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france-england friendly to be played Tuesday

PARIS — The friendly between England and France in London will go ahead as planned Tuesday, despite major concerns over safety following the deadly attacks in Paris.

The match was confirmed by the French and English federations Saturday after they consulted with the British government.

"We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected and also to express our solidarity with the people of France," British Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said.

Noel Le Graet, president of the French federation, said France was ready, though it appeared the players may not have been consulted.

"I didn't ask the players the question. They're playing," Le Graet told RTL radio station. "There were hesitations, but not on our part. France is on its feet, and so is football."

French midfielder Lassana Diarra, who played against Germany in a friendly Friday at Stade de France, lost his cousin in the shootings and posted a moving message on his Twitter account.

Teammate Antoine Griezmann, who also played Friday, said his sister was in the audience at a concert at the Bataclan hall, where dozens were killed after a hostage taking, but she was able to get out.

Diarra and Griezmann were involved in the 2-0 loss to Germany, which was overshadowed by the explosions of two suicide bombers outside the stadium during the first half. At least 129 people died in six attacks in Paris, police said.

Tennis

Sharapova ties Fed Cup for Russia

Maria Sharapova won to put Russia level with defending champion Czech Republic at 1-1 in the Fed Cup final in Prague.

Sharapova defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4 after two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The reverse singles and doubles are today at O2 Arena, where security has been stepped up following the attacks in Paris.

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MMA: Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm had a minor scuffle at the weigh in for their UFC bantamweight title bout after Rousey objected to Holm making contact with her face during their stare down. As Rousey approached Holm, the challenger put her fist in Rousey's face, and the champion responded with a raised elbow to swat her away. The bout late Saturday wasn't over at press time. Get the result at tampabay.com/sports.

Times wires

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