- Vuelta a España: Simon Yates claims maiden victory on stage six
- Mark Wood says he is ‘consistently quicker’ as he strives to make up for lost time
- Champions League draw: Man City face Barcelona and Celtic, Arsenal play PSG
- Hillsborough disaster: IPCC investigates potential Freemason link
- Robbie Keane: a retrospective on Ireland's best striker - video
View full article at stabroeknews.com
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 hereContinue reading...
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.Continue reading...
- 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The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.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.Continue reading...
• 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.Continue reading...
• 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.Continue reading...
• 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.Continue reading...
- Minute-by-minute updates from the second leg at the Etihad
- Tweet @Paul_Doyle or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manchester City’s Bony ‘an option’ for West Ham, says Bilic
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.
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.Continue reading...
View full article at stabroeknews.com
• 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.Continue reading...
• 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.Continue reading...