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RFU and Premiership clubs sign new £225m player deal

BBC Sport - 1 hour 28 min ago
A new eight-year deal worth more than £225m is agreed between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership clubs.

Patrick Vieira psyched out by Marsch, and time runs short for Sigi Schmid

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 28 min ago

The NYCFC manager was rattled in his side’s latest derby disappointment, while it’s time for Seattle’s longtime manager to relinquish his post

Patrick Vieira is unshakeable. That has been his defining characteristic, first as a player and now, as a manager.

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Lewis Hamilton in no mood to let up after gaining lead over Nico Rosberg

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 4 min ago
• Hamilton has overturned 43-point deficit against his rival
• ‘I’m still in the mentality of chasing, says reigning F1 world champion

Lewis Hamilton has stressed that, despite the win in Hungary on Sunday that gave him the lead in the Formula One world championship for the first time this season, he cannot afford to let up in the pressure he has exerted over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. However, both he and his team have made it clear they believe the title fight is far from over- – especially given that he will have to take grid penalties for an engine change later in the season, a scenario they are considering how best to manage.

Related: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg still at odds over Hungary qualifying

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Shooting at Florida nightclub leaves 2 dead, up to 16 wounded

Stabroek - 2 hours 5 min ago
(Reuters) – At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others, many of them teenagers, were wounded in a shooting early on Monday outside a Florida nightclub that was hosting a party...

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Sam Allardyce: I want to enjoy being England manager – video

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 13 min ago

Newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce says he will help players enjoy themselves and improve their skills. Speaking at St George’s Park on Monday, Allardyce says the bonding of the team is crucial

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England v Pakistan: James Anderson takes early Shan Masood wicket

BBC Sport - 2 hours 25 min ago
James Anderson takes an early wicket after Shan Massod is caught by Alastair Cook in the fifth over of Pakistan's second innings against England in the second Test at Old Trafford.

Top scorer nets again... then breaks news of pregnancy

BBC Sport - 2 hours 27 min ago
Wales and Yeovil Town Ladies forward Sarah Wiltshire, top scorer in Women's Super League Two, announces she is pregnant.

Dafne Schippers: ‘Doping questions are hard but clean sport is more important’

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 35 min ago

The world 200m champion has found her achievements put under a harsh spotlight but says she has nothing to hide and is ready for a tilt at gold in Rio

“Did you hear that?” Dafne Schippers says with a grimace after her knees make a loud cracking sound when she sinks down onto her haunches to have her photograph taken. In the serene and rolling grounds of the Netherlands’ National Sports Centre in Papendal – just outside Arnhem and an hour from Amsterdam – Schippers smiles. “I must be getting old.”

The Dutch sprinter has just turned 24 and, preparing for next month’s Olympic Games in Rio, she exudes strength and power. Schippers clearly just has noisy knees rather than any concerns about ageing for, alongside Usain Bolt in the men’s sprint and Caster Semenya in the women’s 800m, she promises to provide one of the most dramatic stories on the Olympic track.

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I'm tough enough for greatest challenge - new England boss Allardyce

BBC Sport - 2 hours 40 min ago
New England manager Sam Allardyce says the job will be the "greatest challenge" of his career.

Manly end South Sydney's NRL finals hopes amid more bunker controversy

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 41 min ago
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-20 Manly Sea Eagles
  • Souths miss finals for first time under Michael Maguire

Tom Trbojevic and another bunker howler have officially put South Sydney’s finals hopes to bed, after the Rabbitohs went down 20-12 to Manly at Allianz Stadium on Monday night. The defeat was Souths’ seventh in a row and means they will miss the finals for the first time under coach Michael Maguire.

The Rabbitohs were poor in a first half dominated by Trbojevic and trailed 18-0 at the break. They surged back into the contest in the second stanza through tries to Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker before the bunker controversially disallowed a Joe Burgess try in the 59th minute before 8,273 fans.

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England: Sam Allardyce 'tough enough' to manage national team

BBC Sport - 3 hours 34 sec ago
New England manager, Sam Allardyce insists he is "tough enough" to cope with the pressure of managing his country's national team.

Sam Allardyce: ‘far too early’ to say if Wayne Rooney will remain England captain

Guardian Sport - 3 hours 13 min ago
• England manager says he needs to meet players and staff first
• Allardyce describes his management style as ‘pragmatic’

Sam Allardyce has yet to decide if he will retain Wayne Rooney as England’s captain.

Related: Sam Allardyce unveiled as England manager – live!

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Mexico mayors demand more security after weekend murders

BBC - 3 hours 16 min ago
Mexican mayors demand extra protection from the federal government after two of their number were killed in separate shootings on Saturday.

Watch: England's Root reaches 50 off 38 balls

BBC Sport - 3 hours 18 min ago
England's Joe Root equals his quickest fifty in Test cricket, off 38 balls, as England set Pakistan 565 to win the second Test at Old Trafford.

Who will challenge Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France?

Guardian Sport - 3 hours 22 min ago
There was a lack of suspense this year but here are five challengers, led by Romain Bardet, who could upset things next time around

Suspenseful it may not have been, but the 2016 Tour de France was nip and tuck in one way: the time gaps behind the winner. Chris Froome’s victory margin was 3min more than in 2015 ahead of Nairo Quintana, but the gap to the rider in 10th was only 7min compared with 17min last year; 21min in 2014 for Vincenzo Nibali and 17min again in 2013. Incredibly, after 89 hours of racing, a mere 180 seconds spanned the riders between second and 10th. What this says is that Froome may be a decisive winner but he is not as dominant as, say, Miguel Indurain or Lance Armstrong who would pulverise the race. This points to a levelling of the playing field within cycling, given that only one team – Movistar – placed more than one rider in the top 10 overall.

Related: Chris Froome's Tour de France win puts him among greats | William Fotheringham

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Sam Allardyce unveiled as England manager – live!

Guardian Sport - 3 hours 23 min ago

11.32am BST

Well this all felt a bit flat. I was hoping for more bombast. Sam’s being very realistic and considered but I wanted more swagger and more fists banging on tables. Maybe the fact he was calm and considered throughout was part of a tactic to dissuade the press from sticking to Big Sam stereotypes in their copy.

11.29am BST

What will it take to see that Sam Allardyce dance again? Oh bantz! A big Big Sam laugh. “Hopefully if we qualify [for the World Cup] and then go a bit further. Maybe then, but I’m not sure you’ll see it anytime in the near future.” Boo.

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Ruthless Swifts set up grand final rematch with Firebirds after win over Magic

Guardian Sport - 3 hours 23 min ago
  • Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 45-64 NSW Swifts
  • Swifts will have chance to avenge last season’s grand final defeat

NSW Swifts set up a rematch of last year’s trans-Tasman netball league final with a 64-45 semi-final win over the Magic in Hamilton on Monday.

The comprehensive win showcased the Swifts at their best – gritty defence melding with a driving midcourt and finished off by superbly accurate shooting.

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Tour de France winner Froome can go on for years - Brailsford

BBC Sport - 3 hours 40 min ago
Chris Froome can continue competing at the highest level for "three or four more years", Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford believes.

Rio 2016: New Zealander Jason Lee 'kidnapped' in Olympic Games host city

BBC - 3 hours 41 min ago
Jiu-jitsu athlete Jason Lee claims he was "kidnapped" in Rio by men in police uniform and forced to withdraw money.

Rio 2016: New Zealander Jason Lee 'kidnapped' in Olympic Games host city

BBC Sport - 3 hours 41 min ago
Jiu-jitsu athlete Jason Lee claims he was "kidnapped" in Rio by men in police uniform and forced to withdraw money.

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