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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton drove a masterful race to win the Singapore Grand Prix and take a stranglehold on the title as rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out.

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Sloane Stephens

Unseeded Sloane Stephens completed a spectacular return from injury by beating fellow American Madison Keys to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton broke the all-time record for pole positions by taking the 69th of his career with a sensational performance in wet qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 Formula 1 pole positions at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Justin Gatlin

Justin Gatlin won his second world 100m title 12 years after his first to ruin eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt's final individual race.

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Mo Farah

Mo Farah lit up the London Stadium once again as he survived a brutal collective effort from his rivals to storm to his third consecutive world 10,000 metres gold.

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Roger Federer

Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic.

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory at Silverstone to tie the all-time record of five career wins in the British Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Singapore after Ferrari crash

Lewis Hamilton drove a masterful race to win the Singapore Grand Prix and take a stranglehold on the title as rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out.

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US Open 2017: Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys to win title

Unseeded Sloane Stephens completed a spectacular return from injury by beating fellow American Madison Keys to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

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Lewis Hamilton breaks pole record with 69th career pole position

Lewis Hamilton broke the all-time record for pole positions by taking the 69th of his career with a sensational performance in wet qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher's all-time pole position record

Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 Formula 1 pole positions at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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World Championships 2017: Justin Gatlin stuns Usain Bolt to win 100m gold

Justin Gatlin won his second world 100m title 12 years after his first to ruin eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt's final individual race.

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World Championships 2017: Mo Farah defends his 10,000m title in London

Mo Farah lit up the London Stadium once again as he survived a brutal collective effort from his rivals to storm to his third consecutive world 10,000 metres gold.

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Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth title

Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic.

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Lewis Hamilton wins record-equalling fifth British GP

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory at Silverstone to tie the all-time record of five career wins in the British Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.

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Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to Chinese Grand Prix pole

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won a tight fight with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton on Australian Grand Prix pole position

Lewis Hamilton won a tight battle for pole position between Mercedes and Ferrari at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

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Serena beats sister Venus to win record 23rd Grand Slam title

Serena Williams beat sister Venus in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

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Australian Open 2017: Venus & Serena Williams to meet in final

Venus and Serena Williams will meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals in Melbourne.

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Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold medal as Nesta Carter tests positive

Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016: Andy Murray wins for a record third time

Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.

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BBC Sports Personality 2016: Simone Biles wins overseas award

American gymnast Simone Biles has won the 2016 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award.

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Nico Rosberg retires: World champion quits Formula 1

World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

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Nico Rosberg wins F1 title as Lewis Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title despite Lewis Hamilton disobeying Mercedes orders not to back his team-mate into rivals.

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Lewis Hamilton on pole position for Abu Dhabi title decider

Lewis Hamilton took a stunning pole position for the decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but Nico Rosberg remains on course for the title.

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Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to seal world number one spot

Britain's Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one.

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Lewis Hamilton keeps F1 title race alive with Brazilian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton produced a masterful performance to win a wet, chaotic, crash-strewn Brazilian Grand Prix and take the title fight to the final race.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton on pole position in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to what could be a crucial pole position at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Mexican Grand Prix to keep title chase alive

Lewis Hamilton kept his title hopes alive with a comfortable victory from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Mexican Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton on pole position in Mexican GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix as title rival Nico Rosberg left it late to join him on the front row.

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Lewis Hamilton takes 50th win at United States GP

Lewis Hamilton cut his championship points deficit to Nico Rosberg as he cruised to a comfortable victory in the United States Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to United States GP pole

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole position at the United States Grand Prix.

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US sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter, 15, shot dead in Kentucky

Former world champion sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky, police say.

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Marc Marquez seals third MotoGP title with victory in Japan

Marc Marquez sealed his third MotoGP world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Lewis Hamilton gets Malaysian Grand Prix pole position

Lewis Hamilton put in a scintillating performance to take pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Serena Williams sets Grand Slam wins record at US Open

Serena Williams powered to a record 307th Grand Slam match win to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

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Lewis Hamilton equals Ayrton Senna with fifth Italian Grand Prix pole

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying on his way to pole position at the Italian Grand Prix - equalling Ayrton Senna's pole record at Monza.

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Great Britain's Mo Farah wins 5,000m & 10,000m 'double double'

Great Britain's Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold medal as he became only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

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Usain Bolt wins ninth Olympic gold as Jamaica take 4x100m relay

Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented 'triple triple' and his ninth gold as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay final in Rio.

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F1 - German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes fourth win in a row

Lewis Hamilton dominated the German Grand Prix to move into a 19-point lead in the championship over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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Johanna Konta beats Venus Williams to win Stanford title

Britain's Johanna Konta beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams to win her first WTA title in Stanford.

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Hungary to take lead in drivers' championship

Lewis Hamilton cruised to a comfortable victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take the championship lead for the first time this season.

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Wimbledon 2016: Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen claim mixed doubles title

Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen took victory in the mixed doubles as Watson became the fourth British player to win a title on Wimbledon's final day.

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British Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg penalised for radio message

Nico Rosberg and Mercedes have been penalised 10 seconds for breaking rules on driver aids during the British Grand Prix.

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Andy Murray wins his second Wimbledon and third grand slam title

Britain's Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion for the second time with a superb performance against Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic in the final.

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Lewis Hamilton wins his fourth British grand prix

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in a hectic British Grand Prix to cut team-mate Nico Rosberg's championship lead to four points.

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Wimbledon 2016: Venus and Serena Williams win women's doubles

Serena Williams won her second Wimbledon title within five hours with victory in the women's doubles alongside sister Venus.

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Serena Williams equals Steffi Graf's open era record with Wimbledon win

World number one Serena Williams beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title.

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Wimbledon 2016: Heather Watson into mixed doubles final

Britain's Heather Watson and partner Henri Kontinen beat Oliver Marach and Jelena Ostapenko to reach the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon.

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Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to British Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton took a superlative pole position ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg at the British Grand Prix.

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Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray into men's singles final

Britain's Andy Murray beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach his third Wimbledon final, where he will face Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic.

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Wimbledon 2016: Serena and Venus Williams into women's doubles final

Serena and Venus Williams reached the women's doubles final at Wimbledon with a straight-set victory over Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Austrian Grand Prix after Nico Rosberg collision

Lewis Hamilton collided with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the last lap before passing him to win a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix.

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Usain Bolt tears hamstring ahead of Rio Olympics

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has suffered an injury scare ahead of Rio after tearing a hamstring at Jamaica's Olympic trials.

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Kimbo Slice dead at 42

Popular mixed martial arts fighter Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson has died. He was 42.

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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win first French Open title

World number one Novak Djokovic beat Britain's Andy Murray to win his first French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam.

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French Open 2016: Garbine Muguruza upsets Serena Williams to win title

Spain's Garbine Muguruza beat world number one Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.

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Lewis Hamilton wins epic Monaco Grand Prix over Daniel Ricciardo

Lewis Hamilton took a superb victory in a close battle with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in a thrilling Monaco Grand Prix to re-ignite his title campaign.

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Monaco GP: Daniel Ricciardo gets his first ever pole position

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

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Serena Williams beats Madison Keys in Italian Open final

Serena Williams beat Madison Keys in straight sets to win the Italian Open - her first WTA title in nine months.

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Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win first Italian Open title

Britain's Andy Murray gave himself the perfect birthday present as he won his first Italian Open title with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Novak Djokovic.

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Max Verstappen becomes Formula 1's youngest ever winner

Red Bull's Max Verstappen took a sensational maiden victory as Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Spanish GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton set a sensational pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix, beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg into second place.

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Canelo retains title after knocking out Britain's Amir Khan

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez knocked out Britain's Amir Khan in the sixth round in Las Vegas to retain his WBC middleweight title.

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Anthony Joshua beats Charles Martin to become world heavyweight champion

Anthony Joshua stopped Charles Martin in two rounds at London's O2 Arena to claim the IBF heavyweight title in only his 16th professional fight.

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Bahrain GP: Nico Rosberg wins after Lewis Hamilton collision

Nico Rosberg took a comfortable win in the Bahrain Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton fought back to third after a first-lap collision.

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World Twenty20: West Indies beat England to claim second title

Carlos Brathwaite hit the first four balls of the final over for six as West Indies stunned England to win the World Twenty20.

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Women's World Twenty20: West Indies beat Australia for maiden title

West Indies won the Women's World Twenty20 for the first time with an eight-wicket win over Australia.

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Boxing: Nick Blackwell in hospital with bleed on the brain

Nick Blackwell is in hospital after suffering a bleed on the brain following his British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jr in London on Saturday.

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Novak Djokovic questions equal prize money in tennis

World number one Novak Djokovic has questioned equal prize money in tennis, suggesting men should get better awards as they have more spectators.

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Indian Wells tournament director sparks sexist row

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The final Sunday of the BNP Paribas Open, one of the biggest joint ATP-WTA events outside the Grand Slam tournaments, is often a showcase for tennis’s superstars, with the women’s and men’s finals played back to back.

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Nico Rosberg wins incident-packed Australian GP

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix, after a huge crash for McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

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Six Nations 2016: England win Grand Slam with France victory

England have their first Grand Slam in 13 years after holding out to secure a historic victory in Paris.

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Lewis Hamilton on pole position in Australia after new F1 qualifying

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as the new elimination qualifying format came in for heavy criticism.

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Maria Sharapova failed drugs test at Australian Open

Former world number one Maria Sharapova has revealed she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open.

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Monterrey Open: Heather Watson beats Kirsten Flipkens in final

Britain's Heather Watson beat Kirsten Flipkens to win the Monterrey Open in Mexico, her third WTA title.

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Davis Cup: Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori in five sets to give GB victory

Andy Murray beat Japan's Kei Nishikori in a gripping contest to secure victory for defending champions Great Britain in the Davis Cup first round.

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Adam Johnson guilty of child sex charge

Ex-England footballer Adam Johnson has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a girl aged 15.

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Fifa presidential election: Gianni Infantino succeeds Sepp Blatter

Gianni Infantino has succeeded fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body Fifa.

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Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson admits child sex charge

Footballer Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges.

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Kadeena Cox: Briton targets double Paralympic success

Training for one sport at an elite level requires a phenomenal amount of time, effort and dedication.

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Channel 4's The Jump to hold safety review after series of injuries

Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle has had surgery on her neck after a fall during Channel 4's The Jump, prompting a review into safety procedures on the reality TV show.

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Frank Bruno's comeback bid rejected by boxing chiefs

Former heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno's hopes of returning to the ring have been dashed after he was told his application for a licence would be declined.

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Fears for Frank Bruno as he reveals boxing return

Boxing fans have expressed their worry and fear over Frank Bruno 's recent TV appearance - where the former champ announced his return to the ring.

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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win sixth Australian Open title

World number one Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in straight sets to win his sixth Australian Open title, and hand the Briton a fifth final defeat.

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Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Australian Open

Germany's Angelique Kerber stunned world number one Serena Williams in three sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

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Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic to reach Australian Open final

Britain's Andy Murray reached his fifth Australian Open final by winning an epic five-set battle with 13th seed Milos Raonic.

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Australian Open 2016: Flawless Serena Williams cruises to final

MELBOURNE, Australia – This time, Serena Williams cleared the major semifinal hurdle with plenty of room to spare. In fact, she soared over it.

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Australian Open 2016: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic advanced to his sixth Australian Open final with a 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over Roger Federer.

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Tennis: Johanna Konta hopes dashed by Kerber in semi-finals

Johanna Konta's superb Australian Open run came to an end with defeat by German seventh seed Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals.

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Tyson Fury warned on conduct after comments

British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been told by the sport's authorities not to make "controversial non-boxing comments".

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Johanna Konta & Andy Murray reach Australian Open semi-finals

Britain have two Grand Slam singles semi-finalists for the first time since 1977 after victories for Johanna Konta and Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

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Andy Murray joins Johanna Konta in Australian Open quarter-finals

For the seventh year in a row, Andy Murray is in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

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Johanna Konta reaches Australian Open quarter-finals

Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for 32 years by beating Ekaterina Makarova at the Australian Open.

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Australian Open 2016: Rafael Nadal loses to Fernando Verdasco

Rafael Nadal suffered his first round-one exit at the Australian Open as Fernando Verdasco recorded a stunning five-set win at Melbourne Park.

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Andy Murray starts Australian Open with dominant victory

British number one Andy Murray saw off German teenager Alexander Zverev with ease to reach the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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Johanna Konta shocks Venus Williams at Australian Open

Johanna Konta outclassed eighth seed Venus Williams 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

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Tennis Australian Open: Serena Williams comes through testing match

Defending women's champion Serena Williams reached the second round of the Australian Open with a tense 6-4 7-5 win over Italian Camila Giorgi in her first tour match in four months.

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Big Bash Cricket: Chris Gayle hits 12-ball fifty to equal record

Chris Gayle hit a 12-ball half-century to equal the record for the fastest fifty in Twenty20 cricket, but could not prevent Melbourne Renegades from going out of the Big Bash League.

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Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Barry Hawkins to win sixth Masters title

Ronnie O'Sullivan crushed Barry Hawkins 10-1 to clinch his sixth Masters title.

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Deontay Wilder rows with Tyson Fury after retaining world title

Deontay Wilder retained the WBC heavyweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in New York.

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Boxing: David Haye knocks out Mark de Mori on ring return

David Haye returned after a three-and-half-year lay-off with a first-round knockout of Mark de Mori in London.

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South Africa v England: Stuart Broad takes 6-17 as tourists win Test and series

A remarkable spell by Stuart Broad inspired England as they beat South Africa by seven wickets in the third Test to secure a series victory.

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World record: Indian boy makes 1,000 runs in school cricket match

An Indian teenager scored more than 1,000 runs in a single innings to set a new world record in school cricket.

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Chris Gayle fined in Big Bash League reporter 'sexism' row

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,200; £4,900) by his club for 'inappropriate conduct' after he asked a TV reporter for a date in a live interview.

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Gary Anderson beats Adrian Lewis to win PDC World Championship

Gary Anderson defeated Adrian Lewis 7-5 to retain his PDC World Championship crown at Alexandra Palace.

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England beat South Africa in first Test in Durban by 241 runs

England claimed six wickets for just 38 runs on day five of the first Test against South Africa to seal an emphatic 241-run win in Durban.

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BBC to end Formula 1 television contract early

BBC Sport is to 'reluctantly' end its Formula 1 television contract three years early as part of savings across the corporation.

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Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the second time in three years.

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Jose Mourinho: Chelsea sack boss after Premier League slump

Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

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Serena Williams is Sportsperson of the Year. Not everyone agrees

The choice to give Serena Williams the Sports Illustrated magazine Sportsperson of the Year award has prompted both celebration and contention.

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Boxing: Anthony Joshua beats Dillian Whyte to take British title

Anthony Joshua has won the British heavyweight title after knocking out Dillian Whyte in the seventh round.

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Tennis: Andy Murray wins the Davis Cup for Great Britain

Great Britain have won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after Andy Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin to clinch the decisive point in Ghent.

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Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko to claim world heavyweight titles

British boxer Tyson Fury shocked Wladimir Klitschko to win their world heavyweight boxing title bout on a unanimous points decision.

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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to win ATP World Tour title

Novak Djokovic capped a remarkable season with victory over Roger Federer to claim a record fourth straight ATP World Tour Finals title.

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Andy Murray out of World Tour Finals

Andy Murray missed out on a place in the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals as Stan Wawrinka won their final group match in straight sets.

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Jos Buttler breaks record as England beat Pakistan to win series

Jos Buttler hit England's fastest one-day international century to lead them to an 84-run win over Pakistan in Sharjah and a 3-1 series victory.

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All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies aged 40

New Zealand is mourning one of its greatest sporting heroes after the former All Blacks player Jonah Lomu passed away unexpectedly in Auckland on Wednesday, aged 40.

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Paris attacks: Three dead outside France international

Three people were killed outside France's friendly with Germany at the Stade de France in Paris amid a series of attacks across the French capital in which at least 120 people have died.

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Athletics doping: Russia provisionally suspended by IAAF

Russia's athletics federation has been provisionally suspended from international competition - including the Olympic Games - for its alleged involvement in widespread doping.

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Pat Eddery: Former champion jockey dies aged 63

Eleven-time Flat racing champion jockey Pat Eddery has died at the age of 63.

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Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban

Russia should be banned from athletics competition, a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report has recommended.

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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win Paris Masters title

World number one Novak Djokovic secured his 10th title of the year with an emphatic victory over Britain's Andy Murray at the Paris Masters final.

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Serena Williams chases down thief who tried to steal her phone

Here's a tip for anyone planning to grab Serena Williams's phone - don't bother.

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Venus Williams returns to top 10 after third title of the year

Venus Williams outslugged Karolina Pliskova to win her third WTA title of the year at the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai and make her long-awaited return to the Top 10

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Danny Kent: Briton secures Moto3 Championship in Valencia

Danny Kent became the first British motorcycling Grand Prix champion for 38 years as he sealed the Moto3 Championship by six points in the final race in Valencia.

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Jorge Lorenzo wins third MotoGP title with victory in Valencia GP finale

Jorge Lorenzo has won his third MotoGP title with a victory at the season-ending Valencia GP on Sunday as Valentino Rossi failed to make enough ground from the back of the grid.

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Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Mexican GP victory

Nico Rosberg took his first victory for more than four months as he beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Mexican Grand Prix.

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Agnieszka Radwanska wins first WTA Finals title in Singapore

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in three sets to win her first WTA Finals title in Singapore.

