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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: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:04:48 GMT2018-02-23T05:04:48Z

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Police officer dies after fans clash before Athletic Bilbao-Spartak Moscow tie

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:58:47 GMT2018-02-22T22:58:47Z

• Officer has heart attack while dealing with scuffles in Bilbao
• Five people arrested by Basque police

A police officer died in Bilbao last night after clashes with Spartak Moscow fans before the Europa League match against Athletic Bilbao.

The officer died in hospital, where he had been taken following a heart attack that occurred when the regional Basque police force was trying to stop street battles between rival supporters. Five people were arrested.

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Tiger Woods round in level par at Honda Classic and four shots off lead

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:53:12 GMT2018-02-22T20:53:12Z

• Former world No 1 got to two-under after four holes and briefly led
• Noren and Simpson lead as McIlroy closes on ‘disappointing’ 72

The umpteenth coming of Tiger Woods remains captivating viewing. So many elements of day one at the Honda Classic felt just like old times. By 9am on Thursday, Woods sat atop a leaderboard for the first time since a brief but identical position at the Wyndham Championship of 2015.

Profanity, a club slam into the turf in frustration and basic errors were among what followed but so too, crucially, was plenty of reason for encouragement. Maybe Woods, still clearly a long way short of his imperious best, has the capacity to compete after all.

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Dismal Arsenal limp through in Europa League after Östersund deliver scare

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:07:52 GMT2018-02-22T22:07:52Z

At long last, Arsenal have won a two-legged knockout tie in Europe but this was not the way they envisaged it. Never mind that few people at the club truly want to be in the Europa League, the fact they suffered so sorely against such unfancied opposition as Östersund turned the evening into an ordeal.

Arsène Wenger had to go back to 2009-10 to find his previous success on the continent – a 6-2 aggregate triumph over Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League, which was secured on the back of a 5-0 home victory in the second leg. Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick that night.

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Dirk Nowitzki: harassment and assault claims against Mavericks are 'heartbreaking'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:17:32 GMT2018-02-22T13:17:32Z

  • SI report details allegations of violence within franchise
  • Owner Mark Cuban has launched independent investigation

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has expressed his dismay after a Sports Illustrated investigation alleged the franchise is a hostile workplace for women.

The story detailed how one team employee had a history of violence against women within the organization while former CEO Terdema Ussery was alleged to have sexually harassed a number of colleagues. One former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men” within the team. None of the allegations were against the playing staff.

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USA see off Canada in shootout to capture Olympic women's hockey gold

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:48:48 GMT2018-02-22T07:48:48Z

The United States women’s hockey team ended Canada’s gold medal streak in dramatic fashion on Friday afternoon, defeating their archrivals in a shootout to capture their first Olympic title since 1998.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: US beats Canada to women's ice hockey gold – live!

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Russian curler stripped of Winter Olympics medal after admitting doping

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:45:26 GMT2018-02-22T08:45:26Z

  • Alexander Krushelnitsky won his bronze medal in mixed doubles
  • Rumours of deal for Russians to have own flag at closing ceremony

The Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his mixed doubles bronze medal amid rumours that a deal has been struck to allow Russian athletes to march under their country’s flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony.

Krushelnitsky had initially protested his innocence after testing positive for the banned heart drug meldonium, claiming his drink had been spiked. However on Thursday he dropped his appeal before he was officially banned by the court of arbitration for sport.

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‘No jerks allowed’: the egalitarianism behind Norway’s winter wonderland

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:35:00 GMT2018-02-22T21:35:00Z

Norway have powered to the top of the Winter Olympics medals table on a budget a 10th of Britain’s thanks to an inclusive approach based on camaraderie and grassroots participation

“Yes! Old-fashioned is perfect!” chuckles Tom Tvedt, the president of Norway’s Olympic Committee, when asked whether the philosophy behind his country’s staggering Winter Games success may be, well, a little old-fashioned.

The Norwegians refuse to plough millions into sports that ordinary folk simply do not play in exchange for a brief medal-winning serotonin hit. They stress the importance of the umbilical link between grassroots and elite sport. And, unusually to British ears, they say local sports clubs are a core part of their success.

