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Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success?

Hailing from a nation of only 5.2 million people, Norway’s squad is outperforming teams from much bigger countries – and, no, it’s not just because they have so much snowEleven days into the competition, Norway sit top of the medal table, out-performin…

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Alex Hales second England player after Rashid to opt for white-ball only

• Opener agrees two-year deal to play for Nottinghamshire• Decision follows announcement this week from Adil RashidAlex Hales has become the second England player in a week to sign white-ball only terms with his county and has followed Adil Rashid into…

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Jack Grealish’s progress is pushing Aston Villa towards promotion

Jack Grealish has been around for a long time – having played under five managers in five years – but he is now growing upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAston Villa’s season has been shaped by injuries, for better and for wo…

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Antonio Conte says Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team will have more to worry about than just keeping Lionel Messi quiet during their last-16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semi-finals on their way to Champions League triumph in 201…

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Russia opens criminal investigation over Winter Olympics drug test failure

• Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium• Positive test sparks more debate about Russian athletes at GamesA criminal investigation has been opened by Russia into the circumstances which resulted in the medal-winning curler Alexand…

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Gambling Commission clampdown is welcome but punters need backing | Greg Wood

A £6.2m fine for William Hill shows admirable determination to enforce the commission’s objectives, but more should be done for those unfairly restricted by bookiesThere was further evidence this morning that the Gambling Commission takes at least some…

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Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?“As an opponent I suffered the Alba-Messi society often; let someone else suff…

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Chicago Blackhawks ban four fans for racist taunting during game

Abuse was directed at Washington Capitals’ Devante Smith-PellyChicago’s Anthony Duclair unsurprised at racism during gameThe Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward D…

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Eoin Morgan the outsider has changed the DNA of English one-day cricket | The Spin

England have gone from World Cup stragglers to the most exciting white-ball team around, and much of that is down to the captainEoin Morgan is a liar, a bluffer and an outsider. They are three of his greatest qualities. In the last three years Morgan h…

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David Squires on … West Brom’s mini-break in Barcelona

Our cartoonist on Alan Pardew’s team-building exercise in CataloniaView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading…

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Winter Olympics day 11 – in pictures

Speed skating, curling, figure skating, and Elizabeth Swaney on the halfpipe. Our pick of the best pictures from today in PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…

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‘No to Monday night football’: Frankfurt fans protest against Bundesliga plans

• Angry supporters delay start of both halves in win over RB Leipzig• Match first of five Monday night matches in Bundesliga this seasonThe Bundesliga’s plans for increased Monday night matches met with fierce resistance as Eintracht Frankfurt fans sho…

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Elise Christie out of Winter Olympics after disqualification in 1,000m heat

• Medal hope given yellow card in dramatic heat• Race had been restarted after British skater fellElise Christie’s Olympics dream is over after she was dramatically disqualified from her women’s 1,000m heat in Pyeongchang.The 27-year-old crashed to the…

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Carl Frampton: ‘I never feel any fear but that doesn’t mean my family don’t’

The boxer talks about postponing his retirement, fighting in front of his kids and how Thomas Hearns kept him humbleBy Jonathan Drennan for Behind the LinesThe first day of training camp is over for featherweight boxer Carl Frampton and he finally has …

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London Leopards project to put 100 women coaches into girls’ football | Suzanne Wrack

New coaches backed by seven professional clubs, including Arsenal, to deliver introductory football sessions for 1,000 girls aged five to eight in the cityThe FA launched its women’s football Gameplan for Growth 11 months ago with three bold aims: to d…

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Pep Guardiola backs his Manchester City players despite Wigan FA Cup loss – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the professionalism of his players despite a shock FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Wigan on Monday night. Fabian Delph saw red for the Premier League leaders, and Guardiola was involved in an angry outburst in…

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Manchester City to seek explanation from Wigan Athletic for pitch invasion

• Sergio Agüero made contact with home supporter during melee • FA assessing situation and may also look into actions of City fansManchester City will seek an explanation from Wigan Athletic for the pitch invasion that occurred after Monday night’s ill…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín to Real Madrid?

This morning’s fluff is skating on thin iceFed up with watching Barcelona waltz off into the distance in La Liga, the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has decided to dig out his transfer war chest and take the fight to their bitter rivals off t…

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William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission

Firm handed big fine over failure to spot problem gambling and prevent money launderingBetting group William Hill has been fined £6.2m by the gambling industry regulator for failing to protect consumers and prevent money laundering.The Gambling Commiss…

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USA men’s hockey team through to last eight at Olympics with Slovakia rout

USA survive physical match with Slovakia to advance to last eightAmericans will face Czech Republic in Wednesday’s quarter-finalRyan Donato scored two goals, Troy Terry had three assists and the United States beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification roun…