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No boycott threat in World Cup talks’

The threat of a boycott by European countries should the World Cup be held every two years was not discussed at a Fifa meeting on Wednesday, the body’s president Gianni Infantino says. “Discussions were heated but they were positive,” said Infantino. The Swiss hopes “common consensus” will be found when the issue is discussed again […]

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Australia pace bowler Pattinson retires

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has retired from international cricket after deciding he is not ready to push for Ashes selection. The 31-year-old took 81 wickets in 21 Tests but had his appearances limited by a series of injuries. “Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack,” Pattinson said. “If I […]

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Solskjaer turns it around under pressure – but which Man Utd will face Liverpool?

The reaction to Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Atalanta was just about as confused as trying to sum up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s present status as manager. Solskjaer thought they “played well” in the first half. Former United midfielder Paul Scholes described the same 45 minutes as “a major worry” and a period that would see […]

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I had to change that talk in my head’

Last summer, two weeks before the Jamaican Olympic trials, Elaine Thompson-Herah’s Achilles was hurting. Again. The injury had flared on and off for almost five years, ever since she did the 100m-200m double at Rio 2016. The latest bout of pain was intense. And the doubts bubbled up fast. She feared, as the tendon stayed […]

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Sri Lanka beat Ireland to reach Super 12s

Sri Lanka qualified for the Super 12s stage of the Men’s T20 World Cup with a 70-run win over Ireland in Abu Dhabi. Wanindu Hasaranga hit 71 off 47 balls as Sri Lanka posted 171-7 and then took 1-12 from four overs as Ireland were bowled out for 101 in 18.3 overs. Namibia beat Netherlands […]

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Andy Murray battles past Frances Tiafoe to reach the European Open second round

Former world No 1 Andy Murray battled past American Frances Tiafoe in a three-hour 45-minute marathon to reach the second round of the European Open in Antwerp. Murray, winner of the tournament in 2019 on his comeback from hip surgery, progressed through an epic contest 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (8-6). It was the longest […]

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Cameron Norrie reveals Emma Raducanu was his inspiration after shock Indian Wells win

It was Emma Raducanu who set in train the events that sees Britain with two singles champions at the biggest tournaments of the past two months. After winning the BNP Paribas Open in the early hours of Monday, Cam Norrie admitted that he had taken his cue from the new US Open champion. ‘What she […]