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Tour de France standings 2016: Peter Sagan wins Stage 11, Chris Froome takes more time from yellow jersey rivals

Another clever move by Chris Froome gave him even more time over his rivals on the eve of Thursday's climb of Mont Ventoux.<p>Peter Sagan won a nervous Stage 11 of the 2016 Tour de France. What could have been an innocuous stage was disrupted by heavy winds. The peloton was strung out for most of the …

Road Cycling

Harlequins director defends Joe Marler as in no way racist

• Conor O’Shea: ‘He made a mistake and he apologised’ • ‘You couldn’t get anything further from a bloke that is racist going’<p>The England prop Joe Marler has been described as “not in any way, shape or form racist” just hours after being told he will face an independent misconduct hearing for …

World Rugby

RFU’s sizeable miscalculation over Joe Marler indicates a sport in denial

Attempts to sweep England prop’s ‘Gypsy boy’ comment under the carpet showed short-sightedness that still affects rugby at the highest level<p>Sometimes in life there is a choice to be made. Do the right thing or take the politically expedient route. For rugby union, as a professional sport, to take …

World Rugby

Concussion is still the most common injury in professional rugby - report

• Report states concussion accounted for 17% of reported injuries last season • Average lay-off is 29 days, the longest stretch since records began in 2002<p>Concussion remains the most common injury in English professional rugby, one of the findings of a comprehensive survey that found the severity …

World Rugby

West Brom's Chris Brunt hit by coin thrown by fans after FA Cup defeat to Reading

Club plan to ban supporter after Brunt is left nursing cut on his cheek following 3-1 loss to Championship side Reading in FA Cup fifth round<p>West Bromwich Albion plan to ban a supporter from The Hawthorns for life after defender Chris Brunt was struck by a coin following their FA Cup defeat at …

Test for Topley as SA eye further gains

South Africa v England, 2nd T20, Johannesburg<p>Match facts<p>Sunday, February 21<br>Start time 2.30pm local (1230 GMT)<p>Big Picture<p>One day Reece Topley will be …

Silviniaco Conti’s Grand National odds plunge after Ascot success

• Ascot Chase win fires Paul Nicholls’ Aintree ambition • ‘It’s highly likely he could run in National,’ says trainer<p>Silviniaco Conti halved in price for the Grand National with some firms after a 20-lengths success here that gave the chestnut a seventh Grade One success and his first win of any …

Horse Racing

Manny Pacquiao’s Instagram account calls for gay people to be put to death

• Boxer underlines his opposition to same-sex relationships • Social media post deleted after two hours<p>Manny Pacquiao has risked more global condemnation after underlining his opposition to people in same-sex relationships.<p>The boxer, who is running for a seat in the Philippines senate in May’s …

Boxing

PK Subban Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Canadiens Star

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is among the NHL's most dynamic blueliners, but the 26-year-old superstar has reportedly been the subject of trade chatter.<p>Continue for updates.<p>Report: Canadiens "Gauging Interest" in Subban<p>Friday, Feb. 19<p>According to Louis Jean of TVA Sports, an anonymous …

Ice Hockey

Manchester United Transfer News: Aymeric Laporte Battle Expected, Latest Rumours

Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Athletic Bilbao about potentially signing their star centre-back Aymeric Laporte, although it’s said they’re likely to face competition for his signature from European champions Barcelona.<p>That’s according to <i>Sport</i> (h/t George Bellshaw of <i>Metro</i>), who …

Soccer

De Rossi to miss four weeks, confirms Roma

The Italy international will not be fit to tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 second leg, while he could miss some vital Serie A encounters as well.<p>Roma will be without star midfielder Daniele De Rossi for a month due to calf problems, the Serie A outfit have confirmed.<p>The …