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Everton give life ban to fan who attacked Lyon player while holding child

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:06
• Everton also lodge complaint with police over supporter’s conduct
• Merseyside police looking into violence at Europa League match

Everton have said they will ban for life the fan who appeared to hit the Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes while holding a young child during a melee at Goodison Park on Thursday.

The club said they had identified the supporter following an internal investigation into the disturbances and registered a formal complaint against the individual with Merseyside Police.

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'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:00

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters

Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.

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Sports quiz of the week: leaders, vulgar gestures, misers and Shakespeare

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:36

Who is hiring? Who missed their only shot? And whose sarcasm cost him a job?

• Try our other sports quizzes

Which of the five English clubs in the Champions League is not leading their group?

Chelsea

Liverpool

Manchester City

Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur

All five of them are topping their groups

Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Zhang Yong in the English Open this week. Who played the final shot of the match?

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Zhang Yong

The referee

A woman who had invaded the arena

Which athlete – who is worth around $400m – says he is too tightfisted to turn on data roaming on his phone, buy apps or pay to avoid adverts on music streaming sites?

Rory McIlroy

LeBron James

Lionel Messi

Roger Federer

What job advert did Chorley FC post on Twitter this week?

They advertised for an electrician who could fix their faulty floodlights at half-time

A translator for their new signing, Fernando Gago, who played in the 2014 World Cup final

A midfielder and goalkeeper to play for them in the FA Cup

Someone to replace their departing dietician, who has moved on to set up a sweet shop

FC Turris midfielder Giovanni Liberti was given a five-match ban this week after he was found guilty of “urinating in the direction of the away section” and "making vulgar gestures while showing his genital organ”. How did the president of the Serie D club defend his player?

He said Liberti was “drunk on the feeling of victory” and didn’t know what he was doing

He said Liberti was “just waving happily to his girlfriend in the crowd”

He said Liberti was drinking from a water fountain while tucking in his shirt

He said Liberti had consumed “too many isotonic drinks – they are the real culprits”

Which of these statements about sacked Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare is not true?

He is the only English manager to have won his first four matches in the Premier League

He has a 100% win rate as West Brom manager

He made most of his appearances as a player for Walsall

He won more points in his first four league games than he did in his last 16

After his sacking, there are no English managers in the Premier League

Which two teams have won the same number of points, scored the same number of goals, and produced the same number of wins, draws and defeats this season in both their domestic leagues and in the Champions League?

Barcelona and Manchester City

Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur

Sevilla and Liverpool

Manchester United and Atlético Madrid

According to NFL kicker Jason Myers, what feels "great, dude” and “fucking awesome, man”?

Being a Trump voter

Missing two field goals in a defeat

Being Mike Myers’ son

Learning that he will play at White Hart Lane rather than Wembley next season

Cork City were crowned League of Ireland champions on Tuesday night after a goalless draw against Derry City. The game was a sell out, so why was the stadium not full?

An infamous airline bought up tickets for its staff but their flights were cancelled

Many away fans were two hours late due to a misprint in their local newspaper

One of the stands was closed as its roof had been blown down by Storm Ophelia

Local hero Roy Keane was in a local pub so a group of fans stayed put and watched it with him on TV instead

Anthony Joshua won gold at the 2012 Olympics. How did his forthcoming opponent, Carlos Takam, fare when he took part in the 2004 Olympics?

He also won gold

He was beaten in the final

He lost his first and only bout

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Golden Goals: Simon Cox for Swindon v Fenerbahce and Walsall (2008-09)

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00

‘If you tell me a goal, I’d be able to go back in my mind and tell you who passed it, or how it came about, or the feeling I had at the time,’ explains the striker

Anyone can score a good goal. A swing of the foot, a lucky connection, and a ball that on any other day – on every other day – flies wildly high and wide this time rockets into the top corner. This is how Nemanja Matic ends up on the shortlist for the Puskás Award.

The only fail-safe method of proving a goal was no fluke is simple: do it again, and again. Just as Dennis Bergkamp’s goal for Holland against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup made his earlier effort for Arsenal against Leicester all the finer, what makes Simon Cox’s goal for Swindon against Walsall in January 2009 even more mind-blowingly amazing is the goal he scored in a friendly against Fenerbahce in July 2008. The goals are not identical, but they are extremely similar. A long, high ball brought perfectly under control with a single gossamer touch from a player running into the centre of the pitch from the left, and an arcing, long-range shot that flew over the goalkeeper and dipped into the far corner.

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Why this could be the NBA's most important season ever

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 04:30

America’s most progressive major sports league may be at the onset of its most important season – and not for what will happen on the court

Imagine a sports league whose athletes are encouraged to speak out against social injustice. Imagine a league that doesn’t treat activism like a threat, painting over the shouts for change with flimsy public relations initiatives in hopes of placating fans and advertisers. Imagine a league that invites difficult conversations rather than close its eyes and hope the uncomfortable moments go away.

