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Footage shows axed former Sky Sports presenter Gray making offensive chant at female colleague

Northampton’s George North takes on the Ospreys in October’s Heineken Cup encounter at Franklin’s Gardens

RFU to 'flog guts out' to heal Heineken Cup divide

The Rugby Football Union is not prepared to go to war with its own top-flight clubs in an effort to save the threatened Heineken Cup, but it is ready to explore every other available option in the search for a peace deal that might protect the tournament from the worst excesses of its own stakeholders. The price of failure will be heavy indeed. "It would open up a Pandora's Box for the game across the world," admitted Ian Ritchie, the Twickenham chief executive. No pressure, then.

Alastair Cook is bowled by Mitchell Johnson in the Second Test of the Ashes series

Ashes 2013-14: Debutant Ben Stokes remains hopeful on England getting back into Second Test

Stokes claims the tourists still have a chance despite Australia finishing day two with a 538-run lead

Jonny Wilkinson (in red) and his Toulon team-mates hoist aloft the Heineken Cup after victory over Clermont Auvergne back in May

French clubs flinch in latest Heineken Cup twist

Teams meet  to discuss their next move in the long-running row

Ryan Giggs makes a pass during Manchester United's 5-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday

Bayer Leverkusen 0 Manchester United 5: 'We really killed them on the counter-attack,' says Ryan Giggs

Midfielder, who turns 40 on Friday, said team-mates made victory 'a pleasure'

Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin (left) celebrates after catching out England's batsman Jonathan Trott (not pictured) from the bowling of Mitchell Johnson on day two

Ashes 2013-14: Brad Haddin revels in the 'wonderful hour-and-a-half' demolition of England on day two

Tourists went from 82-2 to 136 all out in first innings collapse at the Gabba

A proud yet dejected Chris Robshaw leas the England side off the pitch

England 22 New Zealand 30: 'Proud' Chris Robshaw calls for his side to be as clinical as the All Blacks if they want to taste victory

Sporting a badly swollen eye, Robshaw admitted that New Zealand set the benchmark for every other team after narrow defeat

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua continued his unbeaten start to his professional boxing career

Anthony Joshua continues unbeaten start with third straight stoppage against Hrvoje Kisicek at York Hall

The Olympic gold medalist has no time to rest though as he will compete next Saturday on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stands alongside former manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United announce record revenues: Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward 'excited' by £900m BT Sport deal for Champions League rights

United saw their first quarter revenues increase by 29.1% to £98m thanks to 12 new sponsorship deals and the increased Premier League broadcasting money

English and Welsh club captains with the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups

No mood for compromise at split Heineken launch

Neither side prepared to give ground in TV row that threatens to sink competition

Ben Ainslie collects the mammoth Americas Cup trophy

Sport on TV: Winds of change blowing through sail of the century

If you are going to fork out $100 million on a boat, then it's only right that the America's Cup should be an impressive trophy to put on the mantelpiece. As befits a bauble with such a name, it's big and brash and verging on obesity. Never mind that it was won by an Australian skipper, Jimmy Spithill, and his British mastermind, Sir Ben Ainslie. After the Yanks won the first one in 1851, they have never even renamed it when another country has won it.

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Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture in the Czech Republic

Ricky Burns lands a left jab on Raymundo Beltran during their WBO lightweight title clash in Glasgow

Boxing: Ricky Burns retains WBO lightweight title after controversial draw with Mexican Raymundo Beltran

Ricky Burns retained his WBO lightweight title after a controversial draw against Raymundo Beltran at the SECC in Glasgow.

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates the Lions series victory with the rest of the squad

Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip speak out over Warren Gatland's decision to drop them for the third British and Irish Lions Test

Lions went on to record their biggest ever victory over Australia but former Tour captain admits he remains 'resentful' towards Gatland

Transfer news: Manchester United in disarray as deals for Ander Herrera and Fabio Coentrao come to nothing - with just Marouane Fellaini joining club

David Moyes endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market that continued up until the final hours

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