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Burnley v Manchester United: match preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:54

While the Alexis Sánchez saga continues, Manchester United must put that to one side as they travel to Turf Moor hoping to continue their seven game unbeaten run in the league. The reverse fixture on Boxing Day saw Sean Dyche’s side take a two goal lead at Old Trafford, before Jesse Lingard salvaged a point for United with two goals. Lingard’s heroics have become a recurring theme for José Mourinho’s team, but Burnley have not won at home since early December so the England international may not be leaned on quite as heavily. Reuben Pinder

Saturday 3pm

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Rhys Priestland pulls out of Wales’ Six Nations squad

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:25
• Fly-half ruled out for bulk of Six Nations with hamstring injury
• Wales to face Scotland in autumn internationals for first time

Rhys Priestland is expected to miss the majority of Wales’s Six Nations campaign owing to a hamstring injury. The fly-half, who was injured four minutes into Bath’s 35–17 defeat by Scarlets in the Champions Cup, will remain at his club rather than joining up with the Wales squad next week.

Warren Gatland has not called up a replacement having also named Dan Biggar, Owen Williams, Rhys Patchell and Gareth Anscombe, who can all play fly-half, in his 39-man squad for the Six Nations.

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West Ham United v Bournemouth: match preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:20

While both sides remain in a relegation battle, the winner of this game could be in ninth place at the end of the weekend. Such are the fine margins in the Premier League’s crammed lower reaches. West Ham are on an upward trajectory after thrashing Huddersfield Town and will be confident of gaining revenge for Callum Wilson’s controversial equaliser in their 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day. Yet the visitors are only a point behind David Moyes’s side after their battling win over Arsenal. It could be a nervy afternoon. Jacob Steinberg

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Jürgen Klopp makes Karius Liverpool’s No 1 and says: ‘It’s time to deliver’

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:20
• Keeper set for extended run despite mistake against Man City
• ‘Loris has to deliver and he knows that,’ says Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has told Loris Karius it is time to deliver after installing the goalkeeper as Liverpool’s first choice. The German was picked ahead of Simon Mignolet for last Sunday’s 4-3 win over Manchester City and is set for an extended run.

Related: Liverpool's Simon Mignolet says 'rotation is not healthy – this cannot last'

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Manchester City v Newcastle United: match preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:01

Three weeks after a sole Raheem Sterling strike won the reverse fixture Pep Guardiola’s side welcome Newcastle United. As Manchester United are at Burnley for a 3pm start a win would cut the gap to nine points and maybe – just maybe – apply some kind of pressure on Manchester City. Yet given how relentless the leaders are there will, surely, be only one winner. Jamie Jackson

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The Fiver | Sean Dyche and a can of worms

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:50

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Sean Dyche does not eat worms. We know this, because at a press conference on Thursday, a grown man working for a reputable media outlet asked him if recent revelations that he used to eat worms during his time at as a player at Bristol City were true. If nothing else, it was a more original and interesting query than the media briefing staple of “any knocks?” and there to conduct a media briefing before his Burnley side’s match against Manchester United, Dyche joked that he did used to eat worms, has a bucket of gravel for breakfast each morning and occasionally smokes car exhaust pipes. That, he explained, is why he has a notoriously deep and husky voice, before denying he does any of those things and has emphatically, for the record, never knowingly eaten a worm.

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Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki needs all her grit to reach fourth round

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:16
• Dane beat the No30 seed Kiki Bertens in two sets
• ‘I’m just still happy to be alive in the tournament,’ Wozniacki said

Caroline Wozniacki has always had the smile to charm disbelievers but it is her grit that is driving her through the draw in this Australian Open. In a splintered field, it might be decisive in getting her to the final weekend. On a sweltering day five, the Dane who loves boxing disarmed the 30th seed, Kiki Bertens, in two sets to reach the fourth round against Magdalena Rybarikova.

Wozniacki, seeded second, won 6-4, 6-3 but it was not as easy as the score suggests. “I’m just still happy to be alive in the tournament,” Wozniacki said. “It’s nice to be back in the fourth round.” Wozniacki also chipped on the heat issue that has gripped the tournament. “I think it can be dangerous,” she said. “I was in my air-conditioned room, watching [Gaël] Monfils against [Novak] Djokovic. I thought it was a shame that the roof wasn’t on because I think that could have been a really high-quality match.”

