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Police investigate alleged assault of 15-year-old cricket umpire

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 22:40

Under-11s game ends with police being called and teenager in hospital in Melbourne’s west

The alleged assault of a teenage cricket umpire at a Melbourne under-11s match has sparked a police investigation and a political warning that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

Police were called to a sports reserve at Sunshine North about 7pm on Friday after reports a 15-year-old boy had been assaulted during an under-11s game between Sunshine and Caroline Springs.

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Cricket Australia to investigate 'dangerous' pitch abandonment

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 20:52
  • North Sydney Oval match ended mid run-chase and was decided via rain method
  • Inaugural women’s day-night Ashes Test slated for ground next month

Cricket Australia will investigate the farcical abandonment of NSW’s one-day clash with Victoria amid a call to sack the officials involved in the match.

A dangerous pitch led to Sunday’s fixture at North Sydney Oval ending mid-run chase, with the Bushrangers awarded victory via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method – usually reserved for rain-affected matches.

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Ange Postecoglou speculation 'not ideal', says FFA's David Gallop

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 20:14
  • CEO says Socceroos coach has ‘not necessarily made a decision’
  • Postecoglou remains focused on getting Socceroos to World Cup

Questions remain over the Socceroos future of Ange Postecoglou after Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop refused to confirm reports the coach would walk away from his post after next month’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

Related: Ange Postecoglou's influence will last despite unsure end to tenure | Ante Jukic

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'We can do a better job than Mayweather' – Jeff Horn keen on McGregor

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 20:03
  • Horn will fight a voluntary title defence against Gary Corcoran in Brisbane
  • WBO welterweight world champion also hopeful of rematch with Pacquiao

UFC star Conor McGregor is a potential left-field opponent for WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn, if the Australian wins his first title defence against Britain’s Gary Corcoran.

Horn, who won the title off Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao back in July, will make a voluntary defence against WBO inter-continental champion Corcoran (17-1, seven KOs), that organisation’s 10th ranked contender.

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New York team aiming to emulate Toronto move into League 1 ranks

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
• Consortium are hoping new club will join British game in 2019
• Plan for Super League match in US next year to whet fans’ appetite

An application has been formally lodged to the Rugby Football League for a team based in New York to join the British game’s professional leagues in 2019 – with potential for a Super League game to be taken to the US next year should it be approved.

Related: Super League awards: the complete review of the 2017 season | Aaron Bower

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José Mourinho: I’m sure I won’t end my career at Manchester United

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:59
• Portuguese says ‘something special’ happening at Paris Saint-Germain
• ‘I am still a coach with the desire to do new things,’ Mourinho says

José Mourinho has ruled out spending the rest of his career at Manchester United while talking up the “special” project at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portuguese, who came under fire for United’s defensive approach at Liverpool on Saturday, suggested he will not finish his career in Manchester during an interview with a French broadcaster.

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:48
• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table
• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer Leverkusen

Internazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his hat-trick and condemned Milan to a third successive league defeat.

Milan twice hit back to equalise but were sent tail-spinning towards a crisis after their defender Ricardo Rodríguez hauled down Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner and Icardi converted his ninth league goal of the season.

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Unhappy Antonio Conte questions Chelsea’s ability to defend their title

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:30
• After defeat by Crystal Palace the Italian raises problem of injuries
• Victor Moses joins injury list but Álvaro Morata could return against Roma

Antonio Conte has warned that Chelsea will find it difficult to defend the title after their shock defeat by Crystal Palace and questioned whether his squad is strong enough to compete on several fronts.

In an echo of his frustration in the summer about the club’s failure to acquire a number of key transfer targets in preparation for their involvement in the Champions League Chelsea’s manager bemoaned his team’s lack of depth after an insipid performance away to the Premier League’s bottom side led to the champions slipping nine points behind Manchester City at the top.

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Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku insists he is no flat-track bully

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:30
• Forward learned trade at Everton but embraces ethos at Manchester United
• Despite draw at Liverpool he is in side ‘who want to win against big teams’

Romelu Lukaku has claimed there is no doubt he will deliver on the big occasion for Manchester United as – unlike Everton and despite Saturday’s display at Liverpool – his side aim to beat the leading lights of the Premier League.

The Belgium international’s theory was challenged by José Mourinho’s approach at Anfield, where United, having won their previous six games while scoring 20 goals in the process, appeared content with a goalless draw. Mourinho blamed the absence of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick for United’s inability to press Liverpool. He also cited Jürgen Klopp’s refusal to substitute Liverpool’s central midfielders as a reason the second half descended into “a bit of chess”.

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have found killer touch this season

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:30
• Balance the key to unbeaten start, says coach after Stoke rout
• ‘This season we feel that, if we arrive, we will score’

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have found the crucial attacking edge they lacked last season after Stoke City were hammered 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

The victory made City the Premier League leaders, two points ahead of Manchester United. In the corresponding fixture last season City could only draw 0-0; Saturday’s win took them to 29 league goals this campaign, the most after eight matches since Everton in 1894.

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‘Smell of blood’ after Mesut Özil’s entry stirs Watford to victory | Simon Burnton

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:30
Arsenal lost their lead and nerve after the German midfielder and Troy Deeney came on with the Watford man saying the Gunners lacked ‘a bit of cojones

Tom Cleverley, the eventual match-winner, said Watford had “smelled a little bit of blood” as they took a more muscular approach to Arsenal in the final half-hour. Troy Deeney said the Gunners lacked “a bit of cojones” and that, when he rose from the bench and attempted to discover which of their three centre-backs might be least able to cope with his physicality, he found that “none of them were”. Arsène Wenger, meanwhile, said: “We played well in big parts of the game and I think on top of that we were unlucky” – thereby proving it is not only Arsenal’s players who prefer to shirk responsibility than to face it.

