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Billy Joe Saunders outsmarts Andy Lee to win WBO middleweight title

Boxing ropes

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.



Blaine ridden by Kieren Fallon wins the 5.50 Investec Asset Management Stakes

Kieren Fallon retires from racing owing to mental health issues

Kieren Fallon has announced his retirement from the saddle at the age of 51 as a consequence of struggles with his mental health. The six-times champion jockey, who has taken no rides over the past week, asked the Irish Turf Club’s chief medical officer, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, to break the news on his behalf.