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Derby, Wigan and Northampton all report alleged racist abuse of players

• Police arrest Brentford fan after incident at Griffin Park• Wigan report hate crime after Nathan Byrne abused onlinePolice are investigating multiple allegations of racist abuse against Football League players – with Derby, Wigan and Northampton all …

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Kash Ali disqualified for biting David Price in bizarre heavyweight bout

• Birmingham fighter leaves arena under barrage from fans• Price says former sparring partner ‘lost his head completely’Kash Ali faces a lengthy ban from boxing after being disqualified for biting David Price during their all-British heavyweight contes…

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Alcácer late show takes Dortmund top as Bayern held at Freiburg

• Paco Alcácer scores twice in injury time against Wolfsburg• Mönchengladbach’s top-four hopes hit by surprise 3-1 lossBorussia Dortmund climbed back to the top of the Bundesliga after late drama in their match with Wolfsburg as Freiburg held Bayern Mu…

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West Brom sack head coach Darren Moore blaming ‘disappointing’ results

• Albion lie fourth in Championship after draw with Ipswich• Chief executive Mark Jenkins blames poor form and resultsWest Bromwich Albion have sacked Darren Moore, blaming the head coach for failing to “engineer consistency of form and results”.The de…

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Gordon Banks on his famous Pelé save: ‘I didn’t even realise I’d made it’

Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, is often lauded as making the greatest save in history to deny Pelé at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. In 2003, he spoke to Observer Sport Monthly about itThat save from Pelé’s header was the best I ever made. I didn’t…

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Southampton pledge bans after fans detained for ‘mocking’ Emiliano Sala

• Two men filmed making plane gestures during Cardiff game• Fan behaviour back in spotlight after four arrests at WatfordPolice have detained two Southampton fans who appeared to mock the death of the Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala, on a day when unrela…

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Seven-try Montpellier push weakened Newcastle out of Champions Cup

• Dean Richards bemoans loss of key players• Jacob Stockdale tries inspire UlsterNewcastle, struggling at the foot of the Premiership, made a meek exit from Europe with a Champions Cup defeat at Montpellier, the French side hammering the Falcons 45-8.M…

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The ugly spectre of racism in football on the rise across Europe

The abuse of Raheem Sterling and antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans are indicative of a wider picture of unacceptable intolerance, as our continent-wide survey revealsBelgium continues to have significant problems with racism, not confined to footbal…

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From Tiger Woods to World Cup memories: our favourite sports books of 2018

The story of the 1936 Olympics, tales from the soul of English cricket, a charlatan footballer called Kaiser and the remarkable Doddie Weir all take pride of place on our bookshelvesIn the crowded world of sporting fame, to be known universally by a si…

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Chelsea and police investigate claims of racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling

• Footage circulated online appears to show fan abusing Sterling• Chelsea pledge ‘the strongest possible action where necessary’Chelsea and the Metropolitan police have launched investigations after footage of a fan allegedly aiming racist abuse at Rah…

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Copa Libertadores final: Boca v River first leg postponed after torrential rain

• Match will now be played on Sunday afternoon • Conmebol calls game off after day of confusionThe first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, set to be a Superclásico derby between Argentina’s Boca Juniors and River Plate, has been postponed after heavy…

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Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face of Munster’s Rory Scannell

• Gloucester fly-half apologises after being shown red card• Premiership player of the month left out of England squadDanny Cipriani’s bad week got considerably worse when the fly-half rejected by England was sent off for a high tackle during Glouceste…

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Jorge Lorenzo on British GP pole but rain forces early start at Silverstone

• Safety concerns bring forward British GP start to 11.30am• MotoGP leader Lorenzo pips Andrea Dovizioso to poleJorge Lorenzo is on pole position for Sunday’s British GP at Silverstone. The Spaniard pipped fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso by 15 hun…

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World Cup review – 17 things we learned from Russia 2018

Including: England’s mental shift, why everyone loves Neymar, and the height of Mel from Mel and SueBut it doesn’t improve it much, either. Cancelling a Neymar penalty showed its value, but the snagging list was long: delays, missed calls and wrong cal…

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Dylan Groenewegen sprints to back-to-back Tour de France stage wins

• Dutchman follows up Friday’s win with victory in Amiens• Greg van Avermaet stays in yellow, Dan Martin loses timeDylan Groenewegen won his second Tour de France stage in a row after outlasting his rivals in a bunch sprint finish in Amiens.The Dutch L…

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Croatia book World Cup semi-final with England after penalty shootout win

Croatia will meet England in the World Cup last four after defeating the host nation Russia 4-3 in a quarter-final penalty shootout in Sochi.The teams were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and remained locked – though at 2-2 – after extra time, before be…

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Boat Race 2018: Cambridge beat Oxford in men’s and women’s races

• Cambridge men power to victory, 10 seconds clear of Oxford• Cambridge women claim first back-to-back wins since 1999Cambridge enjoyed a clean sweep in the Boat Race with both the men and women cruising to victory on the Thames.In cool, still conditio…

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European roundup: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid sink Valencia

• Madrid bounce back from Copa del Rey defeat with a 4-1 win• Bayern survive early scare against Hoffenheim to win 5-2Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as stumbling Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at …

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FA Cup fourth-round roundup: Biamou claims another scalp for Coventry

• Roared on by 8,000 fans, Mark Robins’ side shock MK Dons• Out-of-sorts Hudderfield held at home by Birmingham CityFresh from knocking out Premier League Stoke City in the third round, Coventry City pulled off another shock as Mark Robins’ League Two …

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Spartak Moscow in racism row after controversial video posted on Twitter

• Caption of black players training translates as ‘See how chocolates melt in sun’• Critics say racism one of the biggest issues Russia faces in World Cup yearSpartak Moscow are at the centre of a racism row after their official Twitter account posted …