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Defending champion Osaka out but not down after Australian Open exit

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In months and years gone by, a third-round grand-slam loss to an unheralded opponent might have given Naomi Osaka cause for heavy rumination. She may have agonised over every headline and carried every morsel of feedb...

Gauff shocked by Wang at Australian Open as Keys beats 2020 champion Kenin

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China’s Wang Qiang secured her first win over a top-20 player since beating Serena Williams at Melbourne Park in 2020 after upsetting 18th-seeded Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Monday. It was Wang’s fir...

Mariah Bell becomes oldest US women’s figure skating champion since 1927

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Mariah Bell put together a mesmerizing free skate at the US figure skating championships on Friday night, edging Karen Chen for her first gold medal and taking any drama out of whether she’s headed to her first Winter...

Anne-Marie crowned Strictly Come Dancing Christmas champion

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The singer Anne-Marie has been crowned the winner of the 2021 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. The 30-year-old pop star and the professional dancer Graziano Di Prima were victorious after performing a thrillin...

Ash Barty honoured again after being crowned ITF 2021 world champion

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Ash Barty has been crowned the 2021 world champion of women’s tennis by the sport’s governing body, the latest of a host of accolades heaped on the Australian after her dazzling year. The International Tennis Federati...

Citizen Ashe: The quiet heroism and triumph of a tennis champion

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Confidence fueled Arthur Ashe’s success in tennis. If he was confident enough, he said, he could hit the ball backwards. In 1968, he had plenty of forward momentum, going two months without losing a match. At that yea...

Canelo Álvarez stops Caleb Plant to become undisputed champion at 168lbs

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The imperious march of Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez continues as, in the 60th fight of his long and illustrious career, he became the undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world after a devastating stoppage of Caleb ...

Bryony Frost pilots Frodon to win thrilling Down Royal Champion Chase

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Frodon and Bryony Frost held off Galvin in a thrilling finish to the Champion Chase at Down Royal. The first Grade One chase of the new National Hunt season was good enough to grace any of the spring festivals, with a...

Talking Horses: Murphy needs to meet demands of his champion status

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The celebrations were not quite all that they could or should have been when Oisin Murphy finally secured the Flat jockeys’ title for the third year running at Ascot on Saturday, after a final week of struggle with Wi...

Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie lost tennis shoes before final

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Cameron Norrie has revealed that his tennis shoes were taken from his locker overnight before he contested his final at the BNP Paribas Open, forcing him to play the biggest match of his life with brand new shoes. “I ...

‘The world is burning’: how Australia’s longest-serving fire chief became a climate champion

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The year 2019 was Australia’s hottest and driest on record. By 2040, those conditions – temperatures 1.5C above normal, contributing to the worst bushfire season the east coast has ever seen – will be average. By 2060...

Oleksandr Usyk insists pressure is all on reigning champion Anthony Joshua

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Oleksandr Usyk will watch Peaky Blinders and read the Bible in the last stressful hours before he steps into the ring against Anthony Joshua for their world heavyweight title fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in ...

Michael Schumacher’s wife provides update on former F1 world champion

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Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna has revealed the former seven-times world F1 champion is still battling to recover from brain injury caused by a skiing accident but remains “here but different”, in a Netflix documen...

‘It’s not the cow, it’s the how’: why a long-time vegetarian became beef’s biggest champion

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After refusing to eat meat for 33 years, Nicolette Hahn Niman bit tentatively into a beefburger two years ago. She had become a vegetarian because she was concerned about animal welfare and the environmental cost of m...

‘Super-strict’ London headteacher in running to be social mobility champion

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A headteacher who rose to public attention by addressing a Conservative conference about some “utterly chaotic” state schools is a frontrunner to become the government’s new social mobility commissioner. Katharine Bir...

Defending champion Dominic Thiem ruled out of US Open with wrist injury

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Defending champion Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the US Open and will miss the rest of the season. Thiem has failed to recover from a wrist injury suffered while contesting the Mallorca Open in June. In a statement...

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