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Lukas Hradecky: Finland’s super stopper who loves a pint and a joke

Finland had just beaten Belarus 2-0 and the goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was thanking the fans behind his goal when he suddenly grabbed a full pint of beer from a supporter’s hand and drank it all with just one gulp. It was a typical Hradecky moment. Always a broad smile on his face and a joke […]

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Bowling coach calls on Cricket Australia to release ball-tampering report

David Saker, the coach in charge of Australia’s bowlers during the sandpaper Test match in Cape Town in 2018, has called on Cricket Australia to release the secret report it commissioned into the ball-tampering scandal. The sport’s governing body in Australia has kept the report under lock and key since its findings led to bans […]

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‘I am staying’: Lukaku pledges future to Inter before Inzaghi signs as manager

Romelu Lukaku has said he will remain at Internazionale next season after helping them to their first Serie A title in 11 years, with the club announcing on Thursday that Simone Inzaghi has signed a two-year contract to replace Antonio Conte as manager. Chelsea’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, is planning a move to bring the striker […]

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Hélio Castroneves’ Indy 500 win at 46 shows getting old is far from a sin

“Dreeew!” howled the exultant man on my laptop from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center, filling the screen with the toothy, dimpled grin that leaves all who see it smiling almost as brightly. Such is the infectious effervescence of Hélio Castroneves, and on the Monday afternoon we finally connect this Roberto Benigni of the track […]

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Aleksandr Sobolev: Russia’s Siberian striker who never gave up his dream

Barnaul is not a lovely place to play football. A city in the south of Western Siberia, there is beautiful nature but a harsh Siberian climate. Dinamo Barnaul, the local professional football team, have always played in the lower echelons of the Russian league. But Barnaul gave Russian football Alexey Smertin, a former national captain, […]

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French Open: world No 1 Ash Barty retires from tournament with hip injury

Ashleigh Barty will play no further part in Roland Garros after being forced to retire from her second-round match with a left hip injury. The top seed, who was competing in Paris for the first time since she won her first grand slam title there in 2019, retired while trailing 6-1, 2-2 against Magda Linette […]

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Steve Clarke has cracked Scotland’s Tierney-Robertson conundrum

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when Scotland’s lavish left-back resource was viewed as problematic. The deployment of a system whereby Andy Robertson, the captain, and Kieran Tierney both started matches somewhere, somehow dominated discussion. Tierney had made plain he was not altogether receptive to the idea of switching to the right side […]