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Gregor Townsend defends replacement Scotland fly-halves after Fiji defeat

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has defended the two players who filled in at fly-half after regular starter Finn Russell was called up by the British and Irish Lions.

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The Tin Man crowned best in Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The Tin Man came out on top after a thrilling climax to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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No winning start for Steve McNamara as Warrington see off Catalans Dragons

New Catalans boss Steve McNamara lost his first match in charge of the Dragons as the Wolves claimed a hard-earned 24-16 Betfred Super League victory to keep their top eight hopes alive.

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Debutant Dawid Malan stars as England beat South Africa to win Twenty20 series

England claimed the NatWest International Twenty20 Series with a 19-run victory over South Africa in Cardiff.

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Lions coach Warren Gatland wants clampdown on All Blacks’ ‘dangerous’ play

Warren Gatland will ask the referees to clamp down on the All Blacks’ “dangerous” harassment of Conor Murray’s kicking game.

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Kvitova crowns comeback with Birmingham triumph

Petra Kvitova claimed a remarkable victory at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham just six months after a career-threatening stabbing incident at her home.

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Roger Federer sees off Alexander Zverev to land ninth Gerry Weber Open title

Roger Federer brushed aside the challenge of rising star Alexander Zverev to clinch his ninth Gerry Weber Open title in Halle.

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Valentino Rossi snatches his first MotoGP win in over a year

Valentino Rossi edged out compatriot Danilo Petrucci in a thrilling battle to claim his first MotoGP win in over a year in Assen on Sunday.

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Judy Murray ‘pretty sure’ Andy and Jamie will play at Wimbledon together

Andy and Jamie Murray could seek to cap their glittering careers by teaming up to win a Wimbledon doubles title, according to their mother Judy.

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Lions’ Jonathan Joseph: I could slot onto the wing if needed

Jonathan Joseph has insisted he would be “comfortable” on the wing in the British and Irish Lions’ Test series.

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Lizzie Deignan claims fourth National Road Race title

Lizzie Deignan overhauled long-time leader Elinor Barker in the final stages to claim her fourth National Road Race title on the Isle of Man on Sunday.

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Andres Romero wins first title in nine years in Munich

Andres Romero held off the challenge of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and England’s Richard Bland to win his first title in nine years at the BMW International Open.

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Vettel hits Hamilton as Ricciardo wins incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel was accused of deliberately driving into his title rival Lewis Hamilton as this year’s Formula One championship burst into life during a dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Boo gives Jordan a fright but Spieth still top dog in Cromwell

Jordan Spieth resisted a spirited challenge from his fellow American Boo Weekley to preserve his one-shot lead in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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Taulupe Faletau keeps hopes up despite Lions’ loss to All Blacks in first Test

Taulupe Faletau has insisted the British and Irish Lions can fend off both the weight of history and the mighty All Blacks to win their Test series.

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Watford sign midfielder Will Hughes from Derby

Watford have announced the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes.

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Lewis Baker says ahead of Germany clash: The pressure’s eased and we fear no one

England Under-21 midfielder Lewis Baker has vowed they have no fear as they plot Euro 2017 glory.

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England Under-21 players and coaching staff make poignant visit to Auschwitz

England Under-21s made a poignant trip to Auschwitz as they prepare for their Euro 2017 semi-final.

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Lewis Hamilton posts perfect lap to claim pole in Azerbaijan

Lewis Hamilton delivered the perfect lap at exactly the right time to leave his championship rival Sebastian Vettel firmly in the shade ahead of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Harry Aikines-Aryeetey stars as Great Britain sit third in Lille

Great Britain sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey took maximum points with victory in the men’s 100metres final at the European Athletics Team Championships.

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