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World Cup gear watch: France 0-1 Germany, Brazil 2-1 Colombia, Argentina 1-0 Belgium, Netherlands (4-3 on penalties) 0-0 Costa Rica

The Kits<p>Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Image<p>The tournament's best kits have exited the competition to the number three team (in a sartorial sense, at least) on our list. France are out of the World Cup after losing 1-0 to Germany in the first quarter-final match. An early headed goal from a set …

Gamesmanship alive and well

After a breakneck group phase, the World Cup has slowed down a touch -- not just in terms of the number of games but also its overall vibrancy. One …

Soccer

Novak Djokovic: ‘It’s the best grand slam final I have ever played’

A jubilant Novak Djokovic said his mental strength was the key to winning Wimbledon for a second time, describing his five-set victory over the seven-times champion Roger Federer as the “best grand slam final I have played in my career”. The Serb, who let slip a two-sets-to-one and 5-2 lead as …

With Neymar Out of the World Cup, Who Will Be Brazil's New Talisman?

The Brazilian nation should be bristling with positivity and excitement. The Selecao have overcome the enormous pressure heaped upon them by a …

Brazil appeal against Thiago Silva’s World Cup semi-final ban rejected

Thiago Silva will be suspended for Brazil’s World Cup semi-final against Germany – and Fifa has also ruled out action by its disciplinary committee for the challenge by Colombia’s Juan Zúñiga that left Neymar with a serious injury.<p>Brazil’s federation, the CBF, had appealed against Silva’s yellow …

How come ‘best league in the world’ has hardly featured at Brazil 2014?

If you listen carefully at the edges of this World Cup – in between the cheers, the roars, the weeping, the sound of Louis van Gaal being right – it’s just about possible to pick up something else beneath all the noise. Yes: it’s the sound of the Premier League not happening.<p>Even as those thrilling …

5 things at Wimbledon: Djokovic, Federer, Bouchard

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic called his five-set victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon the "most special Grand Slam final I've played."<p>Not merely …

Djokovic replaces Nadal at No. 1 after Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the ATP rankings Monday, while runner-up Roger Federer rose one …

Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic – the Wimbledon men's singles final: in pictures

And so two remained: Novak Djokovic faced Roger Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon. A vintage match saw the Serbian win a nail-biting five-setter. The Guardian's Tom Jenkins was courtside to capture the action

No apology for Krul penalty tricks

Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul insists he did nothing wrong in confronting Costa Rica's penalty takers during a World Cup quarter-final shootout.<p>Krul's crucial two saves followed his novel tactic that tested FIFA's guidelines on fair play. The substitute goalie faced up to opponents at the penalty …

No Victory Kiss: Tour de France Stage Winner Gets Rejected at Podium

The thrill of victory meets the agony of defeat.<p>Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali was having a pretty great day Sunday. He had won Stage 2 of the Tour de France, and was on stage, being lavished with flowers, prizes, and a coveted yellow jersey.<p>He gave the podium girl to his right a very European …

Amir Khan Bolton assault claims withdrawn

<b>Allegations of assault made against the former world champion boxer Amir Khan have been withdrawn, police have confirmed.</b><p>The 27-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident involving two youths in Bolton on Friday.<p>The Olympic silver medallist was questioned over the …