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Back-room drama set to spice up road worlds

There will be two world championships next week in Austria. The first will be fought out on roads around Innsbruck, the second in boardrooms at race headquarters. Back-room drama on dual fronts will produce palace intrigue against the backdrop of the 2018 world road...

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Sick Cleverly cancels WBO defence

Sick Cleverly cancels WBO defence

Nathan Cleverly has been forced to withdraw from his WBO light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi due to illness.The Welsh star was set to face the Kosovan on 28 April at the Royal Albert Hall, London, but has been unable to train for his fourth title...

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Scot Taylor secures Team GB place

Scot Taylor secures Team GB place

Lightweight Josh Taylor has qualified for the Olympics, ensuring there will be one Scot in the GB boxing team.Taylor will fight in the 60kg division after reaching the semi-finals of the final European qualifying event, coupled with Sam Maxwell's defeat.Middleweight...

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Groves out of world title fight

Groves out of world title fight

George Groves has pulled out of his WBO world title fight against Robert Stieglitz on 5 May because of injury. The British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion was injured while training in Northern Cyprus. "I am truly sorry to everyone who will be affected by...

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GB boxers progress in qualifier

GB boxers progress in qualifier

Heavyweight Warren Baister moved a step closer to Olympic qualification with a thrilling win over France's Abdoulaye Diane in the final qualifying tournament in Trabzon, Turkey.The Sunderland boxer must win his 91kg category to make the Games and his 18-17 victory put...

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Fury stops Rogan in Belfast bout

Fury stops Rogan in Belfast bout

Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury maintained his unbeaten record as he stopped veteran Martin Rogan in five rounds in Saturday's bout in Belfast.Fury, 23, made a tentative start as Rogan produced the better work in the first two rounds at...

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Jan’s Opening Clinic 22: Part 1

Jan’s Opening Clinic 22: Part 1

Season 22 of Jan’s Opening Clinic gets off to a wobbly start when Jan comments, “I’m in a bad mood, I haven’t slept enough, I’m not
well-dressed and I’m not well-prepared for the questions… I’ll be condescending and more rude and less
helpful than usual!” We needn’t have feared, though, since who else can solve the world’s chess opening problems while talking about,…

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Carlsen: “I hope Caruana is feeling the pressure!”

Carlsen: “I hope Caruana is feeling the pressure!”

With less than two months to go before the 2018 World
Championship match begins in London, Magnus Carlsen spoke to Norwegian media at
his training camp in the Kragerø Resort southwest of Oslo. He was hoping the
pressure of playing a match for the first time will tell on Fabiano Caruana,
but had no illusions it was going to be easy, describing Fabi as a…

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Duda Upsets Grischuk In Epic Speed Chess Match

Duda Upsets Grischuk In Epic Speed Chess Match

Eliminating another Russian top grandmaster, Jan-Krzystof Duda became the first player to advance to the semifinals of the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship. The Polish player defeated Alexander Grischuk in a truly epic match on Tuesday. … …

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Maghsoodloo crushes World Junior Championship

Maghsoodloo crushes World Junior Championship

Just after his 18th birthday Parham Maghsoodloo from Iran announced
his arrival on the world stage by bulldozing his way to the World Junior
Championship with a staggering 9.5/10. Despite losing the final game to Andrey
Esipenko he still gained 20 rating points to reach 2684.5 and a place in the top
60. Abhimanyu Puranik from India took silver and Sergei Lobanov from Russia
bronze. The…

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Cricket

Shoaib Malik the hero as Pakistan survive serious scare

Shoaib Malik the hero as Pakistan survive serious scare

Pakistan 258 for 7 (Imam 80, Babar 66, Malik 51*, Rashid 3-46) beat Afghanistan 257 for 6 (Shahidi 97*, Afghan 67, Nawaz 3-57) by three wicketsplay1:47Deep Dasgupta says targeting Afghanistan's weaker bowlers was the key to Pakistan's narrow winIt was three balls from...

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Cycling

Froome, top stars take aim at controversial union election

Froome, top stars take aim at controversial union election

FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — A controversial cycling union election will be held next week, wedged between the events at the UCI World Road Championships in Innsbruck. Chris Froome (Sky) and other cycling stars already voiced their displeasure with the presidential election...

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Back-room drama set to spice up road worlds

Back-room drama set to spice up road worlds

There will be two world championships next week in Austria. The first will be fought out on roads around Innsbruck, the second in boardrooms at race headquarters. Back-room drama on dual fronts will produce palace intrigue against the backdrop of the 2018 world road...

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Who will lead Colombia at worlds?

Who will lead Colombia at worlds?

With a climber-friendly world championships approaching, it’s only natural that the world’s best climbers will be among the favorites. That puts Colombia and its powerful eight-rider lineup for Austria in great position for the rainbow jersey. At first glance, the...

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Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe discussing contract extension

Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe discussing contract extension

FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Three-time world champion Peter Sagan could soon renew his contract with Bora-Hansgrohe. Sagan’s contract runs through 2019, but the German WorldTour team is working to secure him beyond next season given his abilities and marketing...

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