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Wednesday, Jul 18

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NBA OKs Leonard-for-DeRozan deal, pending physicals

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San Antonio agreed to ship Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, according to multiple reports, ending more than seven months of off-court drama for the…

Spieth eyes Open, seeks to mirror Harrington

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Jordan Spieth feels he is back in the groove and capable of becoming the first player since Irishman Padraig Harrington in 2007-2008 to win back-to-back Opens.

Former Wales captain Warburton retires at age 29

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Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29 after failing to return to peak fitness following neck and knee surgery, the Welsh Rugby Union said Wednesday.

Thomas soars to next stage in France

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Welshman Geraint Thomas soared to victory in the 11th stage of the Tour de France Wednesday to take the leader’s yellow jersey.

Future of Belgian duo in board’s hands: Sarri

The futures of star Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois can be decided by the Chelsea board, the club’s new manager Maurizio Sarri said Wednesday.

Real Madrid will sign brilliant players: Perez

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has vowed that his club will make a splash in this summer’s transfer market.

Sarri’s arrival could spell trouble for odd-man-out Mourinho

Maurizio Sarri’s unveiling as Chelsea’s new manager Wednesday will have Premier League’s top brass rubbing their hands in glee, with the Italian joining a gaggle of English-based coaches who champion the virtues of attacking football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to miss whole season

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the whole of the forthcoming season, with the Premier League club saying Wednesday that they were already aware of the grim scenario.

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Mourinho bemoans 'very bad' preseason for United

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described the team's preseason as "very bad" because of the disruption caused by the World Cup and the absence of Alexis Sanchez for the tour of the United States.

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Thomas takes stage win and yellow jersey on Tour de France

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Geraint Thomas claimed the stage win and the race leader's yellow jersey on the Tour de France on Wednesday, with an awe-inspiring ride up the final climb of the 108km run from Albertville to La Rosière.

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Real will sign "brilliant" players, says President Perez

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has vowed that his club will make a splash in this summer’s transfer market.

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Sturridge ready to stay and fight for more game time at Liverpool

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Striker Daniel Sturridge wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for a starting role under manager Jurgen Klopp at the Premier League club, the 28-year-old has said.

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Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

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Hundreds of football fans flocked to cheer Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta when he arrived in Japan on Wednesday to join his new club Vissel Kobe.

Tuesday, Jul 17

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Liverpool make record bid for Alisson

Liverpool have lodged a world-record 62 million pound ($82 million) bid for Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker, according to widespread reports Tuesday.

Mercedes still fastest despite lost points: Wolff

Formula One champions Mercedes made mistakes in the last three back-to-back races but they still have the fastest car, according to team boss Toto Wolff.

Keeping up with ’keepers: Stars eye club moves after World Cup

After news of Alisson’s impending arrival at Liverpool, The Daily Star looks at six other World Cup goalkeepers who could be on the move.

Cahill announces international retirement from Socceroos

Australia’s leading goal scorer Tim Cahill has retired from international football after a frustrating fourth World Cup tournament in Russia.

British Open best shot to win major: Woods

Tiger Woods says the British Open represents his best chance of winning another major championship, and with some cleaner golf this might be the week he breaks his decade-plus major drought.

Bolt set for surprise trials with Aussie football club

Usain Bolt is on the verge of sealing a deal to trial with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, the Australian club said Tuesday, as the sprint legend pursues his dream of playing professional football.

Julian Alaphilippe restores French pride

Julian Alaphilippe claimed France’s first victory on this year’s Tour de France when he climbed impressively to win the 10th stage Tuesday, a 158.5-kilometer ride from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand.

Wenger says he regrets sacrificing ‘everything’ for the job

Arsene Wenger has said staying as Arsenal manager for nearly 22 years may have been the biggest mistake of his career and that he regrets sacrificing everything for the job.

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Usain Bolt to make run at pro football in Australia

Usain Bolt is making a run at professional football in Australia.

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Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge

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The coach that led Iceland to its first World Cup has stepped down.

Monday, Jul 16

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Tens of thousands give heroes’ welcome to Croatia team

In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia Monday rolled out the red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes’ welcome for the country’s national team despite their loss to France in the World Cup final.

Future seems bright after ‘greatest’ World Cup

The greatest World Cup ever got the final it deserved when a young, exciting France team swept aside Croatia with a pulsating 4-2 victory and performances that suggested a changing of the guard at the top of the sport.

The winners and the losers of the World Cup

Savor the thrills, unpredictability, and constant drama of this World Cup. Even FIFA accepts the football showpiece might never be so engrossing again.

Elated France fetes country’s newest idols

The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols.

Mbappe’s France have quality to emulate Pele’s Brazil

When teenager Kylian Mbappe netted France’s fourth goal in the World Cup final, thoughts turned to the possibility that the French could go on to emulate the dominant Brazilian teams led by their great striker Pele.

In a star-studded World Cup, some shined brighter

After the World Cup was bookended by a memorable final, The Daily Star identifies the star performers of a fabulous tournament.

Ronaldo targets Champions League with Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo said Monday that he’s different from other players of his age who move to China or Qatar for megamoney deals, during an official unveiling as a Juventus player in which he said he wanted to help bring Champions League…