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Oct 18

Johanna Konta ends 10-month association with coach Wim Fissette

• Britain’s No1 tennis player will not compete again this season• Konta says split with coach was an amicable oneJohanna Konta has split from her coach, Wim Fissette, after less than a year together.The British No1 linked up with the Belgian Fissette, …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/18/johanna-konta-ends-association-with-coach-wim-fissette-tennis

Oct 18

Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new contract with Manchester City

• Agent will begin talks with City over improved terms in coming months• Midfielder has been in brilliant form in opening period of the seasonKevin De Bruyne insists there is no rush to sign a new contract with Manchester City. The Belgium midfielder h…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/18/kevin-de-bruyne-no-rush-sign-new-contract-manchester-city-champions-league-napoli

Oct 16

Anthony Joshua to fight Carlos Takam after Kubrat Pulev is forced to withdraw

• Bulgarian challenger suffers shoulder injury in training• Joshua will now face France’s Takam on 28 OctoberCarlos Takam has replaced Kubrat Pulev as the challenger to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on 28 October after a shoulder injury for…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/16/anthony-joshua-to-fight-carlos-takam-kubrat-pulev-injured

Oct 16

Wales dump ‘Gatland’s Law’ and switch to Australian-type selection criteria

• Players with 60 or more Wales caps can play globally and remain eligible• New policy is pretty much black and white, says coach Warren GatlandThe Welsh Rugby Union has changed its international player selection policy and scrapped the so-called Gatla…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/16/wales-selection-criteria-warren-gatland-law-60-caps

Oct 15

Matej Vydra takes 24 seconds to inspire Derby to win against Nottingham Forest

Matej Vydra took little time to again leave his mark on Nottingham Forest when he scored one and made another as Derby beat their local rivals 2-0 at Pride Park. The Czech forward netted his ninth goal in eight games against Forest and then set up Davi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/15/matej-vydra-derby-county-nottingham-forest-match-report

Oct 15

Sharapova wins first title since drugs ban as Federer beats Nadal in Shanghai

• Maria Sharapova beats Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) at Tianjin Open• Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 in ShanghaiMaria Sharapova has clinched her first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianj…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/15/maria-sharapova-first-title-roger-federer-rafael-nadal-shanghai-tennis

Oct 13

Che Adams gives Steve Cotterill perfect start as Birmingham stun Cardiff

Birmingham City, under the new management of Steve Cotterill, moved out of the Championship relegation zone with an impressive 1-0 home win over the league leaders, Cardiff City.An obviously fired-up Birmingham clinched a much-needed victory as a resul…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/13/birmingham-city-1-cardiff-0-match-report

Oct 13

GB para-swimming coach could lose top award amid bullying scandal

• Coach at centre of bullying scandal could be stripped of 2016 award• Greenwood shared 2016 High Performance Coach of the Year prizeThe coach at the centre of the British para-swimming team bullying scandal, Rob Greenwood, could be stripped of an awar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/13/rob-greenwood-bullying-para-swimming-award

Oct 13

ICC approves Test world championship and trial of four-day matches

• Nine-team two-year championship to begin in 2019 with 2021 final in England• Four-day Test trial agreed but all championship matches to have five daysEngland are to take part in a Test world championship after the sport’s governing body gave the go-a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/13/icc-test-world-championship-four-day-trial

Oct 12

Ben Stokes will explain Bristol incident when ‘time is right’ – agent

• Neil Fairbrother releases statement in support of England all-rounder• ‘Ben will continue to assist the police in any way he can,’ he writesBen Stokes will offer a full explanation of the incident in Bristol last month, which could cost the England a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/12/ben-stokes-will-explain-bristol-incident-when-time-is-right-england-ashes-cricket

Oct 12

Mother of boxer who died after unlicensed fight ‘was offered money’

Mother of boxer Jakub Moczyk, 22, tells inquest that Aurelius Kerpe, who helped organise event, offered her ‘up to £30,000’ The mother of a boxer who was knocked unconscious in his first public fight and later died has told an inquest she was approache…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/12/mother-of-boxer-who-died-after-unlicensed-fight-was-offered-money

Oct 12

Johanna Konta’s WTA Finals hopes end with Kremlin Cup withdrawal

• Foot injury rules Briton out of event at which she needed to reach final• Konta could still travel to Singapore as an alternate in case others drop outJohanna Konta’s hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals are over after she pulled out of next week’s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/12/johanna-konta-wta-finals-hopes-end-kremlin-cup-withdrawal

Oct 11

New Balance terminate contract with Ben Stokes following Bristol incident

• Manufacturer ‘does not condone behaviour that doesn’t match our values’• Stokes, who could miss Ashes, apologies to Katie Price over ‘foolish video’Ben Stokes has had his contract with New Balance terminated, the sports equipment manufacturer announc…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/11/ben-stokes-apologies-to-katie-price-son-harvey-over-foolish-video-england-cricket

Oct 10

Novice boxer who died ‘wasn’t given a chance’, inquest told

Jakub Moczyk’s sister criticises medical cover at event at which he died and says fight should have been stopped earlier A novice boxer who died after being knocked out at an unlicensed event did not stand a chance of recovering due to a lack of medica…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/10/novice-boxer-who-died-wasnt-given-a-chance-inquest-told-jakub-moczyk

Oct 09

Zak Hardaker left out of England’s World Cup squad after positive test for cocaine

• Full-back tested positive for banned substance on 8 September• Hardaker left out of Wayne Bennett’s England squadZak Hardaker has been left out of England’s World Cup squad and provisionally suspended by the Rugby Football League after testing positi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/09/zak-hardaker-failed-drugs-test-rugby-league-england-squad

Oct 08

Nadal thrashes Kyrgios as Garcia beats Halep in China Open singles finals

• Nadal beats Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 for sixth title of season• Garcia beats new world No1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3)The world No1 Rafael Nadal demolished Nick Kyrgios to win his sixth title of the season at the China Open. The Spaniard won nine games in a ro…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/08/rafael-nadal-nick-kyrgios-caroline-garcia-simona-halep-china-open-tennis