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Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:41:29 GMT2018-02-22T13:41:29Z

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her side

By no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her silver medal in the alpine combined to go with last week’s giant slalom gold, be fairly assessed as anything but a success.

She competed in three events in Pyeongchang after the weather conspired to spoil her ambitious bid for a record-breaking five medals in five events. Expectations were warped by months of hype which could only be characterized as unrealistic in the notoriously volatile trade of alpine skiing, where the margins that separate triumph and disaster come down to the most innocuous variables.

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Shani Davis, America's most important Winter Olympian, reaches his end game

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:29:43 GMT2018-02-22T14:29:43Z

The speedskater has been attacked for skipping the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang. But he has helped transform winter sports in the US

Early last Saturday a group of mostly African American children from a club inspired by the speedskater Shani Davis gathered to watch a woman who had once been in their position competing in the Olympics. Halfway around the world, Maame Biney smiled as she glided to the starting line for her first 1500m heat.

“There she is,” a child shouted from before the television set up at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. “I see her,” yelled another.

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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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Winter Olympics 2018: curling and biathlon on day 13 in Pyeongchang – as it happened

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:47:46 GMT2018-02-22T13:47:46Z

  • The US beat Canada to women’s ice hockey gold, and to the men’s curling final, while Sweden’s Andre Myhrer prevailed in the slalom

And there ends day 13 of the 2018 Winter Olympics. It’s been a thrill. If you’ve missed any of it, here’s your summary of another action-packed day. Bye!

Related: USA see off Canada in shootout to capture Olympic women's hockey gold

Related: Ryding posts best British alpine skiing result for 30 years at Winter Olympics

Related: Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

Related: Mikaela Shiffrin takes silver in alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn skis off

Related: Russian curler stripped of Winter Olympics medal after admitting doping

Related: Winter Olympics day 13 – in pictures

USA will play Sweden in the men’s curling final! They complete a shock victory over Canada – their second of the week – by controlling the final end to seal a 5-3 success. Canada will play Switzerland for bronze.

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Celtic tumble out of Europe with calamitous defeat in St Petersburg

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:46:41 GMT2018-02-22T20:46:41Z

Brendan Rodgers claimed Celtic needed more courage against Zenit St Petersburg after they crashed out of the Europa League in Russia.

The one-goal lead from the first leg of the last-32 tie at Celtic Park was wiped out before half an hour had been played as the former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic put Zenit in front with a header. Daler Kuzyayev fired in a long-range drive in the 27th minute to turn the tie in the hosts’ favour.

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Manchester United were dull but does Mourinho have a duty to entertain?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:59:11 GMT2018-02-22T15:59:11Z

The Sevilla stalemate drew mention of betraying United’s identity. José Mourinho is entitled to play the way he believes will get results but football should be about more than success

Some Manchester United fans saw a wonderful game in Seville, it just wasn’t the one their team played in. A handful of supporters made the most of their team’s Champions League match, travelling to Spain early, and on Sunday they were at the Benito Villamarín with 50,000 others to see Real Betis lose 5-3 to Real Madrid. Three days later and three-and-a-half kilometres away they were among the 40,000 who watched United draw 0-0 at the Sánchez Pizjuán, on a night when their team had one shot on target.

There is something about Betis. Sunday was the second time they had been involved in a 5-3. There have also been two 5-0s, a 4-0, two 2-2s, two 3-2s, a 6-3 and a 4-4. Oh, and a victory at the Bernabéu. There have been no 0-0s. When it comes to Spanish football, there is a basic rule worth adhering to, whoever you support, always watch Betis. It is not one many would apply to United, because if what happened on Sunday was predictable, Wednesday evening probably was too.

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‘God teaches us to forgive’: Alan Pardew reinstates Jonny Evans as captain

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:29:04 GMT2018-02-22T22:29:04Z

• West Brom’s Evans, Barry, Myhill and Livermore fined £500,000
• Jonny Evans is right man to lead relegation strugglers, says Pardew

Alan Pardew has reinstated Jonny Evans as the West Bromwich Albion captain in the wake of the taxi scandal in Barcelona, with the manager pointing out “God teaches us to forgive” after confirming the disciplinary process against the four players involved in a “crazy incident” has finished.

