Messi vs. Ronaldo: football’s great rivalry
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
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Messi vs. Ronaldo: football’s great rivalry

Ronaldo scored the 800th and 801st goals of his career
3 Dec 2021
Qatar’s tainted World Cup
Workers at the site of the Lusail Stadium in 2019
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Qatar’s tainted World Cup

In a year’s time, the most controversial World Cup in recent history will kick off
3 Dec 2021
Ralf ‘professor’ Rangnick takes charge at Man Utd
Ralf Rangnick: a hatred of star players
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Ralf ‘professor’ Rangnick takes charge at Man Utd

German named interim manager at Old Trafford until end of the season
2 Dec 2021
Peng Shuai: WTA makes ‘unprecedented statement’ on China
Peng Shuai has won two grand slam women’s doubles titles
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Peng Shuai: WTA makes ‘unprecedented statement’ on China

Decision to suspend tournaments is ‘brave’ – but it could prove costly
2 Dec 2021
The arguments for and against boycotting sporting events
Qatar World Cup
Pros and cons

The arguments for and against boycotting sporting events

Protesters say regimes are ‘sportswashing’ but others argue that shunning tournaments is ineffective
1 Dec 2021
Tiger targets The Open: ‘I would love to play at St Andrews’
Tiger Woods spoke to the media ahead of the Hero World Challenge
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Tiger targets The Open: ‘I would love to play at St Andrews’

But he admits a return to golf full-time is not a ‘realistic expectation’
1 Dec 2021
Frank Williams: a ‘one of a kind’ F1 team principal
Frank Williams with his daughter Claire
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Frank Williams: a ‘one of a kind’ F1 team principal

Williams Racing founder leaves behind an ‘incredible legacy’ in the sport
29 Nov 2021

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Rejuvenated England show ‘never-say-die courage’
Marcus Smith: nerveless composure
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Rejuvenated England show ‘never-say-die courage’

Jones’s new-look side complete clean sweep by toppling South Africa
26 Nov 2021
Racism in cricket: a systemic problem
Azeem Rafiq
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Racism in cricket: a systemic problem

Racism remains a problem in the UK – though it’s also highlighted double standards
26 Nov 2021
Solskjær saga and lack of strategy defines the Glazer era
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Solskjær saga and lack of strategy defines the Glazer era

The owners have organised the club ‘as poorly as Solskjær drilled the defence’
25 Nov 2021
Zverev ends golden season with triumph at ATP finals 
Alexander Zverev: ‘star performer’
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Zverev ends golden season with triumph at ATP finals 

German will head to next year’s Australian Open in a confident mood
25 Nov 2021
Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: grand slams and big titles
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all won 20 grand slam singles titles
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Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: grand slams and big titles

A look at how the ‘GOATs’ of men’s tennis compare
22 Nov 2021
Peng Shuai: where is China’s tennis star?
Peng Shuai
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Peng Shuai: where is China’s tennis star?

Global concern for sports champion who accused former minister of sexual assault
22 Nov 2021
Lewis Hamilton’s astonishing victory in Brazil 
Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium at Interlagos
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Lewis Hamilton’s astonishing victory in Brazil 

British driver’s win at Interlagos is surely up there with the finest of his career
19 Nov 2021
Harry Kane: England’s brilliant captain regains his form
Harry Kane scored four in England’s 10-0 win over San Marino
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Harry Kane: England’s brilliant captain regains his form

Whatever his travails at club level, Kane is still England’s ‘leading light’
18 Nov 2021
How Australia defied the critics to win the T20 World Cup
Australia beat New Zealand in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup final
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How Australia defied the critics to win the T20 World Cup

Aaron Finch’s team produced an ‘intimidating display’ to crush New Zealand
18 Nov 2021
Rugby union: Scotland’s morale-boosting victory over the Wallabies
Scotland's Jamie Ritchie celebrates with Ewan Ashman
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Rugby union: Scotland’s morale-boosting victory over the Wallabies

England also confident after dismantling Tonga 69-3
12 Nov 2021
How West Ham United is stepping up to join the big boys
David Moyes celebrating
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How West Ham United is stepping up to join the big boys

