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Magnus Carlsen emulates Boris Spassky and reaps reward at Qatar Open

Chess

Magnus Carlsen’s bold decision to play in an open tournament, the first reigning world champion to do so since Boris Spassky in 1971, paid off handsomely this week at Qatar when the 25-year-old Norwegian won first prize unbeaten on 7/9 with one of his best performances. He tied with Yu Yangyi, then crushed his Chinese rival 2-0 in the speed tie-break.

Channel 4 Racing suffers further decline in Boxing Day audience

Horse Racing

Another alarming loss of audience has been recorded by Channel 4 Racing, whose broadcast of a thrilling King George VI Chase on Boxing Day reached an average of just 475,000 people. That compares with 651,000 for the previous year and means a third of the audience has been lost since 2012, when 746,000 tuned in.

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Boxing Gloves

Terry Flanagan ends Derry Mathews’ hopes with points win

No amount of sentiment could carry the wholehearted Liverpool veteran Derry Mathews to a fairytale high point of a long, hard career here on Saturday night but, in front of his own fans, he gave the world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan all the trouble he could handle over 12 absorbing rounds.

Floyd Mayweather

A Mayweather v McGregor fight would be an abomination – but a lucrative one

On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather called a fight with Conor McGregor “possible”. As far as fights go it would be the ultimate made-for-TV sideshow, almost like a Fear Factor meets the Kardashians. It would offer little in athletic value, even less in benefit to society as well as hurting the legitimacy of the fighters’ chosen disciplines. But it would make millions. And a huge number of people would watch.

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