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July 16, 2018 12:00 AM Car crash victim Degenkolb wins 9th stage of Tour de France

PARIS: John Degenkolb won the Arras-Roubaix ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday ahead of Greg Van Avermaet as dozens of falls and multiple withdrawals made for a slapstick spectacle amidst clouds of dust. The win marks a return to form for the German, a former winner of Paris-Roubaix, who was knocked down by a car in Mallorca two years ago. Van Avermaet

July 16, 2018 12:00 AM Aussie Richie Porte out of Tour de France

PARIS: Australian cyclist Richie Porte pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after falling heavily on a shoulder early in stage nine from Arras to Roubaix. The BMC captain was among the favourites to win the 2018 Tour but he had already lost time in a fall on stage one. The 33-year-old fell just 10km into the race and although he scrambled to the side of the road he was unable

July 15, 2018 3:28 PM France snatch World Cup glory from Croatia to win second title

France become new world champions after an epic final that has featured a series of firsts including an own goal and a penalty awarded after a video review. Les Bleus, as they are colloquially known, will lift their first World Cup trophy since 1998. France coach Didier Deschamps was thrown into the air in a celebration by his players after becoming 1

July 15, 2018 12:00 AM Groenewegen wins yet another TdF stage

AMIENS, France: Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to a second straight win on stage eight of the Tour de France (TdF) on Saturday as second and third Andre Greipel and Fernando Gaviria were disqualified for elbowing and headbutting at 70km/h. Fourth-placed Peter Sagan inherited second with fifth-placed John Degenkolb promoted to third after a thrilling

July 15, 2018 12:00 AM France marks Bastille Day with major military parade

PARIS: Fighter jets streaked over Paris on Saturday as part of a massive military parade in a "demonstration of controlled force" on France´s national day, due to be followed by a street party if "Les Bleus" win the World Cup. Thousands of people, many of them tourists, thronged the Champs Elysees avenue to watch the march past involving 4,290 soldiers

July 14, 2018 12:00 AM FIFA asks TV producers to cut down on fan close-ups

MOSCOW: FIFA said Friday it had asked TV producers to reduce the number of close-up shots of spectators at the World Cup final to avoid any “suggestions of sexual connotations”. The feed supplied by FIFA and used by TV stations around the world shows spectators in the stands to complement the coverage of the matches in Russia. The cameras sometimes zoom in on female 4

July 12, 2018 12:00 AM England, Uruguay fined for breaching marketing rules

MOSCOW: England were fined 70,000 Swiss Francs ($70,585.9) and Uruguay were given a 50,000 Swiss Francs sanction for breaking media and marketing rules during the World Cup, FIFA said on Wednesday. “Several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the World 3

July 9, 2018 12:17 PM ECP finishes logistical arrangements for polls

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the commission had made all necessary logistic arrangements for ensuring to hold the upcoming general election on July 25 in a smooth and an organized manner. The holding of elections which is considered to be a biggest logistic activity in the country required a comprehensive strategy 5

July 8, 2018 12:00 AM Iran calls for EU help as shipping giant pulls out for fear of US sanctions

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France/LONDON: One of the world´s biggest cargo shippers announced on Saturday it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in U.S. sanctions, and President Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset the U.S. measures. The announcement by France´s CMA CGM that it was quitting Iran deals a blow to Tehran 1

July 7, 2018 12:00 AM Netherlands expels two Iranian embassy staff

AMSTERDAM: The Netherlands has expelled two Iranian embassy staff, the Dutch Intelligence service AIVD said on Friday. "We can confirm that the Netherlands has expelled two persons accredited to the Iranian embassy," a spokesperson for Dutch intelligence said. A European government official and a Western intelligence source said the expulsions occurred 3