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Tyson Fury turns focus to Usyk after dominating Derek Chisora to retain title

Tyson Fury pummelled Derek Chisora in bleakly predictable fashion when he stopped the brave but hopelessly outclassed challenger in the 10th round at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night. Chisora, who is 38 and been in far too many battles for his own good, was saved when the referee, Victor Loughlin, finally stepped in […]

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Pelé says he is feeling ‘strong’ after reports of move to end-of-life care

The Brazilian football great Pelé posted on Instagram on Saturday evening to say that he is feeling “strong” and “with hope”, after an outpouring of concern online in response to unconfirmed reports that he had been moved to palliative care. “I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” Pelé wrote, sharing the latest medical report […]

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England’s Southgate has no qualms using Saka and Rashford in shootouts

Gareth Southgate will not hesitate to select Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka to take penalties if England’s last-16 tie against Senegal goes to a shootout. Thoughts will go back to England’s defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final if they are level with Senegal at the end of extra time on Sunday night. Rashford […]

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Harry Kane convinced World Cup goals will flow after late Euros burst

Harry Kane admits that he can dwell on the misses only not for long. The problem for him after the big one against the USA in England’s second group game at the World Cup was that it happened in the third minute of added time. “So you come off the pitch straight away and you […]

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Gareth Southgate hopes England can ‘bring happiness’ amid gloom at home

As a nation shivers amid the December gloom and a mounting cost of living crisis, Gareth Southgate believes that his England team can lift the mood in their World Cup last 16 match against Senegal on Sunday night. So far England have seesawed between the sublime and the stodgy in Qatar, but they have avoided […]

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Socceroos push Argentina all the way and exit World Cup as Australian heroes

Aziz Behich had fire in his eyes and a protest on his lips, remonstrating as if he hadn’t just needlessly upended Papu Gomez. The referee was hearing none of it – emotion gets you nowhere on this stage. The left-back had done it simply because he was pissed off, rankled by a shoulder charge from […]

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Lionel Messi, Argentina’s pavement artist who sees shapes before others

The thing that made the goal was the touch; one of those touches where Lionel Messi doesn’t so much trap the ball or kill it but lets it come and nestle, falling asleep on his toe like a fond old cat. There were still six more touches to go before the ball would be left […]