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Grand Final stage set for Catalans Dragons history or St Helens hat-trick

For almost five years, few teams have captivated British rugby league quite like St Helens. From the brilliance – on the field, at least – of Ben Barba’s short-lived spell with the club, to the dominance they have engineered in the past two seasons, it has not been difficult as a neutral to feel some […]

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Watford look to Claudio Ranieri to repeat the job he did at Sampdoria

“Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!” Watford fans are going to hear that phrase a lot over the coming months. Claudio Ranieri returned to the Premier League this week after Watford took the decision to relieve Xisco of his duties following their 1-0 defeat to Leeds on Saturday. Watford-manager-sacking season arrives earlier each year it seems. The Pozzo family […]

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Denny Solomona: ‘The journey I’m on hasn’t been smooth sailing’

When Alex Sanderson announced Sale’s squad for their opening match of the season against Bath last month, Denny Solomona was absent from the list. No great surprise on the face of it, given the one-time England wing had featured only once in the Premiership since Sanderson took over in January, but for Solomona it was […]

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Women’s Tour of Britain: Wiebes claims double as Simmonds solo bid falls short

Lorena Wiebes claimed a historic double at the Women’s Tour of Britain with her second consecutive stage win, while Demi Vollering stayed on course for overall victory with one stage to go. Wiebes, of Team DSM, overpowered the world road race champion, Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service), to finish first in Clacton-on-Sea, with Maria van’t […]

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WSL derby against United ‘perfect’ to kickstart Man City’s season, says Taylor

Manchester City Women’s manager, Gareth Taylor, admits to not knowing how much pressure he is under as a result of the team’s poor start but believes Saturday’s derby at Manchester United is the “perfect game” to begin turning around the campaign. Taylor’s side have won only one of their four Women’s Super League matches and […]

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Player’s view: Newcastle fans deserve change of fortune after long decline

The takeover is all the fans want. They’ve been waiting 12 years to have a change of hands and they’ve been through a lot of rubbish under Mike Ashley – relegations, being bottom of the league, having average players playing for the club for a long time – and yet they still support Newcastle United. […]

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Robinson, Leach and Malan awarded new-look England central contracts

England have awarded 20 men’s central contracts for 2021-22 ahead of this winter’s Ashes tour, with a revamped system in place that no longer states which format a player has been chiefly earmarked for. As has been the case since central contracts were introduced in 1999, there are winners and losers. Ollie Robinson, Dawid Malan […]