Once notoriously flaky under pressure, they are now a ‘team unafraid of the hardest work’
12 Nov 2021
Racism in cricket: Yorkshire’s shame and the sport’s diversity problem
Azeem Rafiq
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Racism in cricket: Yorkshire’s shame and the sport’s diversity problem

Leaked report revealed that captain Azeem Rafiq suffered years of racist abuse and bullying at the club
11 Nov 2021
Handball: swapping bikini bottoms for tight pants
The trailblazing Norwegian team
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Handball: swapping bikini bottoms for tight pants

Women competitors will be required to ‘wear short tight pants with a close fit’
5 Nov 2021
Where did it all go wrong for Nuno at Tottenham?
Nuno: ill-fated son of José
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Where did it all go wrong for Nuno at Tottenham?

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte faces an uphill struggle
4 Nov 2021
Winter Olympics: controversy ahead of the Beijing games
Tibetan and Uyghur activists protest against the 2022 Winter Olympics in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne Switzerland, on 23 June 2021
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Winter Olympics: controversy ahead of the Beijing games

Despite being three months away, the winter games have already been marred by boycotts, protests and Covid restrictions
3 Nov 2021
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of saving F1 title fade in Texas
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen: unsurpassable?
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Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of saving F1 title fade in Texas

A canny tyre strategy clocked up another win for Max Verstappen
29 Oct 2021
Pakistan overcome a World Cup curse against India
Shaheen Shah Afridi: a towering performance for Pakistan against India
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Pakistan overcome a World Cup curse against India

Symbolic significance of the crushing win should not be underestimated
28 Oct 2021
Offside debate: use new technology or scrap it all together?
Assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis flags for offside in a Premier League match
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Offside debate: use new technology or scrap it all together?

Hawk-Eye has told Fifa that its automated offside system is ‘ready to go’
27 Oct 2021
‘Now the theatre begins’: Aussies react to Stokes’s Ashes inclusion
Ben Stokes is England’s talisman
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‘Now the theatre begins’: Aussies react to Stokes’s Ashes inclusion

Star all-rounder gives England a major boost ahead of the series down under
26 Oct 2021
Man Utd have ‘no identity, no clue and no chance’ under Solskjaer
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Man Utd have ‘no identity, no clue and no chance’ under Solskjaer

It was a dark day for the Red Devils as Liverpool ran riot at Old Trafford 
25 Oct 2021
Cameron Norrie: the unassuming new star of British tennis
Cameron Norrie: ‘dogged determination’ at Indian Wells
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Cameron Norrie: the unassuming new star of British tennis

Indian Wells victory confirms Norrie as one of the most improved players of the season
21 Oct 2021
Newcastle’s first battle is to avoid relegation
Newcastle’s new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and part-owner Amanda Staveley
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Newcastle’s first battle is to avoid relegation

After Steve Bruce’s departure, there’s plenty on the to-do list for the new owners
21 Oct 2021
Could Djokovic miss the Australian Open due to vaccine rules?
Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 Australian Open men’s singles final
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Could Djokovic miss the Australian Open due to vaccine rules?

World No.1 confirms end of season schedule but is a doubt for first major of 2022
20 Oct 2021
Wembley Euro final disorder ‘seals the deal’ for World Cup bid hopes
Police and England fans on Wembley Way ahead of the Euro 2020 final
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Wembley Euro final disorder ‘seals the deal’ for World Cup bid hopes

England handed one-match stadium ban and an £84,560 fine by Uefa
19 Oct 2021
Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health
Bashar al-Assad
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Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health

Will Syrian criminals be allowed home? How did an American prison fall into the hands of inmates? And why are sports stars struggling with their menta…
15 Oct 2021
‘Poisoned chalice’: a tough job for Raducanu’s next coach
Emma Raducanu was beaten by Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells
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‘Poisoned chalice’: a tough job for Raducanu’s next coach

US Open champion had a disappointing return at Indian Wells 
14 Oct 2021
Newcastle’s Saudi takeover: what is ‘sportswashing’?
Newcastle play their home games at St James’ Park
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Newcastle’s Saudi takeover: what is ‘sportswashing’?

Amnesty calls for meeting with the Premier League over owners’ and directors’ test
14 Oct 2021
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