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England v South Africa: Women’s World T20 – live!

Women’s World Twenty20 updates from the Group A matchFeel free to email Tim your thoughts or tweet @TimdeLisle 8.26pm GMT 6th over: South Africa 24-1 (Lee 11, Kapp 7) Sophie Ecclestone comes on and Lee gets going at last, with two, from another misfiel…

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Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in JapanWhen Eddie Jones was the coach of Japan he once cancelled a training session and gave everyone the day off. …

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Nations League: Netherlands v France, Wales v Denmark and more – live!

Goal updates from Friday’s international matchesThe Fiver: Lovren v Ramos and sense of box officeEmail Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.50pm GMT Denmark threaten in the third minute, Christian Eriksen letting fly from 25 yards. The midfielder’s s…

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PFA’s lack of support for retired players behind call for independent review

• Union chairman Ben Purkiss in conflict with Gordon Taylor• ‘The PFA needs to evolve otherwise you get left behind’Discontent among players over the support offered by the Professional Footballers’ Association when they finish their careers is a key r…

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Ireland can repeat Chicago win over New Zealand, says Rory Best

• Joe Schmidt’s side beat All Blacks in the US in 2016• Captain Best says injuries will not have big impactRory Best is confident Ireland can repeat their history-making efforts in Chicago by claiming a maiden win over New Zealand on home soil despite …

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Alexander Zverev reaches ATP Finals semis then reminds Lendl who is boss

• Zverev beats John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 to set up Federer tie• ‘If you’re strict with rules the relationship is not going to last’Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals by serving John Isner off the court in an hour and 20 minut…

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Alexander Zverev reaches ATP Finals semis then reminds Lendl who is boss

• Zverev beats John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 to set up Federer tie• ‘If you’re strict with rules the relationship is not going to last’Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals by serving John Isner off the court in an hour and 20 minut…

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Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

• Serious error two out not enough to stop game winner• Sun Alliance Chase at Festival the long-term targetSeveral of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the …

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Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

• Serious error two out not enough to stop game winner• Sun Alliance Chase at Festival the long-term targetSeveral of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana match remains tightly poised

As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsIt is still level pegging, 2.5-2.5, in the €1m, 12-game world championship match where F…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana match remains tightly poised

As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsIt is still level pegging, 2.5-2.5, in the €1m, 12-game world championship match where F…

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Ballad of Ousmane Dembélé: £100m victim of football’s fat greasy hands

From Rennes to Barcelona via Dortmund the Dembélé story has been a sad saga of interests and agents and endless friction among the Dembélé sporting-industrial complexSympathy for Ousmane Dembélé: looking from a distance at the struggles of the world’s …

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The Fiver | Lovren v Ramos, bad looks and the sense of box office

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!During the Ethics World Cup, Dejan Lovren was the darling among those grubbing for a sentence, a word, a mere arching of the eyebrow from footballers as they traipsed past hacks taking urgent phone cal…

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Psychology helps Oxtoby close gap between Bristol and WSL’s big-hitters

Tanya Oxtoby’s Indigenous Australian background and scientific training give her coaching a unique perspectiveFootball coaches often like to talk about their individual “journey” towards the dugout but few have followed a route as richly scenic as the …

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Wales v Tonga: Undercooked tourists wary despite Gatland’s changes

• Wales set to go four matches unbeaten in autumn campaign• ‘We are not getting ahead of ourselves,’ Warren Gatland saysFor all World Rugby’s efforts to give emerging nations greater exposure to the leading teams in between World Cups, Tonga’s match wi…

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Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, All Blacks and a generous fan

Who has 125 caps? Who coughed up? Who is being ripped off?Callum Wilson scored on his England debut on Thursday night, meaning he has one cap and one goal. Which of these players has the same international record?Carlton Palmer Rickie Lambert Francis J…

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RFU in turmoil after chief executive Steve Brown’s shock resignation

• News follows 64 staff redundancies at Twickenham• Timing surprise as RFU prepares for World Cup yearSteve Brown is to step down as chief executive of the Rugby Football Union at the end of the year, the governing body has announced. Brown replaced Ia…

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Gareth Southgate: Semi-final would cap 'brilliant year' for England

England are determined to reach another semi-final to top a “brilliant year”, says manager Gareth Southgate.A win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday would give England top s…

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Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: World Chess Championship, Game 6 – live!

Carlsen and Caruana meet in Game 6 of championship matchCarlsen thwarts Game 5 ambush in draw (move-by-move report)Best-of-12-games match deadlocked at 2½-all after five drawsTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 11.36pm GMT Bryan will be here shor…

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Schmidt’s Ireland sense All Blacks scalp as world’s best brace for collision

Ireland are unbeaten at home in 10 games as they prepare for what is potentially the year’s most compelling 80 minutesIt is not every day that Ireland are a good bet to beat the All Blacks. Not just any old bunch of silver ferns, either, but a team unb…