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Published: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:47:09 GMT2017-09-25T20:47:09Z

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Will skipping the anthem completely become the NFL's new normal?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:37:58 GMT2017-09-25T13:37:58Z

The Steelers, Seahawks and Titans all decided to stay in the locker room and skip the national anthem completely on Sunday. Will other teams follow suit?

Whether they knew it or not the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans were following a plan drawn by college basketball’s greatest coach when they refused to come onto the field for the national anthem on Sunday. Nearly 50 years ago, John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, winner of 10 national championships, kept his teams in the locker room during the anthem to support his players’ stands against racial intolerance.

Related: Egyptian students told to respect the flag or risk a year in prison

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For New York City FC, there's literally no place like home

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:59:03 GMT2017-09-25T16:59:03Z

NYCFC’s ‘home’ game 110 miles from their temporary home ground reaffirmed the fact that one of the league’s star clubs are still without a permanent home

It was billed as a home game, but it was the loosest definition of the term. Even Patrick Vieira admitted as much. “We treated it like an away game,” the New York City FC head coach said.

On Saturday, New York City fans endured up to seven-hour round trips to East Hartford, Connecticut, for their ‘home’ game against the Houston Dynamo, a match they drew 1-1.

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LeBron James joins NFL in hitting back at Trump: 'The people run this country'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:51:04 GMT2017-09-25T16:51:04Z

  • League spokesman says protest gestures represent ‘real locker-room talk’
  • James says country is not run by individual ‘and damn sure not him’

A day after players across the NFL defied Donald Trump with gestures of protest during the national anthem, and as the president continued to tweet his anger, a league spokesman hit back by invoking the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexual assault.

Related: Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it

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Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – live!

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:45:40 GMT2017-09-25T20:45:40Z

88 min: Some pretty Arsenal passing. Then the ball loops to Giroud, level with the left-hand post, ten yards out. He brings it under control, spins, and lays off for Xhaka, who leans back and hoicks a shot over the bar from the edge of the box. A three-goal defeat would be cruel on West Brom. Arsenal have been the better side, but the Baggies have played their part in a good match, without getting the breaks.

86 min: West Brom have given a good account of themselves tonight. And have a couple of hard-luck stories to tell. But their race looks run now. Arsenal press them back. Bellerin hooks in from the right. Dawson rises to batter a header clear with Giroud lurking.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:53:11 GMT2017-09-25T07:53:11Z

Sean Dyche was worked up about nothing, Mark Hughes hopes life for Stoke will get easier and Ronald Koeman played his last cards to get Everton out of trouble

If Brighton survive this season – and they survived this game thanks to several Newcastle misses and some good goalkeeping – there is every chance we will be talking about the signing of Pascal Gross as a masterstroke. The German midfielder with a picture-perfect delivery has been involved in all of Brighton’s Premier League goals, and was instrumental again at the Amex in the 1-0 win over Newcastle when his free-kick homed in on Dale Stephens, who headed down for Tomer Hemed to finish. The value of an accurate set-piece taker cannot be overlooked in a squad short on goalscorers and one suspects there will be plenty more of those well-rehearsed moves. Ingolstadt were relegated despite Gross creating more chances than any other Bundesliga player; Chris Hughton will hope his creative streak delivers safety for Brighton. Lawrence Ostlere

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'Great team!' Trump will welcome Pittsburgh Penguins to White House

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:00:48 GMT2017-09-24T21:00:48Z

  • Stanley Cup champions accept invite a day after NBA champs snubbed
  • Team: disagreements with president ‘can be expressed in other ways’

As Donald Trump faced backlash for his harsh criticism of athletes who have kneeled in protest for the national anthem, the Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed on Sunday they will visit the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory.

Related: NFL players kneel for anthem in unprecedented defiance of Trump

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Jaguars send message to Donald Trump by taking a knee at Wembley | Sean Ingle

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:25:41 GMT2017-09-24T19:25:41Z

A show of unity from Jacksonville players and staff was backed by a dominant performance on the pitch that overwhelmed Baltimore Ravens 44-7

The message was simple, defiant and express-delivered to an orange-tinged septuagenarian living 3,600 miles away in Washington DC. As the Star Spangled Banner rang out across Wembley, 27 players and staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens dropped to one knee to protest against President Donald Trump – the largest number at an NFL game. Dozens more on the Jaguars staff, including their owner, Shahid Khan, linked hands on the touchline in support.

Some say sport and politics should not mix. But after Trump’s explosive tweets over the weekend, during which he suggested that players who refused to stand for the national anthem should be fired and called on owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field” if they disrespected the flag, it was impossible to see how the two were not conjoined.

