Sports 

Lewis Hamilton edges Kimi Raikkonen in Chinese Grand Prix practice

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton edged Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari by just 0.007secs in second practice at the Chinese GP. Hamilton made a couple of small errors on his fastest lap but the times suggest another close battle between Mercedes and Ferrari for the race win. There was just 0.108secs between Hamilton and title rival Sebastian Vettel in fourth, with Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes third. Hamilton is 17 points behind Vettel, who has won the first two races. The world champion has said he cannot afford to lose any more ground to the German…

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N Korean hockey players arrive in the South for joint team

North Korea’s women’s ice hockey players have arrived in South Korea to form a joint team for the Pyeongchang Olympics. The 12 players crossed the border with an official delegation and will start training with the team from the South. In a breakthrough deal, both countries last week agreed to field a joint team to compete under a single flag. It marks a thaw in relations that began in the new year, when North Korea said it wanted to attend the Games. The deal had been met with some criticism…

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Australian Open: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic into fourth round

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra and online. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both reached round four of the Australian Open with straight-set wins – although the Serb suffered an injury scare. Switzerland’s five-time champion Federer beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 7-5 6-4 to progress to the last 16. Six-time winner Djokovic had treatment on his lower back and leg but saw off…

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Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. The two countries agreed a breakthrough deal earlier this month in the first high-level talks in two years. The International Olympic Committee hosted a meeting in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss North Korea’s participation in Pyeongchang. IOC president Thomas Bach announced the two nations would march together at the opening ceremony on 9 February. Describing the agreement as “a milestone in a long journey”, Bach also confirmed North and South…

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Chelsea stadium: £1bn Stamford Bridge hit by family dispute

Little has ever stood between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and realising his ambitions for the club. But plans for a reported £1bn new stadium are being held up by one family over their right to light – and the lack of it shining into their home when the new Stamford Bridge is built. The Crosthwaites have lived in their west London cottage for 50 years and it is so close to the Premier League club’s ground that you could almost kick a football from their doorstep onto the pitch. The…

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Cricket Sports 

Ashes: Mitchell Starc hits back at James Anderson comments

Australia v England, fourth Ashes Test Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Dates: 26-30 December (23:30 GMT, 25 December) Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Injured Australia bowler Mitchell Starc hopes his replacement Jackson Bird “sticks it up” England in the fourth Test, which starts on 26 December. Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series with 19, misses Melbourne’s Boxing Day Test with a bruised…

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Nigel Levine: British sprinter fails drugs test

British sprinter Nigel Levine has failed a drugs test. Levine, 28, is alleged to have tested positive for the banned asthma drug clenbuterol and the Daily Mail reports he is waiting for his B sample result. The European indoor gold medallist broke his pelvis in a motorbike crash in Spain in January – the accident also involved fellow Briton James Ellington. Levine has returned to training but has not competed since and in April he told BBC Sport he was coping “pretty well”. Clenbuterol is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s…

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Commonwealth Games: Birmingham announced as host of 2022 event

Birmingham has been named host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games – the most expensive sports event to be held in Britain since the London Olympics. The city’s bid was the only one submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) by the deadline of 30 September, after it was chosen ahead of Liverpool as Britain’s candidate. The CGF initially deemed the city’s bid was “not fully compliant”. However, it has now been confirmed as the host of the £750m event. West Midlands mayor Andy Street described the announcement as a…

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Top Sports 

Dellen Millard: Fun-loving heir whose killings stunned Canada

He is one of Canada’s most notorious killers. But during his most recent first-degree murder trial, Dellen Millard appeared in court as his own lawyer. Standing at a podium in front of the witness box, Dellen Millard took a breath. “Are you nervous?” he asked witness Clayton Babcock, the father of Laura Babcock, who disappeared in 2012. Wearing a smart blazer, eyeglasses and a small braid of hair behind his right ear, the 32-year-old looked more like a VP in a tech company than a criminal lawyer. Yet here he…

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Boxing Sports 

Tyson Fury targets Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn in expletive rap

British boxer Tyson Fury has directed an expletive-laden rap at promoter Eddie Hearn after being cleared to resume his career. Fury also targeted the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), which revoked his boxing licence in October 2016 because of medical issues. The 29-year-old has already challenged IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua to a fight in 2018. But Joshua’s promoter Hearn was the focus of Fury’s post on Wednesday. Rapping to Eminem’s ‘Without Me’, the former heavyweight world champion said the BBBofC “tried to shut me down…

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