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Sports news, scores, blogs and opinion on US and world sports from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:13:44 GMT2018-02-20T10:13:44Z

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Wigan’s Will Grigg stuns Manchester City and ends quadruple dream

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:58:35 GMT2018-02-19T21:58:35Z

There is a famous song about the man who has just scorched Manchester City’s hopes of a quadruple. And in the closing moments here it is doubtful if “Will Grigg’s on fire” has ever reverberated around this stadium with greater noise and fervour. City were on their way out of the FA Cup and once again it was Wigan – little, patronised Wigan – who had left the most expensively assembled group of players in English football history on their knees.

Related: Wigan’s shock win over Manchester City sparks angry scenes at DW Stadium

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Winter Olympics ice dancing: Canada's Virtue/Moir win gold, Shibutanis take bronze – as it happened

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:29:39 GMT2018-02-20T04:29:39Z

The final group was a treat. And there can be no doubt about the medalists. Maybe someone can quibble with the gold and silver, but I certainly won’t. That was a clutch performance for the ages.

Final scores (free dance scores in parentheses):

122.40 in the free dance.

It doesn’t even sink in for a second. They stare up, and finally Moir punches the bench in the kiss and cry to celebrate.

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Fergie on much-ridiculed NBA All-Star anthem rendition: 'I tried my best'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:39:02 GMT2018-02-19T22:39:02Z

  • Singer ripped after sultry performance of Star-Spangled Banner
  • Rendition compared to Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn Monroe

The NBA has been trying in vain for a number of year’s to ramp up interest in the All-Star game, it’s annual exhibition of the league’s best players. But rather than a LeBron James dunk or Steph Curry three-pointer, the answer appears to have been found with the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie, who strangled the national anthem half to death in the pre-game ceremonies.

While most guest singers attempt to turn the Star-Spangled Banner into a rousing anthem Fergie decided to give the song a sultry edge with interesting results. Several of the players, most notably the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, appeared to be holding back laughter.

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Russian curler banished from Winter Olympics after failed drug test

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:34:30 GMT2018-02-19T07:34:30Z

  • Alexander Krushelnitsky tests positive for meldonium
  • Set to be stripped of mixed curling bronze, won with wife

The Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been formally charged with a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium. He is now likely to be stripped of his mixed curling bronze medal, won with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova last week.

There are also growing questions about the International Olympic Committee’s decision to invite 168 Russians to compete here under a neutral flag, despite the country’s massive state-sponsored doping programme in Sochi four years’ ago.

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Chelsea’s Pedro sees reasons for hope against old club Barcelona

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:30:25 GMT2018-02-19T22:30:25Z

Barcelona are favourites in the last-16 tie but Pedro says Chelsea’s win in 2012 can serve as a springboard for success

This is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s shimmying hips and that shot bereft of back-lift planted beyond Petr Cech from distance or John Terry’s headed riposte which carried the hosts through.

There was the spite which hounded the referee Anders Frisk from football in 2005 or, four years later, the locals’ livid disbelief as Tom Henning Øvrebø dismissed Chelsea’s numerous penalty appeals and Didier Drogba bellowed post-match conspiracy theories into a TV camera. Hospitals in Barcelona reported a 45% increase in the number of births nine months later, a spike put down to Andrés Iniesta’s stoppage time equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

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The forgotten story of ... Mexico's answer to Cool Runnings

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:10 GMT2018-02-19T10:00:10Z

The Tames brothers’ dream of competing at the Olympics took them from Mexico City to Germany, Dallas and finally a trip to Calgary in a VW van

When Roberto Tames closes his eyes, he can still see that grainy television footage of Italian daredevil Eugenio Monti as he hurtles to a thrilling 1968 Olympic bobsleigh victory in Grenoble.

“I was four-years-old,” he says. “But even though I was very small, these athletes became my heroes. I loved watching them flying down the track. When I was seven, I got a wheel cart. I dreamed I was a bobsleigh pilot and my brothers and I would go racing down the hills of Mexico City.”

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie in action on day 11 in Pyeongchang – live!

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:08:00 GMT2018-02-20T10:08:00Z

The second heat has also had a South Korean winner, in the shape of Choi Minjeong, already a gold medalist in the 1,500m.