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Tomer Hemed sinks Newcastle as Brighton grab much-needed win

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:25:00 GMT2017-09-24T17:25:00Z

If Brighton & Hove Albion get relegated this season it will not be for a lack of valour, focus or determination. This narrowest of home wins against a team who were technically their better will be celebrated in this part of the south coast, though probably only briefly. The next test, at Arsenal next Sunday, is only around the corner.

Tomer Hemed’s dextrous second-half volley was enough to separate the home side from a Newcastle United who had come into the match after three consecutive wins and left it reminded of the fine margins of Premier League football. For Brighton, meanwhile, it was back-to-back victories at the Amex Stadium.

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Trump in angry row with sports stars after withdrawing Warriors invitation

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:45:40 GMT2017-09-24T12:45:40Z

Donald Trump was the subject of startlingly strong abuse from major sports stars on Saturday, after he criticised NFL players protesting against racial injustice and withdrew an invitation for the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, breaking a tradition dating back to the Reagan years.

Related: Trump blasts NFL anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a bitch off the field'

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Carmelo Anthony to join Thunder from Knicks in multi-player trade

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:19:41 GMT2017-09-23T18:19:41Z

  • Source says Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and draft pick go to New York
  • Oklahoma now able to field all-star forward with Westbrook and George

The New York Knicks have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a multi-player deal, according to a person with knowledge of the trade.

Related: Trump in angry row with sports stars after withdrawing Warriors invitation

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Liverpool dig in for victory after Simon Mignolet penalty save denies Leicester

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:37:43 GMT2017-09-23T18:37:43Z

Matches like this are what the Premier League does best, fast-paced blockbusters with breathtaking attacking and thigh-slapping clangers. Leicester and, especially, Liverpool are among the leading exponents of an intoxicating genre.

Jürgen Klopp’s men scored three splendid goals here but still needed Simon Mignolet to save a late penalty from Jamie Vardy to secure a much-needed win. Mignolet, almost inevitably, had conceded the penalty himself, rushing off his line in an attempt to intercept the ball, which he touched before clattering into Vardy. The goalkeeper also bore some blame for earlier goals by Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, even if he was not helped on those occasions by questionable refereeing.

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Álvaro Morata strikes treble for Chelsea in crushing defeat of Stoke

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:11:43 GMT2017-09-23T16:11:43Z

Antonio Conte was his usual animated self on the touchline, pacing up and down and waving his arms around, yet this was one of those afternoons when the Chelsea manager could have put his feet up, sat back and enjoyed the show as the outstanding Álvaro Morata took centre stage with a superb hat-trick.

Chelsea’s record signing took his tally to an impressive seven goals in seven games in the process and it felt fitting that he should deliver such an outstanding performance at the end of a week when the Premier League champions finally said goodbye to Diego Costa. Diego who?

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Joseph Parker beats Hughie Fury to retain WBO world heavyweight title – as it happened

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:11:12 GMT2017-09-23T23:11:12Z

New Zealand’s Joseph Parker won a majority decision after a scrappy contest to retain his WBO world heavyweight belt at the Manchester Arena

Related: Hughie Fury denied WBO heavyweight title but Joseph Parker flattered by score

Hughie Fury was going to be interviewed in the ring, but technical difficulties called a halt. Now, he’s changed his mind. It’s an underwhelming end to a fight that wasn’t a classic. Credit to Hughie Fury for taking a champion the distance, and fair play to Joseph Parker for getting the job done. We’ll have a report up shortly. Thanks for joining me. Bye!

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Manchester City and Raheem Sterling pile on Crystal Palace misery

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:10:20 GMT2017-09-23T16:10:20Z

The Manchester City show rolls on. This fifth win of the Premier League season took the tally to 21 goals and added a fourth clean sheet to a formidable start from Pep Guardiola’s men.

It was a duck-shoot as Crystal Palace provided easy prey and their search for a first goal of the campaign continues. They have now lost all six of their opening games and if Roy Hodgson’s side go down next week they will equal Portsmouth’s record of seven straight losses from 2009-10.

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Romelu Lukaku strike enough to give Manchester United win at Southampton

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:11:49 GMT2017-09-23T16:11:49Z

José Mourinho ended up being sent to the stands in stoppage time, though this was still the kind of victory to make him purr. Manchester United are enjoying their best start to a campaign in six years even if a contest they had initially threatened to dominate, bullying their hosts into submission, went on to become a far sterner test of their resilience. Southampton rallied impressively after the interval and it was the visitors who were left clinging on, though their manager will still have delighted in rugged success.

Mourinho has always valued wins that have to be chiselled out and orchestrated shrewdly from the bench. He had flung on Chris Smalling and resorted to a back five before the end in an attempt to contain the hosts, Mauricio Pellegrino having exhausted his own team’s firepower from the bench. Even Fraser Forster ventured upfield at a set-piece while Mourinho was still shaking the hands of Southampton’s coaching staff having been sent to the stands, apparently for encroaching on to the pitch.

