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Government releases funding to help more athletes qualify for Tokyo 2020

• ‘Aspiration fund’ totalling £3m set up by the government • Paralympic sports such as wheelchair rugby also eligibleOlympic sports such as badminton, basketball and surfing, which do not receive elite funding by UK Sport, will be able to apply for up …

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Real Madrid to sue over claims club forced Ronaldo to settle in rape case

• Spanish club claim to have ‘no knowledge’ of newspaper claims• Correio da Manhã stands by story published on WednesdayReal Madrid say they have taken legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that reported the Spanish club forced Cristiano Ronaldo …

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Barcelona held by Valencia as Mbappé scores four in 13 minutes for PSG

• Barça drop to second in La Liga following 1-1 draw• France striker helps PSG beat Lyon 5-0Barcelona missed the chance to return to the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia, while Kylian Mbappé scored four times in the second half…

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UK Sport targets 2030 World Cup in ambitious bid to host array of events

• New plan to bring up to 60 major sports events to UK• Ryder Cup and cycling grand tours also on wish listUK Sport says hosting the 2030 football World Cup in Britain would be the “crowning achievement” of audacious new plans to hold between 40 and 60…

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Son Heung-min’s hopes of military reprieve rise as South Korea reach final

• South Korea beat Vietnam in Asian Games semi-final• Victory in final would exempt Spurs winger from military dutySon Heung-min’s chances of avoiding compulsory military service increased after South Korea beat Vietnam to advance to the final of the A…

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Paul Pogba penalty gives Manchester United dream start against Leicester

Was that, very briefly, a smile on José Mourinho’s face? Blink, and you might have missed it, but at least Manchester United have begun the new season with a victory and after all the sullenness of pre-season, the complaints about the club’s transfer b…

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Talking Horses: John Gosden’s record points to Beatboxer calling tune

Trainer’s 26% success rate this season means Beatboxer is the nap of the day in the 6.15 at HaydockNot too many trainers will admit they watch their own strike rates but racegoers and punters alike put great store by them and John Gosden has among the …

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Joe Hart completes £3.5m Burnley move from Manchester City

• Goalkeeper ends 12-year stay with Manchester City• Burnley now have three England ‘keepers in squadBurnley have signed goalkeeper Joe Hart on a two-year deal from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £3.5m.The Clarets confirmed the transfer on …

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UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ policy finally comes up for debate | Sean Ingle

Ed Warner’s call for change in the ‘bloated’ and ‘flawed’ Olympic sport funding system puts the focus on medals in the spotlightThe battle for UK Sport’s soul has raged for years but it has been a one-sided skirmish. The policy of “no compromise” …

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Carl Ikeme: ‘People are diagnosed with terminal cancer … I was grateful I was given a chance’

The Wolves goalkeeper is in full remission after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia 13 months ago and says he feels grateful to savour simple pleasures againThe first week of pre-season training at Wolverhampton Wanderers was over and Carl Ikeme had …

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West Ham aim to beat Chelsea to signing of Brazil winger Bernard

• Bernard is free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk• Winger has won 14 caps for BrazilWest Ham have revived their interest in Bernard after learning the Brazil winger could be persuaded to lower his wage demands.Manuel Pellegrini targeted the 25-yea…

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Aaron Ramsey an important part of my Arsenal plans, insists Unai Emery

• Wales midfielder has only one year of contract remaining• Emery does not rule out signing more playersUnai Emery has been working intensively with his new players at Arsenal for two weeks and has been impressed enough with Aaron Ramsey to tell the po…

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Merchant Navy survives rough passage to win Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot

• O’Brien runner holds off French challenger • Harry Angel left at start after stalls disasterA lot of drama can be packed into 72 seconds, as racegoers learned on Saturday while trying to absorb everything that happened in a wild Diamond Jubilee Stake…

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UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

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Goodwood police welcome in racing’s battle against brawls – Talking Horses

Recent fighting has forced the racecourse to have police officers present every raceday for the remainder of the seasonAs Goodwood starts a three-day meeting, it’s encouraging to read that security has already been tightened up significantly since the …

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UK Sport’s report suggests penny is dropping that kindness costs little | Sean Ingle

The health check was a long time in coming but a trend towards a softer approach to coaching, as seen in hockey, bodes promisingly for sport’s wellbeing“The truth will be uncovered,” promised Dame Katherine Grainger as she revealed UK Sport’s first cul…

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UK Sport’s report suggests penny is dropping that kindness costs little | Sean Ingle

The health check was a long time in coming but a trend towards a softer approach to coaching, as seen in hockey, bodes promisingly for sport’s wellbeing“The truth will be uncovered,” promised Dame Katherine Grainger as she revealed UK Sport’s first cul…

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Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

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Ronaldo heroics establish Zidane’s team among Real Madrid greats

The 3-0 away victory against Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final included a masterclass from Isco as the holders underlined their superiorityOf all the masterpieces that Zinedine Zidane created during his playing career, t…

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Team GB pitch for more funding to join elite of Winter Olympics

• No reason we shouldn’t be top-15 nation, says BOA chief executive• Athletes arrive back at Heathrow after record-breaking GamesGreat Britain’s Olympic chiefs have launched an impassioned defence of their £28m winter sport funding and are undeterred i…