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  1. Warren Gatland opts for form not reputation in first Test against All Blacks — June 21, 2017
  2. Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’ — June 21, 2017
  3. Pulver stays on as ARU chief but an Australian Super Rugby team will be cut — June 20, 2017
  4. Former UFC fighter Tim Hague dies aged 34 after knockout in boxing fight — June 18, 2017
  5. The transfer hunters: how Premier League scouting set-ups compare — June 17, 2017

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Jun 21

Warren Gatland opts for form not reputation in first Test against All Blacks

• Elliot Daly and Alun Wyn Jones picked, with Maro Itoje on Lions bench
• Peter O’Mahony is captain but George North missing from 23-man squad

It is hard to overstate the importance of Saturday’s first Test at Eden Park and the purposeful British & Irish Lions team named by Warren Gatland to face New Zealand reflects the intensely physical showdown in prospect. There are no faint hearts in the XV led by the hard-nosed Irish flanker Peter O’Mahony and sufficient power and ball-carrying dynamism to raise hopes of a thunderous start to the three-match series.

Gatland is well aware the Test will shape everything that follows and has cut his cloth accordingly, conscious stout defence will not be enough on its own. While it is a tough decision to list the outstanding Maro Itoje among the replacements, the selection of Alun Wyn Jones to start is not a complete surprise. Among other things it allows the management to name the same starting pack who squeezed the life out of New Zealand’s leading provincial team the Crusaders, with four of the All Blacks tight five in their lineup.

Related: British & Irish Lions have gone for a side to keep the All Blacks guessing | Robert Kitson

Related: Kieran Read and Rieko Ioane to start for New Zealand in first Lions Test

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/21/british-irish-lions-squad-first-test-new-zealand

Jun 21

Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’

• Nineteen men arrested in India following Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win
• Fans face life imprisonment for sedition for chanting pro-Pakistan slogans

Nineteen cricket fans arrested in India for celebrating Pakistan’s win against India in the Champions Trophy “should be released immediately”, according to Amnesty International.

On Monday police in Madhya Pradesh arrested 15 people in Burhanpur for allegedly committing “sedition” by shouting “pro-Pakistan” and “anti-India” slogans. Four more cricket fans were arrested in Karnataka allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s 180-run win.

Related: Hail the Unbelievables! How Pakistan found cricketing redemption

Related: Unstoppable Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to win Champions Trophy final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/21/amnesty-international-fans-arrested-pakistan-india-cricket-champions-trophy

Jun 20

Pulver stays on as ARU chief but an Australian Super Rugby team will be cut

  • Embattled ARU boss to stay on following emergency general meeting
  • No change to decision to cut one Super Rugby franchise

Bill Pulver will stay on as chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), but an emergency general meeting upheld the governing body’s decision to cut one of Australia’s Super Rugby franchises. Pulver claimed he would step down from the ARU’s top job if Tuesday’s meeting in Sydney resolved that change was required, but board members elected to maintain the status quo for now.

Pressure has been mounting on the ARU and Pulver since April, when the governing body revealed that one of the Melbourne Rebels or Western Force would be cut from the Super Rugby competition within 72 hours – a bold announcement that prompted legal action and a bitter, prolonged and so far unresolved battle between the effected clubs and the ARU.

Related: Wallabies suffering from an inability to adapt and respond to unstructured play | Rajiv Maharaj

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/pulver-stays-on-as-aru-chief-but-an-australian-super-rugby-team-will-be-cut

Jun 18

Former UFC fighter Tim Hague dies aged 34 after knockout in boxing fight

  • Canadian fighter was taken to hospital after fight on Friday night
  • Hague had suffered eight knockouts during his MMA career

The former UFC fighter Tim Hague has died following a knockout in a boxing fight. He was 34. Hague was taken to hospital on Friday after he was knocked out by Adam Braidwood during their fight in Edmonton but died on Sunday.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, said in a statement on Sunday. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him so greatly.”

