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Chess masters show virtues of a slower pace of sport

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Sometimes sport is at its most tense when it is at its most still – in those micro‑lulls before world title fights as the protagonists coil in their corners, awaiting the bell, and adrenaline and testosterone races through the crowd like white water; between the purse of a referee’s lips and the first step in a shootout; before the starter’s pistol shatters the hush of an Olympic 100m final; and, yes, when the world chess champion is hunched over the board, brain scurrying back and forth through innumerable tunnels of calculation looking for a clear path to victory.

'Die like a Samurai': Nurmagomedov issues challenge to Conor McGregor

MMA: UFC 205-McGregor vs Alvarez

Conor McGregor is brilliant at promotion, better able to crawl under the skin or in the head of almost any fighter around. But ever since he won the UFC’s lightweight title two weeks ago at UFC 205, refusing to relinquish his featherweight belt as well, he’s been pursued by an unexpected equal at drawing attention – and perhaps a threat to his newly won championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Eric Molina leaves his classroom behind to face Anthony Joshua

Boxing loves a backstory – which is why the sport, for all its faults, remains so captivating. There are tales of redemption, revenge, poverty and pain inside the ring and now comes a rather unusual one to British shores – the Mexican-American heavyweight who doubles up as a special-needs teacher.