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BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2014 regional winners

BBC Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:22
Each UK region has selected a sport volunteer who deserves recognition for their commitment to their community - meet them all here.

Brazil truth commission report due

BBC - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:16
A national truth commission report being released in Brazil is expected to confirm hundreds were killed or disappeared under military rule.

Roma a very important game, says Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini – video

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:16
Manuel Pellegrini looks ahead to Manchester City's Champions League match against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday. Pellegrini says the match is particularly important given City's form, and comments on recent discussions about his future with the Manchester club. Continue reading...

Peruvian João Contreras survives after being struck by lightning during game

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:03
• Sport Águila player recovering in hospital after strike
• Assistant referee and several fans also treated for shock

A Peruvian player, João Contreras, who was struck by lightning during a Copa Peru match and was initially reported to have been killed during the incident, survived and is now in hospital.

Contreras was playing for Sport Águila against Fuerza Minera when the lightning strike occurred. The 21-year-old was struck, as was an assistant referee. The match was then suspended and the player received medical treatment.

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Basel poke fun at Liverpool with ‘You’ll never walk alone’ cartoon

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:57
• Battered Red pictured being held up by Spurs and Chelsea players
• Champions League: Liverpool 1-1 Basel
• Basel player hits back over red card: I’m no diver

Basel poked fun at Liverpool after knocking them out of the Champions League by posting a picture of a battered Red being held up by Spurs and Chelsea players and the two of them saying: “You’ll never walk alone.”

The Swiss dark horses were also referencing their two defeats of Chelsea last season and their Europa League victory over Tottenham in the 2012-13 competition.

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Hand joins Whitehaven from Saints

BBC Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:56
Whitehaven sign prop-forward Jordan Hand on loan from Super League champions St Helens for the 2015 Championship season.

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool were not good enough against Basel – video

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:55
Following the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Tuesday night, the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the Basel manager Paulo Sousa give their reactions. Rodgers says he and his team are bitterly disappointed not to reach the next round of the Champions League, but promised a comeback next year. The Basel manager Sousa says his side were the better team throughout the match Continue reading...

How Diego Maradona’s Hand of God goal ignited a feud between the men who gave it | Metodi Shumanov

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:38

The Argentina captain’s infamous 1986 World Cup goal against England sparked a disagreement between the referee and linesman that is still simmering to this day
World Cup stunning moments: Maradona and the Hand of God
Peter Shilton recalls Maradona punching one in at Mexico ‘86

On 22 June 1986 the destiny of at least three people was changed forever. By scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against England in a World Cup quarter-final, Diego Armando Maradona fully convinced the watching world he had a unique football gift which was touched not only by God, but also by the devil.

The German press agency DPA called the first goal, when the Argentinian touched the ball with his hand “the scandal of the century” and dubbed the second one as “the goal of the century”. The latter was scored by Maradona with an ingenious slalom through the England half, and half of the England team.

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Sport picture of the day: sorry, didn't see you there Gareth

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:31

Sports photography is not always about following the ball as the off-the-ball moments can also say a lot about the game. Here Georgi Terziev gives Gareth Bale something to think about

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Basel player hits back after Markovic red card: ‘I am no diver. I was bleeding’

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:26
• Swedish international says Markovic’s flailing arm hit him
• ‘I am not the kind of player who dives. I was bleeding’
Match report: Liverpool 1-1 Basel
Brendan Rodgers: We got what we deserved

The Basel player involved in the incident that ended with a red card for Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic in the Champions League game at Anfield on Tuesday night has hit back at suggestions he feigned injury to get the Serb sent off.

The Swiss side drew 1-1 to progress to the knockout round of the tournament at their opponents’ expense but after the game the Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, calling the red card “a really disappointing decision by the referee”.

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'Complacency played a part in crash'

BBC Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:22
Sochi 2014 gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold tells BBC Sport about her "less than perfect" start to pre-season training.

Entries open for the 2014 sports journalism awards

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:15

New categories available, including a website award and another for investigative reporting

Entries for the 2014 British sports journalism awards are now open. The forms (see here) have been sent out by the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJA) to sports desks.

There are 25 categories, including a new website award, and a section of broadcast awards which, for the first time, require people to enter their work.

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Ex-Guantanamo inmates to move into Uruguay house

Observer - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:07
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) — Five of the six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay will likely move into a house in the capital Montevideo on Wednesday, according to the labour union providing the lodging.

Bahamas finance minister resigns to take up banking job

Observer - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:00
NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Minister of Finance Services Ryan Pinder has resigned to take up a senior position with the Deltec International banking group here.

Why do we play cricket?

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:59

If aliens came to Earth they might be able to work out the rules of cricket but they would wonder why we bother playing the sport. Which begs the question: why do we love it?

Let’s imagine a group of ultra-intelligent extra-terrestrials who visit Earth and find themselves at a cricket match. I’d submit that, given sufficient time, they would be able to deduce the rules of the game in their entirety (even the lbw law) from direct observation, without the aid of a native interpreter. The mechanism of the competition would become intelligible to them: runs and wickets, overs and innings, the ten ways of getting out, the no-ball, the draw.

What would remain a mystery to them is: why? Why did earthlings expend so much time and passion on this apparently pointless exercise? What purpose did it serve?

The crowd at the ball game
is moved uniformly
by a spirit of uselessness
which delights them –
all the exciting detail
of the chase
and the escape, the error
the flash of genius –
all to no end save beauty
the eternal…

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Dinamo Zagreb v Celtic

BBC Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:55
Preview followed by live coverage of Thursday's Europa League game between Dinamo Zagreb and Celtic.

VIDEO: Pele: I'll play for Brazil in 2016

BBC - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:45
Brazilian football legend Pele leaves hospital in Sao Paulo after being treated for an infection.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek to start for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon – video

Guardian Sport - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:32
Before Chelsea's Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, José Mourinho says he is determined to give some of the club's rising stars a chance to play for the first team, choosing 18-year-old academy midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to play against Sporting Lisbon. Chelsea are currently top of Group G, allowing Mourinho to rest a number of key players Continue reading...

Trio held over fatal Sterling Products raid

Stabroek - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:27
Three suspects have been held following the failed robbery at Sterling Products Limited (SPL) on Monday that left a security guard dead and another employee wounded, while company Chief Executive...

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Bosai, workers’ union agree to retroactive 6.5% wage hikes

Stabroek - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:26
The Management of Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana) Incorporated (BMGG) and the union representing the employees have reached an agreement on increases in wages and salaries. According to a joint...

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