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  1. Rugby union: Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan, Scotland lose to Fiji — June 24, 2017
  2. All Blacks surprised Lions by forgoing ‘champagne rugby,’ says Gatland — June 24, 2017
  3. Celtic forgo tickets for Linfield match in Belfast amid safety fears — June 23, 2017
  4. Thomas in Team Sky Tour de France squad but Stannard and Kennaugh miss out — June 22, 2017
  5. Boris Becker declared bankrupt over ‘substantial’ long-standing debt — June 21, 2017

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Jun 24

Rugby union: Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan, Scotland lose to Fiji

• Japan 15-35 Ireland; Fiji 27-22 Scotland
• Schmidt: ‘Having spoken to the players, that was very, very tough going’

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admitted he was relieved to see his side clinch a hard-fought 35-13 victory over Japan at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

Tries from Garry Ringrose, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion and Rhys Ruddock established a commanding 28-8 half-time lead, but the visitors wilted in the heat and high humidity after the break.

Related: All Blacks surprised Lions by forgoing ‘champagne rugby,’ says Gatland

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/24/rugby-union-roundup-japan-ireland-scotland-fiji-south-africa-france

Jun 24

All Blacks surprised Lions by forgoing ‘champagne rugby,’ says Gatland

• ‘We were looking to get the upper hand up front … they got it today’
• Lions captain O’Mahony laments missed chances in first half

The Lions coach, Warren Gatland, suggested his side’s 30-15 defeat was partly down to being caught off guard by New Zealand’s tactics, saying he did not expect the All Blacks to be so physical up front.

Related: New Zealand and Rieko Ioane run away with first Test against Lions

Related: New Zealand 30-15 Lions: first Test – as it happened

Related: Rugby union: Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan, Scotland lose to Fiji

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/24/lions-all-blacks-new-zealand-gatland-hansen

Jun 23

Celtic forgo tickets for Linfield match in Belfast amid safety fears

• Clubs on course to meet in Champions League qualifier in July
• Celtic will not make away tickets available to their fans

Celtic will not take up their ticket allocation for next month’s possible Champions League qualifier at Linfield.

Uefa confirmed the first-leg tie in Belfast will take place on Friday 14 July should the Northern Irish champions make it past the San Marino club La Fiorita.

Related: Celtic and Linfield face prospect of Champions League clash on marching day

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/23/celtic-tickets-linfield-safety-fears-belfast-champions-league

Jun 22

Thomas in Team Sky Tour de France squad but Stannard and Kennaugh miss out

• Chris Froome gets support from Mikel Landa, Luke Rowe and Sergio Henao
• Mikel Nieve, Michal Kwiatkowski, Vasil Kiryienka and Christian Knees

Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa have been named in the Team Sky squad to support Chris Froome’s bid for a fourth Tour de France title next month.

Thomas and Landa led Sky in the Giro d’Italia in May but their overall hopes were ended when a police motorbike caused a crash on the Blockhaus climb on stage nine. While the Spaniard Landa continued in the race and took victory on the mountainous stage 19, Wales’s Thomas was forced to withdraw but has recovered from his injuries in time to head to France.

Related: Wheels have not come off cycling’s boom despite elite holes in the road

Related: UK Sport ignored red lights about problems at British Cycling

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/22/thomas-team-sky-tour-de-france-squad-stannard-kennaugh

Jun 21

Boris Becker declared bankrupt over ‘substantial’ long-standing debt

• Three-times Wimbledon champion made bankrupt at hearing in London
• Registrar: ‘One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand’

Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt over a debt outstanding since October 2015. Lawyers for the three-times Wimbledon winner pleaded with a bankruptcy court registrar in London on Wednesday for “a last chance” to pay a long-standing debt.

Related: Boris Becker: from winner to wild child – and back

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/21/boris-becker-declared-bankrupt-over-substantial-debt

Jun 21

Football League fixtures 2017-18: Sunderland start at home to Derby

• New Championship season begins with Friday game on 4 August
• Middlesbrough head to Wolves while Hull are away at Aston Villa

Sunderland’s attempt to bounce straight back to the Premier League will begin a day earlier than their Championship rivals.

The relegated club, currently up for sale, without a manager and in possession of a thinning squad, will kick-off the new season on Friday 4 August at home to Gary Rowett’s Derby.

Related: Sunderland continue to pay the price for more than 10 years of mismanagement | Louise Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/21/football-league-efl-fixtures-2017-18-sunderland-championship-season-derby

Jun 20

Anil Kumble steps down as India head coach

• Kumble steps down just three days before limited-overs tour of the Caribbean
• BCCI had invited applications for the head coach role last month

Anil Kumble has stepped down as head coach of India just three days before their limited-overs tour of the Caribbean gets under way.

The 46-year-old, who took on the role 12 months ago, led India to the final of the Champions Trophy, where they were defeated by fierce rivals Pakistan at The Oval.

Related: Hail the Unbelievables! How Pakistan found cricketing redemption

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/anil-kumble-steps-down-as-india-head-coach

Jun 20

New Zealand’s captain Kieran Read likely to be fit for first Test with Lions

• He is desperate to play, says assistant coach Ian Foster
• All Blacks to name side on Wednesday evening UK time

New Zealand look set for a major boost, with Kieran Read on course to face the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s first Test at Eden Park.

The captain’s injury-hit year began with a wrist problem, while the latest setback – a broken thumb – has ruled him out since late April. The 97-cap No8 looks set to return in Auckland, with his All Blacks team-mate Sam Whitelock and the assistant coach, Ian Foster, leading acclaim for a player whose impact on the series may prove to be considerable.

