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Garry Monk: Swansea City determined to get three points against Hull City – video

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 54 min ago
Swansea City manager Garry Monk looks ahead to his team's match against Hull City on Saturday at the KC Stadium. Monk says he is expecting a difficult game, but following last week's 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the squad are highly motived to win three points. Monk also comments on Lukasz Fabiański's return from suspension and on reports linking Jefferson Montero to match fixing Continue reading...

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw

BBC - 7 hours 57 min ago
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

Bracewell to leave Gloucestershire

BBC Sport - 8 hours 4 min ago
Gloucestershire confirm director of cricket John Bracewell is to end his 15-year association with the county in January.

Leinster prop Ross signs new deal

BBC Sport - 8 hours 13 min ago
Ireland prop Mike Ross signs a new contract which will keep him at provincial side Leinster until at least June 2016.

Paul Lambert plays down Roy Keane’s doorstepping of Tom Cleverley

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 15 min ago
• Aston Villa manager says Keane did go to Cleverley’s house
• ‘It certainly wasn’t how it was portrayed,’ says Lambert
Keane resigns from role as Aston Villa assistant manager

The Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, has confirmed his former assistant Roy Keane did turn up at the midfielder Tom Cleverley’s house this week but insists Cleverley said the incident was blown out of proportion by the media, who reported that the Irishman stood ringing the player’s doorbell for 15 minutes seeking an argument.

Keane, who stepped down from his role recently to focus on his position as the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, supposedly wanted an angry showdown about recent ’leaks’ from the dressing room from his time at the club.

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Football Weekly Extra: Reprieve for Liverpool after win at Bournemouth

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 21 min ago
League Cup quarter-finals, Thierry Henry's retirement and the latest goings-on at Fifa are on the agenda for AC Jimbo and co Continue reading...

Hearts' Neilson targets new hitman

BBC Sport - 8 hours 24 min ago
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson hopes to add a striker to his Championship-leading side in the January transfer window.

Judge quashes GAA stadium approval

BBC Sport - 8 hours 28 min ago
A High Court judge quashes a ministerial decision to grant planning approval for the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium in west Belfast.

Mixed media emotions over Cuba-US thaw

BBC - 8 hours 33 min ago
US-Cuba thaw is praised in the Latin American media but slammed in Cuban-American circles

Is an early death a fair trade for a pro sports career?

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 39 min ago

Bears safety Chris Conte said he would cut 15 years off his life for his NFL career. But he shouldn’t have to make the choice

If you missed it, Chris Conte – a safety for the Chicago Bears who has recently suffered two concussions – went on the radio Wednesday to say that just being able to play in the NFL is worth the associated health risks. He elaborated, saying that he would “rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life.”

Obviously, as the NFL is under continuous litigious bombardment over alleged negligence with regards to concussions suffered by its players, the remark got attention. But was it a totally ridiculous thing to say?

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Making new friends and hanging on to old ones is the challenge Wasps face | Dean Ryan

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 39 min ago
Over 27,000 tickets have been sold for Wasps’ first game at the Ricoh, but the niggling worry is that moving 83 miles north feels like they are being franchised
• Toulon threaten legal action against Leicester fans

As this is the season not to be a curmudgeon, I’d like to welcome Wasps to the Midlands. A look at the map suggests that if there are geographical issues to be had they are more to the east of Coventry, but it is an area which is big enough to accommodate another rugby club.

Discussions about academies – we at Worcester have spent about a million pounds setting up four, one of them at Barkers’ Butts Rugby Club in Coventry – and the like are for the future. For the moment I’m not speaking as a director of rugby at a club just along the M42 and down the M5, but as a former Wasp with considerable affection for his old club and its DNA.

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Real Madrid prepare for Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo – video

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 40 min ago
European champions Real Madrid prepare for Saturday's Fifa Club World Cup final against South American champions San Lorenzo. Real Madrid beat Mexican team Cruz Azul 4-0 to reach the final on Tuesday. San Lorenzo defeated Auckland City 2-1 on Wednesday to qualify for the final, held in Marrakech, Morocco Continue reading...

Not much chance of US Congress stopping Cuba policy

Observer - 8 hours 46 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in US policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

Theo Walcott in contention for Arsenal return against Liverpool

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 47 min ago
• ‘He is back in training. I might take him,’ says Arsène Wenger
• Walcott injured groin after recovering from serious knee problem
Arsenal confident Oxlade-Chamberlain will return at Anfield

The Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could make a return to action at Liverpool on Sunday. The manager Arsène Wenger revealed the 25-year-old, who has made just two appearances this season after recovering from a long-term knee injury, is set to resume full training following a groin problem suffered while on international duty with England.

While Wenger will take no chances on Walcott’s rehabilitation, the imminent availability of the forward will come as a welcome boost ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule, which could also see Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shake off their fitness problems.

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Southampton full of flair, says Everton's Roberto Martínez - video

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 56 min ago
Everton manager Roberto Martínez looks ahead to his team's Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday at St Mary's Stadium. Martínez says Southampton are a very talented side and a joy to watch. The manager also comments on Everton midfielder Ross Barkley's development with the club following his performance against QPR on Monday night Continue reading...

1st Test: Play abandoned after tea in S Africa vs Windies day 2

Observer - 8 hours 57 min ago
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) – Persistent rain forced the abandonment of play after tea on the second day of the opening Test between South Africa and West Indies on Thursday.

Canada woman stops for ducks; sentenced in 2 traffic deaths

Observer - 9 hours 9 min ago
MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway has been sentenced to 90 days in prison.

West Ham United's Sam Allardyce: Leicester City match very important – video

Guardian Sport - 9 hours 25 min ago
The West Ham United manager, Sam Allardyce, says he has no concerns over his future at the club, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. Speaking on Thursday before West Ham's Premier League match against Leicester City at Upton Park on Saturday, Allardyce comments on the chances of a new deal for striker Diafra Sakho Continue reading...

Will a US-Cuba deal open up an MLB gold rush?

Guardian Sport - 9 hours 40 min ago

America and Cuba are moving towards a restoration of relations. And fans will hope their clubs can exploit a rich vein of talent

With the announcement that relations between the United States and Cuba are on the cusp of a major thaw, the North American sports community is anticipating the possibility of Cuban prospects flooding into Major League Baseball, once they are free to do so.

Of all the lingering questions attached to Wednesday’s events, one thing we do know is that such an opening won’t happen overnight, with factions in Congress vowing to oppose shifts in the US embargo.

Major League Baseball is closely monitoring the White House’s announcement regarding Cuban-American relations. While there are not sufficient details to make a realistic evaluation, we will continue to track this significant issue, and we will keep our Clubs informed if this different direction may impact the manner in which they conduct business on issues related to Cuba.

Given that there are MLB teams in Canada, why not Cuba? I'd love to go to a @mets game in Havana! (Even though they'd def lose.)

Havana clearly set for MLB expansion in the not-so-distant future. Montreal probably will get ballpark issues settled. Bingo, 2 new teams.

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Cuba’s president Castro could visit Washington

Observer - 9 hours 55 min ago
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The White House raised the possibility Thursday of a visit to Washington by Cuba's President Raul Castro.