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Ryan Lochte is one of the most successful swimmers in history, with 12 Olympic medalsTwelve-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte has been given a 14-month ban for a doping violation.The 33-year-old American has been sanctioned by the US Anti-Doping Agency for an intravenous infusion.While Lochte was not using a banned substance, athletes cannot usually receive IVs unless related to a hospitalisation or via an exemption.Lochte posted a photo of himself on social media receiving the IV which prompted an investigation. In 2016, Lochte was banned from the sport for 10 months after falsely claiming he was robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympic Games.Lochte, a six-time Olympic champion, said he and three team-mates were held up at a petrol station during a night out.But police questioned the account after CCTV footage showed the group had vandalised the petrol station.His latest ban runs until July 2019 having been backdated to 24 May, the date he received the prohibited i…
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[unable to retrieve full-text content]England goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson reveals the secrets behind their historic penalty shootout win.
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Andy Irving's Hearts contract had not been registered correctly when he played against Cove RangersHeart of Midlothian have been docked two points and fined £10,000 by the Scottish Professional Football League after fielding an ineligible player in their League Cup win over Cove Rangers.The match at Balmoral Stadium, home of the Highland League outfit, ended in a 2-1 Hearts victory.But the contract of Andrew Irving, 19, who came on in the 65th minute, had not been registered correctly.Of the £10,000 fine, £8,000 has been suspended until the end of next season.The penalty leaves Hearts with three points from their two group stage fixtures.Tynecastle manager Craig Levein said last week the Premiership club would "accept and deal with" any sanctions arising from Irving's non-registration.Hearts failed to reach the knockout rounds of last year's League Cup, spelling the end for Levein's predecessor, Ian Cathro.They are now three points adrift of Group C leaders Inve…
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Rivalry 'doesn't exist' between me and Thomas - Froome Chris Froome says he and Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas are in a "dream position" and it would be "fantastic" if his team-mate won this year's race.Four-time winner Froome, 33, is second overall, trailing fellow Team Sky rider Thomas by one minute 39 seconds after 15 stages.There are six stages remaining, with the race ending in Paris on Sunday."As long as a Team Sky jersey crosses that line first in Paris, that's winning," Froome told BBC Sport."We're in this dream position, first and second on the general classification - if nothing changed between here and Paris, fantastic, we've nailed the Tour de France."Froome said Thomas, 32, is currently the stronger of the two as the Welshman has ridden an "absolutely faultless race" to take the leader's yellow jersey into the final week."Everyone is so keen to try and talk up this rivalry between myself and 'G',&#82…
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Ozil could not stop Germany losing to South Korea and going out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stageGermany's football association (DFB) has "emphatically rejected" allegations of racism from Arsenal's Mesut Ozil but says it could have done more to protect him from abuse. Ozil, 29, announced his retirement from international football, citing "racism and disrespect" within German football.The midfielder says he received hate mail and threats and was blamed for Germany's disappointing World Cup.The DFB said it "regrets the departure of Mesut Ozil from the national team". It added in a statement: "We emphatically reject the DFB being linked to racism. The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years."Ozil was criticised by the DFB and in German media after being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event in May.He received more criticism after Germany were knocked out of the World Cup i…
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Richarlison scored five goals in 41 appearances for Watford during the 2017-18 season - including against Everton at Goodison Park in NovemberEverton hope to sign Watford's Brazilian forward Richarlison within 24 hours in a deal that could eventually be worth £50m.The 21-year-old was having a medical with the Goodison Park club on Monday.Toffees boss Marco Silva signed Richarlison for £11.5m from Fluminese in August 2017 when he was in charge at Vicarage Road, after the player had impressed in the Under-20 World Cup.He scored five goals in his first 12 Premier League matches.Richarlison has not netted since November, but Silva has been keen to bring him to Everton since he succeeded the sacked Sam Allardyce on 31 May.Everton were believed to be willing to pay about £35m but there are likely to be clauses that will take the deal closer to Watford's asking price of £50m.The Merseyside club's record signing is Gylfi Sigurdsson, who joined from Swansea in August 2017 f…
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Moutinho started Portugal's first two games of this summer's World Cup.Wolves are set to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho from Monaco for £5m.The 31-year-old, who has 113 caps, is close to joining the newly promoted Premier League side on a two-year deal.The former Porto player helped Portugal win Euro 2016 and is their third most capped player behind Cristiano Ronaldo (154) and Luis Figo (127).He follows international team-mate Rui Patricio to Molineux and is expected to partner Ruben Neves in midfield.Moutinho started his career with Sporting Lisbon before joining Porto in 2010, winning the Primeira Liga in 2011, 2012 and 2013.Monaco paid £21.5m to sign Moutinho in 2013 and he went on to score 11 goals in 211 games for the French club, helping them win Ligue 1 in 2017.Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.
