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Defensive end was convicted in July of a assault on a woman and communicating threats but is appealing the ruling
The Carolina Panthers have placed Greg Hardy on the exempt-commissioners permission list, meaning the Pro Bowl defensive end has been removed from the teams active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved.
The decision comes just hours after the Vikings took a similar disciplinary approach with Adrian Peterson, who is addressing child abuse charges in Texas.Continue reading...
Exactly a year to the day before the 1991 Rugby World Cup, the last to be hosted in England, the then Australian captain, Nick Farr-Jones, received a phone call from his national coach, Bob Dwyer. The message was simple: he should drink a glass of champagne that night to toast the Wallabies success at Twickenham 12 months hence. A similar call was made to other senior players, who duly did the same.
Sure enough, Australia went on to beat England and become world champions. If there is a moral to the distant story it is this: World Cups are not simply won on the day but in the weeks and years beforehand. Farr-Jones remembers Dwyer summoning his men into camp nine months before the tournament and hammering home that message. I dont want 26 players who want to win, he told them. I want 26 players who want to prepare to win.Continue reading...
José Mourinho had offered up a reminder on the eve of this contest that he is very much part of this tournaments history, though it is the Champions League which has actually checked Chelseas early season momentum. An opportunity to ease themselves into their European campaign was passed up here, a lead surrendered against depleted and patched up opponents. Theirs was a strangely fitful performance.
A point at home to Schalke represented an improvement on last years opening fixture in the group stage, an unexpected home defeat to Basel, but Mourinho will have departed this game with much to ponder for the weekend trip to Manchester City. Too often his team had been overpowered in central midfield, and the defence remains far from watertight. The German club benefited here. The champions may hope to on Sunday.Continue reading...
For Manchester City it was a brutal way to lose. They had subdued Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated he had left his technical area and was straying dangerously close to encroaching on to the pitch. But then the clock ticked into the 90th minute and the ball was at the feet of Citys former player, Jérôme Boateng, with just about every outfield player inside the penalty area.
Moments earlier Boateng had lashed in a shot that had Joe Hart sprawling full-length to keep the game goalless. Citys goalkeeper had played with distinction, particularly in the first half when he appeared to have a magnetic attraction to the ball. Yet City were culpable in those final exchanges of defending too deeply and Boateng made them pay with a slashing right-foot volley that took a slight deflection off Mario Götze and arrowed diagonally into the far corner.Continue reading...
Player was charged over incident against Lancashire
Yorkshire fury over Gale celebration ban
The Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale, will be given the opportunity to clear his name of an alleged racial offence when he appears before the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board, probably during the next week. Gale has been charged with abusing the Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince, who is South African, during the third day of the recent Roses match.
He was reported by the umpires Steve Garrett and Steve OShaughnessy for a level two offence essentially using language or a gesture of an offensive nature and received an automatic suspension for two matches on account of a previous demeanour involving dissent.Continue reading...
Accuses owner Mourad Boudjellal of undermining morale
Cardiff interested if Toulon terminate Halfpennys contract
The Wales attack coach, Rob Howley, has reacted to Mourad Boudjellals threat to terminate Leigh Halfpennys contract in a dispute over a groin injury by accusing the Toulon owner of undermining club morale, adding that he expected the Lions full-back to be back in action by the beginning of next month.
Boudjellal, who has a reputation for emotional outbursts, responded to Toulons unexpected home defeat by Stade Français last weekend, when missed goal-kicks cost them 20 points as Halfpenny, a summer recruit from Cardiff Blues, watched from the stand, by saying he was going to investigate whether the groin injury suffered by the player after he returned to training following a shoulder operation was a condition that existed before he signed for the Top14 and European champions.Continue reading...
Opener hits 97 not out but Englands Sam Robson fails again
The virtues of divisional cricket were on display at the County Ground. In another era when faced with a first-innings deficit of 300 runs in mid-September with a day and a half to go many sides would have taken the view that it was too late in a long and arduous season for heroic, rearguard actions.
But Division One status matters, not, as in football, because of commercial necessity; in cricket relegation does not make that much difference to a clubs income. But it matters for more noble reasons. It is impossible to fly the championship pennant, which is still coveted among the majority of counties, from the second division.Continue reading...
Paul McGinley has pointed towards a lesson from his first sporting love as invaluable as he seeks to appropriately handle Europes status as strong Ryder Cup favourites.
McGinley was present this month at Croke Park as Dublin, as short as 1-10 with many bookmakers, were upstaged in the All Ireland Gaelic football final by Donegal. Albeit at not such an unfavourable price, McGinleys team are odds-on to triumph at Gleneagles from Friday week.Continue reading...
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Bayern: Neuer; Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng, Bernat; Lahm, Alonso, Alaba; Gotze, Muller, Lewandowski.
Subs: Reina, Dante, Shaqiri, Rode, Højbjerg, Robben, Pizarro
Bayern Munich have become something of a supermodel girlfriend to Manchester City, their regular trysts serving as proof that the previously pimply club are now full-blown members of the glitterati. Although wed best not explore that analogy any further, given that the clubs recent trysts have tended to involve the German outfit giving the Englishmen a serious spanking.
