Troy Townsend is a leading figure in Kick It Out’s attempts to overcome the racial and sexual bias in football

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'When we are attacked it is down to ignorance,' says father of England winger, Andros

Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has been denied a church funeral

War-crimes Nazi Erich Priebke refused a church burial in Rome

Rome’s Mayor and police chief and the Pope’s right-hand man have all refused to grant Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke a church funeral in the city where he participated in one of the worst massacres in German-occupied Italy.

Marland Yarde has admitted that London Irish's self-imposed alcohol ban is to credit for win over Harlequins

London Irish drinking ban paid off with victory over Harlequins claims England winger Marland Yarde

Yarde admits that the squad-wide self-imposed alcohol ban could continue in an effort to maintain winning ways as Irish prepare for Europe

Michel Platini

Exclusive: Uefa plot to turn the Euros into alternative World Cup

Brazil and Argentina could be asked to join a new-look tournament

Manuel Pellegrini: Manchester City manager says the decision about Joe Hart is 'very difficult'

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini considers dropping Joe Hart after Bayern Munich nightmare

Manchester City’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini, insisted yesterday that the gap between his own side and Bayern Munich was not as vast as the midweek Champions League demolition suggested, while he also claimed he was debating whether to drop Joe Hart from the side to face Everton today.

James O'Connor in action in the Wallabies narrow win over Argentina

James O'Connor agrees early release from Australia contract after latest indiscretion saw him thrown out of Perth Airport

O'Connor was refused onto a flight just hours after the Wallabies one-point victory over Argentina

Willie le Roux scored a try helping the team towards their victory

South Africa 28 Australia 8 match report: Springboks make it look all too easy

South Africa's storming opening half-hour created the platform for a 28-8 victory over Australia in an ill-tempered Rugby Championship clash. Although the bonus-point the hosts craved eluded them, the victory ensured that the tournament goes to the final weekend.

The British Davis Cup team celebrate after defeating Croatia

Davis Cup: Great Britain handed nightmare draw away against United States

A 4-1 win over Croatia at the weekend secured Britain's place in the World Group

Saracens centre Brad Barritt ruled out of England games

England centre Brad Barritt will miss the autumn internationals after undergoing foot surgery, his club Saracens have announced.

Israel Folau touches down for a try for Australia against Argentina

Australia 14 Argentina 13 match report: Israel Folau try breaks Wallabies' four-game losing streak and lifts them off bottom of the table

Puma fight-back not enough as they fall just short in their search for a first win in the Rugby Championship

Andes trek survivor Raul Fernando Gomez accused of child sex abuse

58-year-old Uruguayan survived on rats and scavenged food after he disappeared during heavy snowfall

Alex Goode

Alex Goode believes disappointment is behind Saracens ahead of new season

Despite finishing top of the league, Saracens were beaten by Northampton in the play-off semi-finals

Feel the noise: Andy Murray sees off Leonardo Mayer on Friday night

US Open: Racket makes Andy Murray a good shout for success

The hubbub of Flushing Meadows is not to everyone's taste. There is a constant background noise at the US Open, whether it is planes flying into La Guardia airport, music at the changeovers or just the sound of people talking, shouting and moving around. In the city that never sleeps, it is no surprise that there is never true peace and quiet.

Dancers Daniel Alejandro Arroyo Miranda (R) of Venezuela and Juan Pablo Ramirez of Argentina compete in the Salon Tango style qualifier round at the 10th edition of the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires August

'It takes two to Tango, but not necessarily of the opposite sex': World Championship of Tango welcomes same-sex couples for first time

Same-sex couples competed in the World Championship of Tango for the first time this year, with three male pairs and one female couple taking to the floor.

Juan Martin Hernandez and Bryan Habana

South Africa blow away Argentina with nine-try 73-13 victory

Springboks romp home to staggering win to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start

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