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Harry Kane tipped for BBC’s top gong but history may point to a surprise | Sean Ingle

The England striker is favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year but footballers do not have a great record in the eventEver since England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, Harry Kane has been a smouldering favourite for the BBC Sports Pe…

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Dina Asher-Smith a real contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The athlete who won three European gold medals is likely to be up against Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas and Lewis HamiltonA hugely successful and exhilarating year for British sport will be acknowledged in time-worn fashion on Sunday night when the countr…

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Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’

Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from ThursdayAnastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year?old in her home city of Tver, just over …

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Team Sky will cease to exist as broadcaster pulls sponsorship

Decision will bring to an end ownership of Team Sky in 2019Brailsford says team may continue with a new partnerTeam Sky will cease to exist at the end of next year after Sky announced that it will finish its involvement in professional cycling at the e…

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‘Creative’ AlphaZero leads way for chess computers and, maybe, science | Sean Ingle

Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov likes what he sees of computer that could be used to find cures for diseasesGarry Kasparov is not only humanity’s greatest ever chess player but its highest-profile victim of artificial intelligence. His loss …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport

• Softball and goalball are others to gain from ‘aspirational fund’• Mims Davies lauds chance for athletes to shine at Tokyo 2020Britain’s surfers, skateboarders and softball players are to receive official funding for the first time to help them quali…

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British Cycling virtual reality tournament gets green light to start in 2019

• British Cycling eRacing Championships to begin in February• UCI is ready to launch esports world championshipsBritish Cycling is to take its search for the next Geraint Thomas or Victoria Pendleton into people’s homes with the launch of a new virtual…

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Magnus Carlsen beats Caruana in tie-breakers to retain World Chess crown

Deadlock finally broken after nearly three weeksNorwegian seals third successful defence of title For much of the past 20 days the world’s two best grandmasters have sat in an soundproof room in central London, with only a chessboard and each other for…

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William Hill award has done so much to help sports writing leap off the page | Sean Ingle

For the past 30 years the Sports Book of the Year has brought joy, sometimes bewilderment, and quite often a spike in sales as it forced a neglected genre to raise its gameThere was a time, a generation or so ago, when high street bookshops were a wast…

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Barcelona become first sports team to average £10m a year in wages

• Sporting Intelligence survey highlights spiralling pay• Real Madrid second; Manchester United highest British clubBarcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10m a year, according to the latest Glo…

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Dina Asher-Smith planning to stay off red carpet and in the fast lane

• Asher-Smith wins British Athletics Writers’ Association award• ‘Ultimately I want to just get stronger, get faster’Dina Asher-Smith has pledged to stay off the red carpet to stay in the fast lane. The 22-year-old was named female athlete of the year …

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Great Britain sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year doping ban

• Levine tested positive out of competition in November 2017• Sprinter was hoping to make comeback after motorcycle crashThe sprinter Nigel Levine, who was an integral part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for nearly a decade, has been banned for …

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Mo Farah to run 2019 London marathon in preparation for 2020 Olympics

• Farah finished third in London race in 2018• ‘I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world’Mo Farah has confirmed that he will run in the 2019 London marathon as he continues his preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In his first y…

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s …

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s …

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‘Stick to the plan!’ Analytics, the Ryder Cup and the lessons for other sports | Sean Ingle

Last week Thomas Bjørn admitted analytics played a big part in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory – the best teams are open to ideas no matter where they come fromThere is a scene in Moneyball, the story of how the Oakland A’s defied a tiny budget to come clos…

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Claudio Ranieri puts burgers on menu to beef up Fulham survival mission

The Tinkerman got a pizza the action in his Leicester miracle but knows he must up the ante to save Fulham from relegationThere has been little to light up Craven Cottage this season, but on a shale-grey November afternoon Claudio Ranieri was a one-man…