Related: Kieran Read adds colour to Richie McCaw’s All Black masterpiece

Related: The making of an All Black: how New Zealand sustains its rugby dynasty

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/new-zealand-captain-kieran-read-first-test-british-lions

Jun 20

Former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir diagnosed with motor neurone disease

• Former rugby union international attempting to raise awareness of condition
• Weir is supporting Global MND Awareness Day on Wednesday

The former Scotland international Doddie Weir has revealed he is battling motor neurone disease. The 46-year-old retired lock says he has decided to announce his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition.

He is now joining forces with researchers to help tackle the degenerative condition, which occurs when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord stop functioning properly.

Related: Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered for inspirational spirit and dignity | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/former-scotland-rugby-player-doddie-weir-diagnosed-with-motor-neurone-disease

Jun 19

New Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen sets sights on Premier League

• Former Apoel Nicosia manager sets promotion aim
• ‘I’m very excited and believe we can do good things here’

Leeds United’s new head coach, Thomas Christiansen, is excited by the challenge of steering the club back into the Premier League.

The former Apoel Nicosia manager Christiansen, 44, who has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third, was formally unveiled at Elland Road on Monday lunchtime.

Related: Leeds appoint Thomas Christiansen, former Spain striker, as head coach

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/19/new-leeds-manager-thomas-christiansen-premier-league

Jun 19

Celtic and Linfield face prospect of Champions League clash on marching day

• Second qualifying round draw throws up potentially problematic fixture
• Celtic could play in Belfast on 12 July – a key date in the marching calendar

The Scottish champions Celtic will play Northern Ireland’s Linfield or La Fiorita of San Marino in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, who reached the group stages last season, will begin their competitive season when the tie takes place over two legs on 11 or 12 July and 18 or 19 July.

Related: Sepp Blatter after the fall: ‘Why the hell should I bear all the blame?’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/19/celtic-linfield-champions-league-draw-marching-day

Jun 18

Sergey Kovalev’s promoters to file protest over defeat by Andre Ward

•’I saw someone who should have been disqualified get his hand held up’
• American won rematch in eighth round after a controversial stoppage

Andre Ward proclaimed himself the pound-for-pound world No1 after stopping Sergey Kovalev in their rematch to retain his unified light-heavyweight world championship – but the Russian’s promoters have said they intend to file a protest over the result of the controversial fight.

An impressive performance from Ward was marred by the ending to the fight, with a succession of borderline low blows securing an eighth-round stoppage after he had initially rocked Kovalev with a powerful straight right to the head.

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/jun/18/andre-ward-wants-pound-for-pound-recognition-stopping-sergey-kovalev

Jun 17

Rory McIlroy reacts to criticism that he is ‘bored’ after US Open misery

• McIlroy criticised after missing US Open cut for second year in succession
• Paul Casey shares half-way lead despite triple bogey in second round

Rory McIlroy hit back at suggestions he was bored with golf after missing the cut in the US Open for the second year in succession. McIlroy birdied four of his last six holes at Erin Hills to improve seven shots on his opening 78 but still missed the cut by four shots. That appeared to prompt Steve Elkington, the 1995 US PGA champion, to write on Twitter: “Rory is so bored playiing golf…without Tiger the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank.”

That was met with a swift response from McIlroy who wrote: “More like 200mil… not bad for a “bored” 28 year old… plenty more where that came from” and posted a screenshot of his Wikipedia entry, which lists some of his achievements in the game.

Related: US Open 2017: third round – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/17/rory-mcilroy-us-open

Jun 17

Warren Gatland defends Lions call-ups and says Hansen ‘is a little bit worried’

• ‘I’ve been surprised by Steve Hansen, who is normally pretty calm’
• Lions coach insists late cover for squad is not ‘devaluing the shirt’

Warren Gatland has claimed his All Black counterpart Steve Hansen will be a worried man after the British & Irish Lions’ commanding 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks. The Lions forwards squeezed the home pack into submission and believe they can push New Zealand to the limit in Saturday’s first Test at Eden Park.

Related: Lions and Maro Itoje too strong for Maori All Blacks on niggly night

Related: Lions call-ups a by-product of schedule while gameplan is clear to see | Gerard Meagher

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/17/warren-gatland-defends-lions-callups-says-steve-hansen-new-zealand-worried

Jun 16

Sunderland confirm talks with several parties over sale of club

• Sunderland owner Ellis Short keen to sell 100% stake
• Uncertainty over sale delays search for new manager

Sunderland have confirmed they are in talks with several parties over the sale of the club.

Ellis Short, the owner, has made no secret of his desire to sell his 100% stake and it has been reported he was in advanced talks with a German consortium. However, if the sale is not completed within a defined timeframe, Short will pull out of negotiations and press on with plans for next season.

Related: David Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager without compensation

Related: Derek McInnes turns down Sunderland manager’s job to stay at Aberdeen

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/16/sunderland-confirm-talks-with-several-parties-sale-of-club

Jun 15

Derek McInnes turns down Sunderland manager’s job to stay at Aberdeen

• Aberdeen had granted Sunderland permission to speak to McInnes
• David Moyes resigned from Stadium of Light club on 22 May

Derek McInnes has turned down the opportunity to take charge of Sunderland and will instead remain as Aberdeen manager, the Scottish club have announced.

McInnes had held talks with the Wearside club, who are in the market for a new manager after David Moyes left last month following relegation from the Premier League.

Related: Everton kick off spending spree with £30m signing of Jordan Pickford

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/15/sunderland-target-derek-mcinnes-stays-aberdeen

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