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French prosecutors probe match-fixing at Roland Garros

Paris - French prosecutors said on Tuesday they had begun an investigation into suspected match-fixing at the French Open, reportedly involving a women's doubles match.

'Nothing to hide' — Tour de France team leader Quintana denies doping

Marseille - Colombian rider Nairo Quintana, whose Tour de France team are targeted in a doping investigation, said he had "nothing to hide" after two unnamed members of the French outfit were briefly detained before being released.

Pogacar slays Jumbo's Goliath to rise above the Tour doubters

Paris - As Tadej Pogacar celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday, a day after becoming the youngest winner of the Tour de France in more than a century, two members of his UAE Team Emirates backroom staff could warn him how easily cycling careers become tarnis...

Pogacar crowned Tour de France champion as Bennett wins finale

Paris - Slovenian rookie Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France on Sunday, riding triumphantly into Paris in the race leader's yellow jersey at just 21 years old.

Reigning champion Bernal quits Tour de France after suffering in mountains

Grenoble - Last year's winner Egan Bernal withdrew from the Tour de France on Wednesday with the defence of his title already in tatters.The 23-year-old Colombian's team Ineos announced he was dropping out ahead of the key 17th stage.

Brazilian govt backs Neymar in racism row

S - Brazil's government sent its support to Neymar Tuesday after he was red-carded for a fight in a Ligue 1 match in France, condemning the "racism" that triggered the brawl.

Michel Platini grilled by Swiss prosecutor in payment probe

Bern - Michel Platini was quizzed by a Swiss prosecutor on Monday in a probe investigating a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2.2-million) payment that the former European football chief received from FIFA in 2011.

Scores arrested as PSG fans riot in Paris after defeat

Paris - More than 150 people were arrested as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and clashed with police in the French capital after their team's Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich, police said Monday.

83 arrests, cars ablaze as angry PSG fans clash with police

Paris - More than 80 people were arrested as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze and clashed with police on the Champs-Elysees after the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.

French skating head defiant amid underage sex claims

Paris - French figure skating chief Didier Gailhaguet cut a defiant figure Wednesday amid claims of rape and sexual abuse of minors in the sport and government demands for his resignation.

'Exceptional' Di Maria stars as PSG tear apart sorry Real Madrid

Paris - Angel Di Maria was hailed as "exceptional" after scoring twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to get off to the perfect start in the Champio...

French triathlete 'treated for heatstroke' in Tokyo: report

Apo - French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke after an Olympic test event Thursday, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo, despite organisers cutting the run to 5km due to stifling heat in Tokyo.

Explosives found in Brussels, no sign Tour targeted: prosecutors

Apo - Belgian police are investigating the discovery of home-made explosives, knives and brass knuckles, but nothing immediately points to an attack plot, including against the Tour de France, prosecutors said Monday.

Platini released in 2022 World Cup probe, denies wrongdoing

Nterre - The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Hosts France enjoy winning start as women's World Cup kicks off

Paris - Hosts France laid down a marker in the opening game of the women's World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the tournament in style in Paris on Friday.

Kidnappers free Nigeria winger's mother: police

Warri - Kidnappers have released the mother of Bordeaux and Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu after holding her for nearly a week, police in the country's southeast said on Tuesday.

Footballer Sala's body arrives in Argentina

Progreso - The coffin of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash between Nantes and Cardiff, arrived in Argentina on Friday ahead of his funeral in his hometown of Progreso.

Footballer Sala's body to be returned to Argentina on Friday

Buenos Aires - Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's body is to be returned to Argentina on Friday, the mayor of his hometown of Progreso, Julio Muller, told AFP Tuesday.Sala's body was recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel last week.

Macron says 2024 Olympics failing poor Paris areas

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron says he is concerned that some of the poorest districts of Paris are failing to see the benefits from the 2024 Olympics.

UK rescuers launch bid to recover body from Sala's plane

London - British crash investigators on Tuesday launched an underwater operation to recover a body from the wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel."We are attempting to recover the body.

Shipwreck hunter urges UK to urgently recover Sala's plane

London - The investigator who found the wreckage of a plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel called on the authorities Tuesday to urgently recover the unidentified body inside.

Body found underwater in wreckage of footballer Sala's plane

London - British investigators said Monday they had spotted a body in the wreckage of a plane that disappeared in the Channel two weeks ago carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot.

Cardiff striker Sala 'concerned about plane' in final audio message

Nantes - Cardiff City's record new signing Emiliano Sala expressed concern about his plane shortly before the light aircraft disappeared over the Channel, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives.

Wiggins's Armstrong comments 'publicity seeking': Geraint Thomas

Shanghai - Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas accused Bradley Wiggins of trying to drum up publicity on Saturday with his controversial comments about drug cheat Lance Armstrong.

Boateng joining PSG '50-50', says Bayern boss Hoeness

Berlin - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says the chances of Jerome Boateng joining Paris Saint-Germain are "50-50" with the Germany defender also linked to Manchester United."It's 50-50.

Multi-racial French World Champions draw praise, controvery

Paris - Former US President Barack Obama chose celebrations to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth to laud the benefits of diversity by holding up France's World Cup success by way of example.

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

Moscow - 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.

Delirious French revel in World Cup victory

Paris - France erupted in joy on Sunday as the country clinched the World Cup, with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the tricolour flag at the start of an enormous national celebration.

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

Moscow - 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

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