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Ronald Koeman’s lack of vision clear from Everton’s fall to disjointed Arsenal | Jamie Jackson

1 hour 42 min ago
Both teams lurched from one disjointed moment to the next at Goodison Park and Everton’s 5-2 defeat will damage the Dutchman’s long-term job prospects

This curiosity of a contest said everything about these two teams’ current travails. It pitted one in serious crisis – Everton – against one always seemingly near to the next – Arsenal. An odd sense of elite professionals muddling through prevailed until Idrissa Gueye was sent off on 68 minutes and the Gunners pulled away.

Before then Everton and Arsenal had each suffered from an absence of stability and clearness of vision. Instead the players lurched from one disjointed moment to the next. The Gunners began like the proverbial train that suggested a seventh defeat in 11 matches would be Everton’s fate. Then they did an “Arsenal” by allowing their confidence-low opposition to take the lead, via a fine Wayne Rooney strike.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan blows away Kyren Wilson to land English Open title

2 hours 50 min ago
• O’Sullivan triumphs 9-2 after breaks of 127 and 132
• 41-year-old wins last six frames for 29th ranking title

Ronnie O’Sullivan blew away Kyren Wilson 9-2 to land the English Open title in Barnsley. He sealed victory with breaks of 127 and 132 in the final two frames that helped him rack up his 29th ranking title.

The 41-year-old, who had a pot success rate of 98%, won the last six frames to turn a 3-2 lead into a runaway victory. He finished the match with four centuries as well as breaks of 96, 87 and 77.

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Lewis Hamilton’s dominance should lead to F1 end game in Mexico | Giles Richards

3 hours 9 min ago
The Briton was peerless throughout the weekend in Texas and his wait to become Britain’s most successful driver has surely been delayed only one week

Ultimately then, after opening with a pre-race ceremony of razzmatazz and showbiz theatrics, the US Grand Prix was not to be the stage on which Lewis Hamilton delivered the dramatic finale of claiming his fourth Formula One world championship. The win he had looked like delivering all weekend was duly secured but Sebastian Vettel taking second place has ensured their title fight will go to the next round in Mexico.

Yet Hamilton has as good as claimed the crown with a drive of verve, composure and dominance that he has delivered so often this season. Not content to settle for second as he could have done after he had lost a place to Vettel off the grid, he attacked again for the lead, took it and held it.

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David Wagner orchestrating a powerful sense of purpose at Huddersfield | Paul Doyle

3 hours 13 min ago
While José Mourinho is imposing limits on Manchester United, the Terriers tactician is espousing a ‘no limits’ philosophy at the John Smith’s Stadium

This was only one match but it supplied further evidence to support two convictions. Firstly, Huddersfield Town are a good bet to remain in the Premier League under David Wagner. Secondly, Manchester United are a long shot to win the Premier League this season under José Mourinho.

Huddersfield’s rise from 18th in the Championship – the position they were in when Wagner was appointed less than two years ago – has been encapsulated in a two-word hashtag often used by the club and their fans and inspired by the manager’s rousing discourse: #NoLimits. Mourinho’s approach, by contrast, imposes limits on United. That has been clear on their travels this season, most blatantly at Anfield last week; and when challenged to go beyond those limits at Huddersfield, they fell short.

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Chelsea comeback calms Bridge over troubled waters – at least for now | Nick Miller

3 hours 13 min ago

Exit rumours were still preying on Antonio Conte’s mind even though Chelsea ended a run of three games without a win by rallying to victory over Watford

With 20 minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, thoughts ticked back to two years ago. Chelsea were also defending champions then, had a manager under pressure and had begun to lose games through fragility and carelessness. Everything was starting to feel quite familiar against Watford but with a spot of luck and a couple of well-placed substitutions, Chelsea went from 2-1 down to 4-2 up and Antonio Conte felt comfortable enough to offer a wave to the fans singing his name.

Before that point those chants felt like moral support, rather than celebration of him or his team. Chelsea were heading towards their third league defeat in a row, their fourth game in all competitions without a win and a sense of disquiet was rippling around the stadium. Conte’s side had been given something of a going over by Watford, a team that look absolutely horrible to play against. They are physical, occasionally dirty, but never leave their opponents alone and their passing is crisp and confident. For long spells they were better than their expensively assembled opponents.

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Benjamin Kayser defends Dylan Hartley from further punishment after sin-bin

3 hours 43 min ago
• Northampton and England captain was shown yellow card for high arm
• Clermont hooker: ‘We are just here to play hard and to keep on going’

Benjamin Kayser, Dylan Hartley’s opposite number at Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, believes punishing the hooker further would be bad for the game, after the Northampton and England captain was sent to the sin-bin for hitting an opponent in the face with a swinging arm.

Hartley will know on Monday evening whether he faces further disciplinary action following his act 29 minutes into the 24-7 defeat at Clermont when he crashed into a ruck off his feet and caught the home prop Rabah Slimani, who was later sent to the sin-bin for a shoulder charge at Hartley’s head, in the face with his right arm.

