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Azeem Rafiq: ‘The ECB needs a reset of its morals and values – simple as that’

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“I am exhausted,” Azeem Rafiq says quietly as, just before eight in the morning, he takes a deep breath and straightens his black tie. The 30-year-old former cricketer, who exposed the institutional racism at the hear...

Brutal, brilliant Canelo Álvarez is a champion of fascinating contrasts

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Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez was so certain that he would beat Caleb Plant and become the first undisputed world super-middleweight champion on Saturday night that he began the week wearing blue silk pyjamas as he stepped of...

Canelo Álvarez eyes boxing history in rare unification clash with Caleb Plant

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There were times in the last century when boxing was the dominant and most popular sport in America. During those lost decades, in the 1920s and 1930s, only eight boxers at a time could call themselves world champions...

Cyclist Alex Dowsett: ‘If I stick to my lap times I’ll break the hour record’

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“That’s the closest to death I’ll ever be without actually dying,” the Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge said in January 2015 after he had failed to break the hour record. He had ridden 51.3km around a track in 60 minu...

Sonny Bill Williams: ‘I always say a better man makes a better athlete’

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“I get pretty emotional talking about it, bro,” Sonny Bill Williams says quietly as he explains how he feels whenever, like now, he reflects on his extraordinary life. Williams has won the World Cup twice with the All...

Tears of relief show how far Fury was pushed by Wilder in fight for the ages

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After one of the great fights in heavyweight history was all over, Tyson Fury lent over the ropes and said a silent prayer. The world champion had just knocked out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of a tumultuous cont...

Deontay Wilder talks tough after brooding buildup to Tyson Fury fight

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“I see me beating him up and then knocking him out,” Deontay Wilder said in his Alabama drawl soon after he arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening and looked ahead to his third world heavyweight title fight against T...

‘I want to live’: Oleksandr Usyk ready for time off after biggest fight

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The new champion walked in first, just after one in the morning, with his face bearing the brutal realities of heavyweight boxing. Despite his dominant defeat of Anthony Joshua on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotsp...

Anthony Joshua is deadly serious while Usyk dresses as the Joker

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One of the most intriguing fights of the year produced a low-key press conference on Thursday afternoon when Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk finally came face-to-face before they meet in the ring on Saturday night a...

Tears on Tokyo podium reflect Tom Daley’s long march to Olympic glory

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Two teardrops stood still for a moment and glistened on Tom Daley’s skin soon after he and Matty Lee had draped gold medals around each other’s necks. Earlier on Monday afternoon they had won the synchronised 10-metre...

Stradivarius’s Gold Cup dream falls apart just as history beckons

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Racing history was denied in emphatic fashion at Royal Ascot when Stradivarius, the usually mighty chestnut, finished a disappointing fourth and missed out on becoming only the second horse to win the Gold Cup four ti...

Cameron Bancroft on the ball-tampering scandal: ‘I lost control of my values’

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Cameron Bancroft is out of quarantine and, after being “brutally cold” on his arrival in Durham last week, the Australian batsman is beginning to thaw out and open up to another season of English county cricket. “I wo...

Clive Tyldesley: ‘Football commentary is all I ever wanted to do’

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“The first thing you’ve got to get your head around as a broadcaster,” Clive Tyldesley says, “is that it’s not actually about you. It’s about the event. I think the greatest quality a commentator can possess in order ...

Saunders can give Alvarez problems but he may yet regret his impudence

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“I have no regrets whatsoever,” Billy Joe Saunders said defiantly a few weeks ago as he began to beat the drum for his world title unification fight against the formidable Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in front of an expected...

Lawrence Okolie: ‘Joshua’s gold in 2012 spoke to me. It changed my life’

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“I was working at McDonald’s in Victoria station,” Lawrence Okolie remembers of a time, in the summer of 2012, when he was lost, lonely and clinically obese. Last month, in a very different world, Okolie became the WB...

Carl Frampton aims to make history against Jamel Herring in WBO title fight

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Carl Frampton, at the age of 34, will attempt to become the first boxer from the island of Ireland to win a world title at three different weights when he steps into the ring against Jamel Herring, the WBO super-feath...

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