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Simone Biles wins record 10th World Championships gold

Simone Biles became the first female gymnast to win 10 world titles with two more World Championships golds.

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Lewis Hamilton wins his third F1 World Championship

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling United States Grand Prix to seal his third World Championship.

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Moto GP: Valentino Rossi penalised for kicking Marc Marquez

MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi will start the final race of the season from the back of the grid after kicking Marc Marquez off his bike during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Aston Villa manager sack Tim Sherwood after eight months

Aston Villa have sacked manager Tim Sherwood after eight months in charge, with the club 19th in the Premier League table.

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Lewis Hamilton wins incident-packed Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took an easy win in the Russian Grand Prix to move to the brink of his third world championship.

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MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa wins in Japan

Dani Pedrosa rides a superb race to take victory at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan while Rossi extends lead over Lorenzo to 18 points.

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McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne crowned GP2 champion

McLaren development driver Stoffel Vandoorne has clinched the GP2 Series title in Russia with four races to spare.

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Rugby: England dumped out of world cup

England are out of the World Cup after being torn apart by a superb Australia display at a stunned Twickenham.

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Venus Willaims wins biggest title in five years

It may not have ended the way she wanted, but Venus Williams won her biggest title in more than five years at the Premier 5-level Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Saturday afternoon.

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Venus Williams avenges sister Serena's US Open loss

Venus Williams won an absolute thriller - even saving match point - against her sister's US Open conqueror, Roberta Vinci, to reach the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

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Sierra Leone athlete cannot stay in the UK

A Sierra Leonean sprinter who went missing after competing at Glasgow's Commonwealth Games and later applied to stay in the UK has had his bid refused.

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Johanna Konta loses to Venus Williams at Wuhan Open

Britain's Johanna Konta was beaten 6-4 3-6 7-5 by former world number one Venus Williams in the quarter-finals of the Wuhan Open.

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Serena Williams abandons remainder of the tennis season

World number one Serena Williams will take the rest of the year off to recover from injury.

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Johanna Konta: How GB's new number one is fulfilling a dream

Johanna Konta will fulfil a childhood dream when she takes on Venus Williams in the quarter-finals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday.

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F1: Hamilton joy at matching Senna mark

Lewis Hamilton said it felt 'unreal' after victory in the Japanese Grand Prix moved him level with his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna on 41 race wins.

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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo win narrows gap on Valentino Rossi

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won the Aragon GP in his home country to narrow the gap on title rival and Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to 14 points.

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Sebastian Vettel wins as Lewis Hamilton retires in Singapore

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton suffered his first retirement of the year as Sebastian Vettel romped to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Andy Murray puts Great Britain into Davis Cup final

Andy Murray took Great Britain through to a first Davis Cup final since 1978 with victory over Australia's Bernard Tomic in Glasgow.

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US Open 2015: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in final

World number one Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in four dramatic sets to win his second US Open and 10th Grand Slam title.

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US Open 2015: Flavia Pennetta beats Roberta Vinci in final

Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, and then announced her retirement.

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Serena Williams US Open semi-final defeat a 'monumental shock'

Serena Williams fell victim to one of the biggest shocks in tennis history at the US Open, said two-time champion Tracy Austin.

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Serena Williams' calendar Grand Slam dreams shattered in semi-finals

Italy's Roberta Vinci caused a huge shock as she beat Serena Williams at the US Open to end the American's hopes of a calendar Grand Slam.

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US Open: Serena Williams beats sister Venus to reach semi-finals

Serena Williams overcame her sister Venus at the US Open to move within two victories of her first calendar Grand Slam.

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Paula Radcliffe 'categorically denies' cheating

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has 'categorically' denied any form of cheating.

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Andy Murray beaten by Kevin Anderson in US Open fourth round

Andy Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit for five years as he lost a gruelling fourth-round contest against 15th seed Kevin Anderson.

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Lewis Hamilton keeps Italian GP win after stewards' investigation

Lewis Hamilton cruised to a dominant Italian Grand Prix victory - and kept the victory after a stewards' investigation over tyres.

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Tennis US Open: Jo Konta continues fantastic run

Britain's Jo Konta continued her remarkable run with victory over 18th seed Andrea Petkovic in the US Open third round.

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Lewis Hamilton on pole position at Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton eased to his 11th pole position in 12 races this year as he dominated qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix in his Mercedes.

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US Open: GB's Jo Konta beats Garbine Muguruza in epic match

Britain's Jo Konta stunned ninth seed and Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in an epic contest at the US Open.

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Serena Williams has strong words about Maria Sharapova making more money

Ahead of the US Open, Serena Williams discussed not only her tennis game but also how she deals with racism in pay disparity and in news coverage.

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British MotoGP: Valentino Rossi wins in the wet at Silverstone

Valentino Rossi won a rain-soaked British MotoGP at Silverstone to take over at the top of the world championship.

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World Athletics Championships: Mo Farah wins historic 5,000m gold

Mo Farah ran a blistering last lap of 52.6 seconds to sprint away to a brilliant 5,000m gold and become the first man in history to pull off a distance 'triple-double'.

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World Championships: Shara Proctor wins long jump silver

Britain's Shara Proctor had long jump world gold snatched away from her in the final round of the competition as Tianna Bartoletta's last-gasp effort pushed her into silver.

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Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin in World Championships 200m final

Jamaica's Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin to win the 200m and complete the sprint double at the World Championships in Beijing.

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Greg Rutherford wins World Championships long jump gold

Britain's Greg Rutherford has won long jump gold at the World Championships in Beijing to claim all four major titles.

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Justin Gatlin vows to boycott British media over ‘biased’ reports

After Usain Bolt sent the hyperbole meter into overdrive by defeating Justin Gatlin, the USA athlete has berated the British media for styling the showdown as a battle of good vs evil.

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World Championships 2015: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce retains 100m title

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce narrowly held off Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands to retain her 100m World Championships title.

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Serena Williams and Roger Federer win Cincinnati Masters titles

World number one Serena Williams beat third seed Simona Halep to win the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.

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Ashes 2015: England lose fifth Test by innings but win series 3-2

Australia completed a comprehensive victory in the fifth Test to dampen England's Ashes-winning celebrations at The Oval.

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Lewis Hamilton eases to Belgian GP win ahead of Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to take a dominant win at the Belgian Grand Prix to extend his championship lead.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill wins World Championships heptathlon gold

Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill produced a display of immense focus and fortitude to be crowned world heptathlon champion once again and complete a remarkable sporting return.

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Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin to win world 100m title

Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin by one hundredth of a second to retain the 100m title at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

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Superb pole position for Lewis Hamilton in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton took a superb pole position ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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World Athletics: Mo Farah wins 10,000m World Championships gold

Mo Farah made it six global distance titles in a row as he retained his 10,000m crown after a last-lap stumble to win Britain's first gold of the 2015 World Championships.

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Cricket: England hammer Australia to regain the Ashes

England regained the Ashes after wrapping up a spectacular victory over Australia on the third morning of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.

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Ashes 2015: Broad takes eight wickets as England skittle Aussies

Stuart Broad equalled the fastest five-wicket haul in Tests as Australia were dismissed for 60 on a remarkable first morning of the fourth Ashes Test.

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Former wrestler and actor 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies aged 61

The former professional wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, known for wearing a kilt in the ring, has died aged 61.

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Ashes 2015: England lead series after Edgbaston win

England completed a crushing eight-wicket victory over Australia to take a 2-1 Ashes series lead at a jubilant Edgbaston.

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Tour de France: Chris Froome completes historic British win

Chris Froome became the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice when he safely reached the finish line in Paris at the end of the three-week race.

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Sebastian Vettel wins classic Hungarian GP

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took a surprise win in a chaotic, dramatic and thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton finished sixth.

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Dina Asher-Smith becomes first British women under 11 seconds

Dina Asher-Smith became the first British female to dip under 11 seconds in the 100m with a brilliant 10.99 to win her heat at the Anniversary Games.

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Lewis Hamilton takes crushing pole in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton took a superb pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by more than half a second.

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Ashes 2015: Australia thrash England at Lord's to level series

England slumped to a catastrophic defeat by 405 runs at Lord's as Australia levelled the Ashes series at 1-1.

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F1 driver Jules Bianchi dies from crash injuries

French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

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Teklehaimanot is first African to wear 'King of the mountains' jersey

Daniel Teklehaimanot has a lot of firsts weighing on his shoulders. On Thursday, he became the first African rider to wear the coveted King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour de France.

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Lewis Hamilton turned away from Royal Box for dressing scruffy

Lewis Hamilton had to miss the Wimbledon men's final after he was refused entry to the Royal Box for falling foul of the dress code.

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Wimbledon 2015: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic saw off seven-time champion Roger Federer in four sets to win his third Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam title.

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Marc Marquez wins German MotoGP at the Sachsenring

Defending champion Marc Marquez won the German MotoGP with a dominant race ahead of Dani Pedrosa

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Ashes 2015: Superb England hammer Australia to take 1-0 lead

England romped to a crushing 169-run victory over Australia in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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JK Rowling does not take kindly to people trolling Serena Williams

When one Twitter troll responded to JK Rowling's admiring tweet about Wimbledon 2015 champ Serena Williams, the inspiring author was having none of it.

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Serena Williams completes second 'Serena Slam' at Wimbledon

Serena Williams beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza to win Wimbledon for the sixth time and complete the 'Serena Slam' as the holder of all four major titles.

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Wimbledon 2015: Superb Roger Federer ends Andy Murray hopes

Seven-time champion Roger Federer produced a brilliant performance to beat Britain's Andy Murray and reach his 10th Wimbledon final.

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Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams sets up final with Garbine Muguruza

World number one Serena Williams brushed aside fourth seed Maria Sharapova to set up a Wimbledon final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

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Serena Williams battles from a set down to make Wimbledon semis

Top seed Serena Williams kept alive her hopes of a sixth Wimbledon title and a possible calendar Grand Slam with a three-set win over Victoria Azarenka.

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Wimbledon 2015: Bizarre antics by Nick Kyrgios in match against Gasquet

Boos ring out around Court Two as struggling Nick Kyrgios starts 'tanking' against French opponent Richard Gasquet.

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Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams beats Venus to reach last eight

Serena Williams beat her elder sister Venus in a Grand Slam match for the first time in six years to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

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Football Women's World Cup: USA beat Japan in final

Carli Lloyd scored an incredible 13-minute hat-trick as the United States thrashed Japan to win their third Women's World Cup title.

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Lewis Hamilton wins thrilling British GP brilliantly after late rain

Lewis Hamilton battled through a bad start and late-race rain to win an action-packed British Grand Prix in front of a capacity Silverstone crowd.

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Lewis Hamilton takes third British Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg in an all-Mercedes battle for pole position at the British GP.

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Wimbledon 2015: Dustin Brown loses to Viktor Troicki

Qualifier Dustin Brown was unable to follow his surprise win against Rafael Nadal as his exciting Wimbledon campaign ended in the third round.

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Heather Watson takes Serena Williams to the brink at Wimbledon

British number one Heather Watson gave top seed Serena Williams a huge scare before losing a thrilling third-round match at Wimbledon.

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Wimbledon 2015: Rafael Nadal stunned by Dustin Brown

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal made an early exit for the fourth year in a row as he was outplayed by qualifier Dustin Brown on Centre Court.

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Women's football World Cup: England out after last minute own goal

England were knocked out of the Women's World Cup in heartbreaking fashion as Laura Bassett's injury-time own goal sent holders Japan into Sunday's final.

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Wimbledon: Heather Watson to face Serena Williams in round three

British number one Heather Watson reached the third round at Wimbledon for the second time in her career with victory over Daniela Hantuchova.

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Dutch GP: Valentino Rossi wins to extend MotoGP lead

Italian legend Valentino Rossi held off defending champion Marc Marquez to win the Dutch Grand Prix and extend his MotoGP championship lead to 10 points.

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Women's football World Cup: England into semi-finals

England reached a World Cup semi-final for the first time in their history as victory over hosts Canada set up a tie with reigning champions Japan.

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Austrian Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg wins easily from Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg took a dominant victory in the Austrian Grand Prix to reduce Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's lead in the World Championship.

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Andy Murray wins Queens, Angelique Kerber wins Birmingham

Andy Murray joined the likes of John McEnroe and Boris Becker as a four-time Queen's Club champion with an impressive victory over Kevin Anderson.

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16-yr-old student Candace Hill sets 100m world youth record

Sixteen-year-old US high school student Candace Hill has run a time that would have seen her finish seventh in the women's 100m at the 2012 Olympics.

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Lewis Hamilton on Austrian GP pole position after spin

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two in qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix despite both cars going off on their final laps of the session.

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England hit record 408-9 to thrash New Zealand in ODI

England made a sensational start to their new era of one-day internationals by striking their highest ever score in a 210-run thrashing of New Zealand.

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Lewis Hamilton eases to Canadian GP win over Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton took a controlled victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, fending off team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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Cycling: Bradley Wiggins breaks UCI Hour Record

Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken the iconic hour record by completing a distance of 54.526km (33.88 miles).

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'Russia & Qatar may lose World Cups' - Fifa official

Russia and Qatar could lose the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively if evidence emerges of bribery, leading Fifa official Domenico Scala has said.

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Adam Gemili goes sub 10 seconds in 100m for first time

Adam Gemili ran his first ever sub-10 seconds 100m but immediately crashed to the ground with a torn hamstring.

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Stanislas Wawrinka stuns Novak Djokovic to win French Open

Stan Wawrinka stunned Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open title and thwart the world number one's career Grand Slam hopes.

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Canadian GP qualifying: Lewis Hamilton takes pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Canadian GP on Saturday ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

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French Open final: Serena Williams wins 20th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams won a dramatic French Open final against Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova to claim her 20th Grand Slam title.

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French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to reach final

Novak Djokovic saw off a thrilling fightback from Andy Murray to win their French Open semi-final in five sets.

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Diamond League: Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt's 100m Rome record

American Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt's Rome Diamond League record with a superb performance in the 100m.

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Lucie Safarova and Serena Williams into French Open final

An unwell Serena Williams fought back to beat Timea Bacsinszky and reach the French Open final despite being close to tears at times.

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Top athletics coach Alberto Salazar faces doping claims

One of the world's best known athletics coaches is at the centre of doping allegations, according to a BBC investigation.

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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic into French Open semi-finals

Andy Murray dug deep to beat Spain's David Ferrer for the first time on clay and reach his third French Open semi-final.

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Serena Williams into French Open semi-finals

Top seed Serena Williams needed just 65 minutes to overcome Sara Errani 6-1 6-3 and book her place in the French Open semi-finals at Roland Garros.

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Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president amid corruption scandal

Sepp Blatter says he will resign as president of football's governing body Fifa amid a corruption scandal.

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Cricket: New Zealand thump England to draw series

England slipped to a 199-run defeat on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley to draw the series 1-1.

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92-yr-old Harriette Thompson sets marathon record in San Diego

A 92-year-old cancer survivor has become the oldest woman to finish a marathon.

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Serena Williams battles past Sloane Stephens at French Open

Serena Williams survived an early scare against fellow American, Sloane Stephens to book a place in her 40th Grand Slam quarter-final.

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Andy Murray reaches French Open quarter-finals at Roland Garros

Andy Murray held his nerve to beat France's Jeremy Chardy and reach his fifth French Open quarter-final.

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Amir Khan claims unanimous points win over Chris Algieri

Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather next after claiming an unanimous points victory over American Chris Algieri in their welterweight bout in New York on Friday.

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Fifa re-elects Sepp Blatter as president

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected president of Fifa, football's world governing body, in a vote overshadowed by arrests and corruption allegations.

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Fifa officials 'corrupted' football - US officials

Officials from football's world governing body Fifa took bribes totalling hundreds of millions of dollars over more than 20 years to allocate tournaments and rig elections, US law enforcement officials say.

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England beat New Zealand by 124 runs in thrilling first Test at Lords

England produced a magnificent bowling display to win the first Test against New Zealand by 124 runs.

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Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith sets women's British 100m record

Teenage sprinter Dina Asher-Smith has set a new women's British 100m record.

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Strategy error costs Lewis Hamilton comfortable Monaco victory

Lewis Hamilton was robbed of victory in the Monaco Grand Prix because of a strategic error by his Mercedes team, handing Nico Rosberg the win.

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F1 legend Michael Schumacher ‘making progress’

Formula 1 ace Michael Schumacher is 'making progress' as he continues to recover from a near-fatal skiing crash in the French Alps, his manager has said.

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Sri Lanka women cricketers 'forced into sexual favours'

Members of Sri Lanka's women's cricket team were forced to perform sexual favours to keep their places in the team, the sports ministry has said.

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Ronaldo hat-trick ensures season's best goals tally

Cristiano Ronaldo finished with a season's best goals tally of 61 as his first-half hat-trick helped Real Madrid end their season by hammering Getafe.

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Rio Ferdinand speaks after wife's death from cancer

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has spoken publicly for the first time since his wife's death to cancer and says it has been 'the most difficult period of his life'.

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James DeGale beats Andre Dirrell on points to make history

James DeGale defeated Andre Dirrell on points to become the first British Olympic boxing gold medallist to win a professional world title.

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Lewis Hamilton takes his first Monaco GP pole position

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in his career in convincing style.

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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver signs new deal worth up to 27m

Lewis Hamilton has signed a new three-year contract at Mercedes that could be worth up to £27m a year.

