London Marathon: Kenyans Keitany, Wanjiru win

    Mary Keitany of Kenya broke Paula Radcliffe’s women’s-only world record to win the London Marathon. Keitany, 35, crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 17 minutes one second, the second-fastest time in history. That was 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005. Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, 24, won the men’s race in 2:05:56, with Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia second. Bekele – the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder – looked to be mounting a challenge in the final…

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EPL: United keep top four hopes alive, beat Burnley 2-0

Manchester United kept up the chase for the top four in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Burnley. Wayne Rooney was handed his second start of the year by the visitors – one of eight changes made by Jose Mourinho after Thursday’s Europa League win over Anderlecht. The England captain started the impressive counter-attack which led to Anthony Martial’s opener, and scored his first goal since January when he squeezed the ball home from a tight angle to double United’s lead before half-time. Andre Gray had Burnley’s best…

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Klitschko’s scientific approach opens door for Joshua to tee off

  Unlike his opponent, Dr Klitschko does not chase knockouts but has heaped pressure on Anthony Joshua to go for broke during next Saturday’s fight   The night Anthony Joshua made his winning professional debut, at the O2 Arena in London on 5 October 2013, Wladimir Klitschko was in Moscow, defending his various versions of the world heavyweight title for the 22nd time to draw alongside Muhammad Ali in longevity at that level. There was not a single soul in boxing who imagined then that the winners that night would…

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Ibra to travel to America to visit knee surgeon

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will travel to America as early as Monday to seek career-saving treatment for his knee. The Manchester United striker has suffered ‘serious knee ligament damage’ after hobbling off against Anderlecht on Thursday night. At 35, Ibrahimovic is fearful his playing career might be over and is visiting a world renowned surgeon he hopes can help him avoid enforced retirement. Pittsburgh orthopaedic surgeon Dr Freddie H Fu is one of the world’s best in reconstructing damaged knee ligaments. The Daily Mail claim United are hopeful Ibrahimovic will play again…

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La Liga: Neymar ban dispute rages ahead of Clasico

    Neymar looks set to travel with the Barcelona squad for Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid as the Catalans continue to fight his suspension for the potentially title-deciding clash. The Brazilian is in the midst of a three-game suspension for his red card and subsequent sarcastic applause of the officials in Barca’s 2-0 defeat to Malaga two weeks ago. Barca’s appeal to Spain’s Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAD) wasn’t placed until after the court’s normal meeting time on Friday. The club argue that until a ruling on…

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La Liga: Griezmann strike enough for Atletico

  Antoine Griezmann’s second-half strike was enough for under-par Atletico Madrid to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday, tightening their grip on third place in La Liga. The Frenchman scored with a left-footed volley in the 73rd minute after Saul Niguez’s shot was deflected into his path, extending Atletico’s unbeaten record to 12 games. Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco had forced a smart save from goalkeeper Diego Lopez as the visitors made the early running, though it was the Catalans who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the first half without ever…

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Bundesliga: Bayern dig deep to rescue 2-2 draw against Mainz

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich twice came from a goal down to struggle to a 2-2 draw against visitors Mainz 05 on Saturday but stayed nine points clear at the top with four matches remaining. The Bavarians, chasing a fifth straight Bundesliga title, lacked any spark for much of the game, with Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final extra-time loss to Real Madrid having taken its toll on the players. They are on 70 points, with second-placed RB Leipzig on 61, ahead of their match at Schalke 04 on Sunday. “It was difficult…

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