It is understood Evans, Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore have been fined the maximum two weeks’ wages – the best part of £500,000 collectively – after they broke a midnight curfew during a team-bonding trip to Spain and became embroiled in a serious incident. It is alleged the quartet stole a taxi in the early hours, after going to a fast-food restaurant, and parked the vehicle outside their city-centre hotel.

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What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival | Liam Rosenior

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:42:48 GMT2018-02-22T14:42:48Z

Albion’s bullish dressing room has started to compare run-ins and won’t be alone as a dozen Premier League teams take on board the price of on-pitch failure over the next three months

I’m going to admit something that goes against all of the “take every game as it comes” answers that players trot out when talking about their team’s chances over the coming months and into the closing stages of the season. I was sitting in our dressing room on Wednesday after a cold, windy morning’s session while preparing for this weekend’s six-pointer at home against Swansea when I heard the first mutterings from my team-mates about how many points are going to be necessary for us to be safe from relegation.

What struck me was the change in words and mentality to those in the conversations we had exactly this time last year. Statements such as “we need to win eight of our last 12 games for promotion” have been replaced with lines such as: “We need 10 points from our last 11 games to stay up.”

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Russian arrested over Euro 2016 attack that left England fan in coma

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:50:18 GMT2018-02-22T20:50:18Z

• German police hold 31-year-old who was on way to European game
• Portsmouth supporter suffered life-changing injuries in Marseille

A Russian man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries to an English football fan who was left in a coma after riots which blighted Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old was arrested at a German airport while in transit to Spain to watch Spartak Moscow play Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League. He faces up to 15 years in jail in France for attempted homicide and grievous bodily harm.

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Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:18:38 GMT2018-02-22T15:18:38Z

Max Rushden and co reflect on Manchester City’s FA Cup exit, Champions League action and Sunderland’s sausage-making facilities

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Jonathan Wilson to review an unexpected FA Cup exit for Manchester City, a goal at last for Lionel Messi against Chelsea and discuss what José Mourinho is doing to make Manchester United so boring.

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‘We were too complacent,’ says Arsène Wenger after Östersund scare

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:07:08 GMT2018-02-23T00:07:08Z

• ‘We were not focused and had no ideas,’ says Arsenal manager
• Arsenal through to last 16 of Europa League despite home defeat

Arsène Wenger questioned the mindset of his Arsenal players, saying they were guilty of complacency, after he saw them suffer Europa League humiliation at the hands of the Swedish minnows Östersund.

Wenger’s team were beaten 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, having trailed 2-0 after 23 minutes and, although they progressed to the Europa League last 16 by dint of their 3-0 win in the first-leg in Sweden, they were booed off at full-time by an exasperated home crowd.

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England play legally insists Eddie Jones in regards to penalty concerns

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:10:00 GMT2018-02-22T23:10:00Z

• ‘The most successful teams infringe but we try to play legally’
• Eddie Jones responds to concerns of Scotland’s Gregor Townsend

Eddie Jones has dismissed concerns over England’s discipline and claimed statistical analysis shows “the most successful teams infringe”, a day after remarks from Scotland that questioned the legality of his side’s defence.

Jones was discussing England’s penalty count during their 12-6 victory against Wales – they conceded 10 to their opponents’ two – and insisted that while the “smart guys” say double figures is too high, evidence suggests otherwise. Jones denied that his side actively seek to break the laws, revealing the referees Wayne Barnes and Glen Jackson have been in camp this week as part of England’s preparations for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup match.

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Injuries put Ireland’s unbeaten Six Nations run at risk against Wales

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT2018-02-22T21:00:00Z

• Andrew Porter and Chris Farrell to make first Championship starts
• Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar back for visitors

Ireland have not been beaten at home in the Six Nations since Joe Schmidt became their coach in 2013 but they will have to defend that record against Wales on Saturday without four players who toured New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions last summer.

The centre Robbie Henshaw is a long-term absentee after injuring his shoulder in the last round against Italy and the flanker Sean O’Brien has yet to appear in this year’s tournament after having hip surgery.

