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Rugby stars make up guard of honour for Anthony Foley funeral

BBC Sport - 5 hours 39 min ago
The funeral of Anthony Foley who died in Paris has taken place in County Clare.

From greatness to self-destruction: Colin Milburn’s story to take centre stage

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 42 min ago
He was the most exciting cricketer in England but a car crash in 1969 led to the loss of his left eye and subsequent self-destruction. Milburn’s remarkable story will be told in a new play which begins at Northampton’s County Ground

On a June day in 1969 a very large man stood outside Northampton general hospital to pose for photographers. He was wearing jacket and tie, both dark glasses and an eyepatch, and a broad grin. He also had a nurse on each arm; they too were laughing delightedly.

The man’s name was Colin Milburn and he was the most exciting cricketer in England. At least he had been less than a fortnight earlier. Then it happened: a late-night car crash; blood everywhere; the loss of his left eye; his career seemingly over.

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: English clubs effectively ‘kidnapping’ young players

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 52 min ago
• Bayern Munich are opening a new academy next summer
• The club chairman objects to poaching youngest talent

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused English clubs of effectively “kidnapping” young players from overseas. Bayern are due to open the doors on a new youth academy in the north of Munich next summer, and the club chairman has declared he would have “moral reservations” about filling it with preteens from other countries.

“We don’t want to bring some 10 or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do,” he said in comments published in the club’s magazine. “You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that.”

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North-east going south? Sunderland and Middlesbrough in Premier League peril

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 17 min ago
David Moyes’s side are bottom of the league, Aitor Karanka’s Boro have lost four of their last five – are there any reasons for optimism? And what needs to change?

The clocks do not go back for another week but it is never too early for a north-east crisis and, sure enough, Sunderland and Middlesbrough already look deeply troubled.

David Moyes’s bottom-placed side go to West Ham on Saturday having collected only two points this season, and Aitor Karanka celebrated his sole win at Sunderland’s expense and has seen his team – 17th and at Arsenal on Saturday – lose four of their past five games.

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Sports quiz of the week: Barcelona, José Mourinho, Nick Kyrgios and clowns

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 19 min ago

This week’s quiz demands that you accept the result – even if you score zero

José Mourinho said Liverpool were 'cautious' against Manchester United on Monday night, but how many shots on target did his players muster in the game?





Nick Kyrgios has been suspended from tennis until mid-January for showing a lack of effort at a recent tournament. Why has he pulled out of the Rotterdam Open in February?

As 'Holland is freezing in winter'

So he can 'go on a mate's stag do'

So he can play in a celebrity basketball game

As he only wants to play the grand slams now

Who will captain the England rugby league team in the Four Nations (once he returns from suspension)?

James Graham

Sam Burgess

Ryan Hall

Sam Tomkins

Manchester City lost 4-0 at Camp Nou this week. Who was in goal for Manchester United when they lost 4-0 at the same ground under Alex Ferguson?

Fabien Barthez

Peter Schmeichel

Gary Walsh

Les Sealey

Who said: ‘Just don’t come near me in a clown mask. Don’t come near me period or I’ll slap the head off you anyway but, if you’re in a clown suit, I’ll slap the head off you even more’?

Didier Drogba

Conor McGregor

Mario Balotelli

Ronda Rousey

Why was play interrupted at a PGA Tour golf tournament in Malaysia this week?

So the players could watch the US presidential debate (Donald Trump owns the course)

A six-foot python was spotted on the course

So everyone could watch the Liverpool v Manchester United match

As a player threw his putter into a lake in frustration and had to find a replacement club

Which former England international has been nominated for the Golden Ball award, which is given to the best player in the North American Soccer League?

Bradley Wright-Phillips

Steven Gerrard

Joe Cole

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Steve Bruce led Aston Villa to their first away win in 437 days on Tuesday. The polymath manager has written three novels – Sweeper!, Striker! and Defender! – but what did he call his autobiography?

Bruce's Truth

Heading For Victory

On The Nose

Bruce's Bonus

Which football club has won all nine of their league matches so far this season?

Bayern Munich




Why were Muangthong United declared champions of Thailand this week with three rounds of matches still to be played in the league season?

The other clubs decided they couldn't catch them so conceded the season and went on holidays early

The Prime Minister declared the season finished so the national team could train for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers

The King of Thailand died so the country went into a 30-day mourning period

The rainy season was especially wet so lots of games were cancelled

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US GP: Sebastian Vettel - up close and personal

BBC Sport - 6 hours 23 min ago
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel reveals the last thing Bernie Ecclestone said to him, whether he will win a race this season and tells Tom Clarkson one of the worst jokes in German.

Chelsea v Manchester Utd: Mourinho will get 'good reception' - Graeme Le Saux

BBC Sport - 6 hours 36 min ago
Former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux predicts that Chelsea fans will greet Jose Mourinho with a "good reception" on his first return to Stamford Bridge since he left in December 2015.

George Kruis: Saracens and England lock has ankle surgery

BBC Sport - 6 hours 36 min ago
Saracens and England lock George Kruis will be out for "a number of weeks" after having surgery on an ankle injury.

