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Sports quiz of the week: two big derbies, a petrified referee and a fighting soldier

What cost a fortune? Who scared Mark Clattenburg? And which Rover returned?How many of the semi-finalists from last season’s Champions League have made it to the last-16 stage this season?Four ThreeTwoOneNoneWhen did England last win an Ashes Test in A…

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Johanna Konta turns to Sharapova’s former coach to rediscover form

• Michael Joyce will join British No1 after departure of Wim Fissette• Konta’s form tailed off in 2017 after impressive startJohanna Konta has appointed Michael Joyce as her new coach. The British No1 has been looking for a replacement for Wim Fissette…

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Serena Williams ‘very likely’ to return for Australian Open, says Tiley

Tiley said there was ‘no question’ Williams will be ready for tournamentHe added that Williams wants to break Court’s Grand Slam singles titles recordSerena Williams is “very likely” to return to Melbourne for the 2018 Australian Open, according to tou…

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Facts mix with fiction yet Battle of the Sexes may still be underplayed | Richard Williams

Billie-Jean King’s match against the 1939 men’s Wimbledon champion in 1973 provides the main thrust of a new film but like other sporting movies the facts are often massaged to augment the storyAfter the credits finished rolling at the end of the Battl…

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France win 10th Davis Cup title after beating Belgium 3-2 in the final

• Lucas Pouille sees off Steve Darcis in straight sets to seal triumph• Belgium’s David Goffin had won both his singles matches to force deciderFrance have won their 10th Davis Cup title as Lucas Pouille thrashed Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 to give the …

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Tennis Australia refuse to gift Bernard Tomic Australian Open wildcard spot

Tomic invited to play playoff tournament next monthPlayer has plummeted from N017 in world to 143 Bernard Tomic will have to fight for an Australian Open wildcard, with Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt saying he needs to see more from the controversial…

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LTA admits child protection failings after coach abused players for years

• LTA: ‘The actions we took were not enough and we apologise sincerely’• Former Wrexham TC head coach Daniel Sanders sentenced to six yearsThe Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body of the sport in Britain, has admitted to child protection failing…

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Maria Sharapova under investigation for real estate conspiracy in India

Sharapova was used to endorse luxury housing project that never took offFive-time major champion is said to be reason most buyers put in moneyPlaintiff alleges builders disappeared after taking payments on apartmentsMaria Sharapova is being investigate…

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Jana Novotná obituary

Czech tennis player who won the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 1998The Czech tennis player Jana Novotná, who has died of cancer aged 49, had a career of consistent success that would have more than satisfied most players, but fell some way short of…

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Jana Novotná obituary

Czech tennis player who won the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 1998The Czech tennis player Jana Novotná, who has died of cancer aged 49, had a career of consistent success that would have more than satisfied most players, but fell some way short of…

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No one will forget the day it came right for Jana Novotna at Wimbledon

Jana Novotna, who has died at the age of 49, ended her wait for SW19 glory in 1998. Writing in the Guardian that year, Stephen Bierley recalled a famous dayOne of the most compelling images in tennis during the closing decade of this century was one bo…

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Jana Novotna, former Wimbledon tennis champion, dies aged 49

• WTA confirms death of 1998 Wimbledon women’s singles champion• Novotna also won 16 grand slam doubles titles in her careerJana Novotna, the Czech tennis player who won the 1998 women’s singles at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 49.A statement from …

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Grigor Dimitrov defeats David Goffin to win World Tour Finals – video highlights

Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin in a dramatic final at the O2 Arena on Sunday. The Bulgarian recorded the biggest win of his career by a score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a two-and-a-half-hour epic. As a result of the win, Dimitrov moves up to world No3 to …

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Grigor Dimitrov edges out David Goffin in thriller to win World Tour Finals title

• Bulgarian up to world No3 after biggest win of career• Finalists overcome early nerves to deliver epic matchAgainst the expectations of the doubters two free-hitting, first-time finalists, each trusting his skills to breaking point, gave a remarkable…

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Grigor Dimitrov v David Goffin: ATP World Tour Finals – live!

Latest action from the final at the O2Goffin shocks Federer to set up title showdownEmail Jacob | And free free to tweet @JacobSteinberg 5.47pm GMT The head-to-head is heavily in Grigor Dimitrov’s favour. The world No6 has won seven of his eight meetin…

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Roger Federer’s season ends in shock defeat by David Goffin at ATP Finals

• Belgian records first victory over Federer at seventh attempt• ‘Words cannot describe how I’m feeling,’ says Goffin after reaching finalRoger Federer leaves the 2017 season one match earlier than he had anticipated but it is a measure of the magnific…

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Roger Federer v David Goffin: ATP World Tour Finals semi-final – live!

ATP World Tour Finals updates from the semi-final in LondonAndy Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second timeAnd feel free to email Bryan or drop him a tweet @BryanAGraham 2.45pm GMT First set: *Federer 5-2 Goffin (*denotes next server)At 15-all,…

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Andy Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time

• ‘I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years’• Lendl says: ‘We had a great run and a lot of fun’Andy Murray has ended his coaching arrangement with Ivan Lendl, the British No1 one has announced on his official website.“I’m thank…

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David Goffin sets up an ATP Finals clash with his tennis idol Roger Federer

• Belgian seals final semi-final slot at O2 with 6-4, 6-1 win over Dominic Thiem• Goffin is yet to beat the eight-times Wimbledon championThe first time David Goffin played Roger Federer – five years ago as a 21-year-old lucky loser in the fourth round…

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Rafael Nadal awarded damages over French former minister’s doping claim

• World No1 will donate Roselyne Bachelot’s €10,000 payment to charity• ‘The motivation, as I have always said, was not financial,’ says SpaniardRafael Nadal has been awarded damages after the former French sports minister who accused him of doping was…