articles by Deven Kanal

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The gory murder of a French schoolgirl that left Paris shocked

The father of the 12-year-old girl, who spent the day at school, raised the alarm when she did not return home. Later that evening, her body was found with large gashes on her neck, and the numbers 0 and 1 written in red on the soles of each of her feet

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Roman Reigns and the saga of WWE’s struggle to make stars

With AEW’s continued commercial ascent, Roman Reigns cutting down on his dates, the WWE could soon be facing its most turbulent creative times since the early 1990s.

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Canelo vs Bivol: Saul Alvarez pays price for both daring to be great and his hubris

On Saturday, each double and triple jab from Bivol that reddened Canelo’s face seemed to underscore the madness of the notion of ever facing Usyk.

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Money Heist, S5 part 2 review: Spanish drama delivers sweet and stirring send-off to fans

Picking up just moments after the death of ostensibly its lead character Tokyo, the second half of the final season of Money Heist, delivers a stirring and sweet send-off to the remaining members of “The Resistance”.

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Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter preview: 'Showtime' Porter out to challenge himself against 'elite talent' Crawford

Like many others in this sport, Shawn Porter is a good fighter. A really good fighter. To his credit, he’s been willing to do what few others have. Step up and fight the best. Challenge himself. Win, lose or draw.

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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III: After controversial draw and classic win, here comes the threepeat

The first fight between Wilder and Fury was a controversial draw. Fury won the rematch, a result Fury could not accept, instead spouting conspiracy theories. But on Sunday, expect Fury to break Wilder down physically and mentally.

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In Evander Holyfield-Vito Belfort exhibition, boxing fans get short end of the stick yet again

The latest punch to the fans’ you-know-what in this most brutal of sports took place over the weekend when boxing legend Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield took on MMA icon Vito Belfort in an “exhibition” under the Triller Fight Club banner.

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Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole signing with AEW on heels of CM Punk’s debut should give WWE pause

Danielson and Cole choosing AEW over WWE gives professional wrestling fans a signal which way the wind is blowing at the moment: firmly in one direction

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Can Money Heist buck tropes and end on high note with Season 5 Part 2?

If Money Heist – which initially fizzled out on Spanish TV and then earned a revival with Netflix – ends on a satisfying note in the minds of the audiences, that may be the greatest heist of all.

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UFC 264: Test of Conor McGregor's strength and hunger as he takes on older and wiser Dustin Poirier

McGregor, perhaps attempting to steal from his own playbook, has reverted to the trash talking persona that has served him so well in the past. But the difference this time is Poirier is older, wiser and a more well-rounded fighter.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence: Filipino icon picking young lion solidly places him in GOAT conversation

This is a truly dangerous fight for 42-year-old Pacquiao which could see his career brought to a swift and destructive end. This is the type of bout — extremely high risk for relatively moderate rewards — that modern fighters simply don't take.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders preview: Pound-for-pound king enters unification bout as firm favourite

The most interesting thing about this fight is how this version of Canelo will deal with a slick, tricky southpaw compared to 2014, when he had all sorts of problems winning a split decision over Cuban-American Erislandy Lara.

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Retired MMA fighter Ben Askren starts favourite against YouTube sensation Jake Paul

Expect Askren to employ the blueprint Mayweather used against McGregor. Do next to nothing in the first four rounds. While ‘Funky’ isn’t renowned as much of a puncher, sheer exhaustion combined with an accumulation of punches should do in the YouTube star.

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Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 preview and prediction: Plucky Irishman to pick apart American in short order

The blueprints to defeat McGregor exist. Like Nate Diaz, you have to be insanely durable, take his best shot and keep coming forward Terminator-like.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith preview, prediction: Expect Mexican to methodically break down the British challenger

Canelo's experience, plus the difference in skill level, means it’s only a matter of time before the Mexican slips into high gear and leaves Smith behind.

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Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr ‘exhibition’ clash has the potential to be a disaster of historic proportions

The ‘exhibition bout’ taking place between Mike Tyson (54) and Roy Jones Jr (51) on Sunday deserves a category all of its own: a blatant cash grab by two legends of the Sweet Science that has the potential to be a disaster of historic proportions.

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Zero F#%s Given: Kevin Hart's Netflix special is a feeble attempt at being funny

Kevin Hart's latest special takes place in his living room. And that is probably where it should have stayed.

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The Crown season 4 review: Netflix's historical drama is an absolute treat for royal watchers and the uninitiated

The season makes for some delightful episodic arcs such as the most watched wedding of the previous century; Charles and Diana’s Royal visit to Australia; the security breach at Buckingham Palace; the tragic, downward spiral of Princess Margaret; the much talked about rift between The Queen and Thatcher.

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Netflix’s Barbarians Season 1 review: German saga filled with sex and spears should be your next binge

Like many shows or films of its ilk (which some derisively dub swords-and-sandals flicks), Barbarians is filled with sex, spears and bloody sacrifices.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Eagle soars away after thoroughly dominating Mixed Martial Arts

Nurmagomedov has not only paved the way for future Dagestani-Russian athletes in Mixed Martial Arts, but has also shown that a fighter with an uncompromising work ethic and a measured and respectful persona can make it to the top of the mountain in an age of showmanship.