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Burnley 2-0 Watford: We could not handle Burnley - Troy Deeney

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 18:07
Watford captain Troy Deeney says his side's performance during their 2-0 defeat by Burnley at Turf Moor was not good enough.

Burnley 2-0 Watford: Sean Dyche delighted with Burnley performance

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:44
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is pleased with his side's performance as they beat a lacklustre Watford 2-0 at Turf Moor.

David Moyes struggles to identify what is going wrong at Sunderland

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:32
Manager calls for players to stand up and be counted as his team, with Jermain Defoe the only fit senior striker, face a familiar relegation battle

Didier Ndong looked utterly bewildered. Sunderland’s French‑speaking Gabon midfielder was receiving instructions about throw-ins from Lee Cattermole and clearly could not comprehend a word the Teessider was saying.

Eventually, Cattermole resorted to mime. Lifting his arms above his head, he pretended to hurl a ball into play and, finally, Ndong appeared to understand. Well, sort of.

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Tottenham’s Kane on the mend and may be fit for trip to Arsenal in November

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:30
• Tottenham striker has had positive scan results for ankle-ligament injury
• We are very happy, it was better than we expected, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says he has received a positive update on Harry Kane’s recovery from an ankle-ligament injury and it is understood that the Tottenham Hotspur striker may now have the chance to return for the north London derby at Arsenal on 6 November.

The manager’s focus, however, was on how best to cope with the clutch of selection issues that have made the Champions League assignment against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night even more demanding. Pochettino reported that Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembélé and Moussa Sissoko had remained in London with Kane, as they nursed injuries of what he suggested were of minor severity.

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Aston Villa running out of patience with Roberto Di Matteo after poor start

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:30
• Italian has presided over one win in nine games since taking over at Villa Park
• Owner Tony Xia wants to see improvement in two upcoming away games

Roberto Di Matteo is already fighting to save his job, with the Aston Villa manager facing the prospect of the sack unless he can win one of his next two matches. Villa travel to Barnsley on Tuesday night then Preston North End on Saturday and failure to pick up a win in either of those fixtures may lead to the Italian’s dismissal, less than four months after he was appointed.

Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, now languish in 17th place in the Championship after winning one of their opening nine matches, leaving the Midlands club well off the pace and prompting growing concern within the club that Di Matteo can turn things around and mount a promotion challenge.

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Ryder Cup 2016: Bubba Watson named as USA’s fifth vice-captain

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:22

• Two-time Masters champion had missed out on final wildcard
• Watson handed role after personal request to David Love III

Davis Love has appointed Bubba Watson as the fifth official vice-captain of the USA Ryder Cup side.

The two-time Masters champion, who joins Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, and Steve Stricker on Love’s support staff, was overlooked for a wildcard on Sunday despite being ranked No7 in the world, but he had made it clear to the captain that he still wants to be involved at Hazeltine this week.

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Sir Dave Brailsford puts up stout defence but questions hang in the air

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:19

Team Sky principal resolute in putting his case over the Bradley Wiggins therapeutic use exemption furore but will that silence the doubters?

The Team Sky principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, painstakingly attempted to wrestle with the questions assailing him with increasing ferocity since the so-called Fancy Bears dumped the TUE information of Sir Bradley Wiggins online.

No, he did not believe that Team Sky had done anything wrong. Yes, he knew all about the three applications for a powerful corticosteroid just before the rider’s major races in 2011, 2012 and 2013. His team had complied with the rules at all times and stayed “the right side of the line”.

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Sir Dave Brailsford defends Sir Bradley Wiggins' use of drug

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:12
Sir Dave Brailsford tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan that Sir Bradley Wiggins' use of a banned steroid before races was for "medical need".

Hendrick scores first Burnley goal in win over Watford

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:10
Burnley's record signing Jeff Hendrick scores his first goal for the club to help his side beat a lacklustre Watford at Turf Moor.

Super League Try of the Week: Warrington's Tom Lineham

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:09
Tom Lineham scores the best try of the week, crossing against his old side Hull to help Warrington win the League Leaders' Shield.

Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane head Burnley to victory against Watford

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:01

It required a relentless pursuit and all of Sean Dyche’s powers of persuasion to convince Steven Defour to leave Belgium for Burnley in the summer but the effort, and the club record £7.5m paid to Anderlecht for a player once coveted by Sir Alex Ferguson, is paying dividends. The 28-year-old produced a commanding display to inspire Burnley to their second victory of the season as Watford’s recent impressive form evaporated at Turf Moor.

There was a time when several leading European clubs hoped to lure Defour from Standard Liege with United among them until injuries began to hinder the progress of the stylish midfielder. He still has the good luck letter that arrived from Ferguson shortly after being ruled out of a Champions League campaign with the Belgium club. He still has the ability to light up the Premier League on the evidence of a display in which he created headed goals for Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane as Burnley recorded a valuable and deserved win.

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Forget the negativity, Australia's new netball league could pass the pub test | Erin Delahunty

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:30

In New Zealand top netballers are household names, a situation that could be repeated in Australia if the new national league captures the public imagination

Two middle-aged men with thick Wellingtonian accents sit at a bar, arguing about the best starting line-up for New Zealand’s upcoming Tests against traditional rival Australia. The year is 2007 and they’re talking about ... netball. Not rugby or cricket.

