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Anthony Joshua wanted to ‘fight through concussion’ against Andy Ruiz

• Heavyweight says he knew he was concussed in third round• Joshua: ‘You’ve got to fight through the concussion if you can’Anthony Joshua has admitted he knew he was concussed but was ready to “fight through” it against Andy Ruiz Jr, fuelling the debat…

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Andy Murray hoping again to play and beat tennis’s big three

• Murray could play singles at new Davis Cup • Scot wants to be ready for Australian Open in JanuaryAndy Murray says he would love to play Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic again before all of them retire, but only if he thinks he has a ch…

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Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr still have time to rethink Saudi Arabia fight | Kevin Mitchell

The two fighters should look to boxing history before signing up to their world heavyweight rematch in the Middle EastIt is nearly 45 years since the Rumble in the Jungle – and still the myth of that wild night lingers, dangerously ignored.There is muc…

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rejoin ATP players’ council in surprise twist

• Chief executive Chris Kermode’s contract expires at end of year• Novak Djokovic rumoured to want Mark Leschly as replacementRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal have rejoined the ATP players’ council, an intriguing twist to the power struggle at the top of…

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‘Age is just a number’: Novak Djokovic says he can thrive for years to come | Kevin Mitchell

Sunday’s Wimbledon triumph means Djokovic has 16 majors, just four behind Federer, and overhauling the Swiss is not a subject he is shying away fromAny reasonable analysis of the 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final – as opposed to the fan letters that d…

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Unlike McEnroe, Nick Kyrgios lacks the trophies to validate his attitude | Kevin Mitchell

Australian’s talent is as outrageous as his behaviour but his end product is nowhere near as impressive as the American’sNick Kyrgios makes fools – and psychiatrists – of us all. He shares with John McEnroe the gift of pushing the right buttons, then l…

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Ashleigh Barty: ‘I’ve learned to embrace fame but it’s impossible to please everyone’

The new world No 1 approaches Wimbledon in confident mood after her French Open win – not bad given that four years ago she was playing cricket having given up on professional tennisFor someone who is so loved, Ashleigh Barty knows a lot about loneline…

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Feliciano López named in Wimbledon doubles match-fixing allegation

• Feliciano and Marc López deny claim made in Spanish media• Spaniard due to play with Andy Murray in doubles this weekFeliciano López, due to play doubles with Andy Murray in his comeback here at Queen’s this week, was consulting his lawyers on Tuesda…

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Boris Becker: we should question the quality and attitude of the under-28 men

• SW19’s youngest male champion laments lack of challenge• So-called big three have won 53 grand slam events all toldBoris Becker was 17 when he lit up Wimbledon for the first time, 34 years ago, and he cannot wait for a teenager to win the men’s title…

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‘If I don’t compete in singles again, I’m OK with that,’ says Andy Murray

• Scot says ‘it would be nice’ to compete again• But family life has been ‘fun’ after hip operationAndy Murray, who returns to tennis in the doubles at Queen’s this month, has said he is relaxed about ever playing singles again. “I thought during the w…

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Anthony Joshua’s loss to Andy Ruiz shows nothing goes smoothly in boxing | Kevin Mitchell

The heavyweight cartel that includes Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury has been broken but the Mexican-American is still Joshua’s best friendEddie Hearn has a problem: how to repackage a beaten champion. When Anthony Joshua was led away from his disastrous…

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Katie Boulter makes surprise return in French Open draw after withdrawing

• Briton withdrew from tournament 17 days ago with back injury• Johanna Konta given qualifier, Rafael Nadal gets twoRafael Nadal could hardly have asked for an easier entry into the French Open – two qualifiers to lift his spirits while Novak Djokovic …

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Deontay Wilder’s right hand is firmer than plans to fight Joshua | Kevin Mitchell

First-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale was bookended by grim gutter talk and a sketchy future fight scheduleDeontay Wilder is a man of towering physical presence and contradictions. He is a man of God who expressed no regrets for welcoming the ch…

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Andy Ruiz Jr snatches ‘golden ticket’ to challenge Anthony Joshua for four titles

• Four titles at stake on 1 June at Madison Square Garden• Ruiz faces Anthony Joshua after Jarrell Miller defectionAnthony Joshua never imagined his American debut at Madison Square Garden on 1 June would be like this: defending his four world heavywei…

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Andy Murray faces 18 June deadline to seek Wimbledon wildcard

• Murray likely to be given some leeway if still undecided• Wimbledon unveils No 1 court roof and prize-money riseAndy Murray, still moving cautiously in his comeback from hip surgery, has until 18 June to ask for a wild card to play at Wimbledon this …

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Justin Gimelstob’s battery charge puts onus on ATP to find moral fibre | Kevin Mitchell

He won two grand slam doubles titles but ‘violent, unprovoked’ incident must curb his ambitions in the running of the gameJustin Gimelstob grew up alongside a few hundred very rich people in a hamlet that Forbes magazine once listed among the 25 most e…

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Amir Khan’s painful display of self-preservation is the end nobody wanted

Undignified exit will hurt Amir Khan almost as much as Terence Crawford’s crunching blows that left the challenger unable to finish the fightTwo instincts burn most deeply in every boxer’s soul: a will to win and self-preservation. At Madison Square Ga…

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Amir Khan’s painful display of self-preservation is the end nobody wanted

Undignified exit will hurt Amir Khan almost as much as Terence Crawford’s crunching blows that left the challenger unable to finish the fightTwo instincts burn most deeply in every boxer’s soul: a will to win and self-preservation. At Madison Square Ga…

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Invincible Vasiliy Lomachenko shows why he is the best world’s best fighter | Kevin Mitchell

Ukrainian lightweight produced a display of punching perfection in his demolition of Manchester’s Anthony Crolla to underline his credentials to wear the pound-for-pound crownVasiliy Lomachenko is making a rock-solid case to be regarded as the best box…

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Tara Moore says astonishing tennis comeback is ‘enormous boost’ to career

• Moore pulled off one of greatest comebacks in history• British No 9 beats Jessika Ponchet again in a doubles matchTara Moore, who pulled off one of the great comebacks in tennis history in a £25,000 tournament in Sunderland this week, said the experi…