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  1. Alexandr Dolgopolov match under investigation over betting patterns — August 21, 2017
  2. Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action — August 21, 2017
  3. A referee’s-eye view of Real Madrid, baseball cat and slo-mo overtaking — August 17, 2017
  4. ‘I’m black so I look mean?’ Serena Williams discusses race and pregnancy — August 15, 2017
  5. Western Bulldogs great Bob Murphy announces retirement from AFL — August 15, 2017

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Aug 21

Alexandr Dolgopolov match under investigation over betting patterns

• Thiago Monteiro won first round match at Winston-Salem Open
• Tennis Integrity Unit looking into ‘concerns over betting patterns’

The Tennis Integrity Unit has confirmed it is investigating Sunday’s ATP Tour match between Alexandr Dolgopolov and Thiago Monteiro after several bookmakers suspended their markets in response to suspicious betting patterns.

Related: Grigor Dimitrov dominates Nick Kyrgios to win Cincinnati Masters final

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Aug 21

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

West Brom, even without Jonny Evans, give a masterclass in defending again; Newcastle underpowered in attack; Sadio Mané shows his importance to Liverpool

Nathaniel Chalobah had an eventful match for Watford on Saturday. By dummying the ball at the suggestion of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter he inadvertently reminded the world of the subclause to Law 12 which states a player should be cautioned if he “verbally distracts an opponent during play”. The England Under-21 midfielder missed two good chances to score; a header and a one-on-one. He gave the ball away several times. But in only his second Premier League start Chalobah also led the match in both tackles and dribbles. It was his breakaway sprint that proved to be the catalyst for the opening goal. Rumours suggest the former Chelsea youth player might get a call up for the upcoming England squad. Chalobah is still raw, but the potential is apparent. And the next time someone shouts “leave” at him, he will surely think twice. Paul MacInnes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/21/premier-league-10-talking-points-weekends-action

Aug 17

A referee’s-eye view of Real Madrid, baseball cat and slo-mo overtaking

This week’s roundup also features it all kicking off in pre-season NFL training, some blinding catches and a golfer taking one for the team

1) It might look like one of those adverts where a member of the public is chucked into a professional game for some reason, but the results of mounting a camera on the ref’s head for the game between MLS All-Stars and Real Madrid are all kinds of excellent. Warning though: not for the easily sea sick. It’s David Elleray vs Tony Adams for the 21st century.

2) It’s NFL pre-season training, where the LA Rams and San Diego Chargers have been practising against each other and, well, it all kicked off.

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Aug 15

‘I’m black so I look mean?’ Serena Williams discusses race and pregnancy

  • Former world No1 says she wants to return for Australian Open
  • 23-time grand slam champion says she has been judged due to race

Serena Williams has spoken about pregnancy, race and body image in a wide-ranging interview with Vogue.

Williams and her fiance, the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are due to welcome their first child at the end of the year, but she says she wants to return as early as January to defend her Australian Open title. “It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”

Related: ‘She will be stronger’: How Serena Williams can make the mother of all comebacks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/15/serena-williams-pregnancy-tennis-return-australian-open

Aug 15

Western Bulldogs great Bob Murphy announces retirement from AFL

  • Murphy calls time on career after 18 seasons
  • ‘I’ve lived a childhood dream,’ says two-time All Australian

Another week, another big-name retirement in the AFL. Bob Murphy, the Western Bulldogs captain, has added his name to the lengthy list of players to call time on their careers in recent weeks after confirming he will hang up his boots at the end of the current season.

Related: Retiring AFL greats leave legacy of a generation

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/15/western-bulldogs-great-bob-murphy-to-announce-retirement-from-afl

Aug 14

Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend’s action

Liverpool’s defensive frailties, Wayne Rooney’s nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester United’s unsung heroes

So, why was it that Chelsea decided they could afford to let Nemanja Matic join Manchester United and willingly pass over one of the more brilliantly effective midfield players of the modern game to a major rival? When that question was posed to José Mourinho after Manchester United’s biggest league win since he took over as manager he made it sound as if he was slightly bewildered, too. “It depends on what is happening, or what was happening, behind doors and we don’t know,” he said. “The only thing I know is that, with Chelsea’s money, I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities and ever since I left I always thought he could be a perfect player for us.” That still doesn’t answer the question about why Chelsea have apparently given Mourinho the final piece in his jigsaw when it comes to assembling a team capable of winning the Premier League. We never get a satisfactory answer and, in the meantime, Matic has quickly shown it might be a grave error on Chelsea’s part. United were struggling to break down West Ham until Matic’s interception sparked the breakaway that led to Romelu Lukaka’s first goal.

