Phil Neville will not rest England players against Japan in World Cup

Phil Neville will not rest England players against Japan in World Cup

Phil Neville will resist the temptation to rest key players against Japan on Wednesday night as England play their final Group D game, knowing a draw will be enough to secure top spot. There is a case – albeit a controversial one – for relaxing a little and not worrying too much about succumbing to a defeat which would clear the path to second place in the group and the potential avoidance of France or the USA in the semi-final. Neville is having none of it. “I’m going to play…

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Caster Semenya calls on IAAF to focus on doping after return victory

Caster Semenya calls on IAAF to focus on doping after return victory

The double Olympic 800m champion has appealed the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling which approved the IAAF’s plans for a new testosterone limit. It is for female athletes who want to compete internationally between 400m and a mile. Semenya can temporarily run after the ruling was suspended by the Swiss Federal Tribunal with the appeal pending. She is battling to defend her 800m title at the World Championships in Doha later this year and has been included in South Africa’s provisional squad. “I’m not an idiot. Why will I…

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Red Devils: Belgian Football Union moves its supporter village to King Baudouin Stadium

Red Devils: Belgian Football Union moves its supporter village to King Baudouin Stadium

Belgium’s football union, URBSFA, will shift its supporter village from the Atomium to King Baudouin Stadium for the Red Devils’ matches on Saturday against Kazakhstan and on Tuesday against Scotland. “The URBSFA is doing this to bring the supporters even closer to the Red Devils, not only during the game but also before the match and at half-time,” the union said in a press release. “Supporters are welcome from 6.30 p.m. in the stadium’s supporter village and they will have a varied choice of football attractions and DJ sets,” URBSFA…

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World champion hopeful Delfine loses in NYC

World champion hopeful Delfine loses in NYC

Delfine Persoon, defending champion holder of the WBC lightweight title, lost her fight against Olympian Katie Taylor in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday evening. The judges’ decision – two for Taylor, one undecided – came in for some criticism, since Persoon was fighting to defend her WBC title, while Taylor holds the title of the other three federations. In normal circumstances, such a close decision would not be enough to rob either boxer of their titles. The match went to ten rounds, and Persoon took some…

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Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

It usually takes only a couple of matches for Rafael Nadal to remind everyone why he is always favourite to win here – not just the titles, which he has won an extraordinary 11 times, but points, games, sets and matches. And so it was on day four of the 2019 French Open when he beat his second German qualifier called Yannick, Herr Maden joining Herr Hanfmann (who took only six games off the Spaniard in the first round). Maden, ranked 114 in the world, didn’t do much better. Nadal,…

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“Find your match”, a Belgian app to organise friendly matches

“Find your match”, a Belgian app to organise friendly matches

The application “Find your match”, dubbed the ‘football Tinder’, was launched on Friday. The Belgian app makes it much easier for football clubs to organise friendly matches. “Find your match puts football clubs from across the world in touch each other, so they can immediately find another club for a friendly match. It takes the club’s location at the time into account. Find your match instantly centralises and manages all the match offers and requests through a single platform”, the app’s developers say. Registration is free, along with the first…

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Antwerp will host 2023 world gymnastics championship

Antwerp will host 2023 world gymnastics championship

The International Gymnastics Federation, FIG, has designated Antwerp as host of the 2023 world gymnastics championship. The federation, presided by Morinari Watanabe of Japan, had expected to award the hosting of the games to Japan. However, the Japanese bid was invalidated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for being submitted too late. Watanabe, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee- since October 2018 – had defended his country’s bid even though it was submitted after the deadline of 15 December 2018 set by the FIG,…

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New Belgian marathon record set in London

New Belgian marathon record set in London

Bashir Abdi beat the previous Belgian marathon record set by Vincent Rousseau when he took part in this year’s London marathon on Sunday. The European 10,000m silver medallist completed the course in 2h07:03, beating the previous Belgian record of 2h07:20. Vincent Rousseau set that record in Berlin on the 24th of September 1995. The winner was Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder, who ran the second fastest finish time in history. Bashir Abdi came 7th overall and ran fast enough to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo….

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Federal investigators raid Belgian football club

Federal investigators raid Belgian football club

Investigators from the federal public prosecutor’s office visited the headquarters of the Belgian football union in Laeken on Wednesday, according to the federation’s spokesman. Around 30 investigators also went to the R.S.C Anderlecht’s administrative and training centre in Neerpede. The visits are part of an investigation into laundering and organised crime, targeting mainly player’s agents. The investigators took away documents related to transfers, the federation spokesman disclosed. A search was also conducted in Schaerbeek.

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Anderlecht refuses fine for discriminatory chants

Anderlecht refuses fine for discriminatory chants

RSC Anderlecht on Wednesday refused a fine of 4,000 euros set by the prosecutor of the Belgian football union, URBSFA, for discriminatory chants by supporters at its match against Bruges (2-3) on the 4th of April, the dhnet.be website revealed. URBSFA Spokesman Pierre Cornez confirmed the prosecutor’s request to Belga news agency. The matter will now go before the Disputes Commission, where the club will be able to defend itself. The prosecutor’s request came in reaction to the match official’s report, which mentioned discriminatory chants by Anderlecht supporters at the…

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