This is why I walked away. This is a reality check for me! I’ve knocked a lot of ppl out and idk how this didn’t happen when I fought. I’ve been afraid of this happening to me and after learning about CTE I’m afraid of it happening to anybody. #RumbleSquad

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/18/tim-hague-death-boxing-fight-ufc-mma-knock-out

Jun 17

The transfer hunters: how Premier League scouting set-ups compare

As the transfer season hots up, we look at the recruitment structures at the 20 clubs who will be playing in the 2017-18 top flight

Arsenal’s chief scout is one of the club’s longest-serving employees. Steve Rowley’s reputation was forged when he spotted an 11-year-old Tony Adams while scouting part-time. Rowley went full-time when George Graham was Arsenal manager, and was promoted to chief scout when Arsène Wenger arrived in 1996. He heads a global team and the scouting department has been influenced by the data analytics company StatDNA that Arsenal bought a few years ago with a nod to the Moneyball principles that had been successful in the US. Arsenal’s scouting is under scrutiny with last summer’s main arrivals – Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Pérez – all enduring difficult periods in their first Premier League campaigns. Amy Lawrence

Related: How computer analysts took over at Britain’s top football clubs

Related: What do scouts look for in young players – and why are they not more venerated?

Related: Football Manager 2017: the game made by 1,300 scouts in 51 countries

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/17/transfers-premier-league-scouting-recruitment

Jun 15

FC Cincinnati upset Columbus Crew in US Open Cup before record crowd

A crowd of 30,160 turned out to watch FC Cincinnati’s 1-0 upset of the top-flight Columbus Crew on Wednesday night in the fourth round of the US Open Cup.

Djiby Fall’s header in the 64th minute made the difference for second-year club of the United Soccer League, which shares second-division status with the NASL in the United States pyramid.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/15/fc-cincinnati-us-open-cup-columbus-crew

Jun 15

US Open moments, Calcio Storico brawlers and losing to Mr Freeze

This week’s roundup also features Pakistan’s cricketing highs and lows, a vertigo-inducing mountain descent and a piece of overzealous goalkeeping

1) An Atlanta Braves fan takes on Mr Freeze with a massive headstart, tries his hand at hubris, falls over.

2) It was the Calcio Storico semi-finals last weekend and the match between La Santa Croce Azzurri and Santo Spirito Bianchi featured just the 40-man brawl and involvement of riot police after a player punched a referee. Of course, given the nature of the sport, which is modelled on a primitive form of football from the 16th century, it’s not always easy to distinguish between a brawl and run-of-play action.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/15/us-open-moments-calcio-storico-brawlers-and-losing-to-mr-freeze

Jun 14

Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight agreed for 26 August

  • Mayweather and McGregor confirm news with messages on social media
  • Fight scheduled for 12 rounds at 154lb limit with 10-ounce gloves
  • NAC approves promoter’s request for 26 August fight at T-Mobile Arena

The long-touted fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and the former five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is set for 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two fighters confirmed the news with posts to social media. On Instagram, Mayweather said: “It’s official!”. McGregor was similarly to the point: “THE FIGHT IS ON,” he wrote on Twitter. As a barb, the 28-year-old Irishman added a picture of Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr, a presumed joke at the expense of his 40-year-old rival’s age.

THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft

Related: Mayweather-McGregor would be mismatch, so why is everyone talking about it? | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/14/floyd-mayweather-conor-mcgregor-fight-date-approval

Jun 14

Baltimore pub league side’s fairytale US Open Cup run ends against DC United

  • The last amateur team remaining in US Open Cup falls 4-1 to DC United
  • Christos FC’s roster includes loan officer, plumber and x-ray technician

A pub league team from Baltimore sponsored by a discount liquor store had their storybook US Open Cup run ended with a 4-1 loss to DC United on Tuesday, but not before giving their top-flight opponent a mighty scare.

Christos FC, the last amateur team standing in the knockout competition, struck first in the 22nd minute when Mamadou Kansaye pounded a free kick into the back of the net to stun the Major League Soccer side and the crowd of 5,286 at Maryland SoccerPlex.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/14/christos-fc-pub-league-dc-united-us-open-cup

Jun 14

Premier League fixtures: full week-by-week list for the 2017-18 season

• Season runs from 12 August 2017 until 13 May 2018
West Ham unable to play at home until September

12 August 2017: Arsenal v Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City, Chelsea v Burnley, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town, Everton v Stoke City, Manchester United v West Ham United, Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton v Swansea City, Watford v Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

Related: Premier League 2017-18 fixtures: Chelsea start title defence at home to Burnley

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/14/premier-league-fixtures-full-week-by-week-list-for-the-2017-18-season

Jun 07

LA Olympics bid leader appears to concede 2024 Games to Paris

  • Casey Wasserman appears to switch focus to hosting 2028 Games
  • LA 2024 spokesman later denies that Games have been conceded

Los Angeles has apparently given up its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, a move that effectively means Paris will host the Games in seven years. LA is then expected to be the host city in 2028.

