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Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:02:42 GMT2017-10-20T08:02:42Z

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:18:03 GMT2017-10-20T07:18:03Z

Watford are well placed to exploit Chelsea frailties, Manchester City promise another goal glut and Arsenal could signal the end for Ronald Koeman at Everton

Two sides level on points meet in the kind of mouthwatering thriller the innovators behind Friday night Premier League football almost certainly had in mind when dreaming up their wheeze. With the West Ham United striker Andy Carroll absent through suspension for last weekend’s double dose of dunderheadedness, Slaven Bilic is likely to start Javier Hernández and Diafro Sakho up front together for the first time against Brighton, with the Senegalese striker needing to impress if he is to nail down a regular starting spot. A return of four goals in 10 appearances this season looks decent on the face of it, but two of those came in the Carabao Cup, while another was scored for Senegal during the international break. Sakho’s only Premier League goal this season was a winner against Swansea City and with only one goal across seven substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, the 27-year-old needs to make the most of any opportunities put his way or risk being offloaded in January. BG

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LA Dodgers trounce Chicago Cubs to reach first World Series since 1988

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:33:11 GMT2017-10-20T03:33:11Z

  • Los Angeles win 11-1 in Game 5 of NLCS to win first pennant in 29 years
  • Enrique Hernandez hits three HRs, including grand slam in third inning
  • Dodgers will host Game 1 of World Series on Tuesday in Los Angeles

Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by a home run trilogy from their emotional utilityman, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

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Raiders score on final play to upset Chiefs after Marshawn Lynch ejected

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:23:24 GMT2017-10-20T05:23:24Z

  • Derek Carr’s two-yard touchdown pass on final play lifts Raiders
  • Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Chiefs lose back-to-back games for first time since October 2015

Derek Carr threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Oakland Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

With their season on the line following the recent slump, Carr led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 to give the Raiders (3-4) the thrilling comeback win in a game they trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter.

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USA women dominate South Korea on goals by Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:11:34 GMT2017-10-20T03:11:34Z

  • Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe strike for US in 3-1 win
  • South Korea’s Han Chaerin adds one for visitors in international debut
  • USA forward Mallory Pugh had to leave game with hamstring injury

Alex Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, Julie Ertz scored for the fourth time in five games, and the United States women beat South Korea 3-1 on Thursday night.

Megan Rapinoe added her 34th international goal and her 42nd assist.

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan: Trump's NFL attacks down to jealousy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:10:56 GMT2017-10-19T16:10:56Z

  • President attempted to buy NFL’s Buffalo Bills in 2014
  • Trump has been critical of league over national anthem protests

The Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, believes Donald Trump’s attacks on the NFL are motivated by jealousy.

Trump has been vocal in his criticism of NFL players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice in the United States. In September, the president said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

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Was MLS really to blame for USA's World Cup failure?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:02 GMT2017-10-19T09:00:02Z

MLS and the USMNT have helped each other out down the years. But the domestic league deserves at least some time under the microscope

A full week has passed since a dreadful 90 minutes took the USA from part of the World Cup furniture to tournament spectators. A lot of blame has understandably fallen on the coaches this cycle, the system that developed the players and the federation’s leadership, namely its president, Sunil Gulati.

However, the influence of Major League Soccer deserves its time under the microscope too. MLS is very much indebted to the US men’s soccer program, having been founded as a condition to the country’s successful bid to host the 1994 World Cup. Ever since the league’s post-expansion revival in 2006, MLS and the US men’s national team have been frenemies – needing each other to coexist, but never agreeing on the terms of their interdependence.

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Everton set to face Uefa disciplinary action after brawl in Lyon defeat

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:11:30 GMT2017-10-19T23:11:30Z

• Ashley Williams sparks melee with shove on Lyon goalkeeper
• Ronald Koeman: ‘I think players were acting out of frustration’

Everton look likely to face Uefa disciplinary action after their Europa League match with Lyon descended into a melee, with a few of the home crowd involved in an ugly brawl sparked by the captain Ashley Williams.

Ronald Koeman’s side went down 2-1 in the Group E game – a result which left them bottom of the table – but it was the second-half flashpoint which could see Everton and Williams facing punishment. The captain’s shove on the Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, sparked heated confrontations between players in front of the Gwladys Street end. As the group surged to the advertising hoardings, a supporter holding a child in one arm aimed a punch in the direction of the keeper.

