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Eddie Jones: Johnny Sexton ‘has the bat phone to the referee’

Sexton (left) has been a regular topic for Jones before England’s meetings with Ireland England coach Eddie Jones has stoked his rivalry with Ireland by claiming again that fly-half Johnny Sexton gets preferential treatment from referees. “Sexton has the bat phone to the referee. When he talks, the referee listens,” said Jones. “That is because of his status in the game – you earn that, like [former New Zealand captain] Richie McCaw did.” England coach Jones said in November that his own number 10 Owen Farrell did not get the…

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Six Nations: England squad the strongest I’ve had – Eddie Jones

Jones took charge of England in the wake of their pool-stage exit from the 2015 World Cup Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC England boss Eddie Jones believes the squad for the Six Nations opener against Ireland is the strongest he has picked in his time in charge. The Vunipola brothers and Joe Launchbury are among those to return after missing the November Tests. While the likes Dylan Hartley…

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Jamie Jones: Player cleared of match-fixing but breached snooker’s rules

Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2016 World Championship Snooker player Jamie Jones has been cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach. The Welshman, 30, was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between David John and Graeme Dott in 2016. But a disciplinary panel found that he had not breached the betting rules. Ex-professional John admitted fixing two matches in which his opponents were unaware of the plots. John and Jones will be sanctioned…

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Nathan Jones: Stoke City appoint Luton Town boss as manager

Stoke City have appointed Luton Town boss Nathan Jones as their new manager, after Gary Rowett’s sacking on Tuesday. The Potters say they have agreed a compensation package with Luton, who are second in League One. Jones, 45, has been with the Hatters since January 2016 and guided them to promotion from League Two last season. Stoke, 14th in the Championship, had approached former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic but he rejected the opportunity to be interviewed. “We have been following Nathan’s career for some time and when we met him…

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June Jones murder: Ex-boyfriend Michael Foran charged

Image copyright Family handout Image caption June Jones was found in her flat “weeks” after being killed, police said The ex-boyfriend of a woman found dead at her home on New Year’s Eve has been charged with murder. Michael Foran, 32, was the subject of a police manhunt following the discovery of June Jones’s body at a flat in Wyndmill Crescent, West Bromwich. Ms Jones, 33, had been reported missing by her sister on 26 December. Mr Foran, of no fixed address, was arrested in Liverpool on Saturday and will…

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June Jones murder: Man arrested in Liverpool

Image copyright Family handout Image caption June Jones was found on New Year’s Eve Police investigating the death of a woman found in her flat “weeks” after being killed have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. June Junes, 33, from West Bromwich, was reported missing by her sister on Boxing Day. She was found by police on New Year’s Eve. Police named her ex-partner Michael Foran as a suspect. The BBC understands officers are no longer looking for him. A 32-year-old man was arrested in Liverpool on Saturday. He…

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Jones, Nunes power to UFC title triumphs

(Reuters) – Jon Jones returned from a 15-month doping ban to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title with a third-round technical knockout win over Alexander Gustafsson, capping off a dominant display with a series of ground strikes. Dec 29, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) fights Alexander Gustafsson (blue gloves) during UFC 232 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports In Saturday’s co-main event, Amanda Nunes scored a devastating first-round knockout win over fellow Brazilian Cris Cyborg to add the featherweight title to…

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UFC 232: Jon Jones beats Alexander Gustafsson to reclaim light-heavyweight title

Jon Jones (left) won the light-heavyweight title for the third time Jon ‘Bones’ Jones returned to the UFC with a clinical display to beat Alexander Gustafsson and win the vacant light-heavyweight title – then called out old rival Daniel Cormier for a third fight in 2019. Both American Jones, 31, and Swede Gustafsson, 31, returned to action at UFC 232 in Los Angeles after lengthy lay-offs, but the former world champion looked sharper as he outstruck Gustafsson in the first two rounds. Jones pushed the pace in the third to…

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Jones rout of Gustafsson, reclaims light heavyweight title

The UFC moved mountains to accommodate Jon Jones, and the fighter returned the favor on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Dec 29, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Alexander Gustafsson (blue gloves) after his loss to Jon Jones (red gloves) during UFC 232 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Jones (23-1, 1 no-contest), who has been twice suspended for anti-doping violations in the past three years, wasn’t going to be licensed by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his UFC 232 main event against Alexander Gustafsson scheduled for…

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UFC 232 relocated to L.A. after Jones test

The UFC has made the decision to relocate next weekend’s UFC 232 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles following United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) test results regarding fighter Jon Jones. UFC president Dana White announced the change on ESPN on Sunday. The event, originally set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, will now be held at The Forum at Inglewood, Calif. All 26 fighters on the card are expected to still fight despite the change. A USADA test discovered an atypical finding of a Jones drug test…

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