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The first time I spoke to Frank Keating, then at the height of his powers as the Guardian’s chief sports writer, was when, as a newly arrived sub-editor at the paper in the early Eighties, I was deputed to sub one of his articles.

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Trash-talking gives way to ‘quack quacks’ and think tanks

Super Middleweight boxer George Groves attends an SJA lunch on April 3, 2014 in London, England.

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