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US fans don’t always take British boxing seriously – Fury showed they should | Richard Williams

British boxers and the circus that surrounds them can appear a little eccentric but Tyson Fury forced doubters to ignore the eccentricity and acknowledge the seriousnessTo American fight people, British boxers and the circus that surrounds them can app…

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F1 season ends and building of the broadcasting paywall begins | Richard Williams

Only the British Grand Prix will be on UK terrestrial TV next season, as F1 cuts itself from the massesWhile Lewis Hamilton performed his doughnuts in front of the grandstand and then removed his fireproof vest in order to display his tattoos on the po…

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The Road Book – cycling’s new Wisden – is good news for a sport in flux | Richard Williams

Cycling may be facing an uncertain future but a Ned Boulting-edited new tome offers thoughtful writing and a mass of facinating statisticsIn earlier times, Geraint Thomas would have been a shoo-in for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awar…

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Football’s collective voice must be mobilised to rid the streets of knives | Richard Williams

Top players, the FA and the Premier League need to devote time, energy and influence to persuading teenagers to ‘drop the knife and save a life’Like many 10-year-old boys throughout Britain in the year 2000, Damilola Taylor was a fan of Manchester Unit…

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Lewis Hamilton joins F1 legends by doing it his way and not by imitation | Richard Williams

Mercedes maestro has complimented his adherence to grand prix track etiquette with a trail-blazing love of rap music and fashion designAs Lewis Hamilton has just discovered, five is a magical number in motor racing. It means one thing and one thing onl…

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Marc Márquez, the Messi, Woods, Federer, Bolt and Hendrix of MotoGP | Richard Williams

Spaniard’s fifth world title displayed his ability to create a spectacle that leaves everyone, including rival riders, shaking their heads in wondermentOn Sunday at the Motegi circuit in Japan, Marc Márquez pulled off what Lewis Hamilton could not quit…

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Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams

Former quarterback’s stand is a reminder the injustice highlighted by raised fists 50 years ago has not gone awayLast week Colin Kaepernick became one of eight new recipients of the W E B Du Bois Medal, presented by Harvard University to those it consi…

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Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams

Former quarterback’s stand is a reminder the injustice highlighted by raised fists 50 years ago has not gone awayLast week Colin Kaepernick became one of eight new recipients of the W E B Du Bois Medal, presented by Harvard University to those it consi…

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Lack of expert leadership at Ferrari has not helped Sebastian Vettel | Richard Williams

The F1 title race comes down to fine margins and the absence of racing knowledge at Ferrari has been evident as Mercedes has taken controlWhen Sebastian Vettel poked the nose of his Ferrari alongside the flank of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull as they hurtl…

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Return of Bluebird K7 brings memories of golden era speeding back

The craft in which Donald Campbell lost life in 1967 could be seen powering along Loch Fad last week, evoking a time when those who broke speed records could claim a degree of fameThe sight of Donald Campbell’s speedboat Bluebird K7 powering along the …

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Ryan Sessegnon leads exciting teenagers facing a season of scrutiny | Richard Williams

Young English players are often mistreated but there will always be the thrill of seeing a major talent fulfilledIn the sweltering sunshine of Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, Ryan Sessegnon was going about his usual business of looking older than…

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Peril and pizzazz unite tragic F1 ace Peter Collins with Lewis Hamilton | Richard Williams

Though the sport may look and feel different, Collins was taken 60 years ago this week by forces that still drive today’s racersAfter driving his Mercedes-Benz to a commanding and unexpected victory in Hungary on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton emerged to a mix…

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Mesut Özil’s Germany saga is symptomatic of a world under strain | Richard Williams

Midfielder’s retirement from international football sadly illustrates that, in a polarising world, the ideas of multiculturalism are struggling to regain the upper handWhen a Radio 5 Live newsreader referred to “the English rider Geraint Thomas” in an …

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Mark Cavendish battles time in bid for Eddy Merckx’s Tour stage wins record | Richard Williams

The signs have not been promising for one of the most remarkable British sporting figures of our life as he misses out for another year in his pursuit of the legendary BelgianAs he made it to the finish line in Roubaix on Sunday, the 52nd rider to come…

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A toast to Raheem Sterling, the crucial cog who embodies a selfless England | Richard Williams

Great World Cup sides of the past have been built around ego-free forwards and Sterling’s cunning is utterly irreplaceableIn the minds of those who watched them win the 1970 World Cup, Mário Zagallo’s Brazil still represents the fulfilment of all the s…

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Kanté’s class takes centre-stage and outlasts World Cup’s showier stars | Richard Williams

The diminutive France midfielder eschews glitz on and off the pitch but helps bring teams to their knees with artful simplicityHenri Langlois would have understood the genius of N’Golo Kanté. Over 60 years ago the founder of the Cinémathèque Française …

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The undisputed: what would Rocky Marciano have made of Tyson Fury? | Richard Williams

The unbeaten heavyweight champion’s first professional fight under his own name was 70 years ago. Looking back at his career is a palate-cleanser after Fury’s farce in ManchesterAt the end of a bout that featured more proper fighting among the occ…

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Deschamps follows Napoleon with enough French class to succeed in Russia | Richard Williams

Twenty years after their only World Cup success France may look at their resources and believe the time for a repeat has comeNapoleon met disaster in Russia after sending almost half a million soldiers on an invasion that began in the summer of 1812 an…

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Ronaldo v Salah – the head-to-head set to define Champions League final

Mohamed Salah, in the red of Liverpool, and Cristiano Ronaldo, in the white of Real Madrid, will be expected to score goals tonight worthy of European football’s annual showpieceTwo teams of 11 men apiece will emerge into the Olympic stadium in Kiev on…

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Williams must relocate their charisma to be among F1 history-makers again

For a team once marked by such character, it is depressing to see Williams among the grid’s back markersA slow racing car never looks good, and the current Williams F1 machines resemble a pair of wounded white whales as they lumber round at the tail of…