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Peter Sagan: ‘Being the pope is much harder than being a cyclist’

His dramatic victory in the Paris-Roubaix has elevated the Slovakian to the pinnacle of his sport but his humble roots and carefree attitude seem certain to keep cycling’s new hero grounded“I was thoroughly fucked but I tried to enjoy it afterwards,” P…

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Joshua Kimmich: ‘I want to be me, not a Lahm clone or Lahm the second’

The Bayern Munich utility player is targeting the Champions League and World Cup in the next few months and says he owes much of his success to Pep GuardiolaOn a sleepy Sunday morning in Munich, just before eight o’clock, Joshua Kimmich arrives early w…

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Boxer Dale Evans: ‘Sometimes I break into tears. It will stay with me forever’

Eighteen months ago on a tragic night in Glasgow, Evans and Mike Towell fought a British welterweight title eliminator. Evans won the fight but Towell lost his lifeDale Evans sits in his hotel room in Oxford as the words tumble from him on a freezing n…

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Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

The former darts world champion discusses his battle with prostate cancer and why these days he is as happy to play for free in the local county leagues as on the biggest stageWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three-tim…

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Kell Brook: ‘I hit rock bottom – I was a lost soul, the lowest I’ve ever been’

The boxer had only ever tasted victory before a bruising pair of defeats and injuries left him questioning himself and his future. But now he has bounced back and will return to the ring next week“It’s not easy to talk about this,” Kell Brook says in t…

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Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’

The 42-year-old former Southampton player is making his name at Sweden’s Östersund and now faces his biggest and most exciting test – a Europa League tie with Arsenal“It’s a different kind of cold,” Graham Potter says as darkness spreads across Östersu…

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George Groves: ‘I don’t want to be damaged, but I haven’t earned enough yet’

George Groves can’t wait to take on Chris Eubank Jr – and his famous father – next week, yet behind the bravado all three men know the trauma of seriously hurting an opponentThey are a funny little team, the Eubanks,” George Groves says wryly at the ba…

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Michael Jamieson: ‘Swimming has a problem. Micro-dosing is a huge issue’

Michael Jamieson went from the high of an Olympic medal to the dark lows of depression and while that has been his biggest personal challenge he says his sport must do more to combat doping‘It’s a challenge,” Michael Jamieson says with a little smile, …

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Danny Cipriani: ‘I’ve had talks with a French club but nothing’s decided yet’

The Wasps fly-half has had an up-and-down career but, 10 years on from his England debut, he is excited about the next chapter … wherever that may be‘I’ve had enough heartsore moments but the one thing about me that people can’t question is my resilien…

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James Wade: ‘You need to be different to chase something hard when everyone is laughing at you’

As he launches his latest tilt at the world championship title one of the top players in darts talks about his daily battle with the demons in his head“She was shaking like a leaf when she met me because she doesn’t go out of the house normally,” James…

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Mark Foster: ‘I tiptoed around in the shadows for so long, but now is the time to come out’

In his first interview confirming he is gay the former swimmer admits that he has spent years not being his true self and how he feels that probably had a negative impact on his career in the poolSunlight streams through the huge windows that make Mark…

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James Toney: I should’ve knocked Donald Trump’s head off and saved the world lots of trouble

Twenty-six years after their first meeting Donald McRae catches up again with his favourite boxer as the outspoken 49-year-old former world champion prepares for an exhibition fight in Bristol before embarking on a career as a bounty hunter“Why?” James…

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Anthony Ogogo: ‘To complete my story of overcoming adversity, I need to become world champion’ | Donald McRae

After a bronze medal at London 2012 and a successful start to his professional career the boxer’s life fell apart following a devastating eye injury in 2016 from which he is determined to recoverAnthony Ogogo has been an Olympic bronze medallist, a mod…

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Rugby and the rainbow nation: can 2023 World Cup heal South Africa’s wounds?

The Springboks are not the competitive force they were but as they begin their autumn internationals in Dublin on Saturday there is new hope of resolving the issues that have haunted them since their return to world rugby 25 years agoTwenty-five years …

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Warren Gatland: ‘It felt like I was being drained of blood, drop by drop. I was hating the tour’

Taking the Lions to his homeland should have been his proudest moment but now back with Wales the coach believes the welfare of rugby’s elite players is a more pressing concern“I’ve been on the sidelines of some big games and even I’m scared watching t…

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Charles Piutau: ‘I felt invincible as an All Black … but it’s such a short career’

He missed out on winning a World Cup to sign for Ulster but the New Zealander has no regrets and will become the world’s highest-paid player when he joins Bristol in 2018

“I really had to see the bigger picture,” Charles Piutau says as he considers the wrench of abandoning his Test career with the All Blacks to play for Ulster and, from next season, Bristol. Piutau, a dynamic full-back who can also play on the wing, will become the world’s most highly-paid rugby player when he joins Bristol. Yet his motives are more than mercenary and reflect his arduous childhood as well as the growing problems for Test rugby.

“When I was in New Zealand it felt like the All Blacks were everything. It felt like you were going to play forever. You felt invincible. But, taking a step back, you realise it’s such a short career. For me, what really hit home was remembering everything my parents had done for me and my siblings. They left Tonga for New Zealand to give us better opportunities. And for me, coming here, I had the same chance to do something similar for my family.”

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