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Olivier Giroud magic earns Europa League win for Arsenal over Red Star Belgrade

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:51:00 GMT2017-10-19T21:51:00Z

It takes something unusual to create a moment of silence at Red Star Belgrade’s boisterous Marakana. Five minutes from the end of a Europa League encounter that scored higher on atmosphere than intrigue, Arsenal produced the game’s defining moment and for a few seconds the sound cut completely as the home crowd took in the blow.

What a blow it was. The move of the night was carved out by Jack Wilshere, who changed gear to burst into dangerous space and exchanged passes with Theo Walcott, who picked out Olivier Giroud. It had been one of those nights where Arsenal’s hulking frontman looked a bit tortured, nothing going for him, touches astray, movement on the leaden side. But in that moment he adjusted his body to send an overhead kick arcing into the net. Giroud’s status as a great goalscorer has been a source of debate over the years but he sure is capable of scoring a great goal. The finish was glossed with spectacular flourish.

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Lewis Hamilton unlikely to kneel during American anthem at F1’s US Grand Prix

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:59:43 GMT2017-10-19T19:59:43Z

• Mercedes driver supports protests but is intent on securing fourth title
• ‘I am here to win, so I am not really focused on anything else’

Lewis Hamilton has said he has no plan to join the protests that have been taking place across the US by kneeling during the national anthem before the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend. The British driver, who could win his fourth world championship in Texas, had said he was considering making the gesture but insists that at the moment he is fully focused on winning the race.

Hamilton has expressed his support for the protests, which were instigated when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat or knelt during the anthem at NFL games last year as a reaction to racial injustice and police brutality. Hamilton had said he had been thinking about joining the protest when on the grid in Austin but, while he reiterated his support for the cause, did not want to be distracted from his goal.

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Gordon Hayward set to miss Celtics season after surgery on horrific injury

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:38:40 GMT2017-10-19T11:38:40Z

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, who sustained a horrific injury in the NBA season opener, sent a video message from his hospital bed before heading into surgery on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans: “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there.”

The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans’ attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over.

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Chicago Bulls ban Bobby Portis for punch that put team-mate in hospital

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:24:34 GMT2017-10-18T19:24:34Z

  • Nikola Mirotic suffered concussion and broken bones during fight
  • Portis will miss first eight games of season after team suspension

The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games of their season for injuring team-mate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

“Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself,” said John Paxson, the Bulls’ president of basketball operations. “But only one player threw a punch. And that punch connected and for us that is inexcusable. It’s not who we are. It disappoints us in terms of what happened and because of that we’ve determined that we’re going to suspend Bobby for eight games.”

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Shadow sports minister adds to pressure on ‘incapable’ FA over Eni Aluko affair

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:36:00 GMT2017-10-19T21:36:00Z

• Dr Rosena Allin-Khan says she has ‘lost confidence’ in governing body
• FA to investigate England Women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall

Amid growing calls for urgent reform of the FA in the wake of the Eni Aluko affair, Labour has declared it has “lost confidence” in the leadership of English football’s governing body and called for decisive action.

The criticism came as FA board members prepared to conduct an emergency conference-call on Thursday to discuss the futures of the under-fire triumvirate Greg Clarke, Martin Glenn and Dan Ashworth.

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Leicester City players are unhappy over Shakespeare sacking, says Appleton

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:30:36 GMT2017-10-19T21:30:36Z

• Squad voice displeasure and turn focus on club’s board
• I’m not the person to answer questions, caretaker Appleton says

Leicester City’s players demanded to know the reasons behind Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal and voiced their displeasure during a meeting before Thursday’s training session that turned the focus on the club’s board and left Michael Appleton, the caretaker manager, admitting he was unable to answer their questions.

Appleton described the players as “cheesed off” and “a bit down in the dumps” when they convened at the training ground for the first time since Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday. The decision to relieve Shakespeare of his duties only four months into a three-year contract has been greeted with a mixture of surprise and disappointment inside the club, leaving the board facing a backlash from within.

