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David Haye spoiling for a fight after beating the boredom to be back

David Haye

The staging of the pre-fight press conference in a cinema is probably as box office as this bout will get. Taking his first steps down an uncertain path he hopes will lead to him regaining the world heavyweight crown, David Haye looked in good shape but mildly embarrassed on Wednesday while sitting in front of Screen 5 of Cineworld as he talked up his comeback at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

Royal Ascot announces prize money increase of 18% to a record £6.85m

Royal Ascot

Every day at Royal Ascot this summer will be a £1m day following a decision at the Queen’s racecourse to ramp up prize money for the famous week of action in June. An extra £1m in prize money is to be added to purses, taking the total for the five race-days to more than £6.5m and ensuring that at least £1m will be, as it were, redistributed each afternoon.

Mo Farah starts season in Edinburgh and hopes to end with Olympic glory in Rio

Mo Farah

There was a breezy confidence to Mo Farah on Friday as he insisted 2016 would mark a fresh start for him and his troubled sport. A few minutes earlier he had flicked through a newspaper story about senior figures at the IAAF being banned for life, and his coach, Alberto Salazar, is still under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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Chris Froome's Tour de France win puts him among greats

You cannot help but feel for Christian Prudhomme. In his 10 years at the head of the Tour de France the amiable Frenchman has set himself the mission of livening up the event, making it less predictable and processional, and, as far as possible, ensuring suspense is maintained to the end.

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British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during the press conference

Warren Gatland singles out Dylan Hartley as possible Lions captain

Warren Gatland says he will not favour his Wales players when selecting his British and Irish Lions squad and has backed England’s Dylan Hartley as a possible captain for next summer’s tour to New Zealand. Gatland, who has been reappointed as head coach, is also adamant the Lions can upset the current world champions and win the three-Test series.

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Steve Bate set his sights on cycling gold despite being visually impaired

Three years ago Steve Bate set himself a target. But instead of obsessing about the colour of the medal he was aiming for in Rio de Janeiro, an athlete who had only recently taken up cycling had a more realistic goal. He just wanted to make it to the Paralympic Games in the first place and then, well, who knows what comes next? “Life will go on if I win medals or if I don’t,” Bate says.