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‘Hey horsey!’: England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews

It started out with the usual cliches. But then things took a turn for the bizarre …In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old…

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‘Hey horsey!’: England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews

It started out with the usual cliches. But then things took a turn for the bizarre …In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old…

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Wilfried Zaha is a threat to injury-hit Liverpool, José Mourinho checks in at Spurs, and Chelsea can make a statementIt has been 50 weeks since the Sun led with the back-page headline “£40m to get Poch”, in which they detailed how Mauricio Pochettino w…

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Australia v Pakistan: first Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play at the GabbaNew Zealand v England – live first Test coverage!Any thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 12.27am GMT 5th over: Australia 23-0 (Warner 7, Burns 12) Shaheen is the one not getting it right now. Just e…

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Talking Horses: what would a Labour win mean for the gambling industry?

Labour have followed the Lib Dems in pledging stronger regulation, but what might ‘a Gambling Act for the digital age’ actually look like?The Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have published their manifestos for next month’s general election over …

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Charlie Martin: ‘Being visible as a trans woman at Le Mans – a lot of good can come from that’

Stonewall spokeswoman aims to become the first transgender driver to contest the French classic, seven years after facial and reconstruction surgeryCharlie Martin is a driver with grand ambition, her aspirations undaunted by anything the world of motor…

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Decision to rest Nick Kyrgios backfires as Australia fall in Davis Cup quarter-final

Late replacement John Millman loses singles rubberDoubles defeat seals Australia’s fate in MadridLleyton Hewitt’s decision to axe Nick Kyrgios from Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final has backfired as Australia crashed out of the quarter-finals to Cana…

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Decision to rest Nick Kyrgios backfires as Australia fall in Davis Cup quarter-final

Late replacement John Millman loses singles rubberDoubles defeat seals Australia’s fate in MadridLleyton Hewitt’s decision to axe Nick Kyrgios from Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final has backfired as Australia crashed out of the quarter-finals to Cana…

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Wayne Bennett could earn new England contract despite disastrous Lions tour

• Coach out of contract following disappointing Lions tour• ‘We shouldn’t forget what Wayne has done up until this point’The RFL chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, has said Wayne Bennett could be given a new contract to lead England into the 2021 World Cup…

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New Zealand v England: first Test, day two – live!

Live updates from second day’s play at the Bay OvalThe Spin: sign up and get our free cricket emailFeel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 9.44pm GMT It’s not hot in Mount Maunganui. I’ve decided that Burns is right. 9.42pm GMT Athers says th…

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‘You’re playing into the hands of racists’ says Fifpro after Taison is banned

• Shakhtar Donetsk captain is suspended for one match• Brazil international reacted to abuse from Dynamo Kiev fansFootball’s world players’ union Fifpro has described the decision to ban the Shakhtar Donetsk captain Taison – for reacting to abuse – as …

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‘You’re playing into the hands of racists’ says Fifpro after Taison is banned

• Shakhtar Donetsk captain is suspended for one match• Brazil international reacted to abuse from Dynamo Kiev fansFootball’s world players’ union Fifpro has described the decision to ban the Shakhtar Donetsk captain Taison – for reacting to abuse – as …

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Gareth Bale should rejoin Tottenham Hotspur, says ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes a return to Tottenham Hotspur would be the ideal solution to Gareth Bale’s troubles in Spain.Calderon expects Bale, 30,…

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Gareth Bale should rejoin Tottenham Hotspur, says ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes a return to Tottenham Hotspur would be the ideal solution to Gareth Bale’s troubles in Spain.Calderon expects Bale, 30,…

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Olympics blow for Russia after officials charged with doping obstruction

• Athletics president protected high jumper Danil Lysenko• Documents claimed athlete too ill to provide whereaboutsRussia’s efforts to lift its suspension from international track and field before next year’s Olympics suffered a damaging blow on Thursd…

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‘Premier League is my natural habitat, where I belong’ says José Mourinho

• New Spurs manager says he has improved during 11 months out• ‘There’s not a fan who wants Spurs to win more than me’José Mourinho has promised to eat, sleep and breathe Tottenham, wearing their tracksuit by day and club pyjamas by night, as he insist…

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‘Premier League is my natural habitat, where I belong’ says José Mourinho

• New Spurs manager says he has improved during 11 months out• ‘There’s not a fan who wants Spurs to win more than me’José Mourinho has promised to eat, sleep and breathe Tottenham, wearing their tracksuit by day and club pyjamas by night, as he insist…

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Mason Rudolph denies he used racial slur before Myles Garrett fight

ESPN reports accusation made during NFL appeal hearingQuarterback’s lawyer calls claims ‘reckless and shameful’Garrett’s indefinite suspension upheld after hearingPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has denied reports he used a racial slur pr…

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New ATP Cup team event is ‘pathetic’ and ‘unfair’, says US No 3 Reilly Opelka

Opelka: tournament is ‘pretty bad for the sport’‘Moldova qualified. Their No 1 is ranked behind me’Reilly Opelka has stoked the rivalry between the Davis Cup and the new ATP Cup team competition, describing the latter event as “pathetic”.Opelka, the cu…

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World Chess to issue digital tokens in stock market flotation

Company that ran World Chess Championships wants to cash in on game’s online popularityThe company that ran the World Chess Championships plans to issue a cryptocurrency-like digital token ahead of a stock market float in London as it tries to cash in …