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BREDA, NETHERLANDS---The Nether-
lands beat England 3-0 Thursday to
advance to the final of the Women's
European Championship on home soil,
where it will meet Denmark, which beat
Austria in a penalty shoot-out after a
Cheered on by a partisan crowd of just
over 27,000 at the FC Twente Stadium in
Enschede---the venue for Sunday's final---
the Dutch took an early lead, soaked up Eng-
land pressure and capitalised on a blunder by
one of England's most experienced players
to double its lead just after the hour mark.
An own goal by Millie Bright with the final
touch of the match completed the scoring.
Earlier in Breda, it was sixth time lucky for
Denmark as the team beat Austria in a pen-
alty shoot-out to advance to the final after
losing all five of their previous semi-final
appearances at the Euros. Goalkeeper Stina
Lykke Petersen saved two penalties as Den-
mark convincingly won the shoot-out 3-0.
The Netherlands exploited its power down
the flanks for the opening goal as Jackie
Groenen delivered a pinpoint cross from the
right in the 22nd minute and lanky striker
Vivianne Miedema rose above the England
defense to head back into the far corner for
her second goal of the tournament.
The goal seemed to energise England and
it nearly drew level almost immediately
when Jade Moore's long-range header beat
goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal but was de-
flected onto the post by Sherida Spitse, who
also made another late clearance off the line.
Two of the players expected to shine in
the Enschede semi-final instead turned in
The Dutch defense largely neutralised
England striker Jodie Taylor, the tourna-
ment's top scorer with five goals, while
England successfully reined in Barcelona
winger Lieke Martens. When Taylor finally
got a chance, in the 82nd minute, she fired
her effort straight at Van Veenendaal.
The home team struck again in the 62nd
minute when Danielle van de Donk pounced
on a poor back header by midfielder Fara
Williams and lobbed the ball over advancing
goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
"This is indescribable," Van de Donk told
Dutch broadcaster NOS. "Nobody expected
this; I am so proud."
In the night's first semi-final, Denmark
was the more attacking of the two teams, but
could find no way past Austria's trademark
defensive formation or goalkeeper Manuela
In a taste of things to come, Austria had
the best chance of the match when Maja
Kildemoes handled the ball in her penalty
area in the 15th minute, but Sarah Puntigam
blasted the spot kick high over the bar.
The sloppy finishing from the spot was
in stark contrast to Austria's penalties in
the quarter-final, when it beat Spain 5-3
in a shoo-tout.
Denmark beat European powerhouse Ger-
many 2-1 in the quarter-finals, ending the
German bid to win the tournament for the
seventh time in a row and ninth time overall.
Only three teams have won the women's
European Championships---Germany, Nor-
way and Sweden---and none of them reached
the semi-finals in the Netherlands. (AP)
Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward
Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros
(£200m) from Barcelona.
The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous
record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester
United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016.
He will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year---865,000
euros (£782,000) a week---before tax from the initial
five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m.
Neymar said he has joined "one of the most am-
bitious clubs in Europe"
"Paris St-Germain's ambition attracted me to
the club, along with the passion and the energy this
brings," he added.
"I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I
will do everything I can to help my new teammates."
Neymar will be introduced to fans tomorrow at
PSG's first game of the season against Amiens at
Parc des Princes.
PSG reached the last eight of the Champions League
last season---knocked out by a Neymar-inspired
Barcelona---and were beaten to the French title by
Bolt, Farah headline the 1st
day of world championships
LONDON---The stadium will be packed
Friday for the opening of the world
championships---and not only to catch
a glimpse of Usain Bolt. After all, this
is Mo Farah's house.
While Bolt races in an early heat of the
100 meters, the British long-distance run-
ner will chase after the night's only medal
in the 10,000. He's dominated the event,
winning two straight world titles to go with
two more Olympic golds, including the 2012
Both Bolt and Farah are moving on after
the season---Bolt is calling it quits, and Fa-
rah, also racing in the 5,000 at these cham-
pionships, will swap out the shorter races
for the marathon.
During training Thursday, Farah took
some time to soak in the scene, taking videos
of the stadium and posing for photos.
"I just need to concentrate on my race
and do what I do best," Farah said as he left
What he does best is win---a trait he shares
with Bolt. The Jamaican great is trying to go
out in style with another world title.
The road seems set up for Bolt, too. His
biggest challenger, Andre De Grasse of Can-
ada, pulled out of the worlds because of a
hamstring injury. That leaves Americans
Justin Gatlin---the old guard---and Christian
Coleman---the new generation---to spoil the
party. The final is Saturday.
"The void that Usain will leave, it's not
going to be a vacant void, but a void of ex-
citement to be able to see who's going to fill
in after that," Gatlin said.
Things to keep an eye on during Day 1
of the championships:
FOR SUHR: The women's pole vault
starts with a qualification round. Kateri-
na Stefanidi of Greece will be the favourite
after winning Olympic gold in Brazil last
August. She will be tested by American
Jenn Suhr, who won the event at the 2012
LONG & SHORT OF IT: Sidelined by
an injury, Greg Rutherford of Britain won't
defend his world long jump title as qualifi-
cations begin. Jeff Henderson of the United
States is the reigning Olympic champion,
while Olympic silver medalist Luvo Man-
yonga of South Africa has the top mark this
CASTER & COMPANY: Olympic
800-metre champion Caster Semenya will
compete in the opening round of the 1,500
meters. The South African runner has long
been embroiled in the controversial debate
in track and field over women with very high
levels of testosterone being allowed to com-
pete. American Jenny Simpson, the 2016
Olympic bronze medalist, sidestepped the
issue. "According to the rules, she's allowed
to toe the line and so I'm going to try to beat
her," Simpson said.
HULK GOES FOR REPEAT: Robert
Harting sure made an impression on his trip
down the track at the London Olympics.
He tore off his shirt and flexed his mus-
cles, Incredible Hulk style, and ran down
Lane 9, clearing every hurdle along the way.
Not bad for a discus thrower. The German
returns to the site of his showy Olympic
triumph. Prelims are Friday, and Harting
is seeking his fourth world title. His main
competition is expected to come from Piotr
Malachowski of Poland. Malachowski and
Harting have combined to win the last four
world titles. (AP)
Wladimir Klitschko retires
Former heavyweight world champion
Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing---
ruling out a rematch with Britain's Anthony
The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th
round by current champion Joshua at Wembley
Stadium in April.
Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his
rematch clause for a proposed fight in Las Vegas on
"I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now
I want to start my second career after sports," said
The two-time former champion, who held the uni-
fied title from 2006-2015 before losing to Joshua's
fellow Briton Tyson Fury, ends his career with a record
of 64 wins and five defeats.
"I would have never imagined that I would have
such a long and incredibly successful boxing career,"
Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Kubrat
Pulev before December 2 or risk being stripped of his
IBF belt. Bulgarian Pulev, 36, has a record of 25 wins
and one defeat, which came to Klitschko in 2014.
FILE---IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir
Klitschko from Ukraine, right, punches his Australian
challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight
world title bout in Oberhausen, western Germany.
celebrates at the end of
the Copa del Rey final.
Sari van Veenendaal of the Netherlands, behind, celebrates with teammate Danielle van de
Donk after the Women's Euro 2017 semi-final between the Netherlands and England in
Enschede, the Netherlands. AP PHOTOS
PSG gets Neymar
for world record fee
Netherlands beats England
to reach Women's Euros final
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