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Paul Butler takes on Ismael Garnica

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Plenty of ring-side treats in store this weekend

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West is best has long been the mantra of those racing south down the Atlantic and it is the two boats furthest west when attacking the booby trap of the Doldrums on the first leg of the Volvo round the world race from Alicante to Cape Town that were celebrating conventional wisdom with what could be a decisive break yesterday.

Jose Aldo in action

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A look ahead to this weekend’s featherweight world title challenge with British UFC Welterweight and UFC commentator, Dan Hardy

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Vido Loncar launched a shocking attack on a referee during his European Youth Boxing Championships bout against Algirdas Baniulis

Oscar Pistorius wins gold at the London 2012 Paralympics

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Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but could be out in as little as 10 months

James Graham in action for England

England vs Samoa team news: James Graham to captain England after Sean O'Loughlin ruled out through injury

Newly-appointed captain suffered a quad muscle injury and will miss the first match of England's post-Kevin Sinfield era

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In the last 25 years dozens of essential fights have failed to take place

New St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham

Keiron Cunningham named St Helens coach: Former Saints hooker named Nathan Brown's successor after Super League Grand Final win

Cunningham spent his entire career playing for St Helens before becoming Brown's assistant at Langtree Park, and will takeover ahead of the new season

World boxing champion and playing coach of Kia Sorento, Manny Pacquiao (left)

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut for KIA Sorento

The 5ft 6in star defends his belt next month

Jim McAlister performs an RKO on Gary Harkins in celebration after Harkins scored

WWE star Randy Orton tweets approval of Dundee's 'RKO out of nowhere' celebration

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