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Vintage Croatia have long passed the consistency test but still defy belief

In Ban Jelacic Square there was not a soul who cared about the Friday night temperature, which had plummeted towards freezing. A reveller removed his shirt and dived into a nearby fountain; it always takes one to go first and soon enough he had company. Zagreb’s city centre was packed, celebrations continuing into the early […]

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Sharks hold off Harlequins fightback to earn historic Champions Cup victory

There was no shortage of drama in the Champions Cup encounter between the South African newcomers the Sharks and Harlequins, with the home side running out bonus-point 39-31 victors at Kings Park in Durban. The hosts looked up against it when reduced to 13 players as the visitors cut their deficit to one point but […]

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The fracas in Qatar: Argentina take Dutch devilry beyond the bitter end

At some point late on a wild night in Lusail, Lionel Messi was asked what had happened out there. “A bit of everything,” he said. There had been four goals, eight penalties, 17 yellow cards and one red. In the end, there was only one winner, even if they had to win it twice. Maybe […]

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Zion Williamson’s showboat dunk at end of Pelicans’ win angers Suns

Zion Williamson apologized for his 360-degree, one-handed slam dunk that angered the Phoenix Suns at the end of a game the New Orleans Pelicans had all but won. Still, the crowd-pleasing play symbolized Williamson’s potential to rise above the disappointments of previous seasons and live up to the extraordinary hype that followed him into the […]

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Scott Boland rips heart from West Indies to leave Australia awaiting victory

Scott Boland’s heroics have put Australia within touching distance of a Frank Worrell Trophy clean sweep after a triple-wicket maiden left West Indies reeling in the second Test. The tourists went to stumps on day three at 38 for four, needing to chase down 497 or survive two more days and avoid a 2-0 series […]

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Brook and Duckett ensure England take total control after Pakistan implode

As the yolk-like sun set on a second dizzying day in Multan, it felt like England had not just furthered their prospects of claiming a famous series win on their first visit to Pakistan in 17 years, but also learned a bit more about themselves along the way. A bit like the proverbial wet Wednesday […]

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Manuel Neuer ruled out for the season after breaking leg in skiing accident

The Germany and Bayern Munich captain, Manuel Neuer, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg while skiing. The goalkeeper said in an Instagram post on Saturday that he had surgery on Friday. The post shows a photo of Neuer in a hospital bed with his right leg in […]