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Danny Care’s kicking game makes him England’s No1 scrum-half contender | Nick Evans

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Skill at ‘seeing space and putting ball over the top’ is his finest attribute and he could make his case with Eddie Jones in Saturday’s game against Samoa

Grigor Dimitrov edges out David Goffin in thriller to win World Tour Finals title

Against the expectations of the doubters, two free-hitting, first-time finalists, each trusting his skills to breaking point, gave a remarkable season the denouement it deserved on a cold midwinter’s evening by the Thames. Grigor Dimitrov…

David Moyes pleads for unity at West Ham as fans turn on club hierarchy

David Moyes has appealed for unity among West Ham United supporters after watching his new team slump to a 2-0 defeat at Watford in his first match, leaving them marooned in the relegation zone.

Watford brush West Ham aside to show David Moyes scale of the task he faces

If David Moyes had any illusions that keeping West Ham in the Premier League will not be among the biggest challenges of his career then the manner of this defeat must surely act as a major wake-up call.

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Eddie Jones challenges England to win historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles

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Eddie Jones has challenged his England side to make further history by clinching a record third consecutive Six Nations title next year and has given his strongest indication yet that Dylan Hartley is set to continue as captain.

‘Gutted’ Gregor Townsend takes heart from classy Scotland display

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Was it a one-off opportunity missed or the shape of things to come? Among the questions swirling in the Murrayfield air on Saturday evening, amid more than a few exclamations of excitement and agony, this was one of the more poignant. If…

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Grigor Dimitrov defeats David Goffin to win World Tour Finals – video highlights

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Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin in a dramatic final at the O2 Arena on Sunday. The Bulgarian recorded the biggest win of his career by a score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a two-and-a-half-hour epic. As a result of the win, Dimitrov moves up to…

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Donald Trump on UCLA players freed in China: 'I should have left them in jail!'

Not for the first time in his political career, Donald Trump has changed his mind.

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Willie Mullins keeps faith as Faugheen bounds into Champion Hurdle favouritism

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It hardly seems possible but Faugheen is clear at the top of the betting for the Champion Hurdle following a remarkable and convincing return to action in Ireland on Sunday. Having his first race since January last year, a gap of 665 days,…

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Watford v West Ham United: Premier League – as it happened

David Moyes’s tenure at West Ham began with defeat by an impressive Watford side as Will Hughes scored his first top-flight goal and Richarlison added a second

Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn internationals | Paul Rees

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England still not the finished article while TMO controversy continues; the gap between New Zealand and rest is closing and the second tier show improvement

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Arsenal defeat highlights Tottenham frailties against Premier League’s big six | Jonathan Wilson

Until Mauricio Pochettino’s side learn how to win away against their biggest rivals they will struggle to turn their undoubted potential into trophies

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Darren Lehmann calls for unity while Jonny Bairstow backs ‘motivated’ England

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The phoney war is close to concluding and, thankfully, the Ashes are almost upon us, with both squads in Brisbane. England are weary after a tough day in the field at Townsville on Saturday, being bullied by cricketers they knew little of…

Pablo Hernández and Gianni Alioski ruin Garry Monk’s Elland Road return

Leeds held on for a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough to end their losing Championship run and ensure a miserable first return to Elland Road for the side’s former manager Garry Monk.

British man, 60, dies while taking part in round-the-world yacht race

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Simon Speirs, from Bristol, was buried at sea after falling into Southern Ocean during Clipper race in gale force winds

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Tommy Fleetwood wins Race to Dubai after Jon Rahm’s DP World Tour victory

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The most spectacular year of Tommy Fleetwood’s life has been afforded an appropriate ending. For Fleetwood, the Harry Vardon trophy in recognition of winning the Race to Dubai, the European Tour’s order of merit.

