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France supporters line the Champs-Elysees as they welcome back Les Bleus

French supporters lined the Champs-Elysees on Monday afternoon as they prepared to receive Les Bleus  fromn Russia following their World Cup final win over Croatia. Fans numbered their thousands along the Champs-Elysees in Paris as they awaited their victorious national team's return, waving tricolour flags amid a party atmosphere in the capital. The national team had beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow to win the tournament for a second time, 20 years on from their 1998 triumph on home soil.

Arsenal fall victim to embarrassing scam with BYD Auto partnership

NEW Arsenal have fallen victim to an embarrassing scam after it seems their deal with vehicle manufacturer BYD Auto was signed off by someone acting as an employee of the Chinese company. The Gunners revealed in April that they had penned a deal with 'the world's best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer'. However, just three months later it appears the employee of the Chinese company that sanctioned the agreement never in fact worked there.

NEW CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: Conte was on his way out almost before a ball was kicked last season and by January it was certain. The players knew he would go before the World Cup.

NEW ADAM CRAFTON IN TURIN: Juventus made an almighty fuss of their new signing, with his celebration mocked up as a silhouette on canvases inside and outside their Allianz Stadium,

NEW JEFF POWELL COLUMN: It is Khan's heart's desire to catch up with Pacquiao for the super-fight he has pursued for years, in the belief that it would define his career legacy.

It's understood that Alexis Sanchez encountered problems obtaining a visa to enter the United States after accepting a prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain in February.

NEW CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The Arsenal legend’s £4million-a-year contract with the TV network, where he has worked since 2015, has been due to run until the end of 2020.

Maurizio Sarri vows to transform Chelsea's style and bring the 'fun' back

Maurizio Sarri has vowed to bring the fun back to Chelsea's football as the new manager took charge of his first training session. Sarri was appointed on Saturday after the club parted company with Antonio Conte, who has released a statement via the League Managers Association wishing luck to his successor at Stamford Bridge. 'I want to play my football,' said Sarri, the 59-year-old who forged a reputation for fluent and attractive football in his last job, with Napoli. 'I want to enjoy myself and probably to win something.

NEW JACK GAUGHAN: Goalkeeper Joe Hart expects to be the surprise name Pep Guardiola is taking on tour to America with Manchester City on Tuesday despite the 31-year-old ready to leave.

Wilfried Zaha has returned home from Crystal Palace's pre-season training camp in Sweden to 'deal with a family matter', the club have confirmed.

NEW DEREK LAWRENSON: Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is ready to throw caution to the wind in an effort to win The Open and end his near four-year drought at the majors.

EXCLUSIVE: It has emerged that the former player and England assistant manager will give evidence at Wednesday's crucial DCMS committee hearing on the future of the stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo officially unveiled as a Juventus player in Turin

ADAM CRAFTON IN TURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo declared himself the new Special One of football as he vowed to go on and on at the very highest level after sealing a £99.2m transfer to Juventus. Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, leaves Real Madrid after a nine-year spell with the Spanish giants, in which he scored 451 goals and won four Champions League titles. Including his vast wages, Juventus' investment in Ronaldo may reach up to £300m over the duration of his four-year contract in Italy, which will take the Portuguese forward through to the age of 37.

Real Madrid stars including Bale and Benzema undergo pre-season tests

Cristiano Ronaldo was not the only one undergoing a medical on Monday as his former Real Madrid team-mates also had their annual pre-season check-ups. While Ronaldo was in Turin completing the necessary procedures ahead of his official Juventus unveiling, 14 of Real's non-World Cup cohort were tested at the Medical Centre at Real Madrid City and the Sports Medicine Unit of the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital. The likes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema gave the thumbs up after, per Real's official website, undertaking blood and urine tests and several 'ophthalmological and biomechanical' examinations.

In a video released by Juventus, Ronaldo is shown walking across the training pitch before being taken on a behind-the-scenes tour at Juventus' impressive facility in Vinovo.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus medical has taken place as the superstar prepares to officially finalise his £100million move to the Italian giants. 

Juan Cuadrado has asked fans to vote for his new shirt number after the Juventus star lost his No 7 jersey to new arrival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gareth Bale's Madrid future is set to be resolved after talks with new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui. With Ronaldo departing to Juventus, it is likely to give Bale the bigger role he craves.

