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Ukraine victorious in emotional World Cup qualifier

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Ukraine has defeated Scotland 3-1 in their first competitive match since Russia’s invasion

Ukraine is one win away from securing a spot in the 2022 World Cup after beating Scotland in Glasgow.

The nation will face Wales on Sunday, with the winner progressing to the finals tournament in Qatar.

Artem Dovbyk sealed his sides win with the last kick of the match, after goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk set up the victory.

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The majority of Ukraine’s starting 11 hadn’t played a competitive match since December, as the country’s national league was suspended due to the ongoing conflict.

Following the final whistle, Ukrainian players celebrated with a 3,500 strong group of fans.

Earlier in the emotion-packed evening, Scottish fans cheered and joined in with the Ukrainian anthem before the match.

Ukraine’s head coach, Oleksandr Petrakov, dedicated the victory to people at home in Ukraine.

“This victory was not for me, was not for the team, it was for our country,”

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“We played for those who fight in trenches, who fight with their last drop of blood. We also play for people at home who are suffering every day,” he says.

The result is a blow to Scotland who have once again failed to make the World Cup. The football-mad nation’s last appearance in the tournament was 1998.

Bryan Hoadley contributed to this report

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Rafa Nadal pulls out of French Open

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The Spaniard has failed to regain full fitness from a hip injury sustained earlier this year

Rafa Nadal has delivered news that no tennis fan wanted to hear.

The King of Clay will miss the French Open after failing to regain full fitness from a hip injury suffered at the Australian Open back in January.

The 14-time Roland Garros winner says he expects to retire following the 2024 season.

Nadal has dominated the clay court season for close to two decades.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion fronted a widely anticipated press conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca to drop the bombshell, saying its the right thing to do for his body and personal happiness.

“I’ll look to be 100% ready for next year, which I believe will be the last year of my professional career,” Nadal told a news conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain.

“The evolution of the injury I sustained in Australia has not gone as I would have liked. I have lost goals along the way, and Roland Garros becomes impossible.”

“I’ll not establish a date for my return. I’ll see how my body responds and take it from there,” said the 36-year-old. “If I keep playing at this moment, I don’t think I can be there next year.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back in the highest level and compete for Grand Slams. What I will try to do is to give myself the opportunity to go back to what could be my final year competing at the highest level.”

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China expresses concerns about ‘politicisation of sports’

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The East Asian nation raised the issue when Premier Li met with the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach

China has expressed concerns to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the politicisation of sporting events.

The issue was raised when Chinese Premier Li Qiang met Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, in Beijing over the weekend.

“China’s efforts to promote the Olympic spirit will never cease, and [China is] ready to work with IOC to oppose the politicisation of sports, and make further contributions to the Olympic movement,” Li said.

It is rare for China to raise such concerns with the IOC in public, and it was the first time it had made such comments since the Winter Olympics in Beijing early last year.

The United States and several of its allies took part in a diplomatic boycott of the Games, citing alleged human rights abuse in China’s far west region of Xinjiang.

Beijing has repeatedly denied the accusation and said it opposes any attempts to politicise sporting events.

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Tasmanian AFL team becomes reality

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Tasmania will have a team in the AFL after all 18 current teams agreed to the motion

An exciting day for residents of the Australian state of Tasmania today.

Outgoing AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirming Tasmania has been granted the league’s 19th licence.

It follows the nation’s federal government confirming it will cover the $240 million shortfall to fund a new multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point.

This has long been viewed as Tasmania’s most significant hurdle for entry into the league.

All 18 clubs supported the state’s bid, before the AFL Commission agreed to a formal ratification.

McLachlan fronted a press conference at North Hobart Oval, alongside Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles and a whole host of players.

The CEO says the decision “will finally make [the] competitions truly national”. #trending #featured

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