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No more heroes? Alun Wyn Jones stands tall even in these cynical times | Kevin Mitchell

Wales captain’s act of kindness on Saturday did not go unnoticed and there is plenty of evidence to suggest sometimes it’s still OK to meet your idolsAn image that will linger from the final round of the Six Nations was not a dazzling run or shuddering…

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Tennis’s attention should be on Andreescu’s exploits, not boardroom coups | Kevin Mitchell

There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells – not least Bianca Andreescu’s continuing meteoric rise – but upsets in the boardroom are less edifyingTennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would lik…

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Why a Joshua-Wilder unification fight in 2019 has moved a step closer | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom has connections with the streaming site DAZN and if the latter signs up Deontay Wilder then a heavyweight unifying bout could be on the tableEddie Hearn’s assertion that there is a “brilliant chance” Anthony Joshua will fight De…

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Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman will leave a vacuum at the top of the sport at a time when strong leadership is requiredThis is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players’ council, it…

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Andy Murray pain free after operation but cautious over playing prospects

• Andy Murray provides fitness update after hip operation• ‘I want to play. The issue is I don’t know whether it’s possible’Andy Murray kept the door open on his tennis future on Wednesday, although he made no commitment to returning at Wimbledon this …

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Roger Federer 100 not out but still hungry for elusive Olympic gold | Kevin Mitchell

Dream of becoming the Olympic tennis champion six days before his 39th birthday is what keeps the Swiss great goingRoger Federer did more than win his 100th Tour-level tournament when he handed the Greek prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas (his conqueror in the…

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Anthony Joshua laughs off Jarrell Miller’s accusation of drug use

• ‘Jarrell has been banned, maybe that’s why he’s saying it’’• Pair due to meet at Madison Square Garden on 1 JuneJarrell “Big Baby” Miller, a likeable American giant whose mouth matches his waistband, claimed on Monday, with no evidence, that the worl…

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Chris Eubank Jr now has younger and more dangerous opponents in his sights

Liverpudlian Callum Smith could be next for ‘Junior’, but the 29-year-old should try and free himself of his father’s influenceThe time will surely come when Chris Eubank Jr can shed the appellation to establish his own identity at the higher levels of…

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Chris Eubank Jr beats James DeGale to send Londoner towards retirement

• Eubank Jr wins by 114-112, 115-112, 117-109• DeGale ‘pretty sure’ he will now call time on his careerChris Eubank Jr finally emerged from his father’s suffocating cloak on Saturday night to send two-time world champion James DeGale hurtling towards r…

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Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr

The IBO super-middleweight title is on the line but both boxers know the result will have a bearing on their future in the ringHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded in titles and cursed by ill-health, and h…

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Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr

The IBO super-middleweight title is on the line but both boxers know the result will have a bearing on their future in the ringHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded in titles and cursed by ill-health, and h…

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Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale

• Senior suggests Junior may struggle with mental approach• ‘It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I’m not convinced he will win’The trouble with boxing is that the real thing is invariably preceded by faux outrage and empty rhetoric, but it was nonetheless a…

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Naomi Osaka’s split with Sascha Bajin a sign of the times and her steeliness | Kevin Mitchell

Few saw the parting coming but it demonstrates the impermanence of the player-coach relationship at the top of world tennisNaomi Osaka splitting with her coach, Sascha Bajin, after little more than a year and two grand slam triumphs together shocked ma…

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Hugh McIlvanney: a friend, a towering presence, and the greatest sportswriter

Kevin Mitchell recalls the sporting life and passion for journalism of a man who found wisdom, humanity and an endless fascination in the heat of the ringIn the days when cigars were de rigueur at ringside, Hugh McIlvanney would create a dense fog poin…

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Hugh McIlvanney obituary

Pre-eminent sports journalist who strove for perfectionHugh McIlvanney’s life as a sports journalist resembled one of his perfectly crafted sentences: long, lyrical and rich with surprises. He was a scrupulous and perceptive witness to what he regarded…

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Wimbledon chairman criticises ‘nonsense’ tournament scheduling

Philip Brook is worried by scheduling that will see two important tournaments clashPhilip Brook, who retires in December after nearly 10 years as Wimbledon chairman, has made a rare foray into tennis politics, describing as, “nonsense” scheduling that …

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Roger Federer: Methuselah of sport still has unshakeable belief in his talent

Seemingly immune to the ravages of time, Roger Federer says a bit of luck and understanding his body have kept him competitiveRoger Federer, who is ageing with the irresistible longevity of an oak tree, is the very antithesis of Andy Murray. While the …

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Pain, regrets and post-tennis plans: Andy Murray on his hardest decision

In his first major interview since his tearful announcement of imminent retirement, Britain’s tennis great talks of his first-round tie in Melbourne – and how he’ll cope afterwardsAndy Murray has been guarding a chronic hip condition for several years,…

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Kyrgios and Tomic could learn from Osaka and show us they care | Kevin Mitchell

Naomi Osaka’s candid remarks in defeat are in contrast to both Australians’ claims that they ‘could not care less’ about losingWhen Andy Murray berated a social media troll as “a clown” for accusing him and other senior players of extending their caree…

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Fearsome foursome go to Australian Open aware the end could be near

Injuries and rise of a new generation threaten to expose Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at the first slam of the yearThe four greatest players in modern tennis – who between them have won more than £300m across 16 years – a…