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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic GamesJust days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.


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last updated: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 01:45:03 EST

NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Lukas Podolski’s farewell stunner for Germany sinks new-look England

The harsh reality is that Gareth Southgate’s first match since taking the England job full-time ended in disappointment and Germany have still not conceded a goal since Euro 2016, a sequence incorporating seven games – or, to put it another way, coming up for 11 hours of football.

Ultimately, though, England should not be too desolate bearing in mind their impressive contribution for long stages. A reasonable argument could be made that they were the superior team for the opening hour and, though Southgate will not want to make a habit of losing gallantly, he could be forgiven for thinking his new-look team deserved better than to lose to a spectacular 68th-minute goal from Lukas Podolski, making his final appearance for the German national side.

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'A form of punishment': Colin Kaepernick and the history of blackballing in sports

The free-agent quarterback isn’t the first professional athlete to find himself denied the opportunity to play for expressing his political beliefs

As the National Football League’s offseason plods along, marginal quarterbacks across the football world are getting scooped up. Mike Glennon, a third-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, received $18.5m guaranteed from the Bears despite having just five NFL wins and a wholly mediocre 84.6 quarterback rating under his belt. Career backup Josh McCown found himself a $6m deal with the New York Jets. These two join the list of wholly unimpressive quarterbacks to sign free agent deals this season: Brian Hoyer ($9.85m guaranteed), Nick Foles ($7m), Landry Jones ($600,000) and Matt Barkley ($500,000) have all found work this offseason, and all have the potential to earn at least $4m should they make their respective rosters.

Colin Kaepernick, meanwhile, remains unsigned despite a track record that far outpaces any of the above-mentioned signal-callers. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Kaepernick was an above-average quarterback by both QB rating and adjusted yards per passing attempt in 2016, and he also added a strong 468 yards on 6.8 yards per carry with his speed. Spotrac, which tracks major professional sports contracts and transactions, analyzed Kaepernick and found that similar players had signed contracts with an average salary of $14.75m and a duration of 2.5 years. Looking at those comparable players and Kaepernick’s statistics over his career, SpoTrac calculated Kaepernick’s market value as worth $14,226,196 for a one-year contract. And yet, it has been the Mike Glennons and Brian Hoyers of the world finding the money at quarterback this offseason.

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NFL targets changes to speed up games including fewer commercial breaks

  • NFL is introducing proposals designed to speed up pace of game
  • Television commercials could be reduced from 21 per game to 16
  • League mulls move to centralizing officiating decisions on replays

For all those football fans longing for more action, fewer interruptions and a better flow to games, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is with you.

The league is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points. The league also is discussing with the TV networks how to make commercial breaks less intrusive.

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F1 season heralds fresh approach, new rules and a revived optimism | Giles Richards
Whatever happens at Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix there are already good reasons for fans to be excited about the future

The waiting is over and Melbourne is abuzz with anticipation and the feeling, shared by Formula One fans across the world, that this is going to be a big weekend. Friday practice will be the first indicator of pace after the poker hands of testing in Barcelona; Saturday’s qualifying will be cards on the table time to discover who can turn any pace into a hot lap. Race day is crunch time for the teams but this year, with new regulations, it is also going to be a huge moment for the sport. A new start in a new era.

But it is hard not to sense an undertone of unease. What if F1 has got it wrong? Ross Brawn, appointed by the owner, Liberty Media, as Formula One’s director of motorsport, has already made it clear there will be no knee-jerk reactions to an unsuccessful reboot.

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Schweinsteiger signing does little to dispel view of MLS as retirement home

The Fire’s splashy $4.5m move for the former German international seems to share many parallels with ill-fated veteran signings of the past

The notion that Major League Soccer is a retirement home is well established, if no longer factually correct. Once inhabited by the likes of, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, the league is keen to highlight a changing landscape.

During the off-season the average age of foreign players signed was just 26 years old. Contained within that group was a number of young Designated Players, including: Albert Rusnak, Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Cristian Colman.

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Everyone in the NBA controversy over resting players is right – and wrong

Adam Silver is correct that teams have an obligation to play star players during big games but coaches’ concerns about the schedule are legitimate

For the last few years, the NBA has mostly avoided the self-created problems that have plagued other US sports. So it was jarring to see a minor concern involving teams resting star players expand into a full-blown crisis in the span of two weeks, with figures on both sides doing their best to fuel the fire.

In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent every team a memo on Monday saying there would be “significant penalties” for not following league rules about sending proper notice when resting players from primetime games. Silver is right to be upset, especially considering the amount of money the NBA receives from their deal with ABC, not to mention that the games in question – involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors – were supposed to draw in casual fans.

