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Long ball need not be the wrong ball for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City | Paul Wilson

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 18 min ago

The City manager says he is in the job to win not to entertain but, as Napoli demonstrated, a stubborn refusal to go direct could offer opponents hope

Immediately after Saturday’s strikingly beautiful demolition of Stoke City, which came if you remember a couple of hours after Manchester United’s exercise in cautious negativity at Anfield, Pep Guardiola was asked whether he would always insist on his Manchester City team being committed to entertaining football.

No, came the somewhat surprising answer. “I am not here for entertainment. I am here to win.”

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'Some managers cry & cry' - Antonio Conte v Jose Mourinho

BBC Sport - 1 hour 27 min ago
Watch as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte appear to aim barbed comments at each other following the Champions League.

Was MLS really to blame for USA's World Cup failure?

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 47 min ago

MLS and the USMNT have helped each other out down the years. But the domestic league deserves at least some time under the microscope

A full week has passed since a dreadful 90 minutes took the USA from part of the World Cup furniture to tournament spectators. A lot of blame has understandably fallen on the coaches this cycle, the system that developed the players and the federation’s leadership, namely its president, Sunil Gulati.

However, the influence of Major League Soccer deserves its time under the microscope too. MLS is very much indebted to the US men’s soccer program, having been founded as a condition to the country’s successful bid to host the 1994 World Cup. Ever since the league’s post-expansion revival in 2006, MLS and the US men’s national team have been frenemies – needing each other to coexist, but never agreeing on the terms of their interdependence.

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US F1 classics, Spurs and Manchester United's 1956 NYC date and Nat Sciver | Classic YouTube

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 47 min ago

This week’s roundup also features Mitch Trubisky’s two-point conversion, some UFC cartwheeling and fun and games in Bosnian football

1) Lewis Hamilton can overtake Michael Schumacher in the all-time US Grand Prix standings with victory on Sunday. Back when a dry F1 race wasn’t settled on the first corner, the 1990 edition saw Ayrton Senna and Jean Alesi juke out a classic in Phoenix. Hamilton won on the race’s return in 2002, as the DRS zone delivered some great racing in the newly minted Circuit of the Americas. In 1984, Nigel Mansell got out and pushed his Lotus toward the finish line in Dallas, but fainted from exhaustion in searing heat. At least some racing happened, unlike the controversial 2005 procession for Michael Schumacher at the Indianapolis Raceway, where Martin Brundle delivered an all-time classic paddock interview with Bernie Ecclestone. Indy was no stranger to the bizarre, just ask 2002 winner Rubens Barrichello. Finally, here’s the 1976 edition, where James Hunt closed Niki Lauda’s driver’s championship lead to just three points.

2) Natalie Sciver announced herself as a star as England won the Women’s World Cup at Lord’s this summer but she made the Australians take notice in the 2015 Ashes, hitting 66 to set up victory in the first one day international of the series. Sarah Taylor has long been a thorn in the side of the Southern Stars – this catch from the third ODI back in 2013 is still jaw dropping:

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Champions League: Antonio Conte 'did not like' Chelsea performance

BBC Sport - 1 hour 58 min ago
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte "did not like" his team's performance in their 3-3 Champions League draw with Roma at Stamford Bridge.

Kirby withdraws from England squad to face France

BBC Sport - 2 hours 30 min ago
Chelsea forward Fran Kirby withdraws from the England squad to face France because of a knee injury.

Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale to return to Tottenham Hotspur?

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 35 min ago

Today’s tell all is expecting another very busy day

Spanish sports news purveyors Don Balon say Gareth Bale could make a surprise return to Tottenham, despite his current employers, Real Madrid, having previously rebuffed advances from Chelsea and Manchester United. With Isco and Marco Asensio proving more than capable of filling his Adidas Predator Precisions, the injury prone Welshman is fast becoming surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu and has even been subjected to jeers and whistles from the cheap seats during some of his appearances this season.

