English rugby needs sterner stuff

There can be no favourites — selection must be based on form, writes Will Carling

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Baseball ‘talent’ trades inject risk

Fiery new signing may prove poison in the club house

Success in European football is a matter of priorities

Focus has switched from Champions League to Premier League

Brands shrug off England’s World Cup exit

Sponsors cushioned by record television audiences

Coke and McDonald’s ask Blatter to quit

Budweiser and Visa join Fifa sponsors seeking swift resignation

School children play rugby at Wasps RFC, Twyford Avenue Sports Ground. To go with Malcolm Moore RFU legacy story.
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Rugby looks for state school conversions

RFU funds pay for sport’s introduction to 400-plus secondaries

My, how they’ve grown

England v Australia: player-by-player comparison of the England team at RWC ’87 with those starting on Saturday

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Crafting rise of Aussie rules football

Ambitious plan propels growth in sport of ‘footy’

Racing teams complain over ‘rigged’ F1

Force India and Sauber unhappy about prize money and regulation

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Bet365 sees profits rise 92%

Increase to £410.2m comes after a 43% rise in sports gamblers

Insular corporate culture a curse on VW

Company ventured into the world with no credo beyond ‘we are car guys’

England’s fate in the Group of Death

Wales’s win at Twickenham in the Rugby World Cup could signal an early demise for the host nation

Blatter under Swiss criminal investigation

Authorities suspect Fifa head of committing two crimes

Wealth management tips for footballers

Surviving a career of two halves is no easy task

Giants of rugby could face UK tax bills

World Cup stars are liable for ‘foreign performers’ charge

Secession would be own goal for Barça

Catalonia independence would exclude club from Spanish league

MCC’s new chairman vows to end dispute

Promise of ‘trusting’ relationship after battle that ‘split club’

Bridge is not a sport, it is much better

Public funding is odd aim for game that needs cards and a table

Zaha Hadid wins Riba Gold Medal

Royal Gold Medal builds on the career of uncompromising and influential architect

Yogi Berra, baseball legend, 1925-2015

Player enriched America’s national game and its lingua franca

Hybrid superyachts ahoy!

Builders and designers must convince clients that greener sailing is an attractive proposition

Real Madrid scores goals in the classroom

Spanish football club engages with fans off the pitch through a series of masters programmes

Football wagers behind media’s passions

There are exceptions to the angry norm in media teams

Shifting inequality in football leagues

Balance of performance power varies between teams and nations

Sponsorship on rise as participation falls

Golf still outranks tennis and baseball in its appeal to advertisers

Rich man’s game looks to regain its popular mojo

The sport must break out of its privileged silo to guard against decline

Young pretenders vie to emulate old masters

New prodigies have kept interest among fans and advertisers alive

Observers of golf warn of need to reform

Attitudinal shift in golf threatens UK extinction ‘within 50 years’

Race is on to find new formats of the game

Novel forms of the sport are aiming to arrest declining popularity

Top players urged to back Olympic return

Sport seeks to cement its place after a century’s absence

Women succeed in reducing their handicap

Male bastions are crumbling as top clubs end bans and female tours flourish

Chinese players battle official attacks

Sport booms in communist arena despite official scrutiny

Pros to abandon ‘unfair’ anchored putters

Debate continues on merits of outlawing unconventional clubs

Players’ union urges football overhaul

FIFPro urges Brussels to intervene as transfer system hinders competition and favours rich clubs

Alitalia chief executive Cassano quits

Italian carrier faces fresh troubles a year after Etihad rescue

My First Million — Michael Vaughan

Former England cricket captain puts his investments to the test

Mixed fortunes of football

Passion first when investing in the beautiful game

Fifa suspends secretary-general

Football body cites ‘allegations’ involving Jérôme Valcke

Sporting fixtures attract MBA students

Business schools have long made their mark on the playing field

Rugby’s hopes rest on England’s shoulders

Host nation has work cut out to survive ‘group of death’


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