As the NFL dithers in the face of player expression, the NBA embraces it. For the last three weeks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has danced around the proper response to his players’ silent shout for racial equality. As several of the league’s stars continue to kneel during the national anthem, drawing almost daily fire from US president Donald Trump, he keeps reaching for a public-relations solution that will make the media onslaught disappear. But the more the NFL tries to pretend it is listening to its players, the louder the criticism comes from all sides.

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Football transfer rumours: Mesut Özil tells team-mates he is off to Manchester?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 03:48

Today’s fluff can see it smiling over the sky

Mesut Özil has told team-mates that he’s going to sign for Manchester United, screams the Mirror in their exclusive back-page lead. The 29-year-old, they say, “is ready to make the bombshell switch and is confident he will move to Old Trafford”, the only doubt coming at the Manchester End, as “it remains to be seen whether the Old Trafford giants will push through on a deal”. Internazionale, or indeed a lack of Mancunian interest, could get in the way, though “José Mourinho has publicly admitted that he regards Özil as the best No10 in the world”, which is probably a good sign, and as an added bonus the move “would also see Mourinho get the chance to put one over on his bitter managerial rival”, Arsène Wenger. United are also keen on a couple of Benfica youngsters, namely the 17-year-old winger-cum-striker Umaro Embalo – there are “a number of interested clubs” at play here, apparently including Real Madrid – and Joao Felix, a forward who is also 17.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 03:18

Watford are well placed to exploit Chelsea frailties, Manchester City promise another goal glut and Arsenal could signal the end for Ronald Koeman at Everton

Two sides level on points meet in the kind of mouthwatering thriller the innovators behind Friday night Premier League football almost certainly had in mind when dreaming up their wheeze. With the West Ham United striker Andy Carroll absent through suspension for last weekend’s double dose of dunderheadedness, Slaven Bilic is likely to start Javier Hernández and Diafro Sakho up front together for the first time against Brighton, with the Senegalese striker needing to impress if he is to nail down a regular starting spot. A return of four goals in 10 appearances this season looks decent on the face of it, but two of those came in the Carabao Cup, while another was scored for Senegal during the international break. Sakho’s only Premier League goal this season was a winner against Swansea City and with only one goal across seven substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, the 27-year-old needs to make the most of any opportunities put his way or risk being offloaded in January. BG

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Raiders score on final play to upset Chiefs after Marshawn Lynch ejected

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:23
  • Derek Carr’s two-yard touchdown pass on final play lifts Raiders
  • Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Chiefs lose back-to-back games for first time since October 2015

Derek Carr threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Oakland Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

With their season on the line following the recent slump, Carr led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 to give the Raiders (3-4) the thrilling comeback win in a game they trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter.

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Roosters favourites to land Cooper Cronk with another season on cards

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:24
  • Halfback will consider ‘suitable opportunities’ to continue NRL career
  • Cronk’s manager to look into feasibility of signing for a Sydney club

Cooper Cronk has opened the door for the Sydney Roosters to make a significant play for him after he told his manager he wanted to play on in 2018.

The 33-year-old has remained coy on his future since he announced, in April, he was leaving Melbourne to move to Sydney for personal reasons. But on Friday he met with his manager George Mimis to open the door to offers from Sydney clubs as he signalled his intent to take his career into at least a 15th season.

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LA Dodgers trounce Chicago Cubs to reach first World Series since 1988

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:33
  • Los Angeles win 11-1 in Game 5 of NLCS to win first pennant in 29 years
  • Enrique Hernandez hits three HRs, including grand slam in third inning
  • Dodgers will host Game 1 of World Series on Tuesday in Los Angeles

Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by Hernandez’s home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

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USA women dominate South Korea on goals by Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:11
  • Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe strike for US in 3-1 win
  • South Korea’s Han Chaerin adds one for visitors in international debut
  • USA forward Mallory Pugh had to leave game with hamstring injury

Alex Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, Julie Ertz scored for the fourth time in five games, and the United States women beat South Korea 3-1 on Thursday night.

Megan Rapinoe added her 34th international goal and her 42nd assist.

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Everton set to face Uefa disciplinary action after brawl in Lyon defeat

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:11

• Ashley Williams sparks melee with shove on Lyon goalkeeper
• Ronald Koeman: ‘I think players were acting out of frustration’

Everton look likely to face Uefa disciplinary action after their Europa League match with Lyon descended into a melee, with a few of the home crowd involved in an ugly brawl sparked by the captain Ashley Williams.

Ronald Koeman’s side went down 2-1 in the Group E game – a result which left them bottom of the table – but it was the second-half flashpoint which could see Everton and Williams facing punishment. The captain’s shove on the Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, sparked heated confrontations between players in front of the Gwladys Street end. As the group surged to the advertising hoardings, a supporter holding a child in one arm aimed a punch in the direction of the keeper.

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British Cycling allows resignation of doctor at centre of Jiffy bag scandal

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:46
• Dr Richard Freeman ‘unwell’ and unable to face action over medical records
• Chief executive fears failing will come back to haunt organisation in future

The doctor at the centre of the Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins Jiffy bag scandal has resigned from his position at British Cycling with the chief executive, Julie Harrington, admitting she was concerned his failings could come back to haunt the organisation in the future.

