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Conor Murray: ‘South Africa’s Twitter gameplan is a funny, weird subplot’

It is the snakes-and-ladders element of every British & Irish Lions tour that is so endlessly fascinating. For Conor Murray the highs and lows have been unusually stark, from being named tour captain to Covid isolation to not starting the first Test. Now he is back in the box seat, seeking to outwit the two […]

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Women’s Olympics football: quarter-finals tie-by-tie analysis

Team GB v Australia (in Kashima)Australia qualified for the knockout stage as one of two best third-place teams but their tournament has not been a bad one. Predictably, the Chelsea forward and WSL golden boot winner Sam Kerr has led the way, scoring three of the Matildas’ four goals. She scored an equaliser for Australia […]

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Portsmouth release three players after investigation into discriminatory texts

Portsmouth have released three players from their academy following disciplinary proceedings in relation to discriminatory messages sent in a group chat. The League One side began an investigation after images appeared on social media of posts from a private conversation among a number of under-18 players following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy earlier […]

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær excited by Manchester United’s summer signings

Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Raphaël Varane and Jadon Sancho will make a “huge difference” for Manchester United. Having finished runners-up in last season’s Premier League and Europa League, the Old Trafford giants have made waves in the transfer market in an attempt to bring silverware back to the club. Sancho last week completed his £73m […]

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Zac Stubblety-Cook wins swimming gold for Australia after stunning last lap

The last time an Australian man won a breaststroke gold medal at the Olympics was in 1964 when the Games were being held in Tokyo. More than half a century later, in the same city, an Australian again dominated the four-lap discipline as 22-year-old Zac Stubblety-Cook won the men’s 200m breaststroke final and broke the […]

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Prendergast and Gowler win first gold for New Zealand at Tokyo Olympics

Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler have won New Zealand’s first gold of the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s coxless pairs. The rowers overcame a slow start to take the lead shortly after the midway point, winning in 6:50.19, with the Russian Olympic Committee team and Canada taking silver and bronze. “I can’t believe it,” said […]

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Simone Biles: support has made me realise I am more than my gymnastics

Simone Biles has expressed her thanks for the support she has received since withdrawing from two gymnastics events at the Tokyo Olympics. “[T]he outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. The four-time Olympic […]