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Tottenham hang on to beat West Ham with 10 men after Harry Kane double

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:41:47 GMT2017-09-23T13:41:47Z

On a slow-burn afternoon at the London Stadium, West Ham United summoned a late, doomed charge, but Tottenham Hotspur were always just about beyond their reach. Slaven Bilic’s rejigged team scored two late headed goals, the last after Serge Aurier had been sent off with 20 minutes to go, drawing a belated crackle of noise from the home crowd. By the end a 3-2 scoreline had provided a hopeful gloss. The problem for West Ham was that by the time they started to play the game had already been put to bed by opponents who were simply a class apart.

Spurs had started cagily, perhaps expecting a little lunchtime derby fury, before realising with half an hour gone that they were pushing at an open door. At which point Harry Kane scored twice in the space of four minutes as Tottenham showed the best of their high-speed attacking gears, both goals coming from a turnover in midfield, both finished ruthlessly.

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Oumar Niasse scores twice to give Everton victory over Bournemouth

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:17:21 GMT2017-09-23T16:17:21Z

The remarkable rise of Oumar Niasse goes on, with a match-winning double here to add to his strike in the League Cup in midweek. The manager who tried to shove him unceremoniously through the exit door will have felt sheepish, to say the least, when his Senegalese substitute turned the latest lacklustre Everton performance around.

Ronald Koeman’s ears must have been burning, if that expression is permissible in response to Twitter abuse, when Everton were trailing 1-0 to Bournemouth in the second half and looking unlikely to climb out of the bottom three. Supporters were rightly pointing out that the team was playing without wingers and looking feeble up front and when Niasse was brought on it appeared more an act of desperation than a likely path to salvation. Koeman admitted it was chiefly to protect the injured Wayne Rooney.

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FA board backs chief executive Martin Glenn over Sampson sacking

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:06:45 GMT2017-09-25T19:06:45Z

• Key witnesses to alleged comment will finally give evidence
• Barrister appointed by FA has already spoken to Drew Spence

Katharine Newton, the barrister in charge of the controversial inquiry into Mark Sampson’s conduct as England Women’s manager, has changed her position behind the scenes and intends to interview the three players who have been identified as key witnesses but were overlooked for her initial investigation.

Newton has already spoken to Drew Spence as part of the reopened inquiry and the Guardian has learned the barrister, heavily criticised for her initial three‑month investigation, will now meet two Manchester City players, Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen, and Reading’s Jo Potter, to establish what Sampson allegedly said in a meeting during the China Cup in October 2015.

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Liverpool and Manchester United fans warned to behave or face ‘long stay in Russia’

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:17:02 GMT2017-09-25T17:17:02Z

• Russian Football Union security chief takes tough Champions League stance
• Security teams from English clubs working with Spartak Moscow and CSKA

Liverpool and Manchester United supporters have been warned they face “a long stay in Russia” should trouble occur at their Champions League fixtures in Moscow this week.

The north-west rivals are both in action in the Russian capital, with Jürgen Klopp’s team facing Spartak Moscow on Tuesday and José Mourinho’s side playing CSKA on Wednesday. Security teams from Liverpool and United have been working with their Russian counterparts in an attempt to avoid problems for the estimated 2,000 away fans expected in Moscow.

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The Oumar Niasse appreciation edition – Football Weekly

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:39:13 GMT2017-09-25T15:39:13Z

Max Rushden and co review the weekend of Premier League football, the key action around Europe and look ahead to another packed midweek fixture list

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

Max Rushden’s coming fresh out the kitchen to discuss the Premier League weekend just gone, flanked by Barry Glendenning, Gregg Bakowski and Barney Ronay.

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Kyle Walker happy Sergio Agüero is in same side as ‘facing him was nightmare’

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:39 GMT2017-09-25T16:35:39Z

• Agüero needs one goal to equal Eric Brook’s Manchester City scoring record
• Argentinian likely to be rejoined by Gabriel Jesus against Shakhtar Donetsk

Sergio Agüero needs one more goal to equal Eric Brook’s 78-year-old Manchester City scoring record and there are not many people at the club who imagine the Argentinian is going to hang around for long on his present tally of 176.

No one is a bigger fan of the striker than Kyle Walker, who says it a joy to be playing behind Agüero after years of struggling to contain him.

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Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke set to miss six weeks with knee injury

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:24:44 GMT2017-09-25T16:24:44Z

• Belgium striker sustained minor ligament damage on Saturday
• Palace face striker shortage after failing to sign back-up option

Crystal Palace’s hopes of recovering from their abysmal start to the Premier League season have been dealt a blow with news that their record signing, Christian Benteke, is expected to miss around six weeks with the knee injury he sustained in the loss at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Belgium forward limped out of the 5-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium after 72 minutes, with Roy Hodgson confirming afterwards that he will miss the trip to Old Trafford this weekend. Benteke was sent on Monday to see a specialist, who has confirmed that the player purchased last year from Liverpool for an initial £26m has sustained minor ligament damage and is likely to be out for more than a month.

