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July 1, 2016

England given big slap in the face: France’s Sagna

Paris, July 1: England's shock European football championship exit at the hands of Iceland was a "big slap in the face" for country's football, according to France defender Bacary Sagna.England would have played France in the quarter-finals this weekend if they came through the last-16 tie against smallest ever nation to feature at a European Championship. But Lars Lagerback's men were victorious in Nice and set up a meeting with France at the Stade de France on Sunday. Ahead of the last-eight…

Winger Andros Townsend signs for Crystal Palace

London, July 1: English winger Andros Townsend has left Newcastle United and signed on Friday with Crystal Palace for five football seasons.Townsend, 24, arrives at the South London side for 13 million pounds sterling ($17.2 million) and thus returns to the English Premier League after the Magpies fell late last season from the Championship, reports Efe. Townsend, who scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle, said he is delighted to move to Palace.

Germany’s tricky task: Stay cool against an old rival

Bordeaux (France), July 1: Germany versus Italy in Bordeaux this Saturday is more than a usual duel in the quarter-final of Euro football championship.It is the merciless shoot-out of the probably the two best teams at the most important European tournament. The special rivalry between the two will turn the game into a battle of nerves and emotions, reports Xinhua news agency. And it is the most tricky challenge German head coach Joachim Loew can think of. After winning the 2014 World Cup, the 56-year-old is now either on…

CAS to examine Russia’s lawsuit on IAAF’s suspension decision

Moscow, July 1: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will receive a lawsuit of the Olympic Committee of Russia (OCR) on the IAAF’s decision to deny Russian athletes participation in the Rio Olympics on Saturday, OCR legal department head Alexandra Brilliantova said on Friday.The OCR and Russian athletes would act as a single plaintiff to challenge the world athletics body’s decision of June 17 preventing the participation of "clean" Russian athletes in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, reports…
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