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Roma secured an automatic place in the Champions League group phase with a 2-1 win over Lazio in a heated Rome derby on Monday night.
Roma’s French centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the former Newcastle player, decided the match with his first goal of the season when he headed home an 85th-minute free-kick.Continue reading...
• Bedene shows admirable fight against Austria’s Dominic Thiem
Family and friends, the curious and a few stragglers, crammed into Court No5 on the first Monday of the French Open to see if the fuss about Great Britain’s latest tennis acquisition, Aljaz Bedene – once of Slovenia and latterly of Welwyn Garden City – was warranted. It just about was.
Bedene lost in his first major under the colours – in the first round, true to stereotype – but he gave almost as good as he got against one of the best young players on the tour, Dominic Thiem.Continue reading...
• Rodgers backed by FSG to walk through Liverpool storm
Before Liverpool’s 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of the season Brendan Rodgers had already announced that he was “150% certain” he would remain in his job next season. As with so many aspects of Liverpool’s mutable, oddly unquantifiable progress in the last two years, it might just be best to double-check the figures on that one. By Sunday night, Liverpool’s manager had recalculated. “I’ve always said if the owners want me to go, I go,” he reasoned, pirouetting on his heel with a lithe, finely-balanced sense of sure-footedness that brought to mind something almost entirely unlike Emre Can.Continue reading...
• Mike Selvey: Stokes takes the limelight in thrilling win
So now everyone heads for Headingley, some elated, some dejected, all exhausted. New Zealand must be bewildered. How often has a team had their opponents 30 for four within the first hour and then scored 523 runs in their first innings – and lost? That was their fate and they must still be scratching their heads and aching.
The vast majority of the 20,000 spectators, who turned up on the people’s bank holiday Monday may not be heading to Leeds. Most were locals, who had walked in and they had the time of their lives – except perhaps the ones in beige. For this was a memorable, tantalising contest with an outcome way beyond most people’s expectations.Continue reading...
• ‘There are ongoing discussions but nothing is done’
The Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted he wants to join a club playing in the Champions League next season, with Arsenal thought to be frontrunners to sign him.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has enjoyed another successful season having remained at St Mary’s last summer despite interest from both Arsène Wenger’s side and Tottenham. However, with only two years left on his contract, Schneiderlin has acknowledged that his days on the south coast could now be numbered.Continue reading...
Four influential old men, reputations to be made or otherwise, Queensland’s left-hand side, New South Welsh tryscorers, and a young upstart
Queensland’s iconic spine may not have a single player younger than 31 but New South Wales should not – and will not – think the fabulous foursome are vulnerable because of their advancing years. Last year’s series win by the Blues was not an indication that Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk had reached the end of their incredible run.Continue reading...
• Yaya Touré’s agent suggests player will stay at City
Manuel Pellegrini landed in Canada on Monday evening for Manchester City’s post-season tour convinced he will remain in place as the manager for next season.
Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, spent time with Pellegrini on Sunday when City played their final home match of the season, the 2-0 victory over Southampton. Yet whether he then carried out the expected review of Pellegrini’s performance is unclear. Senior sources have signalled there is no expectation the manager will be removed.Continue reading...
• Slaven Bilic and Michael Laudrup expected to be in the running
• Ancelotti’s surgery to rule him out of running for West Ham job
• West Ham are taking a big gamble by getting rid of Big Sam
West Ham will demonstrate their ambition by promising significant transfer funds plus a lucrative contract as they seek to lure a successor to Sam Allardyce to oversee the club’s final season at Upton Park.
The club confirmed after Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle that Allardyce would not be retained when his £3m-a-year deal expires next month, ending a successful four-year spell. The co-owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, are prepared to offer an even bigger salary to his successor and have sounded out a number of candidates.Continue reading...
• League One play-off final: Preston 4-0 Swindon
Jermaine Beckford may have scored a hat-trick in the victory that secured Preston’s promotion to the Championship but the striker has given a strong suggestion he will not be part of the squad next season.
The 31-year-old took the starring role as Simon Grayson’s team beat Swindon Town 4-0 in the League One play-off final on Sunday. The three goals he scored at Wembley took his total to 18 since he joined Preston on loan from Bolton in November.Continue reading...
• Drogba set to return to Stamford Bridge in coaching capacity
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Didier Drogba hopes to find a club in Major League Soccer after celebrating his fourth Premier League title on board Chelsea’s victory parade on Monday.
The forward had captained the champions in their final-day victory over Sunderland having announced before kick-off that he would be leaving the club after 381 appearances and 164 goals over two periods and nine seasonsat Stamford Bridge. The 37-year-old says he wants to extend his career elsewhere and will now seek greater involvement at a new club, possibly in the United States, before exploring a future non-playing role at Chelsea. “I spoke with José Mourinho and the board and, all of us, we found an agreement,” said Drogba.Continue reading...
• Owners willing to continue with Rodgers despite lack of success
Brendan Rodgers’ job as Liverpool manager is not under threat, with the club having no plans to review his position despite their dismal end to the season that featured only one victory in the last seven matches.
On Sunday Rodgers oversaw a humiliating 6-1 defeat at Stoke City, Liverpool’s worst result since 1963. Yet despite that, and a growing clamour from supporters to see the Northern Irishman replaced, Fenway Sports Group, the owner, is not assessing whether he should continue as manager for next season.Continue reading...
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• Edmund battles to see off Stéphane Robert in five sets
If British tennis is heading ever so cautiously in the right direction, the pilot and guiding light for the foreseeable future remains the man who four years ago got lost on the Paris Métro en route to dinner with his mother. And Andy Murray is not about to get carried away with a couple of good results on the second day of a major.
He would seem to have found his compass here since that bizarre evening and his strong start in the French Open on Monday – subduing then taming the wild-swinging Argentinian Facundo Argüello in an hour and 45 minutes – was the sort of performance to lift the hopes of his compatriots left in the tournament, Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund.Continue reading...
• Johanna Konta goes down 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 to Denisa Allertova
• Andy Murray joined by Kyle Edmund in second round
• Nadal must silence French Open fans and doubters in first round
Success has been about as rare as steak tartare for British women at the French Open over the past two decades but if it was not for Heather Watson, their record would be an awful lot worse.
Since Clare Wood reached round two in 1994, the nation has managed a paltry six wins but Watson now owns four of them after a hard-earned 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Mathilde Johansson of France. A wild-card now ranked No228 in the world, Johansson reached the third round here three years ago and on a day when a stiff breeze made clean hitting difficult for everyone, Watson did well to recover from 4-2 down to win the first set. She then saved a set point in the second before winning the last four games to advance to round two for the fourth time.Continue reading...