsenal complete £26.5m signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira

Player’s arrival from Sampdoria delayed after World CupTorreira will wear Mesut Özil’s number 11 shirtArsenal have made their fourth signing this summer under new manager Unai Emery by completing a €30m (£26.5m) deal for Sampdoria’s Uruguayan defensive…

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Wayne Pivac to succeed Gatland as new Wales coach after the World Cup

New Zealander takes over after next year’s World Cup‘I will be doing my best to protect the Gatland legacy’Wayne Pivac has been appointed Wales’s head coach but will not take up the position for 15 months. The 55-year-old New Zealander, who has spent t…

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Kyle Edmund sets up Novak Djokovic clash at Wimbledon after Klahn win

• British No 1 eases into third round in straight sets• Edmund did not face a single break pointKyle Edmund set up a third-round blockbuster against Novak Djokovic by easing past Bradley Klahn on Centre Court.The British No 1 has become adept not just …

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Maradona, Stojkovic and O’Leary at Italia ’90 plus an epic surf ride | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also includes Nigel Benn in his pomp, a massive crash and the Jarrow Arrow doing his thing1) The knockout stage of the World Cup begins this weekend, as good an excuse as any to relive the brilliant 1990 version. Diego Maradona “vac…

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Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon 2018

Williams is ranked 183 in the world after maternity leaveSeven-time champion granted a discretionary seedingSerena Williams has been seeded 25th for Wimbledon after the All England Club gave the seven-time singles champion a discretionary promotion.Wil…

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State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests

New Zealand are still the team to beat but Ireland’s series win and Wales’ charge up the rankings lay down markers for the northern hemisphere(World rankings as of Mon 25 June; ups and downs calculated from Mon 28 May) Related: Eddie Jones’s England r…

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State of Origin 2018: New South Wales clinch just second series in 13 years

Blues beat Maroons 18-14 in Game 2 at ANZ StadiumNSW hold onto victory with a man down in nervy finale A year on from heartache, New South Wales seem to have learnt a thing or two about how to win a State of Origin series. The difference now, having se…

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Kicking out at tennis officials, England v Belgium and Jairzinho | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also includes some Royal Ascot domination and quick-thinking cricket1) Royal Ascot is on this week. The Gold Cup, held on Thursday, is the centrepiece of the week, and no horse has dominated the race like Aidan O’Brien’s Yeats, win…

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Channel Nine left with no summer sport after pulling out of tennis talks

Nine Network lost cricket rights to Seven and Fox Sports earlier this yearChannel Nine is facing a summer without sport after the free-to-air network pulled out of negotiations with Seven West Media over broadcast rights for the Australian Open tennis….

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