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Former KGB agent wins biathlon gold medal for Belarus at Winter Olympics

51 min 45 sec ago
  • 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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Mason Crane is a work in progress for England, says Andy Flower

58 min 6 sec ago
• England Lions head coach backs 21-year-old leg-spinner
• Hampshire man took one wicket in two unofficial A Tests

Andy Flower, the England Lions head coach, has called for greater patience regarding Mason Crane’s development as a leg-spinner and tipped Jack Leach to make an impact when England’s Test side tour Sri Lanka in November.

England’s second string are 2-0 down in their three-match unofficial Test series against West Indies A following a pair of heavy defeats in what Flower describes as “subcontinental” conditions, with spin having accounted for 55 of the 66 wickets to fall across both sides.

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

1 hour 32 min ago
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 to 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 like “We need 10 points from our last 11 games to stay up”.

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Porter and Farrell will make Six Nations debuts for Ireland against Wales

1 hour 38 min ago
• Fast-rising Leinster star Andrew Porter will start at tighthead
• Munster centre Chris Farrell will also make his Test debut

Test rookie Andrew Porter will be tasked with anchoring Ireland’s scrum against Wales on Saturday in his first Six Nations start.

Fast-rising Leinster star Porter will start at tighthead for Ireland, after Tadhg Furlong failed to beat his hamstring injury in time for the Aviva Stadium clash.

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

1 hour 45 min ago

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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Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

2 hours 34 min ago

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

2 hours 58 min ago
  • 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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Stadium of plight: Sunderland at risk of their most shattering relegation | Louise Taylor

3 hours 15 min ago
Chris Coleman spoke of rebuilding Sunderland but, with the club bottom of the Championship, a wantaway owner unable to sell and poor player recruitment, he now seems less certain

When Chris Coleman walks into a room, one question invariably seems to echo around the walls. “Why?” the former Wales manager is asked. “Why Sunderland?” The moment at a Christmas drinks party when someone put it rather more bluntly and inquired what the hell he was doing there was not an isolated cameo.

Coleman typically responds with grace and humour but, just lately, his talk of “sleepless nights” and “soul destroying” afternoons in the technical area, allied to the sense he is “in the middle of a tornado” and “staring into an abyss”, hint at inner doubts.

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Östersund, the club with 'no history and no ideas' that took on Europe

3 hours 53 min ago

When Östersund fell into Swedish fourth tier – ‘the lowest of the low’ – in 2010 they tried something new. It’s still working

A film by Copa90 of the Guardian Sport Network

European football can feel very predictable. The same clubs spend their fortunes on the world’s most valuable stars, cruise to the final eight of continental tournaments, and dominate their domestic leagues. In a way, football at the very top has stagnated. But in the geographical centre of Sweden, in an isolated place known to the rest of the country as “up in the mountains of the north,” a new approach has taken root and blossomed on the European stage.

Östersund were in the fourth tier of Swedish football as recently as 2010. They had little by way of vision or resources and were struggling to make football work in a town dominated by winter sports, in a country dominated by clubs in the south, and in a game dominated by money. So how did this club based 240 miles from the Arctic Circle find themselves playing Arsenal in the last 16 of the Europa League?

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Elise Christie refuses to be defined by Olympic failure – video

3 hours 57 min ago

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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Italy told to grasp chance in France as Six Nations enters new territory

4 hours 41 min ago
• Conor O’Shea tells side to learn from mistakes against France
• France play home Six Nations match outside Paris for first time

Conor O’Shea wants Italy to learn from their mistakes when the Six Nations enters new territory on Friday as the Azzurri head to Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome to take on France, who are playing their first championship home game outside Paris.

Both sides lost their opening two fixtures – France by a combined total of eight points – but Italy conceded 15 tries and 102 points in being beaten by England and Ireland.

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Les Ferdinand: ‘People talk a lot but it’s actions that count after Grenfell’

5 hours 15 min ago
QPR’s director of football is inextricably linked with the disaster after growing up on the same estate – and is passionate about helping victims as well as guiding young players at the club

It has been eight months since the inferno tore through Grenfell Tower, killing 71 people and forcing hundreds from their homes. Of that number, 152 households are still to be rehoused, despite a promise from the prime minister that the process would take no more than three weeks.

