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World Cup : Luis Suarez Appeal Against Bite Ban Rejected

Fifa has rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

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Suarez was also banned for nine international matches after the incident at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Uruguayan FA had described Fifa’s ruling as an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”.

Suarez can now make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Football’s global governing body also imposed a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (£65,000) on Suarez, who has apologised for his behaviour.

Under the terms of the suspension, Suarez cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium, although players’ union Fifpro argue the details “lack clarity”.

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Golf : Scottish Open: Rory McIlroy Breaks Course Record

Rory McIlroy broke the course record to lead after the first round of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

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The Northern Irishman recorded seven birdies in an seven-under 64 to set the pace a week out from the Open.

Swede Kristoffer Broberg and Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez shot 65 as Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey took 66.

Scots Marc Warren and David Drysdale and English duo Luke Donald and Richard Bland were four under, with defending champion Phil Mickelson three under.

McIlroy, who has not played in the event since 2009, has had mixed success in Europe this season, winning the PGA Championship at Wentworth but then missing the cut at his home Irish Open.

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Premiership : Spurs Goalkeeper Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

Tottenham’s France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club.

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The 27-year-old was signed by then Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas for £8m from Lyon at the end of the summer transfer window in 2012.

He has made 78 appearances for the north London club.

Lloris captained France at the World Cup, and played in all of their games in Brazil.

He will work with his third coach since joining Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino succeeds Tim Sherwood following the former White Hart Lane player’s departure at the end of the 2013-14 season.

“The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino is important,” Lloris told the club’s website.  “I have a good feeling with him. He is also ambitious.

“Everything is clear in my head and if I’ve signed a new contract it’s because I trust the club and I’m sure we will progress in a positive way.”

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World Cup : Argentina Will Play Germany in 2014 Final

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final after beating the Netherlands on penalties in a drab semi-final in Sao Paulo.

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Chances were rare during a forgettable 120 minutes, Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain poking the best opportunity into the side-netting in normal time.

Argentina’s Sergio Romero saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the shootout, before Maxi Rodriguez struck.

His winning penalty put Argentina into their first World Cup final since 1990.

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Tour de France : Champion Chris Froome Out After Crashing Twice

Defending champion Chris Froome has pulled out of the Tour de France after crashing twice on stage five.

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The Briton had resumed riding after his first fall in wet conditions, but withdrew after his second crash with around 66km of the stage to go.

The 29-year-old climbed into a Team Sky support car to leave the race.

The stage had yet to reach the first of several cobbled sections that team-mate Geraint Thomas had predicted would cause problems for the riders.

Froome had started the stage in seventh position, two seconds behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali.

He was cleared to resume racing following an X-ray after grazing his left hip and damaging a wrist when falling during the fourth stage on Tuesday.

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World Cup : Germany Thrash Hosts Brazil 7-1

Brazil’s World Cup dreams ended in humiliating and brutal fashion as Germany inflicted their heaviest defeat in the first semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

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A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmare as Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.

Brazil’s players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off, but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years, and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.

Instead, Germany will meet either Argentina or Netherlands, who meet on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

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Tour de Frace : Chris Froome Given All-clear After Crash

Chris Froome has been given the all-clear to continue the defence of his Tour de France title after a crash in the fourth stage.

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The British Team Sky lead rider was sent for an X-ray following a fall just five kilometres into the 163.5km stage.

Froome, 29, quickly got back on his bike and rejoined the peloton after receiving medical attention.

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford said: “Chris is a fighter, he’s not someone who gives up just like that.”

Froome later tweeted:  “Took quite a tumble today but I’ll definitely be starting tomorrow with no serious damage. It’ll be a tough one for everyone on the cobbles!”

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World Cup : Miroslav Klose Breaks Finals Goals Record

Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the record scorer in World Cup history by netting his 16th finals goal in the 7-1 semi-final victory over Brazil.

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The 36-year-old Lazio striker put his country 2-0 ahead as they opened up a 5-0 half-time lead in Belo Horizonte.

Klose moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo by scoring against Ghana earlier in the competition.

Germany’s leading goalscorer with 71 goals in 136 games, he is the third player to net at four World Cup finals.

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Premiership : Everton Sign Midfielder Gareth Barry

Everton have signed midfielder Gareth Barry on a three-year contract.

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The 33-year-old spent last season at Goodison Park on loan from Manchester City, helping Roberto Martinez’s side finish fifth in the Premier League.

Barry, whose contract with City expired at the end of June, is Martinez’s first signing of the summer.

“I’m delighted now that everything is signed and I’m going to be spending the next few years at Everton,” the midfielder said.

“When you are on loan, it is never the same as being a signed player. I was really settled last year – but now I am an official Everton player and it feels really good.”

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Cricket : Alastair Cook Defiant About Captaincy

England captain Alastair Cook says he has no intention of stepping down and will continue to “throw everything” into the role.

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Cook’s leadership has been much-criticised, with England failing to win any of their past eight Test matches.

But speaking on the eve of a five-match home series against India, the 29-year-old remained steadfast in his position.

“Until that day the selectors decide I’m not the right man for the job, I will continue,” he said.

“I think you have to be determined and stick to your guns.

“We all know you are judged on results and results have not been good enough.”

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