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USA edge stingy Japan to advance to first World Baseball Classic final

Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Nobuhiro Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones’ grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the championship game of the World Baseball Classic for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.

Related: USA into first World Baseball Classic final with 2-1 win over Japan – live!

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Uefa president hints at luxury tax and transfer changes to rein in rich clubs
• Aleksander Ceferin wants to maintain competitive balance within the sport
• ‘Player hoarding, excessive talent concentration in few teams’ must be avoided

The Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, believes European football should consider more restraints on spending, squad limits and changes to the transfer system to stop rich clubs from dominating.

The Slovenian, who has been in charge of European football’s governing body since September, was speaking at the Football Talks conference in Lisbon.

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Wenger says contract talks with Sánchez and Özil are on hold at Arsenal
• Arsenal manager says discussions will be held in the summer
• Sánchez’s and Özil’s deals run out at the end of next season

Arsène Wenger has said contract negotiations with Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil have been put on hold until the summer. The pair have just over a year remaining on their deals at Arsenal.

Related: If Arsène Wenger stays we can expect a comedy of analogy errors | Marina Hyde

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Russia 2018 World Cup: how the main contenders are shaping up

From a rejuvenated Brazil to France’s incredible strength in depth, we look at the frontrunners’ starting XIs to see how they compare

The World Cup is only 15 months away and, with the latest round of qualifying games around the corner, we look at some of the teams expected to challenge for the trophy in Russia. The usual suspects – Argentina, Brazil and Germany – are expected to go far but France and Belgium, player-by-player, have arguably more impressive squads.

Brazil are top of the South American qualifying, having been rejuvenated under Tite’s stewardship with Argentina languishing in fifth with a crucial game against Chile coming up on Thursday. In Europe, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium are the only teams yet to drop points with England, Spain, France, Poland, Republic of Ireland and Croatia also topping their groups.

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Manchester United to face Real Madrid and Barcelona in pre-season US tour
• Manchester City also lined up for International Champions Cup
• Mourinho’s side warm up against two Major League Soccer teams

Manchester United will face Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City this summer in the International Champions Cup in the United States.

United start their pre-season tour with two games against Major League Soccer sides, Los Angeles Galaxy on 15 July and Real Salt Lake two days later, before kicking off the ICC tournament against their Manchester rivals on 20 July at a venue yet to be decided.

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Colin Kaepernick's search for new team draws Donald Trump's attention

  • Quarterback knelt for national anthem to protest against racial injustice
  • Player still looking for new team after opting out of 49ers contract

Donald Trump has always been proud of the mark he has made on the sports world – his golf handicap, his friendship with Tom Brady and his sterling work as a caddy – and on Monday he took credit for Colin Kaepernick’s (so far) fruitless search for a new team.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback gained widespread attention last season after he chose to protest against racial injustice in the United States by kneeling for the national anthem. Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract during the offseason but NFL owners have so far declined to pick up a player who took San Francisco to an appearance at Super Bowl XLVII.

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Mario Götze: the ‘once in a century talent’ who is now fighting to save his career | Philip Oltermann
His artistry made Germany World Cup champions but a debilitating muscle disorder and an unfavourable public image have disrupted the progress of the Dortmund midfielder who will play no part in the friendly against England

Some goals are replayed so often it can blind us to their brilliance. Germany’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final is a case in point.

To meet André Schürrle’s cross in extra time, Mario Götze had sprinted to the top-right corner of the six-yard box. As he cushioned the ball mid-jump with his chest, the attacking midfielder had his back to Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal and momentum threatened to push him over the goalline.

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Steven Naismith rescues Scotland on a miserable night against Canada

Scotland had to come from behind against lowly Canada to grab a draw in their friendly at a sodden Easter Road. Falkirk midfielder Fraser Aird fired the visitors into a shock lead, but Steven Naismith equalised in the 35th minute when he turned a wayward shot by debutant Tom Cairney into the net.

The visitors, ranked 117th in the world, merited a draw in game which served as a warm-up for Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden Park on Sunday.

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Everton urged to end StubHub ticket partnership by supporters trust
• Trust fears fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange
• Club urged to seek fairer solution to secondary ticket sales

The Everton Supporters Trust has urged the club to end their partnership with StubHub amid claims fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange.

Everton have been widely praised for a progressive ticketing policy that has meant season ticket prices are frozen and in some cases reduced for the 2017‑18 campaign. Following consultations with Everton’s Fans’ Forum and Junior Fans’ Forum the club have introduced a new, young adult season ticket for next season costing £380 for those aged 22-24 while its Kids’ season ticket costs £95, the equivalent of £5 per game.

