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Festival of sport helping Afghanistan veterans combat stress

Guardian Sport - 33 min 1 sec ago
Ex-military personnel find new purpose training for Invictus Games with some hoping to become Paralympians

Paul Wilson, a 30-year-old veteran of the Afghanistan conflict, says this time last year his life was a mess. He was in the grip of post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the horrors he had witnessed, was drinking heavily and was in and out of hospital after taking overdoses.

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All schools ready for reopening -ministry

Stabroek - 36 min 41 sec ago
The Ministry of Education says that all schools in Georgetown are ready for reopening on Monday September 01, 2014. A release from the Ministry today said that checks made by ministry officials of...

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Andy Murray keen to cut short Matthias Bachingers fairytale at US Open

Guardian Sport - 39 min 49 sec ago
Murray will face world No235 in second round on Thursday
Bachinger beat Radek Stepanek in straight sets to progress
Bachinger aims to surprise Murray in second round
Match report: Murray made to do hard labour by Robin Haase

Two days after a vicious cramp attack threatened to wreck his US Open campaign in the first round, Andy Murray looked restored to full working order on the hottest day of the week before his match against the rank outsider Matthias Bachinger on Thursday.

There were several moments during his four-set grind against the erratic Dutchman Robin Haase on the stifling and claustrophobic Louis Armstrong Court on Monday when Murray was near collapse although when asked later did he consider quitting, he replied firmly: Never.

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Daley Blind can move to Manchester United for an absolute top price

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 27 min ago

Ajaxs Marc Overmars plays hardball over price
Louis van Gaal weighs up bid for versatile defender
Have Uniteds big buys been value for money?

Louis van Gaal is weighing up a move for Daley Blind, though Ajax are insistent the 24-year-old will be sold only for an absolute top price as the Manchester United manager seeks to strengthen his squad following the 4-0 hiding by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

Van Gaal wants at least one central midfielder and a centre-back. Blind is being seriously considered because he can play as a defensive midfielder, central defender or as a wing-back or left-back. Van Gaal coached Holland at the World Cup and believes Blind is the one defender from that squad of the requisite ability for United.

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Alastair Cook disappointed by criticism from so-called friend Graeme Swann

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 47 min ago
Swann had called for Cook to be dropped from ODI team
His remarks were not helpful, but hes entitled to his opinion
Match report: India down sorry England in second ODI
Alastair Cook interview: Ive had huge ding-dongs with Swann

There was a nasty touch of deja vu as Alastair Cook sought to explain a horrendous performance by his England team. Once again he found himself having to address a defeat by a mighty 133 runs as well as defending his place in the side. He had hoped that scenario might change after the Test series against India had come to such a satisfactory conclusion.

We werent at the races today and I dont quite know why, Cook said. It was not a 300-wicket [Indias score]; nor was it a 160-wicket [Englands score]. Its not the end of the world but it is frustrating. You cant win every game of cricket, certainly not when you play like that. We will just have to dust ourselves off and play better.

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Cleveland Browns star Josh Gordon suspended for entire 2014 season

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 16 min ago

Pro Bowler Gordon banned from practising with the team and attending club functions after failed test for marijuana

Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the leagues substance abuse policy.

The league announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordons indefinite suspension for a failed test for marijuana. The Pro Bowler had appealed the ruling and met with league officials in New York on Aug. 4.

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Arsenal v Besiktas: Champions League play-off live! | Scott Murray

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 46 min ago

7.12pm BST

Arsenal name Alexis Sanchez as their lone striker, with Olivier Giroud injured and Yaya Sanogo on the bench: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla, Sanchez.
Subs: Martinez, Rosicky, Podolski, Chambers, Sanogo, Campbell, Coquelin.

Besiktas striker Demba Ba scored twice here as a Newcastle player (in a 7-3 defeat): Zengin, Koybasi, Franco, Gulum, Ramon, Hutchinson, Kavlak, Ozyakup, Pektemek, Sahan, Ba.
Subs: Gonen, Kurtulus, Sivok, Tore, Uysal, Koyunlu, Tosun.

