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Terence Crawford blasts Indongo in three to unify junior welterweight titles

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Terence Crawford took all the drama out of his fight against Julius Indongo, and he did it fast at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Now Crawford is the only undisputed world champion in professional boxing.

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USA take firm grip in Solheim Cup but Georgia Hall shines for Europe

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:30

• Home team lead 10½ to 5½ before Sunday’s singles
• Cristie Kerr becomes leading points winner in US cup history

Never mind the miracle of Medinah. This has turned into a disaster in Des Moines for Europe. Only the greatest comeback in team golf history will prevent the USA from keeping firm hold of the Solheim Cup. The sad thing for Annika Sorenstam and her European players as they peruse the ominous scenario of Sunday singles – traditionally an American strong suit – is that defeat may arrive by an embarrassing margin.

For now Juli Inkster’s team are a mere three and a half points short of the tally needed to confirm cup retention. Sunday tee times have been advanced by two hours in a bid to avoid inclement weather. The Europeans may be delighted to exit stage left as quickly as humanly possible. What a bruising experience this has been, particularly for Sorenstam, who was not accustomed to being a distant second during her playing days.

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Jermaine Blackwood gives West Indies hope despite absent friends | Andy Bull

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:45
Touring side’s innings defeat by England highlighted absence of Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo and more, but Blackwood showed all is not lost

There will be a few reasons to remember this game, the first day-night Test held in England, but none of them will have anything much to do with the cricket played by West Indies. Alastair Cook batted for longer in the one innings he played than their 11 batsmen managed in 22 innings between them. On Saturday West Indies lost 19 wickets in the day. It wasn’t even spectacularly bad cricket. There was no dramatic collapse, just a grim and inevitable subsidence. You would get a better contest watching a steamroller go over wet tarmac. This is a callow West Indies team, young to enough to learn, yes, but young enough to get scarred, too. And it is hard to believe a defeat like this will do them any good.

Related: England overwhelm West Indies as Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s mark

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Joe Root says ‘extremely privileged’ to play with England history-makers

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:23
• ‘It was fantastic team effort,’ says captain after thrashing West Indies
• Stuart Broad moves above Ian Botham to second in wicket-takers’ list

Joe Root put England’s crushing three-day victory over West Indies in their first pink-ball Test down to their relentless approach and said having the country’s leading run-scorer, and now two highest wicket-takers, is something he does not take for granted as captain.

Related: England overwhelm West Indies as Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s mark

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Mauricio Pochettino adamant only Premier League title will do for Spurs

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:30

The Tottenham manager goes into the London derby against Chelsea convinced that claiming the title or the Champions League is how he will be judged

Mauricio Pochettino welcomes the champions to Wembley on Sunday with a simple message. The Tottenham manager has guided his club to third- and second-placed league finishes in the past two seasons but failed to bring a trophy to White Hart Lane. The Argentinian is clear, however, that the only piece of silverware that will really satisfy his ambitions is the one that Chelsea currently hold.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino calls on Tottenham to become guardians of ‘galaxy’ at Wembley

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Vincent Kompany: ‘When I came to Manchester City it was bouncing’

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:30
The City captain enters his 10th season at the club having seen plenty of changes but believes the long-term plan at the Etihad has secured a successful future

Vincent Kompany is entering his 10th season in England and, at 31, the Manchester City and Belgium captain happily admits he is no longer the player he was when he joined from Hamburg under Mark Hughes.

Related: Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany: I always come back stronger after injury

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: The crazy Diego Maradona who inspires me

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:30
‘I learned a lot from him,’ says Spurs manager who recalled one day during his playing career when the Argentinian legend opened fire on journalists

Diego Maradona is always with Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian legend is seared into the Tottenham manager’s psyche and will be with him in spirit on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea visit Wembley in a deliciously early examination of his – and Antonio Conte’s – title ambitions.

But one crazy morning by the coast in 1994 when Pochettino and Maradona were supposed to be sharing a room as team-mates of Newell’s Old Boys, the World Cup-winning hero of a nation was nowhere to be seen. What transpired gave the young Pochettino a glimpse into the art of crisis management and dealing with star names and the attention they bring, even if the problems that transpired were off the scale when it comes to sheer and utter madness.