Leeds United 2-1 Middlesbrough: Championship – as it happened

Goals from Pablo Hernández and Ezgjan Alioski gave a much-improved Leeds an important win over Boro on Garry Monk’s return to his former club; Football League roundup: Wolves back on top; The latest Championship table

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Debutant Craig Overton can help England end the Gabba agony | Vic Marks

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England Ashes debutants are rare at Brisbane but they have tended to prosper and Joe Root’s side will be lifted by Australia’s unusually cagey selections

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Unconvincing England into Rugby League World Cup semi-final

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On a weekend of shocks and surprises in the Rugby League World Cup, England would ultimately not fall foul of another in Melbourne – winning 36-6 against a Papua New Guinea side who were earmarked as a major threat. That in itself is a…

Saturday, Nov 18

Scotland 17-22 New Zealand: rugby union international – as it happened

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Scotland came close to famous victory over the All Blacks at Murrayfield but ultimately came up short

England’s furious intent batters open door at fortress Twickenham | Andy Bull

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Eddie Jones will delight in the way England rode their luck to scramble a win against Australia from the chaos at their intimidating, unforgiving home

England waltz away from Australia as Danny Care completes smash and grab

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Luck was not a commodity England enjoyed in the Stuart Lancaster era when key decisions tended to go against them and 50-50 calls in the final minutes of a close game invariably backfired, but that has changed under Eddie Jones. That is…

England 30-6 Australia: rugby union international – as it happened

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England recorded their biggest ever winning margin over Australia but had the TMO to thank for several tight decisions which went their way

Friday, Nov 17

Eddie Jones ready to throw his England pen if it makes great TV against Australia

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The head coach was heavy on sarcasm as he aims to make England’s Vauxhall Viva stop stalling and leave Australia cursing at Twickenham on Saturday

Kurtley Beale as playmaker for Australia spells danger for England | Nick Evans

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He may have the No15 jersey on his back but Kurtley Beale will move in tighter because he is an important distributor for Australia, and Eddie Jones will be wary of his influence on Saturday’s game at Twickenham

Eddie Jones hits out at Australia for trying to influence the referee

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Eddie Jones has hit out at Australia for trying to influence the referee, Ben O’Keeffe, through the media in the build-up to Saturday’s Test at Twickenham.

Australia’s Michael Cheika accuses England of deliberate late tackles

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Michael Cheika has warned England his maturing Australia side will be prepared for dirty tricks off the ball at Twickenham on Saturday. The head coach is backing his players to sort out problems for themselves and will not be flagging up…

Thursday, Nov 16

Eddie Jones urges England to ‘physically dominate’ Australia

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Eddie Jones has urged England to “physically dominate” Australia on Saturday, insisting his side will do so legally, and has claimed their four-match winning streak against the Wallabies will be preying on his compatriots’ minds.

England get up to speed by unleashing May, Watson and Daly on Wallabies

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Eddie Jones excited by the prospect of using his blistering back three against Australia at Twickenham as Owen Farrell returns to the side

Roger Federer beats Cilic at ATP World Tour finals as stunning season rolls on

Federer sailed into semi-finals with 100% record after 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1 win; Cilic put up more fight than in losing the Wimbledon final this year

The Joy of Six: seasons from hell | Niall McVeigh

From Cleveland’s collapse to Ferrari’s lowest ebb and Doncaster Rovers’ destruction amid fire and fury, we look back on six calamitous campaigns

Wednesday, Nov 15

World Rugby and Bill Beaumont face backlash after France named 2023 host

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World Rugby was left embarrassed and in disarray on Wednesday night after France was announced as the surprise host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, prompting accusations of horse-trading and a power struggle at the heart of the sport’s…

Bradley Wiggins rails at ‘malicious witch-hunt’ after package investigation

Sir Bradley Wiggins has claimed his life was made “a living hell” because of a “malicious witch-hunt” into the contents of a bag delivered to him at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner and five-times…

Bravo, France, but at what cost to rugby’s transparency and integrity? | Robert Kitson

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France will put on a good show but the vote to award it rather than South Africa a second World Cup has all the hallmarks of naked self-interest

France win shock vote to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

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France is toasting the announcement that it will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after being named the surprise winner of a secret World Rugby council ballot in London on Wednesday.