6.45pm BST

Arsenal: Englands grandest club. Doubtless supporters of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea would disagree, and one or two might throw cataclysmic hissy fits if you posted such a statement on the internet. But the evidence is strong: those marble halls and Art Deco stands at Highbury, erstwhile Old Etonian owners, 1930s British Broadcasting Corporation telecasts via Alexandra Palace, white cricket shirts as alternate kit, a chairman called Sir Chips Keswick, all those league titles and cups in a big fancy cabinet.

Not so grand a legacy in Europe, though, strangely. A Cup Winners Cup, a Fairs Cup, one Champions League final and a fantastic brawl in a restaurant with Lazio over man-purses that spilled out onto the street. And thats that. Hardly a record of failure, granted, but definite under-performance when compared to their domestic grandeur. Time to finally lift Europes big prize, then? Well, perhaps. Arsene Wengers due some luck on the continent. But theyll have to get past Besiktas first.

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BHA identifies Barry Hills as latest trainer to have horses test positive

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 56 min ago
Soul Intent and Jolly Red Jeanz showed traces of morphine
Both likely to be disqualified at disciplinary panel this month

Barry Hills, who returned to training this year following the death of his son John, was named by the British Horseracing Authority on Wednesday as the sixth trainer to have had a horse test positive for morphine in recent weeks, apparently as a result of contaminated feed.

The authority also said on Wednesday that its disciplinary panel will convene on 25 September to consider seven positive tests for the painkiller returned by horses in June and July, including the case of the Queens filly Estimate, who tested positive after finishing second in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June.

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West Ruimveldt clean-up

Stabroek - 3 hours 4 min ago
On Friday the “Clean-Up My Country” Programme Monitoring Unit conducted inspections in the West Ruimveldt area to monitor the work that has been on going, a release from the unit said. Work under the...

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Degenkolb wins Vuelta stage again

BBC Sport - 3 hours 15 min ago
John Degenkolb grabs successive stage wins but Australia's Michael Matthews retains the Vuelta a Espana overall lead.

India rise through the rain to down sorry England in second ODI

Guardian Sport - 3 hours 16 min ago
India 304-6; England 161
India win by 133 runs (D/L) to lead the series 1-0
Read our over-by-over report from Cardiff

Under glowering skies and upon a damp pitch, just the sort of conditions that they crave in one-day cricket, England were annihilated by India. The home side lost by 133 runs and such a margin probably flatters them.

Set a revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 295 from 47 overs, England subsided tepidly against an Indian attack, which, while not fearsome, displayed far greater discipline and expertise than their opponents. Already England must be victorious at Trent Bridge on Saturday to have a chance of winning this series.

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Bears 'must not get carried away'

BBC Sport - 3 hours 24 min ago
Director of cricket Dougie Brown says Warwickshire will be in "confident" mood for their One-Day Cup quarter-final against Essex.

Hills duo named in morphine inquiry

BBC Sport - 3 hours 30 min ago
Two racehorses trained by Barry Hills are named among the eight which tested positive for morphine.

Alonso retires from Spain duty

BBC Sport - 3 hours 32 min ago
Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso retires from international football.

'Hard work starts now for Canada'

BBC Sport - 3 hours 38 min ago
In her latest column, Casey Stoney discusses her new role in the England squad and how to make it to Canada 2015.

Shock US Open loss for Radwanska

BBC Sport - 3 hours 47 min ago
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska is knocked out of the US Open in straight sets by China's Peng Shuai.

Warrington sign Tigers hooker Clark

BBC Sport - 3 hours 54 min ago
Castleford Tigers hooker Daryl Clark will join Warrington Wolves at the end of the season on a four-year contract.

Scot Gallacher eyes Ryder Cup spot

BBC Sport - 3 hours 55 min ago
Stephen Gallacher takes part in this week's Italian Open, needing a good finish to secure an automatic Ryder Cup spot.

South Africas Faf du Plessis hits maiden ODI ton to defeat Australia

Guardian Sport - 4 hours 53 sec ago
Australia 327-5; South Africa 328-3
South Africa win by seven wickets in triangular series
Mitchell Johnson breaks commentary box window
Australia make light work of Zimbabwe

South Africa chased down a 328 target against Australia to get their campaign under way in the Zimbabwe Triangular Series with a seven-wicket win.

Faf du Plessis, with his maiden one-day international hundred, and the captain AB de Villiers, with an 18th ton for his country in the 50-over game, led the South Africa charge in Harare.

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