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Elise Christie may take up long-track skating after Winter Olympics pain

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:41 GMT2018-02-22T17:00:41Z

• Short-track skater will consider doubling up in bid to end jinx
• Briton reveals plan to retire and switch sports had she won gold

Elise Christie will consider moving abroad to take up long-track speed skating – where there are far fewer opponents and crashes than in short track – in a bid to end her Winter Olympics jinx.

Christie also revealed her secret plan to retire and switch to another sport had she won gold. However, after enduring more heartache in Pyeongchang – where she crashed or was disqualified in all three of her events – the 27-year-old has decided to continue and may even double up in short- and long-track at the 2022 Winter Games.

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Blaklion’s Aintree chances unharmed by defeat, says Nigel Twiston-Davies

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:55:31 GMT2018-02-22T16:55:31Z

• Grand National hope ‘has come back and he’s fine,’ insists trainer
• Twiston-Davies will have no runners in Cheltenham Gold Cup

A combative Nigel Twiston-Davies has attempted to shoot down concerns that Blaklion may have left his Grand National chance in the Haydock mud on Saturday.

The horse appeared exhausted as he clambered over the final fence and tottered his way to a 54-length defeat by Yala Enki but the trainer insisted there was no ground for concern that his Aintree chance might be compromised.

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Lewis Hamilton prepared for F1 rivalry with Sebastian Vettel to become spikier

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:36:24 GMT2018-02-22T16:36:24Z

• ‘I don’t play mind games, I just drive faster’ says champion
• Mercedes and Ferrari launch new cars for 2018 season

Lewis Hamilton has warned his relationship with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel could deteriorate and that he is “expecting the worst”.

The British driver won his fourth Formula One world title last year, equalling Vettel, after a tense struggle with the German, who led the championship until the 13th race at Monza, where Hamilton took top spot and held it until claiming the title five races later in Mexico.

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Eddie Van Hoof sacked as men’s head coach at British Gymnastics

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:06:48 GMT2018-02-22T16:06:48Z

• British Gymnastics cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ in statement
• Decision comes after investigation into allegations of misconduct

The man who presided over Great Britain’s rise to become one of the major forces in gymnastics has been sacked after an investigation into alleged misconduct while he was the coach of the men’s team.

British Gymnastics said it had terminated Eddie van Hoof’s contract because of “irreconcilable differences”.

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Winter Olympics women's figure skating: 15-year-old Alina Zagitova wins gold – live!

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:01:48 GMT2018-02-23T05:01:48Z

My favorite email comment comes from one Jean Wan, who suggests a cap on jump bonuses: “Cause what I’m watching now ain’t skating. It’s ice hurdles.”

And yes, if you were to show Zagitova’s program and Medvedeva’s program to a group of people without explaining the math, I think 90 percent of people would say Medvedeva’s was better.

Medvedeva actually tied Zagitova in the free skate, each with 156.65. The short program makes the difference.

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Elise Christie refuses to be defined by Olympic failure – video

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:18:06 GMT2018-02-22T12:18:06Z

Great Britain short track speed skater Elise Christie insisted that she won't be defined by a second disastrous Winter Olympic campaign. Christie was disqualified in the 100m on Tuesday after a crash earlier in the Games saw her miss out on a semi-final spot in the 1,500m. Christie vows she'll be back in Beijing and tougher than ever before

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USA end 20-year wait for women's hockey gold with shootout win against Canada – video

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:56:49 GMT2018-02-22T10:56:49Z

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The USA beat Canada 3-2 in a dramatic sudden death shootout to seal gold in the women's hockey final on Thursday. USA goaltender Maddie Rooney made the decisive save from Canada's Meghan Agosta to win the USA women's side a first gold since 1998

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USA's David Wise overcomes kit issues to win gold in ski halfpipe – video

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:38:16 GMT2018-02-22T09:38:16Z

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USA’s David Wise fell on his first two runs due to issues with his ski binding but recovered to win gold in the men’s ski halfpipe on Thursday. Wise landed four double corks to seal the Olympic title once again

Wise seals ski halfpipe gold for USA

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Mourinho dismisses claims he was 'relieved' to leave Sevilla with draw – video

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:12:43 GMT2018-02-22T09:12:43Z

José Mourinho dismisses claims he was 'relieved' to leave Sevilla with a draw, insisting Manchester United had opportunities to come away from the last-16 Champions League tie on top. David de Gea put in another fine display to thwart Sevilla on a number of occasions as the tie is finely poised for the second leg at Old Trafford.