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: I miss Italy and I’ll be home before long

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:46:51 GMT2017-09-25T11:46:51Z

• ‘Italy is my homeland – I’ll be back,’ says Chelsea coach
• Conte bemoans ‘hardest Champions League group’ with Roma and Atlético

Antonio Conte has admitted that he misses Italy and plans to return to his homeland in the near future, saying that though his experience with Chelsea has been overwhelmingly positive there is “not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long”.

During an interview with the Italian radio station RadioUno, Conte spoke at length about his feelings for Italy. “I miss it, that’s beyond doubt,” he said. “Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, formative experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back. I don’t know when but that’s the aim.”

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The Fiver | Implementing a two-for-one discount across his agricultural-produce range

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:56:20 GMT2017-09-25T14:56:20Z

In today’s Fiver: Dr Arsène, tiny coffees and getting knacked while celebrating

It’s more than two decades since a stranger arrived in the north of London Town, pulled up his wagon outside Highbury Stadium, and started to shift bottles of Dr Arsène’s Amazing Restorative Hydrogen-and-Oxygen-Flavored Polar Inorganic Compound™ from the back. As he launched into his sales spiel – “It’s the taste!” – suggestible members of the local soccer team gathered round to sample the miracle elixir. “Coo!” they thought as they began to feel some strength return to their legs, their temples started throbbing a little less alarmingly, and that strange dull stabbing sensation in their side went away. As they cheerfully emptied their pockets to purchase as many bottles of the magical liniment as they could afford, Dr Arsène gathered up the falling coins and quietly asked his assistant to dig out his old rainmaking kit, and maybe mark up that old crate of broccoli by 400% while he was at it.

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British bobsleigh driver attacks decision to cut funding for women’s team

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:45:58 GMT2017-09-25T20:45:58Z

• Mica McNeill says decision to keep three men’s teams is ‘confusing’
• UK Sport monitoring bobsleigh’s governing body after overspend

The decision to continue funding all three men’s British bobsleigh teams while cutting financial backing for the only women’s crew has been branded “confusing” by the driver who started an online campaign to keep her Olympic dream afloat.

Mica McNeill said she wants people at the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association to be held accountable after financial “mismanagement” led to a £50,000 overspend at the governing body.

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Enable to be supplemented for Arc after Cracksman’s absence

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:46:01 GMT2017-09-25T19:46:01Z

• Enable to be added to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe field at cost of €120,000
• Cracksman missing from entry list after first forfeit stage

Any flickering hope among his backers that Cracksman might remain in the running for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday was extinguished on Monday morning, when the easy winner of the Prix Niel, one of the main Arc trials, was missing from a list of 20 contenders after the first forfeit stage. Enable, his stable companion at John Gosden’s Newmarket yard, is currently missing too, but will be added to the field at Wednesday’s supplementary stage at a cost of €120,000 (£105,500).

The mood music around Cracksman’s participation this weekend had been so downbeat since his win in the Niel that the ante-post market had effectively discounted him already. As a result Enable, the winner of four Group Ones already this season, is steady in the betting at a top price of 10-11. Each-way opposition to the favourite is beginning to focus on Ulysses, the Eclipse and International Stakes winner, and Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George, who was third last year behind his stable companions Found, who has since retired, and Highland Reel, who is expected to be in the field again on Sunday.

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Long seasons are pushing players to their limit, says England’s Ben Youngs

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:34:05 GMT2017-09-25T19:34:05Z

• England and Leicester scrum-half joins debate over early-season injuries
• ‘Players have power to strike but I don’t think any player wants to get to that’

Another senior England international has claimed leading players are “at the limit” of what their bodies can sustain amid rising concern over the number of injuries in the early weeks of the season. Leicester’s Ben Youngs says the players currently wish to avoid strike action but reveals there is increasing disquiet in dressing rooms about the sport’s attrition rate.

The topic of player welfare was impossible to avoid in Oxford, where England are engaged in a three-day camp, with Billy Vunipola the latest long-term casualty and eight other squad members unable to train fully. According to Youngs, the game grows steadily more demanding and common sense is needed in terms of season length.

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Theresa May backs Ireland for 2023 World Cup as French bid hits problems

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:56:09 GMT2017-09-25T16:56:09Z

• Prime Minister pledges full support to Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
• President Emmanuel Macron distances himself from France’s presentation

Theresa May has given her official backing to Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in what can be considered a boost to its chances given how the France president, Emmanuel Macron, has distanced himself from its attempts to host the tournament.