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Chris Ramsey appointed permanent QPR head coach

QPR have appointed Chris Ramsey as head coach on a three-year contract.

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Formula 1: Refuelling to return from 2017 season

Formula 1 bosses have agreed to bring back refuelling in 2017 as part of a range of measures aimed at making the sport more exciting.

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US stripped of London 2012 Olympic relay medals

The entire United States 4x100m relay team have been stripped of their London 2012 Olympic silver medals as a consequence of Tyson Gay's drugs ban.

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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal to win Madrid Open final

Andy Murray produced his greatest-ever performance on a clay court to defeat Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 and claim his first Masters 1000 title in Madrid.

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Lewis Hamilton beaten by Nico Rosberg in Spanish GP

Nico Rosberg took a dominant win in the Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton fought back from a slow start to take second.

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Spanish Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg takes pole from Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton was beaten in qualifying for the first time this season as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg took pole position in Spain.

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Tennis: Serena Williams' perfect season ended

There goes Serena Williams' undefeated season, thanks to a listless 6-2, 6-3 loss to two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals at Madrid.

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Tennis: Serena Williams' win streak continues: 27-and-counting

World number one Serena Williams made short work of her quarter-final match with Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro at the Madrid Open.

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FA told Graham Taylor not to pick ‘too many’ black players for England

The Football Association tried to impose an unofficial quota system on the number of black players an England manager should be allowed to use.

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Serena Williams extends winning streak with victory over Azarenka

Serena Williams advanced through to the fourth round of the Madrid Open this afternoon courtesy of a 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(1) win over Victoria Azarenka.

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Arsenal targeted for takeover by Africa's richest man

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote claims he still harbours hopes of one day buying Arsenal.

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Manny Pacquiao sued after shoulder injury dishonesty claim

Manny Pacquiao is the subject of a lawsuit in Nevada after being accused of lying over a shoulder injury sustained before his fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

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Andy Murray wins first clay-court title at the Munich Open

Britain's Andy Murray has won his first clay-court title with a 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (7-4) victory over German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Munich Open final.

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West Indies v England: Windies tie series after thrilling Barbados win

England fell to a five-wicket defeat in an absorbing final Test as West Indies tied the three-match series at 1-1.

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Rio Ferdinand praised by boss for exemplary behaviour

QPR boss Chris Ramsey has praised the exemplary behaviour of central defender Rio Ferdinand over the last few months.

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Manny Pacquiao to donate £40m fight earnings to charity

MANNY PACQUIAO is set to donate half of his £80m fortune from fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr to charity.

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Boxing: Mayweather too good for Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather confirmed his status as the best fighter in boxing after a masterful points win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

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Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca Ellison dies from cancer

The wife of former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand has died from cancer.

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Lewis Hamilton stays top of 2015 Sunday Times Sport Rich List

Lewis Hamilton is still the richest sportsman in Britain with a fortune of £88m but Wayne Rooney has overtaken Jenson Button to sit second in the 2015 Sunday Times Sport Rich List.

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Footballer Adam Johnson charged with under 16 sex offences

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16.

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Lewis Hamilton cruises to Bahrain GP win, Raikkonen second

Lewis Hamilton took a controlled win in the Bahrain Grand Prix as team-mate Nico Rosberg was beaten to second by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

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Novak Djokovic beats Tomas Berdych to win Monte Carlo title

Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych to win his second Monte Carlo title and become the first man to win the opening three Masters events of the season.

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Villa knock out Liverpool to reach FA Cup final

Aston Villa will meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final after a thoroughly deserved win over a desperately disappointing Liverpool at Wembley.

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Bahrain GP: Four poles in a row for Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took his fourth straight pole position in 2015 as he beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying.

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Lewis Hamilton cruises to Chinese Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton took a controlled victory for Mercedes in the Chinese Grand Prix as the Ferrari revival was stopped in its tracks in Shanghai.

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Lewis Hamilton makes pole record in Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole position as Mercedes dominated qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Australia cricket legend and commentator Richie Benaud dies aged 84

Former Australia captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died at the age of 84.

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Footballer Tyrone Mings 'wipes mum's debts away'

A footballer who has become known for 'great gestures' has now seemingly paid off his mother's debts.

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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win fifth Miami Open title

Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak against Britain's Andy Murray to seven matches with victory in a gruelling Miami Open final.

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Ronaldo scores five as Real Madrid win 9-1

Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals, including a first-half hat-trick, as Real Madrid thrashed Granada at the Bernabeu.

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Serena Williams beats Carla Suarez Navarro to win Miami Open

World number one Serena Williams thrashed Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro to win her eighth Miami Open title.

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Snooker: Can women be as good as men?

A woman can 'be just as good as a man' at snooker, says World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.

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Miami Open: Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach final

Britain's Andy Murray reached his fourth Miami Open final with a convincing straight-sets win over Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych.

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Miami Open: Serena Williams into semi-finals with 700th career win

Serena Williams won the 700th match of her career as she booked her place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open with victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

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John Barnes: I can't get a managerial job in football because I'm black

John Barnes claims he is struggling to get a job in management because he is black.

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi wins season opener in Qatar

Italian legend Valentino Rossi won the opening race of the 2015 MotoGP season in a thrilling finish in Qatar.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia crush New Zealand in final

Australia overwhelmed New Zealand to win the World Cup for a fifth time at an ecstatic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to shock Malaysia win

Sebastian Vettel took a sensational maiden victory for Ferrari as he won a straight fight with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton on Malaysian GP pole position after Rosberg block

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel split the Mercedes in a rain-affected qualifying session.

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Heather Watson beats Agnieszka Radwanska in Indian Wells

British number one Heather Watson pulled off the biggest win of her career in Indian Wells, beating Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.

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Lewis Hamilton on pole in Australia ahead of Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton took a stunning pole position for Mercedes at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as McLaren-Honda qualified last.

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Heather Watson beats Camila Giorgi at Indian Wells

British number one Heather Watson withstood a storming fightback from Camila Giorgi to reach the third round in Indian Wells for the first time.

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Fans' pitch invasion halt Aston Villa's tie with West Brom

A pitch invasion towards the end of the match temporarily held up Aston Villa's FA Cup quarter-final win over West Bromwich Albion.

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Michael Graydon: Boxing promoter's body found in Monaco

A body found in a ravine in Monaco has been identified as a boxing promoter from Bristol missing for almost two weeks.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins European Indoor pentathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the European Indoor pentathlon title with a British record of 5,000 points.

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Fernando Alonso 'thought he was in 1995' after crash

Fernando Alonso woke up from his testing accident unaware he was a Formula One driver having forgotten the last 20 years of his life, according to reports in his native Spain.

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F1:  Fernando Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

McLaren's Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice.

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Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of under-aged sex

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

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Chelsea fan Richard Barklie: Paris train 'was too full'

An ex-police officer and Chelsea fan involved in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro has said he pushed a black man away from a train carriage 'because it was too full'.

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De Villiers breaks record as South Africa thrash West Indies

AB de Villiers hit the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals as South Africa condemned West Indies to a crushing 257-run defeat in Sydney.

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Greece: Professional football suspended after violence

The Greek government has suspended professional football in the country indefinitely.

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2022 World Cup: Tournament set for November and December

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar should take place in November and December, a Fifa taskforce has recommended.

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Chris Gayle: West Indies opener hits first ever World Cup 200

West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the first double century in World Cup history in Tuesday's Pool B match against Zimbabwe at Canberra.

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Chelsea football fan sorry over Paris Metro incident

An ex-police officer and Chelsea fan has apologised for his part in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro - but has denied he is a racist.

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Fernando Alonso airlifted to hospital after F1 test crash

Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso has been airlifted to hospital for checks after an accident in the McLaren-Honda at Turns Three-Four, on the fourth day of the Barcelona test.

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Mo Farah breaks indoor two-mile world record in Birmingham

Britain's Mo Farah broke the two-mile indoor world record with a superb run at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: West Indies beat Pakistan by 150 runs

West Indies reduced Pakistan to 1-4 as they secured a crushing 150-run victory and their first win of the World Cup.

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Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao confirmed for 2 May

Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on 2 May for what promises to be the richest bout in history, it has finally been confirmed.

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Paris Metro CCTV shows Chelsea fans sought by police

Images of three men being sought by police in connection with an incident of alleged racism by Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening have been released.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: England humiliated by New Zealand

England suffered a humiliating eight-wicket thrashing by New Zealand as Tim Southee became only the fourth man to take seven wickets in a World Cup match.

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Chelsea FC suspends trio in 'racist' Paris Metro probe

Chelsea FC has suspended three people from Stamford Bridge after fans of the club appeared to prevent a black man from boarding a Paris Metro train.

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Paris Metro racist abuse victim calls for Chelsea fans' punishment

The man prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea football fans chanting racist slogans has called for them to be punished.

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Lewis Hamilton out of Mercedes testing with illness

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has withdrawn from the first day of the second pre-season test due to illness.

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Birmingham City FC's owners in receivership

The company that owns Birmingham City Football Club has gone into receivership.

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Tottenham Hotspur liable for player brain damage

A High Court judge has ruled Tottenham Hotspur breached its duties to a 17-year-old player who suffered cardiac arrest in his first game for the club and was left brain damaged.

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao: No deal signed yet

WBC and WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather says he is 'hopeful' a fight with Manny Pacquiao can happen, but an agreement has not yet been reached.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Ireland stun West Indies in Nelson

Ireland added West Indies to their list of World Cup scalps with a four-wicket win in their opening match in Nelson.

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Pacquiao and Mayweather agree Las Vegas mega-fight

The richest match-up in boxing history between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has finally been agreed after years of haggling.

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Aston Villa appoint Tim Sherwood as their new manager

Tim Sherwood has signed a deal to manage Aston Villa until the end of the 2017-18 season.

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England thrashed by Australia in first World Cup match

England were outclassed by an impressive Australia in a 111-run defeat on the opening day of the World Cup in Melbourne.

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Usain Bolt to retire after London 2017

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he will retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London.

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Aston Villa: Paul Lambert sacked as manager

Aston Villa have sacked manager Paul Lambert after the club dropped into the Premier League relegation zone.

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Clarke Carlisle: Ex-PFA chairman reveals suicide attempt

Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle was attempting to take his own life when he was hit by a lorry in December, he has revealed.

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Tennis: Martina Navratilova impressed by Madison Keys

18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova predicts big things for American teenager Madison Keys on the WTA Tour this season.

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Djokovic beats Murray to win fifth Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic proved too strong for Andy Murray as he won a fifth Australian Open title in a punishing final.

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Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win Australian Open

Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova sixth Australian Open 19th Grand Slam title, 2015

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Andy Murray beats Berdyc to reach Australian Open final

Andy Murray came storming back after a poor start to beat Tomas Berdych and reach his fourth Australian Open final.

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Serena Williams to face Maria Sharapova in Australian Open final

Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final after the pair won their semi-finals in straight sets in Melbourne.

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Australian Open: Madison Keys to play Serena Williams in semi-finals

Madison Keys beat Venus Williams to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final and end the possibility of an all-Williams contest at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios in last eight

Britain's Andy Murray ended the run of home favourite Nick Kyrgios with a brilliant display to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

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Madison Keys to face Venus Williams in Melbourne

Madison Keys advanced to her first grand slam quarter-final and underlined her pure hitting potential with a 6-2 6-4 victory over compatriot and namesake Madison Brengle on Monday.

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Andy Murray beats Grigor Dimitrov to make quarters

Andy Murray won a gruelling late-night contest with Grigor Dimitrov to reach his sixth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final.

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Madison Keys beats 4th seed, Kvitova in Melbourne

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is out of the Australian Open after a 6-4 7-5 defeat by 19-year-old Madison Keys.

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Menstrual cycle 'last taboo' for women in sport

The impact of sportswomen's menstrual cycle on performance is 'the last taboo' in sport, says former British tennis number one Annabel Croft.

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Heather Watson wins second WTA Tour title in Hobart

British number one Heather Watson beat American qualifier Madison Brengle in straight sets to win her second WTA title at the Hobart International.

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Ched Evans: Steve Bruce questions rape conviction

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has questioned the conviction of rapist Ched Evans and says the footballer should be given a chance to play again.

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Football: Ched Evans apologises after Oldham U-turn

Footballer Ched Evans has apologised 'for the effects' of his actions in 2011 but continues to maintain his innocence over his rape conviction.

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Football: Ched Evans Oldham deal off amid 'threats'

Oldham Athletic have decided against signing convicted rapist Ched Evans following threats to the club's 'staff and their families'.

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Premier League Kicks 'successful' in West Midlands

A national project that aims to steer youths into football and away from trouble has had a successful first year in the West Midlands, say organisers.

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Gary Anderson shocks Phil Taylor to win PDC darts title

Gary Anderson shocked Phil Taylor to win his first PDC World Championship title after a thrilling 7-6 win.

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Darts: Phil Taylor on course for 17th world championship

Phil Taylor is just one match away from winning his 17th World Championship title after beating Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 in the semi-final at Alexandra Palace.

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Football: Clarke Carlisle fighting for life in hospital

Former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle is in hospital after being involved in a serious road accident on Monday.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali in hospital with pneumonia

Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.

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Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Lewis Hamilton has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.

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Boxing: Amir Khan beats Devon Alexander in Las Vegas

Britain's Amir Khan defended his WBC Silver welterweight title with a unanimous points victory against American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas.

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F1: Jenson Button retained by McLaren

Jenson Button is to partner Fernando Alonso at McLaren next season.

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Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Judd Trump in epic final

Ronnie O'Sullivan withstood an epic Judd Trump comeback to claim a fifth UK Championship title with a 10-9 victory.

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F1: Jules Bianchi 'did not slow sufficiently' before crash

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi did not slow down sufficiently to avoid losing control when he crashed at the Japanese GP, an FIA accident report has found.

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Mark Webber: Ex F1 driver injured in crash at Brazil race

Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber is in a 'satisfactory' condition after being injured in a crash in a World Endurance Championship race in Brazil.

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Formula 1 double points scrapped for next season

Formula 1 bosses have agreed to ditch the controversial double points scheme for next season.

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Phil Hughes: Australian batsman dies, aged 25

Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has died, two days after being hit on the head by a ball.

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes critically ill after being hit by ball

Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being hit by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Lewis Hamilton wins world championship in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers' world championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Red Bull excluded from qualifying

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have been excluded from qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for driving illegal cars.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton puts down a title marker at Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton made an important statement ahead of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by beating rival Nico Rosberg in Friday practice.

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Sheffield United will not let rapist Ched Evans train

Sheffield United have retracted their offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans use their training facilities.

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New Birmingham City midfielder donates wages to charity

New Birmingham City midfielder Guy Moussi has pledged to donate all of his wages to four charities after signing a short-term deal until 18 January.

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Sebastian Vettel: German joins Ferrari as Fernando Alonso exits

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has signed a three-year deal with Ferrari following Fernando Alonso's exit from the Italian team.

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F1: Michael Schumacher: 'paralysed and in a wheelchair'

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is paralysed and in a wheelchair, according to former racing driver Philippe Streiff.

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Jules Bianchi: Injured Formula 1 driver 'out of coma'

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided, his parents have said in a statement.

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The Birmingham teacher who shaped Saido Berahino

There won't be a prouder man in the country than teacher David Brown if West Bromwich Albion ace Saido Berahino wins his first full England cap against Scotland.

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Caterham to race in Abu Dhabi finale after raising funds

Caterham's administrator says the team will race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following the success of a public crowd-funding project.

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Cricket: Rohit Sharma hits highest-ever ODI score

India batsman Rohit Sharma has become the first man to hit 250 in a one-day international.

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F1: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Brazil win

Nico Rosberg held off Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to win a race-long battle at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Valencia MotoGP: Marc Marquez clinches record-breaking win

Newly-crowned World MotoGP champion Marc Marquez claimed a record-breaking 13th win of the season in Valencia.

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Boxing: Sergey Kovalev beats Bernard Hopkins on points

Russian Sergey Kovalev dominated 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins from the opening bell to win their light-heavyweight unification match.

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Nico Rosberg snatches pole from Lewis Hamilton in Brazil

Nico Rosberg snatched pole position from Lewis Hamilton in a nail-biting battle at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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F1: Troubled Caterham ask fans to donate 2.35m in a week

Troubled F1 team Caterham are asking fans to donate money to help them compete at the final race in Abu Dhabi.

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F1: Marussia team fold, administrators FRP announce

The Marussia Formula 1 team has ceased trading and all staff will be made redundant, administrators FRP have announced.

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Yaya Toure: Manchester City midfielder criticises abusers

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says the abuse he has been subjected to on social media is 'a disgrace'.

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Lewis Hamilton overtakes Rosberg to win United States GP

Lewis Hamilton caught and passed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the United States Grand Prix and extend his World Championship lead.

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Boxing: Muhammad Ali's health fears eased

Muhammad Ali's doctor has played down fears over the former world heavyweight champion's health.

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US Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg on pole as Hamilton struggles

Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the United States Grand Prix to revive his title hopes.

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Serena Williams beats Simona Halep to win fifth WTA Finals

Serena Williams beat Romania's Simona Halep to win the season-ending WTA Tour Finals for the third year in a row on the event's debut in Singapore.

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F1: Caterham could struggle to race in US Grand Prix

The bosses of Caterham F1 admit the team will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.

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Michael Schumacher: Injured ex-F1 driver makes 'progress'

A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his brain injury in a skiing accident says the F1 champion has made "some progress".