Having said that, after three successive Bayern wins the teams last encounter ended in a Manchester City victory as arrogance made the Germans strangely submissive and enabled City to rebel and come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Yet even that night ultimately went down as an embarrassment for City as their manager, Manuel Pellegrini, later confessed that he had not known that pursuing a fourth goal would have allowed his team to leapfrog Bayern at the top of the group and thus avoid Barcelona and instant elimination in the next round. That was a schoolboy blunder and Pellegrini will be hopeful his team will avoid confusing him with elementary permutations this season by simply winning every match in their group, starting tonight.Continue reading...
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What is your greatest fear? The one that keeps you up into the wee small hours of the morning long after your other half has stolen the duvet, left you to shiver in the September cold and answered your pleas for its return with a cacophony of snores that are not unlike the sound emitted by a rhino when giving birth. For Andre Agassi it was public humiliation. Before a match he would pray: not for victory, but that my hairpiece would not fall off. I imagine millions of spectators move closer to their TV sets, their eyes widening and, in dozens of dialects and languages, ask how Andre Agassis hair has fallen from his head.
For many it is something more mundane, like the thoughts of being stuck in a lift with a bunch of Breaking Bad fans who keep on talking about how great Breaking Bad is and how awesome Breaking Bad is and how incredible Breaking Bad is and how amazing Breaking Bad is. For millions and millions of others, it is idea of waking up in the morning, having a nice warm shower after a relaxing lie-in, which is then followed by a breakfast of breadcrumbed poached egg on hashbrown stack with chorizo, smokey aubergine puree and a mint and cucumber yoghurt dressing, a flat white and a chat with friends, only to find that when you switch on your computer to play some music the whole year has been ruined by U2 creeping into your library over night and depositing their trash. (And not for the first time either.)
In the pre-match presser, no one asked the Schalke coach, Jens Keller, what his was but if they had have, his reply might well have been having to play Chelsea at this moment in time. Things could not be much worse for Schalke right now. They have picked up just one point from their opening three games (a home draw and two away defeats) and only the slimmest goal difference keeps them from claiming the bottom spot in the Bundesliga. Last weekend, they took on Borussia Mönchengladbach, a team who had only drawn their opening two league games and they were trashed 4-1. It was a pretty terrible performance all around. They were hammered on the counter and up front they looked as blunt as something you generally see hanging from Snoop Lions mouth. In fact, if you include being knocked out of the German Cup by Dynamo Dresden youve never heard of them because they play in Germanys third tier then Schalke have failed to win any of their first four competitive games of a new season for the first time in 46 years. The players confidence cannot be high and neither can the confidence in Keller. Speaking after that Mönchengladbach defeat, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar said it was time we changed some things this season. What on earth could he mean, eh?
In mitigation, the squad are rife with injuries. As my colleague, Dominic Fifield, has pointed out: At Mönchengladbach on Saturday Keller found himself without eight senior players Felipe Santana, Sead Kolasinac, Joël Matip, Jan Kirchhoff, Jefferson Farfán, Atsuto Uchida, Leon Goretzka, Marcel Sobottka through injury. Julian Draxler and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who had been suffering from flu for a fortnight, were only able to contribute as second-half substitutes, while another youngster suffering from sickness, Max Meyer, was unused. You can also add the clubs captain and World Cup winner, Benedikt Höwedes, to that list after he picked up a partial tear of a tendon in his groin. Also, as you may or may not know, Schalke earned but a solitary point from their opening three league games last season before recovering to record their third top-three finish in five seasons. A win (or even a point) at Stamford Bridge would certainly boost the players belief that history could be repeated but doing so looks tougher than trying to chew a three-day old pork chop with your false teeth upstairs in the glass of water beside the bed. And heres why.
Chelsea have been imperious so far this season. Four games played, four games won. It is early days yet but they already lead the rest of the teams in the Premier League in terms of both points gained and goals scored and their new singings have slotted in with all the ease of Lucas Bartons hand into the Power Glove (anyone else remember The Wizard?), especially Diego Costa and Cesc Fábregas. The former is only the second player in Premier League history to score in each of his first four games while the latter is the first player since the dawn of the same league to assist a goal in six consecutive games. But they are not quite perfect just yet, especially at the back where they have been unusually generous for a José Mourinho trained side they have conceded five goals in their last two games. That back four will almost certainly improve over the season (especially when they get used to the new man behind them) but Schalkes second best hope for tonight is they have the sort of stinker that makes a fancy, French perfume smell like sour socks. Their first best hope is, or course, that the entire Chelsea first team get kidnapped by aliens and flown to another planet for unspeakable medical procedures, forcing Mourinho to play a team made up of the ballboys, burger sellers and a couple of fat blokes from the crowd who reckon they had a shot at being a professional when they wer younger.
At the same stage of the competition last season, the London Blues beat the Royal Blues by three goals both home and away. That victory last November extended Chelseas home record against German sides to seven games without defeat and means that they have never lost at Stamford Bridge to a Bundesliga club. Speaking of defeats and Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have lost just one of their last 30 home league games. It would be foolish of us to expect anything other than a Chelsea win, right? Team news is on its way.