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Arsène Wenger criticises Granit Xhaka and referee after defeat at Stoke

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:23
• Arsenal manager says midfielder made ‘stupid mistake’ for Stoke winner
• Alexandre Lacazette’s disallowed goal was ‘100% onside’, says Wenger

An angry Arsène Wenger criticised Granit Xhaka for the “stupid mistake” that led to Jesé Rodríguez’s winner for Stoke City against Arsenal, though the manager claimed Alexandre Lacazette’s 72nd-minute strike was wrongly ruled offside.

Rodríguez’s debut finish came two minutes into the second half of the 1-0 victory when Xhaka lost the ball near the halfway line and Saido Berahino passed to the Spaniard who beat Petr Cech.

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Mo Farah at a crossroads on day of his UK track farewell

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:59
Britain’s greatest distance runner will get a hero’s welcome at Diamond League curtain-call in Birmingham, but needs to take action to counter suspicion

It is not widely known that when the BBC’s Panorama alleged that Alberto Salazar had broken or bent several anti-doping rules in June 2015, Mo Farah’s initial instinct was to split from the American coach who had guided him to Olympic and world championship glory. That was certainly his position when he boarded a flight from Portland to the United Kingdom, via Amsterdam, two days later. Yet by the time he arrived in Birmingham for a Diamond League meeting he had dramatically changed his mind.

According to one source, Farah decided it would be unfair to ditch his coach and thus throw him to the wolves, when he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing. Another believes that, deep down, the urge to stay with the man who had transformed him from a decent distance runner, finishing sixth and seventh in the 5,000m at the 2007 and 2009 world championships, into the world’s best was simply too strong.

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England overwhelm West Indies as Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s mark

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:08
• England, 514-8, beat West Indies, 168 & 137, by an innings and 209 runs
• 19 wickets fall on day three of first Test, England’s inaugural day-night match

The end was swift, cacophonous and melodramatic. On a day when 19 wickets fell, all of them West Indian, England sped to victory by an innings and 209 runs; Stuart Broad became the second highest wicket-taker among Englishmen, overtaking Sir Ian Botham, as Joe Root’s team earned themselves a couple days off, during which the pace bowlers will be keen to emphasise that rotation really is not such a good idea. They all want to bowl against these tourists. So from an English perspective there is much to celebrate.

Moreover the zeal with which Warwickshire CCC have overseen this country’s first day-night Test cannot be faulted. In some ways it has been a triumph. The stands have been filled with an alacrity that is only rivalled when the Australians are in town; on Saturday another 23,000 came along. Warwickshire have delivered an excellent pitch; there have been cheerful stewards in abundance and a warm welcome has been extended everywhere. To use the (relatively) modern vernacular: they have controlled their controllables rather well.

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New York City police take a knee at rally in support of Colin Kaepernick

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:45
  • Frank Serpico, now 81, joins NYPD officers and alumni at rally for quarterback
  • Kaepernick remains unsigned three weeks before NFL season gets under way

Dozens of current and former New York City police officers, including famed corruption whistleblower Frank Serpico, turned out Saturday at a rally in support of getting free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.

The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.

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European roundup: Juventus beat Cagliari despite intervention from VAR

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:41
• Mandzukic, Dybala and Higuaín on target for champions in opener
• VAR awards Cagliari penalty but Farias misses resulting spot-kick

Juventus began their quest for a seventh successive Serie A title with a 3-0 home win over Cagliari after the Sardinians missed a penalty awarded with the help of the video assistant referee.

Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín scored in opening match of the season, but the game could have taken a different course if Diego Farias had converted a spot‑kick for Cagliari when they were 1-0 behind.

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Nemanja Matic’s Manchester United move may leave Chelsea feeling blue | Daniel Taylor

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:00
It was risky for the champions to help rivals solve a problem, something Manchester United try hard to avoid, as players such as Wayne Rooney and Gabriel Heinze can testify

It was the cartoon, published on the Daily Telegraph website a few years ago, that probably demonstrated the perception at the time that the man in charge of Manchester United’s transfer business was straying dangerously close to getting the reputation of being a bit of a pushover.