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Football transfer rumours: Mesut Özil tells team-mates he is off to Manchester?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:48:27 GMT2017-10-20T07:48:27Z

Today’s fluff can see it smiling over the sky

Mesut Özil has told team-mates that he’s going to sign for Manchester United, screams the Mirror in their exclusive back-page lead. The 29-year-old, they say, “is ready to make the bombshell switch and is confident he will move to Old Trafford”, the only doubt coming at the Manchester End, as “it remains to be seen whether the Old Trafford giants will push through on a deal”. Internazionale, or indeed a lack of Mancunian interest, could get in the way, though “José Mourinho has publicly admitted that he regards Özil as the best No10 in the world”, which is probably a good sign, and as an added bonus the move “would also see Mourinho get the chance to put one over on his bitter managerial rival”, Arsène Wenger. United are also keen on a couple of Benfica youngsters, namely the 17-year-old winger-cum-striker Umaro Embalo – there are “a number of interested clubs” at play here, apparently including Real Madrid – and Joao Felix, a forward who is also 17.

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English teams get their Champions League groove back – Football Weekly Extra

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:52:26 GMT2017-10-19T16:52:26Z

Max Rushden and co discuss English teams’ success so far in the Champions League, a shambolic day for the FA and look ahead to the weekend’s action

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Archie Rhind-Tutt discuss the best and the worst of the English game – where their teams reigned supreme in each of their respective Champions League groups but off the field it’s been a depressing week. We cover the key points of the DCMS select committee inquiry into the FA and Mark Sampson which put its governance through a grilling as they apologised for racist remarks made towards England players Eni Aluko and Drew Spence.

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Brendan Rodgers says Celtic committed to Champions League plan of attack

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:00:36 GMT2017-10-19T22:00:36Z

• Celtic manager unfazed by 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich
• ‘I have no compromise. We play and our players will get better’

Any sense that Brendan Rodgers will alter Celtic’s Champions League approach – after another harrowing evening against a super power – would be mistaken. When reflecting on the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, Rodgers insisted he would never deploy a wholly defensive team in an effort to snatch reward.

“You are looking at the wrong man, it’s not me,” the Celtic manager said of going back to basics. “I have no compromise. We play and our players will get better. You could maybe play for 100 years and never bridge the gap financially but we’re working away in a difficult market in the Champions League and trying to compete. That’s the overall objective, to be competitive at this level. Of course, you may have managers who do it in a different way but I have no compromise. It’s how I work.”

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Roosters favourites to land Cooper Cronk with another season on cards

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:24:45 GMT2017-10-20T04:24:45Z

  • Halfback will consider ‘suitable opportunities’ to continue NRL career
  • Cronk’s manager to look into feasibility of signing for a Sydney club

Cooper Cronk has opened the door for the Sydney Roosters to make a significant play for him after he told his manager he wanted to play on in 2018.

The 33-year-old has remained coy on his future since he announced, in April, he was leaving Melbourne to move to Sydney for personal reasons. But on Friday he met with his manager George Mimis to open the door to offers from Sydney clubs as he signalled his intent to take his career into at least a 15th season.

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British Cycling allows resignation of doctor at centre of Jiffy bag scandal

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:46:49 GMT2017-10-19T22:46:49Z

• Dr Richard Freeman ‘unwell’ and unable to face action over medical records
• Chief executive fears failing will come back to haunt organisation in future

The doctor at the centre of the Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins Jiffy bag scandal has resigned from his position at British Cycling with the chief executive, Julie Harrington, admitting she was concerned his failings could come back to haunt the organisation in the future.

Doctor Richard Freeman, who worked for both Team Sky and British Cycling between 2009 and 2015, has walked away from his position without a pay-off. He is understood to be unwell and did not feel able to face disciplinary action from British Cycling for his failure to keep proper medical records.

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Nick Kyrgios will not play again this year due to persistent hip injury

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:11:52 GMT2017-10-19T21:11:52Z

Australian says he will end his frustrating season now in an attempt to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January

Nick Kyrgios has confirmed he won’t play again in 2017 as he tries to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January.

Kyrgios has struggled all season with shoulder, hip and knee issues and was sent crashing out the European Open in Belgium on Wednesday by veteran left-hander Ruben Bemelmans.

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Gregor Townsend backs Scotland’s move to cast net for new players

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:00:35 GMT2017-10-19T21:00:35Z

• Townsend: ‘You have to look at every way to increase your depth pool’
• Scotland not denying link to buying into Premiership side Worcester

Scotland has ramped up its attempts to attract England-based players with Scottish ancestry to play for them and refused to deny reports it is looking to take a controlling share in the Premiership strugglers Worcester, which would act as a base south of the border.

