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New Zealand’s Kane Williamson gives England a lesson before rain hits

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England had a much better second day here. This was mainly due to the fact that they did not have to bat and they had to bowl only 23.1 overs, during which time they dismissed New Zealand’s best batsman, Kane Williamson. However, there are…

Manchester City title stroll should not distract from strength of competition | Jonathan Wilson

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There has not been a tight championship race since 2013-14 but the Premier League is still more competitive than its rivals

Australian GP: Hamilton fastest in F1 practice but rivals snap at his heels

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Lewis Hamilton opened his campaign to win a fifth Formula One world championship with a strong start in practice for the Australian Grand Prix, offering early confirmation that his Mercedes is once again leading the field.

Gymnastics World Cup – in pictures

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Our photographer Tom Jenkins was given exclusive access at Arena Birmingham to photograph some of the best gymnasts in the world as they competed for prestigious titles at this major global event. The all-around competitions featured eight…

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Football’s latest arms race: the battle for Europe’s best youngsters intensifies | Stephen Ganavas

Away from the Neymars and Coutinhos, the continent’s top clubs are increasingly targeting players between 16 and 18, such as Jadon Sancho and Willem Geubbels


Nat Sciver stars as England's women cruise to T20 victory over Australia

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Half-centuries from Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont in Mumbai guided England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Australia in the women’s T20 Tri-Series in Mumbai.

Raptors, Rockets or revolts? The biggest threats to the Cavaliers-Warriors duopoly

Cleveland are the weakest they’ve been in years while Golden State are not the invincibles they once were. How likely is the old guard to change?


New Zealand v England: first Test, day two – as it happened


Just 23.1 overs were bowled and one wicket fell as rain hindered New Zealand’s progress on the second day of the first Test


Spain’s Sergio Ramos aims to break Iker Casillas’s caps record

Spain captain Sergio Ramos has spoken of his desire to become his country’s most-capped player of all-time, as he prepares to make his 150th appearance for La Roja against Germany on Friday.

Gianluigi Buffon hits out at Italy critics as he prepares to face Lionel Messi

Gianluigi Buffon issued a stern rebuke to his critics as he arrived in England to add to his record cap tally with Italy.


Dustin Johnson falls by the Match Play wayside but Rory McIlroy stays alive


Dustin Johnson may take solace from the fact this year’s pre-Masters slip was not of the physical variety.

England fringe players get chance as Gareth Southgate seeks elusive plan

The manager says he is ‘not concerned’ about his side as the World Cup looms but England face the Netherlands burdened by a host of still unanswered questions


Panama’s tough approach in Denmark loss gives England food for thought

If Gareth Southgate’s emissaries learned one thing from an attritional scrap it is that even in a best-case scenario England will come away from Nizhny Novgorod sporting bruises after their group game with Panama at the World Cup finals.


Give us a break: why a few days in the sun can be crucial for a season’s run-in | Liam Rosenior

Footballers have a reputation for treating mid-season breaks as a jolly but, handled responsibly, they can galvanise a squad for the challenges ahead


Pat Cummins gives Australia the edge despite Elgar's unbeaten century

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Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten century but an excellent spell of bowling from Australia seamer Pat Cummins restricted South Africa to 266 for eight at the close of play on the opening day of the third Test at Newlands on Thursday.

Jack Wilshere out of England friendly in Netherlands with knee injury

Jack Wilshere’s hopes of earning a first international cap since Euro 2016 have been dashed after he returned to Arsenal with a knee injury.


‘It’s just total panic’: Matt Prior on the anatomy of a batting collapse


After England slumped to 58 all out against New Zealand, their former wicket-keeper recalls the 2009 evisceration at the hands of West Indies and explains how the team can respond

England's headache, fancied squads and sticker stories – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden and co assess England’s priorities, Old Trafford hymn sheets, Panini versus Merlin and more


Manchester United’s women’s football move is better late than never | Suzanne Wrack

Despite the time it has taken, the news that one of the game’s superpowers are launching a pro women’s team is welcome

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for LA Galaxy after Manchester United cancel contract

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United after the club agreed to terminate his contract, with the striker expected to join LA Galaxy.

