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McDonald's Facebook campaign enrages Mexican tamale fans

BBC - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:15
Mexicans vent their anger at McDonald's tamale dig

Cavendish wins Dubai Tour opener

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:08
Mark Cavendish sprints to a hard-fought victory in the opening stage of the Dubai Tour.

Louis van Gaal’s honest desire for Manchester United to win FA Cup is welcome | Paul Wilson

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:01
Whether intended or not, Louis van Gaal’s bullishness about Manchester United’s Cup chances and his dismissal of any excuses for failure shows a refreshing understanding of the competition’s usefulness
Van Gaal: United are worth a bet to win the FA Cup

Louis van Gaal has not yet proved a breath of fresh air in English football. For the most part his public utterances have amounted to a barrage of hot air about the philosophy he is trying to impart and the balance he is still seeking, though it must be said his assertion that Manchester United are now favourites for the FA Cup was amusing on several levels.

First, United have hardly played anyone in the FA Cup yet. They are in the fifth round by virtue of knocking out Yeovil and Cambridge, the latter needing a replay, and should they prosper against Preston North End next time out they will reach the last eight without encountering any opponents higher than League one.

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Dynaste ruled out for the season

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:51
Cheltenham Festival winner Dynaste will miss the big meeting and has been ruled out for the season by trainer David Pipe.

CCJ president says the court is not a hanging court

Observer - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:46
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron says the CCJ should not be viewed as an institution that will allow for the execution of the death penalty.

‘Footballer jihadist’ fantasy puts the game at the centre of all our ills again | Marina Hyde

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:35
Implausible story of ‘former Arsenal man’ Abu Issa Al-Andalusi illustrates an absurd willingness to link football to all the world’s horrors

“The militia man turned his back on a footballer’s playboy lifestyle after becoming radicalised two years ago.” Even by the standards of fanciful transfer gossip, this claim in a Mirror story last April felt something of a high-water mark. Like the many other news outlets that carried the story, the paper had a picture of the chap in question in his new strip – the black mask of Islamic State – which was taken from a video in which he was described as “an ex-football player (Arsenal of London)”. No snaps dating from his stint at the Emirates, alas, and a slightly disappointing absence of insiders claiming he’d been lured to Syria by the guarantee of first-team action.

Still, the reports all offered an early glimpse of a strangely hard-to-kill character type: the footballer jihadist – in this case a Portuguese by the name of Celso Rodrigues Da Costa, who now calls himself Abu Issa Al-Andalusi, apparently, though little about his persona seems particularly verifiable. But back then, I imagined him turning his back on the aforementioned “footballer’s playboy lifestyle”, a bit like Paula Hamilton in the 80s Golf advert – only instead of shedding a fur coat and a mews house, he’d be divesting himself of the trappings of the Premier League. The bling, the birds, the monogrammed media rooms. Then maybe having second thoughts and hanging on to the Louis Vuitton matchday washbag, tucking it under his arm as the passport to a new life of unspeakable acts on the frontline.

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James Ward beats Antonio Veic to reach second round of Zagreb Indoors

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:34
• British No2 continues climb towards world’s top 100
• Ward beats Veic 6-2 6-4 in the Croatian capital

The British No2 James Ward continued his climb towards the world’s top 100 by beating Antonio Veic to reach the second round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors.

The world No109, who gave veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco a real scare at the Australian Open last month, needed just over an hour to defeat home hopeful Veic 6-2 6-4 in the Croatian capital.

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Tyrrell handed debut for Irish women

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:33
Former Dublin women's GAA player Hannah Tyrrell will make her Ireland debut in Friday's Six Nations opener against Italy.

Luís Figo shows off his football skills to children in China – video

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:32
Former footballer Luís Figo holds a training session with children attending his football academy in south China. Figo says there is a passion for football among Chinese children and believes there is potential for the sport to grow in China. The former Real Madrid player has recently announced he will be running for president of Fifa Continue reading...

Up to J$1m to remove a single JPS pole, says NWA

Observer - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:31
The National Works Agency (NWA) says it costs up to $1 million or more to remove a single Jamaica Public Service (JPS) pole from a roadway, and that it has asked the utility company not to place these in positions which can obstruct road users.

Arscott agrees Sale contract to 2017

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:22
Sale Sharks wing Tom Arscott signs a new two-year deal, keeping him with the Premiership club until the summer of 2017.

Mark Cavendish claims victory on opening stage of Dubai Tour

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:18
• Briton claims second win of the new season
• Cavendish beat Italians Andrea Guardini and Elia Viviani

Mark Cavendish on Wednesday won the opening stage of the Dubai Tour in a sprint finish for his second victory of the season.

Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) beat Italians Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) at the end of the 145-kilometre route from Dubai International Marine Club to Union House Flag.

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Golfing pioneer Sifford dies aged 92

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:17
Charlie Sifford, the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, dies in Ohio at the age of 92.

Barcelona president hints at Real Madrid role in Neymar transfer court case

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:11
• Josep Maria Bartomeu insinuates rivals played part
• Bartomeu: ‘Someone now has overstepped the line’
• Sid Lowe: Court agrees to investigate Bartomeu

The Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insinuated that bitter rivals Real Madrid had a part to play in the Neymar transfer court case in which he has been called to give evidence.

Bartomeu will be questioned on 13 February over whether Barcelona and their directors defrauded the Spanish tax office of €2.8m during the 2014 tax year.

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King confident of Rangers takeover

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:10
Dave King believes his group will win a takeover vote - and that they can resolve Rangers' financial woes.

Symons backs Bettinelli after error

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:02
Fulham boss Kit Symons backs goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli to move on from his error in their FA Cup defeat by Sunderland.

Gold Cup winner tops National entries

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:00
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere heads 98 entries for the Grand National at Aintree on 11 April.

US ex-janitor dies leaving millions in surprise donations

Observer - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:00
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (AP) — A Vermont man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a hidden talent for picking stocks — a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital.

David Squires on … transfer deadline day

Guardian Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:00

In the latest in his series of illustrations, David Squires looks back on the closure of the transfer window

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Smith admits helicopter 'panic'

BBC Sport - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 06:59
Huddersfield defender Tommy Smith says he panicked after waking up in a helicopter after being knocked out on Saturday.