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Dustin Martin wins 2017 Brownlow medal with record number of votes

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:02:53 GMT2017-09-25T13:02:53Z

  • Richmond star polls 36 votes ahead of Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Mitchell
  • Midfielder is the sixth Tigers player to win prestigious individual award

Richmond star Dustin Martin has won the 2017 Brownlow medal after guiding the Tigers to their first AFL grand final in 35 years. The midfielder polled a record 36 votes, narrowly outpolling ineligible Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield (33) and Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell (25).

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Taking a knee and Trump: the new era of total protest

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:56 GMT2017-09-25T16:35:56Z

Black athletes from Muhammad Ali to Tommie Smith have taken a stand before – but Donald Trump is the most powerful spur to dissent the US has ever seen. Will the wave of protests in the NFL help take him down or just fuel his culture war?

Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner last August, when he was still a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and Barack Obama was still president. He was protesting against the killing of African Americans by police officers. The date is worth repeating because it seems likely that, in the near future, Kaepernick’s gesture will be misremembered as a protest against Donald Trump. Trump has made sure of that. His great and terrible skill as a politician is to make everything about Donald Trump.

Last Friday, at a rally in Alabama, Trump ranted, unprovoked, about football players who took the knee during the national anthem, calling on NFL owners (“friends of mine”) to fire any “son of a bitch” who dared to protest. There was no need in the case of Kaepernick, who is in limbo as a free agent with no NFL teams willing to touch him. Later, on Twitter, he retracted an invitation to NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after the team’s star player, Stephen Curry, expressed reservations. In a stroke, he ensured that Kaepernick’s form of protest went viral. Dozens of NFL stars and other athletes took the knee over the weekend, as did musicians Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and John Legend, and this time the target was clearly Trump. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers tweeted in Curry’s defence: “U bum … Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

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The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:11:17 GMT2017-09-25T16:11:17Z

The president can call for players to be disciplined if he wants, but with their superb and poignant gesture they are not the ones disrespecting the US

“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. The words of America’s national anthem, uplifting as they may be, do what all anthems do: they reassure a nation of its own self-image. That image is now being contested by another that asks who really is free, who really is brave and who really is at home in Trump’s America.

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NFL Week 3: Patriots, Bears and Eagles win in spectacular fashion – video highlights

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:41:37 GMT2017-09-25T12:41:37Z

There was drama across the NFL on Sunday with Tom Brady again leading New England to a comeback win, this time over the Houston Texans. Elsewhere, Philadelphia beat their division rival the New York Giants with a 61-yard field goal as time expired and the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers both recorded overtime wins

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Pharrell Williams 'takes a knee' in Charlottesville protest

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:16:20 GMT2017-09-25T09:16:20Z

The R&B singer joined Stevie Wonder in the protest against racism that has swept the NFL and enraged Donald Trump

Pharrell Williams has become the latest music star to show solidarity with NFL players, by sharing in their “take a knee” protest against racial injustice in the US.

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NFL round-up: Falcons stay perfect as Eagles bury Giants on 61-yard field goal

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:32:32 GMT2017-09-25T01:32:32Z

  • Falcons stay undefeated after Golden Tate’s touchdown is overturned
  • Jake Elliott’s 61-yard field goal as time expires lifts Eagles over Giants
  • Patriots, Bears, Packers, Chiefs, Titans and Jets among Week 3 winners

Matthew Stafford’s pass to Golden Tate was ruled to be just short of the goal line in the final seconds, overturning the call on the field and allowing the Atlanta Falcons to hold on for a 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Stafford threw a slant to Tate and a video review determined he was down just inside the 1 with eight seconds left. By rule, 10 seconds had to run off the clock, and that ended the game because the Lions didn’t have any timeouts.

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Justin Thomas completes remarkable season with $10m FedEx Cup win

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:36:27 GMT2017-09-24T22:36:27Z

• Xander Schauffele wins Tour Championship by one stroke from Thomas
• FedEx winner will rise to No4 in the world rankings this week

Justin Thomas has $10m worth of consolation after losing the Tour Championship by a stroke to Xander Schauffele. Sunday on the outskirts of Atlanta golf produced one of its curious scenarios in which even the runner-up had cause for epic celebration.

For Thomas, the FedEx Cup was fitting reward for a season which returned five victories, one of which was a major championship, the US PGA. Schauffele has cause to be equally delighted with his efforts. Not only did he see off a stellar field at East Lake but his rookie year on the PGA Tour has brought two wins and a cataclysmic rise from the position of merely seeking to retain his card. Even after a share of fifth at the US Open and victory at the Greenbrier Classic Schauffele was 82nd in the world rankings, in what proves an indication of his earlier standing.

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NFL players kneel for anthem in unprecedented defiance of Trump

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:11:01 GMT2017-09-24T22:11:01Z

NFL players staged an unprecedented wave of protest on Sunday, beginning at Wembley Stadium in London, as Donald Trump maintained his attack on players who kneel in protest against the national anthem.

