- Reanne Evans aims to bridge gender gap at World Snooker Championship
- Six Nations 2015: Sam Warburton will be fit for Wales against Ireland
- Louis van Gaal denies rift with Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs
- Sexist chanting at Chelsea’s Eva Carneiro cannot be swept under the carpet | Owen Gibson
- Juventus v Fiorentina: Coppa Italia semi-final first leg – live! | Jacob Steinberg
• ‘Female trail-blazer’ Reanne Evans lands World Championship wild card
Reanne Evans’ life could be about to change forever. The 29-year-old might be a 10-times world snooker champion but until this week when it was announced that she is attempting to become the first woman to qualify for next month’s World Championships at the Crucible, few outside the sport knew her name.
That’s because outstanding talent doesn’t earn you many plaudits beyond the women’s game. It doesn’t earn you any media coverage, and it certainly doesn’t earn you much money. Evans still lives at home with her parents and nine-year-old daughter Lauren – practising in the snooker hall her dad built in their back garden – she simply cannot afford to move out.Continue reading...
• Referee change announced as Steve Walsh pulls out of duties
Sam Warburton will be fit to lead Wales against Ireland in Cardiff on 14 March, a match that will be refereed by England’s Wayne Barnes after Steve Walsh, who is based in Australia, pulled out because of business commitments.
Warburton sustained a knee injury during last weekend’s victory over France in Paris and was unable to attend the post-match dinner, but he has resumed training this week, along with the fly-half Dan Biggar, who has recovered from a bruised hip.Continue reading...
• ‘Everyone can see we have a very good relationship,’ says Van Gaal
• Match report: Newcastle 0-1 Manchester United
Louis van Gaal has denied a rift with Ryan Giggs after the Manchester United manager’s celebration of the winning goal at Newcastle United with his assistant appeared not to be reciprocated. elevision footage of the Dutchman turning to Giggs to share his happiness showed the Welshman stony-faced.
Asked about this and if Van Gaal gets on fine with Giggs in general, as the latter did not appear too happy at St James’s Park, the manager said: “OK, because we scored?”Continue reading...
You can hear them now. The “banter” apologists. The “PC gone mad” brigade. The callers to radio phone-ins and the commenters underneath this article. Sexist chanting in grounds? Don’t take it so seriously. It’s only a bit of fun. Take it as a compliment. Lighten up. All the things, or variants thereof, that some used to say 25 years ago when black players were similarly targeted.
While events on the Paris Métro last month were a jolting reminder that base racism festers in football and society, overt chanting has mercifully become largely socially unacceptable within football grounds within the past two decades.Continue reading...
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Ciao. These two might not be close geographically, but there’s no love lost between them. Juventus do not like Fiorentina and Fiorentina do not like Juventus, which I suppose makes them Italy’s answer to Brighton and Crystal Palace – and I bet you didn’t think you’d be seeing that comparison when you stumbled upon this live blog, having spent your day watching the third series of House of Cards in one sitting and realising that now you’ve got nothing better to do after your shame-filled binge, so you’d better stick around. You disgust me. In the same way that Juventus disgust Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion disgust Fiorentina. Confused? Good.
Anyway Fiorentina aren’t too fond of the Old Lady, unlike [snip! – Guardian lawyers], and they would enjoy nothing more than getting one over on them in this Coppa Italia semi-final. La Viola – check me out, European Football Experts – don’t like the way that Juventus, in many ways the underdog’s underdog, always seem to be one step ahead, whether it’s by pipping them to the league title in highly controversial circumstances in 1982 or by nabbing Roberto Baggio from them in 1990.Continue reading...
• Offences under new rule down 39% since start of 2012
Paul Bittar well wide of the mark over penalties
Jim Crowley hit me with new stick and it didn’t hurt
Jockeys due to take part in next week’s Cheltenham Festival have been given a sharp reminder about the whip rules by the sport’s ruling body. While using new statistics to trumpet the effectiveness of the whip regime brought in at the end of 2011, the British Horseracing Authority cautioned riders that the rules must be observed at one of the sport’s showpiece events.
The rate at which jockeys breach the whip rules has dropped by 39% since the start of 2012, the BHA claims, and Jamie Stier, its director of regulation, said that was proof of “a culture change towards use of the whip amongst riders” improving horsemanship, animal welfare and the public’s perception of racing. Stier was especially pleased that the reduced offending rate had been steady over the past three years at around 0.65% of all runners, suggesting that neither jockeys nor stewards were backsliding.Continue reading...
• Campaigners ‘gravely concerned’ by the lack of response from authorities
The minister for sport, Helen Grant, has backed a major campaign against sexism in football as footage emerged of large scale abusive chanting at Premier League grounds that has gone unpunished by clubs and the Football Association.
Video footage taken at Manchester United and Arsenal earlier this season shows grossly offensive chanting aimed at the Chelsea club doctor, Eva Carneiro, that left campaigners “gravely concerned” by the lack of response from football authorities when it was reported. A similar incident at Manchester City was also reported by the campaign group Women in Football but no action was ultimately taken.Continue reading...
• Leeds opt against contesting charge against Cellino
• Cellino rules out returning to Leeds after disqualification ends
The Football League has extended Massimo Cellino’s disqualification as Leeds United owner until the end of the season, relating to non-disclosure of court documents last year.
It means the Italian is not permitted to act as a “relevant person” at the Championship club until 3 May – the day after United’s season finishes – having initially been disqualified until 10 April by the League, who ruled in December that Cellino had fallen foul of its owners’ and directors’ test after failing to pay import duty on a yacht in Sardinia.Continue reading...
- Five-time MVP has agreed to restructured contract with Broncos
- Manning had mulled retirement after underwhelming playoff loss
- Quarterback will be 39 years old when season opens in September
Peyton Manning has passed his physical and signed his revised contract Thursday.
The five-time MVP agreed to a $4m pay cut to $15m, but he can earn all of it back through incentives.Continue reading...
• BT Sport to show Bradford FA Cup quarter-final free to air
Bradford City’s players sometimes call him “the lifeguard” but to Reading John Muranka represents a hidden enemy. For the past five years the west Yorkshire-based psychologist-cum-life coach has been working with assorted Bradford players, doing his bit to help the team reach the 2013 League Cup final, win promotion to League One and, most recently, giant-kill their way to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
During a run in which Phil Parkinson’s side have bundled Chelsea and Sunderland out of a competition which on Saturday sees them host Reading, Muranka has been working closely with two of City’s leading scorers, James Hanson and Billy Clarke. “With goal-scorers it’s about relaxing,” says Muranka. “There’s a lot of pressure on strikers and when they feel pressure they tighten up and can start snatching at shots. So we do relaxation exercises.” These have proved so effective that Bradford players often record his instructions on their mobiles and listen to them in the dressing room before games.Continue reading...
Sometimes you have to get up early to get the best shots – like this one, taken as the sun came up over the Lambourn gallops. The gallops, owned by the Jockey Club and situated near Upper Lambourn in Berkshire, are used by trainers to prepare horses for racingContinue reading...
- Longtime Patriots defensive tackle won two Super Bowls with team
- 33-year-old will hit open market next week when free agency begins
- Five-time Pro Bowler broke the news himself in a tweet on Thursday
Vince Wilfork says his time with the New England Patriots is over after 11 years.
The stalwart defensive tackle who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots says the front office told him it will not be picking up his option.
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