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Too-early predictions for 2022: France will struggle

Mark Ogden: The 2018 World Cup is over so let's look at 2022. France will crash out, Africa's sides will rebound and Cristiano Ronaldo will star, then retire.

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World Cup from the Darke Side: 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?

World Cup best and worst: 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?

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Football

Ronaldo's Juve press conference

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.

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.

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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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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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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Ronaldo arrives in Turin

Cristiano Ronaldo is in Italy to undergo his medical ahead of his big money move to Juventus.

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Kaka: Ronaldo move to Juve will improve Serie A

Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka believes Cristiano Ronaldo can help to raise the level in Italy and help Italian teams become great again in Europe.

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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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Mbappe shows why he's the sport's future king

When Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi retire, Kylian Mbappe will be the sport's leading light and there's no limit to what he can do from here.

Croatia given heroes' welcome after return

Tens of thousands of people turned up at a celebration for Croatia in Zagreb on Monday despite their loss to France in the World Cup final.

Croatia boss: 'You don't give a penalty like that'

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said he wasn't happy with the penalty decision that allowed France to take the lead in Sunday's World Cup final.

Project Russia: Allez les Bleus!

ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.

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Croatia parade around Zagreb

Croatia celebrated finishing World Cup runners-up with their fans by parading around the capital city of Zagreb in an open-top bus.

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France given heroes welcome in Paris

Led by captain Hugo Lloris, France were given a heroes welcome as they arrived back in Paris for the first time since they beat Croatia to win the World Cup.

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Croatia welcomed back after World Cup campaign

Croatia's World Cup team returned to a heroes' welcome at Zagreb airport following their 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final in Moscow.

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LEGO World Cup: France lifts second World Cup trophy

Relive the best of France's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in LEGO form.

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Marcotti: Croatia won its World Cup

Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.

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Was Kante the catalyst for World Cup winners France?

N'Golo Kante had an off day in the World Cup final, but Julien Laurens and the FC crew explain why he was pivotal to France's triumph in Russia.

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Burley: Scary how ambiguous handball rule is

Craig Burley and Ale Moreno explain why the referee was put in a tough position when he awarded France a penalty for a handball by Ivan Perisic.

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Robson: Pogba can be the world's best player

Stewart Robson reflects on Paul Pogba's performance at the World Cup and explains why the World Cup winner can become the best player in the world.

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All-Star Week

MLB Home Run Derby tracker

Follow along as some of baseball's top power hitters smash homers at Nationals Park.

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The Home Run Derby and the beauty of baseball that doesn't count

The Babe used to barnstorm across America. Willie Mays played stickball in the street. None of it "counted," but like tonight's Derby, it didn't have to.

Live updates from All-Star week

Get up-to-the-minute news and insight from D.C.

Boxing

Joshua vs. Povetkin

Joshua vs. Povetkin set for Wembley showdown

With a megafight against Deontay Wilder potentially next, unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua will first face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 in London.

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Joshua vs. Povetkin confirmed, where does Wilder go next?

Unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua will face Alexander Povetkin September 22. Is the megafight against Deontay Wilder ever going to happen? Is Tyson Fury in the picture again? Nick Parkinson has answers.

Tennis

Wimbledon

Wimbledon's done, so what now? Our biggest questions leading up to US Open

After a historic and drama-filled Wimbledon (we can breathe now!), questions surround Serena, Andy Murray, Sloane Stephens and others as we flip to hard-court season.

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Wimbledon win could spark another era of Djokovic dominance

Will Novak Djokovic be satisfied after completing his comeback with a Wimbledon victory? Don't bet on that. The now 13-time Grand Slam winner is poised to dominate the game yet again.

Djokovic hoping to take confidence from Wimbledon to New York

ESPN's Chris McKendry and Brad Gilbert sit down with Novak Djokovic after his 2018 Wimbledon singles title win.

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Djokovic receives royal congratulations

Novak Djokovic got to chat with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, after securing his fourth Wimbledon singles title.

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Djokovic congratulated by son Stefan

2018 Wimbledon men's champion Novak Djokovic was greeted with a hug by his son Stefan after his win over Kevin Anderson.

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Djokovic eases to 13th major win

Nico Pereira recaps Novak Djokovic's straightforward win over Kevin Anderson to claim his first major in two years.

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Transfers

Transfer Talk: Hazard would top Neymar fee

Los Blancos need an elite star to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo and are in the market for a new top class goalkeeper.

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Hazard, Chelsea may be ready for split - Martinez

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard is ready to lead any team -- and Thibaut Courtois hopes the two continue playing together.

Ajax-bound Blind left off Man United tour - sources

Daley Blind has been left out of the Manchester United squad for their tour of the U.S. as he nears a return to Ajax, sources told ESPN FC.

NBA

NBA Free Agency

Can Jabari Parker get the happy ending Derrick Rose couldn't?

Parker still holds the former MVP in high regard despite Rose's fallout with Chicago. Now the newest Bull looks to rewrite some homecoming history.

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NBA free agents: Team-by-team lists for 2018 and 2019

Who are the free agents this year and next year? We have the lists.

Sources: Cunningham, Spurs reach 1-year deal

Dante Cunningham, a free-agent forward, has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Golf

The Open

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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2017 champ Spieth, No. 3 Rose in Open group

Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose in a morning grouping and Tiger Woods teeing off in the afternoon are among Thursday's notable tee times for the 2018 Open Championship.

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  • Wimbledon: Now and then

    In association with Rolex, ESPN charts the innovations of the last 40 years at the All England Club, home of the Wimbledon Championships.

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