Related: Romelu Lukaku rises to José Mourinho’s challenge at Manchester United

Related: Antonio Conte tells Chelsea to show more fight but prays for new signings

Related: Diego Costa accuses Chelsea of being unfair and treating him like a ‘criminal’

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Aug 11

Western Force Super Rugby licence discontinued by ARU

  • Decision to axe Force based on financial considerations, says ARU
  • Club vows to fight decision on what ARU calls ‘sad day for rugby’

The Western Force, backed by RugbyWA, will fight for their survival by “pursuing every possible means” after the Super Rugby club lost their arbitration hearing against the Australian Rugby Union, which immediately pledged to axe the team as the competition reverts to 15 teams next season.

Related: Rebels confirm transfer of Super Rugby licence to complicate ARU cull

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/11/western-force-super-rugby-licence-discontinued-by-aru

Aug 10

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the opening weekend

Spurs should benefit from a settled squad, but could it be a Gray day at Watford and might West Ham’s new signings give Manchester United a tough time?

Spurs ended last season like a team who were ready to go all summer. They won their last two games, away to Leicester and Hull, by the walloping margins of 6-1 and 7-1, to complete a run of 12 wins in 13 matches at the end of the Premier League season. It was an emphatic, if ultimately futile, response to those who thought they would fade away like they did in 2015-16, when they infamously lost their final match 5-1 at Newcastle. Spurs will want to put that to bed this weekend – and also show they can start the season as well as they finished the last. Since they became a serious team under Mauricio Pochettino, one of Spurs’ biggest problems has been slow starts – they have won just once in seven August league matches in the past two seasons. They will be keen to address that this time around, not least because of their stadium move: the media are primed, waiting to jump to conclusions, and blame it on Wembley. Spurs’ excellent summer in the transfer market – forget who they didn’t buy, just look at how they didn’t sell – gives them a continuity that should be conducive to a fast start. In an age of instant gratification, when we all need somebody we don’t have to Google, continuity does not have the appeal of novelty – yet it comes with proven benefits. Spurs have no settling-in period for new players, no teething problems to worry about. They can just pick up where they left off in May. If they do, it could be a long afternoon of the soul for Newcastle’s defence. Rob Smyth

Premier League 2017-18 preview No17: Tottenham Hotspur
Rose open to offers to ‘play up north’, calls for Spurs signings

Related: Sacks of cash, sound and light but how about a real Premier League title race? | Barney Ronay

Related: The Joy of Six: Premier League opening-day debuts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/11/premier-league-10-things-to-look-out-for-opening-weekend

Aug 09

Andy Murray set to lose world No1 status after pulling out of Cincinnati

• Murray pulls out of Cincinnati Masters with hip injury
• Briton could drop as low as No3

Andy Murray is set to lose his world No1 ranking before the US Open after pulling out of the Cincinnati Masters with the hip injury he has suffered since Wimbledon. He has yet to make a decision on whether he will be fit enough to play at the US Open.

Related: Novak Djokovic set to miss US Open with Murray more positive of recovery

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/09/andy-murray-world-no1-cincinnati-tennis

Aug 09

Floyd Mayweather says he is ‘slipping a little bit’ before Conor McGregor fight

A month ago, Floyd Mayweather was polite enough to offer Conor McGregor a choice for their fight on 26 August in Las Vegas.

“We know Mr Tapout like to quit and you will,” Mayweather said of the Irishman. “You going out on your face or you going out on your back. Which way you want to go? Which way do you wanna go?”

Related: ESPN’s portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland

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Aug 09

When was the last time the champions’ opening game was not televised?

Plus: the first live game on Sky; the shortest fixture; and the highest scoring opening weekend. Send questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“In recent years the reigning Premier League champions have been featured on TV in the UK during the first weekend of the season, but this year Chelsea’s match with Burnley is a Saturday 3pm kick-off,” writes Mike Coxon. “When was the last time a reigning champion wasn’t on TV the first weekend of the season? For my money it would be the famous Wimbledon v Manchester United game featuring that goal from David Beckham.”

