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World Cup bid chief fears Australian rugby could become ‘third-tier sport’

Executive bid director Phil Kearns feels the nation is in dire need of a chance to stage the global contest in 2027

Warren Gatland confirms talks with Stuart Lancaster as Lions preparations go on

Former England coach Lancaster is working at Leinster.

Featherstone seek talks to replace Toronto in Super League for 2021

Super League confirmed on Monday the Wolfpack’s participation agreement – the terms clubs must meet to play in the competition – has been terminated.

Israel Folau’s ‘personal choice’ not to take the knee, says Steve McNamara

The controversial Catalans Dragons back remained standing as team-mates backed the gesture in support of racial equality

Steve McNamara excited by the return of Super League

A break of more than four months will end at Headingley.

The major talking points as Super League returns after a four-month break

There will be a different look as the action resumes

Formula 1

Comparing Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car to 1950 F1 race-winning Alfa Romeo

Silverstone staged its first Formula One World Championship race in 1950.

Pirelli puncture probe detail will be of serious interest to Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead to 30 points with edgy victory at Silverstone on Sunday

‘My heart almost stopped’ – Lewis Hamilton relieved to win dramatic British GP

The world champion looked to be en route to a straightforward victory until the final-lap drama.

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    Golf

    John Catlin withdrawn from English Championship for breaching Covid-19 protocol

    The American has apologised and accepted the European Tour’s decision

    Tom Lewis keeps victory charge rolling in Memphis

    The Englishman backed up Saturday’s course record-equalling 61 by playing the front nine in 30

    Bryson DeChambeau needs to improve mental game for major push – Nick Dougherty

    DeChambeau’s physical transformation has been the main talking point since golf’s return to action following the coronavirus shutdown.

    Brendon Todd dreaming big as he takes one shot lead into final round at Memphis

    Brendon Todd remains the man to catch at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis after a third-round 69 left him a shot clear...
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    BOXING

    Ted Cheeseman beats Sam Eggington to win IBF title at Fight Camp

    There were plenty of fireworks at the open-air venue

    Eddie Hearn hoping ‘Matchroom Square Gardens’ upstages rival promoters

    The first of four ‘Fight Camp’ events will be held on Saturday at Matchroom’s headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, which was once the family home.

    On This Day in 2004: British boxer Danny Williams knocked out Mike Tyson

    Tyson was left on the canvas towards the end of the fourth round.

    Anthony Joshua so ready to fight he’d box in my back garden, insists Eddie Hearn

    Joshua is due to take on mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev

    Mike Tyson to make boxing comeback against Roy Jones Jr

    The two will meet in an eight-round exhibition in California in September

    CYCLING

    On this day in 2015: Chris Froome wins his second Tour de France

    The Team Sky rider had shrugged off a fan throwing a cup of urine over him during the race to triumph on the Champs-Elysees

    Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal appeal in British Cycling case

    The appeal judge upheld the original tribunal decision.

    UFC

    Turbulent UFC Vegas 5 event headlined by Derek Brunson’s TKO win

    Two fights were scrapped from the event – one due to a late positive Covid-19 test and another after a fighter fainted before his scheduled walk out.

    Joanne Calderwood ready to risk title shot in order to get back in octagon

    Calderwood was lined up to fight Valentina Shevchenko but the women’s 125lb champion pulled out with a leg injury and has since undergone surgery

    Till falls short as Whittaker claims UFC main event in Abu Dhabi

    The victor described it as “one of the most technical fights” he had contested.

    Darren Till believes he can cash in if he registers win over Robert Whittaker

    The Liverpudlian has his sights set on Israel Adesanya

    DARTS

    Dimitri Van Den Bergh beats Gary Anderson to win World Matchplay title

    The Dream Maker claimed his first ever televised title.

    Gary Anderson edges past Michael Smith on tie-break into World Matchplay final

    Belgian Van Den Bergh beat Glen Durrant 17-15

    Glen Durrant books World Matchplay semi-final spot with comeback victory

    The Middlesbrough man trailed 10-5 and 12-8 but hit back to edge the contest.

    Glen Durrant upsets Peter Wright as top four crash out of World Matchplay

    Durrant will take on Vincent van der Voort for a spot in the semi-finals.

    News

    Gareth Southgate says Stuart Pearce helped him deal with England spot-kick agony

    The England manager spoke to the Duke of Cambridge about the most challenging moment of his career

    Glentoran win Irish Cup during first UK match played in front of fans

    Glentoran beat Ballymena 2-1 after extra time in the Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup final with 500 fans in attendance

    England unchanged for first Test against Pakistan

    The three-Test series got under way in Manchester on Wednesday
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    John Catlin withdrawn from English Championship for breaching Covid-19 protocol

    The American has apologised and accepted the European Tour’s decision

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    The 25-year-old made just eight unforced errors on his way to a convincing victory in Roehampton.

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