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Four-times champion jockey Richard Johnson announces retirement

As it so often does, for jump jockeys above all, the news that Richard Johnson had decided to hang up his boots came out of the blue. Some riders wake up one morning and realise they cannot face the physical demands for even one more afternoon. In Johnson’s case, it arrived after the second-most successful […]

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Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus fire Manchester City to win over Leicester

By the time you read this, Benjamin Mendy may have tweeted to declare himself the new Sergio Agüero and, in fairness to the fun-loving French defender, he did produce a classy finish to fire Manchester City closer to another title. Leicester held off the champions-elect for nearly an hour but a win for the imperious […]

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Jonny Hill’s double leads holders Exeter to win over Lyon in Champions Cup

The leading French clubs may be looking ominous but Exeter are not about to relinquish their European title meekly. Even without a raucous home crowd there are no soft knockout assignments in Devon and Leinster will find their hosts scenting further blood when they travel across the Irish Sea for next weekend’s tasty-looking quarter-final. Not […]

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Solving the Neymar question is crucial to PSG’s Champions League fortunes

The same procedure as last year? The same procedure as every year. But for how long? At some point, Paris Saint-Germain will win the Champions League and the world will be able to stop wondering if this could finally be their season. And so we go through the familiar rigmarole and ask, could this be […]

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Barty beats injured Andreescu to claim Miami Open title for second time

The world No 1 Ashleigh Barty defended her Miami Open title in less than ideal circumstances after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire from their final following an ankle sprain in the second set as Barty led 6-3, 4-0. Barty had opened the match with a faultless display of attacking tennis for an hour, dominating […]

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Jota and Salah earn crucial Liverpool win at Arsenal to boost top-four hopes

Liverpool could feel the knock of opportunity. Chelsea’s shock home defeat to West Brom earlier in the day had blown the doors off their security in fourth place and how Liverpool made capital. Jürgen Klopp’s team have enjoyed themselves in London this season and the trend continued with a fifth win in six visits to […]

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Sergio Agüero a man out of time as Manchester City change around him

The agony of choice. Manchester City started this game with a frontline of Riyadh Mahrez, Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus: a move from zero No 9s to two of them, although Jesus moves in more mysterious ways than the average centre-forward. Midway though the second half this had switched to a fluid front four of […]