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Nigeria's football federation has recommended French coach Paul Le Guen to their executive committee as the new technical adviser for the national men's team.

Paul Bassey, a member of the technical committee, told reporters after their meeting in Abuja on Monday that the committee also recommended as Le Guen's assistant the team's interim coach, Salisu Yusuf, reports Xinhua.

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France's football team captain Hugo Lloris was in tears at the national tribute held on Monday in Nice, in honour of the 84 people killed and more than 300 wounded in the attack last Thursday.

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China held off France 78-73 in the 2016 Sino-European men's basketball championship here on Sunday, its final warmup match in home country before the Rio Olympic Games starting on August 5.

The game was halted for nearly 10 minutes as French players went back to the locker room after China's captain Zhou Peng was invovled in a conflict with the opponents. Zhou was later ejected by referees, reports Xinhua.

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The Czech Republic drew with France 1-1 after the first day's action of their Davis Cup Quarter-final tie in Trinec, Czech Republic.

In the opening singles match on Friday, Czech player Lukas Rosol beat French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the current No.10 in ATP rankings, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. After that, Czech player Jiri Vesely lost to Lucas Pouille 6-7, 4-6 and 5-7 in the second match.

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French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has reiterated that striker Karim Benzema is not ruled out "forever" from the national team, but declined to give an answer on his possible inclusion pending the proceedings of his court case.

Le Graet said at a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the results of Euro 2016, that he always considered Benzema to be a good player and he is not banned for life, but noted that the coach always has the option of not selecting a player, even if not suspended.

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China defeated France 75-70 in an international men's basketball friendly in Yixing.

France held a 9-2 lead in the early stages of the match on Tuesday, but China led the first quarter 20-18 with guard Guo Ailun scoring a three-pointer. France played much more aggressively in the second period to retake the lead 39-34 at the break.

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France football's poster boy Antoine Griezmann, who clinched the Golden Boot award at the just-concluded European Championship, on Monday said his team experienced both extraordinary moments as well as the saddest moments in the tournament.

Griezmann may have drawn a blank in the 1-0 final loss to Portugal on Sunday but he did win the Euro 2016 Golden Boot ahead of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and compatriot Olivier Giroud.

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