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Japan stunned by agonising loss to Belgium

Japan coach, Akira Nishino, said his players were lost for words after their crushing 3-2 defeat by Belgium on Monday in the World Cup last 16 when they were on the cusp of making history but threw away a two-goal lead late in the second half.

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No excuses for Mercedes after Austrian agony

Mercedes made no attempt to gloss over their mistakes in Spielberg on Sunday in a race where it all went wrong for the Formula One champions but they are determined to get their act together for Lewis Hamilton's home British Grand Prix this weekend.

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Andersson leads Swedes back to promised World Cup land

When Zlatan Ibrahimovic and coach Erik Hamren brought their time with the national team to an end after Euro 2016, Sweden turned to Janne Andersson, a man steeped in the country's footballing traditions, to lead them back to the World Cup stage.

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France get Sidibe boost ahead of Uruguay clash

France are expected to be at full strength when they take on Uruguay in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday after assistant coach Guy Stephan described Djibril Sidibe's injury as a minor scare.

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Du Plessis calls for tougher ball tampering punishments

South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis, has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to dish out tougher punishments for players found guilty of ball tampering.

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Serena back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

There was something old, something new and something blue on show on Monday as Serena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir in Paris for a more conservative look on her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mum.

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Salah signs new long-term deal with Liverpool

Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, has signed a new long-term contract with the club, the Premier League side said on Monday.

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Modric-led Croatia stutter closer to World Cup glory

Croatia made heavy weather of beating Denmark in their worst performance of the tournament, but will seek to rediscover their fluency in a weekend showdown against Russia for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

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Froome cleared in doping case

Four-time Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, was cleared by cycling's world governing body (UCI) on Monday of any wrongdoing after he tested positive for excessive levels of the asthma drug, Salbutamol.

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Folau has no plans to change technique despite ban

Wallabies fullback, Israel Folau, has no plans to change his aerial technique despite picking up a one-match ban for a mid-air challenge on Ireland captain, Peter O'Mahony, in last month's test between the sides in Sydney.

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