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LAST_UPDATEFri, 26 Aug 2016 1pm

Rio 2016: The Greatest Show On Earth In Stats

Between them, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles won 12 gold medals in Rio

The flame went out on the 2016 Olympics in Rio on Sunday, bringing to an end 16 remarkable days of sporting action.

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The Secret Behind Conor McGregor’s Striking Skills

Conor McGregor’s first coach, Phil Sutcliffe, speaks to George Gigney about what he taught the UFC star

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Pakistan Named Number One Test Team For First Time After India Draw With West Indies

Pakistan drew the recent Test series against England 2-2

Pakistan have become the number one Test team for the first time since the International Cricket Council rankings were introduced in 2003.

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John Ryder To Fight Jack Arnfield On Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares Undercard

John Ryder will feature in Manchester

John Ryder will defend his WBA International Middleweight title against Jack Arnfield at the Manchester Arena on September 24, live on Sky Sports.

Ryder landed the strap in January with a points win over the dangerous Belarussian Sergey Khomitsky, and makes his first defence of the title in his third outing of 2016.

Arnfield challenges for his second title in the paid ranks having provided Nick Blackwell with a stern test in their British title bout in November, and Ryder expects a hard night’s work against the Blackpool man.

“It’s great to be back out and in a good fight with Jack,” said Ryder. “I had a good win in January against Khomitsky and then a six rounder in May so this has come at a good time for me. I had a couple of cuts in the SK fight that needed to heal so it’s no-ones fault that I’ve been out for a bit, but it has made me really hungry for this fight. I might have lost a bit of momentum but I’ve been training hard and everything is on track.

“Jack called me out on Instagram with a few other names and he’s got his wish now so let’s see what he’s got. I’m looking forward to it though, fighting in his backyard with his fans there, it should be a good atmosphere and I’m expecting a hard fight.

“I’m not looking past Jack at all but if I can get a good win against him and get out again before Christmas, then I will be at the front of the queue for a big fight at the start of the 2017.”

Ryder’s clash with Arnfield is part of a huge night of action in Manchester as Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares lock horns in a mouth-watering unification battle for the WBA and WBC Diamond World and Ring Magazine Lightweight Championships.

Isaac Lowe defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Tshifhiwa Munyai and Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks with an appearance first at The O2 in London on September 10.

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Antonio Conte's Choice Over Fabregas Could Define His Early Reign At Chelsea

How do you solve a problem like Cesc Fabregas? That's the tricky question Antonio Conte will need to answer by the end of this month, writes Dan Levene.

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Leganes Claim Historic First La Liga Win

MADRID: Victor Diaz scored the only goal as Leganes defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 on Monday in the club’s first ever game in the Spanish top flight.

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Venezuela President Orders Public Worker Sackings Over Referendum Call

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro has set a 48-hour deadline for ministers to dismiss some public workers who requested a recall referendum against him, a Socialist Party spokesman said Monday.

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Rio Hangover As Tokyo Grabs Olympic Baton

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro returned to the cold reality of Brazil’s political crisis and recession Monday after bringing a carnivalesque curtain down on its Olympics festival and passing the torch to Tokyo.

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Celtic Fans Raise Funds For Palestinian Charities

UNITED KINGDOM: Two Palestinian charities have picked up an unexpected financial windfall with £45000 (52000 euros, $59000) raised by supporters of Scottish Champions Celtic it was revealed on Monday.

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Tite Names Uncapped Quintet In First Brazil Squad

RIO DE JANEIRO: New Brazil head coach Tite on Monday named five uncapped players in his first 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia in September.

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