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Birmingham City: Lee Clark SACKED by Blues

Lee Clark has been sacked by Birmingham City, and assistant manager Steve Watson has also departed St Andrew's.

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Footballer dies after goal celebration goes wrong

An footballer has died in hospital days after injuring his spine attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault.

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Valentino Rossi wins Australian MotoGP

Valentino Rossi marked his 250th premier class Grand Prix by winning the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island.

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F1: Jules Bianchi will not give up after accident, says father

Marussia's Jules Bianchi "will not give up" despite remaining in a critical condition after crashing at the Japanese GP, says his father Philippe.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Russian GP ahead of Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Russian Grand Prix to take his ninth win of the year, his fourth in a row and extend his championship lead.

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Marc Marquez wins MotoGP championship for second time

Spaniard Marc Marquez retained his MotoGP championship title with a second-place finish in Japan on Sunday.

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Boxing: Anthony Joshua wins WBC International heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua has claimed the WBC International heavyweight title after a second-round stoppage of Denis Bakhtov at the O2 Arena.

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Britain's Jolyon Palmer clinches GP2 drivers' title

Jolyon Palmer clinched the GP2 drivers' title with a stunning victory in Russia to wrap up the championship with three races to spare.

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Michael Schumacher can lead 'relatively normal life again'

FORMULA One legend Michael Schumacher will be able to lead a "relatively normal life again" after suffering serious head injuries, it has been claimed.

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Jules Bianchi suffered a diffuse axonal injury in F1 crash

The family of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi have issued an update on his condition after he suffered severe head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Jules Bianchi: Marussia driver 'critical but stable' after crash

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's condition is "critical but stable" following his crash in the Japanese GP, world motorsport's governing body has told BBC Sport.

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Tennis Japan Open: Heather Watson ends losing streak

British number one Heather Watson beat Jovana Jaksic in the first round of the Japan Women's Open to end a run of defeats.

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Jules Bianchi out of surgery after Japan Grand Prix crash

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi is out of surgery and breathing on his own after suffering a severe head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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F1: Jules Bianchi suffered serious head injury in crash

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has suffered a "severe" head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Hamilton's Japan victory overshadowed by Bianchi crash

Lewis Hamilton took one of his greatest victories to win the Japanese Grand Prix in wet conditions and extend his world championship lead.

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Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Japan pole position

Lewis Hamilton lost his fight for Japanese Grand Prix pole position with Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

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Fernando Alonso to be replaced by Vettel at Ferrari

Fernando Alonso is to leave Ferrari at the end of the season and the team will replace him with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

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Jose Mourinho: No racism in football, says Chelsea boss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says "there is no racism in football", amid calls to introduce American Football's 'Rooney Rule' to the game in England.

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Lewis Hamilton heads Rosberg in Japanese GP practice

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in second practice in the Japanese Grand Prix, beating team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by 0.24 seconds.

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Typhoon a threat to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix

Force India driver Sergio Perez says Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix may not go ahead if Typhoon Phanfone hits Suzuka.

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NFL player Husain Abdullah 'gets penalty for praying'

A Muslim NFL player has received a penalty after celebrating a touchdown by dropping to his knees in prayer, US media say.

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Spanish MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins rain-affected race

Jorge Lorenzo won his first race of the MotoGP season at a rain-affected Aragon Grand Prix after championship leader Marc Marquez crashed.

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Trevor Francis added to Birmingham's Walk of Stars

Trevor Francis is to be added to the Walk of Stars on Birmingham's Broad Street.

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Football League chief rejects 'black managers' criticism

Football League chairman Greg Clarke says the "shrill voices of the vested interests" will not force him to step down over the issue of black managers' under-representation in football.

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Singapore after Rosberg retirement

Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the World Championship for the first time since May with victory in the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton takes dramatic Singapore pole

Lewis Hamilton took pole position from team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by a tiny fraction in a thrilling qualifying session in Singapore.

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Diamond League: GB break record to win womens 4x100m

Great Britain win the women's 4x100m relay at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich in a new British record time.

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US Open 2014: Heather Watson loses to Sorana Cirstea

Heather Watson was completely outplayed as she lost to Romania's Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the US Open.

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Rosberg could be punished by FIA after Hamilton clash

Nico Rosberg could face punishment from Formula 1 bosses after Lewis Hamilton said the German admitted to deliberately colliding with him.

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Cricket T20 Blast: Birmingham Bears win in Edgbaston final

Birmingham Bears made home advantage count as they beat Lancashire by four runs at Edgbaston to win the T20 Blast.

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European Athletics Championships: GB top medals table

British athletes produced a remarkable last-day performance to top the medal table for only the third time in European Championships history with a record-breaking 12 gold medals.

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Cricket: England rout India to win to the series 3-1

Rampant England thrashed India inside three days in the fifth Test to complete a 3-1 series victory.

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Kell Brook beats Shawn Porter to claim IBF title

Kell Brook has become the new IBF welterweight champion after beating Shawn Porter in Carson, California.

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Golds for Adam Gemili and Martin Rooney at Europeans

Adam Gemili destroyed his French rival Christophe Lemaitre to win European 200m gold and confirm his status as one of his adopted sport's most exciting young talents.

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Dasaolu, Porter and Farah win gold at EU Championships

James Dasaolu capped a brilliant night for British athletics as he won European 100m gold to finally convert his rich talent into a major medal.

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Heather Watson regains place in top 50 after Rogers Cup

British number one Heather Watson will compete in this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati having reclaimed her place in the top 50.

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins record 10th race in row

Honda's Marc Marquez won his 10th MotoGP race in a row at Indianapolis to equal Mick Doohan's 1997 record and continue his domination in 2014.

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Lewis Hamilton third as Daniel Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton fought up from a pit lane start and a first-lap spin to finish third as Daniel Ricciardo beat Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to win a sensational Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to win Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic ended his Grand Slam drought and Roger Federer's hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title with a thrilling five-set victory.

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Lewis Hamilton revives title hopes after British GP win

Lewis Hamilton revived his title hopes by winning the British Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg retired with gearbox failure.

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F1: Nico Rosberg takes British GP pole

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole in a topsy-turvy rain-affected qualifying session for the British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton was only sixth.

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Kvitova thrashes Eugenie Bouchard in Wimbledon final

Petra Kvitova swept past Canada's Eugenie Bouchard with a stunning performance of controlled power to win her second Wimbledon title.

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Serena Williams loses to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon

Five-time champion Serena Williams suffered her earliest Wimbledon defeat since 2005 as she lost to France's Alize Cornet in the third round.

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Luis Suarez bite: Uruguay striker banned for four months

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been suspended from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini

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F1 legend Michael Schumacher 'out of coma'

F1 champion Michael Schumacher has left hospital in Grenoble and is no longer in a coma, his family says.

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Catalunya MotoGP: Marquez lands seventh win in a row

World champion Marc Marquez clinched victory in the Catalunya MotoGP for his seventh win from seven races.

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F1: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wins his first Grand Prix

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo passed Nico Rosberg's crippled Mercedes with two laps to go to win a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.

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Rafael Nadal wins ninth French Open title

Rafael Nadal saw off the threat of Novak Djokovic for another year to win his ninth French Open title and a record fifth in succession.

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F1: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Canada pole

Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Maria Sharapova beats Simona Halep to win French Open

Maria Sharapova drew on her fighting spirit once again to beat Simona Halep in a dramatic final and win her second French Open title.

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Serena Williams knocked out of French Open

Defending champion Serena Williams followed sister Venus out of the French Open on a dramatic fourth day.

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French Open 2014: Heather Watson advances to round two

Britain's Heather Watson made it through to round two of the French Open with a straight-sets win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

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Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton into 2nd at Monaco

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tense fight for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.

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F1: Nico Rosberg cleared after Monaco pole investigation

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has been cleared of wrongdoing over a controversial incident that sealed pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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French Open 2014: Heather Watson qualifies for first round

Heather Watson ensured there will be British representation in the French Open women's singles with victory over Estonian Anett Kontaveit in qualifying.

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Gymnastics: Rebecca Downie wins gold in uneven bars

Great Britain's Rebecca Downie won gold in the uneven bars at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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West Brom part company with manager Pepe Mel

West Bromwich Albion have parted company with Pepe Mel after four months as the Premier League club's manager.

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Aston Villa: Owner Randy Lerner puts club up for sale

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has announced that the Premier League club is being put up for sale.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton took the world championship lead from team-mate Nico Rosberg with a closely fought victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton beats team-mate Rosberg to Spain pole

Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg in a private battle for pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Tennis: British tennis star Elena Baltacha dies aged 30

Former British number one tennis player Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer, aged 30.

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Floyd Mayweather outpoints Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather outpointed a game Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas to unify the welterweight division and remain unbeaten in 46 professional fights.

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Amir Khan easily outpoints Luis Collazo in Las Vegas

Britain's Amir Khan gave Luis Collazo a boxing lesson in Las Vegas, easily outpointing his American opponent in his first fight as a welterweight.

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Late goal secures Birmingham City's Championship status

Paul Caddis's 93rd-minute equaliser saw Birmingham escape relegation to League One in dramatic style.

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Swimmer criticises length of Tyson Gay's drug ban

Olympic swimming silver medallist Michael Jamieson says American sprinter Tyson Gay has been treated lightly over his failed drug test.

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Triathlon World Series: Second win for Jodie Stimpson

Jodie Stimpson saw off a fierce challenge from fellow Briton Helen Jenkins to win the second round of the ITU Triathlon World Series in Cape Town, South Africa.

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David Moyes: Manchester United manager sacked by club

Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked, only 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Lewis Hamilton eases to victory in China GP for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in the Chinese Grand Prix to win three consecutive races for the first time in his career.

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Bernard Hopkins becomes boxing's oldest unificator

Bernard Hopkins has become the oldest boxer to unify a weight division.

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Lewis Hamilton takes stunning pole for Mercedes in China

Lewis Hamilton took his third pole position in four races this season with a stunning performance in qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Asafa Powell banned for 18 months for doping

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has received an 18-month suspension for a positive doping test.

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Weightlifting: Olympian Zoe Smith wins European medal

Olympian Zoe Smith became only the second British woman to win an overall European weightlifting medal by finishing third in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Football: Struggling Norwich sack manager Chris Houghton

Norwich have sacked manager Chris Hughton and replaced him with youth coach Neil Adams.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins thrilling Bahrain GP

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrillingly close battle at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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World Twenty20 2014: Sri Lanka beat India to win title

Kumar Sangakkara guided Sri Lanka to a six-wicket victory over India to win the World Twenty20 in Mirpur and end a run of four defeats in global finals.

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Women's World Twenty20: Australia beat England in final

Australia thrashed England by six wickets to win a third successive Women's World Twenty20 title.

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F1: Nico Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg won a battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix

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Grand National 2014: Pineau De Re wins race at 25-1

Pineau De Re, ridden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Dr Richard Newland, won the 167th Grand National at Aintree at odds of 25-1.

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Stricken Michael Schumacher has 'conscious moments'

F1 champion Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness" after months in a coma, his agent has said.

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Sri Lanka beat West Indies to reach World T20 final

Sri Lanka reached the World Twenty20 final after a thunderstorm ended their semi-final against defending champions West Indies in Mirpur.

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Cricket World T20: West Indies into the semi-finals

Defending champions West Indies secured a World Twenty20 semi-final against Sri Lanka on Thursday with a magnificent 84-run win over Pakistan in Mirpur.

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Cricket T20: Dismal England humiliated by Netherlands

England ended their winter of discontent on a new low as they were beaten by minnows Netherlands at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 Malaysian GP

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant win in the Malaysian GP to lead Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to a one-two finish.

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Cricket World Twenty20: England crash out

England were knocked out of the World Twenty20 in the group stage as an AB De Villiers-inspired South Africa booked their place in the semi-finals.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton proud to match Jim Clark pole record

Lewis Hamilton said he was "proud" to equal Jim Clark's record for most pole positions by a British driver.

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F1: Daniel Ricciardo disqualified from Australian Grand Prix

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has been excluded from the Australian Grand Prix after breaching fuel consumption rules.

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Medal at last for 'unlucky' speed skater Elise Christie

Elise Christie claimed 500m silver at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal on Saturday.

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Red Bull on the front row but Lewis Hamilton on pole

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton grabbed a last-ditch pole position in a thrilling wet qualifying session at the Australian Grand Prix.

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Nicolas Anelka 'terminates' contract with West Brom

Nicolas Anelka has said on Twitter that he has terminated his contract with West Brom with "immediate effect".

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Michael Schumacher condition shows 'encouraging signs'

Injured Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has been showing "small, encouraging signs" in his fight for recovery, his family says.

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Cricket: West Indies easily beat England in Twenty20

England suffered a heavy defeat by West Indies in the first of three Twenty20 internationals in Barbados.

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GB's Richard Kilty wins unexpected 60m gold medal

Britain's Richard Kilty produced a stunning run to win 60m gold at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot.

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Cricket: England claim tense ODI victory over West Indies

England won a tense second one-day international against West Indies by three wickets to level the series at 1-1 with one match remaining.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan final frame 147 seals Welsh Open win

World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan made a maximum 147 break in the final frame to wrap up a commanding 9-3 victory over Ding Junhui in the Welsh Open final.

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Cricket: England's misery continues with loss to Windies

Michael Lumb scored a superb century on his one-day international debut but failed to prevent England from losing their opening match against West Indies by 15 runs.

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Campbell-Brown 'cleared' to race after failed drugs test

Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown says she has been cleared to race again by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

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Wayne Rooney agrees new 300k per week deal with Utd

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-and-a-half year contract worth up to £300,000 a week

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Women's curling bronze win to equal Team GB record

Britain's women won curling bronze to ensure Team GB will equal their best medal haul at a Winter Olympics.

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Motorsport: Red Bull sign PlayStation gamer-turned-racer

Red Bull have signed PlayStation gamer-turned-racer Jann Mardenborough to an "intensive driver development programme" and the Welshman will race in GP3 with Arden International in 2014.

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Wayne Rooney set to sign new long-term Man Utd deal

Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Manchester United this week that will increase his wages to about £300,000 per week.

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Bubka's pole vault record broken by Renaud Lavillenie

Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie has broken Sergey Bubka's 21-year-old pole vault world record with a 6.16m leap in the Ukrainian's home city of Donetsk.

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Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba sets third record of the month

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set her third world best in 15 days by shattering the indoor two-mile record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

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Lizzy Yarnold wins Britain's first gold at Sochi Olympics

Lizzy Yarnold won Great Britain's first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics after dominating the women's skeleton from start to finish.

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Carl Froch and George Groves agree to rematch

British super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch and George Groves have agreed to a rematch, to take place at a football stadium on Saturday, 31 May

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Nemanja Vidic to leave Manchester United

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will leave at the end of this season.

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Cricket - Kevin Pietersen - Batsman's England career over

Kevin Pietersen's England career is over after he was told he is no longer in their plans.

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England tour of Australia ends with T20 whitewash

England's tour of Australia finished in yet another abject defeat as Australia sealed a 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash with a crushing 84-run win in Sydney.

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Flower to leave role as England coach after Ashes defeat

England team director Andy Flower is to leave his role following the 5-0 Ashes whitewash by Australia.

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F1 - Sebastian Vettel struggles in pre-season testing

World champion Sebastian Vettel has had a torrid start to pre-season testing, completing just 11 laps over the first two days in his new Red Bull.

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F1 - Eric Boullier appointed racing director at McLaren

Former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has been appointed the racing director of McLaren.

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Andy Murray drops to number six in world rankings

Andy Murray has slipped to sixth in the world rankings after losing in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

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Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes driver crashes out in F1 testing

Lewis Hamilton has suffered a crash in his Mercedes on the first day of pre-season testing in Spain.

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Stanislas Wawrinka beats Nadal to win first grand slam

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam title with victory over an injury-hit Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final

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England crumble to narrow defeat by Australia in Adelaide

England threw away a winning position as they crumbled to a five-run defeat by Australia in the fifth one-day international in Adelaide.

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Wayne Rooney - Manchester United striker in contract talks

Manchester United have opened talks with Wayne Rooney over a new deal that could keep the striker at Old Trafford for the rest of his career.

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Li Na beats Dominika Cibulkova to win Australian Open

China's Li Na won her second Grand Slam title with victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open.

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F1 - Double points for last race gets go-ahead in 2014

Formula 1 will go ahead with its controversial plan to award double points at the last race of the season.

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Manchester United fan calls 999 asking for Alex Ferguson

A drunk Manchester United fan called 999 "demanding" to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after the club's defeat.

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Juan Mata - Chelsea accept Manchester United's bid

Manchester United have had a bid, believed to be in the region of £37m, accepted by Chelsea for Spanish midfielder Juan Mata.

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Andy Murray loses to Roger Federer in Australian Open

Four-time champion Roger Federer ended Andy Murray's Australian Open hopes with a dramatic win in the quarter-finals.

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Australian Open - Defending champ Victoria Azarenka loses

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka is out of the Australian Open after she was beaten in a thrilling quarter-final by Agnieszka Radwanska.

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Nicolas Anelka - FA charges West Brom striker over gesture

West Brom's Nicolas Anelka faces a minimum five-match ban if found guilty by the Football Association of making the controversial "quenelle" gesture.

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Kamui Kobayashi returns to Formula 1 with Caterham

Caterham have signed Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as the team's race drivers for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

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Tennis - Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic in Australian Open

Stanislas Wawrinka ended the three-year reign of Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic with a stunning quarter-final victory.

