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Perfect start for Marseille


Marseille humbled newly-promoted side Guingamp 3-1 in the French league on Sunday, with new signing Dimitri Payet scoring twice on his debut.

Lyon in qualifier play-offs


Seven-time French champions Lyon progressed to the Champions League play-off round on Tuesday with a 2-0 aggregate victory over Swiss side Grasshoppers following a 1-0 second-leg win in Zurich.

France demands release of Morsi


France’s foreign minister demanded Tuesday that Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi be freed, describing the political crisis as “very critical” after bloody unrest in Cairo.

Tour de France gets a floodlit parade twist


The Tour de France concludes on Sunday with the traditional parade up the world famous Champs Elysees in Paris, but organisers have added a twist to make the end to the 100th edition of the race even

Bolt blazes Paris track

Usain Bolt fired out a warning to American arch-rival Tyson Gay by scorching to a world-leading time of 19.73 seconds in the 200m at the Paris Diamond League meet.

‘Impossible to win Tour without doping’: Armstrong says

Shamed US cyclist Lance Armstrong believes it is impossible to win cycling’s greatest race without using banned substances, he said in an interview with Le Monde today, on the eve of the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Ten years on, Fedex out to make history


Ten years after Roger Federer made his Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon, the 17-time major winner returns to the All England Club next week as defending champion, but with the clock ticking.

Dutch tennis player banned for betting

Dutch tennis player Yannick Ebbinghaus has been suspended for six months and fined for betting illegally on matches, an anti-corruption body announced Monday.

Argentina sweat on Messi fitness


Argentina travel to Ecuador for their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier with a big doubt hanging over the head of star striker Lionel Messi.

Nadal considered French Open ‘impossible dream’

Rafael Nadal admitted that making history as an eight-time French Open champion was an impossible dream when he was desperately battling to reboot his career during a seven-month injury lay-off.

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