Those skating heats have started: South Korea’s Shim Sukhee won the first of them. Christie is due to go in the fifth, which is due to go at 12 minutes past whatever hour it’s at where you are (10.12am GMT, 7.12pm local time).

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USA men's hockey team through to last eight at Olympics with Slovakia rout

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:04:24 GMT2018-02-20T06:04:24Z

  • USA survive physical match with Slovakia to advance to last eight
  • Americans will face Czech Republic in Wednesday’s quarter-final

Ryan Donato scored two goals, Troy Terry had three assists and the United States beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round Tuesday to advance to face the Czech Republic in the Olympic quarterfinals.

College kids again led the way for the US, which scored more against Slovakia then it did in all three preliminary-round games. James Wisniewski, Mark Arcobello and Garrett Roe also scored for the Americans, who took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play for hits on Donato and goaltender Ryan Zapolski.

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Elizabeth Swaney: the Olympic halfpipe athlete who doesn't really do tricks

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:13:19 GMT2018-02-19T22:13:19Z

  • US-born athlete finished dead last after most basic of runs
  • Dubious methods for getting to Pyeongchang raise questions

Elizabeth Swaney, born and raised in the United States but representing Hungary, finished last in qualification for the women’s ski halfpipe final on Monday after laying down two of the most basic runs imaginable that left her more than 40 points behind the 12th-placed qualifier for the Winter Olympics final.

Although the 33-year-old completed both runs without falling, Swaney did not attempt a trick any more advanced than an alley-oop – when a skier rotates 180 degrees or more in the uphill direction – on her way to scores of 30.00 and 31.40. Swaney’s best score still left her 13.60 points behind 23rd-placed Dane Laila Friis-Salling, who slipped on both runs.

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Overexposed: Gabriella Papadakis and Winter Olympic wardrobe malfunctions

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:05:30 GMT2018-02-19T14:05:30Z

At recent Games there have been a series of wardrobe woes and costume mishaps … with the French ice dancer being just the latest

The French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have made Winter Olympics headlines for all the wrong reasons – because of a wardrobe malfunction that left Papadakis overexposed on the ice.

“I felt it right away and I prayed,” Papadakis said after the top of her costume became unhooked and slipped. “It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics. I told myself: ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going.’ And that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening.”

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Why the NFL player protests still matter

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:30:54 GMT2018-02-03T09:30:54Z

Football is the perfect public platform for discussing racial disparity, no matter how convincingly sappy patriotic songs and inaccurate textbooks proclaim equality has been achieved

Richard Pryor once joked about the relationship African-Americans have with the American judicial system, “If you go down there looking for justice, that’s what you find: just us.” Not much has changed in 50 years. But if people of color want to figure out who’s got to shoulder the heavy lifting to bring about meaningful change, the answer is the same. Just us. That’s why the relatively benign protests among some NFL players over the last 18 months are being studied so closely by the full spectrum of left-to-right politicians. It’s a social petri dish to determine whether we’re growing an antibiotic to institutional racism or weaponizing a nasty virus to infect American Exceptionalism.

To be clear, these protests are so peaceful – taking a knee or staying in the locker room during the national anthem – that they are less violent than post-Super Bowl street parties or even Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s marches. And the message is so historically American that Betsy Ross could have embroidered it on her bloomers: “All people are created equal, so let’s treat them that way.”

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Virtue and Moir win ice dance gold for Canada as Shib Sibs take bronze for USA

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:08:38 GMT2018-02-20T05:08:38Z

  • Virtue and Moir win third Olympic gold and fifth medal overall
  • France’s Papadakis and Cizeron pipped for silver by 0.79 points
  • Maia, Alex Shibutani become second ever sibling pair to medal

Canadian darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir punctuated their brilliant careers with a second Olympic gold medal in ice dance, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Winter Games history on Tuesday afternoon at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Virtue and Moir, who skated to gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and took silver four years ago in Sochi before a two-year hiatus from the sport, scored a record 206.07 points with a skate of emotive resonance, technical precision and smoldering intensity, edging the French pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by 0.79 points.

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NFL offseason predictions: Saints for Super Bowl champs and the protests end

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:00:53 GMT2018-02-12T10:00:53Z

Sports forecasts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on: which is why we’re publishing these online. But are the Browns set for a spectacular improvement?