As part of the new-look Scottish Qualified programme – an overhaul of its recruitment policy – the SRU will also widen its search for players based in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Eight of the last 14 players given first caps were born outside Scotland, three of whom qualified on residency. And it is England that the SRU believes is the most fertile ground with Worcester, currently for sale, reported to be a potential base.

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Ulysses out of British Champions Day and saved for Breeders’ Cup

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:32:13 GMT2017-10-19T17:32:13Z

• ‘Breeders’ Cup the objective for a very long time,’ says Ulysses owner
• Highland Reel, with Ryan Moore, declared for the Champion

Ulysses, one of the stars of this Flat season and the winner of two top-class races, has dropped out of British Champions Day and will instead go straight to the Breeders’ Cup next month. After mulling the possibility of a tilt at the Champion Stakes on Saturday, connections have decided against cramming one extra race into the horse’s busy autumn.

“The Breeders’ Cup has been the objective for a very long time, really since he was fourth there last year,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager for the Niarchos family that owns Ulysses. “We weighed it up and felt that Saturday is just too close to the Breeders to ensure that he could be at his best when he goes there.

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Hamilton deserves credit for addressing issue whether or not he takes a knee | Giles Richards

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:23:00 GMT2017-10-19T20:23:00Z

Lewis Hamilton may decide against kneeling for the US anthem in Austin but his interest in political issues is a welcome change in the world of F1

Lewis Hamilton is the most fascinating character in Formula One and thankfully so. It is a sport whose participants have become so stage-managed as to have hidden their personalities behind a slick corporate veneer. Hamilton has been steadfast in remaining true to himself. At the US Grand Prix this weekend, he may do so again but with potentially huge and also perhaps unexpected repercussions. If the British driver chooses to kneel during the US national anthem on Sunday, it would put him at the heart of one of the most divisive conflicts between politics and sport in recent history.

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US F1 classics, Spurs and Manchester United's 1956 NYC date and Nat Sciver | Classic YouTube

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:02 GMT2017-10-19T09:00:02Z

This week’s roundup also features Mitch Trubisky’s two-point conversion, some UFC cartwheeling and fun and games in Bosnian football

1) Lewis Hamilton can overtake Michael Schumacher in the all-time US Grand Prix standings with victory on Sunday. Back when a dry F1 race wasn’t settled on the first corner, the 1990 edition saw Ayrton Senna and Jean Alesi battle it out in a Phoneix classic. Hamilton won on the race’s return in 2012, as the DRS zone delivered some great racing in the newly minted Circuit of the Americas. In 1984, Nigel Mansell got out and pushed his Lotus toward the finish line in Dallas, but fainted from exhaustion in searing heat. At least some racing happened, unlike the controversial 2005 procession for Michael Schumacher at the Indianapolis Raceway, where Martin Brundle delivered an all-time classic paddock interview with Bernie Ecclestone. Indy was no stranger to the bizarre, just ask 2002 winner Rubens Barrichello. Finally, here’s the 1976 edition, where James Hunt closed Niki Lauda’s driver’s championship lead to just three points.

2) Natalie Sciver announced herself as a star as England won the Women’s World Cup at Lord’s this summer but she made the Australians take notice in the 2015 Ashes, hitting 66 to set up victory in the first one day international of the series. Sarah Taylor has long been a thorn in the side of the Southern Stars – this catch from the third ODI back in 2013 is still jaw dropping:

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Sled dogs test positive for banned drug for first time in Iditarod history

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:03:22 GMT2017-10-18T22:03:22Z

Several canines test positive for opioid pain reliever Tramadol but Alaska race officials refuse to name musher involved

For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug.

Several dogs tested positive for the opioid pain reliever tramadol, the governing board of the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail sled dog race said in a statement. The team was tested six hours after finishing the nearly 1,000-mile race in Nome in March, officials said. They estimate the drug could have been administered between 15 hours before the test and right before it.