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Theo Walcott excited by new challenge at Everton – video

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:09

Theo Walcott says he is intent on making his move to Everton from Arsenal a success. The forward leaves the Gunners after 12 years at the club and insists he holds no grudges with manager Arsène Wenger. ‘I can’t thank him enough,’ says Walcott

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Leicester City v Watford: match preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:05

Claude Puel says it will be “the beginning of the end” if Leicester start thinking of trying to qualify for the Europa League, although their supporters could be forgiven for wondering if that is a possibility, especially if the team can maintain the sort of form they showed against Chelsea last Saturday. Watford, on the face of it, should be obliging opponents for Leicester. Marco Silva’s side have been in freefall, with their only victory in their past 10 Premier League games coming against Leicester on Boxing Day. Stuart James

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Rory McIlroy three off leader Thomas Pieters and ‘really happy’ in Abu Dhabi

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:01
• McIlroy yet to drop shot on return to action in Middle East
• Belgium’s Pieters, on -12, leads tournament by one

Rory McIlroy’s statement of intent, as delivered in his 36th hole of the Abu Dhabi Championship, proved worth the wait.

Frustrated by missed chances, he converted from 20ft for an eagle on the 18th. At nine under par McIlroy is just three from the halfway lead in the Middle East, with the rising standard of his play endorsing the theory of him being the man to beat. McIlroy is yet to drop a stroke, with Friday’s 66 a three-shot improvement on day one.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea: match preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:46

Brighton are the only team yet to take a point from a top-six side this season but this seems a good opportunity against a similarly shot-shy Chelsea who were forced into a long night’s work by Norwich on Wednesday. At some point a landmark result may be needed for a team that has won just once in 12 league games and has been dragged towards the bottom three. Chris Hughton hopes to add firepower by signing Jürgen Locadia from PSV, although he would not be available on Saturday; it might be some comfort that any Chelsea move for Peter Crouch will not take place in time either. Nick Ames

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the final round | Gerard Meagher

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:35
• Saracens need to win to stand chance of qualification
• Scarlets and Toulon face straight shootout for top spot in Pool Five

Wasps, who welcome back Juan de Jongh, have a very slim chance of topping the pool. Dai Young’s side would need a bonus-point win over Ulster, denying their rivals any game points, as well as La Rochelle failing to collect any points at home to Harlequins, who are without Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw. A bonus point win for Ulster sees them winners but anything else would allow La Rochelle to go through top with a bonus point win.

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José Mourinho ‘calm’ over Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sánchez

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:08
• Manager claims to be in dark as far as negotiations are concerned
• Mourinho confirms Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss trip to Burnley

José Mourinho has claimed to being in the dark about Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sánchez, though the manager is calm regarding the situation.

Mourinho is hopeful the Chilean can be acquired in the current window, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan potentially moving in the opposite direction. While the Armenian is not in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Burnley due to the uncertainty over his future, Mourinho stated he is not involved in negotiations.

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Sam Simmonds: ‘England? I didn’t imagine it even a couple of years ago’

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:04
Rapid rise of the Exeter Chiefs’ No8 from being on loan to Cornish Pirates to playing for England has surprised everybody, including him

By his own admission Sam Simmonds does not much enjoy big cities. In his home town of Teignmouth the nearest thing to rush-hour chaos is a bit of traffic on the bridge across the estuary to picturesque Shaldon. The last time he ventured into central London with his Exeter team-mate Henry Slade things did not go well: “We took the tube but we didn’t have a clue where we were going. We got off a couple of times and jumped back on what we thought was the right train, only to discover it wasn’t. I guess I like the simpleness of Devon.”

Even on a chilly January midweek afternoon this is a man far more at ease on his windswept local beach than he will ever be in Europe’s bustling capitals. His Exeter team-mate Jack Yeandle still remembers driving a scrawny ginger-haired academy kid up to Sandy Park for training and failing to extract a single word from him. “Stone-cold silence, bless him,” recalls the Chiefs captain. “Nerves I think it was. There was a lot less timber on his frame as well. Eddie Jones wants him to put muscle on top of muscle now but there was only skin and bones then.”

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Arsenal v Crystal Palace: match preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:39

Arsène Wenger has described the current January window as the most disturbing and destabilising he has known and the noises around a clutch of transfer and contractual situations remain loud. Arsenal must block them out against Roy Hodgson’s resurgent Crystal Palace. What was most disturbing for Wenger’s team in last Sunday’s defeat at Bournemouth was the sterile possession and lack of creativity. Palace will look to be compact. Arsenal must find the answers. David Hytner

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Tyson Fury cleared to resume boxing on basis he passes a medical

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:35
• British Boxing Board agree to reinstate heavyweight’s licence
• Comes after he accepted backdated two-year doping suspension

Tyson Fury’s boxing licence will be reinstated if the former world heavyweight champion passes his medical.