The problem with predictions in this space is that they are comically flawed.

Six months ago, we proclaimed with great certainty the Patriots and Seahawks would meet in the Super Bowl, apparently oblivious to Seattle’s obvious decline. We also assured readers that Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt would be the NFL’s top offensive and defensive players – a thought made preposterous by mid-season. Eyes undoubtedly rolled when we said the Oakland Raiders were the team we were “most looking forward to watching” and the Dallas Cowboys would win the NFC East. The fact we thought the New York Giants would be a playoff team should be a screaming siren to stop reading this piece right now.

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Did the NHL kill men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:37:31 GMT2018-02-13T14:37:31Z

The world’s best league has banned its employees from competing in South Korea. But there’s still the chance to watch the world’s greatest female players

When the 1980 US men’s hockey team upset the Soviet Union and went on to win gold, they did it with a roster full of little known players. Thirty-eight years later, Team USA will try to win its first gold since the “Miracle On Ice” featuring a similar roster of unknowns and no names.

Mark Arcobello, a 5ft 8in, 29-year old forward who last played in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs two seasons ago and now draws a paycheck from Bern SC of the Swiss-A league, where he is a top scorer. Defenseman Jonathon Blum, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nashville Predators who struggled to stick in the NHL and has instead spent his last three seasons in Russia’s KHL. Goalie David Leggio, a 33-year old minor league veteran now playing out his career in Germany. Players with similarly middling resumes fill up most of the rest of the 25 roster spots for the US team that will open play on Wednesday against Slovenia. Meanwhile, some 10,000km away on the very same day, American hockey superstar Auston Matthews will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto.

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Manchester City to seek explanation from Wigan Athletic for pitch invasion

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:36:52 GMT2018-02-20T09:36:52Z

• Sergio Agüero made contact with home supporter during melee
• FA assessing situation and may also look into actions of City fans

Manchester City will seek an explanation from Wigan Athletic for the pitch invasion that occurred after Monday night’s ill-tempered FA Cup fifth-round tie at the DW Stadium but the club currently has no plans to complain to the Football Association over the matter.

The FA are, however, assessing the situation and could well investigate Wigan for the encroachment, especially as there appeared to be little protection for both sets of players as home supporters streamed onto the pitch following the final whistle. City fans could also be seen hurling objects at police officers and stewards while video footage has emerged of Sergio Agüero making contact with a Wigan fan who approached the striker during the pitch invasion. That all too could come under scrutiny from the governing body.

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Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 30 years

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:36:02 GMT2018-02-19T17:36:02Z

Judge describes former youth football coach as ‘devil incarnate’ for child sexual abuse

The former football coach Barry Bennell was branded “sheer evil” and the “devil incarnate” on Monday after being sentenced to 30 years in prison for subjecting junior players from Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds of sexual offences.

Bennell, now facing complaints from another 86 former players, stared at the floor as the judge, Clement Goldstone QC, gave him prison sentences totalling 454 years, to run concurrently.

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Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde admits to worries about facing Chelsea

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:22:31 GMT2018-02-19T20:22:31Z

• Head coach impressed with English clubs in Europe this season
• ‘Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in the world’

Barcelona wanted to avoid facing Chelsea in the Champions League last 16, according to their manager, Ernesto Valverde, who is wary of the “incredible” form shown by England’s representatives in the competition this season.

Chelsea were runners-up in Group C behind Roma – who are third in Serie A – only on the head-to-head rule. Valverde’s own side finished three points clear of Juventus to win Group D, and made no secret of the fact he would have preferred the standings to be reversed.

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London Leopards project to put 100 women coaches into girls’ football | Suzanne Wrack

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:59:38 GMT2018-02-20T09:59:38Z

New coaches backed by seven professional clubs, including Arsenal, to deliver introductory football sessions for 1,000 girls aged five to eight in the city

The FA launched its women’s football Gameplan for Growth 11 months ago with three bold aims: to double participation, to double fans and to have consistent success on the world stage.

It was a launch full of positivity and enthusiasm for the potential that exists across the board in the women’s game but it is fair to say the road has been rocky. The FA has faced criticism for its handling of Eni Aluko’s complaint and Mark Sampson’s sacking and its governance of, and restructure of, the domestic leagues.

