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England can quickly plan ahead with their veterans daring to dream again | Eddie Butler

Guardian Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:32
How did it go so horribly wrong up for Wales in Cardiff? Did they leave their second-half strength back at the bench press?
• Six Nations match report: Wales 16-21 England
• Dean Ryan: How Welsh were drawn into a dogfight
• Player ratings from Cardiff

Picking the bones out of a defeat takes longer than savouring the filet of victory, So, while Wales, who never knowingly rush the examination of a bad smell, take their samples and send them to be tested for toxic contamination, England can plan quickly ahead, no longer a collection of injury-cursed strangers but game-hardened pioneers surveying a richly illuminated landscape.

Dave Attwood and George Kruis, two second-rows that might not have been a fourth-choice pairing a month ago, were at the heart of the all-conquering forward effort in the second half. A centre pairing that had not played a Test together looked strong and yet inventive. Jonathan Joseph was so light on his feet that he left Dan Biggar (no mean tackler) in a spin, and then went from stock-still to flat out so electrifyingly that George North (not his finest defensive moment) was left clutching at air. Joseph’s partner, Luther Burrell, gave the pass – having scooped one from Chris Robshaw off his toes – that gave Mike Brown the space to kick ahead for Anthony Watson to score.

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Bournemouth cement position as leaders of promotion pack

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:27
Championship leaders Bournemouth cemented their position as the main contenders for automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 3-1 win at struggling Wigan on Saturday.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:27
Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Merseyside derby to 10 games but departing captain Steven Gerrard had to content himself with a 0-0 draw at Everton on Saturday.

Venezuela supermarket chain rejects 'hoarding' charge

Observer - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:26
CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) - A private supermarket chain taken over by the Venezuelan government denied on Saturday accusations of food hoarding, amid huge lines and shortages in the crisis-hit country.

Tony McCoy announces he will retire from racing at end of season

Guardian Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:24
• Winner of 19 consecutive Champion Jockey titles calls it a day
• McCoy makes announcement on Channel 4 Racing

Tony McCoy has announced on Channel 4 Racing that he is to retire from racing at the end of the season.

The winner of 19 consecutive jump jockey titles has more than 4,300 winners to his name. Now aged 40, he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2010, the only jockey to have done so.

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: City slip, Chelsea now 7 points clear, Spurs whip Arsenal

Observer - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:22
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday to move seven points clear at the Premier League summit as second-place Manchester City fluffed their lines at home to Hull City.

Celtic treble dream still alive

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:13
Celtic remain on course for a domestic treble as they eased their way into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Dundee.

QPR 0-1 Southampton

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:13
QPR suffered a dispiriting start to the post-Harry Redknapp era as Sadio Mane's last-gasp goal gave Southampton a 1-0 win at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Manchester City 1-1 Hull City

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:13
Manchester City's hold on the Premier League title weakened further as James Milner's injury-time free-kick earned his side a 1-1 draw at home to Hull City on Saturday.

PCL Cricket: Guyana tighten grip on Ja

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:12
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Guyana Jaguars pegged back Jamaica Franchise to 141-6 at the tea interval on day two in the WICB Professional Cricket League match at Sabina Park on Saturday.

Dundee 0-2 Celtic | Scottish Cup fifth round match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:05

Celtic’s quest for a domestic treble remains firmly on course after an impressive 2-0 win over Dundee in their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at Dens Park.

Striker Leigh Griffiths headed Celtic into the lead in the seventh minute with his third goal in four games and the home side were only still in the tie at the interval thanks to keeper Scott Bain.

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Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Observer - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:03
Branislav Ivanovic's second-half goal earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa as the Premier League leaders moved seven points clear at the top on Saturday.

Dortmund down Freiburg to climb off bottom

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:03
Borussia Dortmund climbed off the bottom of the Bundesliga on Saturday with their first win in seven matches as Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang scored twice in their 3-0 win at Freiburg.

Swansea 1-1 Sunderland

Observer Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:03
South Korean Ki Sung-yueng's second-half header secured Swansea a 1-1 draw against Sunderland, where he spent last season on loan, in a lively Premier League encounter at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Holness responds to court ruling

Observer - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:01
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness today issued a response to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that he acted unlawfully when he required that Senate appointees sign undated letters of resignation before taking a seat in the Upper House.

Despite one big rainy hiccup, 1992 was the best World Cup of them all | Vic Marks

Guardian Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:00
South Africa’s surprise involvement and Martin Crowe’s splendid captaincy of New Zealand were highlights of a memorable, fully modern tournament

It will take quite a few sensations for the 2015 World Cup to match the drama and emotion of 1992, the only other occasion when the tournament was held in Australasia.

1992 may be regarded as the first modern World Cup: it was the first to involve night cricket and coloured clothing; it took longer than any of its predecessors as the TV companies were by now growing accustomed to exercising their muscles. It was reckoned that the global television audience exceeded one billion. And there was plenty going on to divert that audience. Even when it rained. Especially when it rained, which it did quite often in that late Australasian summer.

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal | Premier League match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:49

Arsène Wenger has seen many Spurs sides come and go but few have tested Arsenal so thoroughly as Mauricio Pochettino’s here during a compelling derby that ended with Harry Kane the toast of Tottenham Hotspur once again.

Kane, who crossed the north London divide as a youngster having been on Arsenal’s books, was the catalyst for a remarkable Spurs victory, coming as they did from one goal behind but thoroughly deserving their win following a highly accomplished performance that took them above Arsenal in the Premier League table.

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Risking Walsh foolish - Cunningham

BBC Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:46
St Helens boss Keiron Cunningham says he would be a "fool" to rush scrum-half Luke Walsh back from injury too soon.

Crowd trouble exaggerated - Blatter

BBC Sport - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:44
Fifa's Sepp Blatter says crowd trouble in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana was exaggerated.

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