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José Mourinho thinks Premier League power is too divided, but is he right? | Paul Wilson
Faced with the club missing out on Champions League football again, Manchester United’s manager makes the point that it is harder to buy success

Does José Mourinho have a point about power being divided in the Premier League, or is the manager of Manchester United simply trying to get his excuses in early?

United still have a job on their hands to crack the top four this season, let alone get back to winning titles, and should a third season in four arrive without achieving Champions League football questions are going to be asked about the effectiveness of his stewardship in the light of all the money spent. Perhaps in anticipation of that scenario, Mourinho has just observed that winning anything in England is particularly difficult because all the top clubs can afford to bring in big players.

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China are the England of Asian football: big hopes followed by inevitable failure

Chinese clubs are spending a fortune on players but the national team are 86th in the world rankings and have little chance of going to the World Cup in Russia

By Cameron Wilson for Wild East Football, part of the Guardian Sport Network

China host South Korea in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday but, with the home side already all but out of the running for a place in Russia, serious issues already threaten their chances of making it to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. China scraped through the first of two group stages in the Asian qualifiers but they have not won any of their five games so far in the second group stage. They sit bottom of their qualifying group – behind Iran, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Syria and Qatar – and, even if they pull off an unlikely victory against South Korea at the Helong Stadium on Thursday night, it would only postpone their inevitable exit.

China are not a million miles behind the continent’s leading teams, such as Japan and Australia, but there is a clear talent gap – not that their supporters or media see it that way. When their elimination arrives, be it next Tuesday when they travel to group leaders Iran, or later, the reaction in China will be as angry as ever from fans and media, who have hugely unrealistic expectations.

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Ronnie Moran, Liverpool captain and boot room legend, dies aged 83
• Tributes pour in for Moran, also known as Mr Liverpool
• Member of the Anfield boot room for more than three decades

Ronnie Moran, also known as Mr Liverpool for his outstanding contribution to the club’s success for almost 50 years, has died aged 83.

Moran’s son, Paul, announced the death, which followed a short illness, on Wednesday morning, prompting a flood of tributes to a true Liverpool legend whose impact ranged from making his debut as an 18-year-old in 1952 to developing players such as Jamie Carragher four decades later.

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Newport Gwent Dragons to be taken over by Welsh Rugby Union
• Deal struck to prevent region from folding
• WRU will buy Rodney Parade, where Dragons play

The Welsh Rugby Union will take over one of its four regions, Newport Gwent Dragons, in July to prevent it from folding after failing to secure outside investment. With Cardiff Blues struggling and the Scarlets reporting a loss of more than £1.5m this month, the private ownership model of the quartet – Ospreys are the other region – is set to change in the coming years.

The move would involve the governing body buying Rodney Parade – the nine‑acre site on which the Dragons play, along with Newport RFC and Newport County – and laying an all-weather pitch. The proposal has been agreed by the Dragons and the WRU board, but will come to nothing if the shareholders of Newport RFC, who meet at the beginning of May, do not endorse it. “We are doing this for rugby reasons,” the union’s chief executive, Martyn Phillips, said. “If it comes off, rugby will be there for many years; if it does not, we are talking weeks.”

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England will not face New Zealand in autumn as Barbarians game is confirmed
• Top two ranked sides in world will not meet until 2018
• RFU admits defeat in staging All Blacks match

England’s hopes of a showdown with New Zealand later this year are over after the All Blacks opted to fulfil their planned fixture with the Barbarians on 4 November instead.

The RFU has admitted defeat in attempting to bring forward a meeting between the world’s top two ranked sides, instead giving its approval to the Barbarians fixture, which will be played at Twickenham. A spokesperson for the governing body said: “We explored whether there was an opportunity to play New Zealand this year, but they have chosen to play the Barbarians.”

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England set to face Germany with Michael Keane in three-man defence
• Keane in line to win first cap in reshaped backline with Cahill and Smalling
• Jake Livermore also expected to start friendly in Dortmund

Gareth Southgate is planning a bold change of system that is expected to see Michael Keane make his England debut against Germany on Wednesday as part of a new defensive formation featuring three centre-backs.

England trained on Wednesday to prepare for the game in Dortmund and Southgate experimented with a team that had Keane starting at the back alongside the captain, Gary Cahill, and Chris Smalling, with Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand operating as wing-backs.

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British Cycling to miss out on £17m of funding until culture fears are addressed
• Sport England says body must meet ‘highest standards of governance’
• British Cycling has been accused of allowing a ‘culture of fear’

Sport England is to withhold £17m of funding from British Cycling until the sport’s governing body can ease fears over how it is being run.

