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Bristol adopt Bears name and change club crest for Premiership return

Bristol says it had “carefully considered” its long-term future, which included its name, for the past 18 months Bristol have incorporated ‘Bears’ into their name and changed their club crest to an image of the animal’s head in a relaunch to mark their return to the Premiership next season. It is the second time in the past 20 years that the club has adopted a nickname, having taken the name Bristol Shoguns as part of a sponsorship deal. The club hopes the the name change to Bristol Bears will “attract…

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Bryan Redpath to coach Scotland Under-20s at World Championship

Redpath’s Yorkshire Carnegie side were beaten in the English Championship play-off final last year Former Scotland scrum-half Bryan Redpath will take charge of Scotland Under-20s for their World Championship campaign in France next month. Redpath, 46, returns to coaching after leaving English side Yorkshire Carnegie last year to take up a business role. He will head up the Scottish coaching team, with ex-Edinburgh hooker Steven Lawrie as forwards coach and former Scotland wing Nikki Walker backs coach. Walker was attack coach under Stevie Scott during the Under-20s Six Nations. That…

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County Championship: Promoted Worcestershire well beaten by Hampshire

Hampshire matchwinner Kyle Abbott played two Championship matches, two List A games and three T20 matches in his short spell with Worcestershire in 2016 Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day four): Hampshire 290 & 244: Abbott 51; Leach 3-55 Worcestershire 211 & 127: Mitchell 35; Abbott 4-45, Edwards 3-33 Hampshire (22 pts) beat Worcestershire (4 pts) by 196 runs Scorecard Hampshire’s fast bowlers condemned newly promoted Division Two champions Worcestershire to a heavy 196-run County Championship defeat on the final morning at Southampton. Resuming on 59-3, needing a…

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County Championship: Gloucestershire beat Kent by five wickets

Benny Howell’s unbeaten 52 was one of just three half-centuries in the match Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence (day four): Kent 64 & 153: Bell-Drummond 61; Higgins 5-22 Gloucestershire 110 & 108-5: Howell 52* Gloucestershire (19 pts) beat Kent (3 pts) by five wickets Scorecard Gloucestershire scored the 47 runs needed to beat Kent by five wickets, despite a mini-collapse at Canterbury. Resuming day four on 61-1 with a target of 108, the visitors lost three wickets in eight balls to leave them 84-4. But Benny…

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Formula 1: McLaren ringing car changes to ‘close the gap’ after Shanghai

McLaren are set to bring in key updates after a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign McLaren say they are struggling to understand why their car lacks pace this season – especially in qualifying. Fernando Alonso is sixth in the championship after three points finishes. But both McLaren cars have qualified outside the top 10 at all grands prix. “We need to understand why we are slow in qualifying, why we are better in the race and why we are behind the other Renault teams,” racing director Eric Boullier said….

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Franco van der Merwe: London Irish captain keen to stay despite looming relegation

Franco van der Merwe (left) tries desperately to tackle Exeter winger Santiago Cordero London Irish captain Franco van der Merwe hopes to stay with the club despite them being on the verge of Premiership relegation. The 35-year-old South Africa lock joined the Exiles in August after being released by Cardiff Blues. But Irish are set for an immediate return to the Championship after just three Premiership wins all season. “I’ve enjoyed my time here from the start and it’s a great bunch of players,” Van der Merwe told BBC Sport….

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County Championship: Notts beat Lancashire as 12 wickets fall before lunch

Harry Gurney took eight wickets in the match in total, including six in the second innings Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day four): Lancashire 158 & 73: Gurney 6-25, Ball 4-14 Nottinghamshire 222 & 10-4: Mennie 3-4 Nottinghamshire (20 pts) beat Lancashire (3 pts) by six wickets Scorecard Nottinghamshire began life back in Division One with a six-wicket win at Lancashire after an incredible finish. Having resumed on 58-2, the hosts were all out for just 73 after losing eight wickets for 15 runs, as England paceman…

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F1 gossip: Ricciardo, Magnussen, China, Alonso, Vettel, Gasly

Daniel Ricciardo has been driving for Red Bull since the 2014 season Monday, 16 April Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Daniel Ricciardo is “absolutely at the top of his game” after winning the Shanghai Grand Prix. (F1i.com) Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to stay at Haas in 2019 because the team “supports me 100%”. (Wheels24.co.za) Formula 1 is set to open an office in China, according to its director of strategy Yath Gangakumaran. (China.org.cn) Fernando Alonso says his brief contest with Sebastian Vettel in China wasn’t a “fair…

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Paul George has outstanding playoff debut for Oklahoma City Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two days ago, Paul George started an answer to a question about the responsibility of guarding Donovan Mitchell while maintaining his offensive aggressiveness and stopped himself. “Y’all ain’t met Playoff P yet, huh?” George said with a smile. George, who has made a name for himself with sparkling playoff performances, had set himself up. With the memes probably chambered and ready, George was either going to live up to it or feel the wrath. With 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 8-of-11 on 3-pointers (an OKC franchise…

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