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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’…

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ICC admits allegations of Ashes spot-fixing plot are ‘of grave concern’

• Newspaper report claims fixers offered to rig periods of play at third Test• Cricket Australia promises to co-operate fully with any investigationThe International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into allegations the third Ashes Test ha…

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Gareth Bale’s winner ensures Real Madrid reach Club World Cup final

• European champions survive scare against UAE’s Al Jazira• Late goal from Bale sets up final against Brazilian side GrêmioGareth Bale came off the bench to score the winning goal as Real Madrid survived a scare to reach the final of the Club World Cup…

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New Orleans man sues Saints for refund over national anthem protests

Season-ticket holder sues Saints for refund over anthem protestsLee Dragna says protests create ‘borderline dangerous’ atmosphereA season-ticket holder for the New Orleans Saints has sued the team for a full refund and attorneys’ fees claiming the prot…

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Which football clubs have had different shirt sponsors home and away? | The Knowledge

Plus: geographically close World Cup groups, non-league-less FA Cup third rounds and recalling the pros who turned out for pubs. Mail us your questions and answers or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU … next week: Christmas special“I seem to remember, in the earl…

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Australia to bid for 2027 Rugby World Cup and 2021 women’s tournament

Rugby Australia also announces national women’s competition for 2018Women’s World Cup has never been held in southern hemisphere beforeAustralia will bid to host the Rugby World Cup for a third time in 2027 and the women’s version for the first time, i…

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‘It looks like someone’s gran’: Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India

Bronze likeness ridiculed after unveiling in Kolkata‘I’m not a god of football’ says former Argentina player Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolka…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Sean Dyche takes Burnley into lofty territory, José Mourinho miscalculated in the Manchester derby and Tiémoué Bakayoko fails to justify his costly transferThere is a temptation to regard Burnley’s presence in the upper reaches of the division as an ea…

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LA Angels win sweepstakes to sign ‘Japan’s Babe Ruth’ Shohei Ohtani

LA Angels fend off a host of MLB rivals to land prized two-way superstar.‘He felt a strong connection with the Angels,’ says 23-year-old’s agent.The Los Angeles Angels have landed the most coveted free agent in baseball, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtan…

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Hope Solo joins crowded field to become next US Soccer president

Controversial former goalkeeper becomes ninth candidate in the race.‘I know exactly what US Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it.’Hope Solo, the controversial former United States goalkeeper, is running for president of the US Soccer Federat…

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Crystal Palace fans get police apology over claim they took weapons to Brighton

• Police had said fans tried to get in with knives and knuckledusters• ‘We accept that this information was incorrect,’ says Sussex policeCrystal Palace fans have received an apology from Sussex police over claims that supporters tried to get into last…

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Manchester United’s 12-year live FA Cup run comes to an end at 58 games

• Liverpool v Everton Mersey derby will take place on Friday 5 January• Brighton v Crystal Palace scheduled for Monday night slotAfter a 58-match run going all the way back to their third-round replay against Exeter City in 2005, Manchester United’s FA…

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Spartak Moscow player charged with racist behaviour to Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster

• Leonid Mironov charged over incident in UEFA Youth League game • Brewster had to be restrained by teammates after the incidentSpartak Moscow’s captain Leonid Mironov has been charged with racist behaviour towards Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster during a U…

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Champions League draw: who can the Premier League five meet in last 16?

We break down the record-breaking achievements of the English quintet in the Champions League and look ahead to who they could meet in the next stage Yes it is. Never before have so many clubs from one country reached this stage of the tournament. It b…

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Tarik Cohen’s ridiculous return, flying goalkeepers and derby clangers | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features an NFL match stopped because of crowd noise, Zinedine Zidane at Bordeaux and high school basketball brilliance1) Tarik Cohen sends the 49ers’ entire pack chasing after the wrong fire with this ridiculous punt return. O…

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signs reported $200m contract extension

NFL extends Goodell’s contract for another five years ending standoffDeal comes amid opposition from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry JonesNFL commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension, ending an extended standoff with Dallas Cowbo…

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Ryan Shazier thanks supporters as doctors monitor spine injury

Steelers linebacker was hurt during Monday’s win over BengalsPittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin says it has been a tough time for teamRyan Shazier has thanked those who sent him messages of support after he suffered a spinal injury during Monday night’s game…

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Football’s most unlikely half-and-half scarves | The Knowledge

Plus: Northampton caretaker woe, Massimo Maccarone’s big debut week and when Hyde FC fielded a revolutionary line-up. Mail us your questions and answers or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“After the north London derby, a friend and I were imagining what some of …

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Tim Cahill leaves Melbourne City casting doubt over World Cup hopes

Cahill’s next move unknown with World Cup six months awayStriker says his focus is now on making squad for RussiaTim Cahill’s participation in next year’s World Cup finals has been thrown into doubt after the Socceroos striker and his A-League club, Me…