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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, the Welsh Rugby Union and his club Cardiff Blues said.

AC Milan's Europa League ban appeal set for Thursday

AC Milan's appeal against a European ban for breaking UEFA's financial fair play rules will be heard Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the court announced.

Bouchard battles past Bacsinszky in Gstaad opener

Eugenie Bouchard quelled a home threat at the Gstaad WTA tournament on Tuesday, fighting back to beat Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 for a second-round place.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins Athletics World Cup, Team USA dominates win Special

On July 15, 2018, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks won the men's pole vault competition in the inaugural Athletics World Cup, which was held in London.

Macron basks in World Cup glow, hoping to capture feel-good factor

For a president who has travelled the globe for a year telling audiences that "France is back" under his leadership, the country's World Cup victory couldn't come at a better time for Emmanuel Macron as he confronts growing challenges on multiple front...

Review: Novak Djokovic wins 2018 Wimbledon, defeats Kevin Anderson Special

On July 15, 2018, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the men's singles at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships, which were held in London.

Macron cheers from the stands — then 'dabs' in the changing room

President Emmanuel Macron was pictured cheering from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to "dab" with the players in the changing room Sunday after France's victory in the World Cup.

Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

President Vladimir Putin said Russia could be "proud" of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after Sunday's final.

France beat Croatia to win second World Cup as Pogba, Mbappe star

Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a controversial VAR-awarded penalty, helped France beat Croatia 4-2 in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in their history.

Croatia counts down to 'historic' World Cup final

Excitement reached fever-pitch levels in Croatia as the small nation counted down to its first-ever World Cup final against France on Sunday.

France beat Croatia to win World Cup after Moscow thriller

France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.

France holds breath as football brings nation together

French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity.

Review: Mondo Duplantis wins 2018 World Junior Championships Special

On July 14, 2018, Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis won the men's pole vault competition at the World U20 Championships in Athletics, which were held at Ratina Stadium in Finland.

Statues of Peru coach and top scorer unveiled in Lima

Despite a disappointing World Cup run by Peru, a district in the capital Lima has unveiled statues of the national team coach Ricardo Gareca and top scorer Paolo Guerrero.

Belgium beat England to secure best-ever World Cup finish

Belgium beat England in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to ensure their best-ever finish as tournament top scorer Harry Kane admitted his side need to improve if they are to end their long trophy drought.

Croatia stand between Mbappe's France and World Cup glory

A month on and 63 games later, the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday as a young France side spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann look to win the trophy for the second time when they take on Croatia in Moscow.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins IAAF Diamond League Rabat, sets meeting record Special

On July 13, 2018, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks reigned supreme in the men's pole vault competition in the IAAF Diamond League in Rabat.

France focus on World Cup glory, spurred on by 2016 Euro pain

France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final as FIFA declared Russia 2018 the best-ever tournament.

Thai 'Wild Boars' return to training after teammates' rescue

At the first training session since their teammates went missing in a Thai cave, the remaining "Wild Boars" said they cannot wait to see their friends back on the pitch.

Review: 'Prefontaine' starring Jared Leto is a classic, 21 years later Special

The film "Prefontaine" starring Jared Leto, is one of the actor's breakthrough roles, and one of his greatest acting performances to date. The movie is a fitting homage to American track and field legend, long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine.

Meet Maggie Steffens: Olympic gold medalist, water polo star Special

American water polo star Maggie Steffens chatted with Digital Journal. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion in the sport.

Eiffel Tower to close for open-air World Cup broadcast

The Eiffel Tower will be shut on Sunday as part of security measures being taken for a big-screen broadcast of the World Cup final at the adjacent Champ de Mars park, the tower's management said Thursday.

Gaza amputees tackle new challenge on the football pitch

In fluorescent orange jerseys, footballers manoeuvred across the artificial turf of a pitch in the Gaza Strip -- leaning on their metal crutches for support."Today I can continue to play football," said Islam Amum, 27.

Exhausted Croatia train sights on France in World Cup final

Croatia's exhausted and battered players set their sights on the World Cup final against France on Thursday as England reflected on a missed opportunity to end more than half a century of pain.

High security for England-Croatia semi — in Benidorm

Spanish authorities said Wednesday they were bringing in police backup to the party resort of Benidorm ahead of the World Cup semi-final pitting England against Croatia, after English fans caused havoc in previous games.

World Cup fever soars in England on #WaistcoatWednesday

Around 32 million people across Britain are expected to tune in on Wednesday hoping Gareth Southgate can steer England into the World Cup final for the first time in 52 years.

Anyone but England? The bitter truth about football rivalry in the UK

For football fans in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it's often a case of ABE (Anyone But England). It's tough for them to change the habit of a lifetime and get behind Gareth Southgate's team in the World Cup.

Boys from the hood: French team ignites dreams in gritty suburbs

In a housing estate in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Bondy, Adama Wagui showed off the stack of trophies he has accumulated during his budding football career.

France reach World Cup final as Paris erupts

France reached their third World Cup final after overcoming Belgium on Tuesday, sparking scenes of unconfined joy in Paris as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets.

Mondo Duplantis named All-USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Teen pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis has a reason to celebrate. Earlier this month, he was named "All-USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year."

'Scapegoat' Ozil should quit German team: father

The father of Mesut Ozil said Sunday his son should quit Germany's national squad after he was "made the scapegoat" for Die Mannschaft's shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.

England dream of World Cup glory as Russian fans thank team

England were Sunday looking forward to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 as Russian fans thanked their disappointed players after their fairytale World Cup run was halted by Croatia.

Russia's fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

The impassioned shouts of "Ros-si-ya" died away on the streets and tears filled the stadium as Russia bowed out of their home World Cup in the cruellest fashion: on penalties.

Macron to attend World Cup semi-final, despite British boycott

President Emmanuel Macron will attend France's World Cup semi-final in Russia, his office confirmed Friday, as ally Britain pursues a diplomatic boycott of the tournament over a nerve agent attack.

Brazil and France target World Cup semi-finals

Favourites Brazil and Neymar take on a talented Belgium side in the World Cup semi-finals on Friday while an exciting young France team led by emerging superstar Kylian Mbappe must pass a tough test against Uruguay.

UK sticks to World Cup boycott amid new nerve agent storm

Britain's diplomatic boycott of the World Cup in Russia over a nerve agent attack in southwest England is back in the spotlight after a new case of exposure to the same poison in the same area.

Review: Sandi Morris jumps 4.72 meters in IAAF Diamond League Lausanne Special

On July 5, 2018, the women's pole vault competition took place at the IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne. American athlete Sandi Morris came in 4th place.

World champion Joshua becomes 'fourth lion' in Wembley den

Britain's heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says Wembley just added a "fourth lion to the den" as he committed to staging his next two bouts at the historic stadium.

Porte plots place on Tour de France podium

Australia's Richie Porte knows the clock is ticking down on his cycling career but is confident he and his BMC team can deliver at least one podium spot on the 2018 Tour de France.

Review: Renaud Lavillenie wins 1st place in men's pole vault in Lausanne Special

On July 4, 2018, world record holder and two-time Olympic medalist Renaud Lavillenie won the men's pole vault competition in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Review: Sam Kendricks finishes 3rd in Lausanne in the men's pole vault Special

On July 4, 2018, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks competed in a men's pole vault meeting that was held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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