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Hereford’s Josh Gowling: ‘Gaming gives the lads a chance to shoot me’

The first nine months of Josh Gowling’s managerial career may, he accepts, have brought on a few grey hairs. “I’m glad I’ve been through it, though,” says the Hereford manager. “I’ve learned more in this period than I would in many years of football. There have been so many facets to this season but it’s […]

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen’s recent failures should be just a blip on his record

Magnus Carlsen has now gone six tournaments in a row without a first prize, his longest such sequence since he won the world crown in 2013. However, his current setback (maybe “humiliation” was a bit strong) looks just a blip in comparison with his several impressive winning sequences in the past decade. Carlsen is virtually […]

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How LaVar and LaMelo Ball outsmarted the student-athlete industrial complex

Late last Sunday, as we the punters were still smarting from the chaos of the NCAA tournament’s opening rounds, came more distressing news from the NBA: LaMelo Ball, the Charlotte Hornets’ dazzling young point guard, was in danger of missing the rest of the season after fracturing his wrist. As upsets go this was way […]

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Germany players add support over human rights before Qatar World Cup

Joachim Löw said Germany’s players had made an important statement on Thursday by displaying support for migrant workers building 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar and the coach added that the team stand for human rights, “no matter the location”. Germany lined up before kick-off in their opening Group J qualifier against Iceland at Duisburg […]

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Lazio’s Strakosha relishing England challenge in pursuit of Albania dream

Thomas Strakosha is happiest when busy, so he will not be complaining about a potentially laborious evening on Sunday in Tirana. England are in town for a World Cup qualifier as an exciting crop of Albanians look to test themselves against Gareth Southgate’s side. There are ambitions for Albania to reach their first World Cup […]

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Talking Horses: prize money switch under fire after Cheltenham drubbing

Punters will not notice quite a significant change to the way British racing operates from Saturday afternoon, but owners certainly will and not all of them will be entirely happy with the results. From the first race of the weekend, when the Flat season on turf is due to get under way at Doncaster, prize […]

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Dillian Whyte’s world title ambitions on the rock in Povetkin rematch

‘This is heavyweight boxing and it takes just one second and a lapse in concentration to end it,” Dillian Whyte told me earlier this month as he remembered his crushing loss to Alexander Povetkin last August. “That’s why it’s the star division of boxing. You never know what is going to happen with the heavyweights.” […]