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ECB to develop 2,000-strong female coaching network in British Asian communities

• £1.2m funding secured to build network over four years• ECB to address grassroots shortfall of female role modelsSix months after unveiling its ambitious South Asian Engagement Plan, the England and Wales Cricket Board has secured £1.2m of lottery fu…

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Great Britain sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year doping ban

• Levine tested positive out of competition in November 2017• Sprinter was hoping to make comeback after motorcycle crashThe sprinter Nigel Levine, who was an integral part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for nearly a decade, has been banned for …

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Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Springboks match due to concussion

• Scarlets full-back injured in win over Australia on 10 November• Liam Williams could take No 15 shirt for Cardiff showdownLeigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales’ clash against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.The Scarlets full-back suffered c…

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Chris Ashton ruled out of England’s Test against Australia due to calf injury

Scan confirms Ashton set to be sidelined for two weeksEngland winger suffered calf problem in victory over JapanThe England wing Chris Ashton has been ruled out of Saturday’s match against Australia by a calf injury, forwards coach Steve Borthwick has …

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Beers on ice: Canadian curlers show why sport and alcohol don’t mix well | Andy Bull

The antics of a curling team in Alberta’s Red Deer Classic saw them end up in hot water after they were thrown out of a competition for being somewhat worse for wearEach winter the World Anti-Doping Agency publishes an updated list of prohibited substa…

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Folau and Foley face race to be fit for England after bug hits Australia camp

Backline duo the last to recover after illness strikes 10 in partyAustralia hopeful Folau, Foley and Pocock will play on SaturdayKey Australia attacking talents Israel Folau and Bernard Foley have been stuck with a sickness bug, plunging their fitness …

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West Ham’s Grady Diangana: ‘I feel I can go out there and express myself’

The young winger says time spent alone in the park growing up has helped him make an exciting start to his careerGrady Diangana is weighing up the issue of discipline in walking football. Specifically, and this happens quite often, when players break o…

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The Spin | Jack Leach and Ajaz Patel show left-arm spin is alive and well in cricket

Both may be new to the Test scene but still bowled England and New Zealand, respectively, to famous away wins, timely entrances given Rangana Herath’s retirementRangana Herath did not want to end his Test career with a defeat in Galle but in the early …

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Martin O’Neill defiant amid growing Republic of Ireland frustration

Draw in Denmark extended scoreless run to 397 minutes‘Enthusiasm is everything – I have had it in abundance’Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill insists his enthusiasm has never waned as he turns his attention to the quest for Euro 2020 qualificatio…

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‘A liquid catapult’: big-wave surfer returns to scene of nightmare wipeout

Andrew Cotton, who broke his back on a huge wave at Nazaré in Portugal in 2017, prepares to scale the notorious peaks againLooking out from the jagged headland at Nazaré in Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean below looks tranquil. Baby waves – or so they seem…

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David Squires on … a tumultuous week for football and politics in Europe

Our cartoonist on the Nations League, England v Croatia, parachute payments and leave meaning leaveIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading…

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Martin Boyle states Socceroos case with brace as Tim Cahill bids farewell

Australia beat Lebanon 3-0 at ANZ Stadium in SydneyBoyle scores twice and sets up another for Mat LeckieThey came to bid farewell to a legend but as one hero departed, did Australia witness the arrival of another? Goodbye and good luck Tim Cahill. Hell…

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Talking Horses: a going concern for jumps racing and reluctant owners

It may come to pass that good-to-firm will not be acceptable over jumps if racing is to maintain a cost-effective programmeGood-to-firm ground in the middle of November is nobody’s fault, but it has effectively reduced Tuesday’s racing programme to two…

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Overseas trip puts USA in right mood for defending World Cup in France | Suzanne Wrack

USA spent much of the year on home soil but recent trip to Europe provided valuable experience on and off the pitchSince the United States lifted the World Cup in Canada in 2015 their journey towards next summer’s title defence has been littered with p…

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Soccer – Fellaini downplays City gap

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini claims the 12-point difference between the Red Devils and Premier League leaders Manchester City is not a true reflection of the gap between the clubs.

United, who are 7/2 with bet365 to finish in the to…

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Soccer – Southgate hails England youth

England manager Gareth Southgate believes the injection of youth into the national setup has only helped push the Three Lions forward.

Southgate has been unafraid to blood youth at full international level, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jadon…

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The slow death of US greyhound racing

Florida has become the latest state to pass legislation that will phase out the sport. It marks a victory for animal rights campaignersWay back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure…

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Football transfer rumours: Marcus Rashford to Real Madrid or Juventus?

Today’s fluff can see the world in all his fireThe Mirror leads with news of “transfer drama at Old Trafford”, after Paul Pogba allegedly “told his Juventus pals he wants to quit Manchester United and rejoin them”, with Barcelona – who have been more f…

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Socceroos v Lebanon: international football friendly – live!

Updates from Tim Cahill’s farewell match in SydneyAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.23am GMT So, what can we expect from Australia tonight? To help, Ante Jukic cast his expert eye over the South Korea friendly, identifying some familiar challe…

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Formula One – Alonso talks up McLaren future

Fernando Alonso may be retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, but the Spaniard believes McLaren will be a better team in 2019.

The two-time world champion, who is 10/1 with bet365 to finish in the top six at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has…