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NFL ready for another London party and edging closer to permanent move | Sean Ingle

Wembley will host the first of three London games on Sunday and the NFL believes the prospect of a permanent London franchise is now moving closer to realityThe figures are almost as dizzying as a crunching helmet-to-helmet hit from a 300lb defensive l…

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Government releases funding to help more athletes qualify for Tokyo 2020

• ‘Aspiration fund’ totalling £3m set up by the government • Paralympic sports such as wheelchair rugby also eligibleOlympic sports such as badminton, basketball and surfing, which do not receive elite funding by UK Sport, will be able to apply for up …

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Eddie Hearn takes first tentative steps to conquering America | Sean Ingle

Backed by a new streaming service and $1bn, the promoter is taking on his biggest challenge yetOn a breezy Saturday evening in Chicago, Eddie Hearn parked his tanks firmly on American boxing’s lawn and declared: “The war is on.” Thus the first shots we…

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Anthony Joshua unlikely to fight Deontay Wilder soon, says Eddie Hearn

• Promoter struggling to make headway with April clash• Joshua could instead fight Jarrell Miller in New YorkEddie Hearn is open to the possibility of Anthony Joshua’s next fight being in New York against the American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller after co…

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UK Sport targets 2030 World Cup in ambitious bid to host array of events

• New plan to bring up to 60 major sports events to UK• Ryder Cup and cycling grand tours also on wish listUK Sport says hosting the 2030 football World Cup in Britain would be the “crowning achievement” of audacious new plans to hold between 40 and 60…

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How Parkrun’s 13 became five million and changed weekends for ever | Sean Ingle

Parkrun began 14 years ago and has now mushroomed into a heartwarming worldwide success story that is about to register its 5,000,000th runnerOn Wednesday somebody somewhere will become the 5,000,000th person to register for Parkrun. Think about that. …

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Sir Craig Reedie defends Wada’s decision to reinstate Rusada

• Wada president says deal will benefit clean sport• Compromise will allow access to 2,800 samples in MoscowThe World Anti-Doping Agency president has challenged athletes critical of last week’s compromise with Russia to come up with a better alternati…

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How far has fight against doping really come since ‘dirtiest race in history’? | Sean Ingle

Exactly 30 years on from the Seoul Olympics 100m, the ineffectiveness of the anti-doping system remains a concernThirty years ago today, Ben Johnson crouched on his starting blocks before the 100m Olympic final in Seoul, waiting. A gun went off. And he…

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Wada lifts Russia’s three-year doping suspension and faces its biggest crisis

• Russian Anti-Doping Agency controversially reinstated• Move heavily criticised by athletes and anti-doping groupsThe World Anti-Doping Agency is facing the gravest crisis in its 19-year history after it was widely condemned by other members of the an…

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Anthony Joshua’s next opponent could be Dillian Whyte, says Eddie Hearn

• Talks have broken down with prime target Deontay Wilder• Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on SaturdayDillian Whyte is being lined up as Anthony Joshua’s next opponent in April after the promoter Eddie Hearn said that a long-anticipated supe…

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Dame Katherine Grainger warns Wada before move to lift Russia ban

• UK Sport chair unhappy with expected decision• ‘The integrity of sport and competition has to be protected’The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore widespread anger from athletes’ groups and the anti-doping community by lifting the ban on the Ru…

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Anthony Joshua slackens timekeeping after 200 rounds of sparring

• Joshua says he is in great shape for Alexander Povetkin• ‘It’s about preserving you body,’ adds heavyweight championAnthony Joshua expects to be in the best shape of his career against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday after ditching his alarm clock in …

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Anti-doping rift deepens as agencies turn on Wada over Russia ‘compromise’

• UK and US agencies among those furious with Wada decision• It sends ‘a message to the world that doping is tolerated’The civil war in global anti-doping has intensified further after the World Anti-Doping Agency was accused by 13 major anti-doping ag…

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Alexander Povetkin has Russian government behind him, warns Hearn

• Anthony Joshua’s promoter says fight is important for Russia• ‘This is a major, major thing if he could stick one on a Brit’Alexander Povetkin has the full weight of the Russian government behind him as he prepares to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley …

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A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the Berlin marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec on Sunday but advances in shoe technology, carbohydrate drinks and mindsets may close the gap furtherWhen Eliud Kipchoge woke to a dazzling Monday morning in Berlin he was greeted wi…

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Anthony Joshua gearing up for ‘breaking down job’ on Povetkin

Champion believes a little bullying can stop the dangerous Russian who has lost only once but served two doping bansA few days ago Anthony Joshua was horrified to find his £150,000 bespoke Range Rover had been stolen in London in the dead of night. And…

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Wada recommends reinstatement of Russian Anti-Doping Agency

• Decision likely to upset many athletes• Wada statement marks U-turn from previous recommendationRussia is set for a dramatic return to the international fold after the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that an organisation that helped over 1,000 o…

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Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin will not sell out, admits Eddie Hearn

• Public more interested in Joshua fighting Wilder says promoter• Hearn sounds warning over growth of pay-per-view boutsAnthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight with Alexander Povetkin next week will not be a sellout, with the promoter Eddie Hearn admitting …

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‘Catastrophe for clean sport’: British athletes oppose Russia’s return

• Letter sent to Wada signed by top Olympic and Paralympic stars• Russia’s potential reinstatement to be discussed next weekBritish athletes have sent an unprecedented letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency warning that it will be a “catastrophe for cl…

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Anthony Joshua says he does not need a statement win against Povetkin

• Joshua fights the Russian heavyweight on 22 September• ‘I am the No 1 in the division, I ain’t got to show anything’Anthony Joshua insists he will emerge triumphant in heavyweight boxing’s power struggle by stopping Alexander Povetkin next week – and…