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Bardsley banned after Ayisi punch-up

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:54
Manchester City and England goalkeeper is banned for three games after the punch-up with Birmingham City's Freda Ayisi.

Holland v Spain: international friendly – live! | Alan Smith

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:49

6.49pm BST

It is never too easy to get excited by friendlies, particularly during these international weeks of football™, but among the likes of Liechtenstein v San Marino, Russia v Kazakhstan, Portugal v Cape Verde and, er, Italy v England a rare gem sporadically pops up. Holland v Spain. A repeat of last year’s amazing World Cup group game. A repeat of the 2010 World Cup final.

These are oddly worrying times for both sides. And there is plenty of pressure on both managers, Guus Hiddink and Vicente del Bosque, after less than impressive starts to their respective Euro 2016 qualification campaigns.

“The defenders were only passing the ball to the midfielders and they then passed it back to the defenders. The people with little creativity were dictating play. This is not what you want. The problems only got bigger.

“After the level of the Eredivisie and the performances of the Dutch teams in the Champions League and Europa League, it is now clear where the national team stands as well. We are suffering all over the place and I really wonder when we will finally wake up.

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Spurs agreement over stadium land

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:46
Tottenham Hotspur says it has struck a private deal to buy disputed land for a proposed £400m football stadium.

Italy v England: international friendly – live! | Nick Ames

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:45

6.49pm BST

Italy: Buffon; Ranocchia, Bonucci, Chiellini; Darmian, Parolo, Florenzi, Valdifiori, Soriano; Pelle, Eder.

Graziano Pelle is in! Only Giorgio Chiellini, of these players, was in action during that game in Manaus.

6.45pm BST

England: Hart; Clyne, Smalling, Jagielka, Gibbs; Jones,
Delph, Henderson, Rooney; Kane, Walcott.

There you go. Rooney at the top of the midfield, Phil Jones at the bottom of it. HARRY KANE STARTS and nothing else matters Theo Walcott partners him up top.

6.45pm BST

Ok, we’ve got that out of that out of the way. Kane rhymes with Caine and he’s going to do a job in Italy, just like in the film. That’s the joke, there, and you can have that one.

Welcome then to Italy v Harry Kane + 10 (as if he’ll need them!), which brings the perpetuation of an 82-year football rivalry and hopefully a lot more besides, with both teams no doubt eager to litmus-test things with under 15 months to go until they – presumably – do battle in France. It is just nine and a half months since they met in Manaus, Italy winning that one but England producing enough of interest to suggest something other than the grisly end that both teams eventually met, but things have already moved on a fair bit for both sides and there is plenty of reason for both to produce a show tonight.

6.45pm BST

Nick will be here shortly.

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Graves eyes four-day Test matches

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:42
Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves confirms his preference for Tests to be shortened to four days.

Premiership brings Brazil up to speed at sevens rugby for Rio Olympics

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:34
Coaches are working hard in the favelas – and under the shadow of football – to build up the profile of rugby union before its appearance at the 2016 Games
More Olympic news

In 2016 Rio de Janeiro will host the summer Olympic Games. Around the city preparations continue. However, work is not confined to the stadiums, the athletes’ village or the bustling HQ near the Sambódromo, the venue for the annual carnival. In the favelas, the dangerous shanty towns that climb the hills of the city, coaches are working to bring Brazil up to speed with a new Olympic sport.

Last week, coaches from Premiership Rugby introduced their game to the children of Cachoeirinha, a favela not too far from the Maracanã. The contrast with the great football stadium or even Kingsholm on a Friday night was of course stark.

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FOREX: J$115.04 to one US dollar

Observer - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:32
KINGSTON, Jamaica- The US dollar on Tuesday, March 31, ended trading at J$115.04, up two cents according to the Bank of Jamaica daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves goes to bat for four-day Tests

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:30
• Interest in long-form game waning worldwide
• ‘Personally, I think we should look at four-day Test cricket’
ECB document proposes fewer Tests and new T20 event

The incoming England & Wales Cricket Board chairman, Colin Graves, has confirmed he will push for the introduction of four-day Test matches in a bid to reverse dwindling global interest in the format.