Perched a few bar stools away in that Wellington pub on the first day of my holiday across the ditch, I eavesdropped on the pair’s fervid debate. Resisting the temptation to join in, I revelled in the seeming normalcy of two grown men (and the barman) dissecting netball – the sport I’ve played and written about most of my life – like any other sport.

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'It still feels close': Vin Catoggio on grand final heartbreak and finding peace | Russell Jackson

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:30

His grand final disappointment of 1973 would mark his life, but Carlton cult hero Vin Catoggio has let himself accept that football fans love him regardless

“Spinner” they called him, and “Vinny the Cat.” But that was years later, when Vin Catoggio had done everything he could to forget the worst day of his life. At his best Catoggio lit up football grounds around the country, baulking, weaving and pirouetting his way past opponents and running clear with the goals in sight.

Catoggio loved to run – along the wing, inside 50 or free into space. He was never happier than when he set off with the ball under his wing and found room to take a bounce or three. But the moment that marked Vin Catoggio’s life and the game he’s most cruelly remembered for is the 1973 grand final, when his Blues slumped to a bitterly disappointing five-goal loss against Richmond and he barely had a touch.

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Millwall property developer faces renewed questions over suggestions it wants to sell quickly

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:18
• Offshore developer Renewal told Lewisham council it was in ‘for the long run’
• Renewal says it has no knowledge of document and has no plans to sell

The property developer in line to benefit from a compulsory purchase order on land occupied by Millwall FC appears to have been looking into selling its part in the project, a document suggests.

The developer Renewal denied it had any desire to “take the money and run” at a scrutiny committee meeting last Tuesday. “We’re not going anywhere,” a Renewal director, Jordana Malik, told Lewisham councillors, responding to the suggestion Renewal could take the benefit of statutory powers and sell on for a quick profit. “If we had been intent on doing what we have been accused of – that is, taking the money and running – we could have done it a while ago. We get our return at the very end of this development when the place is made.”

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Frankie Dettori set for Arc ride if Dermot Weld opts to run Fascinating Rock

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 15:53
• Trainer will make decision after final piece of work on Tuesday
• Horse’s usual jockey Pat Smullen is expected to ride Derby winner Harzand

On the day when Frankie Dettori revelled in the memories of the time he went through the card at Ascot in 1996, the Italian was quietly booked to ride Fascinating Rock in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday. It could be a hugely significant booking, since Dettori is seeking a record fifth success in the French race although the horse is not yet a certain runner, his participation depending on how he pleases his trainer, Dermot Weld, in a last piece of work on Tuesday morning.

“If Fascinating Rock runs in the Arc, then Frankie Dettori will ride him,” Weld told the Racing Post. “We’ll decide after he works.”

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Winter break: FA Cup fourth and fifth rounds could move to midweek

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 15:23
Plans for a winter break could lead to FA Cup replays being scrapped and midweek ties, says Football League boss Shaun Harvey.

Let’s get ready to tumble: Barry Hearn launches World Cup of Gymnastics

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 15:00
Promoter vows to turn gymnasts into global superstars at launch of April event but athletes’ eyes remain firmly trained on 2020 Olympics

“Well I did have this dream the other night that I had Michael Buffer announcing the floor competition with the words: ‘Let’s get ready to tumble.’” And with that Barry Hearn announced his arrival into gymnastics.

The exuberant boxing, snooker, darts and crown green bowls promoter launched his latest project, the World Cup of Gymnastics, at the Shard in London on Monday. Sitting alongside him were those responsible for bringing home five of Team GB’s six medals at Rio last summer – Max Whitlock, Amy Tinkler, Nile Wilson as well as the trampolinist Bryony Page. It is Hearn’s intention to make each of them “global superstars”.

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Frankie Dettori celebrates the 20th anniversary of his Ascot clean sweep

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:52
The Italian jockey recalls the day in September 1996 when he won all seven races on the card to leave the bookmakers ‘weeping’ and ‘gnashing their teeth’

It has taken 20 years but Frankie Dettori appears to have been forgiven by at least a section of the bookmaking community for his Magnificent Seven at Ascot, when he won every race and redistributed £40m of their wealth among thousands of betting shop punters. Ladbrokes, for whom the veteran jockey now works as an ambassador, hosted a bibulous lunch on Monday in a smart Mayfair restaurant to mark the anniversary this week, bringing along a handful of key witnesses to reminisce between courses.

“Bookmakers, in the long run, they always win,” Dettori says, taking his seat at the table. “They were angry with me on the day but I think they’ve made their money back.”

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Luck counts for little in a game of chess | Letters

Guardian Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:23

Prof Peter Ayton (Letters, 23 September) rightly points out that chess can be affected by chance factors, which is why I was careful to say that chess involves virtually no luck. However, the degree of luck involved, compared with that inherent in backgammon (which is also subject to the same variables he mentions), is likely to be modest. Indeed, if an intermediate player were to play a chess grandmaster, it would surely be a vanishingly small factor, very unlikely to affect the inevitable outcome. By contrast, a beginner playing against a world-class backgammon player can expect to win about 30% of the time. Having said that, losing is a big part of the game. Part of the skill comes in minimising and managing those losses over the course of a session (or match) and, by careful play, maximising ones chances of getting “lucky” in the long run.
Stephen Morris

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Harry Kane: Tottenham striker's injury scan 'much better than expected'

BBC Sport - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:17
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says scans of Harry Kane's injury are "very positive" and "much better than expected".