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Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo omitted from Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:40
• MLS striker Sebastian Giovinco also left out by Antonio Conte
• Southampton’s Graziano Pellè called up for 30-man training squad

Four years after his goals propelled Italy into the European Championship final, Mario Balotelli won’t even get a chance to play in this year’s tournament.

As expected, Balotelli was left out when Italy coach Antonio Conte named a preliminary 30-man squad for Euro 2016 on Monday.

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Liverpool target Mario Götze ‘commits future’ to Bayern Munich

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:21
• Germany forward says he wants to play for Carlo Ancelotti
• Götze’s agent confirms he will no longer represent World Cup winner

Liverpool appear to have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mario Götze after the Germany international apparently committed his future to Bayern Munich.

Jürgen Klopp has identified the man who scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final as a transfer priority and was optimistic of completing a deal for around £20m. However, despite reporting last month that the 23-year-old has been told by incoming Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti he does not figure in his plans, German newspaper Bild quoted Götze as saying he has now decided to remain with the German champions.

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VIDEO: McDermott to 'tough' it out at Leeds

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:54
Head coach Brian McDermott says Leeds Rhinos are undergoing a tough time but he wants to be part of their bid to improve.

Republic's Wilson out of Euro 2016

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:53
Republic of Ireland defender Marc Wilson's hopes of being fit for Euro 2016 are dashed by a knee injury setback.

BHA in silent mode as high-stakes Jim Best appeal hearing looms

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:38
Racing’s ruling body has shown no sign of contrition over the Matthew Lohn debacle and is determined to obtain a rehearing of the Best case

Disappointment awaits anyone hoping that racing’s ruling body might draw the right lessons from the Matthew Lohn debacle and move forward to a fairer future. Instead, the mood at the British Horseracing Authority is a familiar mix of defiance and galloping paranoia as its High Holborn office prepares for Tuesday’s appeal hearing in the vexed case of Jim Best.

Related: Jim Best conviction to be quashed following BHA climbdown

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Russia's star man Dzagoev out of Euros

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:29
Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev will miss out on Euro 2016 after suffering a broken foot playing for CSKA Moscow.

Andy Murray admits feeling ‘embarrassed’ at on-court behaviour

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:24
• Former coach Amélie Mauresmo blamed Scot’s temper on split
• ‘I’ve been working on it for years, I am trying to be better’

Andy Murray has admitted he feels embarrassed by his on-court behaviour. The world No2’s former coach Amélie Mauresmo lifted the lid on their recent split in an interview in which she indicated his difficulty in controlling his emotions on court played a big part in her leaving.

The Frenchwoman told l’Equipe: “Andy is complex. On the court he can be the opposite of what he is in life. It can be confusing. I was there to help. I had the feeling I could not get things done.”

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Hull FC look dangerous in Super League after their derby win at Magic Weekend

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:51

Warrington were stunned by Castleford’s comeback; Wakefield beat Catalans in a thriller; and fans were left to ponder where Magic Weekend will go next

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Hull FC’s second-half performance in their derby win over Hull Kingston Rovers showed there really is one club who want to win Super League. First we saw leaders Warrington lose control in a stunning comeback by Castleford on Saturday afternoon, then second-placed Catalans managed to lose a cracker against Wakefield on Sunday lunchtime, making it a fine Magic Weekend for Wigan. Their romp against Leeds made it a four-way tie at the top, until Hull FC closed the tenth Magic weekend with an impressive 28-16 victory to go two points clear.

It would be extreme to say this is now or never for Hull but the combination of a group of senior players reaching the last chapters of their careers – Pryce, Pritchard, Minichiello, Ellis are all into their 30s – and all but Wigan of the usual challengers having lacklustre (Saints) or shambolic (Leeds) seasons, means this is a golden opportunity for them, just as it is for Warrington and Catalans.

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July tests 'sensible' for Headingley

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:47
Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur says it would be "sensible" for their Headingley home to host Test matches in July.

