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Aaron Mooy strikes twice as ruthless Huddersfield shock Watford

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:20

After the drought, the deluge. It had been 738 minutes since Huddersfield Town last found the back of the net away from home, a run that stretched back to the opening day of the season, but sometimes it only takes one goal for confidence to return and David Wagner’s players never looked back after Elias Kachunga finally stopped the rot at Vicarage Road.

For Huddersfield, this was proof that football will always reward teams who refuse to stop trying. They have not had this much fun on their travels since taking Crystal Palace apart on a sunny August afternoon. They have never stopped believing, even as they slipped worryingly towards the bottom three, and Kachunga’s strike was followed by two for Aaron Mooy and one for the excellent Laurent Depoitre.

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Alston ignites perfect comeback for St Johnstone at Rangers

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:19

Rangers’ rejuvenation under caretaker manager Graeme Murty came to an abrupt halt with a 3-1 defeat by St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Govan side went into the game on the back of four successive Scottish Premiership wins for the first time in a year and got off to a flier with a goal in the fifth minute from Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos.

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Brighton’s wasteful Glenn Murray skies penalty to help Burnley to draw

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:18

Glenn Murray squandered a first-half penalty as Brighton’s winless run stretched to seven games with a goalless draw against high-flying Burnley.

Albion dominated for long spells but their search for a first Premier League victory since the start of November goes on after Murray blazed his 36th-minute spot-kick high over the crossbar.

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Marcos Alonso scorcher secures Chelsea nervy victory over Southampton

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:17

Marcos Alonso’s delightful free-kick, his fourth league goal of the season, earned Chelsea the points against Southampton.

The home side created numerous chances in a game that was played at full throttle throughout. Saints had their opportunities in the second half on the counterattack and they made a substantial contribution to the match, but Chelsea deserved the victory and have collected six points out of six since last weekend’s disappointing defeat to West Ham.

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Real Madrid v Grêmio: Club World Cup 2017 final – live updates!

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:27

4.27pm GMT

A Golden Goal to remember in this competition when Manchester United failed to have an impact.

Related: Golden Goal: Edmundo for Vasco da Gama v Manchester United (2000)

4.23pm GMT

Gareth Bale is only on the bench today but Zinedine Zidane is very happy to have the Welshman back in his squad, especially as he scored the winner against Al Jazira.

“I’m very happy to see Gareth with us again,” said Zidane.

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Glasgow fall short in Montpellier but Scarlets sink Treviso in Champions Cup

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:19
• Montpellier 36-26 Glasgow
• Benetton Treviso 12-31 Scarlets

Montpellier kept themselves in the hunt for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals by making it back-to-back victories over Glasgow with a bonus-point 36-26 win in France.

The visitors had the better of a thrilling first half and led 19-14 at the interval, largely thanks to tries from Fraser Brown, Peter Horne and Nick Grigg. Nemani Nadolo and Romain Ruffenach touched down for the hosts. A pair of quick tries from Henry Immelman and Benoît Paillaugue turned things around after the break, and Immelman’s second put the hosts out of sight before George Horne’s consolation try. The result kept Vern Cotter’s side within touching distance of Leinster at the top of Pool Three.

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Udinese hand Inter first Serie A defeat of season after San Siro shocker

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:19
• Kevin Lasagna, Rodrigo De Paul and Antonin Barak stun Nerazzurri
• Udinese move 10 points clear of relegation zone in Serie A

Internazionale’s undefeated start to the season was brought to an unlikely end on Saturday with the Serie A leaders beaten 3-1 at home by Udinese.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi had cancelled out Kevin Lasagna’s opener, but Udinese produced an impressive second-half performance and took the lead through Rodrigo De Paul’s penalty before Antonin Barak sealed the result. Udinese moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone as their revival under new coach Massimo Oddo continued. Oddo has won three league matches after losing to Napoli in his opening game.

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Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged with first-degree murder

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:02
  • Forward and center with 13-year NBA career was shot dead in July 2010
  • Sherra Wright arrested in California on fugitive from justice warrant

Authorities said on Saturday the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago.

