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Premiership Rugby to monitor players' wages after new RFU deal

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 08:02
Premiership Rugby chief Mark McCafferty says the league must monitor wage inflation at England's top-flight clubs.

Venezuela opposition angry at recall referendum delays

BBC - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:52
Venezuelan opposition leaders call for protest marches to the National Electoral Council, which they accuse of stalling their efforts for a recall referendum.

Australia caught in spinners’ web as Sri Lanka hit back in first Test

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:49
• Sri Lanka 117 and 6-1; Australia 203
• Australia dismissed for 203 as Herath and Sandakan wreak havoc

Sri Lanka’s spinners fought back to restrict Australia to a slim first-innings lead as bowlers continued to dominate the first Test at Pallekele.

Having been dismissed for just 117 on the first day, Sri Lanka were looking at a large first-innings deficit only for Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan to dismiss the visitors for 203, the left-arm spinners claiming four wickets each.

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Team Refugee: Rio Olympic hopefuls running for a better life

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:35
Two refugees with no previous running experience try to qualify for the Rio Olympics as members of the Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes.

Kevin Durant all smiles with Team USA in first game at new home arena

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:32
  • Durant scores 13 points in first game at Oracle Arena
  • USA rolls to 107-57 win over China in exhibition game

Kevin Durant did something he hasn’t done in what feels like years: he smiled more than he scored.

Playing at Oracle Arena on Tuesday for the first time since announcing he was signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent, Durant had a stellar performance with the USA basketball team in an exhibition against China. He was greeted by a sea of fans wearing his new blue and gold jerseys and more than 30 seconds of applause after he was called to the court.

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‘Magnificent Seven’ remake to be featured at Toronto film fest

Stabroek - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:30
TORONTO,  (Reuters) – Director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960s Western “The Magnificent Seven” is expected to kick off the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept.

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T&T Muslim woman wins discrimination case over hijab

Stabroek - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:25
(Trinidad Guardian) A Muslim woman yesterday won a landmark judgment against a security firm for discrimination on the basis of her religious beliefs.

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Revealed: the biggest threat to the future of the Olympic Games | Andy Bull

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:16
Drugs scandals and Rio’s haphazard preparations have dominated the headlines but the most worrying sign for Thomas Bach and co has barely been reported – does anyone really want to host the Games any more?

Eighteen months ago the IOC’s “Olympic family” gathered in Monte Carlo. “There could not be a more symbolic host,” said president Thomas Bach in his general address, “than His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco,” the monarch of a state memorably described by Somerset Maugham as a “sunny place for shady people”. It was an extraordinary session, called to address “the challenges we are already facing and, more important, the challenges we can already see on the horizon”. Bach was not referring to Russia’s state doping regimen, or Rio’s readiness for the 31st Summer Games which begins a week on Friday, but another problem entirely, one that, to the International Olympic Committee’s hive mind, felt altogether more pressing. While those two headline issues have damaged its brand, this third, far less reported, may ruin its business.

Related: Buildup to Rio 2016 part of a chaotic and shameful tradition of Olympic hosts | David Goldblatt

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic ready to train with Manchester United squad for first time

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:00
• Wayne Rooney welcomes ‘huge character’ after Swede’s extended break
• Mourinho: ‘We are trying to do suits by measure and be perfect for the person’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will train with Manchester United’s first-team squad for the first time on Thursday, the striker having had an extended break following Sweden’s exit from Euro 2016. He will be joined by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini, who also return from their respective post-tourney holiday.

The session at Carrington is the first time José Mourinho has had his full squad together since becoming the manager. Ibrahimovic signed for United on a free transfer in early July, with Sweden having exited the European Championships on 22 June. Having begun an individual programme on Sunday at Carrington, when he joins Mourinho’s squad on Thursday the 34-year-old will have had a five-week break from first-team training.

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US PGA: Baltusrol course suits my game - McIlroy

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 06:45
Rory McIlroy says the Baltusrol layout gives him a good chance of winning a third US PGA Championship this week.

FA announces plans to introduce fourth substitute during extra time of FA Cup

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 06:43
• Fourth substitute will be allowed in extra time, subject to approval
• Martin Glenn: ‘fourth substitute in extra time will bring intrigue and interest’

Teams competing in the FA Cup will be able to field a fourth substitute from the sixth round and onwards in the competition this season, the Football Association have announced.

The law-making body, the International Football Association Board, IFAB, is carrying out a global study into a proposal that would allow teams to make a fourth replacement during extra time.

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FA Cup: Fourth substitute to be allowed in latter stages of competition

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 06:43
Clubs will be allowed to use a fourth substitute during extra time in the latter stages of this season's FA Cup.

Arsenal among Premier League clubs absent from EFL Trophy groups draw

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 06:42
• Number of leading sides decline to take part in revamped competition
• Draw sees 16 groups of four teams split across northern and southern sections

A number of leading Premier League clubs were missing from the EFL Trophy group-stage draw on Wednesday after rejecting invitations from the Football League to include their academy sides in the revamped competition.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all opted against taking part, but the inclusion of Leicester and Chelsea will be considered a boost by the Football League.

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Talking Horses: Best bets plus Glorious Goodwood tipping competitions

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 06:07
The Gurkha (3.10) has plenty of zip for a son of Galileo and the fast-ground mile for the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood should be ideal

Unusually for day one of Glorious Goodwood, it seemed to me that no horses were really, properly, throbbingly unlucky in running yesterday. I suppose, by the law of averages, that means we can expect twice the normal daily quantity of misfortune in time for my tilt at the track today.

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Calling all Stormtroopers - Heather Knight ready for the new Super League

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:56
England captain Heather Knight reflects on England's success against Pakistan, and looks ahead to the new Super League.

Was Mamadou Sakho's mock interview too much for Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp?

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:54
  • Sakho flew home from pre-season tour three days after Alcatraz incident
  • Liverpool manager Klopp has concerns over Sakho’s attitude

Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool future was thrown into doubt after he was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, but did an impromptu interview with Jürgen Klopp, on the club’s in-house LFC TV channel, hasten his exit?

Related: Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool future in doubt after he is sent home from US tour

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Team Australia arrive in Rio for 2016 Olympics – video

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:51

Australian athletes arrive at the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday evening, after plumbing and electrical problems marred their arrival. Hockey players Andrew Charter and Simon Orchard say they are happy to have arrived and are gearing up for the 2016 Olympic Games

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Blow for Ferrari as technical director James Allison leaves team

Guardian Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:50
• ‘Joint decision’ draws line under Briton’s three-year stint at Maranello
• Mattia Binotto promoted to chief technical officer

Ferrari have split with technical director James Allison, the Formula One team announced on Wednesday, a move that could deal a big blow to their title ambitions.

The Briton, who joined Ferrari in September 2013 from Enstone-based outfit Lotus, where he was a key figure, was seen as the man to lead a turnaround in fortunes after a difficult few years for the sport’s most successful team.

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Russia's fencing team cleared for Olympics

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:46
Russia's fencing and triathlon teams are cleared to compete in the Rio Olympic Games by their sport's governing bodies.

Arsenal & Man Utd among six teams to reject EFL Trophy invite

BBC Sport - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:42
Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are among the clubs to reject the chance to enter teams in the EFL Trophy.