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Chris Coleman risks Ellis Short’s wrath with brutal Sunderland assessment

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:32:34 GMT2018-02-19T19:32:34Z

• Manager fans flames before Tuesday’s trip to Bolton
• Coleman condemns players for ‘not standing up to the fight’

Chris Coleman has risked the wrath of Ellis Short after making some brutally honest, and arguably incendiary, comments before his Sunderland side’s vital Championship trip to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

With Short – Sunderland’s billionaire financier owner – now based in Florida, Coleman and Martin Bain, the chief executive, have been left to face growing flak from fans dismayed at the prospect of the team enduring a second successive relegation.

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal's Héctor Bellerín to Real Madrid?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:04:01 GMT2018-02-20T09:04:01Z

This morning’s fluff is skating on thin ice

Fed up with watching Barcelona waltz off into the distance in La Liga, the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has decided to dig out his transfer war chest and take the fight to their bitter rivals off the pitch.

Not content with making eyes at Neymar, Pérez has trained his sights on another Barça old boy in Héctor Bellerín and is said to have ‘personally negotiated’ with the Arsenal right-back, according to reports in Spain. As a product of Barça’s La Masia academy, Bellerín, whose form seems to have waned as his hair has grown, was always assumed to be heading back to Catalonia when he had had enough of Arsenal Fan TV – but Pérez has other ideas and is willing to pay €40m to hit Barça where it hurts. A potential spanner in the works, though, is Lionel Messi, who has allegedly informed the Barća suits that summer signing Nelson Semedo is not of the required standard to play right-back at the Camp Nou. This transfer battle could get dirty.

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Rochdale's road to Wembley, VAR shenanigans and taxi talk – Football Weekly

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:10:34 GMT2018-02-19T17:10:34Z

Max and co discuss the Juve of the north, more VAR teething problems, great headers, West Brom, players who are taller in real life and Mick McCarthy gifs

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Priya Ramesh to chew over the latest football action. Starting with Tottenham’s 2-2 FA Cup draw away at Rochdale, we ask: are Rochdale to Spurs what Spurs are to Juventus?

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Why won’t TV rights company pouring millions into English football reveal its owners?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:00:11 GMT2018-02-19T11:00:11Z

Pitch International, which has bought and sold on overseas rights from the FA and EFL, has an anonymous controlling shareholder

The Football Association unveiled its plans last month for a menu of multimillion-pound investment into grassroots facilities and projects, and wiping out the debt on Wembley, largely from the sale of greatly increased TV deals for FA Cup and England matches. Announcing the international sales last year, the FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, said the money would have “a transformational impact” on football across the country.

One of the major buyers in those international deals, reported to have paid £210m from next season to 2023-24 for the exclusive rights to broadcast in the Middle East, North Africa and western Europe, is an agency based in London, Pitch International. Pitch has also bought the English Football League’s international media rights, reported to be £120m over five seasons until 2021-22.

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Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight | Sid Lowe

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:48:43 GMT2018-02-19T15:48:43Z

It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reach

In the words of one player, Abelardo Fernández is “an ordinary bloke” but he is doing extraordinary things, from revolution at the Molinón to resurrection at Mendizorroza, where at the end of their victory over Deportivo de La Coruña on Saturday, Alavés fans did something Alavés fans never do: they turned their backs on their team. Turned their backs, put their arms around each other’s shoulders, a human wall stretching across the east end of the ground, and bounced up and down, singing. In the middle of it, drums were held up and flags waved. At the final whistle, the manager had leapt from the bench, running on the pitch with his staff, embracing players; now they stood before the fans and bounced with them, applauding. When they eventually departed down the tunnel, the stadium still full, they did so to a standing ovation. Safely inside, the captain, Manu García, was asked if he was going to pay for the celebrations. The smile suggested he might.

All of which may sound a bit much for a 1-0 win against a team who have now not won in nine and are on their third manager of the season – but this was not only about Alavés’s win; it was about the six before that, about the way they had played and about the sensations: they felt safe. It was that Munir El Haddadi’s wonderful goal, curled over Rubén into the top corner, had carried them into 15th place on 28 points, 10 clear of the relegation zone. Yet it not only about how far away they were but how far they had come. And Alavés have come a very long way very fast.

