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Rugby World Cup: Chris Ashton among seven players cut from England's training squad

Wales’ World Cup pool rivals England have cut seven players from his Rugby World Cup training including three wings with Saracens back Chris Ashton …

Rugby World Cup

Rugby union is at last using its head over concussion

As another player is forced into retirement there are at least signs the game’s understanding of the problem is improving<p>The list lengthens. It went largely unnoticed last week that Ashley Smith retired from rugby at the age of 28. Smith was a very useful centre for Newport Gwent Dragons, making …

Aviva Premiership

How to reduce subtle symptoms of fragile X - Futurity

Fragile X syndrome can have consequences for people who are only carriers of the mutation. Now researchers have identified a potential target for …

Rugby's Money Influence Edging Toward a Worrying State

"Money makes the world go round" is a mantra by which rugby looked to have avoided abiding, but developments over the last few years would suggest even the most noble professions succumb eventually.<p>For a long time and even for the first phase of rugby's professional era, clubs and regions largely …

Top 14

Chris Ashton: Time has come to gatecrash England party

Saracens wing is determined to use the season run-in to claim a spot for the World Cup<p>“This is my time now,” says Chris Ashton, and for a moment in what has largely been an effervescent interview, he is serious.<p>It is clear that his desire to return to the England squad burns as bright as ever, …

Mils Muliaina allegedly arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after Connacht's defeat to Gloucester

Television pictures show the former New Zealand full-back being taken away by police shortly after full-time<p>Mils Muliaina, the former New Zealand full back, is understood to have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.<p>The 34-year-old Connacht full back, capped 100 times by the All Blacks …

Toulon 32 Wasps 18, European Champions Cup match report: European champions edge into semi-finals

Toulon v Wasps, European Champions Cup - English side fail to pull off the improbable and join Saracens in the semi-finals after defeat to European champions<p>And then there was one. Saracens may have been able to pierce the gloom for English clubs thanks to Marcelo Bosch’s late penalty in their …

Chris Weidman and Jon Jones Plan on Making Their Superfight a Reality

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman sees a superfight with pound-for-pound king Jon "Bones" Jones in his future.<p>During a feature on AXS TV's <i>Inside MMA</i>, Weidman chatted about the possibility of fighting in Madison Square Garden and revealed that Jones would be his dream opponent should that day …

Jon Jones

Floyd Mayweather to wear $25,000 mouthguard with diamonds, gold and $100 bills for Manny Pacquiao fight

The world’s richest athlete is not sparing any expense on his preparations or equipment, paying a chef $1000 dollars for each meal<p>Floyd Mayweather Jnr revealed on Monday that he would wear a $25,000 (£16,800) mouthguard containing diamonds, gold and genuine $100 bills for his fight against Manny …

Boxing

The right headphones can train your brain to be calm

As technology races ahead and we come ever closer to an era where virtual reality devices become a commonplace, it is worth noting that there already exists a whole range of technology designed to encourage altered states of consciousness: the “mind machines” or audio-visual stimulation (AVS) …

Month in Space: See a Black Sun and a Rocket's Red Glare

Space

Scans show that brain regions crucial for the development of language, memory and reasoning skills tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds<p>Brain scans of children and young adults have revealed that specific brain regions tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds than those …

The Brain

Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.<p>A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found …

Sobirov strikes gold at Samsun Judo Grand Prix

The opening day of the Samsun Judo Grand Prix saw five gold medals for the taking.<p>The heaviest weight on the day was the men’s -66 kilo division.<p>After an early defeat last week in Tbilisi, Georgia, former World and World Masters champion Rishod Sobirov from Uzbekistan returned to the top of the …

Judo

Northampton wing George North insists he is OK after latest head injury

George North insists he is fine after suffering yet another head injury during Northampton's 52-30 Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps on Friday …

Science explains why hipsters grow beards

Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a study on monkeys suggests<p>Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Why <i>are</i> so many of today's men growing beards?<p>The answer, according to The University of Western …