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Billy Joe Saunders outsmarts Andy Lee to win WBO middleweight title

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Respect filled the air in Manchester on Saturday night – too much of it for many of the 7,000-plus customers, probably – but Billy Joe Saunders, the new champion, and Andy Lee, the departing king, brought a good deal of honour to their sport and their community during 12 tense rounds for the WBO middleweight title.

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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.

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - Stage 8 from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon

Adam Yates out of the shadows and looking to win Tour de France stages

In the first week of the Tour de France, Adam Yates’s philosophy was simple – “stay invisible and stay out of trouble” – but once the race hit the mountains this weekend, his mind turned to his objective for the race: winning at least one stage, which is his priority in his second Tour de France before his attentions turn to an assault on the overall standings in future years.

People gather to look at projected images of Muhammad Ali during a tribute to the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Harlem, New York

‘The Greatest’ was no exaggeration

There are many stories about Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942 in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a domestic and a man who painted billboards. Born at the hinge of the south, he was spurred on to fight when his bicycle was stolen as a young man. His desire to “whup” the perpetrator led to him learning how to fight.

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MLB: San Diego Padres at Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto's Aaron Sanchez move reignites inning limit debate

Let’s start with the obvious: nobody – not renowned surgeon Dr James Andrews, not agent Scott Boras, not Washington Nationals and New York Mets general managers Mike Rizzo and Sandy Alderson, not Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz – knows the right path when it comes to protecting young arms.