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A selection of some of the most striking sports photographs taken around the world this week: London, UK, 21 July: Alex Danson shoots at goal during England's 1-1 draw with India at the start of their Women's Hockey World Cup campaign at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images) Ontario, Canada, 19 July: Tre Mason of the Saskatchewan Roughriders eludes a series of tackles against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before going on to score a touchdown. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Chicago, United States, 21 July: A Canada goose flies into the path of startled runners during the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon at Grant Park. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Rock'n'Roll Marathon) Le Grand Bornand, France, 17 July: Riders in La Course, the one-day women's race organised by the Tour de France, ride past Lake Annecy. Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten of Mitchelton-Scott claimed vict…
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New Zealand made it back-to-back titles, having beaten England in the 2013 final in MoscowNew Zealand became the first men's side to win consecutive Rugby World Cup Sevens titles as they beat England 33-12 in the final on Sunday.The All Blacks took a 14-0 lead in San Francisco as Sione Molia scored two tries, both converted by Kurt Baker.A Michael Ellery converted try halved the deficit at half-time, before a Joseva Ravouvou score took it to 19-7.Ruaridh McConnochie hit back for England before Akuila Rokolisoa and Trael Joass secured victory.Scotland claimed seventh place overall after Jamie Farndale scored two late tries in a 29-24 win over against France, while Ireland secured a 24-14 win over Australia in the Challenge Cup final to finish ninth.Wales had to settle for their lowest place finish since 2001, coming 11th following a 35-12 win over Canada.Did the knockout format work?This year's tournament saw the traditional round-robin stage scrapped in favour of a …
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Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, along with Everton's Cenk Tosun, pose with the Turkish presidentArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has quit international football, citing the "racism and disrespect" he has faced in Germany over his Turkish roots.The 29-year-old was criticised after being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event in May.He says he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany's disappointing World Cup."I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," Ozil said.German football chiefs have yet to respond to Ozil's claims.The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country's 2014 World Cup-winning side.He has 92 caps and has been voted the national team's player of the year five times since 2011 by fans.But Ozil said his recent treatment made him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt".In a lengthy statement posted on social …
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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson feature in the best shots of the tournament from the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
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Moscon was also disqualified from last year's world championship road race after hanging onto a team carTeam Sky's Gianni Moscon has been disqualified from the Tour de France for hitting another rider.Team Fortuneo-Samsic said Moscon had punched their rider Elie Gesbert after 800 metres of Sunday's stage, which was won by Astana's Magnus Cort.Last year, the 24-year-old was suspended by Team Sky for six weeks after racially abusing a rival.Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said that they "support and accept" the decision made by race organisers."Gianni is desperately disappointed in his behaviour and knows that he has let himself, the team and the race down," he said."We will address this incident with Gianni once the Tour is complete and decide then if any further action should be taken."I would like to offer my sincere apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident."The Italian was also disqualified from l…
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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Francesco Molinari wins the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie with a score of eight under par to become the first Italian to win a golfing major.
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Nerveless Francesco Molinari cards 69 to win Open title The 147th Open Championship - final leaderboard-8 F Molinari (Ita); -6 J Rose (Eng), R McIlroy (NI), K Kisner (US), X Schauffele (US); -5 E Pepperell (Eng), T Woods (US), K Chappell (US); -4 T Finau (US), M Kuchar (US), J Spieth (US)Selected others: -3 T Fleetwood (Eng); -2 J Day (Aus), A Scott (Aus), Z Johnson (US); -1 P Mickelson (US), B Langer (Ger), D Willett (Eng)Francesco Molinari has become the first Italian to win a major, holding off a pack of star names to claim The Open Championship at Carnoustie.Molinari produced a faultless final round of 69 in windy conditions on the Scottish links to finish eight under.He finished two ahead of four players, including home favourites Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, tied on six under.Tiger Woods finished five under after leading midway through the round, with Jordan Spieth on four under.Molinari, 35, emerged from a six-way tie for the l…
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