Entitled “Manchester United and the Transfer Market” and published shortly after the arrival of Ángel Di María and Radamel Falcao, the cartoon showed the club’s executive vice‑chairman, Ed Woodward, walking into a convenience store called Costless and asking to be shown the “very finest” chocolate they had for sale before handing over £80 for a Mars Bar.

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Stoke City’s Jesé Rodríguez makes Arsenal pay for lack of cutting edge

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:41

An impressive debut goal from Jesé Rodríguez, a superb Jack Butland display and an Alexandre Lacazette goal incorrectly ruled out for offside gave Stoke City a deserved win on an evening when Arsenal suggested they are destined for another frustrating Premier League campaign.

Arsène Wenger’s side ended up bombarding Butland’s goal yet lacked a ruthless edge. The sight of record £52m signing Lacazette, anonymous apart from the turn and finish with 18 minutes to go that was erroneously disallowed by a linesman’s flag, being taken off near the close summed their bluntness up.

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Owen Burrows returns from the gloom with Massaat’s Newbury victory

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:02
• Massaat displays class to collect Hungerford Stakes
• Burrows describes the importance of the win as ‘massive’

Massaat and Owen Burrows put themselves back in the big time with victory in the Hungerford Stakes here, the first success they have enjoyed together after 18 months of early promise and lasting frustration. A Dewhurst runner-up when with Barry Hills in 2015, Massaat was the dream horse that Burrows was handed at the start of his training career and then threatened to turn into a nightmare.

Just a month after Burrows had his very first runner, Massaat ran second in the 2,000 Guineas, providing the kind of thrill and a quantity of hope that few trainers ever get to experience. But then he was a blatant non-stayer in the Derby and injured a leg trying to pick up a Group Three at Salisbury. He came here without a run for more than a year, having crocked himself again when he was supposed to be taking it easy over the winter.

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Football League: Cardiff end Wolves' unbeaten run to stay top as Wigan win again

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:56
  • Ipswich beat Brentford to maintain 100% start, Aston Villa see off Norwich 4-2
  • Wigan go top of League One, Forest Green win thriller at Yeovil
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José Mourinho wary of roadworks despite Manchester United’s fast start

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:59
• United score four goals in opening two matches for first time since 1907
• ‘It’s not always motorway. You always find difficult roads’

Manchester United continued their superb start to the season by again scoring four goals – the first time they have done that in their opening two matches since 1907 – but José Mourinho warned his players that “it’s not always motorway” and there will be “roadworks” ahead. The United manager did admit, though, that his team are playing with the sort of confidence they lacked last season after three late goals in four minutes against Swansea completed another emphatic victory.

Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all scored for the second game running, with Eric Bailly getting the other goal on an afternoon when Swansea imploded in the final 10 minutes. When it was pointed out to Mourinho that United had not made a start like this to a season for 108 years, the Portuguese replied: “I prefer to say we start last season with two matches, six points and we finished sixth. That’s not a lesson, it’s a reality of football – two matches are not the end of the world for people that lose and it’s not paradise for people that win. I am happy, of course, and the quality of the performance gives me even more confidence.”

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Manchester United are full of confidence, says José Mourinho – video

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:39

José Mourinho has said that his Manchester United team is playing with confidence after their 4-0 win away at Swansea in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Swans manager Paul Clement defended his tactics, making it clear that he’s not interested in damage limitation, and wanted to try to get back into the game rather than sit back and keep the scoreline respectable

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Richarlison and Capoue strikes reward battling Watford at Bournemouth

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:13

Marco Silva earned his first away win in the Premier League as his Watford team grew in strength to claim a deserved victory over Bournemouth.

It is early days in the season but Eddie Howe’s side were physically unable to cope with the visitors and failed to take the chances that came their way in the match.

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Hal Robson-Kanu seals West Brom win over Burnley then sees red for elbow

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:12

Hal Robson-Kanu scored to earn West Bromwich Albion another 1-0 win before being sent off in a lively 20-minute cameo after coming off the bench at Burnley.

The Wales international held off two Clarets defenders to score in the 71st minute but he was then dismissed seven minutes from time when he caught Matt Lowton in the head with an elbow as the Burnley full-back nodded clear.

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