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Croatia: 550,000 fans welcome Croatian team in Zagreb

(AFP) – Zagreb’s Ban Jelacic square proved too small to fit all the fans who wanted to participate in the welcome party for the Croatian national team on Monday, who came back from Russia a few hours earlier. According to police authorities, around 550,000 fans lined up along the route ...

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France coach and players react to World Cup victory

PARIS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the soccer World Cup on Sunday, handing them their second victory in the competition after a successful campaign on home soil in 1998. Following are comments, quotes and reactions from the French coach, players. National coach Didier Deschamps “It is really ...

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Sri Lanka postpones new T20 cricket league

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket authorities Sunday announced the indefinite postponement of the country’s Twenty20 league scheduled for next month and said revised dates will be decided by a new board. The Lankan Premier League (LPL) was due to start on August 18, but an interim management body appointed ...

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

MOSCOW (AFP) – 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. Didier Deschamps team are firm favourites to win Sunday s showpiece in Moscow and ...

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Pakistan braced for Bulawayo test

BULAWAYO (AFP) – Pakistan will start their one-day international series against Zimbabwe as clear favourites, but captain Sarfraz Ahmed expects the hosts to be challenging opponents in their home conditions as their tour moves to Bulawayo for five games in the longer of cricket s two short formats. “The one-day ...

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