Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr

The IBO super-middleweight title is on the line at the O2 and both boxers know the result will determine their futuresHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded with titles and cursed by ill-health, and he will be driven by the spectre of retirement to overcome Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in south-east London on Saturday night. Related: Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale Continue reading...

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Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal?

A key question from the tragedy involving Cardiff’s £15m signing relates to the role of McKay, who is not a registered intermediaryThe agent Willie McKay has been unusually public about the central role he played in the transfer of Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff City, given the player’s tragic death in the fallen private plane in the Channel on 21 January.Mark McKay, Willie’s son, had a mandate from Nantes to sell Sala to a UK club for 10% of the eventual £15m fee, and Willie McKay told the Guardian that he worked feverishly to interest Cardiff, persuade Sala to sign and cement the deal. His work included arranging two private flights for Cardiff’s manager, Neil Warnock, to watch Sala play for Nantes. Continue reading...

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Hull FC’s Sika Manu: ‘I remember seeing roofs torn off buildings’

A year on since Cyclone Gita hit Tonga, the forward talks of those dark days and a brighter future in EnglandThe Super League season is barely a month old and there is already talk of a crisis at Hull FC. The Black and Whites have lost their opening two games to extend a winless run dating back to July: 13 consecutive defeats, to be precise. However, for some perspective on how sport can often mean nothing in comparison to the troubles of real life, look no further than Hull’s Sika Manu. Related: Cyclone Gita: Tonga devastated by worst storm in 60 years Continue reading...

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Roy Hodgson on becoming oldest Premier League manager

Roy Hodgson says he would have to "learn to live without" football when he decides to retire as prepares to become the oldest manager in the Premier League's history this weekend.

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City: Continental Cup final – live!

Updates from the 12.15pm BST kick-off at Bramall LaneSuzanne Wrack: My plan for refereeing in women’s gameAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 2.33pm GMT Peep peep! Arsenal are hanging on for dear penalties. If they win this, they will be forever indebted to two ladies: Sari van Veendendaal, and Luck. 2.31pm GMT 105 min City make another change, with Nikita Parris replaced by Lauren Hemp. Continue reading...

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Six Nations: Wales v England - watch some of the greatest moments from past matches

As Wales take on England in the Six Nations, watch some of the greatest moments, including Gavin Henson's tackle on Matthew Tait and James Haskell hitting the post.

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Wales will not afford England a free ride to potential grand slam | Robert Kitson

After a dominant start to the competition England can expect to face a major examination against Warren Gatland’s teamThe toll booths were removed from the Severn Bridge two months ago but granting a free ride to English rugby teams in Cardiff will never catch on. It explains why the Six Nations retains its passion and lustre, in defiance of societal changes and Britain’s shifting political sands. The desire to make England pay for the perceived crime of being English is always strongest on days like this, regardless of the championship table. Related: Eddie Jones finds a back-row trio who are singing from same song sheet | Andy Bull Continue reading...

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Gareth Anscombe selection highlights Wales’s adapted Warrenball strategy

Warren Gatland’s fly-half decision suggests Wales will vary their attack plan in the Six Nations duel with EnglandA constant of Welsh rugby through the years has been a raging debate about who should play at fly-half. Even Cliff Morgan, Barry John and Phil Bennett had their detractors, but lost in the verbal jousting between Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones this week was the former’s decision to play Gareth Anscombe at 10 against England ahead of the more experienced and battle-hardened Dan Biggar. Related: Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years Continue reading...

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In an age of endless cricket Sri Lanka just gave us a special moment | Andy Bull

Kusal Perera’s and Oshada Fernando’s last-wicket stand of 78 to beat South Africa last weekend was one of the finest spectacles the game has produced in recent yearsLast Saturday in Christchurch, Martin Guptill thrashed a century for New Zealand in a one-day game against Bangladesh; in Dubai, Shahid Afridi finished off Multan Sultans’ Twenty20 match against Islamabad United with back-to-back sixes; and in Chittagong a young kid called Jamie Smith made a run-a-ball hundred for England Under-19s in a Test against Bangladesh. Cricket’s always on, somewhere or other, one format or another, bat hitting ball like the background tick-tock of a wall clock, something you only really notice when you look at it, catch a fraction of the match in a gif, a clip, a stream, or tweet, or a glance at a scorecard.Amid all the rest of it, South Africa and Sri Lanka were playing in the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban. The match had meandered into a fourth day and it looked as if it was only going one way. South Africa v Sri Lanka isn’t necessarily a series you stop to watch. They have been playing each other for only 26 years and, in South Africa, the contests have been off-puttingly one-sided. Sri Lanka had played 13 Tests there before this series and won only one of them, in 2011, when Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samararweera made all the runs and Rangana Herath took most of the wickets. Continue reading...

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Dustin Johnson takes command as Rory McIlroy struggles on the greens

• Tiger Woods stalking leaders in WGC Mexico Championship• Ricky Fowler penalised after falling foul of new rulesHow thoughts of a procession can quickly evaporate. Rory McIlroy, four holes into his second round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, had already backed up an opening 63 with another three birdies. His lead over the field was four.Even a dropped shot at the 6th, after McIlroy found water when trying to reach the par five in two, did not particularly register. Worse, as he afford hope to the remainder of the field, was to follow. McIlroy four-putted from the fringe of the 9th for a double bogey. He missed from 3ft at the 15th. All the while, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar lurked with intent. Continue reading...

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West Ham 3-1 Fulham: Referee missed Hernandez handball - Claudio Ranieri

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is frustrated a controversial Javier Hernandez goal wasn't ruled out as his side stumbled after a good start to lose 3-1 away at West Ham.

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Javier Hernández on hand as West Ham recover from early blow to beat Fulham

Fulham have only themselves to blame for their season, confused decision-making and erratic management probably sending them straight back to the Championship. But on this one occasion they can feel genuinely aggrieved that their fate was unfairly decided by someone else.They were ahead and playing well against West Ham, when Javier Hernández punched home a goal and changed the course of a game that ended in defeat for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Continue reading...

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Faulty Nike trainer injures Zion Williamson 33 seconds into college basketball game – video

Zion Williamson hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was forced off with a knee injury after just 33 seconds after his faulty Nike trainer blew out. Williamson was the likely No 1 pick for the NBA Draft in June. Many notable faces watched on including US president Barack Obama and film director Spike Lee. The North Carolina Tar Heels went on to win 88-72 on Wednesday Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blast top-ranked Duke Continue reading...

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