Bale, 28, was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer and speculation persists. Nevertheless, Don Balon report that he would rather move to Tottenham, the club that helped make him a star. In May 2015, at a time when Bale was being heavily criticised for poor performances towards the end of his second season in Spain, Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham were “open to receive” him back at White Hart Lane if he was “not comfortable” at Real Madrid. “Tottenham will always have a place in my heart,” said Bale a year after his move to Spain. “I hope the fans still love me even though I’ve moved on. I love Spurs fans; you never know, I could come back one day.”

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Uneasiness pervades at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte among the malcontents | Sachin Nakrani

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 47 min ago

The champions picked up more knocks in the 3-3 draw with Roma but it is the mood of their manager that must be most vexing for the Stamford Bridge board

Who says the Champions League group‑stage games are boring? Anyone who does should have been at Stamford Bridge on an evening when the early scent of smoke in the air preceded a firecracker of a match between teams who sit fifth in their respective top flights. Six goals and enough passages of enthralling play to leave everyone in attendance giddy on the spectacle of it all.

Or perhaps not, if Antonio Conte’s reaction to the final whistle was anything to go by. While the majority caught their breath, the Italian grimaced, politely shook hands with his counterpart, Eusebio Di Francesco, and headed down the tunnel. The simmering fury was clear, the sense that this match had been something to endure rather than enjoy, obvious to see.

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Billy Joe Saunders v David Lemieux: WBO middleweight title bout set for Montreal

BBC Sport - 2 hours 53 min ago
Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO middleweight title against Canada's David Lemieux in Montreal in December.

José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange barbs – video

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 57 min ago

José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange some tense words on Wednesday following Manchester United's win over Benfica and Chelsea's draw with Roma in the Champions League. Mourinho says other managers are quick to bemoan injuries and argues he does not 'cry' when players are hurt. Conte suggests the Portuguese should concentrate on his own team  

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The stats that show Burnley’s amazing away form is not down to luck

BBC Sport - 3 hours 20 min ago
Some statistics show Burnley are somehow winning away games despite being battered, but is their form on the road actually down to a structure and a plan?

I'll be all right, says NBA's Hayward after horrific ankle injury

BBC Sport - 4 hours 7 min ago
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward insists he "will be all right", a day after suffering a horrific injury against Cleveland Cavaliers.

Men humble Mexico 12-0, women record first win

Stabroek - 4 hours 32 min ago
Guyana recorded their best showing so far in the Pan American Indoor Hockey championships humbling Mexico and Barbados in the men and womenТs divisions respectively yesterday at the Cliff Anderson...

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Warner brings out the old ‘Bull’ to ignite the Ashes

Stabroek - 4 hours 33 min ago
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Age and fatherhood may have mellowed David Warner, but nothing coaxes the old ‘Bull’ out of the Australia vice-captain like a home Ashes series.

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Bangladesh trials a good test for hot Ashes, says Handscomb

Stabroek - 4 hours 34 min ago
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Australia middle order batsman Peter Handscomb says his fighting innings in the nausea-inducing humidity of Bangladesh last month should put him in good stead for the...

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Self-belief, fight crucial to beating Zimbabwe: Brathwaite

Stabroek - 4 hours 35 min ago
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite has warned the two-Test series against Zimbabwe will not be a straightforward one, and has urged his teammates to show the same self-belief...

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Long term interests should guide award of oil exploration leases -Greenidge

Stabroek - 4 hours 36 min ago
Although government’s advisor on oil and gas, Jan Mangal, has argued that competitive bidding should be employed in the award of future oil exploration leases, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl...

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Batting concerns for Taylor despite series sweep

Stabroek - 4 hours 37 min ago
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Captain Stafanie Taylor remains concerned about her side’s batting despite their convincing clean sweep of last week’s three-match One-Day International series against Sri...

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Cops not focusing on M&CC officials’ failure to report sexual abuse of boy

Stabroek - 4 hours 37 min ago
Police investigators will be focusing on the alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy committed by a city constabulary officer two months ago and not on the failure of the Mayor of City Council...

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Golden Stars upset BV Triumph in NAMILCO U17 football

Stabroek - 4 hours 38 min ago
Golden Stars upset Beterverwagting (BV)/Triumph United 3-1 yesterday when the East Coast Demerara zone in the National Milling Company (NAMILCO) U17 Football League continued at the Grove Community...

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