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Cycling - Tour de France - Stage Three - Cambridge to London...Race leaders pass the Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace as they sprint for the finish. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. See PA story CYCLING Tour. Picture date: Monday July 7, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Stage Three of the Tour de France, Cambridge to London, race leaders pass the Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace as they sprint for the finish 

Residents and tourists play soccer on Ponta Negra beach in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Natal is one of many cities hosting the World Cup soccer tournament this month

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Residents and tourists play football on Ponta Negra beach in Natal, Brazil

Tibetan participants perform on horses during a traditional equestrian competition in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture...Tibetan participants perform on horses during a traditional equestrian competition in Hongyuan county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province June 17, 2014. Picture taken June 17, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Tibetan participants perform on horses during a traditional equestrian competition in Hongyuan county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in China 

China Sets Sights on Future Glory With World's Biggest Football Academy...QINGYUAN, CHINA - JUNE 12:  Young Chinese football players drink water from a communal tap after training at the Evergrande International Football School on June 12, 2014 near Qingyuan in Guangdong Province, China. The sprawling 167-acre campus is the brainchild of property tycoon Xu Jiayin, whose ambition is to train a generation of young athletes to establish China as a football powerhouse. The school is considered the largest football academy in the world with 2400 students, more than 50 pitches and a squad of Spanish coaches through a partnership with Real Madrid. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Young Chinese football players attend classes after training at the Evergrande International Football School near Qingyuan in Guangdong Province, China. The sprawling 167-acre campus is the brainchild of property tycoon Xu Jiayin, whose ambition is to train a generation of young athletes to establish China as a football powerhouse. The school is considered the largest football academy in the world with 2,400 students, more than 50 pitches and a squad of Spanish coaches through a partnership with Real Madrid 

In this April 27, 2014 photo, a boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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A boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force 

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone (C) is flanked by his lawyers as he arrives at court in Munich, southern Germany, on April 24, 2014. Ecclestone went on trial accused of bribery in a case which threatens a jail term for the Briton.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / MICHAELA REHLEMICHAELA REHLE/AFP/Getty Images

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Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is flanked by his lawyers as he arrives at court in Munich, Germany. Mr Ecclestone went on trial accused of bribery in a case that threatens a jail term for the Briton 

Children watch a soccer match held by activists as part of the "Rebel Cup" in downtown Sao Paulo...Children watch a soccer match held by activists as part of the "Rebel Cup" in downtown Sao Paulo April 13, 2014. The "Rebel Cup" is an informal tournament bringing together social movements as a way of protest against government spending for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The boy (L) wears a T-shirt of Real Madrid and the boy (2nd R) wears the shorts of Barcelona.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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Children watch a soccer match held by activists as part of the “Rebel Cup” in downtown São Paulo. The Rebel Cup is an informal tournament bringing together social movements as a way of protest against government spending for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. One of the boys, left, wears a T-shirt of Real Madrid while another, second from right, wears the shorts of Barcelona.

Obama Welcomes World Series Champions Boston Red Sox To The White House...WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01:  Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (L) poses for a "selfie" with U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz poses for a selfie with US President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House to honour the 2013 World Series Champions 

An Aboriginal man performs a traditional 'smoking' ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw...An Aboriginal man performs a traditional "smoking" ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw March 26, 2014. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. REUTERS/David Gray     (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER SOCIETY)

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An Aboriginal man performs a traditional “smoking” ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. 

Horse Racing - 2014 Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Gold Cup Day - Cheltenham Racecourse ...Abbyssial and jockey Ruby Walsh after falling during the JCB Triumph Hurdle Race during Cheltenham Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 14, 2014. See PA story RACING Walsh. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Jockey Ruby Walsh lies stricken on the ground after falling off Abbyssial during the JCB Triumph Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse on Friday. 

Horse Racing - 2014 Cheltenham Festival -  Champion Day - Cheltenham Racecourse...Racegoers check the form ahead of Champion Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 11, 2014. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read:

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Racegoers at Cheltenham racecourse on the opening day of the 2014 festival 

Person climbs on the Bolshoi Dome, one of the ice hockey venues, before the medals ceremony during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics...A person climbs on the Bolshoi Dome, one of the ice hockey venues, before the medals ceremony during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 14, 2014.   REUTERS/Marko Djurica (RUSSIA  - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

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A climber scales the Bolshoi Dome, one of the ice hockey venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics 

ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE PACKAGE  'SICILY'S MIGRANT SOCCER TEAM' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY...ATTENTION EDITORS - 24 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'SICILY'S MIGRANT SOCCER TEAM' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY  SEARCH 'ASD MINEO' FOR ALL PICTURES PXP101-PXP124    ASD Mineo's 25-man amateur squad is made up of African migrants who risked their lives to cross the sea - a journey that killed hundreds of others in shipwrecks. Their team, the first of its kind in Italy, was created and funded by the managers of the Mineo centre for asylum seekers, one of Europe's largest such shelters. ASD Mineo, as the team is called, is registered in the lowest category of Italy's official football pyramid, which groups 600 divisions and in which, in theory, any team can rise to the top of the league, or Serie A. The team is on track to advance to the next division in its first season. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT

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Amateur footballers at Italian team ASD Mineo are all African migrants who risked their lives to cross the sea. The 25-man squad, the first of its kind in Italy, was created and funded by managers from the Mineo centre for asylum seekers, one of Europe’s largest. The team is registered in the lowest category of Italy’s official football pyramid, which groups 600 divisions and in which, in theory, any team can rise to the top of the league, or Serie A. The team is on track to advance to the next division in its first season. 

Women's supercombined bronze medalist United States' Julia Mancuso, right, and Germany's gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch, left, carry their national flags at a flower ceremony at the Alpine ski venue at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Women’s supercombined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso of the US, right, and Germany’s gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch carry their national flags at a flower ceremony at the Alpine ski venue at the Sochi Winter Olympics

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Shaun White, of the United States, takes a jump during a snowboard slopestyle training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The venue is host to the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which starts on Tuesday.

Skiers reach the top of a mountain near the start of the men's downhill ski course ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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Skiers reach the top of a mountain near the start of the men’s downhill ski course ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

Seattle Seahawks' Malcom Smith makes an angel in the confetti after his team defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton      REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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Seattle Seahawks’ Malcom Smith makes an angel in the confetti after his team defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 

Japan's PM Abe smiles as he wears a jersey of Boston Red Sox, while Red Sox mascot Wally looks on at Abe's office in Tokyo...Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) smiles as he wears a jersey of Boston Red Sox, while Red Sox mascot Wally  looks on at Abe's office in Tokyo January 21, 2014. Japanese Major League Baseball (MLB) players, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara gave a Red Sox jersey to Abe.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe puts on a jersey of the Boston Red Sox, while Red Sox mascot Wally looks, on at Mr Abe’s office. Japanese Major League Baseball (MLB) players Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara gave the jersey to Mr Abe. 

Tennis fans protect themselves from the sun during a first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

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Tennis fans protect themselves from the sun during a first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia

After falling from his motorbike, KTM rider Stephane Hamard of France gets help pushing his bike during the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Salta, Argentina and Uyuni, Bolivia.

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After falling from his motorbike, Stephane Hamard of France gets help during the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Salta, Argentina and Uyuni, Bolivia.