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Alex Hales: England batsman says losing place in ODI team 'hurt massively'

England batsman Alex Hales says it “hurt massively” to lose his place over an off-field incident last year, but says he has learned his lesson. Hales, 29, was not considered for selection after he was interviewed under caution by police following a fight outside a nightclub in September. After missing two one-day matches, he was told he would not face criminal charges, and cleared to play again. “It has been a long few months but it is great to be back out here,” he said. “It hurt massively at the…

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When is Niall Horan from One Direction on talkSPORT, how do I listen and what football team does he support?

Simon Cowell wasn’t able to make it happen, but talkSPORT has finally managed to get Alan Brazil, Ally McCoist and Niall Horan (him from One Direction) into the studio at the same time. When is Niall Horan on talkSPORT?Friday 19 January, 2018 at 8am (GMT). What show is he on?The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. How can I listen/ watch?That’s easy. You can listen to the entire two hours live here. There will also be a Facebook live chat at 8.45am (GMT) on the talkSPORT Facebook page – Follow updates…

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I was sexually abused by ex-US team doctor – Biles

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by former Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar. In an emotional statement, Biles, a star of the Rio Games, said she would not let Nassar “steal my love and joy”. Nassar was jailed for 60 years for possessing child sex abuse images and has also admitted assaulting gymnasts. “I know this horrific experience does not define me, I am much more than this,” said Biles, 20. Three former US Olympians have accused Nassar of sexual abuse under the guise…

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Every Premier League club's bogey team in the top-flight revealed

Friday, January 12, 2018 Every football club has a bogey team. There’s always that one specific side they can never seem to beat. Even when your heroes seem set to register a victory, defeat to your bogey team will come out of nowhere. It’s one of those strange unwritten laws of football which cannot be explained, even by the most scientific of minds at OPTA and beyond. But which Premier League club does your favourite team have the highest loss rate against? Those with the biggest brains at have been crunching the…

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Team GB set best Winter Olympics medal target

XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Great Britain are aiming for their most successful Winter Olympics in history after UK Sport set a target of at least five medals from February’s Pyeongchang Games The current record is a four-medal haul set in 1924 and 2014, although Team GB could yet earn a fifth medal from Sochi after three Russian bobsleighers were banned for doping. The GB Paralympic team has…

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Cabinet reshuffle: Theresa May set to refresh top team

Theresa May is to reshuffle her cabinet on Monday, with a number of new faces expected to join her top team. No 10 has described reports Education Secretary Justine Greening and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be among those moved as “all guesswork”. Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd and David Davis are among key figures expected to stay in place. Labour said Mrs May should focus on the pressures in the NHS rather than what it said was a “desperate PR exercise”. Other current ministers reported to be vulnerable…

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Premier League team of 2017: After 115,000 picks, who made your best XI?

Would this team win the Premier League? We asked you to choose your Premier League team of 2017 and after more than 115,000 of you did so, here are the XI that made the cut. Almost 50% of the selected teams were done so in a 4-4-2 formation – and if you factor in those of you who opted for a solid back four that goes up to 77%. It probably does not come as a huge surprise that Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne was the most selected player –…

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