Memphis police director Michael Rallings said Sherra Wright had been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center.

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Christian Benteke sinks Leicester to end Crystal Palace’s away drought

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:32

Christian Benteke blasted his way back into Roy Hodgson’s good books by scoring his first goal for seven months and creating another for Wilfried Zaha before Bakary Sako gave a suitably emphatic look to Crystal Palace’s first away win of the season. Palace had not even mustered a goal on their travels this season but they were worthy winners here, the south London side showing the zest and sharpness that was strangely absent from a Leicester team that came into the game in vibrant form.

Wilfried Ndidi being sent off following a piece of simulation in the second half seemed apt on a day when Leicester played like a poor imitation of their recent selves. Benteke, meanwhile, was far removed from the hapless figure who was lambasted by Palace fans and team-mates after defying orders and missing a late penalty against Bournemouth last Saturday.

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Arsenal v Newcastle, Chelsea v Southampton and more – live!

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:21

2.21pm GMT

Follow the final stages of Leicester v Crystal Palace, where the Roy Hodgson revolution continues:

Related: Leicester City v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

2.12pm GMT

At Stamford Bridge, Virgil van Dijk has been dropped for Southampton, while Gary Cahill returns for Chelsea. At the Emirates, Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal.

Arsenal v Newcastle

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Ashes: Australia in control over England after Steve Smith double century – video report

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:12

Australia captain Steve Smith scored a magnificent double century at the Waca on Saturday to put his side within sight of an Ashes series win over England. Smith finished the day 229 not out with Mitchell Marsh also unbeaten on 181 in Perth. England could only manage one wicket all day and now trail by 146 runs

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Mitchell Marsh finally makes his mark for Australia after coming through 'bad place'

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:32

Marsh hits Ashes 181 not out against England in Perth but says during ‘shoulder rehab I thought I wouldn’t get back’

Mitchell Marsh has never hidden behind his all‑rounder status to shirk his primary responsibility. To play for Australia, he has always known, hinges on whether he can hold down the No6 spot with the bat. That means tons. But until Saturday, he hadn’t saluted. His reflexive response to the first question flung at him when leaving the field showed how heavy that weight had been, now lifted with this lavish triumph. “It’s only taken 22 Tests!”

Many judges were convinced this would never happen when he returned home from India in March needing shoulder surgery and sporting a batting average that gave ammunition to usual suspects who need little encouragement. With his surname, cries of nepotism are a given. Headlines followed that he was the worst No6, statistically, the game had ever seen.

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England assistant Paul Farbrace admits Steve Smith ‘stirring’ has valid basis

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:12

• ‘We don’t have bowlers bowling 90mph plus,’ says assistant coach at Ashes
• Michael Vaughan bemoans England’s lack of pace: ‘It is a disastrous day’

After inflicting one of England’s most chastening days of Ashes cricket in the field and pocketing a career-best score for himself, Steve Smith made light of his opponents and their lack of potency.

Speaking as he left the field on day three, with an unbeaten 230 to his name after batting through all three sessions, the Australia captain described himself as “good sore”, spoke of his love of scoring runs for his country and “thought Dawid Malan was the pick of the spinners”.

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Leicester City v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:18

12.17pm GMT

I’ve just had a peek down the Just Taking end of the office and star writers Simon Hattenstone, Marina Hyde and Kira Cochrane are among those currently wearing headsets, tip-tapping away on their computers and processing donations. If you’d like to ring them up and accuse them of “lazy journalism”, you’ll never have a better chance. But it’ll cost you ...

12.09pm GMT

The Guardian Christmas telethon is today and some of our finest – our editor Kath Viner, columnists Marina Hyde, Hugh Muir and Polly Toynbee etc and so on – are currently manning the phones taking donations for charities working to tackle youth homelessness and asylum seeker destitution.

If you’ve a few quid to spare and would like to tell our editor in chief how great you think I am, we’d be ever so grateful. Call 0203 353 4368 now. Give a little, it would help an awful lot.

