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O'Sullivan says Ding is in 'a great place' as he chases maiden world title

Ronnie O'Sullivan is backing close friend Ding Junhui to become world snooker champion after his own hopes were snuffed out by the Chinese superstar.

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Under-fire Moyes vows to battle on as Sunderland are left on verge of relegation

Embattled Sunderland boss David Moyes has vowed to fight on after fans turned on him in the wake of a costly derby defeat at Middlesbrough.

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Bouchard: 'Cheater' Sharapova should not be allowed to play again

Eugenie Bouchard says "cheater" Maria Sharapova should not have been allowed to return to tennis after a doping ban.

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Tottenham have bigger dreams than finishing above Arsenal - Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham now have far bigger fish to fry than finishing above Arsenal.

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Klitschko dismisses suggestions of delaying tactics to upset Joshua

Wladimir Klitschko dismissed suggestions he deliberately delayed Anthony Joshua's public workout in an attempt to get under his opponent's skin.

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Wenger defends Sanchez over late incident as Arsenal keep top four hopes alive

Arsene Wenger defended Alexis Sanchez after an incident late on in Arsenal's narrow win over Leicester on Wednesday night.

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Arrests made in £5million tax probe after dawn raids on Newcastle and West Ham

An Anglo-French investigation into suspected tax fraud in football has seen several men arrested in dawn raids at Newcastle United, West Ham and France.

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Root prepares to deliver on childhood dreams

As an 11-year-old Sheffield schoolboy Joe Root tuned out his teachers and daydreamed about making it as an England cricketer.

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Joey Barton accuses game of sending mixed message on gambling's pros and cons

Joey Barton has called on football to reconsider its links with the gambling industry after the Football Association banned him for 18 months for breaking its betting rules.

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Maria Sharapova makes a winning return to action

Maria Sharapova's controversial return to competitive tennis was a winning one as she overcame Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the Stuttgart Open.

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FIFA president Infantino confirms video referees to be used at 2018 World Cup

Video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

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Barry Hearn says his door is always open to Ronnie O'Sullivan

Barry Hearn would welcome clear-the-air talks with Ronnie O'Sullivan after the five-time Crucible king bowed out of the Betfred World Championship.

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Zafar Ansari could have been England Test regular - Alec Stewart

Zafar Ansari's shock retirement at the age of 25 has robbed England of a Test regular, according to Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart.

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Sir Ben Ainslie looking to bring America's Cup home to Great Britain

Sir Ben Ainslie has vowed to "put right" Great Britain's agonising 166-year wait for America's Cup glory and add to the country's list of international sporting honours.

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Johanna Konta beats Naomi Osaka in Porsche Grand Prix first round

Johanna Konta put a difficult weekend behind her to reach the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

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Kelly Sotherton does not want Chernova's 'dirty and tainted' bronze medal

Kelly Sotherton wants a "fresh, clean" Olympic bronze medal and not the one given to Russian drugs cheat Tatyana Chernova , which she regards as "dirty and tainted".

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Riders facing challenging Tour de Yorkshire route

The Tour de Yorkshire has quickly established a reputation for offering up unrelentingly tough stages, and a quick glance at this year's route suggests it might be the hardest yet.

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Ilie Nastase on the defensive as 'sporting legends' club condemns Fed Cup abuse

Ilie Nastase again insisted on Tuesday that he has not made any racist remarks following a controversial weekend which could result in the Romanian losing his membership of the prestigious Laureus Academy.

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Dame Sarah Storey expecting her second child

Fourteen-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey was celebrating the announcement that she is expecting her second child on Wednesday by going out on her bike.

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Serena Williams admits she revealed pregnancy by accident

Serena Williams has admitted she accidentally made her pregnancy public having learned she was expecting a baby two weeks before the Australian Open.

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