Sean Ingle

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Dec 15

Clouds over Chris Froome and Sky will linger despite contrite response | Sean Ingle

The British rider’s world has not fallen in following revelations of his failed drugs test but he will start next season embroiled in controversyIt is almost unprecedented for a cycling story to go global outside the Tour de France. However, the stunni…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/15/chris-froome-team-sky-drugs-test-controversy

Dec 13

Late climber Chris Froome is facing the toughest of challenges | Sean Ingle

Champion’s rise from Kenya to the top of his sport began after his mid-20s but adverse analytical finding may cast shadow over extraordinary achievementsSome sports stars appear destined for glory even at an early age. Chris Froome’s true ability on a …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/13/chris-froome-facing-toughest-challenge-team-sky

Dec 13

Chris Froome Q&A: How long could he be banned for and what happens next?

The four-time Tour de France champion must explain to anti-doping authorities why he tested positive for an abnormally high level of asthma medicationA drug used by asthma sufferers to open up their medium and large airways in the lungs, thus helping t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/13/chris-froome-cycling-how-long-could-he-be-banned-what-happens-next

Dec 11

One last fling before Phil Taylor finally turns off the power | Sean Ingle

After almost three decades as the biggest name in darts, Phil Taylor will bring the curtain down on an eventful career after the world championshipsSoon there will be no more throat-rattling oneunrenahnnehhteees bellowed in his honour, or match-winning…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/11/one-last-fling-before-phil-taylor-turns-power-off

Dec 04

Rejuvenated James DeGale eyes path to another shot at George Groves

The IBF super-middleweight champion is back from his shoulder injury and feeling sharp ahead of his bout with Caleb Truax on SaturdaySeven weeks ago James DeGale finally got the all-clear to do what he does best: curl his right hand into a fist and, fo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/04/james-degale-george-groves-caleb-truax

Nov 29

Ben Stokes’s Ashes return hangs by a thread as police pass file to CPS

• Police hand evidence to CPS for charging advice over Bristol incident• Statement says 27-year-old man suffered fractured eye socketBen Stokes’s chances of making a dramatic comeback to England’s Ashes squad appeared to suffer a setback on Wednesday w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/29/ben-stokes-case-setback-england-ashes

Nov 28

George Groves questions Chris Eubank Jr’s pedigree after ‘old man’ taunts

George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr traded verbal howitzers in a fractious press conference ahead of February’s super-middleweight world title fightFor the best part of an hour George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr went at it, trading barbs and verbal howitz…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/28/george-groves-chris-eubank-jr-boxing-pedigree-taunts

Nov 27

Anthony Joshua leads way as Sports Personality of the Year nominees revealed

• Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome and Johanna Konta also nominated • No rugby players or male cricketers on 12-strong Spoty shortlistThe heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua heads a 12-strong shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award that …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/27/anthony-joshua-sports-personality-of-the-year-2017-nominees

Nov 27

Anthony Joshua leads way as Sports Personality of the Year nominees revealed

• Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome and Johanna Konta also nominated • No rugby players or male cricketers on 12-strong Spoty shortlistThe heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua heads a 12-strong shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award that …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/27/anthony-joshua-sports-personality-of-the-year-2017-nominees

Nov 15

Jiffy-gate: a costly mess that leaves all parties neither damned or cleared | Sean Ingle

UK Anti-Doping Agency’s long and expensive investigation has reached what feels an unsatisfactory conclusion for all involved, including Bradley WigginsA 14-month investigation. Thirty‑seven witness interviews. A significant hit on the UK Anti‑Dop…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/15/jiffy-gate-ukad-investigation-sir-bradley-wiggins

Nov 15

Bradley Wiggins rails at ‘malicious witch hunt’ after Jiffy bag investigation

• Team Sky and British Cycling face no doping charges • Ukad unable to ‘definitively confirm contents of package’Sir Bradley Wiggins has claimed that his life was made “a living hell” because of a “malicious witch hunt” into the contents of a Jiffy bag…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/team-sky-british-cycling-no-doping-charges-jiffy-bag

Nov 12

Jacob Stockdale hints at future beyond World Cup vote for new-look Ireland

• Ulster wing makes impressive home debut in 38-3 defeat of South Africa• World Rugby Council to vote on Wednesday for 2023 tournament hostsIreland remain outsiders to be awarded the 2023 World Cup when the 31 members of the World Rugby Council meet on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/12/ireland-south-africa-jacob-stockdale-autumn-internationals

Nov 10

Jess Varnish to sue UK Sport and British Cycling over bullying claims

• Case to be built around sex discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal• Judge dismissed UK Sport’s strike-out action, allowing Varnish to proceedThe British cyclist Jess Varnish is suing UK Sport and British Cycling for sex discrimination, de…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/jess-varnish-sue-uk-sport-british-cycling

Nov 09

Argentina’s coach claims the pressure is all on England in the autumn Test

• Daniel Hourcade plays down expectations for his struggling side• Our strategy will be to attack England’s weak points, he addsArgentina’s coach, Daniel Hourcade, has hit back at claims he is under pressure after a dismal run of form and promised his …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/09/argentina-coach-england-autumn-test-daniel-hourcade

Nov 08

British Cycling lines up third chair in a year as Browning steps down after nine months

• Jonathan Browning says organisation ‘needs a new leadership team’• Internal British Cycling review into sexism allegations labelled ‘inept’British Cycling has lined up its third chair this year following Jonathan Browning’s decision to step down afte…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/08/british-cycling-chairman-jonathan-browning-steps-down-after-nine-months-in-the-saddle

Nov 06

ATP apologises after Milan draw featuring female models labelled a ‘disgrace’

• Draw for Next Gen finals in Milan criticised by Mauresmo and Judy Murray • Players picked favourite female model to find out tournament groupingsTennis chiefs have apologised following widespread condemnation of a draw ceremony in which one player wa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/06/atp-apologises-draw-ceremony-next-gen-finals-milan