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The Breakdown | Shane Williams: ‘Unlike in my day, player welfare is a clear priority’ | Sport

George North receives treatment on the touchline after suffering the sixth concussion of his career on Saturday

Shane Williams is one of thousands of former rugby players who can only wonder at the impact their playing days will have in later life. The former Wales and Lions wing does not know how many concussions he suffered during his playing career because there were no head injury assessments …

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Guardiola dips into his bible to find tactical blueprint for win in Madrid | Jonathan Wilson | Football

Pep Guardiola directs his Manchester City players at the Bernabéu.

Revel in the irony: of course it would be just as the great rupture comes that Manchester City at last produce a great European performance. Enlightenment is achieved through the abandonment of desire. And yet even within that irony there are deeper ironies, the suspicion that a great European performance …

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Australian Grand Prix to go ahead despite coronavirus concern, minister says | Sport

The Australian Grand Prix will go ahead next month despite concerns that the spread of coronavirus may impact the start of the Formula One season, the Victorian government has said. Concerns about the viability of the season are growing with the spread of the outbreak in northern Italy, where Ferrari …

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Mateusz Klich sinks Middlesbrough and gives Leeds breathing space | Football

Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa’s smile at the final whitle was as bright as the stars in the clear night sky above Teesside. The Leeds manager had not merely seen his second-placed side maintain a decent chink of daylight between themselves and the Championship’s chasing pack but he had proof they can cope …

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David Beckham hopes MLS can challenge European leagues in next 10 years | Football

David Beckham expressed his hope that Major League Soccer, which kicks off its 25th season on Saturday, can challenge the supremacy of the European leagues within the next decade. The former England captain was brimming with optimism at the league’s kickoff event on Wednesday in midtown Manhattan, three days before …

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Alexandre Lacazette settled at Arsenal and confident for his future | Football

Alexandre Lacazette expects to stay at Arsenal despite reports suggesting he will be allowed to leave if the club do not qualify for the Champions League. The centre-forward who cost £52.7m has two seasons remaining on his contract and there is not the same urgency to tie him down to …

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Top sporting events at risk as coronavirus continues to spread | Sport

A large number of the year’s prestigious sporting events are at risk as the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, with the organisers of the Six Nations, the Cheltenham Festival, the Giro d’Italia, Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics all closely monitoring the situation after a significant increase in …

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Opening three races of F1 season under threat from spread of coronavirus | Sport

The opening three races of the Formula One season are coming under increasing threat of cancellation as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread outside China. The Chinese Grand Prix has already been postponed but the spread of the virus in Italy and Japan has resulted in concern that the races …

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