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Queen’s Park oval receives poor rating from the ICC

Stabroek - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:37
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC- The Queen’s Park oval in Trinidad and Tobago runs the risk of being sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after its outfield was given a “poor”...

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Richard Chaplow banned for alleged homophobic language in USL fixture

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:36
Richard Chaplow gets a two-game ban for allegedly directing homophobic language at an openly gay opponent in the USA.

David Squires on ... Australia's disastrous Test cricket tour of Sri Lanka

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:30

David Squires weighs in on the selection debacles and underperformance that led to Australia’s 3-0 Test series loss in Sri Lanka. And you can find David’s archive of Australian sport cartoons here

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What becomes of the broken hearted: the footy stalwarts who kept Fitzroy alive | Russell Jackson

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:30

Twenty years on from their heartbreaking final game in the AFL, the spirit and history of Fitzroy football club remains thanks to a hardy bunch of Roys loyalists

With its wind-swept concourse, tangled web of office high-rises and all those artless chunks of concrete and steel, the approach to Etihad stadium doesn’t offer much for the romantically inclined football fan, at least not on first sight. But if you wind around right to gate four and climb a few flights of stairs, you’ll reach a cavernous room in which you’re enveloped by the history of Fitzroy Football Club, the AFL team who ceased to exist 20 years ago this week. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive on a day when Arthur Wilson is there to greet you.

Arthur is the chairman of the Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions historical society and the curator of its magnificent museum-cum-shrine, whose contents would be spread far and wide or else destroyed were it not for his bowerbird instincts and love for his football club.

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British basketball can learn from cycling - Kieron Achara

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:19
GB basketball players Kieron Achara and Ben Gordon say the sport can learn from cycling and look for outside sponsorship as it seeks to prove it deserves funding from UK Sport.

New world record for biggest rugby scrum

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:03
The world record for the largest rugby scrum is broken in Cardiff after 1,297 players take part.

Conlan 'not bothered' by disciplinary threat

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:51
Irish bantamweight Michael Conlan is "not bothered" by the threat of disciplinary action over his reaction to his controversial Olympic defeat.

McIlroy 'somewhat wrong' over doubting Olympic golf

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:32
Rory McIlroy, who withdrew from the Olympics, says he is happy to be "somewhat proven wrong" by the success of the golf in Rio.

Colombia and Farc 'putting final touches' on peace accord

BBC - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:28
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to announce later on Wednesday a final peace agreement with the country's largest rebel, the Farc.

San Diego Chargers withdraw contract offer to first-round pick Joey Bosa

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:10
  • Defensive end only 2016 first-rounder to remain unsigned
  • Negotiations have stalled over bonus and wording of contract

The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.

The Chargers’ statement Wednesday said they believe “The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond. Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his team-mates,” the team said in the statement. “Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.

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Vuelta a España: Gianni Meersman claims stage five but Atapuma hangs on

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:03
• Belgian avoids massive pileup to win in sprint finish
• Chris Froome remains third overall, 32 seconds behind leader

Gianni Meersman avoided a massive pileup to win a tense sprint finish and claim his second stage victory of the Vuelta a España on day five of the race.

The Belgian (Etixx-Quick Step), who also won stage two on Sunday, edged away from the pack – which was reduced to around 20 riders following a crash in the final kilometre – to finish the 171.3km flat route from Viveiro to Lugo in 4hr 16min. The 30-year-old beat Italy’s Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) on the line, with France’s Kevin Reza (FDJ) finishing third.

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Kumar Sangakkara in Surrey quartet to miss centuries but Lancashire toil

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:01
• Lancashire 287 v Surrey 354-6
• Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Kumar Sangakkara and Steven Davies all pass 50

It was 2.06pm before Lancashire uttered an appeal in anger but as the afternoon wore on, they chipped away and prised out six Surrey wickets. Still, in flicking, driving and late-cutting their way to elegant half-centuries before contriving to get themselves out, Surrey’s series of stylish southpaws collectively carved out a lead of 67, and the dominant position their bowlers’ efforts of the first day deserved.

Related: County cricket: Surrey v Lancashire and much more – as it happened

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Greg Clarke ratified as FA chairman in succession to Greg Dyke

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:37
• Former Football League chairman says he is ‘relishing the challenge’
• Adds he will leave England matters up to manager Sam Allardyce

The Football Association has confirmed the appointment of Greg Clarke as its chairman, in succession to Greg Dyke, at a specially convened council meeting at Wembley, with the new man to take up the post just before England’s World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on 4 September.