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Wigan shock win over Manchester City sparks angry scenes at DW Stadium

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:43:32 GMT2018-02-20T07:43:32Z

• City fans launch fusillade of missiles at pitch after final whistle
• Sergio Agüero involved in skirmish with home fan

Wigan put in the doughtiest of defensive performances to pull off the shock of the season against Manchester City and once again breathe life into the FA Cup, though this eventful evening was old-fashioned in an unsavoury sense too, with scenes at the end resembling the dark days of terrace hooliganism from 40 years ago.

There was an old school pitch invasion at the final whistle, which might not have been so bad had the players been allowed to leave the pitch safely. They were not and Sergio Agüero was most conspicuously involved in an unseemly scuffle with fans in which a couple of punches were thrown.

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Elise Christie will compete in 1,000m short-track after injury all-clear

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:36:07 GMT2018-02-20T07:36:07Z

  • Medal hope back skating after crashing out in 1,500m semi
  • Mike Hay hits back at charges speed skater is mentally weak

It was Sir Winston Churchill who said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” And having tweeted a photo of herself making a Churchillian V for victory pose on Monday, Elise Christie intends to take that advice to the letter.

Barring a late setback, Christie will defy the swelling in her right ankle – and her critics on social media who have branded her a choker – by trying again to end her Winter Olympics hoodoo in the short-track 1,000m heats on Tuesday.

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Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, 45, promises to return at 2022 Winter Olympics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:37:01 GMT2018-02-20T05:37:01Z

  • ‘I’m not going to try, I will definitely be there,’ he says
  • Japanese athlete eyes ninth Winter Games in Beijing

Japan’s ski jump legend Noriaki Kasai, who made history by competing in his eighth Winter Olympics at the age of 45, says he will “definitely” be at the next Games in Beijing in 2022 – and has predicted he can win another medal.

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'Robbed of moment of glory': Norwegian curlers want special medal ceremony

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:28:56 GMT2018-02-20T05:28:56Z

  • Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien came fourth
  • Pair may yet win bronze after Russian’s doping charge

The Norwegian curlers who missed out on a bronze medal due to Russian doping want Winter Olympics organisers to hold a new podium ceremony for them in Pyeongchang because they feel “robbed of their moment of glory”.

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Commonwealth Games hopeful Jessica Peris tests positive for banned substance

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:56:55 GMT2018-02-20T03:56:55Z

  • Daughter of Olympian Nova Peris pulls out of trials
  • No indication so far of what substance is allegedly involved

Track and field sprinter Jessica Peris has tested positive to a banned substance.

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Eddie Jones welcomes David Moyes behind enemy lines before Scotland

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:13:00 GMT2018-02-19T23:13:00Z

• West Ham’s David Moyes and Stuart Pearce invited to Q and A
• England coach has often spoken of admiration for football

Eddie Jones and his England assistants will pick the brains of one of Scotland’s highest-profile football coaches by welcoming David Moyes behind enemy lines on Tuesday in preparation for the Calcutta Cup match on Saturday.

Moyes, the West Ham manager, along with his assistant Stuart Pearce, the former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand and the former England Women’s and current Brighton coach, Hope Powell, will all attend training at Bagshot before sitting down for a Q&A session four days before Jones takes his side to Murrayfield.

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Eden Hazard ready to take on Messi and says Chelsea can beat Barcelona

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:44:00 GMT2018-02-19T22:44:00Z

• Chelsea’s Belgian about to face Messi for first time at club level
• We have to play a perfect game against Barça to win, adds Conte

Chelsea renew their Champions League rivalry against Barcelona with Eden Hazard eager to prove his pedigree at this elite level and justify the regular comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard, who was a semi-finalist in this competition in 2014, has offered only glimpses of his qualities in previous European campaigns but will have an opportunity to make a more eye-catching impact as the unbeaten leaders of La Liga visit Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte is considering using the Belgian as a false No 9 with Álvaro Morata having played only 49 minutes of football in the last five weeks and with his side prepared to play on the counter.

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Pep Guardiola backs his Manchester City players despite Wigan FA Cup loss – video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:44:58 GMT2018-02-20T09:44:58Z

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the professionalism of his players despite a shock FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Wigan on Monday night. Fabian Delph saw red for the Premier League leaders, and Guardiola was involved in an angry outburst in the tunnel with Wigan manager Paul Cook at half-time, but it was Will Grigg's solitary goal that sent City out of the cup.

