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Munster 48-3 Castres: Hosts secure home Champions Cup quarter-final tie

Munster reached the Champions Cup knockout stages for a record 17th time with a runaway 48-3 bonus-point victory over Castres at Thomond Park. The kick-off was delayed by three hours due to heavy rain in Limerick, but the efforts of the ground staff ensured the game went ahead as Munster – advancing as Pool Four winners – set up a home quarter-final against Toulon. Man-of-the-match Keith Earls’ third try in as many games made it 13-3 at half-time, with the hosts taking advantage of Thomas Combezou’s yellow card after a…

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Premier League team of the weekend: Featuring Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal stars

Aided by the presence of a capable defence ahead of him, Butland once again displayed his reliable presence in goal for Stoke. He made three saves and kept only his third clean sheet of the season as the Potters won the first match of Paul Lambert’s reign as manager. Sunday, January 21, 2018 Another weekend of Premier League football has come and gone, and there were some more brilliant team performances. Chelsea made light work of Brighton, claiming a 4-0 win on the south coast, while Manchester City and Arsenal…

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Mauricio Pochettino refuses to use illness as an excuse for Southampton draw

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton. Christian Eriksen was a surprise absentee from the Spurs squad as he and Hugo Lloris were both struck down by illness and unable to travel to the south coast. Harry Kane cancelled out Davinson Sanchez’s own-goal but a below-par Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw and missed the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four. They will fall five points behind Liverpool if…

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Tottenham miss chance to move level with Liverpool

Tottenham missed the chance to move level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League as they were frustrated by struggling Southampton at St Mary’s. The hosts took a deserved early lead as Spurs central defender Davinson Sanchez diverted Ryan Bertrand’s low cross into his own net. The advantage lasted less than four minutes, though, with Harry Kane – the division’s top scorer – nodding home a straightforward header as the Saints defence failed to compete for Ben Davies’ corner. Jack Stephens missed a glorious opportunity to restore Southampton’s…

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Masters 2018: Mark Allen & Kyren Wilson drawing 4-4 after first session of final

Media playback is not supported on this device 2018 Dafabet Masters final Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Date: Sunday, 21 January Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and mobile app and follow text updates online. Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson will go into the last session of the Masters final level at 4-4 after a scrappy first eight frames at Alexandra Palace. The first session was littered with errors, with Allen taking a marathon 46-minute fourth frame to level at 2-2. A 45 from the Northern Irishman…

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Morgan proud of England's 'best win to date'

England captain Eoin Morgan described his team’s victory over Australia to secure the one-day series as “probably our best win as a group to date”. Jos Buttler struck four sixes in an unbeaten 100 from 83 balls as England beat Australia by 16 runs in Sydney. England added 76 from the final six overs to compile 302-6 and then restricted Australia to 286-6 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. “I’m extremely proud of the way we performed,” Morgan added. England’s victory was their 18th in the past…

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'You have to believe' – Edmund says he can win Australian Open

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online. British number two Kyle Edmund said “you have to believe” when asked if he can win the Australian Open. The 23-year-old beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight, and sees no reason why he cannot make…

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