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The Fiver | One of European football’s most pleasantly genteel experiences | Football

A wet Wednesday in Glasgow for Braga.

‘ON A JOB?’ While contemplating the nature of the afterlife in the hit 2008 movie In Bruges, it occurred to Ray, the guilt-ridden Irish hitman, that hell might be “the entire rest of eternity” spent in the eponymous picture-perfect Flemish city in north-west Belgium. Despite his low opinion of his …

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Opportunities abound for women’s cricket as T20 World Cup arrives | Geoff Lemon | Sport

Teams such as Pakistan and Bangladesh are reliant on star turns from standout players

Strategically, Cricket Australia has been building up to this home season for five years. The impressive growth of women’s cricket in Australia over that time has not been the result of hitting and hoping. It was calculated, and so far the sums have proved accurate. But in substantial part it …

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The USMNT coach almost earned World Cup winner Jill Ellis’s annual salary in a month. Why? | Football

Accusations of a pay gap at US Soccer have dogged the federation for years. The players on the US women’s national team have accused US Soccer of wage discrimination in a high-profile lawsuit, and last year the federation caught heat for paying USWNT coach Jill Ellis a much smaller salary …

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City have no time to waste if they are to achieve Champions League dream | Eni Aluko | Football

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his goal against West Ham

Manchester City have built an incredible image around the world over the past few years. The City group controls clubs in North and South America, in Asia, Australia and beyond, and Manchester has been the centre of this global empire, a kind of footballing utopia. They have the best first-team …

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‘I dragged you back’: Wilder taunts Tyson Fury about his mental health | Sport

The relative pleasantries that have marked the build-up to the hotly anticipated rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight title were dramatically brushed aside on Wednesday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during the final press conference before Saturday’s fight. After a five-minute staredown between …

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Olympiakos’ Omar Elabdellaoui aims to stun Arsenal for a second time | Football

Olympiakos fans before a Greek Super League match in December.

After half a decade at Olympiakos Omar Elabdellaoui is used to the wall of noise and pyrotechnics which light up the Karaiskakis Stadium but knows what effect it can have on opposing teams. Many a side have frozen in the red and white heat of the intimidating Athens atmosphere, with …

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Boxing quiz: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and the history of rematches

Warm up for the big rematch with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Jake LaMotta, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder meet on Saturday night for one of the most intriguing rematches in boxing history. Wilder’s most recent fight, in November, was also a rematch. Who …

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Horse Welfare Board comments set to usher in stronger whip penalties | Sport

Stronger penalties for misuse of the whip appear to be a certainty by this autumn, following the initial report of the new Horse Welfare Board, published on Thursday. While the board had much to say on other topics, including racing’s responsibilities to its horses and the need for a code …

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Why Jude Bellingham is already on the radar of football’s powerhouses | Football

Jude Bellingham in action for Birmingham against Brentford.

Not too many 16-year-olds are the subject of dizzying YouTube compilations but, then again, few teenagers make the kind of splash Jude Bellingham has at Birmingham City. Since making his senior debut at Fratton Park in August, breaking Trevor Francis’s record as the club’s youngest player, the midfielder has captained …

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