Clarke, who was chairman of the Football League for six years, had been approved by the FA’s board last month but was ratified in the role only on Wednesday. Clarke, who said he is “delighted”, will travel next weekend with Sam Allardyce’s senior squad to Slovakia, where the national team begin their Group F campaign at the Antona Malatinskeho stadium in Trnava.

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Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares: Manchester fighter wants to create legacy

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:20
Anthony Crolla says he wants to create "a legacy" by defending his WBA lightweight title against Venezuelan Jorge Linares.

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest: Champions League play-off – live!

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:12

7.12pm BST

Right, whoever the Romanian equivalent of Don Quixote is, it’s not Laurentjiu Reghecampf. Because the Steaua manager has decided to field a weakened team, leaving their two best players (Nita and Stanciu) on the bench. No tilting at impossible dream for him, it seems. Under these circumstances, anything less than a double-digit aggregate victory for City will be a disgrace. Pep demands to be judged by the highest standards, after all.

6.22pm BST

Hello and welcome to coverage of the most sensational comeback in the history of European football. Or not. Steaua Bucharest are hoping to pull off something unprecedented, as no team has ever won a tie after losing the first leg 5-0 (or even 4-0), so the Romanian champions are out to defy the course of history as well as of financial tyranny. It can’t be ruled out completely because City, despite Chelsea’s attempt last season, remain the only English champions to be relegated the year after winning the title (in 1938, when they managed to go down despite being top scorers in the league). Cititis is a very real ailment and still lurks somewhere in the club’s DNA. Still and all, tonight’s underdogs look exceptionally scrawny in comparison to a City side that Pep Guardiola is striving to transform into a properly mean beast. They have already hinted at newfound ruthlessness under the Catalan even if they let Steaua off somewhat in the first leg, missing two penalties and a bevy of other chances en route to their 5-0 victory. Back in 1980 Ajax lost 4-0 to Omonia Nicosia after winning the first leg 10-0 (gifting commentators a long-awaited opportunity to declare “that’s a big 10-4 good buddy”) but Guardiola is unlikely to stand for any such carelessness tonight. He’ll be demanding blood from what should be a dead rubber.

Another sign of Guardiola’s ruthlessness – or of his coherent planning if you want to be less dramatic about it – is his apparent willingness to discard Joe Hart. But the manager is not totally devoid of sentiment and has given the keeper a start and even the captains armband tonight. It’s a chance, perhaps, to make a farewell appearance. At this point only the callous of heart would crack a joke about waving haplessly at crosses. Wonder if Yaya Touré has been included tonight for similar reasons? And who knows what Pablo Maffeo’s role in Guardiola’s plans is: the 19-year-old right-back makes his senior debut tonight for the club he’s been at for a several years. He was on loan in his native Spain last season and it’ll be interesting to see how he takes to Guardiola’s ambitious fullback-cum-playmaker wheeze. Better than Bacary Sagna, quite possibly.

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Kitty man shot dead in car by nervy householder

Stabroek - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:06
Police are investigating the murder of Colin Perreira, 25 years of  Kitty, and attempted murder of Gail Ann Chacon, 20 years, which occurred about 2110h.

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Salford City: Class of 92 are Still Out Of Their League

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:49
Manchester United's famed 'Class of 92' are Still Out Of Their League at National League North club Salford City

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli in talks with FC Sion over loan move

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:46
• Italian striker has been told he has no future under Jürgen Klopp
• Balotelli considering the proposal but has yet to decide

Mario Balotelli is understood to be weighing up a move to FC Sion after the Swiss club’s chairman confirmed they are in talks to sign the striker on loan from Liverpool.

Related: Transfer window: exposing the widely held myths about how clubs sign players

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Global rugby union season talks stall to leave 2019 fixture list in limbo

Guardian Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:38
• Six Nations sides split on moving tournament to free up calendar
• New Zealand could negotiate fixtures individually

Talks between the major rugby unions about a global season have stalled, raising fears that there will be no international calendar after the 2019 World Cup outside official tournaments, such as the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship.

The major southern hemisphere nations have long argued for a global season which would separate club and international fixtures to synchronise the playing calendar. The New Zealand head coach, Steve Hansen, has described the current schedule as “bordering on the ludicrous” and detrimental to player welfare, but three years of talks have yielded little.

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Gary Lineker on meeting Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for The Premier League Show

BBC Sport - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:35
Gary Lineker on meeting Jurgen Klopp for his in-depth interview with the Liverpool manager for The Premier League Show