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Estelle Mossely gets the verdict against Katie Taylor in 2016. Photograph:  Inpho

A peculiar place Astana. A bling city in the strangest of places. Its eccentric buildings are splashed around like Christmas decorations, gussied up a(...)

Paul Scholes celebrates a goal for Manchester United against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, at Old Trafford on October 18th, 2000. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Scott McTominay is the latest poster boy of a remarkable Manchester United academy that has produced the Busby Babes, George Best, and the Class of ’9(...)

 Astana’s  Dmitri Shomko celebrates scoring his goal against Manchester United. Photograph: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Astana 2 Manchester United 1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s kids slumped to defeat on Manchester United’s furthest and coldest ever European adventure as de(...)

 United’s Max Taylor during training in the Astana Arena, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Photograph:  Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called cancer survivor Max Taylor an inspiration to the entire team after naming the teenage defender as part of Manchester Unite(...)

 Katie-George Dunlevy and  Eve McCrystal: they covered the 31.2km time-trial course in 41 minutes 2.51 seconds. Photograph:   Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Sportsfile

The 2017 and 2018 paracycling world time-trial champions Katie-George Dunlevy/Eve McCrystal made it a treble on Thursday, winning yet another tandem g(...)

Ireland’s Daniel Martin rides past fans during the 13th stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, a 27.2-kilometre individual time-trial in Pau, on Friday. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

There’s just over one week left in this Tour, and we are now heading into my favourite terrain. The mountains are what makes the Tour de France really(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: protests after Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned prompted a change of course with Mr Tokayev calling a snap poll to end uncertainty. Photograph: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

The people of Kazakhstan will vote in a snap presidential election on Sunday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the acting president of the central Asian cou(...)

Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev shakes hands with former president Nursultan Nazarbayev: snap presidential election is due in June. Photograph: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan has nominated interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to stand at a snap presidential election in June, virtually g(...)

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

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