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    World No 51 Jamie Jones holds his nerve to upset former champion Shaun Murphy 10-9 in the first round of the World Championships

    World No 51 Jamie Jones stunned former champion Shaun Murphy with a 10-9 victory at the Crucible.Welshman Jones dumped the 2005 winner out of the Betfred World Championship, holding his nerve to seal the deciding frame 72-1.The 30-year-old turned the tide late on Monday afternoon with a superlative 124 break in the penultimate frame to take the match the distance. Jamie Jones beat Shaun Murphy to reach the second round of the World Championships Jones dumped the 2005 winner out, holding his nerve to seal the deciding frame 72-1 And then the Neath native kept it together to ensure he dispatched ...

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    Best of British: Sir Mo Farah left gasping by brutal pace but he still smashes Steve Jones' 33-year record to finish third in London Marathon

    At times it looked like his inability to pick up a drinks bottle on the run might scupper his London Marathon hopes.But Sir Mo Farah etched his name in the history books once again on Sunday, breaking the British marathon record by almost a minute to finish third.Going toe-to-toe with the world’s best marathon runners in his second attempt at the distance was never going to be easy, not least when they were after the world record. The 35-year-old admitted that when the first mile was run in a ‘crazy’ 4min 22sec, he thought to himself: ‘If you are going ...

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    London Marathon farce as runners including Sir Mo Farah are given THREE finish times after crossing line

    The London Marathon was plunged into a timing farce after the likes of Sir Mo Farah were left in confusion after being given three confirmed times upon completing the race.Farah smashed the British record by over 50 seconds with a confirmed time of 2.06.21 on his way to third place in the capital. But confusion started when later 'official' times confirmed a time 11 seconds slower. The clock above the finish line posted an incorrect time to Mo Farah's London Marathon Farah leads the pursuit of Kipchoge during the Marathon on Sunday in the capitalAfter an investigation it was confirmed that ...

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan storms back against Stephen Maguire to avoid a shock first round exit at World Championship... then apologises to supporters for 'embarrassing' performance

    Ronnie O'Sullivan believes his lifestyle is so good he could live to the age of 200 but he apologised on Sunday to Crucible fans for the 'embarrassing' start to his latest world title bid.With a sixth Betfred World Championship crown in his sights, O'Sullivan made a false start against Stephen Maguire in Sheffield but atoned by winning seven out of eight frames on Sunday to secure a 10-7 victory.He had trailed 6-3 after Saturday's opening session, when Maguire felt his opponent was 'there for the taking', but grasped a lifeline when the Glaswegian front-runner became jittery.  Ronnie O'Sullivan avoided an ...

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    Sir Mo Farah becomes Britain's fastest ever marathon runner after smashing 33-year Steve Jones record on way to third place at London Marathon

    Sir Mo Farah has become the fastest marathon runner in British history, breaking Steve Jones's record as he finished third in the London Marathon.Despite struggling at the end and gritting his teeth for the final few miles, the 35-year-old broke the tape in 2.06.32, taking more than 40 seconds faster off Jones's 1985 time.The 10-time Olympic and World champion, who was running his first marathon since retiring from the track, said he was 'knackered' after crossing the line. Sir Mo Farah crosses the finish line to complete the London Marathon in third place Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates with second placed ...

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    Paula Radcliffe's marathon record remains in tact after women's race sees hot favourite Mary Keitany burn out for Vivian Cheruiyot to win

    Paula Radcliffe's marathon world record is still in tact, after a dramatic London Marathon women's race saw hot favourite Mary Keitany burn out and Vivian Cheruiyot triumph for the first time.Keitany, one of the greatest ever marathon runners of all time, had set a blistering early pace and was well up on Radcliffe's 2003 world record time.But the 36-year-old was undone by the pace and could not hold onto a podium spot as she struggled in the final third of the race. Vivian Cheruiyot was the women's champion and clocked a time of 2.18.31 Cheruiyot was a surprise winner and ...

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    David Weir wins record eighth London Marathon wheelchair race with stunning final sprint

    David Weir has won a record eighth London Marathon wheelchair race, after a stunning sprint finish saw him deny Paralympic champion Marcel Hug in the closing stages.The British Paralympic star, nicknamed the Weirwolf, said it was 'even better' than his victory last year, which he had described as perhaps the best race of his career.His winning time of 1 hour 31 minutes and 15 seconds was nine seconds slower than in 2017, but the race finished in thrilling style. David Weir won a record eighth London Marathon wheelchair race on Sunday Weir admitted afterwards that he was not sure he would ...

