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US PRO Rugby season comes down to Denver v Ohio title decider

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 05:00

America’s pro rugby union league ends its season on Sunday. For one of the men who made it happen it is time for reflection, rest … and getting ready to go again

On Sunday afternoon in Obetz, just outside Columbus, the Ohio Aviators will play the Denver Stampede. The winners – with a bonus point, in Ohio’s case – will be the first PRO Rugby champions.

Related: He has built it – will they come? Doug Schoninger and the US pro rugby dream

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The Joy of Six: sports executives who paid for their crimes in prison

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 05:00

Front office sports figures who’s on-the-job transgressions led them to prison or jail form an exclusive club, one that may soon grow larger in the wake of the FIFA scandals

Last week Christopher Correa, scouting director of the St Louis Cardinals, was found guilty of cyber crimes and sent to prison for 46 months. Yet he’s hardly the first sports executive who fell afoul of the law. Here a look at six of the chief offenders.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:55
• 31-year-old midfielder won 120 caps for Germany
• He helped national team win 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.

Three weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a semi-final loss to France, the Manchester United midfielder has said he is stepping down as captain of the national team and ending his international playing career.

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The Joy of Six: unusual musical performances at sporting events

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:52

From Shaun Williamson’s sing song at the bowls to Luciano Pavarotti’s miming at the Winter Olympics, half a dozen times music and sport do not always mix well

Shaun Williamson has made a career out of pleasing other people. From his early job as a Club 18-30 rep in Tenerife to his best-known part in EastEnders as the hapless but loveable Barry to the post-ironic Barry in Ricky Gervais’s Extras, Williamson’s roles have always embraced the art of entertainment.

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Olympic torch halted by protesters in Rio – video

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:34

Protesters in Rio de Janeiro disrupt the Olympic torch relay on Wednesday evening forcing some runners to be bussed away for their own safety. According to reports, the flame was also extinguished by demonstrators unhappy with Rio hosting the Games

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Carl Frampton wants to impress USA audience when he fights Leo Santa Cruz

BBC Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:33
Carl Frampton takes on Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight crown determined to show United States fight fans how good he is.

You are the Umpire: Yasir Shah

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:30

Click to enlarge, and debate the strip below the line. John Holder’s verdict appears in Sunday’s Observer, and here from Monday.

Last week’s answers are online now.

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Greyhound racing ban: industry alliance launches challenge in supreme court

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:12

Racing minister Troy Grant says the group should have invested as much time and money into ridding itself of animal cruelty as it is now spending on the case

An alliance of greyhound racing industry stakeholders has launched a legal challenge to the New South Wales government’s ban in the state’s supreme court.

Related: 'Let 'em run!' Greyhound racing – an audiovisual essay

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Shkodran Mustafi?

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:11
Today’s rumours wish you a pleasant day

What’s always coming but never arrives? Why, Arsène Wenger’s next great Arsenal team, of course! But they might just win the coveted Bank Balance Trophy, most recently informing Lyon that they will give no more than “£33.7m for Alexandre Lacazette” because £33.71m would be completely ridiculous. The particular sticking point, “apparently”, is that Wenger believes the player to be of identical standard to Michy Batshuayi, and therefore he will not pay more than Chelsea did to Marseille. Such behaviour in no way reflects obsession nor an inferiority complex; rather, it will teach everyone a very important lesson, and accordingly, everyone is very grateful.

Wenger does, though, intend to flaunt the nose for a defender responsible for previous hits such as Gilles Grimandi, Igors Stepanovs, Pascal Cygan, Philippe Senderos, Mikaël Silvestre and Sébastian Squillachi. He has given the go ahead for Arsenal to open talks with Valencia over the purchase of Shkodran Mustafi; his release clause is a hilarious £42.1m, but a deal might be done for a piffling £33.7m.

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Rogers Cup: Johanna Konta beats Varvara Lepchenko to reach quarter-finals

BBC Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 04:08
British number one Johanna Konta reaches the Rogers Cup quarter-finals by beating American Varvara Lepchenko in Montreal

Ex-England number eight Easter retires at 37

BBC Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 03:58
Former England number eight and Harlequins captain Nick Easter retires from playing at the age of 37.

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger describes recent transfer fees as scary

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 03:57
• Wenger believes Arsenal what they have to do to win title
• Manager says £30m signing Xhaka has ‘adjusted very well’

Most would consider a visit to California in July a holiday. For Arsène Wengersuch a trip is anything but. Arsenal began a stretch of two friendlies within 72 hours on Thursday night by defeating Major League Soccer’s All-Stars 2-1 at Avaya Stadium, and they face CD Guadalajara on Sunday in Metropolitan Los Angeles.

The end game, however, remains the same: ending the 12-year wait for a league title. Wenger thinks his squad have what it takes but railed at the transfer spend of some of their rivals, describing it as “scary”.

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Nick Easter announces retirement from rugby union

Guardian Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 03:53
• England and Harlequins forward to move into coaching
• 37-year-old won 54 caps and played 281 times for club

England and Harlequins forward Nick Easter has announced his retirement from rugby union.

The 37-year-old will now take on a full-time coaching position with Harlequins, the Premiership club have announced. Easter accepted a role as coach-player of Quins in April, taking charge of defence.

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Large Abelisaurus Dinosaur dinosaur footprint found in Bolivia

BBC - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 03:12
One of the largest ever dinosaur footprints has been found in Bolivia, of the Abelisaurus dinosaur

Cops to charge trio over Black Bush murders

Stabroek - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 02:20
Police are preparing to charge a farmer, his teenaged son and an employee with last week’s  brutal Black Bush triple murder.

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Over 100 passport applications received from NY weekly

Stabroek - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 02:19
Over 100 passport applications are being received from New York alone on a weekly basis and this has placed pressure on the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Minister of Citizenship Winston...

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Granger defends hiring former army officers for civilian posts

Stabroek - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 02:18
President David Granger “sees nothing wrong” with the appointment of retired or serving military officers to civilian posts and maintains that the appointments are being made based on competence.

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Co-worker charged with murdering Gafoor’s manager

Stabroek - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 02:17
A co-worker of murdered Gafoor’s manager Terry Lackhan was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with killing him. In a city courtroom that was packed with Lackhan’s relatives and police,...

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Gossip: Schweinsteiger heads Man Utd departures

BBC Sport - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 02:16
Nine Man Utd players to leave to make way for Pogba, Arsenal in talks over Mustafi, Milner set for left-back role, plus more.

Woman freed of charges over Facebook death threat to President

Stabroek - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 02:15
Bibi Safoora Salim, the woman who allegedly made death threats to President David Granger on Facebook, was yesterday freed of the charges.

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