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Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:52:51 GMT2017-09-24T21:52:51Z

The quarterback wanted kneeling in protest for the anthem to start a national talk about race and justice. Thanks to the president’s blast of rage, we have one

All Colin Kaepernick ever wanted was for his country to have a conversation about race.

This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are awkward and often end in a flurry of spittle, pointed fingers and bruised feelings. But from the moment the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback first spoke about his decision to kneel or sit during the national anthem, he said was willing to give up his career to make the nation talk.

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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 … Fred Spiksley, wing wizard, film star and POW escapee | Simon Burnton

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:20:51 GMT2017-07-28T11:20:51Z

Fred Spiksley dazzled as an outside-left, but found his far-reaching coaching ideas spurned in England after success abroad, having also dabbled in film and been embroiled in a wartime escape mission

In the words of James Catton, the greatest football writer of his time, “Fred Spiksley’s control of the ball, his individuality, and his pluck for a man of modest stature, without much weight, were amazing. He did all his ball work with the outside of the right foot. In fact, Fred Spiksley could do almost anything he wanted with either foot, and was a sure marksman. Spiksley as a football player was a wonder.”

Ernest “Nudger” Needham, who was to win 16 England caps while at Sheffield United, was part of the Staveley defence that lost 10-0 against Spiksley’s Gainsborough in 1891. “Our captain told me to shift from left to right to stop the outside-left,” he recalled. “I might as well have tried to stop the wind. The outside-left was Fred Spiksley, the finest outside-left I have ever met and whose dribbling was a treat to watch. He could either combine with the others and make openings by lively centres, or cut past the back on the inside to go for goal himself. He could also shoot with either foot. I shall never forget Freddy’s dazzling wing play in 1898, when England beat Scotland 3-1. Ah, Fred was a gem of a player in those days!”

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The Joy of Six: Matt Le Tissier | Nick Ames

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:43 GMT2017-09-22T09:00:43Z

From announcing himself in the 1989-90 season with a sublime hat-trick to his firecracker to send off The Dell, half a dozen of the Southampton icon’s best

If the early years of Le Tissier’s Southampton career had flickered, the 1989-90 season was when he began setting the old First Division ablaze. Chris Nicholl is generally viewed in Saints lore as an overly conservative manager but, for one year only, a team of tantalising prospects cut loose and finished seventh, scoring 71 times. Alan Shearer was beginning to serve notice of his talent but the star was Le Tissier, whose 20 league goals matched his age at the beginning of term.

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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?

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The London Monarchs, weigh-in shenanigans and underarm serves | Classic YouTube

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:15:30 GMT2017-09-21T09:15:30Z

This week’s roundup also features pre-Sky Jeff Stelling, Kasper Schmeichel as a toddler and a dog stealing the show1) Now in its 10th season, the NFL International Series bandwagon rolls back into London for the first of its four-game run on Sunday. Before the annual helping of Jacksonville Jaguars, UK gridiron fans had to make do with NFL Europe and its predecessor the World League of American Football. The Union Jags have a long way to go before they are afforded the affection of the UK’s original franchise, the 1991 World Bowl champions London Monarchs. It is hard to understand why they were such a monumental flop based on their wonderfully 1990s series of TV ads. The Monarchs also provided Jeff Stelling a break as a jobbing sports reporter for Channel 4 and played host to the American football career of outspoken NBA dad Lavar Ball. Perhaps the biggest success story of NFL Europe is former Amsterdam Admirals quarterback, and collector of bizarre weaponry, Kurt Warner. A year later he was Superbowl XXXIV MVP and the star of the Greatest Show on Turf but Classic YouTube is sure the 1998 season, where Warner led NFL Europe in passing yards and touchdowns as the Admirals fell short of the World Bowl, is what he dreams about at night. Meanwhile, from more recent times in the NFL, this from Tod Gurley is quite the hurdle, and here is an example of the peril that cheerleaders subject themselves to.2) Billy Joe Saunders defended his WBO middleweight belt against Wille Monroe Jnr last weekend but it was Saunders’ son who got in the first dig at the weigh-in, delivering a low blow to Willie. Pre-fight shenanigans are nothing new of course and back when he was still fighting other boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr was a master. This clip from before his 2007 superfight with Oscar de la Hoya makes you wonder how Conor McGregor would have reacted to a live chicken. MMA’s creep into boxing’s territory is partially fuelled by its ability for pre-fight promotion. If Sean O’Connell was half as good a fighter as he is an entertainer he’d be a superstar. Sadly, with a UFC record of 2-5, he’s not. Continue reading...[...]


