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World Rugby gives unions more time over Nations Championship

• Rugby Championship and Six Nations given new deadline• NZRU’s Steve Tew says ‘great idea comes with complications’World Rugby has extended its deadline for the Six Nations and Rugby Championship unions to take the concept of a Nations Championship a …

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Call for F1 champion Lewis Hamilton to help jailed Bahraini activist Najah Yusuf

• Human rights groups demand F1 cancels Sunday’s Bahrain GP• Lewis Hamilton ‘cannot win titles on the back of abuses’Human rights groups are demanding the cancellation of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix if Formula One is not allowed to investigate the abus…

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Caster Semenya accuses Sebastian Coe of ‘opening old wounds’

• South African hits back over IAAF president’s comments• ‘He is wrong to think she is a threat to women’s sport’Caster Semenya has accused Sebastian Coe of “opening old wounds” after his comments about the double Olympic champion in a newspaper articl…

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RFU opposes Nations Championship owing to ‘catastrophic’ relegation fears

• Acting chief Nigel Melville rejects World Rugby plan• New global tournament has been proposedWorld Rugby’s proposed Nations Championship has hit a major barrier after the Rugby Football Union said that England’s relegation from the Six Nations would …

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Testosterone limits for female athletes not backed by science, say academics

Rules by IAAF would require some female track runners to lower their testosterone levels to competeProposed regulations on testosterone levels in women’s athletics have been criticised by academics who say they are not backed by scientific evidence and…

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Six Nations unions divided over revenue and Nations Championship plans

• England and France demand unequal share to get clubs on side • World Rugby puts back world league deadline to 5 AprilThe Six Nations countries are in danger of falling out over plans to aggregate their television and commercial rights, with England a…

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World Rugby to tempt Six Nations into Nations Championship with £5bn carrot

• World Rugby wants plans resolved in May• Southern hemisphere nations keen on new leagueWorld Rugby wants its plan for a Nations Championship to be resolved at its council meeting in May so it does not get lost in the buildup the World Cup. The govern…

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Cheltenham ready for starter’s orders but shadow of Brexit looms large | Greg Wood

The Festival is often an escape from politics but the ramifications for racing mean events in Westminster on Tuesday will be keenly monitoredFor a good part of its nearly 100-year existence, the first day of the Cheltenham Festival was also Budget Day …

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Radical Diamond League plans will cut meeting length and ditch long races

• 5,000m and 10,000m to be scrapped under new plans• New format aims to make athletics more compelling to fansRadical new plans for athletics’ elite Diamond League circuit will see meetings cut to 90 minutes, fewer events, and the 5,000m and 10,000m sc…

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Ospreys prepare for bloody fight against merger with Scarlets | Paul Rees

The club has railed against the WRU’s ‘Project Reset’ and the courts could become involved in a fight for the region’s identityWhen Mike James, for a few minutes longer the chairman of the Ospreys, sat down at lunchtime on Tuesday to talk to his Welsh …

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Ospreys prepare for bloody fight against merger with Scarlets | Paul Rees

The club has railed against the WRU’s ‘Project Reset’ and the courts could become involved in a fight for the region’s identityWhen Mike James, for a few minutes longer the chairman of the Ospreys, sat down at lunchtime on Tuesday to talk to his Welsh …

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Ospreys prepare for bloody fight against merger with Scarlets | Paul Rees

The club has railed against the WRU’s ‘Project Reset’ and the courts could become involved in a fight for the region’s identityWhen Mike James, for a few minutes longer the chairman of the Ospreys, sat down at lunchtime on Tuesday to talk to his Welsh …

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Ospreys chairman Mike James resigns amid turmoil over Scarlets merger plan

• James quits at crucial meeting on future of game in Wales• Calls handling of ‘Project Reset’ ‘nothing short of chaotic’Welsh regional rugby has been plunged into turmoil off the field by the fallout from leaked plans to merge the Ospreys and Scarlets…

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Rugby union’s World League plans risk forfeiting the game’s soul

Flawed blueprint for international game is a selfish proposal likely to increase the gap between the haves and have-notsImagine a tent on an exposed clifftop being buffeted by gale force winds. Those inside are already grimly clinging on, only for so-c…

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Court has Semenya’s career in its hands – and decision could affect all of sport | Sean Ingle

The South African’s challenge to the IAAF’s testosterone rules could be as profound and far-reaching as the Bosman rulingIt is just one case, brought by just one athlete, against a single organisation. But Caster Semenya’s challenge to the IAAF’s testo…

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Caster Semenya gets government backing in IAAF testosterone row

• Minister calls proposed limits a ‘violation of human rights’• Double Olympic champion takes her fight to Cas on MondayThe South African government has thrown its weight behind Caster Semenya in her legal battle with world athletics’ governing body, t…

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Caster Semenya: IAAF denies it wants to classify athlete as biological male

• Case to be heard at the court of arbitration for sport next week• ‘IAAF has not said DSD athletes should be classified as male’The IAAF has emphatically rejected a report that it wants the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, to be classifi…

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Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a …

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Team GB cyclist launches athlete’s movement after frustration with Wada

• Callum Skinner proposes global movement for change• ‘Crazy’ that athletes don’t have a voice, says Olympic championThe British Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Callum Skinner has urged his fellow athletes to sign up for a new global body that he sa…

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Little Englandism after Brexit could endanger sport’s prowess and appeal | Sean Ingle

Elite level athletes and organisations have benefited from unfettered access to Europe; few are fully prepared for the ramifications of whatever happens on 29 MarchIt was during the death throes of the British empire that the penultimate high commissio…