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Fifa’s 2014 goodie bag scandal: 48 luxury watches to be donated to charity

Guardian Sport - 15 hours 37 min ago
• £16,344 watches were handed out as gifts to Fifa officials in Brazil
• Fifa ethics committee gives them to global NGO streetfootballworld

The luxury Parmigiani watches famously handed out in goodie bags to Fifa executives last year have been donated by Fifa’s ethics committee to charity.

The £16,344 watches, given as gifts to football officials by Brazil’s FA during a Fifa Congress in São Paulo that was dominated by corruption allegations and protests, have all now been handed to the global NGO streetfootballworld.

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England coach Eddie Jones has big decisions and his new captain will be key | The Breakdown

Guardian Sport - 15 hours 42 min ago
England’s first foreign coach must hit the ground running as he begins his reign – like Stuart Lancaster – with a Six Nations date with Scotland

Eddie Jones will start his term in charge of England at Murrayfield, as Stuart Lancaster did in 2012 when a Charlie Hodgson charge-down try was enough to get him off to a winning start. If international rugby union is considered to operate in four-year cycles, it is worth noting that 10 of England’s starting lineup that day were not involved in this year’s tournament.

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John Terry named on 55-man shortlist for Fifpro’s 2015 best in the world XI

Guardian Sport - 15 hours 44 min ago

• Players’ union members pick contenders for World XI 2015
• Shortlist based on votes of 25,000 players from 70 countries

John Terry has been named on a 55-man shortlist for a possible place in the international players’ union’s World XI 2015.

The shortlist – five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards – is based on the votes of almost 25,000 Fifpro members from 70 countries. The final XI will be revealed at the Fifa Ballon d’Or ceremony on 11 January in Zurich.

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Terrible title defences: from Manchester City in 1938 to Leeds in 1993 | Jonathan Wilson

Guardian Sport - 15 hours 45 min ago
Chelsea’s struggles this season has come as a shock but it is not the first time the champions of England have made an utter hash of defending their crown

The pattern of winning the championship and then having a dozy season is not a new one for Manchester City. What’s happened over the past four years is barely a ripple compared to the wild dip City endured in 1937-38. After losing to Grimsby on Christmas Day, they’d gone unbeaten through the second half of the previous season, taking the title by three points from Charlton with a side that included such greats as the goalkeeper Frank Swift, the rapid winger Ernie Toseland and the goalscoring trio of Eric Brook, Alex Herd and Peter Doherty.

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Leighton Baines must play without fear before Everton return, says Martínez

Guardian Sport - 15 hours 46 min ago
• Manager says Baines needs to make ‘50-50 challenge without being fearful’
• Everton left-back out of first team since May because of ankle injury

Roberto Martínez has said Leighton Baines’ confidence needs to be restored before the England international can make his competitive comeback for Everton.

Baines has been sidelined since May by an ankle injury that required two operations, one to address a long-standing ligament problem and the second when the repair work snapped in training days before the new Premier League season.

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Louis van Gaal: We had chances to finish off PSV … now we have to win in Wolfsburg – video

Guardian Sport - 15 hours 52 min ago

Manchester United endured a frustrating evening when they were held to a goalless draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday, squandering the opportunity to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Manager Louis van Gaal gives his reaction as qualification now rests on a win away to Group B leaders Wolfsburg in Germany in the final group match if PSV can manage a home win against bottom side CSKA Moscow

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Cobblers takeover set for completion

BBC Sport - 15 hours 59 min ago
Kelvin Thomas' takeover of Northampton Town from David Cardoza will be completed on Thursday, BBC Radio Northampton reports.

Pro scores 92 at Australian Open

BBC Sport - 16 hours 8 min ago
Professional Weiyu Zhu of China hits a quadruple and triple bogey in a round that also features a birdie at the Australian Open.

Jack Grealish dropped from Aston Villa’s matchday squad for Watford match

Guardian Sport - 16 hours 10 min ago
• Grealish training with Villa under-21 team after breach of club discipline
• Will take no part in Saturday’s Premier League game against Watford

The Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish will be left out of the squad for Saturday’s match against Watford as punishment for his off-field behaviour.

Manager Remi Garde said the 20-year-old was “not professional” after he was pictured partying last weekend after Villa’s 4-0 Premier League defeat to Everton.

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Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China

Observer - 16 hours 11 min ago
HONG KONG (AP) — Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.

Garde drops Grealish from first team

BBC Sport - 16 hours 12 min ago
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish is dropped from the first-team squad and will train with the club's under-21s.