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    Golden State Warriors move 3-0 up on San Antonio Spurs in NBA Playoffs as masked Joel Embiid shines to help Philadelphia 76ers beat Miami Heat

    Golden State Warriors have moved one step closer to the NBA Conference Playoff semi-finals after moving into a 3-0 lead against San Antonio Spurs.Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Warriors won away from home on Thursday night against a Spurs side still reeling from the death of coach Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin.     Golden State can close the first-round series with a win on Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4. Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Golden State Warriors' win The still-injured Steph Curry watched on from the Warriors ...

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    World Snooker Championship draw pairs Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Maguire while top seed Mark Selby is handed tough opener with Joe Perry

    Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby were handed tough opening assignments for the Betfred World Championship on Thursday.Both will need to be sharp on the opening weekend after five-time champion O'Sullivan was paired with Stephen Maguire and title holder Selby landed a first-round clash with Joe Perry.Maguire and Perry have reached the semi-finals at the Crucible before, although both have fallen out of the top 16 so had to come through qualifying to reach the main draw this time. Ronnie O'Sullivan was handed a tough opener by the 2018 World Snooker Championship draw Mark Selby — who won the tournament in ...

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    LeBron James produces superb form in NBA playoffs with first 13 points of Game 2 as Cleveland Cavaliers level their Eastern Conference series against Indiana Pacers while Utah Jazz peg back Oklahoma City Thunder

    LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to level their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.Dazzling from the start, James scored the game's first 13 points and had 29 at half-time, dominating the way he has in so many previous post-seasons. But in a season in which nothing has been easy for them, the Cavs were lucky that Indiana's Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.Kevin ...

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    Mark Cavendish to race at the Tour de Yorkshire after recovering from a broken rib and an ankle injury

    Mark Cavendish will make his return to racing after injury at the Tour de Yorkshire next month.Cavendish has not raced since crashing in the final stages of Milan-San Remo last month when he broke a rib and sustained an ankle injury.The 32-year-old Isle of Man rider subsequently missed the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. Mark Cavendish will be competing at the Tour de Yorkshire after overcoming injuriesBut Cavendish will race in Yorkshire from May 3-6 and step up his preparation for this year's Tour de France, in which he will start within four of matching Eddy Merck's ...

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    Sniffer dogs to be used to help catch drug cheats as UK Anti-Doping say they cannot rely on drug testing alone

    Sniffer dogs will be used by anti-doping authorities to catch drug cheats in future.Unveiling a four-year strategic plan, UK Anti-Doping said they need to be ‘innovative’ in their commitment to clean sport and that they cannot rely on drug testing alone.Public-funded drug testing is set to increase by 50 per cent, leading to around 6,000 tests a year by 2022. Sniffer dogs will be used by anti-doping authorities to catch drug cheats in future But the extra £6million of government funding awarded to UKAD at the start of this year will also be spent on broadening the anti-doping approach.Explaining how sniffer ...

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    Jade Jones named as England flag bearer for the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

    England have named para-athlete Jade Jones as their flag bearer for the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.The 22-year-old won the women's para-triathlon and came third in the T54 marathon on the Gold Coast.Swimmer Duncan Scott will carry Scotland's flag after winning six medals for his country. England have named para-athlete Jade Jones as their flag bearer for the closing ceremony He became Scotland's most decorated athlete at a single Games by winning one gold, one silver and four bronze medals in the pool.Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan won Northern Ireland's first medal of the Games when he beat favourite Max Whitlock to pommel horse ...

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    Callum Hawkins collapses from exhaustion during marathon and is left without medical attention for several minutes barely a mile from the end

    Gold Coast 2018 organisers came under heavy criticism on Sunday after Callum Hawkins was left collapsed on the road without medical attention for several minutes during the marathon.Hawkins is recovering in hospital after distressing scenes in which he fell from exhaustion in 28 degree temperatures barely a mile from the end of the 26-mile race while leading by almost two minutes.Live television footage showed him trying and failing repeatedly to get to his feet and at one point appeared to bang his head on a barrier. It took a couple of minutes before a medic reached the Scot, who initially ...

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    England's netballers crowned Commonwealth champions after last-second goal seals win over Australia

    An extraordinary performance saw England's netballers crowned Commonwealth Games champions with a 52-51 win over hosts Australia.The jubilant scenes which followed England's semi-final win over Jamaica were repeated and exceeded as Helen Housby netted in the final second for Tracey Neville's side to win the most astonishing of contests.Jo Harten's last-gasp goal in Saturday's defeat of Jamaica sent the Roses into a first global final since 1975, after last-four appearances at all previous five Commonwealth Games. Team England celebrates at full time after beating Australia in the Commonwealth netball final England's players celebrate their victory after beating Australia in netball ...

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