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Mark Sampson departs amid a flurry of FA buck-passing and confusion

The concerns raised in 2014 that have led to the England coach’s dismissal do not draw a line under the separate allegations raised by Eni Aluko. Instead they give the FA two crises running concurrently

Andrew Strauss says Ian Botham ‘100% wrong’ over England selection panel


Andrew Strauss has defended the make-up of his England selection panel and said Sir Ian Botham is “100% wrong” if he thinks the two county directors on the panel use their positions to help sign players.

Warren Gatland to blame for Lions not beating All Blacks, claims Seán O’Brien


Seán O’Brien has blamed Warren Gatland and his coaching staff for the British & Irish Lions’ failure to win their series in New Zealand over the summer, claiming they should have comfortably done so.

IAAF’s Sergey Bubka faces investigation on payment to disgraced Balakhnichev


A payment made by Sergey Bubka, the senior vice-president of athletics’ world governing body, to a now disgraced senior figure is to be investigated by the independent Athletics Integrity Unit, the Guardian can reveal.

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Carabao Cup: third-round action plus fourth-round draw - as it happened

Fourth round draw: Spurs face West Ham, Chelsea draw Everton; Match report: Manchester United 4-1 Burton Albion; Match report: Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest; Match report: Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster; Match report: WBA 1-2 Manchester City; Match…


Jake LaMotta – a life in pictures


Jake LaMotta, widely acknowledged as one of the toughest men to have entered a professional boxing ring, has died aged 95. The former world middleweight champion was best remembered for having fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson on six…

RFU’s attempt to reduce Six Nations to six weeks is defeated


The Rugby Football Union’s hopes of reducing the Six Nations Championship from seven weeks to six are in effect dead in the water after it emerged the governing body was outvoted five to one at a Six Nations board meeting this week.

Tom Dumoulin takes world time trial with Chris Froome third


Chris Froome pushed his weary body to its limit in the pursuit of his first world time-trial championship, but on a day of sunshine and showers in Bergen there was no rainbow jersey – or gold medal – awaiting him at the end of it.

Alex Hales can use home comforts of Trent Bridge to make late Ashes case


If this elongated summer of international cricket has taught us anything, it is that a scarcely contested England win against the touring West Indians does not necessarily guarantee success in the match that follows.


Middlesex and Lancashire thriller nears climax as Sangakkara scores eighth century


There was a thriller at Lord’s, Rory Kleinvedlt was on fire at Wantage Road, and Kumar Sangakkara scored yet another century for Surrey

Mark Sampson sacked as England manager after fresh allegations of inappropriate conduct

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The Football Association was steeling itself for an examination of how the Mark Sampson scandal was handled after a month of tribulation, which began with claims of racism revealed in the Guardian, ended with the sacking of the England…


Tom Dumoulin wins Cycling Road World Championships time trial – as it happened


Dutch rider Dumoulin wins the World Championship ITT; Chris Froome settles for third behind Dumoulin and Primoz Roglic

Jake LaMotta obituary

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World middleweight boxing champion who inspired Martin Scorsese’s film Raging Bull and fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times


Jake LaMotta, former boxer whose life was subject of Raging Bull, dies aged 95

Jake LaMotta, the Bronx boxer who captured the world middleweight championship in 1949 and whose turbulent life was later the subject of the 1980 film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday because of complications from pneumonia. He was 95.


Nobody won at the Golovkin-Álvarez fight– and boxing was the biggest loser

The sport took a step forward with Saturday’s gripping fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez – and two steps back with more dubious judging


Leon Pryce: ‘There is no doubt that Sporting Chance saved my life’


Leon Pryce, the former Bradford back, had a breakdown after retiring but is healthy again and looking to share his experience with others leaving the game


Rory McIlroy has endured 12 months of torment but he can still bounce back | Ewan Murray

A year ago Rory McIlroy won the FedEx Cup in fine style – nobody could reasonably have predicted what happened next but a return to form may be round the corner


Darren Ferguson: 'Arsène Wenger is sorting the tickets for my father at Arsenal'

Doncaster’s manager will recreate a famous touchline pairing when he takes on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. He discusses Wenger, Sir Alex’s advice and his Premier League ambitions

