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Stephen Hendry defeats Jimmy White in World Championship qualifying

The more things change, the more they stay the same: especially for Jimmy White. The 61st professional meeting between White and his great rival, Stephen Hendry, was unlike any other of their previous clashes, especially given the more modest prize for the winner here: a meeting with 23-year-old world No 82, Xu Si, in the […]

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‘Ayres to the throne’: grand finalists epitomise W-League’s strength in depth

Melina Ayres could have taken on the shot herself. As the Melbourne Victory forward spun away from Brisbane Roar defender Winonah Heatley, her natural striker’s instincts kicked in; her leg coiled backwards in preparation for a shot on goal. But she didn’t. Instead, seeing teammate Lisa De Vanna in a better position, Ayres interrupted her […]

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Baylor shock unbeaten Gonzaga to win first NCAA national championship

The fresh-as-can-be Baylor obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection Monday night in an 86-70 runaway that brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas. Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 for the Bears (28-2), who were ranked second or third in the AP poll all year long […]

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Sarah Taylor to make cricket comeback with Welsh Fire in the Hundred

Sarah Taylor will make her cricketing comeback in the Hundred this summer after blowing the dust off her kit bag and rediscovering her old swagger with the bat. Taylor called time on her stellar England career in 2019 amid issues with anxiety and has not been seen on a cricket field since turning out for […]

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How did Gillingham become the only EFL club not to pay agents a penny?

When the Football Association released last week the latest sums paid to agents, eyes inevitably moved towards the headline figures: Premier League sides stumped up a record £272m in a year – they have shelled out more than £1bn over the past four seasons – with every top-flight club spending more on intermediaries than the […]

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Talking Horses: Freewheelin Dylan wins Irish Grand National at 150-1

Freewheelin Dylan created history on Monday at Fairyhouse when winning the Irish Grand National at 150-1, the longest-priced winner ever of the famous race first run in 1870. Trained by Dermot McLoughlin and ridden by Ricky Doyle, the complete outsider led all the way to complete one of the biggest shocks in recent racing history. […]

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Lord’s shows flair for winning over fans with supporters’ wall

Getting your name on the honours board at Lord’s is, for cricketers, synonymous with ultimate success – the kind of elite, walking-on-the-moon achievement reserved for the few. So it’s a pretty savvy move of Lord’s this month to install a supporters’ wall as part of its redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands. For a […]