Well, it did involve a famous contribution from a United No7, but it wasn’t Beckham. The last time this occurred was in 2003-04, when Manchester United beat Bolton 4-0. The game is remembered for a dazzling debut by the teenage substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, who had signed from Sporting Lisbon a few days earlier. The live matches on Sky and Premiership Plus that weekend were newly promoted Portsmouth v Aston Villa, Leeds v Newcastle and Liverpool v Chelsea (who had just been bought by Roman Abramovich).

.@TheKnowledge_GU Jimmy Anderson is to bowl at an end named after him, have any footballers attacked ends named after them (Not friendlies)

What’s the most number of clubs in one competition with the same sponsor? Emirates had 3 in CL last season, could be 4 next season w/ Milan

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/09/when-was-the-last-time-the-champions-opening-game-was-not-televised

Aug 08

‘Dirtbag’: Conor McGregor’s former sparring partner resumes attack

  • Paulie Malignaggi says his accommodation was like ‘a crack house’
  • UFC champion due to fight Floyd Mayweather on 26 August

A week after walking out of Conor McGregor’s training camp, his former sparring partner has launched into another attack on the Irishman.

Paulie Malignaggi was helping McGregor to prepare for his fight with former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather on 26 August. However, he was unhappy that McGregor’s camp released photos that showed the UFC champion getting the better of him in the ring, and called the build-up to the fight a “fiasco”.

Related: Conor McGregor’s sparring partner quits, calling Mayweather build-up a ‘fiasco’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/08/conor-mcgregor-paulie-malignaggi-floyd-mayweather-fight

Aug 07

Manu Tuilagi’s England return in doubt after drunken night out at camp

• Tuilagi and wing Denny Solomona sent home by furious Eddie Jones
• England coach stressed importance of centre’s return only last week

Manu Tuilagi’s hopes of resurrecting his England career are hanging by a thread after he and Denny Solomona were sent home from a pre-season training camp by Eddie Jones, who is said to be furious with the pair for their drunken night out.

Related: England’s Eddie Jones discovers risks of lauding ‘laidback boy’ Manu Tuilagi | Gerard Meagher

Related: Eddie Jones says rugby can learn to improve fitness from other sports

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/07/manu-tuilagi-denny-solomona-sent-home-england-rugby-union-disciplinary-issues

Aug 04

Stan Wawrinka ruled out for rest of 2017 season after surgery on knee

• Wawrinka will not be able to defend US Open title
• World No4 has had a ‘medical intervention’ on his knee

Stan Wawrinka will not compete for the remainder of the 2017 season, meaning he will not be able to defend his US Open title

The world No4 has knocked out of the first round of Wimbledon, by Daniil Medvedev, and was suffering from a knee injury. He has since undergone surgery and says he will not recover this year.

Related: Stan Wawrinka follows Nick Kyrgios out of Wimbledon in first round

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Aug 04

Conor McGregor’s sparring partner quits, calling Mayweather build-up a ‘fiasco’

  • Paulie Malignaggi angry at photos showing McGregor dominating sessions
  • Irishman will fight Floyd Mayweather on 26 August in Las Vegas

Questions about Conor McGregor’s preparations for his fight with Floyd Mayweather have surfaced again after his sparring partner, the retired boxer Paulie Malignaggi, said he will leave the Irishman’s camp and described the event as a “fiasco”.

Malignaggi told ESPN he was angry that photos had emerged of McGregor getting the better of him in the ring. One photo shows McGregor apparently sending the former world champion to the canvas. Malignaggi insists he was pushed, and wants video of the session to be released to show what he says is the full story.

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Related: The Mayweather-McGregor farce is the event our idiocracy deserves

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/04/conor-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather-fight-paulie-malignaggi

Aug 03

New Zealand rugby mourns death of Sir John Graham at age of 82

Former All Blacks captain, who represented his country 53 times, was also a respected educator and staunch opponent of apartheidSir John Graham, the former All Blacks captain, rugby administrator and educator, has died after a short illness, aged 82.Gr…

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