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Rugby

Karl Fitzpatrick confident rugby league will survive despite ‘hammer blow’

Warrington were gearing up for the return of crowds.

Wales to play rescheduled Six Nations game against Scotland in Llanelli

The WRU has also announced a Georgia Autumn Nations Cup match will be played at the same venue.

Rob Howley handed chance to rebuild coaching career with Canada

It is Howley’s first role since serving a ban for betting on rugby matches.

Saracens flanker Mike Rhodes has citing complaint dismissed

Rhodes was cited for headbutting Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw during his side’s Heineken Champions Cup win, but a panel dismissed the charge.

Wembley confirmed as Challenge Cup final venue on October 17

The national stadium has hosted the final since 1929.

Sale win Premiership Rugby Cup with victory over Harlequins

The Sharks clinched their first trophy since 2006.

Formula 1

Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh joins Hamilton Commission board

Six-time world champion Hamilton launched the initiative in June to improve diversity in motorsport.

Russian Grand Prix to be attended by 30,000 fans

Fans in Russia will be encouraged to wear face masks and observe social-distancing guidelines.

Stefano Domenicali to become new boss of Formula One

Stefano Domenicali will take on the role when chief executive Chase Carey steps down from his position at the end of the year.

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    Golf

    Georgia Hall takes first US win in Portland

    The English golfer Georgia Hall recovered from a late stumble to win on the second play-off hole.

    Bryson DeChambeau powers to victory in US Open

    The American’s work in the gym during golf’s coronavirus shutdown appears to have paid off.Bryson DeChambeau delivered the ultimate proof of his methods with a resounding victory in the 120th US Open.

    US Open day three: Matthew Wolff stalks win in tournament debut

    Wolff could become the first player to win the tournament on his championship debut since amateur Francis Ouimet’s triumph in 1913.

    US Open day two: Patrick Reed grinds out narrow lead as Winged Foot bares teeth

    Former Masters champion Reed added a 70 to his opening 66 to finish four under par and a shot ahead of fellow American Bryson DeChambeau, whose 68 was the lowest score of the day.

    BOXING

    Tyson Fury calls on Boris Johnson to help fight racism against travellers

    The world champion posted a video of the protest on Wednesday evening.

    Josh Taylor thankful for 11-month career lockdown ahead of Apinun Khongsong bout

    Taylor said: “It was probably my first real break from boxing. The unbeaten Scot can ill afford any slip-ups in defence of his WBA Super and IBF light-welterweight titles.

    Anthony Joshua’s title defence against Kubrat Pulev could be behind closed doors

    The Briton was due to defend his heavyweight titles against Pulev in June, which is now understood to be pencilled in for December 12 at the O2 Arena.

    ‘I’ll fight for what’s rightfully mine’ – Whyte v Povetkin II fixed for November

    Dillian Whyte lost by knockout to Alexander Povetkin in August but will face the Russian again on November 21.

    Former world middleweight champion Alan Minter dies at 69

    Crawley-born Minter won Olympic bronze at Munich in 1972.

    CYCLING

    Former Giro and Vuelta winner Nairo Quintana: I do not have anything to hide

    The 30-year-old Quintana said he had not been accused of wrongdoing by authorities – and said the substances seized were “perfectly legal” vitamin supplements.

    Surprise Tour de France victor Tadej Pogacar sets tone for strangest of seasons

    Few would have predicted that a debutant who turns 22 on Monday would emerge as the Tour winner.

    UFC

    Picture of the day Floyd Mayweather – August 25

    Former five-weight boxing world champion Mayweather stepped out of retirement to take on mixed martial artist McGregor.

    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.

    DARTS

    Fallon Sherrock blows big lead to lose in front of 1,000 crowd in Salzburg

    Sherrock began in hot form in the first-round tie, but four missed match darts across two legs cost her dearly as Smith took five straight legs, including a 109 checkout to take the thrilling decider.

    Michael Van Gerwen out of Premier League after being thrashed by Daryl Gurney

    The Dutchman’s reign in the Premier League is over after defeat on Saturday night

    Michael Van Gerwen keeps play-off hopes alive with win over Gary Anderson

    Van Gerwen had won only two of his previous seven matches on night 15.

    Michael Van Gerwen faces top-four battle after failing to beat Glen Durrant

    Gary Anderson and Peter Wright inched towards a play-off spot.
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