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Canada's Virtue and Moir seal Olympic gold in the figure skating – video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:14:25 GMT2018-02-20T09:14:25Z

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the most decorated figure skaters in Winter Games history as they clinched their second gold at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Tuesday. The pair scored a record 206.07 to fend off competition from French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by 0.79 points 

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Skating slip-up: Polish speed skater falls at start line – video

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:00:56 GMT2018-02-19T22:00:56Z

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Polish speed-skater Artur Nogal makes his mark at the Winter Olympics by falling at the start line of the 500m event in Pyeongchang

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Lizzy Yarnold celebrated Olympic gold with 'knitting and Netflix' – video

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:51:22 GMT2018-02-19T11:51:22Z

Lizzy Yarnold revealed that she celebrated her gold medal triumph in the skeleton on Saturday by putting her feet up with knitting and watching Netflix. Yarnold, who became the first Briton to successfully defend an Olympic title insisted she has no desire to 'pursue celebrity' status.

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Why one tiny Scottish island is key to every Olympic curling stone – video

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:48:16 GMT2018-02-19T10:48:16Z

All the curling stones being used at the Pyeongchang Winter Games are made from granite mined from the tiny, uninhabited island of Ailsa Craig, in the outer Firth of Clyde. The granite is worked into the final stones by staff at Kays Curling in Mauchline, 40 miles from Ailsa Craig on the mainland. Kays has been producing top-level curling stones for more than a century. Though participation in the sport is declining in the UK, the factory is producing more stones than ever to ship overseas. In 1998 – the year the sport was given medal status at the Winter Olympics – 36 countries played the sport; today, there are 54 countries competing worldwide

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Great Britain boost curling semi-final hopes with win over Denmark – video

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:43:34 GMT2018-02-19T10:43:34Z

Great Britain secured a vital 7-6 win over Denmark to keep their hopes of a semi-final place in the men's Olympic curling very much alive. Trailing 5-6, Kyle Smith delivered the crucial two winning points to send team GB up to fourth in the standings

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IOC responds after Russian athlete charged with doping offence – video

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:03:52 GMT2018-02-19T09:03:52Z

IOC President's Spokesman Mark Adams expressed his disappointment after Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. Adams backed the IOC's process of selecting athletes from Russia, saying doping cases would be looked into individually not as a group.

Russian curler charged by CAS for doping offence

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Czech snowboarder wins super-G gold on borrowed skis – video

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:41:45 GMT2018-02-17T09:41:45Z

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Ester Ledecka, the world champion snowboarder from the Czech Republic, provides the biggest upset of the 2018 Winter Olympics after winning the women’s super-G on a pair of borrowed skis

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The Yorkshire connection: Team GB ski and snowboard medal hopefuls – video

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:01:40 GMT2018-02-16T17:01:40Z

Jamie Nicholls and Katie Summerhayes have something in common beyond making Team GB for Pyeongchang 2018, they grew up on the dry ski slopes across Yorkshire. Aside from providing a further two athletes for the 2018 ski team, the Yorkshire scene has produced a slew of World Cup medals. Katie Ormerod, who has been ruled out of the Games, was the first woman, aged 16, to complete a double cork 1080 and Summerhayes and Nicholls both claimed World Cup silver medals this season

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Barry Bennell: unmasking of football paedophile who ruined young lives – video explainer

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:08:13 GMT2018-02-15T14:08:13Z

For 25 years Barry Bennell lived a dual existence, publicly he was lauded as one of English football's best talent spotters but in private he committed a campaign of sexual abuse against the young boys in his care. When Andy Woodward, one of Bennell's victims, eschewed his anonymity in an interview with Daniel Taylor, the story instigated the largest ever police investigation into sexual abuse in the UK.

The predatory Pied Piper who made stars and shattered lives

Manchester City ‘ignored warnings’ and kept Barry Bennell in youth set-up

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'Kim Jong-un is hitting on us!': my night out with Dear Leader (sort of)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:14:13 GMT2018-02-20T00:14:13Z

Bar-hopping with North Korea’s teetotal supreme leader, albeit an Australian impersonator called Howard, is full of surprises

It is a rare night when you find yourself on a chilly street corner waiting for a car to arrive for a rendezvous with Kim Jong-un. Rarer still when Kim decides tonight is the night to go on a bar crawl.

