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    Conor McGregor charged with strong-armed robbery after alleged altercation with fan

    UFC star arrested by police in Miami Beach Irishman has been in trouble inside and outside the Octagon UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, has been arrested in Florida for stealing the phone of someone who was trying to take his photo. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old was arrested on Monday afternoon and charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5am when a 22-year-old man attempted to take his picture. Police say McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand and then stamped on it several times. Investigators say McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area.…

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    Zinedine Zidane responds to the call to save Real Madrid from darkness

    Darkness descended on Real Madrid, the metaphor visiting them on a Sunday night in Valladolid, light not let in until the following evening when he returned. The week after they lost it all, the man returned who won it all. Zinedine Zidane is back. Less than a year since he walked out, insisting that this was a “see you later” not a “goodbye”, he has walked back in again. Just how different the place is, just how bad it had got in his absence, was shown by seven days in which it all slipped through their fingers. Shown too, by the last game before he relented and said yes, Santi Solari’s final game in…

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    Women set to outnumber men for Team GB at next Olympics for first time

    • BOA believes history will be made in next year’s selection• Investment and IOC’s gender balance pledge among reasons The British Olympic Association is expecting to make history by selecting more women than men for next year’s Olympics, the Guardian can reveal. With 500 days to go before the Tokyo Games, internal Team GB data strongly indicates that for the first time women athletes will make up the majority of the squad. Britain sent 164 women and 202 men as part of a 366-strong team for the Rio Olympics. However, a combination of factors, including heavy investment in women’s sport, the strength of the Britain women’s football team and the International Olympic Committee’s move…

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    Cheltenham Festival tips: Buveur D’Air can make it three Champion Hurdles

    Memories of Istabraq will be revived on day one of this Cheltenham Festivalas Buveur D’Air (3.30) can become the first horse since his day to win three Champion Hurdles. An Istabraq fan would say the only similarity is the colours worn by their riders, the green and gold of JP McManus, and plenty of those devotees would rather Buveur D’Air did not emulate his great forebear on Tuesday, but he may prove good enough in this field. He has not always been at his best this winter and was mugged for lack of a turn of foot in the Christmas Hurdle, but that debacle ought not to be repeated around this more testing…

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    Manchester City to issue apology and set up fund for Bennell abuse victims

    Many of those affected should be eligible for six-figure amounts• John Broome’s victims will be entitled to the same deal Manchester City are launching a “survivors’ scheme” for the victims of Barry Bennell that will lead to the Premier League champions offering compensation packages, adding up to several million pounds, and ultimately an apology to the players who were sexually abused during their time in the club’s junior set-up. In the first scheme of its kind to be set up by one of the clubs implicated in football’s sexual abuse scandal, City will announce they want “to do the right thing” on the back of their independent inquiry, still ongoing after…