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England’s grim Barbarians loss and Dad’s Army platoon raise big questions

This was meant to be the week when English rugby union shifted the narrative. For all involved – players, coaches, even the media – the upcoming tour of Australia has been shimmering on the horizon like an oasis in the outback, offering a chance to look forward rather than endlessly back. It was also a […]

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Every NBA team should have a Designated Heel like Draymond Green

I have a confession to make as a Boston sports fan: I love Draymond Green. This is controversial given that Green’s main role in the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Boston Celtics in this year’s NBA finals was to do everything in his power to get under the team’s skin. The truth is that […]

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Ndamukong Suh wants to keep playing

The Buccaneers signing of defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on June 1 signaled the end of the line for Ndamukong Suh in Tampa. Indeed, that was Suh’s impression when he saw the news. “It looks like the Bucs are out of the picture,” Suh said on ESPN on Monday, via Adam Schefter. Suh, 35, made clear […]

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Moneyball’s Nick Swisher: ‘Most players were signing cards, we were signing books’

The 2002 Major League Baseball draft saw a healthy crop of future All-Stars – such as Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels and Prince Fielder – pen their first professional contracts. It also produced a misguided selection widely regarded as one of the all-time biggest busts, when the Pittsburgh Pirates took pitcher Bryan Bullington with the No […]

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Football transfer rumours: Porto’s Evanilson to Manchester United?

Having been surreptitiously filmed in his local pub telling a handful of fans that Manchester United have “[effing] burned through cash”, as he got in front of a planned protest outside his house at the weekend, the club’s chief executive, Richard Arnold, could torch more currency during his first transfer window in charge of the […]

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Injury-free Suliasi Vunivalu eyeing Wallabies debut against England

Despite his limited pro rugby experience, Suliasi Vunivalu says playing in four NRL grand finals with Melbourne means he can handle the pressure of a Wallabies debut in the England Test series next month. The 26-year-old winger is finally injury-free and eager to get his international career started ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup […]

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Rugby league joins swimming in barring transgender women from female international competition

Transgender women will be barred from playing women’s international rugby league for the time being, after the sport’s governing body became the second this week to announce a shift in policy on the polarising issue. Following Monday’s announcement that Fina has effectively banned transgender women from competing at elite female swimming events, the International Rugby […]