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Giles’s scattergun broadsides suggest a man who has gone as far as he can

Back in 2005, Ashley Giles played what is still one of my favourite Test innings, when he made 59 on the fifth day of the fifth Test at the Oval. It was his top score in Test cricket at the time his team needed it the most. And because it was played in the shadow […]

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Fall-guys Leyton Orient are guaranteed to trend for the next fortnight

The League Cup has always been a strange one. It’s got three handles for a start, and doesn’t have a lid you can wear as a hat. What’s the point, then? Well, it was conceived in the early 1960s by erstwhile Football League boss Alan Hardaker (Little England) in the petty hope of distracting clubs […]

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Play Six Nations in one country rather than cancel it, says Exeter’s Rob Baxter

Rugby officials are still locked in crunch talks which will dictate whether the Six Nations and European club competitions can withstand the latest wave of Covid-19 infections. Several clubs are pleading for clarity as they seek to finalise travel plans to the continent next week while Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, believes the sport […]

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Welcome back to Test cricket – there’s much life in the grand old game

And here, as they used to say on TV game shows – as that tumble dryer, that golden fondue set, drifts off down the conveyor belt – is the Test cricket you might have had. Four distinct but interconnected things happened overnight as England and Australia played out the opening rain-addled day of the fourth […]

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UK and Ireland may favour Euro 2028 bid over 2030 World Cup

Uefa would welcome a bid for the 2028 European Championship from the UK and Republic of Ireland after hopes of bringing the 2030 World Cup there began to fade. The English Football Association is undertaking a feasibility study into a World Cup bid after receiving £2.8m of funding from the UK government. But while a […]

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Kai Havertz and slapstick Tottenham defending give Chelsea first-leg victory

It was not how Antonio Conte had envisaged his return to Chelsea, the club where he enjoyed such success for two seasons before everything went bang, his departure in 2018 marked by acrimony and a long-running legal case. Results had generally been impressive for Conte on the domestic front since his arrival at Tottenham in […]

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Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open hopes dashed after visa cancelled at airport

Novak Djokovic’s attempts to compete at the Australian Open this month have collapsed after the No 1-ranked male tennis player was told his visa has been rejected. He is due to be flown out of Melbourne on Thursday amid a spiralling outcry over a controversial “medical exemption” agreed by the tournament’s organisers. The reigning Australian […]