Real Madrid have made a 'historic error' by selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

Alastair Cook makes unbeaten century for England Lions ahead of India series

LAWRENCE BOOTH AT WORCESTER: If England are going to match India’s batting galacticos in their five-Test series, they will need runs – lots of them – from Alastair Cook. A century on the first day of the Lions’ game against India A was perfect preparation. Cook had not batted in the middle for 18 days, dividing his time between his farm and practice with Essex. But there was little sign of cobwebs or rust against a decent attack including Test off-spinner Jayant Yadav. On a lifeless pitch that felt more like the subcontinent than mid-summer England, the Lions reached the close on 310 for two. Cook was still there on 154, doing what he does best.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey shows off new beard-free look ahead of new season

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has opted to freshen up his look ahead of the upcoming 2018/19 Premier League season. The Welshman has done away with his trademark beard and spruced up his style with a youthful look, as he and his fellow Arsenal team-mates get back into the pre-season swing. Ramsey revealed his fresh appearance to fans on Monday, taking to social media platform Instagram to share a snap with his 3million followers.

It would be an unlikely comeback for Vince, not least because he is in effect fourth choice to open alongside Jonny Bairstow behind Roy, the injured Alex Hales and Dawid Malan.

Floating around amid US college players and part-timers, Andy Murray woke up on Monday to find himself as the official British No 23, ranked 839 in the world.

Anthony Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd with his fourth stadium fight in succession bringing his total live audience for those spectaculars close to 350,000.

Croatia given huge welcome in Zagreb as World Cup runners-up get home

Croatia's World Cup runners-up have returned home to a mass greeting in Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, a day after losing the World Cup final 4-2 against France. Luka Modric and co made it back as heroes after guiding Croatia to their best ever finish at a World Cup, eclipsing the third-place of 1998. Thousands of fans packed into the square in Zagreb to try and get a glimpse of their heroes, who were scheduled to appear on stage to acknowledge their supporters on Monday afternoon.

Pogba, Mbappe and victorious France stars pose with World Cup

Remember those brilliant portraits taking of all the World Cup squads ahead of kick-off on June 14? Well, they are back for one last time and they have saved the best until last. After their memorable celebrations, the France squad continued to make the most of their triumph by posing for brilliant portraits with the World Cup.

NEW CHARLES SALE: A UK-wide bid to host the World Cup in 2030 moved a step closer on Monday when the Government gave their strong support to the idea.

Harry Kane's Golden Boot and Luka Modric's Golden Ball are all well and good, but what about the unsung heroes? The guys who made us cry with laughter, the inspirational stories and the mental moments?

The World Cup is over and the Premier League is 25 days away. One thing will occupy minds of football fans across the globe - transfers. Sportsmail looks at 10 World Cup stars who could be on the move.

World Cup picture special: Sportsmail picks 30 of the most iconic images

Russia 2018 was arguably the best World Cup tournament ever, with thrills and spills aplenty across 31 days and 64 matches.

NEW Olivier Giroud of Chelsea played 546 minutes for Didier Deschamps’ glorious team in Russia. Though Giroud is never found wanting for effort, he did not score any of his team’s 14 goals.

It has been the soundtrack of England's World Cup campaign but it seems It's Coming Home has not been well received by a wider audience. Gary Lineker backs it, but Slaven Bilic isn't a fan.

Kylian Mbappe has ruled out a move away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer after lifting the World Cup with France. He was a stand-out star in Russia, and was named the best young player.

Liverpool centre back Dejan Lovren admitted he lost his head after flooring a pitch invader during Croatia's heartbreaking World Cup final defeat by France in Moscow.

The most awkward World Cup winner ever? Pint-sized Kante was too shy to celebrate with trophy so N'Zonzi told France team-mates to let him pose with it... and then they chanted his name at party

France won their second World Cup on Sunday after beating Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final and after the final whistle, celebrations were in full swing at the Luzhniki Stadium. According to French publication Le Parisien , Kante played the final with a stomach bug and it was evident on the pitch as he endured a quiet evening both during the match and the celebrations.

'On top of the World': France reacts to second World Cup title

Following victory in Russia, France is waking up to front pages teeming with pictures of the country's second World Cup success. A Mario Mandzukic own goal, an Antoine Griezmann penalty and second-half strikes from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe sealed a 4-2 win over Croatia at the Luznhiki Stadium in front of President Emmanuel Macron as back home the country hit party mode. There were plenty of celebrations, both on the rain-soaked pitch in Moscow and on the Champs Elysees back in Paris - all of which were captured and plastered across the front of the national press on Monday morning.

Paul Pogba has revealed what he said to his France team-mates prior to the World Cup final with a motivational rally before the biggest game of their careers.

Despite not playing a minute of the World Cup finals, Adil Rami contributed to France's success in his own way. The defender and his outlandish moustache were a lucky charm.

Despite their defeat in the final to France , the pair were happy to celebrate a remarkable run to the competition's end and swapped shirts to commemorate the occasion.

Maradona makes grand Belarus arrival after becoming chairman of club

Always one to make his entrance known, Diego Maradona touched down in Belarus this week for the first time after becoming chairman of Dinamo Brest football club. The 57-year-old signed a three-year deal with the club and has now taken up the role after the conclusion of the Russia World Cup. Maradona was ferried from his plane in a gleaming blue Mercedes, while large crowds eagerly anticipating his arrival gathered outside the terminal.