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NFL Commissioner Goodell says players 'should stand' for anthem – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:15:04 GMT2017-10-18T20:15:04Z

Roger Goodell says all NFL players should stand for the national anthem pre-games. Speaking on Wednesday, Goodell said the league will encourage players to stand for the anthem but declines to weigh-in on situations where owners decide to punish players for not standing

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The gifs that keep on giving: laughter, face football and two big clearances

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:00:32 GMT2017-01-21T10:00:32Z

Featuring two UFC fighters trying to pretend, a new form of badminton, fast fists, a very short game of pool and an exceedingly chamring basketball player

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The forgotten story of … the Colourful XI tragedy

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:30:37 GMT2017-10-12T09:30:37Z

Fifteen Dutch footballers were among 176 people who died in a 1989 plane crash. Edu Nandlal, one of the survivors, tells his story of the disaster

Edu Nandlal couldn’t sleep. Many of the other passengers on Surinam Airways flight 764 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Paramaribo Zanderij had decided to get some rest on the 12-hour journey. But this was the first time Nandlal had returned to Suriname since leaving for the Netherlands after the military coup in 1980. He wanted to see home as the plane approached.

Most were still sleeping when the flight began its descent, in the early hours of Wednesday 7 June 1989. Nandlal looked out of the window and saw lights from houses in the jungle shining. Then he felt something hit the plane. And then something else. “Shit,” he thought, “I’m dead.”

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The Fiver | Secret tiny mystery performance-boosting miracle mystery things

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:07:08 GMT2017-10-19T16:07:08Z

In today’s Fiver: Leo Messi, that Coventry fan and urination-like fountains

A couple of years ago the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch volunteered to coach some kids near his home. Midway through the session he must have felt a hunger pang, because he bent over, reached into his sock, pulled out some fried chicken he’d stored there, and chowed down. “My auntie fried up some chicken and I had my hands full, and I don’t have no pockets on my shorts, so I just had to use what I had,” he explained. The problem wasn’t so much that he ate chicken during a training session – though that was a little unusual – but that humans, prone as they are to storing food in fridges and cupboards, consider socks to be an unconventional larder, particularly if they are being worn at the time.

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The Joy of Six: the best of Michael Owen | Jacob Steinberg

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:32:24 GMT2017-10-06T09:32:24Z

One of England’s most gifted players, Michael Owen’s playing career has taken in big derby goals, a famous Cup final win and that goal against Argentina

Michael Owen might have become a mild figure of fun in retirement, mocked for his stubborn hatred of films, castigated for that YouTube clip of him goading a 13-year-old goalkeeper and widely criticised for his punditry, but the bantz can make it easy to forget what a brilliant footballer he was at his peak – one of the most gifted ever produced by England.

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It's time to introduce a two-legged MLS Cup - with a twist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:10 GMT2016-10-24T09:00:10Z

The single final is insufficient, and the two-leg final doesn’t reward the higher-seeded team for their regular-season performance. So why not combine the two?

Do US soccer leagues need their own Super Bowl, a week-long festival of the sport at a neutral site? Or should they reward the best regular-season team with home-field advantage for the final game?

Related: Didier Drogba fined but not suspended for Montreal Impact tantrum

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A brief history of José Mourinho and Manchester United injuries – video

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:01:51 GMT2017-10-19T12:01:51Z

The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, accuses his managerial counterparts of 'crying' about injuries and denies he would do anything of the sort. However, on analysis there is plenty of evidence to counter Mourinho's claim

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José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange barbs – video

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:50:34 GMT2017-10-19T07:50:34Z

José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange some tense words on Wednesday following Manchester United's win over Benfica and Chelsea's draw with Roma in the Champions League. Mourinho says other managers are quick to bemoan injuries and argues he does not 'cry' when players are hurt. Conte suggests the Portuguese should concentrate on his own team  

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Driver shot with stun gun following speedway road rage incident – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:21:36 GMT2017-10-18T18:21:36Z

Following a crash at a Crazy Figure 8 race at Anderson Speedway, Indiana, one driver steered his car directly at one of his opponents and the other had to be shot with a stun weapon by a policeman. Both of them, Jeff Swinford and the 2017 champion Shawn Cullen, were later arrested over the incident and charged respectively with misdemeanor criminal recklessness and disorderly conduct

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FA actions were 'bordering on blackmail,' says Eni Aluko – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:55:20 GMT2017-10-18T17:55:20Z

Eni Aluko says that the actions of Martin Glenn, were 'bordering on blackmail' after the FA chief executive withheld settlement money from her until she released a statement denying the organisation was institutionally racist. She refused to do so

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Mourinho discusses reports regarding his Manchester United future – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:54:00 GMT2017-10-18T13:54:00Z