While attendances in England will inevitably be strong during this Ashes summer, there are growing fears that less attractive opposition might fail to pull in the crowds. It follows a worldwide trend that has seen audiences for Test cricket lag behind the 20- and 50-over forms of the game.

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Grand National 2015: Nina Carberry booked to ride First Lieutenant

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:23
• Carberry seeks to be first female jockey to win Aintree marathon
• ‘First Lieutenant has as good a chance as any,’ says Mouse Morris

Nina Carberry will take another shot at becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National a week on Saturday when she climbs aboard First Lieutenant. The horse’s trainer, Mouse Morris, confirmed on Tuesday that he had booked the Irish amateur jockey to replace Bryan Cooper, suspended for breaches of the whip rules during the Cheltenham Festival.

Morris acknowledged that Carberry has not ridden First Lieutenant in a race. “But she’s ridden him at home,” he said and added that the pair had schooled well together over a National-style fence in recent days.

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Portugal v Cape Verde Islands

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:23
Cape Verde Islands beat Portugal 2-0 in an international friendly.

Netherlands v Spain

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:22
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's International Friendlies game between Netherlands and Spain.

T&T and Cuba sign tourism agreement

Observer - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:22
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago says it has signed a cooperation agreement with Cuba that will allow for the development of multi-destination tourism packages.

Israel v Belgium

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:21
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's European Championship Qualifying game between Israel and Belgium.

Notts County miss out on Moniz

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:01
Notts County announce talks with ex-Tottenham skills coach and Hamburg manager Ricardo Moniz have ended because of family reasons.

Tiger Woods’s Masters return moves closer after jet spotted at Augusta

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:01
• Tiger Woods’s private aircraft reported to be parked at Georgia airfield
• Struggling former World No1 priced at 50-1 to win Masters
• Woods drops out of world’s top 100 for first time since 1996

Confirmation of Tiger Woods’s competitive return at next week’s Masters is surely edging closer, after the golfer’s private jet was spotted at Augusta Regional Airport on Tuesday morning.

Woods’s participation in the first major of the year has been in doubt after he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open in early February. A subsequent statement from the 14-time major winner said he would only play again when his troubled game was “tournament ready”. This week, Woods dropped out of the world’s top 100 ranked players.

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JCC president laments lack of accountability in Jamaica

Observer - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:00
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Warren McDonald, has weighed in on the lack of accountability in Jamaica and said that it has been a major contributor to the island's economic performance.

Ice hockey star wanted for attack

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:55
Ex-NHL player Andre Deveaux is facing arrest in Sweden after he attacked an opponent on-ice before a promotion play-off game.

Wasps will contest any Nathan Hughes ban says Dai Young before RFU verdict

Guardian Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:45
• Dai Young says collision with George North did not deserve sending off
• Nathan Hughes’ presence is key for Wasps for Toulon tie
• Joe Launchbury nears return to fitness to lift England

With Northampton arranging for a consultant neurosurgeon to help assess whether George North is fit to return to play after being knocked unconscious last Friday, the Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has reiterated that the man who caused the injury, Nathan Hughes, did so unwittingly.

On Tuesday night the RFU’s disciplinary committee is due to reach a verdict on whether or not to punish Hughes, who was sent off after colliding with North and catching his head with his knee. While the verdict was pending, Young insisted that he didn’t think the offence “was a red card”, and that the dismissal itself had been punishment enough. He said too that if Hughes was banned, the club would certainly appeal against the decision.

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Ulster's Olding out for nine months

BBC Sport - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:41
Stuart Olding is out for up to ninth months after suffering a knee injury against Cardiff, ending his World Cup hopes.

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