Rugby union international power rankings: who can challenge All Blacks? | Gerard Meagher


Our first power rankings since the 2015 World Cup mark two years to go until Japan 2019. England lead the chasing pack while Australia and Wales struggle


Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp ‘really sick’ after Leicester punish poor defending

Jürgen Klopp said he feels “really sick” with Liverpool’s defending after they conceded two poor goals, both on the back of set pieces, during a damaging defeat against Leicester City that ended their interest in the Carabao Cup and…

Tuesday, Sep 19

Jonny Bairstow century guides England to routine ODI win over West Indies


Jonny Bairstow in his latest role as a one-day international opening batsman – and wizard boundary fielder – shepherded his side to the simplest of victories in the first match of the series. England cruised home by seven wickets on the…

England thrash West Indies by seven wickets in first ODI – live!

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Jonny Bairstow’s high-class unbeaten 100, his maiden ODI century, guided England to an emphatic victory over West Indies at Old Trafford

Two years to Japan’s World Cup and rugby union is in a state of confusion | Robert Kitson

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Empty stadiums, threats to the 15-a-side game and the decline of the Springboks and Wallabies means that the possibility of only two teams being genuinely in contention come Japan 2019 is very real

The gloves are off: Chris Read bows out and is James Foster set to follow? | The Spin


Arguably the two finest wicketkeepers of their generation, yet neither could forge a consistent England Test career in an era dominated by the theory that keepers also needed to be matchwinning batsmen

Monday, Sep 18

Eoin Morgan returns looking for form and a late summer salvo for England


Some mighty cricketers are returning to the fray. For West Indies’ Chris Gayle is about to play his first one-day international since the World Cup of 2015. His fellow Jamaican, Marlon Samuels, the expert Ben Stokes provocateur, also…

Lewis Hamilton is now the favourite and Vettel has only himself to blame | Giles Richards


The Singapore Grand Prix feels like the moment the F1 title pendulum swung decisively in favour of the Mercedes driver after Sebastian Vettel’s costly blunder

Hughie Fury: ‘I’ve had no teenage life, no drinking or friends. I’ve sacrificed everything’

Tyson Fury’s cousin left school at 11 and, with his father in and out of prison, dedicated his life to boxing – next Saturday he could become a world heavyweight champion

Premiership, Pro14, international and Premier 15s rugby union talking points

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Gloucester must learn less is more, Denny Solomona presses his England case and the tussle to wear the No13 jersey in the autumn internationals hots up

Sunday, Sep 17

Lewis Hamilton draws inspiration from Senna in Singapore GP win

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A jubilant Lewis Hamilton revealed he was taking inspiration from his hero Ayrton Senna after his win in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. The victory was of great importance in this season’s Formula One world championship, with the…

Wasps call for crackdown after England team-mates Marler and Haskell fight


Wasps have called for rugby’s authorities to take further action following Sunday’s angry flare-up between the Lions and England team-mates James Haskell and Joe Marler. Haskell was sent to the sin-bin for grabbing Marler by the throat…

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashes out

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Six races remain in the 2017 Formula One season and on the evidence of the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has every right to believe that going into them he has the racing deities firmly onside. The British driver had said he…

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez fight to controversial split draw

The two best fighters in the world are still the two best fighters in the world, and there ought not be much argument over the drawn 12-rounder between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, although the manner of getting there on the…

Saturday, Sep 16

England v West Indies: T20 international – as it happened

Twenty20 over-by-over updates from the Riverside; West Indies win by 21 runs in one-off T20; Barney Ronay: Root’s path to top could be harder to follow in future

Watford 0-6 Manchester City, Liverpool 1-1 Burnley and more – as it happened

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City demolished Watford, while Newcastle moved into the top four with victory over Stoke

Why Gennady Golovkin will beat Canelo Álvarez

Gennady Golovkin has a rhythm of fighting that almost ignores the activity of his opponent, an ominous pace that will leave Canelo Álvarez with no escape

Gennady Golovkin and Saul Álvarez can help boxing claw back its integrity

Three world middleweight titles are at stake in the long-awaited meeting between the 35-year-old Kazakh and the 27-year-old Mexican, two of the most marketable fighters in boxing