Speaking before his Manchester United side's Champions League match against Benfica, José Mourinho posited that the British media had taken comments he made about his future out of context. Mourinho claimed that Arsène Wenger is the last manager who'll last at a club at the top level for a long period of time, blaming the outside pressures of the job

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Manchester City: Guardiola on 'incredible performance' to beat Napoli – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:24:24 GMT2017-10-18T11:24:24Z

Speaking after watching his Manchester City side beat Serie A leaders Napoli, Pep Guardiola spoke of his pride at his players beat 'one of the best teams in Europe'. City won 2-1 thanks to early goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, before Amadou Diawara pulled one back from the penalty spot in the second half. Napoli's top scorer this season, Dries Mertens, missed a penalty in the first half

Manchester City rely on early goals to overcome Napoli in Champions League

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Pochettino 'so proud' after Tottenham draw with Real Madrid – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:56:28 GMT2017-10-18T09:56:28Z

Following his Tottenham side's 1-1 draw away at champions Real Madrid, manager Mauricio Pochettino congratulated his team on the result, saying: 'I'm so proud of the effort.' Harry Kane, whose deflected effort provided the first goal, said that he thought the draw represented a good result for Spurs, while Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos assessed that a draw was probably a fair result

Pochettino full of praise after Lloris saves Spurs at Real

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Tour de France 2018 race route unveiled in Paris – video

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:55:05 GMT2017-10-17T15:55:05Z

The route for the 2018 Tour de France was presented in Paris on Tuesday with next year’s race taking the peloton over the Roubaix cobbles, to the Plateau des Glières on the Grand-Bornand and up the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. The 105th edition of the Tour also features a hilly 31km (19-mile) time trial through the Basque country on the penultimate day

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World Cup 2018 play-off draw in full – video report

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:20:10 GMT2017-10-17T14:20:10Z

The Republic of Ireland will face Denmark and Northern Ireland will take on Switzerland in the World Cup play-offs after the draw for the games was made on Tuesday. Northern Ireland last qualified in 1986 while the Republic of Ireland last appeared at the 2002 finals. Elsewhere, four-time winners Italy will face Sweden for a place in Russia and Croatia will play Greece

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Harry Kane is a 'complete player', says Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane – video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:09:20 GMT2017-10-16T16:09:20Z

Zinedine Zidane has hailed Harry Kane as a complete footballer before Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Tottenham at the Bernabéu. Kane is in superb form, having scored 15 goals in his last 11 games for club and country

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Celtics' Gordon Hayward suffers horrific injury as Cavaliers win NBA opener

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:03:00 GMT2017-10-18T03:03:00Z

  • Boston star breaks ankle just five minutes into debut for new team
  • LeBron James scores 29 points as Cleveland win 102-99

Boston’s Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and the Cavaliers’ 102-99 win over the shocked Celtics on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 29 points 13 in the fourth quarter in his most extensive action in three weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He also fed Kevin Love for a critical three-pointer with 46.3 second left to put the Cavs up 102-98.

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ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:51:07 GMT2017-10-18T10:51:07Z

ESPN asked Jemele Hill to ‘discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues’ and to tweet on ‘a current issue impacting sports’ – then suspended her for doing exactly that

More than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets related to the Take the Knee protest, it feels long overdue to devote space to the ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. Still, I vaguely heard we were listening to women for a minute, and wondered if a black woman could catch a little of that entitlement to be heard. The traditional answer to that has been “No, I’m afraid she can’t” – which accounts for the nagging sense among many women of colour that sisterliness only stretches so far. Its borders are currently feared to mirror precisely those of Hollywood, California.

Even so, let us journey into the great wilderness beyond. Let us go where the vice-president of the United States can spend up to $250,000 of taxpayer money attending a game just so he could walk out of it when players knelt; where two owners in an 80% or so black NFL can decree that any athlete who silently kneels during the national anthem will be benched; but where a woman whose job is in part to talk about sports and social issues is suspended for doing that.

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Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a 'soulless coward' after Obama comments

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:53:16 GMT2017-10-17T11:53:16Z

On the opening day of the NBA season the San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, has launched his latest broadside at Donald Trump.

Popovich, who has won five NBA championships with the Spurs, was incensed after the US president falsely claimed Barack Obama and other presidents didn’t contact the families of soldiers killed in action. Popovich, is an air force veteran and considered a career with the CIA before committing to basketball.