• Manchester United draw with Sevilla in last-16 first leg

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Mourinho: Manchester United not among Champions League favourites – video

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:27:59 GMT2018-02-21T11:27:59Z

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has denied that his team are among the favourites to win the Champions League, ahead of taking on Sevilla on Wednesday night. The Portuguese insists it is too early to be thinking of lifting the trophy before facing the 2015-16 Europa League winners

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Antonio Conte bemoans defensive mistake as Messi pounces for Barça – video

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:09:31 GMT2018-02-21T08:09:31Z

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left frustrated after a defensive error allowed Lionel Messi to equalise and provide Barcelona with a crucial away goal in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday night

• Messi strikes to give Barça vital away goal

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Is Hungary's Elizabeth Swaney the biggest sport of the Winter Olympics? – video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:00:01 GMT2018-02-20T20:00:01Z

She may have finished last in the women's half-pipe, but Hungary's Elizabeth Swaney is a real character. The US-based athlete, who took up skiing at 25 found a loop hole that if she made it through enough events without falling, she'd make the Olympics, and that's exactly what she did. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

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Antonio Conte says Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi – video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:32:05 GMT2018-02-20T13:32:05Z

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team will have more to worry about than just keeping Lionel Messi quiet during their last-16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semi-finals on their way to Champions League triumph in 2012, but Conte says they have their work cut out

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Pep Guardiola backs his Manchester City players despite FA Cup loss at Wigan – 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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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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Former KGB agent wins biathlon gold medal for Belarus at Winter Olympics

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:23:50 GMT2018-02-22T15:23:50Z

  • Darya Domracheva has collected two medals at Pyeongchang
  • Biathlete worked for state security organisation until 2014

At her many appearances in various biathlon events at the Winter Olympics, spectators may have wondered how Darya Domracheva became such a crack shot. Her years spent in the KGB could be the answer.

Domracheva of Belarus won a gold medal on Thursday in the women’s 4x6km relay, her second of the Games after a silver in the women’s 12.5km mass start. She has won six medals in total, including four golds, in the biathalon, which is a mix of cross-country skiing and riflery. She is married to Norwegian Olympian Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the most successful biathlete of all time.

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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 turning in 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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Mikaela Shiffrin takes silver in alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn skis off

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:17:15 GMT2018-02-22T07:17:15Z

  • Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin wins the gold in alpine combined
  • Shiffrin takes silver as Vonn skis off course in afternoon slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin added another Olympic medal to her growing haul with a silver in Thursday’s women’s alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn, who led the field after the morning’s downhill portion, made an early mistake in the afternoon slalom and skied out near the top of the course in what’s likely the final race of a storied Winter Games career.

Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin won the gold, following the third-fastest downhill with the fourth-fastest slalom for a combined time of 2 min 20.90 sec, overtaking the lead briefly held by Shiffrin, who finished 0.97 seconds off the pace. Another Swiss skier, Wendy Holdener, earned the bronze.

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Winter Olympics men's ski halfpipe final: USA's David Wise wins gold – as it happened

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:04:14 GMT2018-02-22T04:04:14Z

These are courageous athletes. We’ve seen them take horrendous falls and then get back up to try again.

Final standings

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Korean speed skaters who blamed team-mate for defeat face calls for ban

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:12:48 GMT2018-02-21T13:12:48Z

• Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo blamed Noh Seon-yeong for defeat
• Petition signed by 50,000 Koreans demands their ban

Two South Korean speed skaters are facing calls for them to be banned from the national team after they appeared to blame a team-mate for their failure to reach the women’s team pursuit semi-finals at the Winter Olympics.

Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo crossed the line almost four seconds ahead of the third Korean skater, Noh Seon-yeong, in the quarter-finals on Monday.

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