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Jamaican bobsleigh team qualify for winter olympics

Jamaica's bobsleigh team will end their 12-year absence from the Winter Olympics next month after being awarded a place at the Sochi Games.

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Football - Nicolas Anelka costs West Brom sponsorship

West Brom sponsor Zoopla have decided to end their sponsorship of the club at the end of the season over Nicolas Anelka's "quenelle" gesture

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Snooker - Ronnie O'Sullivan wins fifth Masters title

Ronnie O'Sullivan clinched his fifth Masters title with a 10-4 win over 2013 champion and world number two Mark Selby at Alexandra Palace.

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Australia beat England to add one day series to Ashes

Australia added the one-day series to their Ashes whitewash against England, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead with a seven-wicket win in Sydney.

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Serena Williams loses to Ana Ivanovic in Australian Open

Serena Williams went out of the Australian Open as a back injury hindered the five-time champion against a rampant Ana Ivanovic.

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Michael Schumacher could be in a coma forever

Fears are growing in Germany that stricken F1 legend Michael Schumacher may be in a coma for the rest of his life.

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McLaren - Ron Dennis replaces Martin Whitmarsh as CEO

Ron Dennis has staged an internal coup and wrestled back control of the McLaren Formula 1 team.

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Bernie Ecclestone steps down from F1 board

Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down from the board of the company which runs Formula 1 following his indictment on bribery charges in Germany.

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Sprinter Asafa Powell appears before anti-doping panel

Sprinter Asafa Powell has told a Jamaican anti-doping hearing he did not list all his supplements at trials as he could not remember their names.

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Australian Open 2014 - Robson and Watson both beaten

Laura Robson and Heather Watson were beaten as British interest in the women's singles ended swiftly at the Australian Open.

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Darts - Lisa Ashton beats Deta Hedman in BDO final

Lisa Ashton came from two sets down to win her first world title with victory over fellow Englishwoman Deta Hedman.

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Australian Open - Heather Watson through to main draw

Heather Watson secured her place in the main draw at the Australian Open with a tense win over American Irina Falconi.

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West Brom appoint Pepe Mel as their new head coach

West Brom have appointed former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel as their new head coach on an 18-month deal.

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Jamaican sprinter denies being drugs cheat

Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson told a Jamaican disciplinary panel on Tuesday that she was not a "cheat" and never intentionally took a banned substance.

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Former Aston Villa footballer reveals homosexuality

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay.

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Football - Qatar 2022 World Cup not held in summer

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in the summer, according to Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke.

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F1 - Schumacher helmet camera reveals decent speed

Footage from Michael Schumacher's helmet camera shows him travelling at the speed of "a very good skier on fairly hard terrain" when he hit a rock and fell, investigators say.

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Football - Arsenal forward Theo Walcott out of World Cup

Arsenal's Theo Walcott will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury.

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Football - Portugal football legend Eusebio dies aged 71

Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died at the age of 71.

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Cricket - Australia crush England to seal 5-0 whitewash

England folded in dismal fashion to lose the fifth Test within three days and with it the Ashes series 5-0 to end their miserable winter in entirely appropriate style.

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West Bromwich Albion club president John Silk dies

The president of West Bromwich Albion football club, John Silk, has died at the age of 89 after a short illness, the club has said.

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Michael Schumacher 'stable' in hospital after ski fall

Michael Schumacher, the most successful Formula 1 driver in history, remains in a stable but critical condition in hospital, his manager has said.

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Murray and Beckham overlooked in New Year's Honour

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and former England captain David Beckham have been overlooked in the New Year's Honours list.

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Michael Schumacher's condition improves

Former motor racing champion Michael Schumacher's condition has improved slightly after an operation to relieve pressure on his brain, his doctors say.

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F1 - Michael Schumacher condition 'critical' say hospital

Michael Schumacher, seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is in a "critical condition" after a skiing accident, says the French hospital at which he is being treated.

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Football - Malky Mackay - Cardiff City sack manager

Malky Mackay has been sacked as manager by Cardiff City after a meeting of the club's board of directors.

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4th Ashes Test - Late wickets put Australia on top

Australia tightened their grip on this one-sided Ashes series as they reduced England to 226-6 with three late wickets on the first day of the Boxing Day Test.

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England spinner Graeme Swann retires from cricket

England and Nottinghamshire off-spinner Graeme Swann has announced his immediate retirement from cricket.

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Former BBC sportscaster David Coleman dies at 87

Former BBC sports broadcaster David Coleman has died aged 87 after a short illness.

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Nico Rosberg suffers tyre failure in Bahrain Pirelli test

Nico Rosberg suffered a 200mph tyre failure on Thursday at a private Pirelli test in Bahrain.

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Football - Malky Mackay told to resign or be sacked

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been told by owner Vincent Tan to resign or he will be sacked.

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Boxing Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitscho vacates title

World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has given up his WBC title and says he is unlikely to fight again because he is focusing on politics.

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Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham sack manager

Tottenham have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 Premier League thrashing by Liverpool.

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Manchester City to face Barcelona in Champions League

Manchester City have been drawn to face Barcelona in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

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Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Andy Murray has been voted the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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Steve Clarke sacked as West Brom head coach

Steve Clarke has been sacked as head coach of West Bromwich Albion following a fourth straight Premier League loss.

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Di Resta out as Force India sign Sergio Perez for 2014

Paul Di Resta's Formula 1 future is in serious doubt following Force India's decision to replace the Scot with Mexican Sergio Perez.

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Mike Tyson abandons appearances following UK ban

Mike Tyson has been forced to pull out of promotional appearances in London after being barred from entering the UK because of previous convictions.

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F1 to award double points for final race from 2014

Formula 1 is to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014 in an attempt to heighten interest in the World Championship.

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Water ski world champion Sarah Teelow dies after fall

World champion water-skier Sarah Teelow has died following a fall during a high-speed race on Australia's Hawkesbury River.

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Vettel wins record ninth consecutive race in Brazil

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel brought the F1 season to a close with victory in an action-packed Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Cricket England collapse to heavy defeat in first Test

England slumped to a humiliating 381-run defeat in the first Test as Mitchell Johnson once again blew their fragile batting away

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Carl Froch beats Groves with controversial stoppage

Carl Froch retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles with a ninth-round stoppage of George Groves at Manchester Arena.

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David Haye advised to retire after major shoulder surgery

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised to retire after major shoulder surgery.

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Athletics - Jamaica doping scandals tip of the iceberg

Jamaica's most senior drug tester says the country's recent rash of failed tests might be the "tip of an iceberg".

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F1 - Felipe Massa joins Williams for 2014

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa will move to Williams next season as team-mate to Finn Valtteri Bottas.

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MotoGP: Marquez becomes youngest world title winner

Marc Marquez has become the youngest MotoGP champion as a third-place finish at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix secured him the 2013 world title in his rookie year.

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AP McCoy claims historic 4,000th career winner

AP McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when he triumphed with the second of two rides at Towcester on Thursday.

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Serena Williams beats Li Na to win WTA Championships

World number one Serena Williams fought back superbly to beat Li Na 2-6 6-3 6-0 and retain her WTA Championships title.

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F1 - Sebastian Vettel clinches fourth F1 world title

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth consecutive world title with a victory in the Indian Grand Prix.

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CSKA Moscow: Uefa opens racist chants case

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against CSKA Moscow for the "racist behaviour of their fans" during their home Champions League match against Manchester City.

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Rio Ferdinand joins the Football Association commission

Ex-England captain Rio Ferdinand and manager Roy Hodgson have been named on the Football Association's commission to improve the national team.

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Australian MotoGP: Lorenzo wins as Marquez disqualified

Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP world title hopes remain alive after he won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix which saw championship leader Marc Marquez disqualified.

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FA commission: Rabbatts criticises all-white group

The Football Association has been accused of letting down black and ethnic minority people after setting up an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team.

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British racing driver Sean Edwards killed in crash

British racing driver Sean Edwards has died in a crash at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.

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F1 - Maria De Villota: Driver died of 'natural causes'

Formula 1 reserve racing driver Maria De Villota died from natural causes, a post-mortem examination has confirmed.

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Veronica Campbell-Brown cleared to compete

Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to compete again five months after a positive doping test.

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Stephen Lee given 12-year ban for match-fixing

Snooker player Stephen Lee has been banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven match-fixing charges.

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Football: Sunderland sack manager Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio after a poor start to the season that has left the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League table.

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Cycling - Tour of Britain: Bradley Wiggins seals title

Sir Bradley Wiggins added the Tour of Britain title to his collection after sealing an emphatic victory in London.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel takes pole in Singapore

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after some self-imposed anxious moments as his rivals came close to his time.

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Boxing: David Haye postpones Tyson Fury fight

David Haye has postponed next week's fight with Tyson Fury after suffering a deep cut in sparring at his training camp.

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Football: UEFA backs moving 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Uefa's 54 member associations have given their backing to moving the Qatar World Cup in 2022 to winter.

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Heavyweight boxing legend Ken Norton dies at 70

Former US heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali, has died at the age of 70, his son says.

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Mo Farah pipped by Bekele in Great North Run thriller

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele saw off double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah's late surge to win the Great North Run in a thrilling sprint finish.

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Boxing: Superb Mayweather beats Saul Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather further strengthened his claim to greatness with a one-sided defeat of Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas

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Formula 1: Felipe Massa to leave Ferrari at end of season

Felipe Massa has revealed he will leave Ferrari at the end of the season, amid reports that Kimi Raikkonen is to return to the team.

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US Open 2013: Serena Williams wins fifth US Open title

World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title in a thrilling final against Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows.

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Vettel on pole for Italian GP pole, Hamilton only 12th

Sebastian Vettel headed team-mate Mark Webber in a Red Bull one-two at the Italian Grand Prix.

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US Open 2013: Williams & Azarenka reach final

Defending champion Serena Williams will face second seed Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of 2012's US Open final after they swept through their semi-finals.

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Usain Bolt wins season's 100m finale in Brussels

Usain Bolt may have won three world titles but after securing victory in his final race of the year he said 2013 had not been his best season.

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US Open 2013: Andy Murray comprehensively beaten

Andy Murray's US Open title defence ended tamely as Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka outplayed him in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.

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Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid in world record deal

Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record to sign Tottenham forward Gareth Bale.

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US Open 2013: Andy Murray into round three

Defending champion Andy Murray withstood some heavy hitting from Argentina's Leonardo Mayer to reach the third round of the US Open in four sets.

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US Open 2013: Laura Robson beaten in third round

British number one Laura Robson failed to repeat last year's US Open third-round win over Li Na as the Chinese fifth seed won their rematch in straight sets.

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Usain Bolt claims victory in Zurich Diamond League 100m

Jamaica's World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt recovered from a slow start to power to victory over 100m in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

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US Open 2013: Laura Robson beats Caroline Garcia

Laura Robson won a tight match against fellow 19-year-old Caroline Garcia of France to reach the third round of the US Open.

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Cricket: Bad light ends thrilling final Ashes Test

England were denied a probable victory over Australia in the final Test when bad light ensured the match ended in a draw which confirmed the hosts' 3-0 series win

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez takes fourth straight win

Championship leader Marc Marquez became the first rider to win five races in his debut MotoGP season with victory at Brno in the Czech Republic.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel wins with ease in Belgium

Sebastian Vettel eased to a dominant victory in the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of title rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

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Mike Tyson: 'I'm on the verge of dying'

Former undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson claims he is "on the verge of dying" from ongoing drug and alcohol problems.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton secures stunning pole position at Spa

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat the Red Bulls to take a stunning pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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WBA striker Nicolas Anelka threatens to retire

French striker Nicolas Anelka will not feature in West Bromwich Albion's Premier League game against Everton on Saturday after being excused on compassionate grounds, the club said.

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Red Bull to confirm Daniel Ricciardo as driver for 2014?

Red Bull will announce Daniel Ricciardo as Mark Webber's replacement for the 2014 season at this weekend's Belgian GP, according to reports in Germany.

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins Indianapolis Grand Prix

Marc Marquez extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP World Championship to 21 points with an impressive win at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

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Usain Bolt seals place in World Championship history

Usain Bolt guided Jamaica to victory in the sprint relay in Moscow to become the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships.

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Tiffany Porter wins bronze in the 100m hurdles final

Great Britain won two medals in the space of 20 minutes as Tiffany Porter added 100m hurdles bronze to the women's 4x400m relay third place.

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Usain Bolt wins 200m gold at World Athletics 2013

Olympic champion Usain Bolt defended his 200m title with ease and took his tally of World Championship gold medals to seven.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce adds 200m to 100m title

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made it a sprint double with victory in the 200m, as Olympic champion Allyson Felix failed to finish because of an injury.

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Britain's Adam Gemili breaks 200m 20-sec barrier

Adam Gemili became only the second British man to run under 20 seconds for the 200m in qualifying for Saturday's World Championships final.

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Mo Farah wins 5,000m gold at World Athletics 2013

Mo Farah's career reached incredible new heights as the Briton became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' in the distance events.

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Trinidad's Jehue Gordon wins 400m hurdles gold

Trinidad & Tobago's Jehue Gordon pipped American Michael Tinsley to the men's 400m hurdles title at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow

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Yelena Isinbayeva speaks out against homosexuality

World pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has spoken out against homosexuality amid protests over new laws in her native Russia.

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Tennis: Marion Bartoli announces retirement

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli is retiring from tennis just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title.

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Stuart Broad inspires England to Ashes series win

An inspired spell of fast bowling from Stuart Broad catapulted England to a 74-run win over Australia in the fourth Test and sealed victory in the Ashes series.

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Athletics: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 100m gold

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the gold in the women’s 100M at the World Championships on Monday.

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400m: Christine Ohuruogu wins gold in photo-finish

Christine Ohuruogu produced yet another thrilling late surge in the 400m to become the first British female to win two World Championship titles.

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Tirunesh Dibaba wins World Championship gold in 10,000m

Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba produced an effortless masterclass in middle-distance running to win a third world 10,000m title at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.

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Usain Bolt wins world 100m title in Moscow

Jamaica's Olympic champion Usain Bolt regained the 100m world title he lost two years ago as he ran 9.77 seconds to win the final in heavy rain in Moscow.

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Mo Farah wins 10,000m title at the World Championships

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah created history once again in Moscow as he became the first British man to win a 10,000m world title.

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Sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste fails drugs test

Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste has failed a drugs test and will not compete at the World Championships in Moscow.

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Wayne Rooney: Manchester United reject fresh Chelsea bid

Manchester United have rejected an improved offer from Chelsea for England striker Wayne Rooney.

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Ashes 2013: England retain Ashes with drawn third Test

England retained the Ashes by drawing the third Test as rain ended Australia's final-day victory push at Old Trafford.

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Tiger Woods warms up for US PGA with Ohio win

World number one Tiger Woods warmed up for the final major of the year, the US PGA Championship, with a seven-shot win in the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Laura Trott sprints to RideLondon Grand Prix victory

Double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott sprinted to victory ahead of Hannah Barnes in the inaugural RideLondon Women's Grand Prix.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill to miss World Championships

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Moscow with an Achilles injury.

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Former Birmingham City striker dies aged 27

Former Birmingham striker Christian Benitez has died at the age of 27.

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Lewis Hamilton takes first Mercedes win in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton took his first win for Mercedes by dominating the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton on pole ahead of Vettel in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton surprised himself by beating Sebastian Vettel to pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Usain Bolt wins 100m at Anniversary Games

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt produced a season's best to win the 100m on his return to the Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games.

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I will renew faith in athletics, says Usain Bolt

Double Olympic champion Usain Bolt admits that news of compatriot Asafa Powell's positive drugs test has been "hard" but vows to restore people's faith in athletics.

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MotoGP: Marquez wins at Laguna Seca to extend lead

Marc Marquez extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP World Championship by beating Stefan Bradl at Laguna Seca.

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Tour de France: Chris Froome wins 100th edition of race

Britain's Chris Froome has won the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

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England crush Australia at Lord's to take 2-0 lead

England crushed Australia by 347 runs at Lord's to take a 2-0 lead in the series and tighten their grip on the Ashes urn.

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The Open 2013: Phil Mickelson wins first Open at Muirfield

Phil Mickelson came from five strokes back to clinch his first Open title and fifth major on a dizzying final day at Muirfield.

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Dereck Chisora knocks out unbeaten Malik Scott

British heavyweight Dereck Chisora stopped unbeaten Malik Scott with a sixth-round knockout at Wembley Arena.

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Mo Farah breaks Cram's 28-year British 1500m record

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah broke Steve Cram's 28-year 1,500m British record with a remarkable performance at the Diamond League in Monaco.

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Jamaican discus thrower Traves Smikle fails drugs test

Discus thrower Traves Smikle has become the latest Jamaican athlete to test positive for a banned substance.

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Christian Benteke: Aston Villa striker signs new deal

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and signed a new contract until 2017.

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Yohan Blake out of World Championships

Reigning 100 metres champion Yohan Blake has withdrawn from next month's World Championships because of a hamstring injury.

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Papiss Cisse pulls out of Newcastle tour on principle

Papiss Cisse has pulled out of Newcastle's pre-season tour to Portugal after refusing to wear club sponsor Wonga's logo on religious grounds.

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Tyson Gay dropped by sponsors after failed dope test

Sportswear manufacturer Adidas has suspended its sponsorship of sprinter Tyson Gay after the American failed a drugs test.

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Athletics: Jamaica's Asafa Powell latest to fail drugs test

US sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica's former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell have failed drug tests.

