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Rafael Nadal wins record Monte Carlo Masters to keep stunning clay run alive

• Nadal beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in 93 minutes• Anne Keothavong defends Fed Cup selections after British defeatRafael Nadal powered to a record 11th Monte-Carlo Masters title with a straight-sets victory over Kei Nishikori.The world No 1 recovered f…

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Amir Khan stuns Phil Lo Greco with blistering first-round knockout

• Khan wins inside 39 seconds in his first fight for two years• British boxer delivers emphatic statement to Kell BrookAmir Khan made a blistering return to the ring by beating Phil Lo Greco by knockout inside 39 seconds at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.The 3…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/21/amir-khan-phil-lo-greco-first-round-knockout

Mark Hughes admits FA Cup is no escape from relegation worries

• Southampton manager says league predicament will in his mind• But Hughes adds: ‘The day itself is something we can enjoy’Mark Hughes has admitted Southampton’s Premier League survival battle will be in the back of his mind during this Sunday’s FA Cup…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/21/mark-hughes-magic-touch-southampton-fa-cup-chelsea

Bradley Wood banned from football for six years for breaching betting rules

• Former Lincoln defender found guilty of 25 breaches of FA rules• Charges relate to bookings for Wood in team’s 2017 FA Cup runThe former Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood has been banned from football for six years after committing 25 breaches of th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/19/bradley-wood-banned-football-six-years-breach-betting-rules

Premier League fans want standing … but not for a whole match

• Survey shows only one in 20 wants to stand throughout a game• League understands why minister blocked safe-standing planPremier League clubs have been told that a clear majority of fans want the option of being able to stand during a game but only on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/18/premier-league-fans-standing-survey

Referees’ body condemns abuse of referee Michael Oliver and his family

• PGMOL statement after text messages sent to official’s wife• Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon repeats criticism of OliverProfessional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has condemned the abuse directed at the referee Michael Oliver and his wife…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/15/referee-pgmol-michael-oliver-abuse-condemns

Burnley close on Europe as Chris Wood and Kevin Long sink Leicester

Burnley made it five successive top-flight wins for the first time in half a century as the prospect of European football at Turf Moor next season drew ever closer.It is more than 50 years since the Clarets have been involved in a continental competiti…

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Lewis Grabban gives Aston Villa promotion hope with Leeds goal

Aston Villa moved to within two points of the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 win over Leeds. Lewis Grabban’s first-half header was enough to give them victory at Villa Park as Leeds fell to their 10th defeat of 2018.Villa, who at th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/13/aston-villa-leeds-championship-match-report

Europa League: Dimitri Payet fires Marseille comeback against Leipzig

• Salzburg also overturn first-leg deficit to knock out Lazio• Favourites Atletico Madrid through despite defeat in LisbonMarseille advanced to the Europa League semi-finals after overturning a first-leg deficit to defeat RB Leipzig 5-3 on aggrega…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/12/marseille-semi-finals-five-star-comeback-leipzig

Tyson Fury announces June return to boxing after absence since late 2015

• Former heavyweight champion to fight as yet unnamed opponent• Fury ‘can’t wait to get my title back’ – with Joshua in his sightsTyson Fury confirmed on Thursday he will return to the ring on 9 June at the Manchester Arena – against an opponent yet to…

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Pep Guardiola receives two Uefa charges after outburst at referee

• Manager charged for protest and communicating from stands• Liverpool charged over fans’ throwing of fireworks and objectsPep Guardiola has been charged with two disciplinary offences by Uefa after Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Liverpoo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/11/pep-guardiola-uefa-charges-referee-liverpool-manchester-city

BBC presenter falls in swimming pool during live interview

Mike Bushell was preparing to chat to Commonwealth Games swimmers when he missed a stepThe sports presenter Mike Bushell made a splash as he fell in a swimming pool during a live interview on BBC Breakfast.Bushell was preparing to chat to the England C…

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Mick McCarthy leaves Ipswich post despite victory over Barnsley

• 59-year-old angered by fans’ reaction to substitution• ‘There is something missing and I’m not comfortable with that’Mick McCarthy dramatically announced his departure as Ipswich manager following their 1-0 victory over Barnsley.A headed goal from Da…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/10/mick-mccarthy-ipswich-leaves-post-barnsley-win

Championship round-up: Fulham up to second after Johansen sinks Reading

• Slavisa Jokanovic’s side go above Cardiff after 20th match unbeaten• Cardiff lose at Villa and Millwall win 2-0 at Bolton to go sixthFulham climbed into the automatic promotion places at the expense of Cardiff, thanks to Stefan Johansen. The Norway m…

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Commonwealth Games swimmer Otto Putland cleared of rape

Welsh swimmer was accused of raping woman who had just had sex with his friendA Welsh international swimmer has been cleared of raping a woman who claimed he forced himself on her shortly after she had consensual sex with his friend. Otto Putland, 24, …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/10/otto-putland-commonwealth-games-swimmer-cleared-of-rape

Spin twins run riot as England Women level one-day series against India

• Sophie Ecclestone and Danielle Hazell take four wickets each• England win with 21 overs to spare after skittling India for 113Career-best performances from the spinners Sophie Ecclestone and Danielle Hazell carried England to a series-levelling eight…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/09/womens-cricket-england-india-one-day-series-nagpur