Related: Guardian and Observer charity telethon: give our journalists a call

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England’s creeping dread materialises in day of Ashes flagellation at the Waca | Ali Martin

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 06:46
Flat is the word that summed up the bowlers as Australia highlighted what is required in these parts and what England so badly lack

Less than an hour into play on the third morning, after Steve Smith had chalked up his second century of this Ashes series, the brass section of the Barmy Army on the western hill at the Waca began playing the theme tune to the Great Escape.

Though Australia were three down and still 180 runs in arrears at this stage, it was pitch-perfect in its reflection of creeping English dread. This was already shaping up to be a day of flagellation at the hands of the mighty Australian captain, whose blade had looked so thick and utterly impenetrable while chipping off the eight runs he required for Test century No22.

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Sharon Laws, former British cycling road race champion, dies aged 43

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 06:43

• ‘The cycling world lost a champion,’ says statement from family
• Laws announced she had cervical cancer in October 2016

The former Great Britain cyclist Sharon Laws has died aged 43 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2016.

Laws, British road race champion in 2012, was a professional racer for almost a decade, helping Nicole Cooke to Olympic gold in 2008.

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Steve Smith’s double ton has Australia motoring out of England’s Ashes sight

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:09
• Third Ashes Test, day three: England 403; Australia 549-4
• Steve Smith hits his highest Test score, unbeaten on 229

England have been this way before so a sense of foreboding is rife. In the 21st century a first-innings score in excess of 400 guarantees nothing and they know that better than most. A year ago on their tour of India England amassed 400 in Mumbai and 477 in Chennai. On both occasions they lost the match by an innings. The numbers are looking ominously similar at the Waca. Despite England’s 403, Australia led by 146 on Saturday night and they had six wickets in hand.

Upon a sleeping pitch England tend to do a lot of fielding. Despite all the plans and funky fields, which sometimes look more of a hindrance than a help, they struggle even with the presence of their record-breaking bowlers. So it was in Perth on the third day when, for the second time in the history of the game, England were tormented by a New South Welshman and a Marsh – or two.

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George Ford warns rugby union against football-style sacking culture

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 04:00

The Leicester fly-half says clubs must not panic during rough patches as Leicester prepare for Sunday’s crucial Champions Cup rematch with Munster

The east Midlands has again felt an icy December blast from Europe. A year after the end of Richard Cockerill’s long reign as the Leicester director of rugby was precipitated by a second heavy defeat to a side in what was then the Pro12, Jim Mallinder’s 10 years in charge of Northampton ended on Tuesday after the Saints were routed by Ospreys in front of an unusually low crowd at Franklin’s Gardens.

The Leicester fly-half George Ford is acutely aware rugby is in danger of heading football’s way when it comes to quick-fix solutions to faltering form. Ford’s father, Mike, was sacked by Bath two summers ago, and has been linked with the job at Northampton. “I feel very sorry for Jim Mallinder who did a great job at Northampton,” says the 24-year-old. “It is the way the game is going and there has been a fair bit of it going on in the last few years.

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Everton v Swansea City: match preview

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 04:00

Five games without defeat have elevated Everton’s position and mood under Sam Allardyce and with Yannick Bolasie available for the first time in 12 months, the new manager’s options are improving too. How Paul Clement could do with a similar turnaround. Swansea remain bottom of the table following a lesson by Manchester City, although they are not the only team to suffer that fate this season, and have not won away in the league since August. Their recent home win over West Bromwich Albion, however, demonstrates there can be no complacency at Goodison Park. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Monday 8pm

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Bournemouth v Liverpool: match preview

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 04:00

For Jürgen Klopp, a trip to Bournemouth is a headache his Liverpool side could probably do without. After stuttering to draws at home to Everton and then West Bromwich Albion, they now face Eddie Howe’s side, who on home turf have a habit of giving the bigger sides a fright – if not worse – as in this fixture last season when Bournemouth came from 3-1 behind to take victory. Klopp could again make changes – Simon Mignolet may return in goal – while Howe, too, has said he will rotate owing to the hectic festive schedule. Ben Fisher

Kick-off Sunday 4.30pm

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