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Ashes 2013: England win first Test against Australia

James Anderson was England's final-day hero as the hosts held their nerve to complete an astonishing 14-run victory over Australia in an unforgettable climax to the opening Ashes Test.

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Tyson Gay tests positive for banned substance

American sprinter Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance and has pulled out of next month's World Championships.

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James Dasaolu becomes second-fastest Briton in history

James Dasaolu clocked an astonishing 9.91 seconds in the 100m semi-finals at the British Championships to become the second fastest Briton in history.

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Man United striker Wayne Rooney 'will remain at club'

David Moyes has again said Wayne Rooney will stay at Manchester United.

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Ashes: Ashton Agar breaks Test record score for number 11

Australian teenager Ashton Agar has broken the record for the highest score by a Test number 11 in the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge.

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Tour de France: Mark Cavendish has urine thrown at him

A spectator has thrown urine at Mark Cavendish while he was competing in the Tour de France.

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David Haye v Tyson Fury: Fight scheduled for September

Tyson Fury has confirmed he will fight British heavyweight rival David Haye in Manchester on 28 September

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Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon

Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel wins German GP

Sebastian Vettel won the German Grand Prix after a battle with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

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BBC apology for John Inverdale's, Marion Bartoli remark

The BBC has apologised after commentator John Inverdale said Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli was "never going to be a looker".

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Usain Bolt wins Paris 200m in fastest time of year

Usain Bolt recorded the fastest time of the year as he won the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

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Wimbledon: Marion Bartoli beats Sabine Lisicki to win title

France's Marion Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title with a dominant 6-1 6-4 victory over German 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton pips Vettel for pole in Germany

Lewis Hamilton restored a little of Mercedes' dented pride by putting his car on pole position for a German Grand Prix where team-mate Nico Rosberg missed the top ten run-off.

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Diamond League: Usain Bolt admits he is not invincible

Usain Bolt says he is not invincible as he prepares to face his biggest rivals over 200m in the latest Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday.

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Andy Murray to face Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon final for the second year running with a dramatic win over Poland's Jerzy Janowicz under the Centre Court roof.

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Novak Djokovic beats Del Potro to reach Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in a thrilling Wimbledon semi-final, overcoming the Argentine after four hours and 44 minutes.

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Andy Murray beats Fernando Verdasco at Wimbledon

British number one Andy Murray kept his hopes of winning Wimbledon alive with a dramatic five-set win over Fernando Verdasco on Centre Court.

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Tennis: Wimbledon women's singles quarter-final round up

Germany's Sabine Lisicki backed up her stunning win over Serena Williams by beating Kaia Kanepi to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

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F1: Pirelli strengthens tyres after Silverstone blowouts

Pirelli will strengthen its tyres ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix to try to avoid a repeat of the six blowouts seen at Silverstone.

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Serena Williams and Laura Robson out of Wimbledon

Defending champion Serena Williams and Britain's Laura Robson were both knocked at the fourth round stage of this year's Wimbledon.

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Nico Rosberg wins a dramatic British grand prix

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg held off Red Bull's Mark Webber to win a dramatic British Grand Prix overshadowed by a series of tyre failures.

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Serena Williams sees of 'old school' Krumm

Serena Williams wasted little time in seeing off Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm after their third-round match was moved under the Centre Court roof with the light fading at Wimbledon.

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British GP: Paul Di Resta disqualified from qualifying

Paul Di Resta has been disqualified from qualifying at the British Grand Prix after his car was found to be underweight.

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi claims first win since 2010

Valentino Rossi claimed his first win since 2010 with victory at the Netherlands Grand Prix as Jorge Lorenzo took fifth despite a broken collarbone.

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Tennis: Laura Robson into the last 16 at Wimbledon

Laura Robson produced a stunning fightback to beat Marina Erakovic and become the first British woman to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon since 1998.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton takes pole for the British GP

Lewis Hamilton set a scintillating pace to take pole position for the British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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Lewis Hamilton 'not happy' with balance of Mercedes car

Lewis Hamilton says he is not enjoying driving his Mercedes after finishing fifth fastest in second practice for the British Grand Prix.

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MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow claims first British pole in 11 years

Cal Crutchlow became the first British MotoGP rider in more than a decade to achieve pole position, securing the fastest qualifying time in Assen.

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Laura Robson makes Wimbledon 2013 third round

British number one Laura Robson is into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time thanks to a comfortable 6-4 6-1 win over Mariana Duque-Marino.

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Mark Webber to leave Formula 1 at end of season

Red Bull driver Mark Webber has decided to leave Formula 1 at the end of this season.

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Roger Federer loses to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon

Defending champion Roger Federer lost 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) to world number 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at Wimbledon.

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Wimbledon 2013: Sharapova beaten in second round

Third seed Maria Sharapova is out of Wimbledon after she was beaten 6-3 6-4 by world number 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito.

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Wimbledon: Laura Robson beats 10th seed Maria Kirilenko

Laura Robson stunned Russian 10th seed Maria Kirilenko to reach the second round of Wimbledon and raise British spirits.

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Wimbledon favourite Rafael Nadal stunned in first round

Ex-champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock first-round exit as world number 117 Steve Darcis pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history.

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Mercedes banned from Silverstone test over 'tyregate'

Mercedes have been banned from this year's young driver test and reprimanded for taking part in a controversial Pirelli tyre test.

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Ascot: Queen's horse Estimate wins historic Gold Cup

The Queen's horse Estimate claimed victory in Royal Ascot's Gold Cup - the first time in the race's 207-year history that it has been won by a reigning monarch.

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Mercedes did not get permission to take part in test

Mercedes did not get permission to take part in the test in which they are accused of breaking Formula 1's rules, according to governing body the FIA.

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Champions Trophy: England beat SA to reach final

England powered into the final of the Champions Trophy with a seven-wicket victory over a South Africa side who once again underperformed in a major semi-final.

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Veronica Campbell-Brown: Provisional drugs ban

World 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica has been provisionally suspended from competition after a positive test for a banned substance.

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Murray Walker: F1 commentator diagnosed with cancer

Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has been diagnosed with cancer.

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US Open 2013: Justin Rose wins first major at Merion

Justin Rose clinched his maiden major title to become the first Englishman for 43 years to win the US Open.

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Tennis: Andy Murray wins Aegon Championships

Andy Murray won his third Aegon Championships title and completed the perfect preparation for Wimbledon with victory over Marin Cilic at Queen's Club.

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Champions Trophy: England win to reach semis

England defied the rain and a late New Zealand rally to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with a tense 10-run win at Cardiff.

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Marlou van Rhijn breaks T44 100m world record

Dutchwoman Marlou van Rhijn became the fastest ever female leg amputee at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Berlin.

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Tennis: Elena Baltacha wins Nottingham Challenge triumph

Elena Baltacha won her first title in two years with victory over world number 135 Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia at the ITF Nottingham Challenge.

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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins in Catalunya

World champion Jorge Lorenzo recorded his third win of the season with victory at the Catalunya Grand Prix.

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Andy Murray battles to reach Queen's final

Andy Murray banished any thoughts of his recent back injury as he reached the Aegon Championships final with a superb win over fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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Jamaican Olympian tests positive for banned substance

Jamaican track star Veronica Campbell-Brown has been tested positive for a banned substance.

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Cricket - Champions Trophy: South Africa reach semis

West Indies were eliminated from the Champions Trophy when rain halted their clash against South Africa who reached the semi-finals after avoiding defeat.

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Usain Bolt strikes back with 200m win in Oslo

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt bounced back from a shock 100m defeat in Rome to ease to victory in the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League.

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Footballer Lionel Messi investigated for tax fraud

Barcelona's footballer Lionel Messi and his father are being investigated in Spain for allegedly defrauding the state of more than 4m euros (£3.4m).

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Sir Henry Cecil: Legendary trainer dies aged 70

Sir Henry Cecil, 10-time champion Flat trainer, has died at the age of 70.

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Formula 1: Dominant Vettel wins in Canada

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Canadian Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso beat Lewis Hamilton to second place.

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Rafael Nadal wins record eighth French Open title

Rafael Nadal coped with an on-court intruder and the Paris rain to beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and win a record eighth French Open title.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel on pole in Canada

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Serena Williams wins her second French Open title

World number one Serena Williams won a second French Open title 11 years after her first with a convincing win over defending champion Maria Sharapova.

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Usain Bolt beaten by Justin Gatlin in Diamond League

Justin Gatlin shocked Olympic champion Usain Bolt to win the 100m in 9.94 seconds in Rome.

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Jose Mourinho returns as Chelsea manager

Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as Chelsea's manager, returning for a second stint in charge at the club.

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Wolves name Kenny Jackett as head coach

Kenny Jackett has been appointed as the new head coach of Wolves on an undisclosed contract.

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Brazil-England friendly in doubt over safety concerns

England's friendly with Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday has been suspended over safety issues at the recently-renovated Maracana stadium.

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Tennis: Laura Robson falls meekly to Caroline Wozniacki

British number one Laura Robson went out of the French Open in the first round with a wayward performance against 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

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Nico Rosberg wins incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg controlled a crash-strewn Monaco Grand Prix to take his first win of 2013 ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

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Carl Froch beats Mikkel Kessler to retain IBF world title

Carl Froch retained his IBF super-middleweight crown and gained sweet revenge on Mikkel Kessler with a thrilling points decision at London's O2 Arena.

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Football: Bayern Munich crowned champions of Europe

Arjen Robben's late winner exorcised the demons that have haunted him and Bayern Munich in the Champions League as they won a pulsating all-Bundesliga encounter against Borussia Dortmund.

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F1: Nico Rosberg on pole position in Monaco

Nico Rosberg won a close fight with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and the two Red Bulls to take pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Gus Poyet suspended by Championship side Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion have suspended manager Gus Poyet and told him to stay away from the club pending an inquiry.

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Floyd Mayweather tops highest-paid U.S. athletes' list

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-paid professional athlete in the United States with expected earnings of at least $90 million this year from just two bouts, according to Sports Illustrated magazine.

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QPR striker arrested in gang rape investigation

Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

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Laura Robson loses to Serena Williams in Italian Open

Great Britain's Laura Robson lost 6-2 6-2 to world number one Serena Williams in the second round of the Italian Open.

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David Haye pulls out of Manuel Charr bout through injury

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has pulled out of his proposed 29 June bout with Manuel Charr due to a hand injury sustained in training.

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Roberto Mancini: Exit because of poor relationships

Roberto Mancini was sacked as Manchester City manager for his poor communication and relationships with players and executives.

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Tiger Woods secures fourth victory of 2013 at The Players

Tiger Woods secured his fourth win of 2013 with a two-shot victory at The Players Championship at Sawgrass.

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Serena Williams wins her 50th tennis singles title

World number one Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the Madrid Open final to win her 50th career singles title.

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Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys farewell win

Sir Alex Ferguson marked his final match as manager of Manchester United at Old Trafford by lifting the Premier League trophy on behalf of his team.

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Spanish GP: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso takes home win

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso sent his home crowd into raptures by beating Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen to win the Spanish Grand Prix.

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British Olympic star dies in yacht capsize

A British Olympic sailor has died after a Swedish catamaran capsized during a training session for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay.

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David Moyes set to be new Manchester United manager

Everton boss David Moyes is set to be appointed as the new Manchester United manager, following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

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Sir Alex Ferguson considers retirement?

Sir Alex Ferguson is considering retiring as Manchester United manager before the end of the week, reports the Daily Telegraph's Mark Ogden.

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Wolves: Dean Saunders sacked after relegation

Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked manager Dean Saunders after the club's relegation to League One.

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Tennis: Laura Robson defeats Agnieska Radwanska

Laura Robson achieved a first victory over a player ranked inside the world's top five by beating world number four Agnieska Radwanska at the Madrid Open.

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Superb Ronnie O'Sullivan seals fifth world title

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fifth World Championship crown with an 18-12 victory over a game Barry Hawkins.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers in second successive relegation

Two goals from Kazenga LuaLua gave Brighton victory and cemented a second successive relegation for Wolves.

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Audley Harrison announces retirement from boxing

Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison has announced his retirement from professional boxing.

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Jordan Clark: Lancashire batsman hits six sixes

Lancashire batsman Jordan Clark has hit six sixes in one over in a second XI game against Yorkshire at Scarborough, off left-arm spinner Gurham Randhawa.

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Luis Suarez banned for 10 games over bite

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 games by the Football Association for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

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Chris Gayle hits fastest century in history during IPL match

Chris Gayle set a new record for the fastest century in professional cricket by reaching 100 off 30 balls.

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Luis Suarez apologises for biting Branislav Ivanovic

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologised for his "inexcusable behaviour" after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

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Dereck Chisora stops Hector Alfredo Avila in ninth round

British heavyweight Dereck Chisora stopped Hector Alfredo Avila after nine rounds in his first fight since losing to David Haye in July.

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Argentine football fans beat players after cup exit

Dozens of fans of the Argentine football club Huracan have stormed the club's changing rooms after a training session and assaulted some players.

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Cardiff win promotion to the Premiership

Cardiff City secured promotion to the Premier League with a goalless draw at home to Charlton Athletic.

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Masters 2013: Adam Scott beats Angel Cabrera in play-off

Adam Scott clinched his maiden major title and became the first Australian winner of the Masters with victory against former champion Angel Cabrera in a sudden death play-off at Augusta.

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Classy Fernando Alonso takes China victory for Ferrari

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso produced a dominant performance to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton secures first pole for Mercedes

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel: I may disobey Red Bull orders again

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel says he would "probably" ignore team orders again if he was instructed not to challenge team-mate Mark Webber.

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Goal-line technology to be used in Premier League

The Premier League has voted to introduce goal-line technology from the 2013-14 season.

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Serena thrashes Venus in all-sister semi-final

Serena Williams thrashed her sister Venus in the first meeting between the American siblings since 2009 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, USA.

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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins season opener in Qatar

Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo produced a dominant performance to win the opening race of the season under the floodlights in Qatar.

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Michael Norgrove death: Monica Harris to quit ring

A boxer and close friend of Michael Norgrove - who died on Saturday after collapsing in the ring - has said she will now quit the sport.

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Aston Villa win at Stoke to ease relegation worries

Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone by beating Stoke, whose own survival fears grew after the loss.

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Auroras Encore wins the Grand National at 66-1

The 66-1 chance Auroras Encore gave jockey Ryan Mania and trainer Sue Smith a shock victory in the 2013 Grand National.

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Boxer Michael Norgrove dies days after ring collapse

Boxer Michael Norgrove has died several days after collapsing in the ring, the British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) has confirmed.

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Tennis: Williams sisters to play each other in semi-finals

Venus and Serena Williams will play against each other for the first time in more than three years in the semi-finals of the Family Circle Cup.

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Second horse dies at Aintree meeting

Little Josh became the second horse to die at the 2013 Aintree Grand National meeting after falling on Friday.

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Heather Watson diagnosed with glandular fever

British number one Heather Watson has been diagnosed with glandular fever.

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Football: Taribo West 'was 40 when he said he was 28'

Former Derby County, Plymouth and Inter Milan defender Taribo West has been accused of lying about his age.

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Chris Samba tells fans to 'get over' his wages

QPR defender Chris Samba has told fans to "get over" his wages after apologising for his error-strewn display in the damaging loss to Fulham.

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David Miliband quits Sunderland after Di Canio hired

Labour MP David Miliband has resigned from the board of Sunderland FC because of new manager Paolo Di Canio's "past political statements".

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Andy Murray up to second after Miami final win

Britain's Andy Murray battled past David Ferrer in a gruelling final to win his second Miami title and regain the world number two ranking.

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Sunderland sack manager Martin O'Neill

Relegation-threatened Sunderland have sacked manager Martin O'Neill  following a poor run of results.

 

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Serena Williams wins record sixth Miami title

Serena Williams won a record sixth Miami title as she came from a set and a break down to beat Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-3 6-0 in the Sony Open final.

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Jockey JT McNamara suffers paralysis after Festival fall

Jockey JT McNamara is remaining positive despite suffering paralysis as a result of injuries sustained in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Laura Robson & Lisa Raymond into Miami doubles final

Laura Robson's superb run in the Sony Open doubles continued as she and Lisa Raymond beat top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci to reach the final.

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Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League

Coventry City have been deducted 10 points by the Football League.

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New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder 'beaten up'

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been taken to hospital after reportedly being beaten up near a bar in Christchurch.

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Matt Prior helps England pull off the great escape

England's last-wicket pair held on to secure a stunning draw in a thrilling third Test against New Zealand.

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Tiger Woods back as world number one after Bay Hill win

Tiger Woods returned to the top of the world rankings for the first time since October 2010 after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational by two strokes.

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Sebastian Vettel ignores team orders to beat Mark Webber

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders in the Malaysian GP to win an intense battle with Mark Webber.

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West Ham get Olympic Stadium after increased funding

West Ham finally secured a deal as anchor tenants for the Olympic Stadium after the government agreed to put in an extra £25m towards estimated costs of converting the venue.

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Football: 10-yr-old girl scores 101 goals in 31 games

A 10-year-old girl is being tipped as a future England international after scoring 101 goals in just 31 games this season.

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Heather Watson loses in Miami Masters to Ayumi Morita

British number one Heather Watson suffered an opening-round defeat for the second tournament in succession as she was beaten 1-6 7-5 6-4 by world number 50 Ayumi Morita in Miami.

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Michael Owen to retire from football

Former England striker Michael Owen is to retire from football at the end of the season.

