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France Gives World Cup Winners a Heroes' Welcome Home

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

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Abidal Liver Transplant Legal, Says Spanish Health Body

A liver transplant for cancer-stricken ex-Barcelona footballer Eric Abidal was carried out according to the law, Spanish health authorities said Tuesday, dismissing reports of organ trafficking.

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'Africa Real' World Cup Winners, Says Venezuela's Maduro

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro believes Africa and not France are the true winners of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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AC Milan's Europa League Ban Appeal Set for Thursday

AC Milan's appeal against a European ban for breaking UEFA's financial fair play rules will be heard Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the court announced.

A spokesman for the Lausanne-based court told AFP that the hearing will be at 9:30 am (0730 GMT) and a decision would follow "probably within 24 hours".

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Putin Leaves World Cup Ball in Trump's Half

Russia's President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with American leader Donald Trump on Monday by tossing him a World Cup football.

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Paris Renames Metro Stations to Honor World Cup Stars

Six Paris metro stations were temporarily renamed in honor of France's World Cup winning champions after their 4-2 rollercoaster victory against Croatia.

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Ronaldo Greets Juve Fans, Sparks Champions League Dreams

Juventus fans gave Cristiano Ronaldo a rousing welcome on Monday as the club prepared to unveil the superstar summer signing they hope will bring the Champions League trophy back to Turin.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside the Allianz Stadium in Turin from early morning singing "Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)" as the European competition's most lethal striker of all time made a brief appearance ahead of his medical Monday.

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Halep Stays on Top as Kerber and Serena Move Up

Simona Halep retained the number one spot in the latest women's rankings despite losing in the third round at Wimbledon, but below her the upsets at the grass-court major caused turmoil.

Winner Angelique Kerber jumped six places to fourth, while the two women who contested the 2017 final both fell sharply after failing to match that performance.

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France Set for Heroes' Welcome after Thrilling World Cup Win

Victorious France were set to return to a heroes' welcome on Monday after winning the World Cup for the second time with a rollercoaster 4-2 victory over Croatia which set off chaotic celebrations at home.

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France Wins 2nd World Cup Title

With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for.

Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

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