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Six Nations: James Haskell named in England squad for Scotland fixture

James Haskell is available to play for England having served a four-week suspension Tuesday, February 20, 2018 England have included James Haskell in a 25-man squad ahead of Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield. Haskell is available for the first time in the 2018 Championship after serving a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle incurred on club duty for Wasps. Eddie Jones will cull two players from the 25 on Thursday morning when he names his starting XV, with Haskell hoping to make his first England appearance…

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'No problem with Riyad' – Leicester City boss Claude Puel adamant the squad have forgiven Mahrez after Manchester City hammering

Mahrez cuts an isolated figure on the bench against Manchester City Saturday, February 10, 2018 Claude Puel insisted neither he nor any of the Leicester squad have a problem with Riyad Mahrez after the playmaker came off the bench during the 5-1 defeat by Manchester City. Mahrez only returned to training on Friday after a self-imposed 10-day absence following the blocking by Leicester of a move to Manchester City, during which he missed games against Everton and Swansea. Puel had said on Thursday that Mahrez would not play at the…

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Riyad Mahrez left out of Leicester squad for Manchester City game despite returning to training for first time since deadline day

Riyad Mahrez will miss a third successive match for Leicester when they travel to Manchester City. The winger has not been seen by the club since a move to the Etihad collapsed on the final day of the transfer window, missing training and the games against Everton and Swansea. Mahrez has ended his self-imposed exile by returning to training on Friday, saying “presumptions” about his absence were “totally without foundation”. The 26-year-old had not trained with his team-mates since Manchester City launched a bid to sign him at the end of the…

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On the Runway: The North Korean Cheer Squad Is Playing a Different Olympic Game

Advertisement Winter Olympics fashion has, largely, been a tale of two events: the opening and closing ceremonies, where national costume comes out to play; and figure skating, where the aesthetic swings and swoops from Vegas-on-ice to Vera Wang, with a touch of Broadway and Diaghilev thrown in. As of this week, however, a new factor was added to the mix: the North Korean cheerleading squad. Approximately 230 young women strong, the squad arrived for the Pyeongchang Games in matching red wool coats, buttoned at the waist, with black fur trim…

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Cricket news: Sum Curren joins England’s Twenty20 squad as Joe Root replacement

Surrey all-rounder Sum Curren,19, has joined England’s T20 squad Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Sam Curran will join brother Tom in England’s Twenty20 squad after being called up for the next month’s Trans-Tasman Series. The 19-year-old Surrey all-rounder has been drafted after the decision to rest Joe Root, who has withdrawn following a gruelling winter schedule. England may not have added additional cover had Ben Stokes been free to join up for the New Zealand leg of the tri-series, but he is due to appear in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on February…

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'I don't normally get nervous': Wales name 11-year-old in Commonwealths squad

Media playback is not supported on this device Wales have named 11-year-old table tennis player Anna Hursey in their squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Hursey is believed to be the youngest person to represent Wales at any sport at senior level, or compete at a Commonwealth Games. Last year, aged just 10, she became the youngest player to represent Wales’ senior table tennis team in a European Championship. Wales also has its first diving entrant in 20 years in Aidan Heslop, aged 15. ‘I feel really proud of myself’…

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Stokes will not join England squad before court date

All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February. The 28-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The court date coincides with England’s first Twenty20 match in New Zealand. “I’ve decided it would not be right to join my team-mates until after attending court,” he wrote on Twitter. Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident and intends to contest the…

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