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Gatland wrong to ‘apply pressure’ on referee, says All Blacks coach

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen appeared to accuse British and Irish Lions counterpart Warren Gatland of attempting to “bully” referee Jaco Peyper ahead of Saturday’s first Test in Auckland.

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Three and easy for England Under-21s as they make Euro 2017 semi-finals

England Under-21s cruised into the semi finals of Euro 2017 after dismantling hosts Poland.

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FA ends lucrative Ladbrokes sponsorship deal after betting controversies

The Football Association has pulled out of a four-year sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes after just one year, following a board decision in May to cut ties with betting companies.

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The players Chelsea could have made more money on

Liverpool have signed former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah for a fee understood to be close to £35million.

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Liverpool sign winger Mohamed Salah from Roma

Liverpool have finally kick-started their summer recruitment drive in earnest after completing a deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.

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Big Orange pips Order Of St George in Gold Cup thriller

Big Orange repelled the late thrust of defending champion Order Of St George to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

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Widnes too strong for Leigh in basement battle

Australian duo Chris Houston and Corey Thompson scored doubles as the Widnes beat Leigh 36-10 in the battle of two of Super League’s strugglers.

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Johanna Konta thinks her Wimbledon prep is still on track despite defeat

Johanna Konta believes her Wimbledon preparations are still on track despite a disappointing Aegon Classic second-round defeat to Coco Vandeweghe.

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Warren Gatland: Picking Alun Wyn Jones over Maro Itoje was a toss of a coin

England star Maro Itoje missed out on British and Irish Lions selection by the proverbial “toss of a coin.”

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha signs Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha signs Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera

Pedro Caixinha has further strengthened his squad with the signings of Mexican pair Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera as he prepares his Rangers side for the upcoming season.

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Marin Cilic tells Wimbledon rivals he is hitting top form

Former US Open champion Marin Cilic has warned his Wimbledon rivals he is playing the best tennis of his career after he beat American Stefan Kozlov at Queen’s.

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Ireland cricket chief Warren Deutrom hopes Test status will halt exodus

Ireland cricket chief Warren Deutrom is hopeful their progression to a Test-playing nation will stop the country’s best players defecting to England.

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Sergio Garcia well placed at the BMW International

Sergio Garcia marked his first appearance on European soil since winning the Masters by heading into the second day of the BMW International in third place.

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Francesco Becchetti era over at Leyton Orient as he sells club to consortium

Francesco Becchetti has sold Leyton Orient to a business consortium headed by Nigel Travis, a lifelong fan and chief executive of the Dunkin’ Brands Group.

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Chris Froome in talks to extend Team Sky contract as Tour de France nears

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is negotiating an extension to his contract at Team Sky in a move which would likely secure the future of the British squad.

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Bairstow believes maturity has helped him accept England role with grace

Jonny Bairstow believes growing into a man has allowed him to accept that he may not always have a place in the England side.

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Curler David Murdoch criticises decision to leave him out of Olympic squad

Sochi silver medallist David Murdoch has criticised the decision to deny him a place at his fourth consecutive Olympic Games after curling selectors opted instead to make Pyeongchang 2018 a Muirhead family affair.

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Jolyon Palmer ‘focused on Baku’ amid growing speculation over Renault future

Jolyon Palmer insists he has no cause for concern over his Formula One future despite mounting speculation he could be replaced by Renault following an underwhelming start to the season.

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Career-best figures for Simon Harmer as Essex beat Warwickshire

Simon Harmer claimed a career-best eight for 36 to lead Specsavers County Championship Division One leaders Essex to an innings-and-164-run win over Warwickshire.

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Celtic’s potential Champions League trip to Linfield pencilled in for July 14

Celtic’s potential powder-keg Champions League qualifier with Northern Irish champions Linfield in Belfast has now been pencilled in for July 14, Press Association Sport understands.

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