- Everton’s Roberto Martínez criticises Chelsea over John Stones pursuit
- Manuel Pellegrini: We have no excuses if we end season with no trophy
- Louis van Gaal not sure if Sergio Romero up to Premier League demands
- Arsène Wenger believes softening of financial fair play has killed it
- West Ham’s Dimitri Payet: ‘One day I might be at the level of Eric Cantona’
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt reflects on his 200m gold medal on Thursday at the World Athletics in Beijing, and comments on his relationship with American rival Justin Gatlin. He says the silver medalist ‘talks a lot’ in the lead up to a race. He also describes Gatlin as a ‘competitor who always shows up’. Bolt looks ahead to whether he will compete in the World Championships in London after Rio 2016Continue reading...
• Group: A: Celtic, Ajax, Fenerbahce and Molde
• Group B: Liverpool, Rubin Kazan, Bordeaux and Sion
Tottenham have been handed a daunting group in the Europa League including a long-haul trip to Azerbaijan.Continue reading...
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Slaven Bilic must hope West Ham perform better on their travels after the optimism of an opening day win at Arsenal was emphatically punctured by home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth. For perspective, however, it is worth noting his club’s last win at Anfield came courtesy of goals from Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters in September 1963. Liverpool will equal their best start to a Premier League campaign after four matches with a win and are aiming to keep four clean sheets in a row for the first time since 2011. Andy HunterContinue reading...
• Second warm-up in a week against Italy is final chance to shine
Scotland would have wished otherwise but increasingly their seasons tend to be defined by games against Italy, so a second win in a week over the Azzurri on Saturday would not go amiss if Vern Cotter’s side are to leave for the World Cup with anything like a skip in their stride.
Not that it will be easy. For the third warm-up game running the New Zealander has made wholesale changes. In fact, only Sean Lamont, seeking to prove that his 34-year-old legs are up to the task, survives from the side that won in Turin last weekend. However, Saturday’s starting XV has more than a hint of the real deal about it.Continue reading...
There is a story that does the rounds among the compact Gaelic football community in Warwickshire of Jack Grealish’s first match for his local club, John Mitchels, which perhaps gives an indication of the steely undercurrent many at Aston Villa believe will enable him to become their leading performer this season.
Early on in his debut, the tale goes, an eight-year-old Grealish was taught a valuable lesson. Even at under-10 Gaelic football can be a tough, uncompromising sport, so when Grealish was knocked to the floor in a tussle with an opponent and demanded a free-kick, he was swiftly told to get back on his feet.Continue reading...
- Updates from Beijing as Dina Asher-Smith runs in 200m final
- Johnson-Thompson bounces back to reach long jump final
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The competitors are being introduced to the crowd in the Bird’s Nest stadium, withy Katarina Johnson-Thompson looking nice and relaxed. Lorraine Ugen is first up for Great Britain and smiles ruefully as she climbs out of the pit after a foul jump. It was a big jump but she hit the board.
After yesterday’s Segway propelled tomfoolery, today’s action from Beijing will need to be a bit special if it is to create a similar media storm. Here’s today’s order of business ...Continue reading...
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Music, theatre, cinema, architecture: all regularly get “the rule” run over them by the Guardian’s sneering team of critics. But there’s always something that slips through the cracks, and fails to get the kudos (or kicking) that it deserves. So, each Friday, we take your suggestions for things which deserve our consideration, and then review them for all they’re worth. A pamphlet? Some slang? A crude straw? No matter what it is, our team will review the bejaysus out of it. Starting with this lot …Continue reading...
Captain Chris Robshaw speaks to the press about head coach Stuart Lancaster’s decision to leave out fly-half Danny Cipriani from England’s Rugby World Cup squad. He says it is unfortunate for Cipriani, but adds the players going forward are very high quality. Robshaw also praises some of the new arrivals, including Henry Slade, and Ben Morgan says he’s delighted his eight months of hard work to get fit has paid offContinue reading...
• Bolt had jokingly accused Gatlin of paying cameraman to clean him out
The cameraman who did what his many sprint rivals could not and toppled Usain Bolt is back to work after his brush with global fame and said he felt fine.Continue reading...
Samoa have arrived at their pre-World Cup training base in Brighton and it is fair to say they did not bring the sunny South Seas weather with them. Earlier this week, as they trained in the shadow of the Amex Stadium where they kick off their campaign against the United States in three weeks’ time, buffeted by cold wind and rain, their players could have been forgiven for dreaming of home.
“We were together in Samoa last week topping up our fitness in temperatures of 30 degrees. No, this isn’t perfect but we can’t make the weather an excuse,” said Samoa’s head coach Stephen Betham, his huge frame just about fitting into a bench in a muddy changing room by the training pitch at the University of Brighton sports ground.Continue reading...
• 23-year-old was crowned overall champion in 2012-13 season
Great Britain’s freestyle skier James Woods stormed to victory in the first World Cup slopestyle event of the 2015-16 season in Cardrona, New Zealand.Continue reading...