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World Championship: Joe Cullen has his sights trained on darts royalty at the ‘Ally Pally’

YORKSHIRE marksman Joe Cullen is aiming to make a point on the biggest stage in world darts.

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Annie Simpson in action.

Tour de Yorkshire: Steady progress of women’s race welcomed by Annie Simpson

THE TOUR de Yorkshire continues to blaze a trail for women’s cycling and doubling the length of the race has been hailed as another important step forward.

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Tour de Yorkshire: Scott Thwaites targeting glory in home showpiece

LOCAL HERO Scott Thwaites has pledged to “go down fighting” when the Tour de Yorkshire visits his home roads next May.

I'LL BE BACK: Mark Cavendish, right, with Christian Prudhomme, general director of the Tour de France, at a press conference at The Piece Hall in Halifax, to unveil the full route of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.  Picture Tony Johnson.

Tour de Yorkshire: Mark Cavendish plots his return to Yorkshire’s mean streets

ALL EYES are likely to be focused in one direction when the fourth Tour de Yorkshire begins next May.


Beverley chosen as starting point for biggest-ever Tour de Yorkshire ahead of grand finale in Leeds

NEXT YEAR’S Tour de Yorkshire will begin in Beverley and cover 711 km before finishing in Leeds three days later.

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OVER THE LINE: Gareth Widdop of England scores a try against Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. Picture: Andrew Cornaga/

England 20 Tonga 18: England through to World Cup final after huge late scare

England will face Australia in next Saturday’s World Cup decider in Brisbane after a 20-12 win over Tonga in today’s semi-final.

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TWO-YEAR BAN: Rangi Chase. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Rangi Chase slapped with two-year ban for positive drugs test

FORMER Castleford Tigers and England stand-off Rangi Chase has been banned from all sport for two years following a positive drugs test.

Doncaster Knights' Michael Hills, left. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Winless streak can’t take positives away for Doncaster Knights’ Hills

FOUR LEAGUE games without a win is hardly ideal preparation for facing the Championship’s runaway top-two, but Doncaster Knights captain Michael Hills feels they have taken a “step in the right direction”.

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at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Picture: Brendon Ratnayake/

Analysis: What we learned from England’s World Cup win over Papua New Guinea

England are preparing for a World Cup last-four clash with surprise package Tonga in Auckland on Saturday.

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Battling away: Declan Cusack of Doncaster Knights tries to fight his way through two Bedford Blues tacklers. (Pictures: Gary Longbottom)

Verdict - Doncaster Knights 25 Bedford Blues 25: Same old problems prohibit Knights from taking advantage

GOOD fortune has, for the moment, deserted Doncaster Knights, but there were positive signs amid the disappointment of a fourth Championship game without victory.

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Matt Challinor was making his 200th appearance for Doncaster Knights. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Doncaster Knights 25 Bedford Blues 25 - Late try spoils landmark day for Challinor

Doncaster Knights stalwart Matt Challinor’s 200th appearance was spoiled as Bedford Blues scored a late converted try to salvage a 25-25 draw at Castle Park.

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Castleford's head coach Daryl Powell speaks to his side after the Grand Final loss (Picture:

Castleford Tigers’ dismay at World Club Challenge snub

Next year’s World Club Challenge will be a one-off game, leaving Castleford Tigers “disappointed” at missing out on a chance to face Australian opposition.

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James Segeyaro. 
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Second stint at Leeds Rhinos would appeal to Segeyaro ‘at end of career’

PAPUA NEW GUINEA hooker James Segeyaro, who controversially turned his back on Leeds Rhinos a year ago, has revealed he would return to the club if the chance arose, writes Peter Smith.

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Ready for action: Sam Burgess in training.

RL World Cup comment: Sam Burgess can emerge as an England legend

THE IRONIC hashtag #BlameBurgess trended on social media two years ago after England’s union team embarrassingly crashed out of their own World Cup, but for a while lame Burgess threatened to be the story of the current rugby league tournament.

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Steve Pitts, project manager for Caddick Construction Ltd, and a Castleford Tigers fan, surveys work being carried out at Emerald Headingley Stadium. PIC: James Hardisty

Minimum disruption for cricket and rugby fans pledges Emerald Headingley project manager

RUGBY AND cricket fans face the prospect of watching their sport in a building site next year.

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Steve Pitts, Project Manager for Caddick Construction Ltd, and a Castleford Tigers fan. Picture: James Hardisty

Demolition job at Leeds Rhinos proves ideal tonic for Castleford Tigers fan

LIFELONG Castleford Tigers’ fan Steve Pitts banished the frustration of his team’s Grand Final defeat in a unique way – by knocking down Leeds Rhinos’ stadium!

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Roberts brothers pen new one-year deals at Hunslet RLFC

Roberts brothers pen new one-year deals at Hunslet RLFC

BROTHERS SHAUN and Dean Roberts are staying at Hunslet after each signing a new one-year contract.

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Hunslet Club Parkside's Jamie Fields.

Promoted Hunslet Club Parkside put the top flight on red alert

THREE PROMOTIONS in as many years – all as champions – is a remarkable feat, but Leeds’ top community club are just getting started.

Michael Carter, Wakefield Trinity chairman at Belle Vue

Wakefield Trinity blast council for stalling on stadium

WAKEFIELD TRINITY say they are preparing to go to the High Court to secure a new community stadium in the Newmarket area of the city.

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Danny Grimshaw, pictured during an earlier stint at Hunslet. Picture: Tony Johnson

Familiar face Grimshaw returns for third stint at Hunslet

Utility-back Danny Grimshaw has signed for Hunslet for a third time.

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