The Sport England chairman, Nick Bitel, insists British Cycling must “meet the highest standards of governance” before receiving the funding after a draft report of an investigation into alleged failings in the culture at cycling’s governing body was leaked. The report accused it of allowing a “culture of fear”, with riders and staff bullied and a “dysfunctional leadership”, before concluding that “more work on their action plan was required”.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic still fired up by Pep Guardiola feud for Manchester derby
• The problem wasn’t with me, it was with him, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic
• Manchester United visit Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on 27 April

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he is still motivated by his falling out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. The Catalan brought Ibrahimovic to the Camp Nou in 2009 but the relationship between the pair broke down and he was loaned to Milan after only a season before making the move permanent.

The Swedish striker has been outspoken in his criticism of Guardiola since and when Manchester United face the Spaniard’s Manchester City side in the derby next month, Ibrahimovic will be especially fired up.

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NRL star Jason Taumalolo strikes it rich with 10-year Cowboys deal

  • Reigning Dally M medallist commits future to North Queensland
  • Forward turns back on NFL option to sign deal reportedly worth $10m

Jason Taumalolo has signed one of the longest contract deals in NRL history, keeping him at North Queensland until the end of the 2027 season. The reigning Dally M medallist’s 10-year contract is believed to be worth $10m, putting the 23-year-old lock forward among the game’s highest-paid players.

Related: Jason Taylor tossed on scrapheap as Tigers' recycling plan fails | Nick Tedeschi

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Rory McIlroy beaten by Soren Kjeldsen in WGC Match Play opener
• World No2 loses 2&1 to Dane but says ‘I played well’
• ‘If I had played anyone else I might have won’

The good news for Rory McIlroy relates to the WGC Match Play format. The bad? A year ago only one player, Dustin Johnson, succumbed to an opening-day defeat but recovered sufficiently to progress to the knockout stage.

Related: Jordan Spieth wants Masters to be over so people stop asking about meltdown

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Dubai World Cup favourite Arrogate is dirt version of Frankel, says trainer
• Bob Baffert-trained colt given stall nine of 14 in $10m race
• ‘It’s amazing Prince Khalid Abdullah would own two of best horses we’ve seen’

Bob Baffert, whose Arrogate is the favourite for the $10m Dubai World Cup on Saturday, said here on Wednesday his colt is “the dirt version of Frankel”, the brilliant champion who won all 14 of his races in England in the same green, white and pink colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah.

Related: BHA to double number of dope tests on horses away from racecourse

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USA into first World Baseball Classic final with 2-1 win over Japan – as it happened

That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along with us. Be sure to check out our full report on tonight’s soggy semi-final below and join us on Wednesday for minute-by-minute coverage of USA v Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final!

Related: USA edge stingy Japan to advance to World Baseball Classic for first time

“Unfinished business,” says Adam Jones, who had the game-winning RBI for the United States. “I tip my hat to the Japanes team. They don’t know us, we don’t know them. But I think it was a great game to watch for anyone. And now we get a chance to see Puerto Rico again.”

Indeed, Team USA will get a second crack at Puerto Rico after their 6-5 loss on Friday, when the Americans staged a dramatic rally that fell 90 feet short.

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Barry Bonds returns to San Francisco Giants as special adviser

  • All-time home run leader spent 15 seasons with Giants
  • Bonds acted as Miami Marlins hitting coach last season

Barry Bonds is coming back to the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser.

The team said on Tuesday that Bonds, who holds the major-league record for most career home runs, will attend a few days of spring training, starting Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’ll also visit the Giants’ minor league teams. He’ll report to CEO Larry Baer, who called Bonds’ contributions to the organization “legendary.”

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Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves Manchester United for Chicago Fire – video report

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is leaving Manchester United to join Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire in a one-year deal reportedly worth £3.6m. United haven’t released a statement. But players at the club have used social media to send messages of support to the German international

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The gifs that keep on giving: laughter, face football and two big clearances

Featuring two UFC fighters trying to pretend, a new form of badminton, fast fists, a very short game of pool and an exceedingly chamring basketball player

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The forgotten story of ... Dario Dubois, Argentina’s face-painted footballer | Simon Burnton
When he was on the pitch he wore garish face paint, when he was off it he played in rock bands and caused controversy, but Dubois was a popular figure in Buenos Aires football in the 1990s before meeting an untimely death

“It gives you energy,” Dario Dubois once said of his unusual pre-match ritual. “You paint your face, you go to war and you kill your rivals.”