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How US sports stars united against Trump – video explainer

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:43:25 GMT2017-09-25T10:43:25Z

NFL and baseball players demonstrate against Donald Trump after the US president’s comments on Friday that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens led the protests at Wembley in London. In the US, numerous teams joined the demonstrations on Sunday

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NFL players protest during the US national anthem at Wembley – video

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:09:06 GMT2017-09-24T15:09:06Z

In defiance of President Donald Trump's interjections in the debate around anthem protests in the NFL, around 25 players from both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens took to one knee during the US national anthem before their match at Wembley. Players and officials, including Jaguars franchise owner Shahid Khan, linked arms to lodge their protest at the White House and at police brutality

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'Liverpool are not the Harlem Globetrotters,' says Jürgen Klopp – video

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:25:39 GMT2017-09-24T14:25:39Z

Following Liverpool's back-and-forth 3-2 win over Leicester, Jürgen Klopp made no apologies for his team's mistakes but made it clear that winning is paramount, above 'playing beautiful football'. Leicester's Craig Shakespeare betrayed a little annoyance at being told his team had been part of a 'great game'

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This is just the start, says Mourinho after Manchester United win again – video

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:09:57 GMT2017-09-23T18:09:57Z

José Mourinho insists it is ‘just the start’ after Manchester United’s win at Southampton on Saturday, the club’s fifth in six league games so far this season. Romelu Lukalu scored the only goal of the game as United ran out 1-0 winners on the south coast

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Tottenham's Pochettino: 'I'm in love with Harry Kane' – video

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:26:02 GMT2017-09-23T15:26:02Z

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praises Harry Kane following the club’s 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday saying he is ‘in love’ with the striker. Kane netted twice in the win and now has four league goals this season. ‘I am in love, the fans are in love, teammates are in love,’ says Pochettino

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Harder to miss: striker in Romania fails to score from two yards – video

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:45:11 GMT2017-09-21T15:45:11Z

Salim Cissé, striker for Romanian side Politehnica Iasi, can't believe his bad luck in managing to miss a chance from two yards out in the Liga I meeting with Botosani on Wednesday night. With his team 3-2 down late on, Cissé looks certain to score but the ball hits his thigh and balloons over the crossbar. Much to his relief Politehnica Iasi salvaged an equaliser shortly after and the game ended 3-3

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FA chief executive explains Mark Sampson sacking – video

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:06:13 GMT2017-09-21T09:06:13Z

Martin Glenn, chief executive of the Football Association, explains why Mark Sampson was sacked as manager of the England Women’s side. Glenn says the decision was taken in relation to Sampson 'overstepping the boundaries between coach and player' while in a previous role at Bristol Academy. 'The complaint that was dealt with was seen through the lens of safeguarding,' he adds

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Arsenal using Carabao Cup to test new players, says Wenger – video

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:58:18 GMT2017-09-20T09:58:18Z

Speaking before his team's match against Doncaster at the Emirates on Wednesday, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger say he is using the tournament to trial some of his newest players. He adds that his current set of young players are some of the best he has ever had 

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Conte: Hazard will start match against Nottingham Forest – video

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:35:04 GMT2017-09-20T09:35:04Z

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he had great respect for Championship side Nottingham Forest before their League Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge. He also discusses midfielder Eden Hazard’s move from the bench following an injury to starting Wednesday’s match 

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Donald Trump blasts NFL anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a bitch off the field'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:43:10 GMT2017-09-23T22:43:10Z

  • President rips NFL players who have kneeled in fiery Alabama speech
  • Trump encourages fans to leave stadium if they see players kneeling

Donald Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama on Friday night, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“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!’” the president said at a rally for Republican senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special election next week to remain in the seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

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Taking the knee: how NFL players protested during national anthem in every game – in pictures

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:29:31 GMT2017-09-24T19:29:31Z

After the president said those kneeling to highlight issues of racial justice should be fired, players across the league showed defiance in different ways

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Donald Trump defied at Wembley as Jaguars and Ravens kneel for anthem

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:17:40 GMT2017-09-24T14:17:40Z

• US president suggested players should be fired for disrespecting anthem
• Up to 25 players in NFL game at Wembley take knee as others support move

Twenty-seven players from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens took a knee during the singing of the US national anthem at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the protest against the US president, Donald Trump, intensified. It was the most ever in a single NFL game.

Trump had increased his criticism of NFL players on Saturday, not only suggesting that fans of the sport should “refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country” but also urging any players who took a knee to be fired or suspended.

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Colin Kaepernick's NFL exile continues as another team owner backs away

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:13:50 GMT2017-08-02T17:13:50Z

  • Baltimore Ravens owner reported to object to signing of player
  • Kaepernick knelt for anthem last year in racial injustice protest
  • Ravens playing staff have said they would welcome quarterback

Colin Kaepernick’s hopes of playing in the NFL again have been hurt by the Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, according to a report.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini said John Harbaugh, the team’s head coach, and general manager Ozzy Newsome are keen on recruiting Kaepernick as a backup to their starting quarterback Joe Flacco, but Bisciotti has blocked the move.

