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France beware, sympathy for Neymar, importance of VAR

With the World Cup over, here's a look at what we've learned from the tournament - which includes a warning for the winners and sympathy for Neymar.

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World Cup stock: Mbappe rises as Messi, Neymar fall

The World Cup always leads to a spike in value for some of its star performers. So whose stock has gone up and whose has gone down?

FIFA's legacy in Russia should be measured by the people, not politics

There are reasons to be cynical about the World Cup, but in the end, Russia 2018's legacy will be about the connections fans made with one another.

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World Cup analysis

Is 'the new Paul Pogba' here to stay?

After Julien Laurens hails Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup triumph, the FC crew examine whether the tournament was a new beginning for him.

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Extra Time: Mbappe the real king of PSG? France in '18 or '98?

The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on Kylian Mbappe's stock at PSG, the 2018 France squad vs. the 1998 World Cup winning side and much more.

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Assessing the World Cup Best XI

Julien Laurens takes issue with ESPNFC.com's omission of France's N'Golo Kante in their World Cup team of the tournament.

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OTL: What Putin achieved with the World Cup

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn reflects on how Vladimir Putin used the World Cup as part of his geopolitical strategy.

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NBA Summer League

Can NBA summer league predict surprise stars and busts?

Is it possible to find the next Kyle Kuzma in July? Kevin Pelton takes a close look at what summer league really means.

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Summer league title game stars to watch when the real season tips

The Las Vegas Summer League championship game pits the Portland Trail Blazers against the Los Angeles Lakers. Who are the players to watch on each team, and what kind of impact could they have when the real NBA season begins?

Juventus

Ronaldo Officially Arrives

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Juventus: How did he fare?

Cristiano Ronaldo was as genuine as he was convincing at his Juventus unveiling, a player who has won it all but still has plenty to prove.

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Ronaldo not obsessed with Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not obsessed with winning the Champions League but acknowledged he joined Juventus to help them claim the title.

Hysteria encompasses Juve upon Ronaldo's arrival

Juventus came oh so close to landing Cristiano Ronaldo 15 years ago. Now that the Old Lady finally has her man, Turin can't contain its excitement.

Ronaldo: Age is irrelevant, I'm more motivated than ever

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.

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How Ronaldo's move to Juve raised eyebrows

After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded.

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo take Juventus to the next level?

With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition.

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Ronaldo's transfer changes the landscape of European football

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.

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Rugby World Cup Sevens

News and Insight

Blitzboks' proven mental strength key weapon

Springboks Sevens coach Neill Powell says the manner in which his team handled the pressure in the last tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has given them a lot of confidence going into Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

Springboks women's side looking to ruffle feathers

South Africa's Springboks Women's Sevens side has not travelled halfway across the world just to make up the numbers at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, or to have a nice holiday in San Francisco, coach Paul Delport says.

Rugby World Cup Sevens: Tournament Schedule, History

The 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament will be hosted in San Francisco, from July 20-22, and as such it is the biggest rugby event staged in the U.S. We've got everything you need to know.

2018 FIFA World Cup

Kane thanks teammates after winning Golden Boot

Six goals were enough for Kane to claim the award by a convincing two-goal margin ahead of France pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

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The best and worst of five weeks in Russia

The 2018 World Cup had some brilliant moments, but what did our correspondents on the ground in Russia think of the tournament?

Ian Darke's World Cup hits and misses

The 2018 World Cup is over, but which moments were Ian Darke's favourites? And what did he not like about Russia 2018?

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What no deal means for Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers

There are several implications of another franchise tag, starting with Le'Veon Bell likely being done in Pittsburgh after this season.

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How the 2019 F1 grid is shaping up

Your guide to the latest rumours on the F1 driver market as the pieces start to fall into place on the 2019 grid.

Improved or not: How all 31 NHL teams stack up

Which NHL teams set themselves up the best for the upcoming season via offseason work -- and which not so much?

The Open Championship

News and insight heading to Carnoustie

How American 20-somethings have taken over golf

The past five majors have been won by U.S. players in their 20s, an unprecedented streak of American dominance. Can the rest of the world catch up?

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McIlroy drawing inspiration from Djokovic

Rory McIlroy will draw inspiration from Novak Djokovic's win at Wimbledon when he begins his campaign for a second Open Championship title on Thursday.

Jordan Spieth's search for the missing magic

Jordan Spieth, perhaps for the first time ever, is struggling. He hasn't won since last year's Open. Is it time to worry -- or is the next act about to start?

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