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England forced to work hard for their considerable first-day gains at Ashes | Adam Collins

Only once since speed-gun records began has a group of quick bowlers averaged a faster speed than Australia’s did on the first day of the Waca TestIf the plan was to manage expectations ahead of the Waca’s final Ashes fling, it was expertly done. Not h…

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Wolfsburg hungry for more as Englische Woche leaves Leipzig gasping for break | Andy Brassell

Martin Schmidt has Wolfsburg climbing the Bundesliga table but the winter break can’t come soon enough for RB Leipzig“I would say it’s something to learn from.” Divock Origi’s summary of his glaring second-half miss that might have given Wolfsburg vict…

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‘We want authentic’: how NBC’s British commentators won the US audience

For the British natives enlisted for NBC’s Premier League play-by-play duties, tailoring a style to fit an American audience has come quite naturallyMore than 30 years have passed since Arlo White, then a teenager, traveled from England to Chicago to v…

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Dawid Malan close to tears after his maiden century in third Ashes Test

• Unbeaten 110 witnessed by his parents, who had flown over from South Africa• Player started tour as one of three batsmen dubbed ‘no-name’ by AustraliansDawid Malan joked about overcoming the jump from facing “78mph dibbly-dobblies” in county cricket …

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Manu Tuilagi on verge of comeback for Leicester after knee injury

• Player expected in line-up on Sunday against Munster or Saracens next week• Leicester and England centre visited witch-doctor in Samoa earlier this yearThose who believe Manu Tuilagi will never again be his old dominant force for club and country cou…

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Soccer – Poch takes positive approach

Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham Hotspur side will be going for the win when they take on Manchester City at the weekend.

Pochettino was speaking after seeing his side move back up into the top four in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Bri…

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Soccer – Guardiola keeps City on their toes

Head coach Pep Guardiola does not expect complacency to become an issue for his Manchester City players.

The Citizens secured a 15th consecutive Premier League victory with a comprehensive 4-0 win at rock-bottom Swansea City on Wednesday evening, but…

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Soccer – Wenger keeps up the fight

Arsene Wenger expects his Arsenal side to show plenty of fight as they try and finish as high as possible in the Premier League this season.

A goalless draw at West Ham left the Gunners down in seventh place in the table, some 19 points adrift of lea…

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Mark Stoneman courage on show in eye of Australian storm at Ashes Test

As the England opener trudged off with 56 to his name, debate was already raging as to the process by which his Test best had been snuffed outWhen it comes to telling the story of Mark Stoneman’s first day of Test cricket in the Wild West of Australia …

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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: ‘There’s not really a date in the diary for contract talks’

• Midfielder’s contract running out in the summer• I’ve only read what the boss has said in the media, says the 25-year-oldJack Wilshere says there has been no progress on his new contract talks at Arsenal but he is focused solely on keeping his place …

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Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with ‘agreement and support’ of Murdoch’s Fox executives

Documents form part of sprawling investigation into football corruptionTestimony in Fifa trial places Fox executives in meetings with corrupt officialsSenior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for mil…

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Want to understand politics in the last 25 years? Look at football

In the early 1990s a few ambitious politicians rejected redistribution for a ‘new capitalism’ based on equal opportunities and the free market. Some people became filthy rich and others turned to grassroots politics. Sound familiar?By Shirsho Dasgupta …

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Talking Horses: Thursday’s best bets at Taunton and Chelmsford

Top Notch (2.45) should take the Peterborough Chase at Taunton for trainer Nicky Henderson with a minimum of fussThere seemed to be some glimmers of optimism overnight that one or both of the meetings under threat from the weather would survive, but bo…

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Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke admits disallowed goal did strike his arm

• Striker had late goal ruled out against West Brom at Anfield on Wednesday• ‘It has clipped my arm. The referee disallowed it but it’s very unlucky’Dominic Solanke has claimed he was “very unlucky” not to register his first Liverpool goal against West…

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2017

Before the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday celebrate the best of 2017, here are our anti-heroes from the sporting world this yearThe retiring Taylor’s last year on the PDC circuit has not been without incident. There has of course…

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Dawid Malan maiden century hands England strong start in third Ashes Test

• Stoneman and Bairstow played important innings in total of 305-4• Malan delivered the first hundred of England’s Ashes campaignOn a ground that has often been a graveyard for English cricket Dawid Malan kept alive hopes of heading for Melbourne with …

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Chris Froome’s failed drug test – your questions answered in our live webchat

Sean Ingle and Martha Kelner, the journalists who broke the story about Chris Froome failing a drugs test, will be online to field questions from 12.30pm GMT 10.43am GMT Chris Froome was hoping to win his fifth Tour de France title next year but, depen…

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Wolves’ Romain Saïss: ‘Busquets is an inspiration – his positioning, his simplicity’

Morocco midfielder who bases his game on the Barça player is relishing facing his idol at the World Cup after reviving his career under Nuno Espírito SantoThe year in which Wolverhampton Wanderers last appeared in the Premier League – 2012 – was also t…

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Chris Froome: ‘I haven’t done anything wrong’ – video

Chris Froome claims he has ‘not done anything wrong’ after excessive levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol were found in his urine at this year’s Vuelta a España. The Team Sky rider says he has never take ‘more than the permissible dose’ and that he hop…

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A Phil Taylor v Wayne Mardle classic, football in the snow and an agile jockey

This week’s roundup also includes a bit of Kevin Pressman penalty thwacking and some terrible rugby1) The raucous PDC World Darts Championship is back again. In the competition’s first year at Alexandra Palace in 2008 the big favourite Phil ‘The Power’…