Japan's World Cup offers new hope but same old questions remain

The World Cup's first foray to Asia is a groundbreaking moment for the sport but many of the questions that have loomed over tournaments past do so again

Rugby World Cup 2019: Guardian writers’ predictions

New Zealand still formidable, Fiji to prove tricky opponents with Semi Radradra turning on the power: our pundits set out their forecasts for the tournament

Dibaba pulls out of 2019 athletics world championships

Genzebe Dibaba, the world record holder in the women's 1500 metres, on Thursday withdrew from the 2019 athletics world championships in Doha due to a heel injury. 

Athletics: IAAF confirms 1,900-plus world championship entries

More than 1,900 athletes from 209 countries will be in action at this month's World Athletics Championships, with American sprinter Allyson Felix looking to extend her record medals tally in Doha...

Humidity to home heroics: five things to look out for at the Rugby World Cup | Ben Ryan

The All Blacks could lose their opener and win the tournament, Fiji have a shock in them, while cancellations could play a part

Athletics: Ethiopia’s Dibaba out of world championships with foot...

Ethiopia’s 1,500 metres world record holder and 2015 world champion Genzebe Dibaba has withdrawn from the world championships starting in Doha next week due to a foot injury, her management company sa...

Dark Horses Russia Hope to Spring a Surprise on Japan in 2019 Rugby World Cup Opener

When the Rugby World Cup was held in Britain in 2015, Japan pulled off one of the greatest shocks in the sport’s history when they beat South Africa. Sputnik looks at this year’s tournament and wonders who could be the David against rugby’s Goliaths.

The Breakdown | New Zealand have been fallible in World Cup years before – and won

The All Blacks’ recent struggles against the likes of South Africa and Ireland have encouraged belief they can be toppled, but write them off at your peril

Physical books still outsell e-books — and here's why

Do you prefer reading an e-book or a physical version? It might be a surprise, but for most people, old school print on paper still wins.

Posh pollution - the exclusive London neighborhoods with toxic air

Residents of some of London's most exclusive areas are living with toxic levels of air pollution, according to a new poster campaign that aims to shine a light on the hidden killer. Billboards have gone up in Chelsea and Westminster, where homes regularly sell for millions, warning they might cost "an arm, leg and a lung" - a play on a British phr

Climate crisis seen as 'most important issue' by public, poll shows

Eight-country poll shows people view climate crisis as priority over migration and terrorism

Joe Kennedy, scion of America's most famous political family, sets his sights on US senate

Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's most storied political families, is set to announce he will challenge US Senator Edward Markey in the Massachussetts' Democratic primary in 2020.

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