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McKayla Maroney says sexual abuse by team doctor started when she was 13

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:56:28 GMT2017-10-18T15:56:28Z

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said on Wednesday that she was sexually abused by her USA Gymnastics doctor from the age of 13 until her retirement from the sport last year.

Maroney, now 21, detailed years of abuse by longtime team doctor Lawrence G Nassar, who is already facing criminal charges for molesting other gymnasts. She wrote a lengthy post on Twitter inspired by the #MeToo movement, the hashtag campaign that’s encouraged victims of sexual harassment or assault to step forward with their stories.

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Wimbledon 2017 day three: Murray, Konta and Nadal through, Kvitova out - as it happened

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:11:31 GMT2017-07-05T20:11:31Z

Related: Two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova ousted by Madison Brengle

Related: Daniil Medvedev faces hefty fine after emptying wallet for umpire

Related: Rafa Nadal offers ominous signs of form in straight sets win over Donald Young | Sean Ingle

The final balls are hit on day three, as Jelena Ostapenko beats the light and the qualifier Francoise Abanda to advance 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, but Madison Keys’s Wimbledon has come to a disappointing end with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 loss to Camila Giorgi. Thanks for reading/emailing/tweeting etc. Do come back for more of the same tomorrow. Bye!

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NFL ratings down 7.5% as Goodell says league won't force players to stand

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:56:59 GMT2017-10-18T17:56:59Z

  • NFL viewership down during time of protest – but so are Nascar figures
  • Roger Goodell says NFL will ‘encourage’ but not force players to stand
  • Colin Kaepernick lawyer confident client will win grievance case
  • Eagles’ Chris Long to donate rest of 2017 salary to education projects

The NFL’s embattled season continues as the latest figures showed TV ratings are down 7.5% compared with the first six weeks of last season, and down 18.7% on the same period in 2015.

Last year, the NFL said the presidential election had affected its figures, a theory that appeared to be proved correct when viewership rose after Donald Trump’s victory in November. While television viewership is down across America in general as people cancel their cable subscriptions, the figures will worry the league and its owners. ESPN reported that the league’s broadcast partners may have to adjust their revenue forecasts due to the lackluster ratings.

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Unfriendly confines: the unsung history of America's low-key hooliganism

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:30:01 GMT2017-10-18T08:30:01Z

Don’t let all of the mascots, cheerleaders, Kiss Cams and marriage proposals give you the wrong idea: US sports stadiums are often as dangerous as European ones

Loud, violent, armed. If you polled the world on what Americans are like, all three of those descriptors would surely merit frequent mentions. But when it comes to rabid support of sports teams, it’s Europeans who have long had the reputation for mayhem and violence.

Football hooliganism dates back all the way to the Middle Ages in England, when King Edward III banned football in 1349 because he felt the disorder and violence that accompanied matches led to social unrest and distracted his subjects from practicing archery. Another decree 14 years later doubled down on football as undesirable: “We ordain that you prohibit under penalty of imprisonment all and sundry from such stone, wood and iron throwing; handball, football, or hockey; coursing and cockfighting, or other such idle games.”

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Lebanon’s World Cup is about more than simply rugby league | Joe Gorman

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:00:30 GMT2017-10-19T17:00:30Z

The game has been a unifying force for Lebanese people of all religions and this World Cup is helping ease internal divisions within their communities

Every rugby league season for the past few years, Chris Saab has worked long hours at his earthmoving business during the day, trained three nights a week, and given up weekends to play in Sydney’s Ron Massey Cup.

At 35 years of age, he is physically and mentally ready to retire. In fact he was ready to call it a day back in 2015, after helping the Lebanese national team qualify for their second Rugby League World Cup. But the lure of playing with his best friend, Robbie Farah, convinced him otherwise.

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World Series tickets for face value – if you’re willing to wait

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:22:12 GMT2015-11-02T13:22:12Z

With tickets for the New York Mets’ first World Series games in 15 years going for thousands on the secondary market, what was a fan to do? Wait and see

Al Fekety was 24th in line for the ticket booths outside Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, more than five hours before Matt Harvey tossed the first pitch of Game 5 of the World Series, practically in defiance of the canned recording that played on a loop from the public address system above: Today’s game is sold out. There are no more tickets available for today’s game.

Some people just won’t take no for an answer.

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