- Million Pound Game ‘a disgrace’ which can ‘damage mental health’ of players
- Ryder Cup 2016: Europe’s togetherness is more organic, claims Rory McIlroy
- CSKA Moscow v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live!
- Sam Allardyce is to leave England job after one game in charge
- Leicester City v Porto: Champions league – live!
- Sam Allardyce: England manager leaves after one match in charge
- Ryder Cup 2016: Rory McIlroy ready to face 'sea of red'
- Ryder Cup 2016: Rory McIlroy says he wants to win for Darren Clarke
- Tyson Fury: Heavyweight champion will return next year - trainer
- Arsenal v Basel: Champions League match is Xhaka family affair - Wenger
Ben Cockayne has labelled the Million Pound Game concept a “disgrace” and warned the Rugby Football League that players’ welfare will be a major issue in the fallout of the sudden-death match between Hull KR and Salford on Saturday for the final place in Super League next season.
Cockayne will be in the Hull KR side aiming to preserve their top-flight status at the expense of Salford at the KC Lightstream Stadium, but he has hit out at the one-off Million Pound Game which, for the first time in its short history, will guarantee a Super League side will be relegated to the Championship.Continue reading...
• ‘You’ve got Jack Nicklaus inviting the USA all over for dinner’
It would represent exaggeration to suggest comments emanating from the USA relating to both the ability of their team and weakness of Europe have stirred the visitors into a frenzy. Rather, Rory McIlroy and Sergio García have endorsed the sense that their team are rather enjoying the rhetoric of Davis Love III and others. Darren Clarke issued a more pointed reply to American bullishness on Tuesday.
Love, the USA captain, caused a stir by suggesting he will preside this week over “the best golf team maybe ever assembled”. Johnny Miller, now a respected analyst and a two-time major champion as well as a Ryder Cup player, used even stronger language to analyse Europe. “I do believe the Euros have got, at least on paper, the worst team they’ve had in many years,” he said. “I think this is the year not only could the US win, they could win by like five points.”Continue reading...
- Champions League Group E updates from the Arena Khimki
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CSKA Moscow began their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, coming back from two goals down after Admir Mehmedi and Hakan Calhanoglu had given the Bundesliga side a two goal lead after 15 minutes. Alan Dzagoev, who is out tonight with a hamstring injury, scored a marvellous goal for the Russian side, before Roman Eremenko qualised before half-time. That’s how it remained after 90 minutes.
Allardyce gone, expect Gareth Southgate to take over as caretaker in the short term.Continue reading...
• Manager’s England tenure lasts a solitary game and 67 days
Sam Allardyce is to leave the England job in the wake of allegations he offered advice on how to circumvent the governing body’s rules on player transfers.
Allardyce will depart his position after a single game in charge of his country, the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia earlier in September.Continue reading...
- Champions League Group G updates from the 7.45pm BST game
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“Is Andre Andre the only pro-footballer (current or ever) with the same first name and surname?” asks Andrew Benton. I can’t say for sure, Andrew. The only other comparable one that springs to mind is Morgan Morgan-Owen, the former Oxford and Corinthians stalwart who played in the famous 10-3 trouncing of FA Cup holders Bury in 1904 and won 11 caps for Wales before enlisting in the army, fighting at Gallilpoli, getting gassed in France and living to tell the tale. And what a tale.
Let’s take a moment to enjoy another look at the magnificent goal that made Porto European champions for the first time. It came against Bayern Munich in 1987 and was scored, of course, by Rabah Madjer. And tonight’s contest could be decided by magic from an Algerian, too, with Slimani and Mahrez a-conjurin’.Continue reading...
• Dettori ride for Chantilly on Sunday ‘looks a lost cause’ admits agent
Frankie Dettori could be forced to watch the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe from the weighing room on Sunday after Fascinating Rock, the Champion Stakes winner at Ascot last year, was scratched from the Arc field on Tuesday less than 24 hours after Dettori had been booked for the ride.
Dermot Weld, Fascinating Rock’s trainer, took the five-year-old out of Sunday’s race at Chantilly after he failed to impress in a gallop on Tuesday morning. Weld still expects to have a runner in the Arc, however, as Harzand, the Derby winner, came through a gallop of his own showing no ill-effects after being struck into when unplaced behind Almanzor in the Irish Champion Stakes this month.Continue reading...
The Team Sky boss, Sir Dave Brailsford, has defended Sir Bradley Wiggins’ use of therapeutic use exemptions in cycling. Wiggins claims the corticosteroids he used under TUEs were for allergies and respiratory issues, and helped to “put myself back on a level playing field” before races. His TUEs were revealed after a Russian hacker network called Fancy Bears accessed private records from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Sir Dave Brailsford was speaking to BBC sports editor Dan Roan.Continue reading...
The perception the United States have to reclaim the Ryder Cup to keep the event relevant is one thing. For the captain, Davis Love III, to concede as much in advance of the 41st staging of the tournament, is quite another.
“If we keep losing then the American fans are going to say: ‘To heck with that, we’ll go and watch something else,’” Love says. “You know American sports fans; we are bandwagon jumpers. We have some cities that are loyal, Chicago to the Cubs, New York to their teams but in general we are a ‘what’s in it for me right now?’ society. If we keep losing, people are going to quit watching. You will still have your golf fans but will it continue to grow like the last 20 years? No. We need a win.”Continue reading...
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• Former Leicester manager has been in charge for just 12 matches
Derby County have confirmed Nigel Pearson will not be taking charge of the team for tonight’s Championship fixture at Cardiff City. With speculation rife that the manager has been suspended, a club statement stated that Pearson would not be carrying out his normal duties with the team in Wales.
Derby have not made a convincing start to the season and dropped into the bottom three at the weekend following a home defeat by Blackburn Rovers. A meeting took place between Pearson and the club’s owner, Mel Morris, at the training ground on Monday, following which the Derby Telegraph reported that the manager was about to be suspended pending an internal investigation.Continue reading...
In today’s Fiver: Sam Allardyce, Totti and a meeting with Dr Do One at Villa
There is a splendid second-hand anecdote in Joey Barton’s autobiography, No Nonsense, that features a young Sam Allardyce, wearing a thong and basted to within an inch of his life with suntan lotion on a Spanish beach, being buried up to his neck for hours as a forfeit for losing a wrestling match with one of his Preston team-mates and becoming so hungry during his incarceration that he ate 14 fried eggs in one sitting afterwards. While The Fiver is prepared to doubt the veracity of this possibly apocryphal story on the grounds that we can’t imagine how anyone covered in lotion could possibly be pinned into submission for a three-count, we couldn’t help but wonder if Big Sam wasn’t perhaps yearning for those days of puckish seaside abandon on the long drive to meet his bosses at FA HQ on Tuesday morning. It might be his head that he would now rather have buried in the sand.Continue reading...