Sport Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae

This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

Boxing: Image problem for Golden Boy

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Sailing: Brady pays heavy penalty of run in with Law

GAVIN BRADY will forever curse a pair of unnecessary penalties and the squandering of the third semi-final race of his third attempt to win the Hoya Lymington Cup, writes Stuart Alexander.

Sailing: Law has qualifying success

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Sailing: Brady has the speed as Law keeps track

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Boxing: `The American Dream' prepares to prove himself something more substantial

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Boxing: Graham finds that time is running out

Herol Graham cannot realistically afford to wait too much longer for a third world title opportunity. That crucial point was recognised by his promoter, Frank Maloney, even though the 38-year-old enjoyed clear superiority over Vinnie Pazienza to retain his World Boxing Council international super-middleweight title at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

Sailing: Smith's title as Charles makes his mark

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Sailing: Smith steals a march on Peters

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Boxing: De la Hoya finds answer for his critics

Oscar de la Hoya displayed some impressive punching power on Saturday in knocking out David Kamau, of Kenya, in the second round to retain his World Boxing Council welterweight title in San Antonio, Texas.

People & Business: From Ambassador to insurance missionary

Legal & General has appointed David Kerr from Ambassador Insurance, a subsidiary of Lloyds TSB, to develop its private medical insurance business. PMI itself has been a casualty of the recession and rising costs of private hospital care. L&G went into the business of providing insurance to cover medical bills only 18 months ago, marketing it first to its existing personal customers. Mr Kerr's job will be to convince small and medium-sized companies that this is a cost-effective service to provide or subsidise, that will pay dividends in improved health and employee loyalty.

Orion lacks the virtues of Paragon

Andrew Preece chronicles a busy weekend for sailors in Cowes and France

Sailing: Maxi rides tide of expectation

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