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Naomi Osaka returns to Paris warier and watchful with her words | Naomi Osaka

In the summer of 2021, Naomi Osaka logged on to Instagram for an impromptu live broadcast with the simple aim of briefly revealing her new dog, Butta, to her fans. Within seconds, though, the view counter spiked. Tens of thousands of her followers logged on and comments furiously rained down. As she showed off her …

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Ollie Watkins: ‘I want to be seen as one of the killers in front of goal’ | Aston Villa

As another scintillating Premier League season draws to a climax Ollie Watkins, ever the perfectionist, already has one eye on the next, the striker determined to scale new heights to help elevate Aston Villa into jostling for a European berth. “I know I can get up to around 20 goals in this league and hopefully …

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Thiago remains the cool ball-playing scamp whether Liverpool are hot or cold | Liverpool

There was a good Jürgen Klopp moment during Liverpool’s win at Southampton on Tuesday night. Nathan Redmond had just opened the scoring. The goal had come after a collision with a Liverpool player, drawing a minor wave of protest from the bench. Klopp has a standard move in these touchline moments: a bark of rage, …

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‘If they win they’ll be legends’: stakes high for Hearts in Scottish Cup final | Hearts

Hearts had more cause than would be customary to revel in Scottish Cup semi-final success over their city rivals, Hibs. The securing of a place in the Europa League playoff round means guaranteed European group stage football, if perhaps in the Conference League, next season. With that comes a financial boost loosely estimated at £ …

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Fans’ ugly behavior is not just about football – it’s about society | Football violence

Roker Park, the final game of 1989-90. Sunderland were sure of their place in the playoffs; Oldham knew they would miss out, largely because of the strains of an extraordinary season in which they had reached the League Cup final and the FA Cup semi-finals. Oldham won 3-2 and, as the final whistle went, home …

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Hassan Ali: ‘Wasim Akram told me to play county cricket. Finally I’m here ‘| Lancashire

It is the first morning of Lancashire’s County Championship game against Essex. Outside the Old Trafford pavilion, England’s highest wicket-taker is handing over a county cap. “I know you expected a bit more grass,” he says. “But sorry, maybe next time.” Hassan Ali’s Manchester spring has been a triumph. Living in Old Trafford’s Hilton hotel …

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Steven Gerrard disappointed integrity was questioned before Liverpool game | Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard has said he is disappointed his integrity has been questioned before the former Liverpool captain takes his Aston Villa side to Manchester City but conceded the dream scenario would be if his current and former club profit on the final day. If Villa take points off City they would hand the Premier League …

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Northampton’s Tommy Freeman: ‘I’m knocking on England’s door and that’s all I can do’ | Northampton

Versatility can be a double-edged sword for emerging youngsters but when Northampton’s director of rugby, Chris Boyd, waxes lyrical about the number of positions in which Tommy Freeman could play, he captures a large part of why Eddie Jones has taken such a liking to the Saints flyer. In his fledgling career to date, the …

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