Halmstads 1-6 Crystal Palace: Eagles produce six of the best in Sweden

HALMSTADS 1-6 CRYSTAL PALACE: Crystal Palace stepped up their preparations for the new Premier League season with a dominant 6-1 win on their pre-season tour of Scandinavia. Now in Sweden, the Eagles hit Halmstads for six as Roy Hodgson's side showed no signs of struggle, despite the absence of star man Wilfried Zaha due to a 'family matter'. Christian Benteke opened the scoring before a brace from Patrick van Aanholt and further strikes from Sully Kaikai, James McArthur and Jason Puncheon capped off a fine performance for the Premier League side.

Antonio Conte adopted a diplomatic tone in speaking out on Monday for the first time since being sacked by Chelsea, making no reference to any ill-feeling towards the club or players.

Completion of the deal had stalled while Chelsea sorted their managerial situation but terms for the 19-year-old midfielder are expected to be finalised by the clubs in the next 36 hours.

Froome insists Team Sky's leadership will be decided on the road. Wiggins said the team would have 'a real problem' if Geraint Thomas took the yellow jersey ahead of his team-mate.

Jordan Spieth hands back Claret Jug ahead of Open title defence

Jordan Spieth will forever have his name on the Claret Jug but only success at Carnoustie this week will allow him to retain his treasured title of Champion Golfer of the Year. Spieth channelled his inner Seve Ballesteros en route to winning at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago, making one of the best bogeys in major history on the 13th after hitting his third from the practice range. One of the first things he did when he returned home was watch the coverage of his win, skipping the first 12 holes of his final round to see how the drama unfolded on TV in the closing stages.

Paul Lawrie admits Open critics held him back for years after 1999 title win

NEW EXCLUSIVE BY DEREK LAWRENSON: Nine years it took him. Nine years to get over the snide comments, the bitchy asides, the horrible feeling there were people out there who considered him less than a worthy Open Champion. His wife Marian would tell him: 'Paul, stop it, you've got to get over this.' His late coach, Adam Hunter, would tear his hair out on an almost daily basis, urging him: 'Paul, for goodness sake, let your clubs do the talking and prove them wrong.'

Tiger Woods faces a lengthy wait to make his first Open Championship start since 2015 after being handed a late tee time of 3.21pm for the opening round at Carnoustie on Thursday.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY DEREK LAWRENSON: 19 years on from an infamous choke at The Open, Jean ven de Velde insists he has never been haunted by his final hole blues.

Ian Poulter denied on Sunday night claims he abused a marshal at the Scottish Open during his third round on Saturday after allegations he aimed a 'shower of expletives' at volunteer Quintin Jardine.

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Tavistock 0-6 Cardiff City: Gary Madine nets twice as dominant Bluebirds ease to victory 

TAVISTOCK 0-6 CARDIFF CITY: Cardiff eased to victory in their second pre-season friendly as Neil Warnock's men put six past Tavistock at Langsford Park on Monday night. The Bluebirds are looking ahead to their return to the Premier League after finishing runner's up in the Championship last season.

Jesse Lingard steps out of his custom Bentley after arriving home following the World Cup

England star Jesse Lingard did his best to keep a low profile as he headed out in Cheshire on Monday. The forward, a key figure in the Three Lions' impressive World Cup campaign in Russia, was spotted hopping out of his customised Bentley Bentayga in his hometown. The matte black 4x4, worth £160,000, is the latest addition to Lingard's car collection, which also includes a custom Bentley Continental GT (£200k), Range Rover Sport (£120k) and Mercedes C63S AMG (£80k).

Daley Blind has joined up with Ajax's training camp at St George's Park ahead of his £14million move from Manchester United. The player remained home on Sunday as the United squad flew to Los Angeles.

Jurgen Klopp has set a return date for his Liverpool stars who made the crunch final stages of the 2018 Russia World Cup. Four first team starts are due to return just before the season opener.

The former Swansea centre-back, 27, is hoping to be involved quickly at The Hawthorns after swapping one relegated Premier League club for another on a three-year contract.

In 2014, Real Madrid bought the best goalkeeper of the World Cup and four years on they look set to repeat the exercise by signing Thibaut Courtois.

Lyon president Jean Michael Aulas has admitted Liverpool could yet still sign playmaker Nabil Fekir this summer, despite the collapse of a £53million move prior to the World Cup. 

John Stones started in all seven games for England in Russia as they finished fourth and he will now jet off on holiday with his loved ones before the start of the new domestic season.

