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• FA chief reveals ‘transformational’ £800m global FA Cup deal
The Football Association has vowed to double the number of women playing and watching the game by the end of the decade, investing heavily to fuel an ambitious growth plan.
Martin Glenn, the FA’s chief executive, said the governing body had made the women’s game its “prime candidate” for investment at a time when the FA would have more money than ever to put back into football. This week it will announce an international FA Cup TV deal worth more than £800m over six years that Glenn describes as “transformational”.Continue reading...
José Mourinho returns to Chelsea on Sunday insisting his emotional attachment with the club will never be broken and indicating he should also be given some of the credit for Carlo Ancelotti’s 2010 title success at Stamford Bridge, pointing out it was “the team I left behind”.
Mourinho said it was important the Chelsea fans understood he was now “Manchester United 100%” but he also acknowledged he did not yet have the same connection with the Old Trafford crowd that he did with the supporters at Stamford Bridge.Continue reading...
• England already without James Haskell, Jack Clifford and Sam Jones
Saracens’ Maro Itoje had an x-ray on his right hand on Saturday night after suffering an injury against Scarlets, potentially causing Eddie Jones more back-row disruption for England.
Although Itoje has won all his seven England caps this year in the second row, Jones was considering playing him in the back row against South Africa next month, because James Haskell will miss the autumn series of internationals at Twickenham through injury.Continue reading...
José Mourinho, who takes Manchester United to west London on Sunday, seems to have been affected by his final half-season at Chelsea more than he probably wants to let on
It was no doubt a relief to everybody at Chelsea, presumably, that when José Mourinho was asked where it had all gone wrong he referred to a Portuguese saying – não lavo roupa suja em público – and explained, possibly with his fingers crossed beneath the table, that it meant he would never wash his dirty linen in public when it came to his former clubs.
True, it jarred slightly with his introduction at Chelsea, the second time, when he led a group of football writers into the boardroom at Stamford Bridge and, unsolicited, proceeded to score some easy points at the expense of Iker Casillas, his former captain at Real Madrid.Continue reading...
Given recent events it would not be a surprise to turn up at Wembley and see the Football Association chief executive, Martin Glenn, slumped at his desk with his head in his hands. Around the time Sam Allardyce was sealing his demise over a pint of wine, Glenn had been preparing to unveil a new set of “strategic priorities”. Instead he found himself at the centre of another FA farce.
Yet beneath the fug of the latest tournament disappointment and the fallout from another bizarre managerial episode, the upbeat former United Biscuits chief executive, 18 months into his tenure, argues there are more than mere crumbs of comfort on offer.Continue reading...
Tom Youngs is demanding a response from Leicester after their heavy defeat by Glasgow on the opening night of the Champions Cup. The Tigers face the French champions Racing 92, the team who beat them in last May’s semi-final in Nottingham, at Welford Road on Sunday knowing that anything other than a victory would leave them in danger of an early exit.Continue reading...
The fly-half has been left out of Eddie Jones’s England squad but is optimistic he can still make his career count more than his private life
Danny Cipriani was the golden boy once but, as he enters his 30th year next month, he is becoming more like the olden boy. Omitted from the latest England squad, the Wasps’ fly-half is no longer a man in a hurry, content to play a waiting game even as the future is in danger of becoming the past.
A player who has won only 14 caps and not started for England for eight years commands media attention as no other, his private life played out in public. It is ironic that in the most settled phase of his career when he has embraced the team ethic – joining Wasps after three seasons with Sale following a sojourn in Australia – Cipriani has become an optional extra for his country.Continue reading...
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp chooses to see the positives from his side’s 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday. Speaking after the Premier League clash, Klopp says he is pleased with Liverpool’s ability to hold on for the three points despite a nervy finish and conceding a late goal. The German also comments that Steven Gerrard will always be welcome back at Liverpool. The former club captain has hinted at a return to England on social mediaContinue reading...
• ‘Nobody should be worried that we don’t have space for Steven Gerrard’
Jürgen Klopp has cleared the way for Steven Gerrard to return to Liverpool by announcing there will be a role for the club’s former captain at Anfield.
The 36-year-old appeared on Saturday to have announced the end of his LA Galaxy career with an Instagram message that read suspiciously like a goodbye to Los Angeles and the MLS club he joined in July last year. Gerrard wrote: “Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege. You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you.”Continue reading...
- Schaller was believed to be the oldest living Olympian
- Hurdler was fourth in 80m hurdles final and tied world record in qualifying
Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She was 104.
Grandson Jeffrey Hardy said Saturday that Schaller died of natural causes Thursday in the home she and her husband built when they married in the 1930s.Continue reading...
• Lewis Hamilton’s lap is fastest ever at the Circuit of the Americas
Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole position for Sunday’s US Grand Prix after another glitch with his car threatened to spoil his weekend once again.
Hamilton, who has won three of the four events staged here but has not won a race since July, appeared to have problems with his gears when he reported: “Weird shift up to seven.” Mercedes replied: “OK, we’re looking.”Continue reading...
• England second-row has x-ray on left arm after trapping it in a tackle
The message all week from Saracens, and repeated on virtually every page of the matchday programme, was that they were not getting ahead of themselves after the opening-round victory in Toulon, a feat that seemed to earn the club more attention than when they won the tournament last season.
The order was to stay grounded and so there was no liftoff against Wales’s sole representative in the Champions Cup, although they still secured a winning bonus point as the Roundheads indulged in the cavalier.Continue reading...
• France took a six-point lead before Wayne Bennett’s side took control
Greater challenges are still to come this autumn, but to all intents and purposes, England’s victory in Avignon was a fairly satisfying first tick in the box for Wayne Bennett as coach. His side may well look back in a month’s time and see this as vital preparation for the Four Nations.
Anglo-French games at this level have been hindered by a lack of competitiveness in recent years, best epitomised by the 80-point margin of victory for England when the sides met in Leigh this time last year, their sole warm-up game for the Test series against New Zealand.Continue reading...
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• Castres 41-7 Northampton
• Dylan Hartley returns from injury as Saints concede six tries
They hoped they had reached their nadir but it seems Northampton have further to fall. Having responded to the departure of their attack coach, Alex King, the week before with a gutsy home win against mighty French opponents at Franklin’s Gardens, mighty French opponents in France proved far too much. Even in their darkest, most try-phobic periods, Northampton have generally been able to count on a solid platform up front. Now even that seems to have deserted them. The 40 points Castres posted on them was in no way flattering – to either side.
“We were well beaten,” conceded Jim Mallinder, Northampton’s director of rugby. “They were too physical for us. We didn’t get on the front foot at all in the first half, and what little ball we got we didn’t look after. The frustrating thing is we’ve shown against big, physical packs that we can compete, but today we just didn’t at all. We were chasing shadows basically. We got to half-time and it was really game over already.”Continue reading...