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Brisbane Roar victory hands Newcastle Jets the A-League wooden spoon

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:28
  • Brisbane Roar 2-1 Newcastle Jets
  • Last-place finish confirmed for Jets in season to forget

The Newcastle Jets have been consigned to the A-League wooden spoon after a 2-1 loss to a hugely depleted Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Kofi Danning’s first A-League goal in more than three years gave the Roar a second-half lead at Suncorp Stadium but the Jets drew level six minutes later through Edson Montano.

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Hull FC 4-24 Huddersfield Giants

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:26
Huddersfield climb into the Super League top four with victory at Hull FC, who had won their previous three games.

Wests Tigers surge to comfortable victory over Canterbury Bulldogs

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:22
  • Canterbury Bulldogs 14-38 Wests Tigers
  • Two tries each for Luke Brooks, James Tedesco and Pat Richards

The Wests Tigers returned to winning ways in style on Friday with a comprehensive 38-14 victory over an under-par Canterbury at ANZ Stadium. Two tries apiece from Luke Brooks, James Tedesco and Pat Richards banished memories of last week’s collapse against Canberra.

But it was the golden boot of veteran winger Richards and a freakish first-half play from Kevin Naiqama that set the platform for the win. With just four minutes on the clock, a Tedesco grubber kick appeared to be heading out of the in-goal area only for Naiqama to lunge forward and scoop the ball over his head and into the grateful arms of the onrushing full-back.

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Leeds 10-29 Warrington | Super League match report

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:21
• Leeds 10-29 Warrington
• Sinfield comes on in second half for 500th Leeds appearance

Warrington put a dampener on Kevin Sinfield’s 500th appearance for Leeds when they completed a notable double over the Super League leaders at Headingley.

Sinfield was on the losing side on his debut for the Rhinos against Sheffield Eagles at Headingley in 1997 and he was powerless to prevent a repeat on this landmark occasion.

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Edinburgh 37-0 Zebre

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:18
A brace of tries from flanker Roddy Grant helps Edinburgh to a bonus-point Pro12 triumph over Zebre at Murrayfield.

Gritty Melbourne power past Richmond in the rain

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:10
  • Melbourne defeated Richmond 12.11 (83) to 6.15 (51)
  • Demons too strong in second half at a soggy MCG

Melbourne beat Richmond by 32 points at a rain-soaked MCG on Friday night. The sides were neck and neck when conditions were dry in the first half, but the Demons put on a determined display of hard-working, wet-weather football after half-time to earn the 12.11 (83) to 6.15 (51) win.

Melbourne led by three points at the first break and two at half-time, but simply outworked the Tigers in the second half. Chris Dawes and Jesse Hogan were dangerous up forward for Melbourne early and Ben Griffiths provided a strong presence for the Tigers only to let himself down with his kicking for goal.

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St Helens 34-16 Widnes

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:10
Tommy Makinson's try is the highlight as St Helens beat Widnes to close the gap on leaders Leeds to four points.

Leeds Rhinos 10-29 Warrington Wolves

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:08
Warrington Wolves stun Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos with an impressive win away at Headingley.

Bath 43-18 London Irish | Premiership match report

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:06
• Bath 43-18 London Irish

Bath eased themselves into second place in the Premiership with a win which takes them within a point of leaders Northampton having spent half the game looking as though they were about to shoot themselves in the foot.

Against a side seven places and 24 points below them they went into the second half a point down. Twenty-one minutes later the bonus point was in the bag, thanks to Sam Burgess, and with Northampton and Saracens due to knock spots off each other on Saturday, Bath may even hang on to the dream of a home semi-final for more than a day.

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World championship rookie Anthony McGill ends Mark Selby title defence

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00
• Qualifier McGill into Crucible quarter-finals with 13-9 shock win
• McGill was a 150-1 shot with bookmakers before tournament

Mark Selby fell victim of the Crucible curse as the world championship debutant Anthony McGill pulled off a major shock.

The qualifier McGill exuded calm assurance as he saw off the defending champion 13-9 to book a quarter-final place, never appearing overawed by the match or the gradual position of control he developed.

