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Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed their local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday’s Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga. The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atlético Madri…

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Boxing at 2020 Olympic Games under threat as the IOC investigates

• Plans for Tokyo tournament frozen pending IOC investigation• Finances, governance and anti-doping problems all a concernOlympic boxing hopefuls have been left in limbo less than two years before the Tokyo 2020 Games after planning for the tournament …

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South Africa World Cup winner Naka Drotske shot in attempted robbery

Reports say Drotske is stable after losing a third of his bloodEx-team-mate Os du Randt also caught up in Pretoria incidentWorld Cup-winning hooker Naka Drotske is said to be in a stable condition after the former South Africa international was shot th…

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Former teammates clash over Australian cricket’s non-aggression pact

‘Stop worrying about being liked,’ says Michael ClarkeSimon Katich says team can play tough as well as fairMichael Clarke and Simon Katich famously clashed physically in the dressing room when they were Test players and this week they have become embro…

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Neymar needs scan before facing Liverpool after injury scare for Brazil

• PSG forward limps out of Brazil’s friendly win over Cameroon• Doctor says initial diagnosis is groin injury not a serious oneBrazil forward Neymar limped out of their 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon on Tuesday but the team doctor calmed fears by sayin…

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Sophia Floersch fractures spine after huge airborne crash in Formula Three

• German 17-year-old lost control at Macau Grand Prix• Car flew into photographer’s bunker at high speedGermany’s 17-year-old Formula Three driver Sophia Floersch has sustained a spinal fracture following a huge accident at the Macau Grand Prix, her te…

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Aleksandar Mitrovic goal helps Serbia to Nations League win over Montenegro

• Fulham striker and Adem Ljajic earn 2-1 victory for hosts• Mitrovic also misses with Panenka-style penaltySerbia closed in on promotion to the Nations League second tier after a 2-1 home win over neighbours Montenegro left them top of Group 4 in Leag…

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Karl Tu’inkuafe replaces Joe Moody in All Blacks side to face England

Moody suffering from ‘unusual’ torn eyelidCoach Steve Hansen sticks with dual playmakersAn injury to Joe Moody has forced All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to tweak his strongest possible side for the Test against England at Twickenham on Saturday. Moody s…

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Karl Tu’inkuafe replaces Joe Moody in All Blacks side to face England

Moody suffering from ‘unusual’ torn eyelidCoach Steve Hansen sticks with dual playmakersAn injury to Joe Moody has forced All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to tweak his strongest possible side for the Test against England at Twickenham on Saturday. Moody s…

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Champions League: Valencia keep heat on Manchester United with victory

Carlos Soler had a hand in all three goals as Valencia beat Young Boys 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, boosting their hopes of progressing from Group H ahead of Manchester United.Valencia have been struggling domestically and sit 15th in La L…

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Cricket Australia exodus continues as two more executives walk

High performance manager Pat Howard to goBen Amarfio also leaves beleaguered organisationCricket Australia’s high performance chief, Pat Howard, will leave his role next week as the fallout from a scathing cultural review into the governing body contin…

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Barcelona through to Champions League last 16 despite late Inter equaliser

Barcelona qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday after a compelling 1-1 draw at Internazionale where a late leveller from Mauro Icardi disrupted Barça’s perfect record in this season’s competition. Related: Champions League…

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PSG appeal over Uefa’s decision to re-open FFP investigation

• French champions lodge appeal with Cas• PSG investigated once more by governing bodyParis Saint-Germain have appealed to sport’s highest tribunal after European soccer’s governing body re-opened an investigation into whether the French club had broke…

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Ash Barty ends her season with biggest WTA victory of career so far

Australian beats Wang Qiang in WTA Elite Trophy finalBarty downs China’s No 2 for third win on WTA tourAsh Barty made a blistering start and rode out a tighter second set to win the WTA Elite Trophy title with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 victory over rising …

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Karen Khachanov shocks Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters final

• Khachanov beats Djokovic 7-5 6-4• Russian ends Serbian’s 22-match winning streakKaren Khachanov caused one of the shocks of the tennis year by overpowering Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in the Paris Masters final to end the Serbian’s remarkable spell of dom…

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Ireland’s Jordan Larmour overwhelms Italy with Chicago hat-trick

• Ireland 54-7 Italy• Joe Schmidt’s side score 40 unanswered second-half pointsThe Ireland full-back Jordan Larmour scored a hat-trick of tries and the lock Tadhg Beirne two as Joe Schmidt’s side hammered Italy 54-7 in Chicago. Schmidt omitted many of …

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Novak Djokovic outlasts Roger Federer in epic Paris Masters semi-final

• Four-times champion prevails 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) in three hours• Djokovic will play Russia’s Karen Khachanov for title on SundayNovak Djokovic ruined Roger Federer’s ambitions of a 100th career title as he outlasted his great adversary 7-6 (6), 5-7…

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Ngani Laumape scores hat-trick in youthful All Blacks try-fest against Japan

Japan 31-69 New ZealandRichie Mo’unga, Ngani Laumape & George Bridge lead pointsA second string All Blacks side featuring eight debutants crushed Japan 69-31 in a thriller of a point-fest in Tokyo on Saturday with centre Ngani Laumape running in a …

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PSG beat Lille for 12th straight win and set record in major leagues

• Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Lille• Mbappé and Neymar on target as PSG stretch lead in Ligue 1Paris Saint-Germain have become the first team to win all their opening 12 league games in one of Europe’s top five divisions following a 2-1 triumph over Lille….

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Nicklas Bendtner handed prison sentence for assaulting taxi driver

• Denmark striker sentenced to 50 days in prison for assault• Player walks free from court pending an appeal hearingThe Denmark international striker Nicklas Bendtner has been convicted of assaulting a taxi driver and sentenced to 50 days in jail, but …