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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to send Petr Cech on loan to Liverpool?

Guardian Sport - 11 hours 1 min ago
Today’s tittle-tattle called it, and is bloody giddy

At this time of year, it’s time to spare a thought for the less fortunate members of our society. The often sad, often lonely souls who drift around with little companionship, little by way of genuine human contact and warmth. The people who, for whatever reason, are thought of as having something ‘other’ about them. Something that doesn’t quite fit. As we all come together to celebrate a giving time of year, let us bring them in and offer them a hug.

Yes, today’s Rumour Mill goes out to the goalkeepers, those strange individuals who stand at one end of a field while 20 others play football. Liverpool need one, and by crikey they’re going after a big ‘un, according to in the know sages up and down the land. Petr Cech is the man they want to step into Brad Jones’s shoes, the Chelsea man having largely filled his time since the return of Thibaut Courtois by sitting on the bench and wailing on some drums. Apparently Liverpool want him on loan and José Mourinho, wily old fox that he is, reckons that it might help Chelsea out more to have Cech playing for someone else rather than being their reserve – the theory of course being that Liverpool aren’t a title rival anymore, that he won’t be able to play against Chelsea but will against teams that they are actually competing against. Oh José, you old card. It would be a brassy move by Liverpool, and perhaps slightly more likely/realistic is talk that they already have a £3m deal in the bag for Mexican stopper Guillermo Ochoa from Malaga.

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USA bids to host 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, with four cities in running

Guardian Sport - 11 hours 15 min ago
• US Olympic Committee confirms intention to bid for 2024
• Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington DC are contenders
• Rome lodges 2024 bid despite fears over funding and logistics
• Qatar’s chances of hosting 2024 improved by rule changes

The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed its intention to bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC are in the running to become the bid’s host city and a decision on which city will spearhead the campaign will be made early next year.

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Flash Flood Watch upgraded to Warning for sections of northern parishes

Observer - 11 hours 17 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Meteorological (Met) Service has upgraded the flash flood watch to a Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas in the parishes of St Ann, St Mary and Portland effective until 5:00 pm today.

Vijay century helps India dominate

BBC Sport - 11 hours 18 min ago
Murali Vijay's century puts India in a commanding position on day one of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Koeman angry with Blades boss Clough

BBC Sport - 11 hours 19 min ago
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Nigel Clough and his Sheffield United coaches showed a lack of respect after cup defeat.

Warburton hopes for more dual deals

BBC Sport - 11 hours 23 min ago
Wales captain Sam Warburton hopes more Welsh players will join him and Dan Lydiate in signing national dual contracts.

St Catherine woman fined $50,000 for stealing electricity

Observer - 11 hours 35 min ago
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — A woman accused of stealing electricity was fined $50,000 after pleading guilty Tuesday to a charge of abstracting electricity when she appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court.

SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs

BBC Sport - 11 hours 57 min ago
The SPFL is to withhold £250,000 due to Rangers for broadcast fees to cover a fine relating to employee benefit trusts.

Dujardin sets dressage world record

BBC Sport - 12 hours 3 min ago
Double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin sets a new world record as she wins Grand Prix gold with Valegro at Olympia.

VIDEO: Advent calendar: Rosberg hits Hamilton

BBC Sport - 12 hours 22 min ago
Day 17 of the BBC Sport advent calendar looks back to when Mercedes' team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton clashed early on in Belgium puncturing Hamilton's car.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC Sport - 12 hours 26 min ago
Real Madrid prepare record bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Crystal Palace target Ashley Cole, plus more.

Laverty to ride for Tyco BMW team

BBC Sport - 12 hours 29 min ago
Michael Laverty will ride for Tyco BMW team in British Superbike series, with Alastair Seeley in Superstock class.

Anti-corruption bill finally passed in Trinidad's Parliament

Observer - 13 hours 12 min ago
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Legislation to curb corruption in this country was finally passed yesterday in the Senate.

Church of England names first woman bishop

Observer - 13 hours 20 min ago
STOCKPORT, United Kingdom (AFP) - The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.

Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge

Observer - 13 hours 23 min ago
TRENTON, United States - A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition is being held in jail while facing a gun possession charge his lawyer calls shocking.

Kieron Pollard strikes six 'sixes' in one over

Observer - 13 hours 26 min ago
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard confirmed his status as a key player in the forthcoming Twenty20 Big Bash League in Australia after hitting six sixes in an over during an Adelaide Strikers warm-up game at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide yesterday.

Caribbean reports dramatic decline in babies born with HIV

Observer - 13 hours 30 min ago
WASHINGTON, United States - A new joint report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78 per cent between 2001 and 2013.

Super Cup-style match planned as season opener after FFA Cup success

Guardian Sport - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 23:21
  • Adelaide United could be pitted against premiers in curtain-raiser
  • FFA chiefs plan to expand competition

A Super Cup-style contest pitting the FFA Cup and A-League champions is a possibility to open the 2015/16 season after the success of the first Cup competition.

The inaugural FFA Cup, won by Adelaide United, has found a sweet spot in the Australian sporting landscape as the only national competition pitting professionals and amateurs.

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NRL: 2015 draw builds on traditions and respects the blockbuster matches

Guardian Sport - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 23:10
  • More thought still needed on Origin problem
  • Some clubs fare noticeably worse in schedule

Anzac Day promises 10-hour NRL extravaganza

The long and tortured wait for the NRL draw is finally after. It has been released – after much consternation and seemingly constipation – more than 45 days after the AFL released their’s for a competition that starts a month later. Better late than never. It seems that the NRL will actually stage matches in 2015.

The draw has been met with the typical criticism, some fair, some not.

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