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Continental Cup final gives an unloved competition a fascinating climax | Eni Aluko | Football

Sam Kerr has not yet found her best form at Chelsea

Arsenal face Chelsea in the Continental Cup final on Saturday evening in what should be a fascinating conclusion to a sometimes maligned competition. Earlier this season Emma Hayes, the Chelsea manager, said she wanted to get rid of it completely and this week she said it was the trophy her …

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Wales expect to have Liam Williams back to face England at Twickenham | Sport

Wales are confident Liam Williams will be available for selection against England at Twickenham next week more than four months after the Lions full-back suffered an ankle injury in training during the World Cup. Williams, who rejoined the Scarlets from Saracens this month, has not been released to the region …

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The Fiver | Two emphatic fingers in the direction of anyone connected with Uefa | Football

Inter Miami co-owners Jorge Mas and David Beckham.

CITY SLICKERS The Fiver has always loved post-coital awkwardness. OK, OK, The Fiver has always loved the idea of post-coital awkwardness. We never did get to experience an abhorgasm, but the idea fascinates us on both a primal and philosophical level. As such, we’ve taken great interest in Manchester City’s …

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The sports world knows what concussion can do. So why does no one talk about it? | Stephanie Convery | Sport

Boxer Davey Browne Jr with his family.

Nobody in boxing talks about concussion. Given the objective of the sport is quite literally to hit another person in the head until they can’t take it any more, you’d think it would be a topic visited with some frequency. It’s not. Mention concussion in a boxing gym and you …

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Moyes plays percentages game but West Ham need inspiration soon | Football

Sébastien Haller scores the decisive goal in West Ham’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s in December, the former manager Manuel Pellegrini’s last victory.

It was hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for David Moyes when his West Ham team briefly led at Liverpool on Monday. There was a certain inevitability about the home side recovering and securing all three points, but at least West Ham had put themselves in a …

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Hammer thrower Mark Dry lashes out at ‘unfair and wrong’ doping ban | Sport

The hammer thrower Mark Dry has lashed out at what he described as an “unfair and wrong” decision to ban him for four years for a breach of the doping rules. The 32-year-old had admitted lying about his whereabouts at an initial hearing before the independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) …

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Talking Horses: The Opening Show finds recognition and an audience | Sport

The Opening Show was keeping good company on Monday night, when racing’s weekly magazine programme was nominated in the ‘Best TV/Digital Show’ category alongside Match Of The Day and other heavy hitters at the Sports Journalism Awards. While the award eventually went to Cricket on 5 for highlights of the …

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The running club giving asylum seekers friendship and sense of home | Sport

Some of the Sanctuary Runners.

For many years the Irish journalist Graham Clifford travelled the world, reporting from refugee camps and charting the often perilous journeys of asylum seekers to Europe. For all the time and energy he put into his newspaper and radio reports, he ultimately felt unable to make a lasting difference. That …

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There is something shifting at Real Madrid, some sense of vulnerability | Sid Lowe | Football

Gabriel Jesus scores City’s equaliser.

Sergio Ramos walked off the pitch and, many imagined, straight out of Europe. “If there is any team, anywhere in the world that can turn this around it is Real Madrid,” Pep Guardiola said. But as the Real fans departed the Bernabéu, leaving their stadium to the Manchester City supporters …

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