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Leonard Barden on Chess

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 8 min ago
Whatever the final outcome in Sochi the Indian challenger has enhanced his reputation against the 1-4 favourite

Magnus Carlsen ground his way to a narrow 5.5-4.5 lead over the challenger, Vishy Anand, with two games to go in their world title rematch at Sochi but the Norwegian, 23, has made heavy weather of a series for which he was a pre-match 1-4 favourite.

Thursday’s game nine, Carlsen’s penultimate white, was another Berlin Wall with an early queen swap. Had Team Carlsen found something new in this well-trodden territory? No, despite some long thinks he just repeated a 2012 postal game which led to a rapid draw by repeated moves. Game 10 was also a steady draw in a 32-move Grunfeld Defence.

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England must end suffering - Rowntree

BBC Sport - 6 hours 11 min ago
England must end a "horrible" week and a winless run of five games when they face Samoa, says coach Graham Rowntree.

Tourism Ministry seeks support of artistes in promoting island

Observer - 6 hours 17 min ago
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, said the Ministry will be introducing an artiste ambassadors programme to assist in the promotion of destination Jamaica.

Lavillenie and Adams win awards

BBC Sport - 6 hours 23 min ago
Pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and shot putter Valerie Adams named male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2014.

Hamilton 'like a kid at Christmas'

BBC Sport - 6 hours 35 min ago
Lewis Hamilton says his "spectacular" Mercedes is the best F1 car he has driven as he builds up to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP.

PCL Cricket: Deonarine half-century keeps Guyana on top; Leewards struggle

Observer Sport - 6 hours 40 min ago
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Test batsman Narsingh Deonarine struck his second successive half-century as Guyana Jaguars dominated a rain-hit opening day of their second round match in the WICB Professional Cricket League against Windward Islands Volcanoes on Friday.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and their war of words

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 53 min ago
The drivers have had an increasingly stormy relationship. Here is a guide to who said what, when and why

“There’s not much to say about our relationship at the moment” – 25 May 2014, after the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Clarendon College defeat Glenmuir 2-1 to reach daCosta Cup final

Observer Sport - 6 hours 57 min ago
CLARENDON, Jamaica — Clarendon College will contest the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup final for the first time in 16 years after defeating Glenmuir High, 2-1, in an enthralling semi-final encounter at Juici Park this afternoon.

Ref quits over 'kitchen insult' row

BBC Sport - 7 hours 22 min ago
Premier League referee Michael Oliver quits his role at Northumberland FA over a decision not to punish an official for sexist language.

Chilean colonels jailed for torture

BBC - 7 hours 30 min ago
Two retired Chilean colonels - Ramon Caceres and Edgar Cevallos - are jailed for torturing the father of President Michelle Bachelet in 1973.

France and Switzerland all square after day one of Davis Cup final

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 31 min ago
• Stan Wawrinka holds his nerve to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
• Roger Federer loses in straights sets to Gaël Monfils
• Federer denies any feud with Wawrinka

For those too cold of eye and heart to accept that emotion is a significant part of winning in sport, the first afternoon of the 2014 Davis Cup final gave the lie.

To mangle the old joke, imagine you went to a football stadium and a tennis match broke out – with all of the noise but none of the trouble (as when Everton visited Lille last month). That is what happened here on Friday, when France and Switzerland finished on level terms, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Gaël Monfils of France winning matches that bubbled with enough drama to fill a host of football stadiums.

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McCaw not focusing on milestones

BBC Sport - 7 hours 32 min ago
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says winning against Wales will be the perfect way to celebrate his 100th match as captain.

St Ann customers without water as thieves hit NWC again

Observer - 7 hours 39 min ago
ST ANN, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says that customers in Breadnut Hill and surrounding areas of St Ann are now without regular water supply after thieves Thursday night made off with over 600 feet of electrical service wires.

Triesman condemns FIFA as rogue state, calls for boycott

Stabroek - 7 hours 50 min ago
LONDON, (Reuters) – European nations should boycott the 2018 and 2022 World Cups unless FIFA transforms itself into a transparent, open organisation, a former head of the English FA said on...

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VIDEO: Inside F1 on Abu Dhabi practice

BBC Sport - 7 hours 56 min ago
Lee McKenzie is joined by BBC Sport's chief F1 analyst Eddie Jordan for Inside F1 following Friday practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

'Celtic have been used' says Lawwell

BBC Sport - 8 hours 1 min ago
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell accuses people of using Celtic for their own political agenda over the living wage.

Rutherford would back Doha boycott

BBC Sport - 8 hours 4 min ago
Greg Rutherford would support any athlete who chooses to boycott the 2019 World Championships in Qatar over its treatment of migrant workers.

The FA Cup on tour

BBC Sport - 8 hours 7 min ago
To mark the FA Cup's return to the BBC, we took it on a tour to meet football fans in the North and West of England.

Harry Fry targets the Tolworth Hurdle with Jolly’s Cracked It

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 25 min ago
• Sandown race the next step for impressive winner
• Puffin Billy enters Cheltenham Festival betting

The immense grandstand is the same and so too the view across to Swinley Bottom, but in many others respects, Ascot in the jumping season could be an entirely different course to the one that packs in more than a quarter of a million spectators for the Royal meeting in June.

It takes dedication to get to Berkshire on a murky Friday in late November, and the crowd of around 7,500 for this card is invariably one of the smallest of the year at the Queen’s racecourse, but that dedication is often rewarded by an early sighting of a future star, and this year’s meeting could prove to be another case in point.

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At least 12 dead in New York snow storm

Observer - 8 hours 30 min ago
UFFALO, NY (AP) — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs.