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Serie A round-up: Napoli’s title hopes hit by draw at Sassuolo

• Napoli one point behind Juventus who play Milan later• Inter beat Verona 3-0 and Lazio thrash Benevento 6-2Napoli’s Serie A title hopes suffered a setback when they struggled to a 1-1 draw at lowly Sassuolo, needing a late own goal to avoid defeat.Th…

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How Tyson Fury’s words shine a light on Traveller faith

The boxer’s comments have shocked many, including those in his own community. But he believes he is reflecting the views of an influential and growing evangelical movement

Everyone has an opinion on Tyson Fury. The holder of all three world heavyweight boxing titles (although he was stripped of one last week on a technicality), he has rarely been out of the headlines since beating Wladimir Klitschko. However, the cause has not been his prowess in the ring but a string of comments that have seen him branded a sexist homophobe and led to calls for him to be kicked off the shortlist for next weekend’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.

But why does Fury, 27, say the things he does? In part, the explanation lies in the most interesting thing about him: his religious faith. Born into an Irish Traveller family with a long boxing history, Fury became a born-again Christian thanks to his uncle Ernest, a Pentecostal preacher in Congleton, Cheshire. From there, he appears to have fashioned a series of beliefs that are a mixture of traditional Roman Catholic – in a 2011 interview with the Catholic Herald he talked of going to church every Sunday and added “going to heaven is the most important thing a man or a woman could ever do” – and a particularly literal interpretation of evangelical Christianity.

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Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders give Travellers’ fanbase cause to dream

The pair’s victories on Saturday evening have put them close to glory and both can look forward to nights of drama next year
Fury wins on split decision, Saunders outclasses Chisora

The fighting men of the Travelling community (of whom there are plenty) have long prided themselves on their courage and integrity in the ring while consistently falling short at the highest level after giving false hope to their thousands of scattered supporters, from the west of Ireland to various points around the North Circular and far beyond.

But Billy Joe Saunders, who grew up on a site in Hatfield, the grandson of a renowned bareknuckle champion, and Tyson Fury, from Manchester via the planet Mars and the son of Gypsy John Fury, may be about to deliver on that collective dreaming in 2015.

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Swiss magazine censured for ‘distortion’

Switzerland’s press council has upheld a complaint against a magazine that used a cover picture of a Roma boy waving a gun with the headline “The Roma are coming: raids in Switzerland.”The council censured the Zurich weekly Weltwoche for “distortion” a…