Sport picture of the day: Paul Pogba's tricolour tribute

Guardian Sport - 16 hours 13 min ago

Juventus’ Paul Pogba wore tricolour boots in the Champions League game against Manchester City in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks

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YUTEs aglow with employment

Observer - 16 hours 23 min ago
The innovative programme of Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) is providing the opportunity for 50 young people to access self-employment through the Internet, as well as a powerful “enrichment package” of leadership skills, financial literacy and mentoring. The YUTE Microwork Programme, which runs from August 2015 to July 2016, is helping these 18 to 29 year-olds from vulnerable communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Area to access much needed income-generating opportunities. The technical aspect of the training teaches them how to perform a range of online tasks for international clients using the YUTE Microwork portal (yutejamaica.net) that was developed for the programme.

Champions League review: Barcelona unstoppable, Manchester United unremarkable

Guardian Sport - 16 hours 39 min ago

Real Madrid go wobbly at the back, Barcelona still bubbly in attack, Iker Casillas is Porto’s weak link and Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets dreamy

Lionel Messi doesn’t appear to have lost any sharpness after missing two months with a knee injury. After coming off the bench in the second half of the clásico – just so Real Madrid didn’t bother trying anything funny – he was back in Barcelona’s starting line-up on Tuesday night and played like a man who was making up for lost time against Roma. Messi scored twice, the first a delicious dink over Wojciech Szczesny at the end of a superb team move that was full of flicks, tricks and feints and there was more evidence that the best player in the world gets a buzz out of Neymar and Luis Suárez, laughing and joking with the other members of Barcelona’s front three as they trotted on to the pitch. What fun those three must have – how about that volley from Suárez? Barcelona’s 6-1 victory sealed first place in Group E and at the moment it looks like only a fully-fit Bayern Munich can stop them. Jacob Steinberg

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Climate change puts heat on Asia, Caribbean ratings: S&P

Observer - 16 hours 42 min ago
PARIS, France (AFP) – Climate change will put current credit ratings on sovereign debt at risk, especially in southeast Asia and the Caribbean, as the likelihood of natural disasters rises along with temperatures, rating agency Standard and Poor's said on Thursday.

Footballers in adverts, a squash grudge game and Tyson Fury goes karaoke | Classic YouTube

Guardian Sport - 16 hours 44 min ago

This week’s round-up also stars BMX helmet-cam high jinx, Alexis Sánchez and Neymar turning on the style, Zlatan going home and so much more

1) Tyson Fury is a born entertainer: he has warmed up his vocal chords in the build-up to this weekend’s bout with Wladimir Klitschko, serenading the Big Ukrainian with ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Düsseldorf. Don’t forget Fury has already dressed up as Batman in a pre-fight press conference. And this is worth a watch: Fury and Klitschko talking it out for 20 minutes with Sky Sports’ Johnny Nelson in which Fury concedes that he might be bipolar.

2) Watching Joe Hart’s new shampoo advert, Scott Brown’s recent attempts (in a onesie) to help Celtic flog some Christmas tat and this Everton effort was a perfect excuse to revisit the footballers-in-adverts archive: Carlos Tevez dancing for Cartoon Network, Wash&Go’s Jimmy Bullard, Wash&Go’s Jimmy Bullard outtakes, Luis Suárez showing that he has a sense of humour, a cheesy smile from Jason Scotland, Emmanuel Adebayor takes it on, Morten Gamst Pedersen, John Arne Riise and Erik Huseklepp flogging fruit (we think), Michael Owen talking up Dubai, Kevin Keegan gets physical for Brut, and remember that an oil filter is like a goalkeeper. Isn’t it, Pat Jennings? Oh, and why do footballers think they are going to get away with doing cringe-inducing Japanese adverts without the internet finding out. Bill Murray you are not. Cristiano Ronaldo (strange Japanese facial exercise instrument), Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Robin van Persie (tomato juice), Shinji Kagawa with a talking whale and a talking dog (a bank) and Neymar (shampoo), we’re looking at you.

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VIDEO: Drogba would like Chelsea job

BBC Sport - 16 hours 54 min ago
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says he has an agreement to return to the club once he finishes playing and wants it to be as manager.

Smith excited at 'creating history'

BBC Sport - 16 hours 57 min ago
Australia captain Steve Smith and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum say cricket's first day-night Test is exciting for the sport.

Play Allan and Mulgrew - McDonald

BBC Sport - 17 hours 1 min ago
Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald hopes Scott Allan and Charlie Mulgrew play against Ajax in the Europa League.