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Tom Wood burns with desire to reimpose Northampton mastery against Saracens

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00
Saints pack have taken a battering of late but have chance to restore their aura in battle of bitter rivals in front of an expected record crowd at Milton Keynes
• Exeter seal double over Northampton

Only last week Tom Wood was cheering on Saracens during their European Champions Cup semi-final. He counts their sizeable England contingent among his friends and, as a fervent patriot, the flanker felt naturally inclined to support the men in black. This Saturday, however, will be very different. While Northampton’s desire to beat Saracens is always intense, recent wobbles have left the league leaders desperate for a win to boost their title defence.

As anyone who saw them thrashed by Clermont Auvergne and unbuttoned by Exeter Chiefs will know, the champions have not looked remotely as dominant lately as they were before Christmas. “I don’t think we’ve played well for a long time,” Wood says. “Winning papers over a lot of problems and masks a lot of issues. We had a good win away at Bath during the Six Nations but, aside from that, we haven’t played well. There are a number of games where we’ve scraped by but we haven’t fought or been anywhere like our best.”

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Steve Bruce: I’d lose cash if Hull went down but failure would cost me | Louise Taylor

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00
• The Tigers manager is ‘under no illusions’ over Hull’s plight
• Bruce’s side facing tough Premier League run-in
• Hull City players to have salaries slashed by 50% if they are relegated

The morning rush hour is building and the traffic on the dual carriageway running into Hull has slowed to a crawl but with the adjacent Humber estuary glistening in the April sunshine there are no hooting horns, flashing lights or rude hand gestures.

Everyone seems too busy enjoying the moment on a good-to-be-alive day and a tanned, jovial Steve Bruce is no different. All easy, Geordie affability, the 54-year-old cuts a reassuring figure as he endeavours to extricate his Hull City side from perilous relegation waters but even he accepts survival could be touch and go. Along with most players, Bruce will lose around 50% of his wages should Hull, currently kept out of the Premier League’s bottom three only by goal difference, return to the Championship.

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‘Paula Radcliffe would rather have fallen off the treadmill than stop’

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:59
As she ends her career at the scene of her greatest triumph, the London Marathon, the world record holder’s team lift the lid on what set her apart

As Paula Radcliffe prepares to run her final competitive marathon on Sunday in London, she laughs as she remembers a conversation with the then race director, Dave Bedford, in those moments of happy delirium following her world record in 2003. “He said to me: ‘I am never going to see anything like that again,’ and I was thinking: ‘That’s not right, I can run faster next year.’”

She never did. Instead came the sorrow and suffering of the Olympic marathon in Athens in 2004. Radcliffe’s record still stands as one of the most imposing in athletics. Could it have been bettered? Radcliffe says she “genuinely thinks” she could have gone faster “but then in 2004 everything fell apart”.

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Bath 43-18 London Irish

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:54

VIDEO: McGill knocks out champion Selby

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:50
Defending champion Mark Selby suffers defeat against qualifier Anthony McGill in the second round of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.

Nishikori battles to Barcelona semi

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:46
Japanese defending champion Kei Nishikori and Spanish third seed David Ferrer win through to the Barcelona Open semi-finals.

Top Olympics caterer threatens to withdraw from Rio de Janeiro games

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:32

US food caterer Aramark, which has assured safe and healthy meals for athletes since the 1968 Mexico City games, puts fate of 4m meals in flux

A four-million-meal question mark looms over the preparations for next year’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro after the caterers for the past eight summer games warned organisers they were pulling out of the tendering process.

Negotiations were resumed soon afterwards, but the threatened withdrawal of Aramark, the largest food caterer in the US, raises the possibility that athletes such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be fed by a company less experienced in ensuring good nutrition, food security and preventing banned substances from entering the diet of competitors.

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Klitschko taunts Jennings in song

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:15
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko performs a song to taunt opponent Bryant Jennings ahead of their Saturday fight.

Ryan Giggs is Louis van Gaal’s choice to be Manchester United manager

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:10
• Giggs has been Dutchman’s assistant since last summer
• Welshman is seen as the natural choice to succeed him

Louis van Gaal expects Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager when the time comes.

Giggs has been Van Gaal’s assistant since the Dutchman took over at Old Trafford last summer.

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Wozniacki to face Halep in Stuttgart

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:57
Caroline Wozniacki beats Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-3 to set up a semi-final with Simona Halep in Stuttgart.

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