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Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to close on fourth world title

3 hours 50 min ago
• Briton beats Sebastian Vettel into second after German took early lead
• Hamilton needs only to finish fifth in Mexico to seal fourth title

This was a dramatic route to an expected result, as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel traded places early on before the championship leader took charge for yet another victory at the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s sixth win in the past eight races extended his virtually unassailable advantage over Vettel, though the German’s second-place finish means the title fight is still alive for at least another few days. Such is the gap in the standings as the season edges towards its end that this was surely nothing more than destiny deferred in the Texas sunshine.

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NFL wrap: Packers lose without Rodgers; Browns' Thomas misses first play in 11 years

4 hours 23 sec ago
  • Drew Brees throws 500th career TD in New Orleans win over Green Bay
  • Joe Thomas had played 10,363 consecutive snaps for Cleveland
  • Carson Palmer breaks arm during Cardinals’ loss to Los Angeles Rams

Drew Brees threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Mark Ingram rushed for a score and the New Orleans Saints overcame several mistakes to beat the Green Bay Packers 26-17 on Sunday.

Will Lutz kicked two second-half field goals, including a 44-yarder to put New Orleans up for good 19-17 with 10:26 left in the game. Brees’ one-yard sneak gave the Saints a two-score lead with 4:55 left.

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I’d have stopped Harry Kane if I was playing for Liverpool – Jürgen Klopp

4 hours 4 min ago
• German blasts hapless rearguard after 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham
• Liverpool have made worst defensive start to a season since 1964-65

Jürgen Klopp lambasted Liverpool’s hapless defence after a rout that condemned the club to their worst defensive start to a season since 1964-65. A series of clangers helped Tottenham Hotspur record a 4-1 win, with Harry Kane again influential in deciding the game’s outcome.

Related: Harry Kane double leads Tottenham Hotspur to emphatic win over Liverpool

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China ‘compulsorily doped’ athletes in 1980s and 90s, claims whistleblower

4 hours 37 min ago
• Former China Olympic doctor alleges systematic doping in all sports
• ‘More than 10,000 athletes’ were affected, says Xue Yinxian

A former doctor for the Chinese Olympic team has revealed that more than 10,000 of the country’s athletes were involved in a systematic doping programme across all sports – and that every one of China’s medals in major tournaments in the 1980s and 90s came from performance‑enhancing drugs.

Xue Yinxian, a 79-year-old Chinese whistleblower who is seeking political asylum in Germany, also claimed that athletes aged as young as 11 were introduced to the compulsory doping scheme – which existed in football, athletics, swimming, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, diving, gymnastics and weightlifting – and that anyone who spoke against the system now sits in jail.

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Tottenham show José Mourinho how counter-attacking game should work | Jonathan Wilson

4 hours 49 min ago
Mauricio Pochettino exploited Liverpool’s defensive vulnerabilities and exposed the Manchester United manager’s rationale during their recent visit to Anfield

Mauricio Pochettino had promised further surprises after his deployment of a 5-3-2 against Real Madrid, but perhaps the biggest surprise was that he kept the shape the same. There were other unusual aspects to the win – Tottenham Hotspur had not been ahead against Liverpool since March 2013, Harry Kane had not previously scored a league goal at Wembley and Spurs, at last, looked at ease in their new home – but none of those particularly came as a shock.

Neither, in truth, did Liverpool’s defending. Two goals were conceded to simple balls in behind them, at least two more could have been, and two other goals came from the thoroughly predictable source of half-cleared set-plays.

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Dejan Lovren and Liverpool introduce us to the art of un-defending | Barney Ronay

5 hours 8 min ago
Liverpool’s Croatian centre-back produced the worst half-hour on the pitch in recent memory, during which he appeared to have completely forgotten he was actually playing in a football match, in the 4-1 hammering by Tottenham

The humane thing to do, looking back on this exhilaratingly open 4-1 Wembley victory for Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool, would be to focus on the ruthlessness of Harry Kane, the brutal speed of Spurs’ counterattack, the running of Son Heung-min.

Things are rarely that easy, though. In Germany they have a concept called Ruinenlust, which describes the irresistible pleasure of seeing a deeply distressed object in the process of falling to pieces. And for half an hour here Liverpool provided something similar as Jürgen Klopp’s team produced collectivity one of the worst displays of elite-club defending the Premier League will see this season; and individually a candidate for worst half-hour on the pitch in recent memory.

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Nathan Hughes ignites Wasps’ return to form against self-destructing Quins

5 hours 19 min ago
• Wasps 41-10 Harlequins
• Christian Wade scores two tries while Joe Marler sees yellow

Wasps urgently needed something to brighten their season and finally there is light at the end of a depressingly dark tunnel. This five-try romp, their first win in six games, was partly overshadowed, however, by the indiscipline of two more of Harlequins’ England contingent with the national head coach, Eddie Jones, about to unveil his autumn internationals squad on Thursday.

