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Naomi Osaka beats the boos and begins long road to tennis icon status | Paul MacInnes

The US Open winner has the tools to win repeatedly but Serena Williams’s example shows the hurdles that may lie in her wayYou can have different views about the merits of booing at a sporting event. For some it is one of the few tools available to…

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Rachael Burford expecting bigger things for Harlequins and Premier 15s

Harlequins Ladies captain is not alone looking forward to the Premier 15s season, which for her ambitious team kicks off at Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday afternoonThe feeling of a new season approaching must be intense, with the knowledge that someth…

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Niki Goneva’s light touch sparks a debate on what is cheating in sport | Paul MacInnes

The Newcastle wing’s sleight of hand has left some lost in admiration and others criticalIt’s hard to deceive 13 adults at once. It’s not impossible either; practise your sleight of hand sufficiently, or pick the right bus at the right febrile politica…

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Unai Emery says Mesut Özil needs to adapt to different positions at Arsenal

• Spanish manager says Özil has trained normally all week• German playmaker missed last Saturday’s win over West HamMesut Özil is back in contention for a place in the Arsenal starting lineup at Cardiff but the challenge of adapting to the needs of his…

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Hype will eclipse fight when Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder | Paul MacInnes

There will be a lot of noise made in the buildup to heavyweight clash, but both boxers would rather be fighting Anthony JoshuaAfter what has been an arduous few weeks – what with the heat, followed by the sudden appearance of schoolchildren everywhere …

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Hype will eclipse fight when Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder | Paul MacInnes

There will be a lot of noise made in the buildup to heavyweight clash, but both boxers would rather be fighting Anthony JoshuaAfter what has been an arduous few weeks – what with the heat, followed by the sudden appearance of schoolchildren everywhere …

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Tottenham apologise to fans and issue refund details following stadium delay

• We are hugely frustrated at this late stage, club adds• Location of Champions League games still unconfirmedTottenham have made a new apology to their fans as uncertainty continued following the decision to delay the opening of their new stadium.Spur…

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Eleven Sports viewers miss Brooks Koepka win US PGA Championship

• Britain’s newest sports broadcaster criticised• Video feed problems hinder coverage of the golf majorEleven Sports endured a challenging start to life as Britain’s newest sports broadcaster after its coverage of the US PGA Championship encountered te…

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Why Mauricio Pochettino is wrong to criticise shorter transfer window | Paul MacInnes

Tottenham manager feels Premier League clubs are at a disadvantage because of their self-imposed deadline but the drawbacks are few and apply only to the biggest clubsThe habitually genial Mauricio Pochettino has shown another side to his character of …

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West Ham’s Felipe Anderson: ‘I’m fast and I’m going to use my intelligence’ | Paul MacInnes

The Hammers’ new record signing arrives from Lazio full of confidence. He doesn’t yet speak English, but is already aware who Bobby Moore isWhen Manuel Pellegrini was asked about the “West Ham way” last week, his answer was straightforward: “I always l…

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Turning up the heat: sport’s a struggle for all when the temperature rises | Paul MacInnes

My five-a-side is a nightmare but however awkward this season may be for the average punter, it ain’t nothing compared to what the professionals have to endureIt’s great weather for pétanque. Or fishing, provided you can find the water. With the planet…

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Usain Bolt’s football dream keeps on running but reality fails to keep pace

The Jamaican sprint star was linked to a trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners but once again the hype machine overtook both sporting and financial considerationsGosford is a small town with big ambitions. Nestled on Australia’s central coast…

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Ronaldo and Serena defy the race against time for elite athletes | Paul MacInnes

Athletes confront middle age sooner than mere mortals and beating the clock is tougher each yearBeing an athlete must give you a messed-up perspective on mortality. On the one hand you are the very model of physical perfection, able to run faster, jump…

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Wimbledon diary: a man dressed as a trophy and grass rumours

Chris Fava is Strawberry Man and this year is dressing up to look like the men’s singles trophy, even in 30CMid-afternoon here and one name was on everybody’s lips. How could he do this? Did he have no shame? On the other hand, even after everything, w…

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‘Our ratings will be abysmal’ – the Icelandic TV presenter up against the national team

Thorbjörn Thordárson, who will be presenting the news on Stöd 2 at the same time Iceland play Nigeria, is staying professional despite knowing hardly anyone will be watchingEver wondered which is the loneliest job in the world? A shepherd on the Isle o…

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Germany’s refusal to admit defeat made their improbable win inevitable | Paul MacInnes

Germany may have escaped with a last-gasp winner from Toni Kroos against Sweden, but the air of inevitability which preceded it was all too familiarAnd that’s why they’re the champions. More than that, that is why they are Germany. Of all the countries…

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Cristiano Ronaldo steals the spotlight despite Diego Costa’s best efforts | Paul MacInnes

Portugal captain’s hat-trick could jump-start the World Cup on its own but it was one of many subplots in the 3-3 draw with SpainAge shall not wither him nor custom stale his infinite variety. Ruthless Ronnie was at it again, his 51st career hat-trick …

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UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

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World Cup TV guide: the presenters, pundits and what’s on where | Paul MacInnes

With matches running from 11am to 9pm BST and highlights shows on top, there’s a lot to watch. Here’s how it all breaks downEnglish football fans have spurned the chance to visit Russia in their droves. According to Fifa, more match tickets have been s…

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Emily Defroand: ‘England can get on the podium at the Hockey World Cup’

Forward says England are determined to convert bronze into gold at the hockey Women’s World Cup on home soilEmily Defroand is late, just, for her interview. Training overran. The England forward is in intensive preparations for the hockey Women’s World…