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Donald Trump says NFL has 'gone soft' just like America

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:59:06 GMT2016-01-11T02:59:06Z

  • Republican candidate says there is too much emphasis on safety
  • Trump praises Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Donald Trump believes he has found the perfect encapsulation of the decline of America: the NFL’s efforts to stop head-on collisions in football.

Speaking at a rally in Reno, Nevada, he lamented a game that has “gone soft”, while appearing to reference the penalties that cost the Cincinnati Bengals their playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Peter Sagan wins third consecutive world road race title – as it happened

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:08:53 GMT2017-09-24T15:08:53Z

Peter Sagan pipped home favourite Alexander Kristoff on the line in a photo finish to claim his third consecutive world road race title, with Michael Matthews finishing third

After 267.5km, it came down to a matter of inches. But Peter Sagan is the world champion again, just as he was in 2015 and 2016, and the rainbow jersey is his once more. A remarkable achievement. Thanks for reading!

Some race too for Great Britain’s Ben Swift. He had a mechanical failure with four laps to go, and had to change his bike, but got back in the saddle and back up to the front of the peloton very quickly. With 300m to go, he looked like he might get on the podium, but it wasn’t to be.

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Four Tests in 18 months: New Zealand’s schedule a harbinger of what is to come | Tim Wigmore

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:00:20 GMT2017-09-25T18:00:20Z

The Black Caps’ fixture list is best understood as a glimpse of the future – not just for the country, but for the wider cricketing world

Meet New Zealand, the ghost Test cricket team. From March 2017 to October 2018, the side will play a paltry four Tests in 18 months. In the same period Joe Root, one of Kane Williamson’s biggest rivals for the mantle of the best Test batsman in the world, will play 21 Tests for England.

Understandably, senior players are privately bemoaning the paucity of five-day action. The little Test cricket that is being played is also being pushed to the margins of early December and the end of March, a soft flatbread to the 13 ODIs and 10 T20s that fill the meaty chunk of New Zealand’s summer.

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Joseph Parker’s wish for Anthony Joshua fight leaves Fury out in the cold | Kevin Mitchell

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:23:47 GMT2017-09-25T16:23:47Z

The New Zealander believes Joshua will be easier to beat than the awkward Mancunian proved to be and is decamping to the UK to make the fight happen

Hughie Fury will not be getting a quick rematch against Joseph Parker – unless the Mancunian heavyweight’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, can deliver on his optimistic promise of having his points loss overturned, and the odds must be slim.

After winning over 12 close rounds at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night – and benefiting from outrageous 118-110 scores on two cards – to retain the WBO world title he inherited from Hughie’s cousin, Tyson, Parker said the British heavyweight he is way more interested in fighting is Anthony Joshua.

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Nascar's Danica Patrick drove the lonely road to a feminist legacy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:57:46 GMT2017-09-21T14:57:46Z

Her career may be near the finish line, but the trailblazing driver will leave behind a unique legacy as an instrument of male and female fantasy

The Hollywood treatment of the Danica Patrick story hasn’t hit theaters yet. But please believe: it’s coming. Maybe in a year. Maybe in 30. Either way, the creative license is going to be off the charts.

It’s not hard to imagine the Danica character, played by a Mara sister or similar “type”, shaving her head or adding bass to her voice or insisting her rival drivers call her “Dan Patrick”. The idea of a woman race car driver – and inside the southern fried, patriarchal world of Nascar of all places – requires so much suspension of disbelief, after all. The most palatable argument for it isn’t the truth. It’s another version of Disney’s Mulan, but with a fiery race car in place of a dragon.

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Charles Piutau: ‘I felt invincible as an All Black … but it’s such a short career’

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:54:04 GMT2017-09-25T10:54:04Z

He missed out on winning a World Cup to sign for Ulster but the New Zealander has no regrets and will become the world’s highest-paid player when he joins Bristol in 2018

“I really had to see the bigger picture,” Charles Piutau says as he considers the wrench of abandoning his Test career with the All Blacks to play for Ulster and, from next season, Bristol. Piutau, a dynamic full-back who can also play on the wing, will become the world’s most highly paid rugby player when he joins Bristol. Yet his motives are more than mercenary and reflect his arduous childhood as well as the growing problems for Test rugby.

“When I was in New Zealand it felt like the All Blacks were everything. It felt like you were going to play forever. You felt invincible. But, taking a step back, you realise it’s such a short career. For me, what really hit home was remembering everything my parents had done for me and my siblings. They left Tonga for New Zealand to give us better opportunities. And for me, coming here, I had the same chance to do something similar for my family.”

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