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Coco Gauff reaches French Open final, sends anti-gun message to U.S



American teenager Coco Gauff has made her first Grand Slam final, where she will meet World Number One and 2020 champion Iga Swiatek

Gauff booked her spot in the final by defeating Italy’s MartinaTrevisan 6-3 6-1.

Following the match, Gauff left a message for her home nation by signing the on court camera “Peace End Gun Violence”.

It comes after a spate of U.S gun crimes have made global headlines, including the murders of 22 people at a Texas primary school.

Speaking after the match Gauff described the lack of action over gun violence in the U.S as “crazy”.

“I woke up this morning and I saw there was another shooting and I think it’s just crazy.” She says.

“That was just a message for people at home to watch, and for people who are all around the world to watch.”

Coco Gauff

“Hopefully it gets into the heads of people in office to change things.” She says.

The victory is another step forward for the young player who rose to prominence in 2019 when she defeated Venus Williams at Wimbledon aged just 15, and has now become the youngest finalist at Roland Garros since 2001.

Earlier in the day, World Number One Iga Swiatek reached the final by sweeping past 20th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1.

Swiatek is on a 34 match winning streak, and if she wins Saturday’s final will equal Venus Williams’ 21st century record streak which was set in 2000.

The Pole hasn’t lost a match since she claimed the number one ranking following the retirement of Ash Barty.

Bryan Hoadley contributed to this post.

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Fans swamp Argentine restaurant to see Lionel Messi



The footballer needed a police escort to leave the venue

A steakhouse in Buenos Aires was mobbed by hundreds of fans who wanted to get a glimpse of their favourite football megastar.

People rushed to the exclusive Don Julio restaurant eager to get a glimpse of the man who led Argentina to its third World Cup title.

Messi eventually needed a police escort to leave.

Fans on the street corner chanted his name as police officers accompanied the 35-year-old to his vehicle while keeping fans at bay.

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World Athletics bans transgender women in female category events



Any transgender athlete, who has gone through male puberty, won’t be allowed to compete in female world ranking competitions

World Athletics has banned transgender women from competing in the female category at international events.

Any transgender athlete, who has gone through male puberty, won’t be allowed to compete in female world ranking competitions.

The governing body’s President says the decision was guided by the principle to protect the female category.

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” said Lord Coe.

“We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years.

“As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

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Goalkeeper Leandro Requena scores longest range goal of all-time



The ball travelled 101 metres, if it is ratified by Guinness World Records

Argentine goalkeeper Leandro Requena has scored one of the longest-range goals of all-time.

With his Cobresal team leading 2-0 in the 77th minute against Colo-Colo in the Chilean football league, Requena took a goal kick.

Colo-Colo goalkeeper Brayan Cortes was well outside of his penalty area, and the ball bounced over his head and towards goal.

Cortes stumbled as he tried in vain to chase the ball as it crossed the line.

If the goal is ratified by Guinness World Records, it would break the record for the longest range goal in history.

The current record is 96.01 metres, set by Tom King in 2021 during a match between Newport County and Cheltenham Town in England’s fourth tier.

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