“To be blunt, LA 2024 has never been only about LA or 2024,” LA’s bid leader, Casey Wasserman, writes. “Even when the issue of a dual award for the 2024 and 2028 Games was initially raised, we didn’t say it’s ‘LA first’ or it’s ‘now or never’ for LA: that sounds like an ultimatum.

Related: Olympic bidders face harsh reality of costs heavily outweighing benefits | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/07/los-angeles-paris-summer-olympics-2024-2028

Jun 02

Martin Kaymer on Tiger Woods’s DUI arrest: ‘Why so nasty? Help him’

Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer has defended Tiger Woods in the wake of the golfer’s arrest for DUI earlier this week, calling the American’s critics “nasty”.

Related: Tiger Woods: a lost, sorry soul who was once invincible

#tiger pic.twitter.com/29oFi5tJLy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/02/martin-kaymer-tiger-woods-dui-arrest-florida

May 30

Phil Mickelson more famous than Neymar, Brady and Bolt, ESPN claims

  • Golfer proclaimed fifth most famous athlete on planet by ESPN
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi occupy top three

Phil Mickelson is not only the world’s best known golfer, but one of the five most famous athletes on the planet, according to ESPN in a survey that may well be greeted with skepticism by sports fans around the globe.

The five-times major champion, nicknamed Lefty, came in at No5 on the network’s second annual ranking of the world’s most famous athletes, ahead of Neymar, Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods and Virat Kohli.

Related: Tiger Woods is at his lowest ebb – his unravelling is no reason to revel | Ewan Murray

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/30/most-famous-athletes-in-world-espn-survey

May 25

Oscar De La Hoya: boxing may not recover from a McGregor-Mayweather fight

  • UFC star McGregor says he has agreed a deal to fight boxing great
  • Mayweather, 40, has not fought since September 2015

Few people see the proposed Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight as anything other than a money-making sideshow. But just in case anyone is on the fence, Mayweather’s former rival in the ring, Oscar De La Hoya, has written an open letter attacking the putative bout as a “farce” that will hurt boxing.

“To my fellow boxing fans, I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing,” De La Hoya, who is now a promoter, wrote. “With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future. As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars, and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur – we, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport … Our sport might not ever recover.”

Related: Mayweather-McGregor would be mismatch, so why is everyone talking about it? | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/25/oscar-de-la-hoya-conor-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather

May 24

Tiger Woods: I ‘unequivocally’ want to play professional golf again

  • Woods details how fusion surgery will affect game moving forward
  • 14-times major champion says he’s feeling better than he has in years
  • Tiger tips Golden State Warriors to prevail in forthcoming NBA finals

Tiger Woods said he’s feels better than he’s felt in years and “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, but it won’t be happening any time soon.

The 14-times major champion said in a statement posted to his website on Wednesday that he underwent fusion surgery on 19 April as a last resort and outlined a long-term prognosis he described as “positive.”

Related: Tiger Woods faces six-month recovery after ‘successful’ back surgery

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/24/tiger-woods-i-unequivocally-want-to-play-professional-golf-again

May 24

Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers to undergo heart surgery

  • Australian pulls out of July’s world swimming championships
  • 18-year-old has long-standing condition that causes spikes in heart rate

Kyle Chalmers, an Australian Olympic gold medallist, will undergo heart surgery and miss the swimming world championships in Hungary. The 18-year-old, who rose to prominence with victory in the 100m freestyle in Rio last year, suffers from a longstanding condition that has on occasion affected his activities in the pool.

In November last year Chalmers was forced to withdraw from the Australian national short course championships as his heart rate spiked just before he was due to race in the freestyle final.

Related: ‘South Australia stops’ as Kyle Chalmers’ gold sends schoolmates into delirium

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/24/olympic-gold-medallist-kyle-chalmers-to-undergo-heart-surgery

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