Doctor Richard Freeman, who worked for both Team Sky and British Cycling between 2009 and 2015, has walked away from his position without a pay-off. He is understood to be unwell and did not feel able to face disciplinary action from British Cycling for his failure to keep proper medical records.

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Brendan Rodgers says Celtic committed to Champions League plan of attack

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:00
• Celtic manager unfazed by 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich
• ‘I have no compromise. We play and our players will get better’

Any sense that Brendan Rodgers will alter Celtic’s Champions League approach – after another harrowing evening against a super power – would be mistaken. When reflecting on the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, Rodgers insisted he would never deploy a wholly defensive team in an effort to snatch reward.

“You are looking at the wrong man, it’s not me,” the Celtic manager said of going back to basics. “I have no compromise. We play and our players will get better. You could maybe play for 100 years and never bridge the gap financially but we’re working away in a difficult market in the Champions League and trying to compete. That’s the overall objective, to be competitive at this level. Of course, you may have managers who do it in a different way but I have no compromise. It’s how I work.”

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Leicester City players are unhappy over Shakespeare sacking, says Appleton

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:30
• Squad voice displeasure and turn focus on club’s board
• I’m not the person to answer questions, caretaker Appleton says

Leicester City’s players demanded to know the reasons behind Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal and voiced their displeasure during a meeting before Thursday’s training session that turned the focus on the club’s board and left Michael Appleton, the caretaker manager, admitting he was unable to answer their questions.

Appleton described the players as “cheesed off” and “a bit down in the dumps” when they convened at the training ground for the first time since Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday. The decision to relieve Shakespeare of his duties only four months into a three-year contract has been greeted with a mixture of surprise and disappointment inside the club, leaving the board facing a backlash from within.

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Nick Kyrgios will not play again this year due to persistent hip injury

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:11

Australian says he will end his frustrating season now in an attempt to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January

Nick Kyrgios has confirmed he won’t play again in 2017 as he tries to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January.

Kyrgios has struggled all season with shoulder, hip and knee issues and was sent crashing out the European Open in Belgium on Wednesday by veteran left-hander Ruben Bemelmans.

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Lyon sink Everton on stormy night to pile pressure on Ronald Koeman

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00

The pressure on Ronald Koeman increased as Everton slipped tamely to another Europa League defeat, more or less ending their interest in this competition and leaving them stuck at the bottom of their group with just a single point from three games.

The Everton manager has possibly had enough of Thursday night football anyway, or so his team selection suggested. Whether Everton have had enough of him depends on whether his gamble of fielding a weakened side pays dividends at the weekend, when at least three or four regulars are likely to be back. Koeman admitted he picked the starting lineup with one eye on the home match against Arsenal on Sunday, which might explain why Wayne Rooney was not even in the squad 15 years to the day since his famous goal against the Gunners announced his arrival to the world beyond Merseyside. Perhaps his manager hopes that with a full week’s rest he might be able to turn the clock back at the weekend with another late winner.

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Gregor Townsend backs Scotland’s move to cast net for new players

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00
• Townsend: ‘You have to look at every way to increase your depth pool’
• Scotland not denying link to buying into Premiership side Worcester

Scotland has ramped up its attempts to attract England-based players with Scottish ancestry to play for them and refused to deny reports it is looking to take a controlling share in the Premiership strugglers Worcester, which would act as a base south of the border.

As part of the new-look Scottish Qualified programme – an overhaul of its recruitment policy – the SRU will also widen its search for players based in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Eight of the last 14 players given first caps were born outside Scotland, three of whom qualified on residency. And it is England that the SRU believes is the most fertile ground with Worcester, currently for sale, reported to be a potential base.

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Shadow sports minister adds to pressure on ‘incapable’ FA over Eni Aluko affair

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:38
• Dr Rosena Allin-Khan says she has ‘lost confidence’ in governing body
• FA to investigate England Women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall

Amid growing calls for urgent reform of the FA in the wake of the Eni Aluko affair, Labour has declared it has “lost confidence” in the leadership of English football’s governing body and called for decisive action.

The criticism came as FA board members prepared to conduct an emergency conference-call on Thursday to discuss the futures of the under-fire triumvirate Greg Clarke, Martin Glenn and Dan Ashworth.

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Lewis Hamilton unlikely to kneel during American anthem at F1’s US Grand Prix

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:59
• Mercedes driver supports protests but is intent on securing fourth title
• ‘I am here to win, so I am not really focused on anything else’

Lewis Hamilton has said he has no plan to join the protests that have been taking place across the US by kneeling during the national anthem before the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend. The British driver, who could win his fourth world championship in Texas, had said he was considering making the gesture but insists that at the moment he is fully focused on winning the race.

Hamilton has expressed his support for the protests, which were instigated when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat or knelt during the anthem at NFL games last year as a reaction to racial injustice and police brutality. Hamilton had said he had been thinking about joining the protest when on the grid in Austin but, while he reiterated his support for the cause, did not want to be distracted from his goal.

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