With Jones in the stands, the prop Joe Marler contrived to pick up his second yellow card in Coventry in little over a month, this time for striking the home lock Will Rowlands with his forearm. At least Marler made it on to the field which is more than can be said for his team-mate Marland Yarde, dropped from the visiting squad for what was described by his club as “an internal disciplinary matter.” Yarde’s poor time-keeping and attitude are understood to be at the root of the problem, with the winger’s failure to turn up on time for the pre-match team run having stretched his coaches’ patience beyond breaking point. With Jones having travelled to the Midlands to check out his form before next month’s Tests, it was not the best of timing on any front.

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Klopp and Pochettino speak after Tottenham brush aside Liverpool – video

5 hours 41 min ago

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, speaks candidly after watching his side lose 4-1 to Tottenham on Sunday. ‘You cannot get results with a performance like today,’ says the German. Meanwhile Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino suggests Wembley is starting to feel more like home for his team

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Ronald Koeman not bowing to pressure at Everton despite Arsenal humiliation

6 hours 1 min ago
• Koeman still believes he can reverse fortunes of club after 5-2 defeat
• Farhad Moshiri expected to speak to the manager on Sunday

A defiant Ronald Koeman claimed he was still the man to arrest Everton’s alarming decline despite a 5-2 home defeat against Arsenal that has left his future as manager in serious doubt.

Koeman was under pressure before Arsenal’s visit to Goodison Park having won only two of the previous 12 matches with a squad replenished by almost £140m of new talent in the summer.

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F1: US Grand Prix 2017 – live!

6 hours 6 min ago

7.37pm BST

How is Hamilton feeling? “I feel the best I have ever been,” he says, before bigging up his plant-based diet. “I miss Nutella, I miss sweets.” As for Daniel Ricciardo, he’s confident too. “It has been super windy all weekend tricky,” the Red Bull driver says. “I have had a few podiums so would love to get a win here. The win is possible.”

7.26pm BST

On the grid, Carlos Sainz, the Renault driver who starts from seventh, has been chatting. “The race will be a bit of a discovery for me,” he says. “It will be a good experience.” As for his countryman, Fernando Alonso, he says: “The goal is to be in the top 10, we need some points today. We need to execute the race well today.” Alonso begins his mission from down in eighth. Kevin Magnussen talks: “points are definitely possible today.”

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Aidan O’Brien aims The Pentagon and Saxon Warrior at Racing Post Trophy

6 hours 40 min ago
• 2018 Derby joint-favourites are ‘likely’ Doncaster runners on Saturday
• Leopardstown winner Contingent a possible Oaks filly, says Dermot Weld

Saxon Warrior and The Pentagon, who head the betting market for the 2018 Derby, are likely runners in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, their trainer, Aidan O’Brien, said on Sunday.

“We are thinking about running The Pentagon and Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy,” said O’Brien. Victory in the race would lift the Ballydoyle trainer above the late Bobby Frankel’s record for number of Group One wins in a year. O’Brien drew level on 25 at Ascot on Saturday when Hydrangea won the Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes.

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Don Armand’s double inspires epic Exeter victory in Montpellier

7 hours 26 min ago
• Montpellier 24-27 Exeter
• Flanker’s two tries boost hopes of England selection

Montpellier had a formidable home record had won 19 successive home matches and an average score in front of their own fans this season of 45-14, but while visiting teams in the Top 14 reach a point when they accept defeat, Exeter do not care to remind themselves of the word’s meaning and after conquering England they are on the march in Europe.

There was a moment in the second half when, after Montpellier’s burly Fiji wing Nemani Nadolo scored the second of his tries against the club he played four matches for in 2011, Exeter were up against it. At a ground where the name of the Top 14 club’s owner, Mohed Altrad, is plastered everywhere, a monument to a league where money shouts, the less expensively assembled cast of Chiefs were bound by more traditional virtues of graft and togetherness.

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Pedro Caixinha under pressure after Rangers slump to Motherwell defeat

7 hours 30 min ago

Cup competitions are providing such embarrassment to Pedro Caixinha that it is looking increasingly doubtful he will be afforded the luxury of a full league season.

The League Cup could have offered salvation to a Rangers manager whose reputation was tarnished by a European exit at the hands of opposition from Luxembourg. Instead, Motherwell inflicted yet another bloody nose on the itinerant Portuguese coach in this semi-final. The listless nature of Rangers’ display at Hampden Park was even more damning than the result, with Caixinha now in a position from which it appears confidence in his ability may be irretrievable. Bluntly, it would take a miracle for him to turn this around.

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Harry Kane double leads Tottenham Hotspur to emphatic win over Liverpool

7 hours 37 min ago

At times in this intriguing test of Premier League aspirations, it was hard to work out which was the more remarkable thing - Tottenham’s vivacious, springing attacks or Liverpool’s dozy, fluffy underbelly. Both aspects were in sharp focus as Mauricio Pochettino’s team marauded through what passed for the defensive efforts of the visitors. Diego Maradona was in attendance - interviewed as part of the half-time entertainment thanks to his trusty translator Ossie Ardiles - and even at the portly age of 56 the old master might have fancied a goal or two himself.

As it was, the Tottenham crowd made merry thanks to a couple from their marksman of the moment Harry Kane, plus strikes from Hueng-Min Son and Dele Alli. It enabled Spurs to end a sequence of 10 games without managing to beat Liverpool, and in fine style.

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