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Scotland to raise starting speed after South Africa hit World Cup groove — There is nothing like the smell of Schadenfreude in the morning. As Scottish and South African fans mingled at Newcastle station to go their separate ways on Sunday after a game at St James's Park the previous afternoon every bit as combative as those between local football writers and Mike Ashley, they were joined at the hip flask by a common sentiment: revelling in England's desolation.

Scotland savour their moment but cannot taste victory over South Africa — While the form and scores of these sides in the first 10 days of the tournament threw up something of a conundrum, South Africa left Newcastle with considerably more conviction about their progress than did Scotland. After a blistering first half, the Springboks held firm in the face of a belated Scottish fightback and finished with the demeanour of at least potential finalists.

Thrilla In Manila: 40 years on from sanctioned manslaughter in boxing — For the purposes of commerce, showbusiness and Don King's love of mangled rhymes, it was called the Thrilla In Manila. In reality, the third, final and quite frightening fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, on this day 40 years ago, ought to be remembered as The Fight Too Far.
Oct 01, 2015

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Oct 01, 2015

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Martin Johnson tells England: ‘Think positive and back yourselves more’ — Martin Johnson says England's best chance of surviving in this World Cup is to adopt a siege mentality and ignore the negativity that has built up before Saturday's potentially crash-and-burn match against Australia.

Ireland and Simon Zebo turn on speed to doom Romania’s insurrection — Tumult has been averted. The upstarts are still starting, occasionally startling, but not quite getting up. And, after minor inconveniences for Australia and Scotland earlier in the piece, following South Africa's post-Japan rehab win, Ireland put down a doomed Romanian insurrection at Wembley on a warm, pleasant Sunday afternoon to reaffirm order to this 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Ireland’s Simon Zebo inspired by Usain Bolt as team prepare to play Romania — It is not just politeness that prevents the Irish from playing down their obvious superiority over Romania - ranked 17th in the world and worth it - at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Wladimir Klitschko’s calf injury forces Ukrainian to postpone Tyson Fury fight — Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko has been postponed after the Ukrainian suffered a leg injury in training. Klitschko told German newspaper Bild he was "incredibly sorry" for the delay, but vowed the fight would be re-arranged as soon as possible. The 39-year-old also posted a message to his supporters on social media.

Fred Perry’s Davis Cup example can help Andy Murray in ATP finals dilemma — Andy Murray will agonise for another week before declaring if he will play in the ATP World Tour Finals in London just before the Davis Cup final against Belgium, which it was confirmed on Wednesday will be held on clay in Ghent on 27-29 November.

Tyson Fury Batman caper belies serious threat to Wladimir Klitschko’s world titles — Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko finished their London encounter on Wednesday dressed in designer suits that would not have looked out of place on the trading floor of the City but, before business was concluded, the wild Mancunian contender had paraded in front of the heavyweight champion of the world dressed as Batman.

Andy Murray told to front up at world finals despite Davis Cup demands — When Andy Murray hinted that he might withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London during November to prepare for the Davis Cup final in Belgium a week later, he was letting his sore body do the talking. It was understandable.
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RT @sportingintel: @kevinmitchell50 @SportSJA There's a touch of that in the piece; about opening day in 1992 compared to now.

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