Sport Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

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Failure to warn of brake fault costs Volvo €200,000

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FA will fight Uefa charge of failing to control fans

The Football Association reacted with astonishment last night to the charge of failing to control England supporters outside the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb and is to request a personal hearing with the disciplinary committee of Uefa in an attempt to clear its name.

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