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Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri: sacking proved once more that money is all that matters in the world of sport. Photograph: John Sibley Livepic/Reuters

Management schools love the sporting metaphor. If nothing else, it lets rotund executives believe they’ve a spiritual link with the sports stars they (...)

For all the differences between business and sport, business leaders and managers can learn more from this season, than from the last, when they won the title.

Cancel the visiting-lecturer invitations. Pulp the management manuals. Remove Claudio Ranieri’s bust from the Leadership Hall of Fame. The Italian’s (...)

CJ Stander and Jean Kleyn stand shoulder to shoulder with their Munster team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The clearest evidence of an ever-deepening crisis in South African rugby was Rassie Erasmus being allowed to escape a crumbling Springbok regime to co(...)

Richard Cockerill, who has been fired as Leicester Tigers’ director of rugby. He will be replaced on an  interim basis by Leicester head coach Aaron Mauger. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

The echoes of “happy new year” were still swirling around Welford Road when Richard Cockerill, Leicester’s director of rugby, was told that his 23-ye(...)

 George North was cleared to play in last Friday’s 24-5 victory over Sale but Northampton omitted the Wales wing from their squad. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

George North makes his first appearance since being the subject of a joint investigation into his latest head injury when Northampton face Gloucester (...)

  Robbie Brady scores against Italy at Euro 2016 in France. Photograph:  Reuters/Carl Recine

Cheerio, so, to the year 2016 AD – 12 months that seemed crowded with unwanted departures, a purple rainfall in which the brightest stars were extingu(...)

St Nicholas of Myra, said to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, as visualised after facial reconstruction by scientists in Liverpool

At last, it can be revealed what Santa Claus really looks like. Away with your Victorian or Coca Cola images. This is the real, real thing, as establi(...)

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s tackle on Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf was not especially bone-jarring and the ball was clearly won first. Photograph: Scott Heppell/PA Wire

Gary Lineker is right. There seems no point even appealing against a red card any more because unless you have evidence to prove mistaken identity or(...)

Munster are given a penalty try after a late tackle by Leicester Tigers’ George Worth on  Jaco Taute at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Munster 38 Leicester 0 The reconstruction of Munster in the image of bygone eras is impossible. Even if the similarities are everywhere; CJ Stande(...)

The Chapecoense Cleber Santana, Willian Thiego, Kempes, Neto, Ananias, Gil, Tiaguinho, Josimar, Mateus Caramelo, Dener, and goalkeeper Danilo before the Copa Sudamericana semi-final second leg soccer match against San Lorenzo in Chapeco, Brazil on November 23rd. Photograph: Fernando Remor/EPA

The Colombian team that was scheduled to play Brazil’s ill-fated Chapecoense side in a South American championship final says it is offering the title(...)

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