Two things are not as they seem, though. The first is that Kim is a teetotaller, making a the bar trip a potentially fruitless exercise. The second is that Kim is not Kim – he’s an Australian impersonator called Howard.

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Norway's curlers and their incredible Winter Olympic trousers – ranked

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:20:43 GMT2018-02-18T15:20:43Z

The Norwegian men’s curling team have become notorious for appearing in outlandish trouser designs. We look at some of the highlights

Since the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, the Norwegian men’s curling team have made a name for themselves by wearing a series of extraordinarily elaborate trouser designs. And since the Olympics is about nothing if its not about competition, here are 12 of their outfits – ranked.

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Winter Olympics 2018: day 10 from Pyeongchang – as it happened

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:28:27 GMT2018-02-19T14:28:27Z

Great Britain’s curling teams boosted their medal hopes, Norway picked up their 10th and 11th gold medals of the Games and there was a dead heat in the two-man bobsleigh

That’s all for today, but be sure to come back from 5am GMT on Tuesday for the latest from day 11. Here’s the day 10 headlines:

Andy Wellinger, who won gold in the individual normal hill event, is up first but can’t get the distance to put any real pressure on Norway. Kamil Stoch, winner of three Olympic golds, goes next but can only match Wellinger’s distance. Poland take bronze with 1072 points, Germany silver with 1075. Fine margins!

All that’s left is for Robert Johansson, sporting a magnificent moustache, to cruise down the runway and seal another Norwegian gold. They finish with 1098 points.

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Super-G: snowboarder Ledecka wins shock gold on borrowed skis with Vonn sixth

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:49:13 GMT2018-02-17T04:49:13Z

  • Czech athlete had never finished on podium in an alpine event
  • NBC already announced Anna Veith as winner before Ledecka’s run
  • Vonn’s slip costs her but still has favoured downhill to come

Ester Ledecka, the world champion snowboarder from the Czech Republic, delivered one of the biggest upsets in Winter Olympics history on Saturday afternoon, coming out of nowhere to win the women’s super-G by the slimmest of margins as Lindsey Vonn failed to deliver an expected medal in her opening race of the Pyeongchang Games.

Ledecka, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to pip Austria’s Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who finished 0.11sec off the pace, won the bronze.

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Mikaela Shiffrin withdraws from women's downhill at Olympics

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:10:34 GMT2018-02-19T13:10:34Z

  • Shiffrin pulls out of downhill after rescheduling of alpine combined
  • American star won gold in giant slalom and finished fourth in slalom

The weather continued to toy with Mikaela Shiffrin’s Olympics on Monday evening as the latest change to the alpine skiing schedule prompted the American star to withdraw from Wednesday’s downhill.

Shiffrin, who opened her bid for multiple medals with a gold in Thursday’s giant slalom before a disappointing fourth-place finish in her signature slalom the next day, announced she will skip the downhill after the alpine combined was moved from Friday to Thursday due to a projected forecast of strong winds.

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After a near-death experience, Torin Yater-Wallace takes aim at Olympic gold

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:00:12 GMT2018-02-19T12:00:12Z

There’s adversity and there’s the near-surreal run of misfortune the American freestyle skier has survived to make it back to the Olympics

Torin Yater-Wallace persevered through family tragedy, life-threatening illness and devastating injury to earn a spot on the US men’s ski halfpipe team in Pyeongchang, where he will make his second Olympic appearance starting with Tuesday afternoon’s qualifying runs (Monday night in the United States). In many ways, his life resembles the countless heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting narratives that crop up around each Games. These poignant stories, which give mainstream audiences a sense of personal investment in sports they watch once every four years, typically follow the same formula: it starts with a dream, then talent and hard work are added to the mix before a heaping amount of adversity is introduced to heighten the drama. It’s an effective emotional hook, conditioning viewers to reach for the tissues with Pavlovian regularity each time those bellowing trumpets lean into John Williams’ familiar Olympic anthem.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: day 10 from Pyeongchang – live!

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