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Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini suffers defeat in professional tennis debut

Former footballer Paolo Maldini’s professional tennis debut ended in defeat at the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan.

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Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday set for switch to Azerbaijani side Qabala

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday is on his way to Austria to complete a season-long loan to Azerbaijani outfit Qabala.

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Rain frustrates Willis and Broady at Wimbledon

Rain washed out the all-British showdown between Marcus Willis and Liam Broady in the Wimbledon qualifiers on Tuesday.

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Prince Harry heading to Headingley for first engagement as patron of RFL

Prince Harry will carry out his first official engagement as patron of the Rugby Football League next Thursday when he visits Headingley.

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Safe standing in Football League moves closer as Shrewsbury apply for rail seats

Shrewsbury have become the first English club to apply for the introduction of safe standing at their ground.

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Lions held to draw by Hurricanes after surrendering second-half lead

The British and Irish Lions were held to a dispiriting 31-31 draw in Wellington after succumbing to a final-quarter fightback by the Hurricanes.

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England Under-21s crash out of Euro 2017 to Germany on penalties

England Under-21s suffered more penalty semi-final heartbreak against Germany after Nathan Redmond’s miss sent them out of Euro 2017.

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5 things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ draw with the Hurricanes

The British and Irish Lions’ final midweek match of their New Zealand tour ended in a gripping 31-31 draw against Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.

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John McEnroe won’t apologise over Serena Williams remarks

John McEnroe has refused to apologise for his comments about Serena Williams – and believes men should play against women to settle the argument.

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FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race

FIFA has taken the dramatic step of publishing a controversial internal report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process after it was leaked to a German newspaper this week.

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Garcia report: England World Cup bid team broke rules when courting Jack Warner

The England 2018 World Cup bid team made a determined effort to win over former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and “often accommodated his wishes, in apparent violation of bidding rules”, the Garcia report has found.

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Sciver and Knight hundreds fire impressive England to victory over Pakistan

Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight both hit maiden one-day international centuries as England got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 107-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Pakistan.

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Robert Lui signs new two-year contract with Salford Red Devils

Australian stand-off Robert Lui has become the latest out-of-contract Salford player to commit his future to the club.

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Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan ruled out of St Helens clash

Leeds will be without captain Danny McGuire and experienced back-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan for Thursday’s Betfred Super League home game against St Helens because of suspension.

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Defender Gabby George first to sign full-time deal with Everton Ladies

Everton Ladies defender Gabby George has become the club’s first full-time female professional after signing a two-year contract.

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Lizzy Yarnold criticises omission of Russians from Winter Olympic checks

Lizzy Yarnold has criticised the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation for failing to include any Russian skeleton athletes on its official list of those who must commit to regular anti-doping checks for the Winter Olympic season.

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Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon preparations hit by rain at Eastbourne

Novak Djokovic’s preparations for Wimbledon were undermined on Tuesday when heavy rain caused play at Eastbourne to be cancelled.

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Zak Hardaker makes Castleford move permanent

Castleford have completed the permanent signing of England full-back Zak Hardaker after paying a £150,000 transfer fee to Leeds.

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Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy ‘set on’ Bordeaux move

Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy could be set for a return to France with Bordeaux after reportedly saying he wants to join the Ligue 1 club.

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Catalans Dragons scrum-half Richie Myler to join Leeds

Former England scrum-half Richie Myler will join Leeds on a three-year contract from next season.

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