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Mark McCall: Owen Farrell is ready to deputise for Dylan Hartley if required

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has declared Owen Farrell ready to deputise for Dylan Hartley as England captain for the RBS 6 Nations if required.

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London 2012 corrupted "on an unprecedented scale" by Russia says report author

Russian athletes corrupted the London 2012 Olympic Games "on an unprecedented scale", a s even-month investigation into the country's state-run doping programme has revealed.

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Rassie Erasmus not getting carried away after bonus-point victory over Leicester

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus was proud of how his charges played in demolishing Champions Cup rivals Leicester 38-0 at Thomond Park.

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Joe Root gives credit to Virat Kohli after tough day for England

Joe Root felt bound to give credit where it is due to the "exceptional" Virat Kohli but also urged England to put missed opportunities behind them as they try to stay in the Test series against India.

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Arsenal fight back to beat Stoke and overtake Chelsea at Premier League summit

Arsenal came from behind to go top of the Premier League table and extend their unbeaten league run to 14 league games with a 3-1 win over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium.

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Hull and Palace share the points in a six-goal thriller

Fraizer Campbell returned to haunt Hull as he scored a late equaliser to earn Crystal Palace a 3-3 away draw.

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IOC declares Russian doping 'an attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games'

The International Olympic Committee has described the extent of the state-sponsored doping in Russia revealed by the second report by Richard McLaren as an attack on the integrity of the Olympics.

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Badminton chiefs to appeal funding cuts

Great Britain badminton chiefs are set to appeal against the decision to cut the sport's funding for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello holds on for share of the lead in Hong Kong

Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello survived a major wobble in the middle of his third round to take a share of the lead into the final day of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

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Anthony Joshua: I still remember chastening days as an amateur

Anthony Joshua can still recall the culture shock of walking into the GB Boxing gym for the first time as an impressionable amateur ill-equipped to begin a journey which would sweep him to the top of his sport.

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Anthony Joshua: Chisora v Whyte is right to go ahead

Anthony Joshua has backed the British Boxing Board of Control's decision to allow Dereck Chisora's heavyweight bout against Dillian Whyte to go ahead in Manchester on Saturday night.

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Badminton England chief Adrian Christy 'staggered' after UK Sport strip funding

Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy says he is "staggered" by UK Sport's "incomprehensible" decision to strip the sport of funding for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.

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London to host four NFL games in 2017

The NFL has announced that there will be four regular-season games hosted in London next year for the first time.

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Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte bout to go ahead despite fracas

Dereck Chisora has been fined £25,000 and given a suspended two-year ban following his part in a press conference brawl with Dillian Whyte Manchester on Wednesday.

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IOC president Thomas Bach wants lifetime bans for any Russian dopers

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants lifetime bans for any Russian athlete or official proven to be part of a state-sponsored doping system.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan praised by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho heaped praise on the ever-improving Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Manchester United's summer signing opened his account with a fine goal that helped secure progress to the Europa League knockout stages.

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Southampton crash out of Europe after sluggish home display

Toothless Southampton bungled the chance for their best continental run since 1977 after Israeli minnows Hapoel Be'er Sheva forced a 1-1 Europa League draw at St Mary's.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens his account in style as Manchester United progress

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's fine solo goal helped Manchester United through to the Europa League knock-out stages, opening his account in style as Zorya Luhansk were overcome on a testing night in Ukraine.

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Tracey Crouch says public money will fill any holes ahead of Tokyo 2020

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has written to Parliament to confirm that public money will fill any holes in the funding for Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.

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Manchester United game in Ukraine set to go ahead despite pitch concerns

Manchester United's Europa League clash against Zorya Luhansk is expected to go ahead despite concerns over the icy pitch.

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