Thursday, Mar 22

Saracens’ problems reflect those of England with Irish shadow looming | The Breakdown

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In their most challenging season this decade, Sarries face Leinster in the Champions Cup on Easter Sunday looking to do what Eddie Jones’ men could not – beat an Irish side

Trevor Bayliss berates England batting: 'I'm embarrassed. It's not good enough'


A grim-faced Trevor Bayliss looked almost as stunned as his batsmen when invited to explain England’s lowest score against New Zealand. “I was certainly embarrassed,” the head coach said, “and I was not the only one in that dressing room…

West Ham issue lifetime bans to fans involved in trouble against Burnley

West Ham have issued lifetime bans, from the club’s home and away games, to fans who invaded the pitch or threw missiles in front of the directors’ box during the defeat by Burnley.

International football: 10 things to look out for in this round of friendlies

France and England debutants stake their claims, Ronaldo v Salah, Dembélé seeks to convince Martínez and another new start for Scotland

Wednesday, Mar 21

Jordan Pickford set to wear England No 1 shirt against Netherlands

Gareth Southgate is increasingly inclined to hand the No 1 shirt to Jordan Pickford for the friendly against the Netherlands on Friday night after the Everton goalkeeper impressed the England coaching staff in training at St George’s Park.

Inside Real Madrid's academy: 'Only a certain type of person succeeds here'

Real Madrid are happy to break the world transfer record but they have also invested €100m in building an academy they call ‘the greatest sports facility ever built by a football club’

Manchester United look for ways to improve Old Trafford atmosphere

Manchester United are consulting with supporters over how to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

F1 2018: team-by-team guide to the cars and drivers for the season | Giles Richards

Lewis Hamilton is a strong favourite for a fifth title that would equal Juan Manuel Fangio but the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen could challenge

Tuesday, Mar 20

Joe Root out to forget Ashes with different stamp on New Zealand trip | Vic Marks


Captain is desperate to salvage something from a tour tainted by the Australia defeat by making England more flexible

Six Nations 2018: the unsung heroes of this year’s championship

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Rory Best held Ireland together, England’s Chris Robshaw worked tirelessly and Sergio Parisse’s experience helped Italy

Tactical kicking back in fashion as Wallabies look for Test edge

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Cheika has preferred ball in hand, but tactic changes are needed to keep up with Ireland

You weigh Kevin Pietersen’s game by the memories you are left with | Andy Bull

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The ex-England batsman made more moments you can still see in your mind when you close your eyes than any other postwar English player but for Ian Botham and Denis Compton

Monday, Mar 19

Halo could be most effective method yet devised to reduce F1’s appeal | Richard Williams

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Limiting the danger to suit changing attitudes and modern sensibilities is fine as long as the measures taken do not devalue a sport so profoundly that its meaning disappears

Joy of Six Nations overshadows Spain’s pain and fears for the game | Robert Kitson

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While Ireland were completing the grand slam, events at a World Cup qualifier show that not all is well within the game

Max Verstappen: ‘I’ve never doubted myself. I just drive as fast as I can’

Max Verstappen’s precocious talent has led to comparisons with Ayrton Senna and the 20-year-old is backing himself to have a glittering F1 career

Stunning round sees Rory McIlroy claim Arnold Palmer Invitational title

This is not the biggest win of Rory McIlroy’s career but it is without question among the most significant. A day supposedly to confirm Tiger Woods’s status as the returning hero instead belonged to McIlroy, for whom, too, injury…

Sunday, Mar 18

Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea: FA Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Chelsea snuck into the FA Cup semi-finals after Kasper Schmeichel’s mistake allowed Pedro to score the winner; Match report: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea (AET); Match report: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton; FA Cup semi-final draw

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton: FA Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Goals from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric Soares, their first for Southampton in Mark Hughes’s first game as manager, settled a brilliant FA Cup tie; Match report: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton; Match report: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea …

From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

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Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdown