- Festival of sport helping Afghanistan veterans combat stress
- Andy Murray keen to cut short Matthias Bachingers fairytale at US Open
- Daley Blind can move to Manchester United for an absolute top price
- Alastair Cook disappointed by criticism from so-called friend Graeme Swann
- Cleveland Browns star Josh Gordon suspended for entire 2014 season
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.Continue reading...
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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.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...
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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.
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.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...
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India win by 133 runs (D/L) to lead the series 1-0
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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.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...