Gary Lockett: seeing Nick Blackwell on life-support will haunt me forever | Donald McRae

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:42
Nick Blackwell spent nine days in a coma after being stopped by Chris Eubank Jr but his trainer says he always acted in the boxer’s best interests during the fight

Eighty minutes after we walk into Gary Lockett’s empty gym, at the end of a raw and moving interview, we take a breather. The boxing trainer has spoken with compassion and honesty while moving from his bruising years as a professional fighter who was good enough to headline a world title contest in Atlantic City to the darkest night of his life.

Two months ago this week Lockett was in Nick Blackwell’s corner when, after a bout against Chris Eubank Jr, his fighter ended up in an induced coma for nine days. At least the story has a happy ending for, even if Blackwell will never box again, he has recovered and remains close friends with his trainer.

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Moyes out of running for Villa job

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:41
David Moyes rules himself out of the running to be Aston Villa's new manager after being interviewed last week, BBC Sport understands.

Maduro facing protests in Trinidad

Stabroek - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:34
(Trinidad Guardian) Members of the Muslim community as well as T&T-based Venezuelan activists will stage demonstrations at the Diplomatic Centre this morning “welcoming” Venezuelan President...

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Sergio García wins Byron Nelson in playoff and raises Ryder Cup hopes

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:32
• Spaniard sees off Brooks Koepka at first extra hole for second Nelson win
• Ninth US PGA Tour win equals record of Seve Ballesteros

Sergio García gave his prospects of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team for Hazeltine a huge boost with Sunday’s playoff win over Brooks Koepka in the Byron Nelson Classic to record a first US PGA Tour victory since 2008.

Related: Rory McIlroy produces sensational finish to win his first Irish Open

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Draymond Green's kick to the groin was a metaphor for the Warriors' shock loss

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:30

Golden State suffered a blowout to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and nothing encapsulated the chaos better than a blow to Steven Adams’ unmentionables

It wasn’t that nobody expected the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. After all, the Thunder had already proved they could defeat the Warriors in Game 1 and on Sunday around they had home advantage. The mere fact that the Thunder now hold a 2-1 advantage over the Warriors shouldn’t be a huge surprise, no matter how invincible they’ve looked during long stretches of their season.

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Win tickets to the first day of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:29

Answer a simple question and you could be off to see Alastair Cook’s side take on Sri Lanka at the Riverside in the second Test

The Guardian has teamed up with Channel Five to give away a pair of tickets to the first day of the second Test match between England and Sri Lanka at the Riverside. With England having taken a 1-0 lead, Alastair Cook’s side will hope to wrap up their first series win of the summer. To be in with a chance to win, just answer the question below.

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Rain delays play at French Open

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:26
Rain continues to disrupt the schedule on day two at the French Open, after only four hours were possible on Sunday.

Barca's season a success - Enrique

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:24
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique calls his side's double-winning season "fantastic" despite their Champions League failure.

Blackwell criticises 'inhuman' Eubanks

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:19
Nick Blackwell says Chris Eubank Jnr and his father were "inhuman" in how they reacted to his life-threatening injuries.

Horse racing should be judged as a whole - not just on a day of tragedy

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:15

The death of two horses at Preakness was met with anger. But the sport should be examined year round rather than exclusively during its biggest events

Horse racing found itself in the spotlight on Saturday afternoon but not quite in the way that it wanted to.

The day was supposed to be about the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes, about the undefeated Nyquist trying to keep his record intact, about the possibility of another Triple Crown run at Belmont in three weeks’ time.

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Crystal Palace’s Steve Parish: players must bounce back from Cup defeat

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:06
• Chairman cites example of 1990 team who ended up third next season
• ‘We are all going to feel pain for the next few weeks’

The Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has urged his players to come back stronger after their heartbreaking defeat to Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup Final.

Related: Crystal Palace need big name signings in the summer, says Alan Pardew

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