Manchester United star Victor Lindelof makes interesting book choice on post-World Cup

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof picked some interesting reading material for his summer holiday in Mykonos, Greece. Swede Lindelof was leafing through 'Surrounded By Psychopaths' by Thomas Erikson, a book focusing on communication and human behaviour, as he relaxed by the sea with wife Maja Nilsson.

Manchester City starlet Oleksandr Zinchenko performs #DoTheShiggy

Manchester City youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko is the latest sports star to take part in the #InMyFeelingsChallenge, also known as #DoTheShiggy. Zinchenko joins the likes of Will Smith and American football star Odell Jackson Jr in posting a video of the dance, performed to Drake's latest single.

Chelsea are in turmoil just two days after Maurizio Sarri was confirmed as new manager as Thibaut Courtois joined Eden Hazard in casting huge doubt over his future at the club.

World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin has been targeted by Monaco as they aim to beat Chelsea to his signature

Albion are bracing themselves for renewed bids from Burnley and West Ham for Dawson, who is valued at £20million. Hefele is available for around £2.5m after injury trouble.

Gareth Southgate's return from a successful World Cup managing England will be celebrated with the temporary renaming of an Underground station after him. The stunt will last for 48 hours.

Danny Ings joined Liverpool from Burnley back in 2015 but Southampton manager Mark Hughes is interested in giving the injury-plagued striker a fresh start at St Mary's.

Former Everton and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney started his American spell in brilliant style, coming off the bench to to grab an assist as DC United beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber celebrate SW19 titles at Wimbledon Champions' Dinner

Hours after lifting his fourth Wimbledon title on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic swapped his match attire for his finest tuxedo as he attended the annual Champions Dinner with women's champion Angelique Kerber. Taking place at the Guildhall in London , the black tie event marks the end of the fortnight of action at SW19. Djokovic, who attended the evening with wife Jelena, was joined by women's singles champion Kerber and as tradition dictates, the pair danced together in front of those in attendance.

Chris Froome falls off as rival Richie Porte pulls out of Tour de France with shoulder

There was carnage on stage nine of the Tour de France as Australian Richie Porte had to pull out after damaging his shoulder in a crash 10 kilometres into the ninth stage, while his rival Chris Froome also fell off near the finish.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have each been suspended for six international matches by the ICC.

All England Club rules forbid children under five being on the show courts during matches, but three year-old Stefan was brought into the players' box after his father had completed his victory.

Serena Williams returned to the world's top 30 in the WTA rankings released on Monday after finishing as Wimbledon runner-up. Novak Djokovic rose to 10th after his Wimbledon triumph.

It turns out athletics isn't coming home, either. A day after Gareth Southgate's merry men were nudged into fourth place in Russia, Britain grabbed a podium finish in the Athletics World Cup.

Lizzie Deignan will lead brand new UCI World Tour team Trek Factory Racing when she returns from her pregnancy in 2019. She is leaving Boels-Dolmans.

The chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said the appeal would be against 'both finding and penalty'. The ban has ruled Dettori out of two showpiece events on the calendar.

Premier League Transfers - Club-by-club list of Summer 2018 moves

It promises to be another big spending summer among the Premier League clubs, especially those wishing to haul in champions Manchester City over the course of the campaign. But of course there are bargains to be had too and also the opportunity to grab a star from the World Cup in Russia. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League (those making at least one club appearance), as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.

The Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 have been released ahead of the new campaign. Find out who your team will be taking on and when all of the key dates are.

Just as one season ends another begins. Less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup final Premier League sides will be back in action. Here is our guide to all the pre-season fixtures

Sportsmail provide you with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Keep track of every team's new designs for the coming season on this page.

NEW Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Tuesday's meetings at Beverley, Chelmsford City, Thirsk, Bath and Worcester.

NEW The case against Willie Mullins’s vet, accused of sharing inside information about Faugheen before his withdrawal from the 2016 Champion Hurdle, has been called a ?complete fantasy’.

Where does Jorginho's arrival leave the rest of Chelsea's midfield?

The new era at Chelsea is afoot after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as manager on on Saturday was swiftly followed by the capture of Jorginho. The Italian was the crown jewel in the midfield of Sarri's swashbuckling Napoli side that pushed Juventus all the way in Serie A last season. His metronomic presence facilitated Sarri's eye-catching style of play in Italy, and he will surely become the man around which the Blues build going forwards.

After what must feel like an eternity for fans, Maurizio Sarri has finally been named Chelsea boss and can crack on moulding his own side for the coming season. He has until August 9.

The 2018 World Cup has finally come to an end - and it was one of the most exciting, unpredictable and memorable tournaments for many years. Sportsmail's experts and give their opinions.

Wimbledon has come to a conclusion with Novak Djokovic triumphing in the men's singles while Angelique Kerber won the women's tournament.MIKE DICKSON gives his view on the best and the worst.

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