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Britain's Thomas wins Tour de France opener

Britain's Thomas wins Tour de France opener

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Media playback is not supported on this device Tour de France, 1-23 JulyCoverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. Radio 5 live coverage on Sports Extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stageBritain's Geraint Thomas won his first Grand Tour stage with victory in the opening 14km time trial of the 2017 Tour de France in Dusseldorf, Germany.The Team Sky rider clocked 16 minutes four seconds to take the yellow jersey, with team-mate and defending champion Chris Froome 12 seconds back in sixth.Swiss Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) was second with Belarusian Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) third in wet conditions.Movistar's Alejandro Valverde is out of the race after crashing into a barrier.Thomas, the first Welshman to...
England to play with video assistant referee for the first time in Tuesday's match v France

England to play with video assistant referee for the first time in Tuesday's match v France

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England will play with a video assistant referee for the first time in their friendly against France on Tuesday.The VAR experiment is being trialled by FIFA at selected matches and events, with wider implementation and a role in the 2018 World Cup to follow, but is not currently mandatory.Both associations have to agree to its use under current rules and the Football Association was happy to give its assent.Italian referee Davide Massa will be officiating the match, with two conventional assistant referees supplemented by compatriots Marco Guida and Massimiliano Irrati providing television support. They will be based in a video operation room which can be, but does not have to be, inside the stadium. They VARs will be on hand to review and advise on four distinct issues: goals where there
Gareth Southgate reveals John Stones could play in midfield for England against France

Gareth Southgate reveals John Stones could play in midfield for England against France

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England manager Gareth Southgate is weighing up a surprise midfield move for John Stones.Speaking on the eve of his side's season-ending friendly against France, Southgate confirmed Harry Kane would retain the captaincy and promised goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Jack Butland 45 minutes each in place of Joe Hart - while also announcing the latter was still his 'number one'.But it was his revelation that Stones, Manchester City's £50million centre-half, was being considered for a switch into unfamiliar territory that piqued most interest.Stones was edged out of the team that drew 2-2 with Scotland on Saturday by Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill but Southgate feels he has the requisite ball-playing skills to operate further up the pitch and may hand the 23-year-old a first opportunity to test driv
UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

Technology
Theresa May will launch a joint campaign between the UK and France to punish tech giants that fail to remove extremist and criminal content. Online radicalisation will be a top priority during the Prime Minister's visit to Paris on Tuesday, in which she will hold talks with new President Emmanuel Macron.Image:This will be Theresa May's first foreign trip since the electionFacebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for failing to remove unacceptable content. The two leaders plan to draw up new laws enabling them to be slapped with multimillion-pound fines.:: Analysis - Tension between May and Facebook over online extremismMrs May's first foreign trip since losing her majority at the General Election will not be the triumphant outing on the world stage that Downing Street will have e...