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Tiger Woods and US skier Lindsey Vonn dating

Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods and US Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn have announced that they are dating.

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Peter Odemwingie criticises West Brom on twitter

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has criticised the club on Twitter after a string of substitute appearances.

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Rio Ferdinand withdraws from England squad

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn from England's squad for their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

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Australian GP: Kimi Raikkonen wins ahead of Alonso

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen beat Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in a tense strategic battle in the Australian Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel takes pole for the Australian Grand Prix

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Australian Grand Prix as qualifying was completed on race morning after heavy rain on Saturday.

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Aston Villa snatch thrilling win over relegation rivals QPR

Aston Villa came from behind for the second week running to win and move six points clear of the relegation zone while keeping QPR rooted to the bottom.

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Juan Martin del Potro beats Andy Murray at Indian Wells

Andy Murray went out of the BNP Paribas Open with a three-set quarter-final defeat by Juan Martin del Potro in Indian Wells.

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Sebastian Vettel quickest in Australian Grand Prix practice

World champion Sebastian Vettel set an ominous pace in his Red Bull on the first day of practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

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Jockey JT McNamara injured in fall at Cheltenham

Amateur jockey JT McNamara has been airlifted to hospital after being seriously injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Rio Ferdinand recalled to England squad

Rio Ferdinand has been recalled to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

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Dereck Chisora issued new BBBC licence

Dereck Chisora has been issued a new British Boxing Board of Control licence, promoter and manager Frank Warren has confirmed.

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Boxing: Former welterweight Tony Martin shot dead

Family members say retired boxer Tony Martin was fatally shot in an altercation with a visitor at one of his rental properties in Philadelphia.

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Sports commentator Tony Gubba dies following illness

Sports presenter Tony Gubba, who spent much of his career with the BBC, has died following a short illness.

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Tiger Woods wins in Miami

Tiger Woods wrapped up a dominant win at the World Golf Championships tournament at Doral with a two-shot victory over Steve Stricker.

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Lewis Hamilton: Fernando Alonso is the driver to beat

Lewis Hamilton has named his old McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso as the man he most wants to beat in 2013.

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More footballing records broken by Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored in his 17th successive La Liga game, breaking a world record which has stood since the 1930s, according to his club Barcelona.

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Bernard Hopkins breaks record as oldest world champion

Bernard Hopkins beat Tavoris Cloud to break his own record as the oldest world champion in boxing history.

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Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard breaks back bones

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard faces a spell on the sidelines after fracturing two bones in his back.

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Charge over Arsenal-Spurs banana throwing incident

A man has been charged after allegedly throwing a banana on to the pitch during the north London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

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Ex-police officer admits selling John Terry information

A former Surrey Police officer has admitted selling information, including details about footballer John Terry's mother, to the Sun newspaper.

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Laura Robson and Heather Watson lose in first round

Laura Robson and Heather Watson both suffered first-round defeats on a bad day for Britain's women at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

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Sir Alex Ferguson 'distraught' after Man Utd exit to Madrid

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was too "distraught" to face the media after their Champions League exit against Real Madrid at Old Trafford.

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Nico Rosberg fastest on final day of testing

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the winter on the last day of the final pre-season test.

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Perri Shakes-Drayton wins 400m European Indoors gold

Perri Shakes-Drayton won Great Britain's second gold medal of the European Indoor Championships with a scintillating performance in the 400m.

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Holly Bleasdale wins gold at Indoor Championships

Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale won Great Britain's first gold medal of the European Indoor Championships with a winning height of 4.67m.

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Lewis Hamilton sets stunning pace in Barcelona testing

Lewis Hamilton has set a stunning pace on the penultimate day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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Furious Dwain Chambers fails to qualify

Britain's Dwain Chambers reacted furiously after going out in the heats of the 60m at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

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Ryan Giggs: Manchester United star signs new deal

Ryan Giggs has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United.

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Premiership to introduce goal-line technology next season

Goal-line technology will be introduced in the Premier League next season.

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Adrian Sutil to race for Force India this season

Adrian Sutil appears to have won the race for the final seat available in Formula 1 this season at Force India.

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Rafael Benitez: Chelsea interim manager confirms exit

Rafael Benitez has said he will leave Chelsea in May and described the decision to give him the title "interim manager" as a "massive mistake".

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Amir Khan to fight Julio Diaz in Sheffield on 27 April

Amir Khan's next fight will be against former world champion Julio Diaz in Sheffield on 27 April, his first contest in Britain for two years.

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McLaren's technical director Paddy Lowe to join Mercedes

Ross Brawn is expected to leave his position as team principal of Mercedes following their recruitment of Paddy Lowe from McLaren.

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still finish second

Arsene Wenger says finishing second in the Premier League is not out of Arsenal's reach.

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Fans injured in Daytona multi-car crash

At least 28 fans have been injured in a multi-car crash during a Nascar race at Daytona in the US state of Florida.

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Audley Harrison wins heavyweight Prizefighter event

Audley Harrison has won his second heavyweight Prizefighter tournament, defeating three opponents on one night to take the prize at Bethnal Green.

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Danica Patrick targets win from historic Daytona pole

Danica Patrick will make history today (24 02 13) when she starts the Daytona 500 in Florida from pole position.

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Thompson shocks David Price with 2nd round knockout

Tony Thompson says Britain's David Price will still become a heavyweight world champion - despite the American's shock victory in Liverpool on Saturday.

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Robin Van Persie suffers bizarre hip injury against QPR

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes that Robin van Persie will be fit to face Real Madrid after the striker suffered a bizarre hip injury in the 2-0 victory over QPR.

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Paul Elliott: FA accepts resignation after racism row

Football Association ambassador Paul Elliott has resigned from all roles representing the organisation following reports of a racism row.

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'F****** hell!': Mancini snaps at questions about his job

Roberto Mancini has launched an impassioned defence of his record at Manchester City, amid fresh claims he could get the axe.

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Lewis Hamilton heads Jenson Button at Barcelona test

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set an impressive pace on a damp final morning of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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Audley Harrison: 'My career ain't over yet'

British heavyweight Audley Harrison has promised he will "turn up" when he fights in east London on Saturday.

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World Track Cycling 2013: Team pursuit gold for women

Great Britain won their first gold medal of the 2013 World Track Cycling Championships as their women's team pursuit trio beat Australia in Belarus.

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Peter Ndlovu to face trial over fatal car accident

Former Zimbabwe and Coventry City footballer Peter Ndlovu will face trial next month on charges of culpable homicide..

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Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on the first day of the second pre-season test.

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Ex-Leeds United footballer reveals he is gay

United States and ex-Leeds United winger Robbie Rogers says he is "stepping away" from football after announcing he is gay.

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Serena Williams becomes world oldest number one

Serena Williams ensured she will regain the world number one ranking next week after she beat Petra Kvitova to reach the Qatar Open semi-finals

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Adrian Sutil could return to F1 with Force India this season

German ex-Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil has had a seat fitting at the Force India team and may drive in next week's pre-season test.

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Newcastle United midfielder arrested

Newcastle United player Cheick Tiote has had his car seized by police after being arrested on suspicion of fraud.

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Women's World Cup: West Indies win to get to final

Underdogs West Indies stunned five-time champions Australia by eight runs in a thrilling low-scoring Super Six stage match to storm into the final of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup.

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Millwall 'appalled' by footage of racist fans

Millwall are "appalled" by footage showing their supporters aiming racial abuse at Leeds striker El Hadji Diouf.

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Six Nations: 'Maturity' pleases coach Stuart Lancaster

England coach Stuart Lancaster praised the maturity of his young side after their battling win away to Ireland but warned that their next game, against France, will be a massive test.

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Women's Cricket World Cup: England hammer South Africa

Anya Shrubsole took 5-17 as defending champions England thrashed South Africa by seven wickets to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

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Holly Bleasdale wins GB pole vault title in 2013 best

Holly Bleasdale leapt to the top of the world pole vault rankings on her way to the British Indoor title in Sheffield.

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Usain Bolt & Yohan Blake begin season with 400m

Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake opened their 2013 seasons by taking part in 400m races in Jamaica.

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Formula 1: David Coulthard's sister found dead

Lynsay Jackson, 35, was discovered at her home near Dumfries in Scotland this morning.

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Federation Cup: Laura Robson & Heather Watson win

Laura Robson and Heather Watson both claimed singles victories to help Great Britain beat Hungary and earn a Fed Cup Euro/Africa Group I play-off place.

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Lewis Hamilton happy with Mercedes' 'starting place'

Lewis Hamilton has given a cautiously optimistic assessment of his new Mercedes after his first proper run in the car in pre-season testing.

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Lionel Messi signs a two-year contract extension

Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona which will tie him to the Spanish club until June 2018.

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Football: Approach made for Birmingham City

Championship side Birmingham City have been approached by a sports management company representing a consortium interested in purchasing the club.

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Lewis Hamilton crashes Mercedes during testing in Jerez

Lewis Hamilton's first day of testing for his new Mercedes team got off to a bad start when he crashed the car after just 15 laps in Jerez, Spain.

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Match-fixing: Debrecen confirm Liverpool investigation

Hungarian club Debrecen have confirmed that their Champions League match against Liverpool in 2009 was part of a match-fixing investigation.

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Jenson Button's McLaren fastest on day one testing

McLaren's Jenson Button set the fastest time of the first day's pre-season testing after an early failure.

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Lindsey Vonn hurt in crash at skiing World Championships

Olympic gold medallist Lindsey Vonn has been airlifted to hospital after a serious crash on the opening day of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Austria.

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Alex McLeish leaves Nottingham Forest by mutual consent

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has left the Championship club by mutual consent after 40 days in charge.

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Wycombe goalkeeper Jordan Archer attacked by fan

Wycombe goalkeeper Jordan Archer was attacked by a fan in the closing stages of the visitors' 1-0 win at the Priestfield Stadium.

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Champions League tie played in England 'was fixed'

A Champions League tie played in England is one of 680 matches across the world investigators say was fixed.

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Mario Balotelli scores twice in dramatic AC Milan debut

Mario Balotelli scored twice against Udinese, including the winner with the last kick of the game, as he made a successful start to life at AC Milan.

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Italy stun France in the six nations

Italy blew the Six Nations wide open as they won at home against France for the second time in a row.

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Elise Christie wins 1,000m speed skating World Cup

Elise Christie has become Great Britain's first short-track speed skating World Cup champion at 1,000m.

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Paul Gascoigne needs immediate help, says his agent

Paul Gascoigne's agent says the former England footballer's life is in danger after he started drinking again.

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Mario Balotelli criticises life in England after Italy return

Mario Balotelli says he will miss little about life in Manchester after taking a swipe at English culture following his £19m move to AC Milan.

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Mario Balotelli AC Milan move marred by scuffles

AC Milan football fans have clashed with Italian police as they celebrated a proposed transfer of Mario Balotelli to their club from Manchester City.

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Paul Lambert says Aston Villa face relegation fight

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged his side "to fight like hell" in an attempt to drag them out of the Premier League's bottom three.

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Heather Watson and Laura Robson rise in world rankings

British pair Heather Watson and Laura Robson have been rewarded for reaching the third round of the Australian Open with new career high rankings.

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AC Milan agree deal to sign Mario Balotelli

AC Milan's organising director Umberto Gandini has confirmed that the Italian club have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

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Galatasaray agree deal for Didier Drogba

Galatasaray have reached a deal to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

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Tiger Woods wins 75th PGA Tour title

Tiger Woods survived a sloppy back nine to win California's fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open by four shots - his 75th victory on the PGA Tour.

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Paul Lambert: Villa owner Randy Lerner backs manager

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he has received support from club owner Randy Lerner following Friday's FA Cup defeat by Championship club Millwall.

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Djokovic wins third consecutive Australian Open crown

Melbourne, Australia - Andy Murray expected pain before the Australian Open final. In Novak Djokovic, he got more than he bargained for.

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Netball: Cookey predicts bright future for England

England netball captain Pamela Cookey says the sport is in the best condition ever after her team's international series whitewash against world number ones Australia.

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Victoria Azarenka wins the Australian Open 2013

Victoria Azarenka blocked out an unfriendly crowd, her opponent's injuries and her own slow start to beat Li Na and win a second consecutive Australian Open crown.

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FA Cup 4th Round: Millwall 2 Aston Villa 1

A late winner from John Marquis put Championship side Millwall into the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Premier League Aston Villa.

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Eden Hazard charged with violent conduct by FA

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after kicking out at a Swansea ball boy.

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Andy Murray beats Federer to reach Australian Open final

Andy Murray battled past Roger Federer in five sets to reach his third Australian Open and sixth Grand Slam final.

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Sloane Stephens beaten to final by Victoria Azarenka

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has advanced to the Australian Open final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens.

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Eden Hazard sent off for kicking ball boy in cup semi

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was sent off for kicking a ball boy during the Capital One Cup exit to Swansea.

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Andy Murray beats Jeremy Chardy at the Australian Open

Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the fourth year in a row after a swift win against France's Jeremy Chardy.

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Bradford beat Villa to reach League Cup final

Bradford became the first fourth-tier side in over 50 years to reach the League Cup final as they secured a 4-3 aggregate victory over Aston Villa.

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Andy Murray wins to reach Australian Open quarters

Andy Murray barely broke sweat as he reached the last eight at the Australian Open with victory over an exhausted Gilles Simon.

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Football star helps city homeless

 Swansea City's Angel Rangel and his wife have been praised by fans after driving around the snowy streets of Swansea on Friday night looking for homeless people to help.

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Laura Robson knocked out of Australian Open

Laura Robson said she had played through the pain after a shoulder injury hampered her in defeat by Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open.

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Andy Murray reaches last 16 with Berankis win

Andy Murray made it through to round four of the Australian Open with a scrappy straight-sets win over Ricardas Berankis.

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Lance Armstrong & Oprah Winfrey: cyclist sorry for doping

Lance Armstrong has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

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Australian Open 2013: Heather Watson loses to Radwanska

Heather Watson's Australian Open run came to an end with a straight-sets defeat by Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

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Alonso: 'Lewis Hamilton is the best driver in F1'

Fernando Alonso believes Lewis Hamilton will win races in 2013, despite his move to Mercedes.

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Laura Robson stuns Petra Kvitova in Australian Open

Laura Robson claimed another big Grand Slam scalp with an epic late-night win over former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open.

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Andy Murray reaches Australian Open 2013 third round

Andy Murray wasted little time in the Melbourne heat as he swept past Portugal's Joao Sousa to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

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Australian Open 2013: Heather Watson beats Ksenia Parvak

Heather Watson produced a miraculous escape from three match points down to beat Ksenia Pervak and reach the third round of the Australian Open.

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Cricket: England crumble to India defeat

India outplayed England to inflict a crushing 127-run defeat and level their five-match one-day series at 1-1.

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Australian Open 2013: Laura Robson makes round two

Laura Robson reached the second round of the Australian Open for the first time with a 6-2 6-3 victory over American Melanie Oudin.

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Andy Murray into Australian Open second round

Andy Murray began his Australian Open campaign with a swift straight-sets win over Robin Haase in Melbourne.

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Australian Open: Heather Watson reaches second round

Heather Watson staged a remarkable comeback to beat Romania's Alexandra Cadantu in the first round of the Australian Open.

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Olympic 100m final bottle thrower guilty

A man who threw a plastic beer bottle on to the track at the start of the men's Olympic 100m final has been found guilty of public order offences.

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India v England: Tourists edge thrilling one-dayer in Rajkot

England held their nerve to edge out India by nine runs in an stirring opening one-day international.

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England women's contract offer 'embarrassing', says PFA

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor says the Football Association's £18,000-a-year contract offer to England's top women players is "embarrassing".

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Lionel Messi wins record fourth Ballon d'Or

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for the fourth season in a row.

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Heather Watson and Laura Robson in top 50 rankings

Heather Watson and Laura Robson have become the first two British women to be ranked in the top 50 in the world at the same time for more than 25 years.

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Andy Murray retains Brisbane title beating Grigor Dimitrov

Britain's Andy Murray retained his Brisbane International title with a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov.

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Wolves sack manager Stale Solbakken after six months

Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked manager Stale Solbakken after just over six months in charge.

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Lance Armstrong considers doping confession

Months after being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles amid doping allegations...

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Serena Williams secures 47th career title in Brisbane

Serena Williams has started the season by securing her 47th career title with victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Brisbane International final.

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Rodney Marsh: Mario Balotelli 'most unpredictable player'

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most unpredictable players in footballing history, says former City star Rodney Marsh.

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Burry Stander: South African mountain biker killed in crash

South African mountain biker Burry Stander has died in a road accident while on a training ride.

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AC Milan friendly called off after racist chanting

A friendly between AC Milan and Italian lower division club Pro Patria was suspended after players walked off because of racist chants.

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Mario Balotelli & Roberto Mancini in 'bust-up'

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli appears to have been involved in a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

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Football - Sir Alex Ferguson: No plans to retire

Sir Alex Ferguson might be at an age when most of his peers are more interested in mugs of horlicks than the 4-4-2 system, but he has said that he will carry on at Manchester United for at least "two or three" more years.

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Phil Taylor wins 16th world darts title

Phil 'The Power' Taylor won his 16th world darts title by beating Michael van Gerwen 7-4 in an absorbing PDC World Championship final.

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Arsene Wenger rules out Thierry Henry return

Arsene Wenger has ruled out former striker Thierry Henry having a third spell at Arsenal.