European Games 2019: Minsk, Belarus to host second edition of event

BBC Sport - 6 hours 38 min ago
The second European Games will be held in Minsk after 43 Olympic committees voted in favour of the Belarusian capital.

IPCC to review decision not to investigate police chief over Hillsborough

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 38 min ago

Furious reaction from families bereaved in 1989 disaster prompts police watchdog to reconsider David Crompton ruling

The decision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission not to investigate the South Yorkshire police chief constable, David Crompton, over his force’s conduct at the Hillsborough inquests is to be reviewed after a furious reaction from families whose relatives died in the 1989 disaster.

The IPCC’s deputy chair, Rachel Cerfontyne, is said to have been taken aback by the families’ vehement opposition to the decision and immediately agreed to have it reviewed, although she has not yet confirmed who will conduct the review.

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Bangladesh v England: Chittagong Test evenly poised after Stokes wicket

BBC Sport - 6 hours 39 min ago
Bangladesh close day two of the first Test with England in Chittagong 72 behind with five wickets intact at 221-5.

Bogus story upsets Machel Montano

Stabroek - 6 hours 49 min ago
(Trinidad Guardian) Soca superstar Machel Montano says a story circulating online that he was arrested at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York in relation to a drug seizure is completely fake.

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Kenny Jackett appointed Rotherham United manager on three-year contract

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 10 min ago
• Jackett takes over after the sacking of Alan Stubbs
• Club struggling at the bottom of the Championship

Kenny Jackett has become Rotherham United’s fifth manager in the last 14 months after the club confirmed on Friday morning that the 54-year-old had been appointed on a three-year contract.

Jackett takes the reins at the New York Stadium following the sacking of Alan Stubbs on Wednesday and he is tasked with ensuring their Championship status. That will be no mean feat as he inherits a side already six points adrift of safety who have lost their last six games.

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All Blacks target record-breaking 18th straight Test match win – video

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 12 min ago

The All Blacks practice at Eden Park on Friday before their clash with Australia in Auckland this weekend. Kieran Read, captain of New Zealand, says there will ‘extra spice’ to the Bledisloe Cup meeting with the All Blacks looking to record a record-breaking 18th straight Test match win. New Zealand are unbeaten since August last year, when they lost the Wallabies in Sydney

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Lineker defends child refugee comments

BBC Sport - 7 hours 14 min ago
The Match of the Day host says he's got "a bit of a spanking" on Twitter after making comments about child refugees.

Sport picture of the day: Lorenzo Petrarca's wild Moto3 dismount

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 15 min ago

Heavy rain and strong winds at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia made conditions extremely tricky for the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders practising before the weekend’s races. A number of them, including Team Italia’s Moto3 rider Lorenzo Petrarca, took a tumble on the wet track before the session was cancelled due to the bad weather

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Talking Horses: Best bets for day one of Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 15 min ago
Black Warrior (2.10) has form on good ground over the summer that makes him the best bet in the opening race of the day at the home of jumps racing

Any day at Cheltenham races is special, and while the card at the track today is about as understated as it ever gets here - if you ignore hunter-chase evening in April, at any rate - there will still be more than 10,000 spectators in Gloucestershire to enjoy the action, admire the view and hope that they might spot a Festival contender before anyone else.

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Alan Pardew: ‘People ask about England but why would I leave Crystal Palace?’

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 17 min ago
The manager believes he has the chance at Palace ‘to make something special’ and is aiming to take the club into Europe and to leave a positive legacy – which, he says, would be like winning a trophy

Early afternoon at Crystal Palace’s Beckenham headquarters and, as first-team players drift off contemplating their pre-match homework, Alan Pardew is talking progress. He has just left his analysts working out how best to customise a brand new computer programme which will allow the manager to pore over previous performances with his squad, à la Gary Neville at his Skypad, on a giant touchscreen television. The glorified tablet dominates the back wall of the main meeting room in the revamped complex.

Back across the canteen area, in their own corner of an open-plan office, Pardew’s senior coaching team are sifting through scouting reports and preparing their summaries of Leicester City, opponents in waiting on Saturday. They are joined in their huddle by the sports psychologist and former England off-spinner Jeremy Snape, whose part-time role centres primarily on communication. “He’s not here to sit my players on a couch and ask them about their childhood,” says Pardew. “His job is to help me get my ideas across.”

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Atletico banned from signing players in January window

BBC Sport - 7 hours 18 min ago
Atletico Madrid will not be able to sign players in January as they continue to contest a Fifa transfer ban.

New Zealand’s supremacy a testament to All Blacks ideal of shared ownership

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 18 min ago
Steve Hansen’s side are primed to set a new record of 18 straight wins by a tier one nation when they face Australia on Saturday, having improved since last year’s World Cup despite losing five cap centurions

When the New Zealand squad gathered for the first time this year before the three-Test series against Wales, their head coach, Steve Hansen, had a short, simple and direct message: players like Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu, Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu, cap centurions all, may have retired from international rugby, along with others like Conrad Smith, but the All Blacks were not in a rebuilding phase. It would be business as usual and the World Cup holders have duly maintained their winning ways: victory over Australia in Auckland on Saturday would set a new tier one record for successive Test match wins, 18.

Related: The making of an All Black: how New Zealand sustains its rugby dynasty

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