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The manager says his players ‘are not doing it for each other’. Do Newcastle fans have anything to hold on to – apart from the fact that Aston Villa are even worse?
The outcome of an away match against Crystal Palace has rarely been as important to Newcastle fans. Not because of their precarious position in the table – although that should have been an added incentive to the players – but because of the manager in charge at Selhurst Park. It’s fair to say that there were not a great number of well wishers for Alan Pardew among Newcastle fans when he left the club for Palace at the turn of the year, so Saturday’s trip south was one that the travelling supporters were desperate to win.
They had a fine start too, opening the scoring through Papiss Cissé, who was back in the side at the expense of Aleksandar Mitrovic after his poor showing against Leicester City. A pinpoint cross from Daryl Janmaat found the head of the unmarked striker, who exploited some lacklustre defending from the hosts that has been far more apparent from his own team’s backline this season. It took just three minutes for parity to be restored in that sense, with James McArthur scoring the equaliser.Continue reading...
Andy Murray has done his part but, now that British hands have been laid on the Davis Cup trophy for the first time since 1936, the ball is in the LTA’s court
It was a victory 79 years in the making, a triumph born of talent, tenacity and a refusal to be cowed either by a raucously partisan Belgian crowd or the lingering threat of terrorism. However, as the red dust settles on Great Britain’s first Davis Cup win since Fred Perry and Bunny Austin spearheaded victory over Australia in 1936, what does it mean for British tennis?
To anyone who has followed the largely desperate fortunes of the British Davis Cup team since 1978, when a home contingent led by John Lloyd and Buster Mottram was beaten 4-1 by John McEnroe’s USA in the final, it means everything.Continue reading...
Kansas City were left for dead after a 1-5 start but an explosive running game and a revived Alex Smith have propelled Andy Reid’s men back into the playoff mix
All they do is win. And dance. And play dominating defense in support of an effective offense that is led by a quarterback who is a former No1 overall pick. But since they don’t play in a big market, the football world is only beginning to pay attention.
Another Carolina Panthers column? No, that was last week. This is about the team threatening to become the Panthers of the AFC, and the team with the longest active win streak in the American conference in the wake of New England finally losing: the Kansas City Chiefs.Continue reading...
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Ahead of the Capital One Cup tie against Southampton, Klopp insisted he was happy with his current No1, Simon Mignolet, and was not about to hire a replacement.Continue reading...
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Sebastian Coe has been appointed chairman of the Diamond League AG, the company which operates the prestigious series of track and field events.Continue reading...
As Eddie Jones prepares to mutter “G’day” to the reception staff at Twickenham and starts his search for the men to lead England forward, it will be fascinating to see in which direction he sets out. Identifying a captain, for a start, will require much careful thought, with Uncle Tom Cobley and virtually all his relatives having already been proposed. The absence of a unanimous favourite is a telling detail in itself.
Because as he sifts the assorted merits of Chris Robshaw, Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Mike Brown, Maro Itoje, and Tom Croft – why not Croft, a double British Lion and now fit again? – Jones will swiftly be reminded that picking his starting XV followed by his captain is the only way forward. Even then he cannot be entirely sure. Great rugby captains are not always obvious prior to their installation.Continue reading...
Ten miles south-west of Milton Keynes, by the back roads of the Buckinghamshire countryside, is the little town of Winslow. Home, according to the last census, to 4,407 people, site of a grand country house, Winslow Hall, a fine old inn, The Bell, a pretty little church, St Laurence’s, and, of course, a cricket club. Winslow Town CC, founded by ecumenical men in 1886, their first skipper the town vicar. Their ground, Elmfields Gate, isn’t the prettiest but it serves, and has done since they moved there in the early 1950s. The high street is close by. There is a football pitch to one side, a bowls club on the other and over the back a row of houses beyond the boundary fence. If you’ve travelled at all in England, you’ve seen others just like it.Continue reading...
Today’s jumps fixtures take place in mild, generally dreek conditions and at Southwell the testing ground will be very much to the liking of Who You For (1.45), who will be in his element if he is involved in a stamina test.Continue reading...
• Murray and co ended Great Britain’s 79-year wait for Davis Cup success
Andy Murray and the triumphant Great Britain Davis Cup team have been welcomed to 10 Downing Street by David Cameron.Continue reading...
Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Lewis Hamilton are the bookies’ favourites to win the award, but which athletes should have been among the 12 nominees?
Let’s begin with a quiz question: name the British athletes who retained their world title this year with a comfortable victory – their 28th in a row – to remain the reigning Olympic, European and world champions in their sport? Here’s a clue: you won’t read their names on the Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist.
In May this year, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning became the world, Olympic and European record holders in their sport. In September they raced in the final of the World Championships, led from start to finish and received praise from no less of an authority than Sir Steve Redgrave, who said: “Glover and Stanning dominate any combination that is put up against them.” But, when the list of contenders for the Sports Personality award was released on Monday, their names were absent.Continue reading...
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England’s women are to play Pakistan in one-day internationals at Leicester’s Grace Road on 20 June and Worcestershire’s New Road on 22 June.
The match at Grace Road will be the first time that the ground has hosted international women’s cricket in 10 years, after England women last played a drawn Test match against India there in 2006.Continue reading...
Having spent 79 years lamenting Davis Cup tennis as an arcane peculiarity, Great Britain went union jack-waving mad for the newly discovered Most Important Contest in World Sport as Andy Murray led the team to a 3-1 victory over Belgium in the final in Ghent. Murray won both his singles games over Ruben Bemelmens and David Goffin, as well as a doubles win with his brother Jamie to seal Britain’s first triumph since 1936. “I’ve been pretty upset having lost matches before,” he said in the aftermath, “but I’d say that’s probably the most emotional I’ve been after a win. It’s incredible that we managed to win this competition. I didn’t know that would ever be possible. It’s great.”Continue reading...