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RFU to spread drastic Championship funding cuts over two seasons

RFU makes changes to original scheduling of cutsBill Sweeney says RFU ‘still in dialogue with clubs’The Rugby Football Union has revised the timeframe for its cuts to Championship funding in response to the outcry generated by its controversial decisio…

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Furious Championship rugby clubs considering breakaway league

Second-tier clubs may try to buy league from RFUSalary cap for new division could affect SaracensChampionship clubs are considering forming a breakaway league and introducing a salary cap which could threaten relegated Saracens’ attempts to keep hold o…

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Alisher Usmanov’s remedy for love? New love. And a £6.8m Olympic manifesto | Marina Hyde

The Russian oligarch has moved on from Arsenal to Everton but more intriguing is his decision to buy Pierre de Coubertin’s 1892 manifesto and donate it to the Olympic MuseumAt last, the mystery buyer of the world’s most expensive piece of sports memora…

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Premier League’s new chief says Netflix-style overseas service is on cards

• Mixture of TV rights sales and new service would lift income• ‘We will be ready should the opportunity arise’The Premier League will eventually sell matches on a Netflix-style channel, its new chief executive, Richard Masters, has said. Masters confi…

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Premier League’s new chief says Netflix-style overseas service is on cards

• Mixture of TV rights sales and new service would lift income• ‘We will be ready should the opportunity arise’The Premier League will eventually sell matches on a Netflix-style channel, its new chief executive, Richard Masters, has said. Masters confi…

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Premier League’s new chief says Netflix-style overseas service is on cards

• Mixture of TV rights sales and new service would lift income• ‘We will be ready should the opportunity arise’The Premier League will eventually sell matches on a Netflix-style channel, its new chief executive, Richard Masters, has said. Masters confi…

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Broadcasting rights impasse puts CVC’s £300m Six Nations deal in peril

• Home unions want tournament to remain on terrestrial TV• Tender process for next TV deal due to start this monthThe deal to sell a 15% stake in the Six Nations to the private equity company CVC is being held up over the home unions’ insistence that t…

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Paralympics: wheelchair basketball risks exclusion in classification row

• Row over the classification of athletes’ impairments• The sport’s code must be changed by the end of MayWheelchair basketball faces a race against time to guarantee inclusion in the Paralympics, as a row over the classification of athletes’ impairmen…

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Super League clubs endorse legal action warning to Catalans over Folau signing

• Clubs fear sponsorship losses after controversial player’s arrival• Up to seven clubs have supported letter sent to French clubSeveral Super League teams have backed a letter from one club owner to Catalans Dragons warning them of potential legal act…

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Ollie Thorley backs England to rise above Saracens saga in Six Nations

• Eddie Jones’s players gather in Portugal for training camp• ‘When here they’re England players, that’s all that matters’Ollie Thorley is confident the fallout from the Saracens scandal will not affect England’s Six Nations campaign after the squad qu…

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Saracens scandal shatters rugby union’s illusion it ever held the moral high ground | Marina Hyde

Rugby seems to have firm belief in its own probity but has been reminded that, like most elite sport, it is a morality free zoneAt last, some good news out of the Saracens financial doping scandal, as former England wing Ugo Monye declares rugby union …

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Review of Premiership salary cap will consider improving transparency

• Lord Myners will look at making public reports of cap breaches• Saracens’ review head says ‘public has a right to know’The former business minister Lord Myners will consider whether Premiership Rugby’s salary cap procedures should become more transpa…

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Trial of Lamine Diack put back after presentation of new documents

• Papa Massata says IAAF has no right to put father on trial• Son also faces corruption charges along with four othersThe long-awaited corruption trial of the former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been delayed until June after new documents were prese…

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IOC’s oppressive podium rules ignore history of legitimate Olympic protest | Sean Ingle

Ever since Peter O’Connor scaled a flagpole in Athens to call out Olympic unfairness the stage was set for winning athletes to make powerful statements. So why outlaw it now?Some called him the Antelope. Others the King of Spring. But, above all, Peter…

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Claims of Russian doping deal as trial begins of former IAAF president Diack

Offer to delay sanctions against 23 athletes, say prosecutorsDiack denies allegations to be made as trial begins in Paris Lamine Diack, the former president of the governing body of world athletics, offered a deal to delay doping sanctions against 23 R…

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IOC concerned by ‘very serious’ doping allegations in weightlifting

• Claims include girls aged 13 being encouraged to take drugs• German investigators make new allegations against IWFThe International Olympic Committee has expressed its concerns over “very serious and worrying” new allegations of doping and corruption…

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BOA hits back at Team GB athletes in Olympic sponsorship row

• Mo Farah among those in marketing rights dispute• Adam Gemili: ‘We want to recognise our sponsors’The British Olympic Association has entered into a legal dispute with its own athletes as a row over marketing rights looks set to overshadow the countd…

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Too many heads remain in the sand when it comes to hosting of sport | Sean Ingle

Anthony Joshua’s fight in Saudi Arabia this week once more raises questions about the choice of venue for big eventsTwo scenes. Two British sporting icons. Variations on a theme. Scene one: a supremely jet-lagged Anthony Joshua in a Heathrow hotel in S…

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Too many heads remain in the sand when it comes to hosting of sport | Sean Ingle

Anthony Joshua’s fight in Saudi Arabia this week once more raises questions about the choice of venue for big eventsTwo scenes. Two British sporting icons. Variations on a theme. Scene one: a supremely jet-lagged Anthony Joshua in a Heathrow hotel in S…

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British and Irish chances of 2030 World Cup bid made more ‘credible’

• Football Association of Ireland: ‘This bid is on front foot’• Uefa’s president lent his backing in 2018The chances of a British and Irish bid to host the 2030 World Cup appear to have improved, according to the general manager of the Football Associa…