“It’s ridiculous to think that these people who lost loved ones, lost friends, are still holed up in hotels,” Les Ferdinand says. “People do a lot of talking about what’s right and what’s wrong but it’s the actions that count. And we’ve not done enough.”

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

5 hours 18 min ago

* Available to UK viewers only.

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

5 hours 52 min ago
  • Alpine skier rues spluttering first run as he finished ninth
  • Sweden’s Andre Myhrer claims a surprise gold

It was supposed to be a men’s slalom battle for the ages between Austria’s Marcel Hirscher and the Norwegian Henrik Kristofferson – with a British skier in the mix for bronze.

Instead, when Hirscher lost control on his first run, and Kristofferson got tangled with a gate on his second, Sweden’s Andre Myhrer claimed a surprise gold.

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Table tennis trickery, Bobby Moore on street football and showboating | Classic YouTube

6 hours 2 sec ago

This week’s roundup also features Elizabeth Swaney’s dreams coming true and Fabio Fognini dropping some magic

1) It is the League Cup final on Sunday. Let’s harp back to 1988 and Arsenal v Luton: “Oh Dear, it’s Gus Caesar”. Also of yesteryear, Obafemi Martins in 2011. For fonder Arsenal League Cup final memories, here’s their win over Liverpool in 1987, which brought their first trophy under George Graham. And for Manchester City fans, here’s Peter Barnes and Dennis Tueart delivering Wembley glory in 1976.

Related: Futsal finals, muddy faceplants and Luís Boa Morte on MTV Cribs

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

6 hours 37 min ago

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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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Nathan Hughes back in England team for Scotland Six Nations clash

6 hours 52 min ago
  • Eddie Jones makes one change to side that beat Wales
  • Hughes returns to team after recovering from knee injury

Nathan Hughes has been named in England’s starting lineup to face Scotland in the only change made by Eddie Jones for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash. The No 8 has played just 23 minutes since sustaining a knee injury in December but slots into the void left by Sam Simmonds, who is sidelined until next month.

Jonathan Joseph keeps his place at outside-centre with Ben Te’o again named on the bench while Owen Farrell stays at inside-centre despite England revealing on Tuesday that he had not fully trained since the victory over Wales. Joe Marler is back in the matchday 23 following his suspension and replaces Alec Hepburn on the bench but there is no place for James Haskell, who drops out along with Bath’s Charlie Ewels.

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Football transfer rumours: Roma's Alisson to be Liverpool's new No 1?

6 hours 55 min ago

Today’s tell-all has just taken three things for the team

Considering the Rumour Mill’s stock-in-trade is high profile players who would rather be somewhere else, it would be a gross dereliction of journalistic duty to not to mention Harry Kane’s appearance on stage at the Brit Awards last night. Prodded centre-stage from the wings alongside Cuban-American songstress Camila Cabello, the Tottenham Hotspur goal-getter could scarcely have looked more awkward as he proceeded to engage in some excruciating forced “banter”, before presenting the gong for Best Male International Male to Kendrick Lamar. Tottenham fans concerned about their star striker being distracted by the fear of being asked to perform the opening monologue on Oscars night will have slept soundly in their beds.

Related: Fred’s free-kick gives Shakhtar Donetsk narrow lead over Roma

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

7 hours 2 min ago

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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Russian curler stripped of Winter Olympics medal after admitting doping

7 hours 30 min ago
  • Alexander Krushelnitsky won bronze in mixed doubles
  • Russian earlier this week denied taking meldonium

The Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of the mixed doubles bronze medal he won at the Winter Olympics after being found guilty of doping, the court of arbitration for sport’s anti-doping division has announced.

Krushelnitsky finished third in the curling event representing the Olympic Athletes of Russia with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, but now the medal will likely be reallocated by the International Olympic Committee and World Curling.

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