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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt backs Johnny Sexton to fire against France

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has tipped Johnny Sexton to shake off his latest injury absence and complete yet another comeback victory over France on Saturday.

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England defence coach Paul Gustard not worried about Italy's inside knowledge

England are unconcerned by the inside knowledge acquired by Italy's coaching team as they seek to claim a 17th successive victory in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash at Twickenham.

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Antonio Conte visits Eddie Jones to tap into winning mentality

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has visited England rugby head coach Eddie Jones to tap into the winning mentality.

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Lewis Hamilton given first taste of new Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has been given the first taste of the Mercedes he hopes will fire him to a fourth Formula One world championship.

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Mitchell Starc steadies Australia's first innings on day one against India

An unbeaten half-century from paceman Mitchell Starc and a determined 68 from opener Matthew Renshaw helped edge Australia to 256 for nine at the end of the opening day of the first Test against India in Pune.

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Lutalo Muhammad using Rio 'tough pill' to fuel Tokyo Olympics gold mission

Lutalo Muhammad will never forget the agony of the last-second defeat that cost him Olympic taekwondo gold but has no doubt his story can have a fairytale ending in Tokyo.

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Mourinho expects United duo Mkhitaryan and Carrick to miss EFL Cup final

Jose Mourinho expects influential Manchester United duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick to miss the EFL Cup final through injury.

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David Haye calls for protective barrier to prevent another Tony Bellew brawl

David Haye has demanded a protective barrier to be kept between him and Tony Bellew until they fight next Saturday.

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Hull KR and Salford fined for crowd disturbance at Million Pound Game

Hull KR and Salford have both been fined for the crowd disturbance that marred the end of the Million Pound Game in October.

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Ryan Sidebottom to retire after 2017 County Championship

Yorkshire fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom has announced he will retire from playing professional cricket at the end of the 2017 county season.

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Lewis Hamilton calls on new owners to modernise 'outdated' Formula One

Lewis Hamilton has accused Formula One of being "outdated" and has called on its new owners to breathe fresh life into the sport.

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Jaco Van Zyl hoping to end wait for European Tour win at Joburg Open

South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl feels he is finally ready to win on the European Tour ahead of this week's Joburg Open.

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Manchester United secure Europa League progress against St Etienne at a cost

Manchester United secured Europa League progress at a cost, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan limping off shortly after opening the scoring against St Etienne to put his EFL Cup final hopes in jeopardy.

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Yates brothers to miss Tour de France to focus on Giro and Vuelta

Adam and Simon Yates will sit out this year's Tour de France to concentrate on the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, their Orica-Scott team have announced.

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Joe Marler thankful for successful England return after break from rugby

Joe Marler is enjoying his rebirth as an England player after admitting that at one stage last year he "didn't care" about rugby.

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Jose Mourinho: No guarantees Wayne Rooney will end season at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho cannot guarantee that Wayne Rooney will end the season at Manchester United despite the manager's desire to keep hold of his captain.

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UK Sport stand by decision to cut funding of seven Olympic and Paralympic sports

UK Sport bosses have denied being "brutal" in their choices about which sports to back with public money for Tokyo 2020 and warned that the funding landscape is only going to get tougher.

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UK Sport accuses British Cycling of covering up a 2012 report into bullying

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has accused British Cycling of covering up an internal report into athlete welfare in the Great Britain cycling team in 2012.

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UK Anti-Doping appoints retired police chief Trevor Pearce as new chairman

Trevor Pearce, one of Britain's most senior policemen over the last 20 years, has been appointed as the new chairman of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

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Roger Federer commits to playing at Swiss Indoors event until 2019

Retirement plans appear to be far away from Roger Federer's mind after he committed to playing in his home-town tournament in Basle until 2019.

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