UFC star Jon Jones breaks silence after avoiding jail time with guilty plea

UFC champion Jon Jones has broken his silence on his recent issues with the law after pleading guilty to DWI to avoid jail time. The light-heavyweight champion was arrested last week for allegedly driving while intoxicated and negligent use of a firearm. Jones pled guilty to a DWI this week and will receive 96 hours of community custody (house arrest),48 hours worth of community service, one year of supervised probation and a minimum 90 days of outpatient therapy. The fighter […]

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View from the Boundary: Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese and Lily Allen among guests

This summer marks 40 years since the View from the Boundary feature began on Test Match Special, and to mark the anniversary we’ve been going through the archives to find some classic episodes for you to enjoy. My predecessor as TMS producer, Peter Baxter, came up with the idea of inviting famous cricket fans onto the programme during lunch breaks back in 1980. It was after hearing an interview with playwright Ben Travers who regaled incredible stories of watching WG […]

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Coronavirus lockdown makes Kevin De Bruyne want to extend career

Kevin De Bruyne says being in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has made him decide to prolong his career. The Manchester City midfielder has not played since March 1 due to football’s shutdown, and has instead been staying at home with his family. Redknapp: Why De Bruyne my POTS VOTE: Who is your Player of the Season? The experience has made De Bruyne realise how precious football is to him and the 28-year-old now intends to extend his career […]

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Norwich City put staff on furlough but will top up wages to maintain 100% salary during coronavirus crisis

Norwich City have become the latest Premier League club to start furloughing staff. The Canaries, bottom of the top flight, will utilise the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, which allows staff to claim 80 per cent of their wages, to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The club will then top up the money to ensure their staff receive their full salary. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Newcastle and Tottenham have […]

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Novak Djokovic leading fight to support financially hit players due to the coronavirus

Novak Djokovic is taking an active role in trying to assist fellow players who are being financially impacted by the ongoing suspension of the tennis season. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the ATP and WTA agreed to suspend the tours until June 7, calling off the entire clay-court season. But that deadline could be extended into July when it is confirmed that Wimbledon has been cancelled and the grass-court season will not take place. While many of the top […]

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Mako Vunipola puts the record straight on England rugby coronavirus scare – EXCLUSIVE

Mako Vunipola has opened up for the first time on the emotional mid-season dash to Tonga which ended with him playing for Saracens instead of England because of concerns over coronavirus. The England prop spent a fortnight in the Pacific Islands for what Eddie Jones described as “family reasons”, during which time he missed England’s Six Nations game against Ireland. Injured brother Billy accompanied him on the journey which it turns out was to say goodbye to their dying grandmother. […]

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Real Madrid's big-spending 'cannot continue' due to bloated squad

‘The €100m signings are OVER’: Real Madrid’s big-spending ‘cannot continue’ as boss Zinedine Zidane faces frustration in pursuit of World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba as he continues squad rebuild Real Madrid are known for their lavish spending and a Galatico transfer policy But Wednesday’s edition of Marca insists that the club’s big spending is over AS Diario add that the club could have as many as 12 players stuck at the club Zinedine Zidane is keen to […]

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Manchester United transfers: The 50 best signings that got away

Manchester United have signed some great players, but they have missed out on some even greater ones. If they had bought every player on this list, they would probably have won the title and the Champions League every year, and that’s not an over exaggeration. These are the 50 best players that got away – and a few they probably didn’t even want… What would Saul Niguez offer Man Utd? Dortmund will not block Sancho exit The Man Utd target […]

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Champions League final set to be held behind closed doors as Uefa meet, with voiding season ‘off the table’

Uefa and the collective European leagues are committed to completing the 2019/20 domestic and continental seasons before 2020/21 begins, and are now actively planning for the major showpiece finals to be played behind closed doors, with voiding the campaign “off the table”. The governing body is set to stage another videoconference on Wednesday about player contracts and the transfer window amid the coronavirus crisis, but The Independent has been told by multiple sources that detailed discussions have already taken place […]

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Disgraced duo scrapped by Bulldogs

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have cancelled the playing contracts of Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera after the NRL deregistered the disgraced duo on Wednesday. Okunbor and Harawira-Naera were preliminarily suspended last month by the NRL for taking teenage schoolgirls back to the team hotel for sex while in Port Macquarie. Screenshots also emerged of Okunbor allegedly requesting topless images from one of the teenage girl. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg labelled the pair’s behaviour “inexcusable”, calling it a “very serious” breach of […]

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