Related: Arsène Wenger rails at ‘scandalous’ penalty after Watford beat Arsenal

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Colin Kaepernick to file lawsuit against NFL owners over collusion, say reports

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 16:03
  • Former 49ers QB has been out of league following his anthem protest
  • Many believe player has been deliberately kept out of league

Colin Kaepernick, who many believe has been blackballed by the NFL following his protest against racial injustice in the US, is reportedly set to file a lawsuit against the league’s team owners.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has hired attorney Mark Geragos and will claim NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league. Under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement teams and the NFL are forbidden from coming together to deprive a player of employment.

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Holders Saracens condemn Northampton to eight-try annihilation

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:50
• Northampton 13- 57 Saracens
• Saints’ misery compounded as George North is forced off with injury

Europe is supposed to be a different ball game from the English Premiership but for Northampton this was a disturbingly painful case of deja vu. In many ways this record thrashing was even worse than the Saints’ 55-24 humiliation by the same opponents on the opening day of the domestic season at Twickenham, coming as it did in front of their own supporters on a night when they had hoped to re‑state their own Champions Cup ambitions.

They reckoned without an outstanding Saracens team whose hunger for improvement shows no sign of flat-lining. Only a really good side wins back-to-back European titles, only a great one storms to a hat-trick. On the evidence of this eight‑try annihilation, Sarries will take a serious amount of stopping, even when they come up against opposition breathing far more fire and brimstone than the pallid Saints could muster here.

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Bitter-sweet return for Leigh Halfpenny as Scarlets lose at Toulon

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:47
• Toulon 21-20 Scarlets
• Halfpenny registers 15 points but late penalty miss proves costly

Leigh Halfpenny scored 15 points on his return to Toulon, but his penalty miss 10 minutes from the end cost the Welsh region, who had lost their previous nine away matches in Europe, victory in a match that showed their pre‑tournament billing as one of the likely quarter-finalists was not misplaced.

The Scarlets were 15 points down in as many minutes, caught out by Toulon’s willingness to move the ball, but there were periods in the second half when the team that won the Champions Cup three times in a row this decade was hanging on before recovering to win 21-20.

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Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms | David Hytner

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:33
The Tottenham striker is driven to better himself, to link his seasons and to use the previous one as the basis to improve the next

When Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane” team, there were people at the London club who did not know whether to laugh or cry. The Manchester City manager, after all, had been in charge of the Lionel Messi team at Barcelona.

Behind the scenes at Tottenham, amid the pot-and-kettle bitching, came a recollection from last season. Had they not beaten Guardiola’s City convincingly at White Hart Lane without the injured Kane?

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Choirul Huda, Indonesian goalkeeper, dies after collision with team-mate

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:32
• Huda dies in hospital following incident in top-flight match
• His club Persela Lamongan pay tribute to ‘legend’

Choirul Huda, the goalkeeper for Indonesian top-flight club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a team-mate during a league match on Sunday.

The 38-year-old collided with his defender Ramon Rodrigues and an opponent as he came off his line to challenge for the ball during a game against Semen Padang. He was rushed to hospital where he died.

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Aaron Rodgers could miss rest of Packers season after breaking collarbone

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:31
  • Two-time NFL MVP lands heavily on throwing shoulder against Vikings
  • Rodgers broke left collarbone in 2013 season and missed seven games

Aaron Rodgers, arguably the NFL’s best player, could miss the rest of the season after he broke his collarbone on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback landed heavily on his throwing shoulder after a tackle by the Minnesota Vikings’ Anthony Barr. Rodgers was replaced by Brett Hundley, whose first pass was intercepted. The Packers went on to lose the game 23-10.

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Internazionale v Milan: Serie A – live!

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:16

7.16pm BST

An email! “For those of us in our mid-40s, this game will always be Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten versus Klinsmann, Matthaeus, Brehme; Holland v Germany,” says Simon Frank. “So I assume under that logic we are all Milan fans.”

I just want humanity to be the winner, Simon. (And I love that West Germany side, perhaps the most underrated World Cup winners.) Somebody should write a book on the golden age of Serie A in the late 80s and early 90s. Domestic football will never get better than that. It was immense. You could write a whole book just on Sunday 5th May 1991.

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Related: Glut of goals, fresh talent and unpredictability fuel Serie A revival | Paolo Bandini

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Bruno’s blunder is a Brighton body blow as Everton escape with a 1-1 draw | Paul MacInnes

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:03
Chris Hughton’s tactics were working perfectly until his captain conceded a late penalty for an inexplicable charge at Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Without having access to Brighton defender Bruno’s inner monologue, or tucking a microphone into his beard, it’s difficult to know what provoked him. Why, at such a crucial moment in the match, did he choose to charge Dominic Calvert-Lewin with an elbow, in his own penalty box? Perhaps the youngster had said something. Perhaps he’d tugged surreptitiously at the Spaniard’s doughty chinwear. We’ll never know. But we can be pretty sure that had Brighton’s captain kept his arms down, Everton’s late free kick would have landed safely in goalkeeper Mathew Ryan’s arms.

Related: Wayne Rooney penalty rescues Everton from defeat against Brighton

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A week after Mike Pence walks out on 49ers protest, players kneel again

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:01
  • Seven players refuse to stand for anthem at San Francisco v Washington
  • Eric Reid says vice president’s exit from game was a PR stunt

A week after Vice-President Mike Pence left an NFL game when San Francisco players knelt during the national anthem, members of the team chose to continue their protest.

Related: The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened

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