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Anthony Joshua Set To Lose IBF Heavyweight Title

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory with his manager Freddie Cunningham after the IBF, WBA and IBO Heavyweight World Title bout at Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Last Saturday night, heavyweight boxing was resurrected in the eyes of casual boxing fans all over the world, as Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko in an epic contest. The Watford native hit the canvas in the sixth round having downed his opponent in the previous round, but he bounced back to maintain his unblemished record. Of course, focus now turns to …

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How Far Has Scotland’s Rugby Revival Come?

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Vern Cotter, the Scotland head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Over the past two years Scottish rugby has seen an upturn in fortunes, for both the national side and club teams, but will it end with Six Nations glory? Sir Ian McGeechan, speaking to the Daily Record in 2015, stated that: “Scotland can cause problems but it will require big players such as Richie and Jonny Gray to keep on …

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Five Quick Conclusions As New Zealand Edge Ireland In Thriller

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Ireland fell at home to New Zealand this evening despite a brave effort. The All Blacks showed why they are the best side in world rugby at present, digging deep to grind out a result. Here are five quick take-aways from an entertaining clash in Dublin. Barrett masterclass Beauden Barrett is different gravy. The All Blacks fly-half reaffirmed his status …

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Watch: Lauren Koscielny And Shkodran Mustafi Dominating Diego Costa Shows How Much Arsenal Have Improved

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Diego Costa of Chelsea (L) and Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“That’s the thing about Arsenal, they always try to walk it in.” Amazingly, even though this quote from an episode of The IT Crowd is from 2008, it still seemed to apply as much to Arsenal last season as it ever had. A by-now familiar tale of a title challenge petering out largely thanks to disappointing performances in big games unfolded …

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Owen Farrell v George Ford: What If England Had To Choose Between The Two Fly-Halves?

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Owen Farrell (L) looks on with team mate George Ford during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on November 25, 2014 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England under Eddie Jones have so far tended to operate with George Ford at fly-half, and Owen Farrell moved to inside-centre. But is this a stop-gap measure or a long-term solution to England’s vexing and seemingly perennial midfield problem? Although it is very plausible that these two close friends, who had great success in junior rugby playing alongside each other, …

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Report: Everton Hot On The Heels Of Swansea Defender

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Ronald Koeman, manager of Southampton looks on during the UEFA Europa League Play Off Round 1st Leg match between Southampton and Midtjylland at St Mary's Stadium on August 20, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images) Everton

With the arrival of new manager Ronald Koeman, Everton are on the hunt for new talent to bolster their squad next season, as they look to put a disappointing year under Roberto Martinez behind them. The Toffees will believe that they should be competing at a much higher standard than their 11th place finish last year would reflect. However, if …

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Opinion: England’s Band Of Brothers Stands Resolute

“From this day to the ending of the world, / But we in it shall be remember’d; / We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; / For he to-day that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother.” (Henry V, Act 4 Scene 3) One never likes to resort to cliches, but Shakespeare’s description of how …

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Analysis: Can Andy Farrell Fix Ireland’s Defence?

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There are a lot of question marks surrounding Ireland heading into their first Test against South Africa this Saturday in Cape Town. Will Ian Madigan continue to deputise in the absence of Johnny Sexton? Can Tadgh Furlong or Finlay Bealham loosen Mike Ross’ stranglehold on the number 3 jersey? And will Ultan Dillane and Iain Henderson impose themselves as the Irish second-row …

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