Fury was able to apply for clearance to resume fighting after accepting a backdated two-year suspension issued by UK Anti-Doping last month in the wake of testing positive for nandrolone.

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Barry Bennell sexual abuse trial: 'He had this power over you'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:26

Alleged victim says ex-Crewe manager Dario Gradi arranged for him to stay at Bennell’s house

An alleged victim of Barry Bennell stayed at the ex-football coach’s house after an arrangement made with the former Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi, a court has heard.

Liverpool crown court was shown a video on Friday of a police interview with the man, who alleges he was raped by Bennell between 18 and 20 times at his home.

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Sunderland, Hull and Middlesbrough struggle to adapt to life after relegation | Louise Taylor

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:33
Despite each receiving £47m in parachute payments, the trio have all changed managers and fallen well short of their aims

Middlesbrough’s owner, Steve Gibson, predicted his team were set to “smash the Championship,” and Hull City’s new manager Leonid Slutsky spoke of celebrating promotion by “singing, rapping and dancing”. Three hours’ drive up the road at Sunderland, Slutsky’s freshly-installed Sunderland counterpart, Simon Grayson, revealed his ambitions to manage “this great club” in the Premier League.

Fast forward a little over half a season, and despite each being in receipt of £47m worth of parachute payments this term alone, the trio of sides relegated from the top tier last May have all changed manager.

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Premier League clubs to remember Cyrille Regis with minute’s applause

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:27
• All top-flight players to also wear black armbands in tribute to Regis
• Former striker and trailblazing figure died on Monday, aged 59

The Premier League will mark the death of Cyrille Regis with a minute of applause and the wearing of black armbands at this weekend’s matches.

The former West Bromwich Albion, Coventry and Aston Villa forward, who also played five times for England, died on Sunday after a suspected heart attack at the age of 59.

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Sports quiz of the week: Anthony Joshua, Australian Open and worms

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:26

Who spat out a wriggler? Who screamed? And who showed up?

Wales played 40 friendlies between Ryan Giggs making his Wales debut in 1991 and his retirement from international football in 2007. In how many of them did Giggs play?

None

10

20

30

Who said: “I didn’t actually eat the worms. It was a bit of banter I used to have. You get a nice, big juicy worm hanging out of your mouth. It wobbles, wriggling around. You look as if you’re chewing it but then spit it out"?

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Neymar

Sean Dyche

Eric Cantona

How many Chelsea players were booked for diving in their FA Cup tie against Norwich City?

One

Two

Three

Four

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker – two unbeaten heavyweight champions – have agreed to fight in Cardiff on 31 March. Which British boxer did Parker defeat in his last fight?

Tyson Fury

David Haye

Dereck Chisora

Tony Bellew

Hughie Fury

Who said: “Whether I was 15th or 50th choice, it didn’t matter to me one bit”?

Joseph Parker

Ryan Giggs

Paul Lambert

Peter Crouch

What did 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk achieve this week?

She became the youngest player to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam

She became the first women’s footballer to be signed for a fee of over £1m

She reached the third round of the Australian Open

She became the youngest UFC champion ever

Which European club remains unbeaten in their league this season?

Galatasaray

Juventus

Coleraine

Paris Saint-Germain

Barcelona

Who responded to defeat by saying: “I had to show up. If I was a football player I would have missed this game”?

Mathieu Bastareaud

James Haskell

LeBron James

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Who earned £29m while "on holiday for seven months"?

Neymar

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlos Tevez

José Mourinho

What did Kevin Durant ask of LeBron James this week?

To be his VP if he runs for President in 2024

To present the Oscars with him

To join Common Goal, the charitable initiative set up by Juan Mata

To sort out the showers at The Q, the Cleveland Cavaliers' home ground

1 and above.

Rubbish

2 and above.

Rubbish

3 and above.

That's not a very good score. Sorry

4 and above.

That's not a very good score. Sorry

5 and above.

You were halfway there

6 and above.

Pretty decent

7 and above.

Impressive stuff

8 and above.

Nicely done

9 and above.

Superb stuff

0 and above.

Rubbish

10 and above.

You should work for us

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