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PDC world darts: Phil Taylor beats Van Barneveld to final

Phil Taylor survived a Raymond van Barneveld fightback in a gripping PDC World Championship semi-final.

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Football: Russian side 'offered £205m for Messi'

Spanish sports daily El Mundo Deportivo reports that the club agreed to pay more than double the world record transfer fee, and offered the Argentine a €30m (£24.6m) annual pay packet after tax.

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Sachin Tendulkar retires from one-day cricket with India

Record-breaking India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has retired from one-day international cricket.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Van Persie could have died

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said Robin van Persie "could have been killed."

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Olympian exposed as £400-an-hour escort girl

Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time U.S. Olympian, has revealed that she has spent much of the past year working as a $600 (£370)-an-hour escort.

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Ferrari favour Sebastian Vettel over Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari say they would choose Sebastian Vettel over Lewis Hamilton if they needed to appoint a new lead driver.

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Champions League: Manchester United draw Real Madrid

Manchester United have been drawn against Spanish champions Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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Hillsborough inquest verdicts quashed by High Court

The High Court has quashed the original inquest verdicts returned on 96 Liverpool football fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

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Former footballer Charlie Adam dies suddenly

The former footballer Charlie Adam has died suddenly. He was 50 years old.

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Zenit St Petersburg fans petition club to sack black players

A group of Zenit St Petersburg supporters, who could face Premier League opposition in the Europa League in February, have called for all non-European and "sexual minorities" to be barred from playing for the club.

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Cricket - India v England: Tourists earn historic series win

England completed their first series victory in India for 27 years as Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both hit centuries on the final day in Nagpur.

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Bradley Wiggins wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Bradley Wiggins has been voted the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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Peter Ndlovu critically injured and brother dies in crash

Former Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield United and Huddersfield winger Peter Ndlovu has been critically injured in a car crash in his native Zimbabwe.

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Amir Khan beats Carlos Molina in Los Angeles

Britain's Amir Khan bounced back from two straight defeats with a stoppage of Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.

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Fifa refuses to ratify Lionel Messi's goalscoring record

Fifa has refused to get involved in the debate about who holds the world record for scoring the most goals in a year.

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Football: England and Serbia players banned

Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker have been banned over incidents that took place during England Under-21s' win over Serbia in October.

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Lone Udinese football fan wins hearts in Italy

A football fan has stolen media attention in Italy after being the only supporter to show up to watch his club play an away game in the top league.

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Foreign players to get cultural lessons to tackle racism

Football's governing bodies are considering the introduction of cultural lessons for foreign players as part of a series of measures to tackle the recent increase in racially related offences in the English game.

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Amir Khan: Molina fight is a 'make or break' bout

Amir Khan says his bout with Carlos Molina is a "make or break fight".

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, sets new goal-scoring record

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has set the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012.

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Boxing: Pacquiao knocked out by Marquez punch

Juan Manuel Marquez delivered a devastating right hand to knock out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their welterweight bout in Las Vegas.

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Cricket: India v England: Tourists win third Test in Kolkata

England wrapped up a seven-wicket victory on day five of the third Test to take a 2-1 lead and move close to a first series win in India since 1985.

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John Mikel Obi banned for Mark Clattenburg threats

Chelsea's John Mikel Obi has been given a three-match ban and fined £60,000 by the Football Association for threatening referee Mark Clattenburg.

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Cricket: Alastair Cook record praised by Nick Compton

Alastair Cook's record-breaking 23rd Test century is an "amazing achievement", says his new opening partner Nick Compton.

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Frankie Dettori banned for six months after failing drugs test

Jockey Frankie Dettori has been given a six-month ban from racing after failing a drugs test in France.

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Chrissie Wellington quits Ironman triathlon racing unbeaten

Britain's four-time world champion Chrissie Wellington has retired from professional Ironman racing.

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England win over New Zealand delights Stuart Lancaster

Head coach Stuart Lancaster said England's victory over New Zealand was an "unbelievable achievement".

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Tyson Fury defeats Kevin Johnson in a poor fight in Belfast

Tyson Fury moved one step closer to a world title shot after overcoming Kevin Johnson by unanimous decision after a disappointing encounter in Belfast.

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Andrew Flintoff beats Richard Dawson on boxing debut

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff climbed off the canvas to win a points decision over American Richard Dawson on his heavyweight boxing debut.

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Gareth Southgate: Gay footballers would be accepted

Former England international Gareth Southgate says players would accept a gay team-mate in the dressing room.

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Formula 1: Ferrari say Sebastian Vettel complaint is 'closed'

Ferrari says the controversy over world champion Sebastian Vettel's driving in the Brazilian Grand Prix is "closed".

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Serena Williams wins WTA Tour Player of the Year award

Serena Williams has been named WTA Tour Player of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold in 2012.

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Formula 1: Ferrari consider Sebastian Vettel protest

Ferrari want to establish whether there is enough evidence to lodge a protest that, if successful, could overturn the result of the world championship.

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F1: Valtteri Bottas replaces Bruno Senna at Williams

Valtteri Bottas says he is ready to justify Williams's faith after taking Bruno Senna's seat for next season.

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Laura Robson wins WTA's newcomer of the year award

Britain's Laura Robson has been handed the WTA's newcomer of the year award for her performances in 2012.

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Police start racism investigation from Sunderland match

Police are investigating an alleged racist gesture by a fan during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Brom last Saturday.

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India v England: Tourists level Test series in Mumbai

England ruthlessly completed a memorable 10-wicket victory over India in the second Test in Mumbai to level the four-match series.

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Sebastian Vettel wins his third F1 world championship

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won a third consecutive world drivers' title by three points in the Brazilian GP.

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Cricket: Pietersen and Cook make history

Kevin Pietersen smashed a brilliant 186 and Monty Panesar took five wickets to leave England on the verge of victory over India in the second Test.

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Ricky Hatton retires after Vyacheslav Senchenko defeat

Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has announced his retirement from boxing following his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester.

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Usain Bolt & Allyson Felix win athlete of the year awards

Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix have won the male and female athlete of the year awards.

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Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton on pole ahead of Button

Lewis Hamilton led Jenson Button to a McLaren one-two in Brazil qualifying.

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QPR: Harry Redknapp takes over as manager

Queens Park Rangers have appointed Harry Redknapp as manager on a two-and-a-half year contract.

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Boxer Hector Camacho 'to be taken off life support'

The mother of Puerto Rican former boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho says he is to be taken off a life support machine, against the wishes of his eldest son.

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Lewis Hamilton tearful about McLaren exit

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton had to fight back tears as he discussed his impending departure from McLaren.

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Mark Hughes sacked as Queens Park Rangers manager

QPR have sacked manager Mark Hughes with the club bottom of the Premier League.

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Fabrice Muamba says he could resume playing career

Fabrice Muamba says there is a chance he could play football again, but only if he is given the all-clear to resume his career by heart specialists.

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Tottenham fans injured in clashes in Rome

A Tottenham Hotspur supporter has been seriously injured, and nine others hurt in clashes with rival fans in Rome.

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Chelsea launch bid to bring back Drogba in loan deal

Chelsea are in talks over a deal that could see former striker Didier Drogba return to Stamford Bridge from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan.

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Hector Camacho, Puerto Rico boxer, wounded in shooting

Former Puerto Rican world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has been shot in the face and left seriously injured in a drive-by attack.

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Chelsea sack Roberto Di Matteo after Juventus defeat

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has parted company with Chelsea, the club has announced.

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Usain Bolt may play football or cricket after next Olympics

Sprint star Usain Bolt will not appear in this year's Big Bash Twenty20 League but may consider switching to cricket or football after the 2016 Olympics.

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India v England: Hosts win first Test by nine wickets

India dismissed any chance of a famous England escape by wrapping up a nine-wicket win on day five of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

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Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel in US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix after a tight battle with Sebastian Vettel as Fernando Alonso kept the title fight alive.

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Track World Cup: Laura Trott wins omnium gold in Glasgow

World and Olympic champion Laura Trott completed a successful return to competitive action with omnium gold at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

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F1: Felipe Massa grid penalty elevates Fernando Alonso

Ferrari's Felipe Massa will get a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's United States Grand Prix, promoting team-mate Fernando Alonso to seventh.

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Froch wants rematch with Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward

Three-time world champion Carl Froch said he is "in his prime and ready for anybody" after his third-round defeat of Yusaf Mack in Nottingham.

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Norwich deserved win - Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson praised opponents Norwich but did not blame his Manchester United players for their shock 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road.

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Lewis Hamilton has no regrets about his move to Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed his McLaren team boss's claim that he has had some regrets about deciding to move to Mercedes next season.

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Football: Sweden 4 England 2 - Ibrahimovic steals the show

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals - including an amazing overhead kick - as Sweden marked the opening of their new stadium with victory over England.

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Mark Clattenburg: FA accused of 'institutional racism'

The Football Association has been accused of "institutional racism" for not referring alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg to the police.

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Cricket: West Indies opener Chris Gayle makes history

Chris Gayle has become the first player ever to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.

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Horse racing: Frankie Dettori inquiry after 'positive test'

Frankie Dettori faces a French horse racing inquiry after a 'positive test' at French track Longchamp in September.

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Novak Djokovic dedicates World Tour Finals win to father

World number one Novak Djokovic dedicated his victory over Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals to his ill father.

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Roger Federer beats Andy Murray to reach ATP World final

Roger Federer withstood an early barrage to see off Andy Murray in straight sets and reach the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

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Nathan Cleverly defends WBO title beating Shawn Hawk

Britain's Nathan Cleverly retained his WBO light-heavyweight title with an eighth-round stoppage win over American Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles.

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Wladimir Klitschko beats Mariusz Wach to retain belts

Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles by recording a unanimous points decision over Poland's Mariusz Wach in Hamburg.

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Veteran Richard Hughes crowned champion Flat jockey

Richard Hughes was officially crowned champion Flat jockey for 2012 amid celebrations at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Lewis Hamilton has regrets over leaving McLaren

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Lewis Hamilton has already had regrets about his move to Mercedes.

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Jessica Ennis, named Sportswoman of the Year

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has won the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award.

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Football: Celtic earn stunning win over Barcelona

Celtic took a massive step towards the last 16 of the Champions League with an astonishing victory over Barcelona.

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Bradley Wiggins back home after crash

Britain's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is back home following a night in hospital after a bike crash.

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Abu Dhabi: Kimi Raikkonen wins classic Grand Prix

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel held on to his championship lead despite starting from the pit lane.

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F1 - Abu Dhabi: Sebastian Vettel demoted to back of grid

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified from qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and will start from the back of the field.

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Horse Racing: Tony McCoy breaks teeth in Wetherby fall

Tony McCoy will be in action at Ascot on Saturday despite being taken to hospital after falling from his horse at Wetherby.

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Sauber sign Nico Hulkenberg for 2013 Formula 1 season

Sauber have named German Nico Hulkenberg as one of their two drivers for the 2013 Formula 1 season.

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Mark Clattenburg: Police probe referee after Chelsea claims

The Metropolitan Police has started an investigation into alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg towards Chelsea players during Manchester United's 3-2 win on Sunday.

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Serbian police charge England Under-21 pair after brawl

Serbian police have filed criminal charges against 12 people, including two England Under-21 players, following a Euro 2013 play-off match last month.

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Bradley Wiggins 2009 Tour de France result upgraded

Bradley Wiggins has had his 2009 Tour de France fourth place elevated to third after Lance Armstrong's disqualification for doping.

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F1: Kimi Raikkonen stays at Lotus for the 2013 season

Kimi Raikkonen will remain in Formula 1 with Lotus for the 2013 season.

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Serena Williams beats Sharapova in WTA final

Serena Williams won her third WTA Championships title with a 6-4 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova in Istanbul.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel denies signing for Ferrari

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has denied that he has signed any agreement to join Ferrari in the future.

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Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel takes pole for Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel led team-mate Mark Webber to a Red Bull one-two in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo cruises to world championship title

Jorge Lorenzo secured his second MotoGP world championship as he finished second in the Australian GP.

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Racism: Les Ferdinand says FA has let down black players

Former England striker Les Ferdinand says the Football Association let black players down by failing to suspend John Terry for more than four games.

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Emanuel Steward: Legendary boxing trainer dies aged 68

Emanuel Steward, who trained legendary fighters Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko among many others, has died at the age of 68.

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Jason Roberts continues Kick It Out T-shirt stance

Jason Roberts will not wear a Kick It Out anti-racism T-shirt again until he is satisfied more has been done to address racism in football.

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Price of Football: MP urges fans to switch to cheaper clubs

An MP has suggested that football fans should switch their support to non-league clubs because of the high cost of tickets in the Premier League.

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Lance Armstrong is innocent of doping - Miguel Indurain

Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain believes Lance Armstrong is not guilty of doping.

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Frankel lands 14th straight win in Champion Stakes

Frankel stormed to a 14th win in 14 races with victory in the prestigious Champion Stakes at Ascot to bring his glorious career to a likely end.

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Chris Kirkland attack: Aaron Cawley jailed for pitch assault

A man has been jailed for running on to the pitch and attacking a goalkeeper during a Championship football match.

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Chris Kirkland attacked by Leeds United fan

The Football Association has launched an investigation into the incident which saw Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland attacked by a fan.

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Uefa charges Serbia and England after football fracas

Uefa has charged the Serbian and English football associations following the fracas at the end of the Under-21 football match between the two nations.

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Felipe Massa signs one-year contract extension with Ferrari

Felipe Massa will stay at Ferrari for the 2013 season after signing a one-year extension to his current contract.

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Richard Hughes wins seven races at Windsor

Jockey Richard Hughes rode seven winners from eight races at Windsor at combined odds of 10,168-1.

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Paula Radcliffe lottery funding withdrawn by UK Athletics

Paula Radcliffe lost her National Lottery funding because she is not seen as a "genuine medal contender" for Rio 2016, says UK Athletics (UKA).

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Sebastian Vettel to join Ferrari in 2014

Ferrari will retain Felipe Massa next season in what is planned to be a stop-gap deal before the arrival of Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

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Price knocks Audley Harrison out in 82 secs

David Price retained his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles with a devastating 82-second knockout of Audley Harrison.

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Djokovic beats Murray to win Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray failed in his bid to make it a hat-trick of titles at the Shanghai Masters after losing a three-set thriller to Novak Djokovic.

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Heather Watson defeats Chang Kai-chen to win Japan Open

Heather Watson has become the first British woman to win a WTA singles title since 1988 after beating Chang Kai-chen in the Japan Open final.

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My title fight is over - Lewis Hamilton

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has conceded his world championship hopes are after finishing 10th in the Korean GP.

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Usain Bolt plans to defend Olympic sprint titles in Rio

Usain Bolt says he intends to defend his Olympic sprint titles at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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Lewis Hamilton blast at Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton was forced into a grovelling climbdown after accusing McLaren team-mate Jenson Button of lacking respect.

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Japanese Grand Prix: Vettel wins as Alonso taken out

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Japanese Grand Prix to put himself in a strong position to win the world title.

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World T20 cricket: West Indies beat Sri Lanka in final

A Marlon Samuels-inspired West Indies recovered from an awful start to beat Sri Lanka and win the World Twenty20.

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Boxer is first to come out as gay

Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz has become the first active boxer to publicly reveal he is gay.

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Cricket T20: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to reach final

Sri Lanka's bowlers stifled Pakistan to give the hosts a 16-run win and a place in the final of the World Twenty20.

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Michael Schumacher to retire from Formula 1

Michael Schumacher has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

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McLaren: No regrets over Hamilton contract discussions

McLaren say they have no regrets over their handling of contract discussions with Lewis Hamilton, who is moving to Mercedes next season.

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Kevin Pietersen agrees new England contract

Kevin Pietersen has signed a new four-month England contract but must undergo a "reintegration" period before he returns to the team.

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Ryder Cup 2012: Europe beat USA after record comeback

Europe's golfers produced a stunning final-day comeback to win the Ryder Cup at a shell-shocked Medinah.

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MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa storms to win in Aragon

Dani Pedrosa kept his faint hopes of a first MotoGP championship alive with a dominant win in Aragon.

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World T20 cricket: Sri Lanka crush Windies to top group

Sri Lanka are on the brink of the World Twenty20 semi-finals after thrashing West Indies by nine wickets to go top of their Super Eights group.

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Lewis Hamilton to leave McLaren for Mercedes drive

Lewis Hamilton is to leave McLaren after signing to race for Mercedes from next season.

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World T20 West Indies through as England crash out

Defending champions England have been knocked out of the World Twenty20 after being overpowered by hosts Sri Lanka in their final Super Eights match.

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Heather Watson loses to Maria Sharapova at Pan Pacific

Britain's Heather Watson was knocked out of the Pan Pacific Open in Japan with a narrow defeat by world number two Maria Sharapova of Russia.

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10-place grid penalty for Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has been given a 10-place grid penalty for the Japanese Grand Prix after crashing into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne in Singapore.

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Twenty20 cricket: England humbled by India spinners

England fell to their lowest total and heaviest defeat as they lost by 90 runs to India in their final World Twenty20 group match in Colombo.

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John Terry retires from England duty ahead of FA hearing

Former England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from international football.

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Singapore GP: Vettel wins after Lewis Hamilton retires

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory in the Singapore GP after Lewis Hamilton's McLaren retired.

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Laura Robson loses to Su-Wei Hsieh in Open final

Laura Robson failed in her bid to become the first British woman since 1988 to win a WTA singles final as she was beaten 6-3 5-7 6-4 by Su-Wei Hsieh at the Guangzhou Open.

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