For a while Dubois, a centre-back who did the rounds of Argentina’s lower leagues for a decade or so, went the full Kiss pre-match, covering his face and neck with black and white make-up before taking to the field. On one occasion he had to knock on the referee’s door before kick-off and ask if it would be OK to use his mirror to apply the paint, as the away team’s dressing room didn’t have one. He found the war paint had the triple benefit of making him more fearless, making opponents more fearful, and earning himself more recognition. “I’m just a clown with a painted face – but one who is ready to die for his shirt,” he said.

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Their unique kind of gallows hubris

In today’s Fiver: Gareth Southgate stroking his beard, Zlatan v Pep, Premier League one-appearance wonders, Ronnie Moran RIP

The phrase “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” could have been invented for the England football team, if only it hadn’t been coined by some bloody foreigner. Every few years they and their followers restart the same pattern of hope, expectation, arrogance, insecurity, despair, failure and BBC montages. We know how tournament football works: when the going gets tough, England get going on the first available flight back home. Holland gave us Total Football; Spain introduced tiki-taka to the world; England bring their unique kind of gallows hubris.

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The Joy of Six: football celebrations gone wrong | Michael Butler

From Steve Morrow falling from Tony Adams’s shoulders to Stuart McCall headbutting an affordable car, here are half-a-dozen bittersweet moments

Steve Morrow was a fine player. Thirty-nine international caps for Northern Ireland, a Cup Winners’ Cup medal in the cabinet and a career that took him from Arsenal to QPR to Dallas probably deserves to be remembered for more than a calamitous fall to ruin what is almost certainly the high point of his working life. But as David Baddiel and Frank Skinner were at pains to point out a few years later, Morrow’s ill-fated tumble off the shoulders of his captain, Tony Adams, after the 1993 League Cup final would eclipse everything else, even the winning goal Morrow had scored for Arsenal not half an hour previously.

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It's time to introduce a two-legged MLS Cup - with a twist

The single final is insufficient, and the two-leg final doesn’t reward the higher-seeded team for their regular-season performance. So why not combine the two?

Do US soccer leagues need their own Super Bowl, a week-long festival of the sport at a neutral site? Or should they reward the best regular-season team with home-field advantage for the final game?

Related: Didier Drogba fined but not suspended for Montreal Impact tantrum

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John Surtees remembered, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Hearts fan | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features pilfered trophies, Kris Meeke’s scenic route and Vanilla Ice breaking his face

1) John Surtees, who died last Friday, won world titles on both two and four wheels. Here’s a fine trip down memory lane with Steve Rider, plus footage – alas incomplete – from the closing stages of the 1967 Italian Grand Prix. There’s rare film too from his first Isle of Man TT victory in 1956. In 2014, at the age of 80, Surtees lined up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in his Ferrari 158 from 1964 alongside Kimi Raikkonen in the 2007 variety. Elsewhere, Paul Hollywood gets a look in his garage.

Related: John Surtees obituary

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Liverpool and City ends all square as Arsenal collapse at West Brom – Football Weekly

The podders catch their breath after an action-packed draw at the Etihad. Plus, West Brom heap further misery upon Arsenal; a bumper Championship roundup; and whatever happened to Sal Solo and Classix Nouveaux?

Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast & Stitcher. And join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

On today’s Football Weekly, AC Jimbo is joined by Barry Glendenning and Iain Macintosh and – for perhaps the final time – Michael Hann. He’s had enough, you see.

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2024 only chance for Paris Olympics, says bid chairman – video

The co-president of Paris’s 2024 Olympic bid, Tony Estanguet, says that while he is supportive of the mood within the IOC to award the locations of both the 2024 and the 2028 Olympic Games in September, the French capital will not be in the running for the latter

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Red Bull Racing drivers gear up for Australian Grand Prix – video

Red Bull Racing drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo discuss the upcoming Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix, due to take place in Melbourne on Sunday. Ricciardo says he has his eye on the world title

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Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran: a look back at his life – video

Ronnie Moran, a veteran of Liverpool Football Club, has died aged 83 after a short illness. He had served the club in roles as varied as player, captain, coach and interim manager for 49 years before his retirement in 1998, and played 379 times for the club between 1952 and 1968

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Ryan McBride death 'devastating' for club, says Derry City CEO – video

CEO of Derry City Sean Barrett says the death of captain Ryan McBride on Sunday is ‘devastating’, less than 24 hours after captaining Derry to victory over Drogheda United. In an audio clip posted on Drive105 Match Night Live, Barrett says McBride was the ‘heart and soul’ of the club

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Liverpool draw one of my proudest days, says Pep Guardiola – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday was one of his proudest days as a coach, having turned around from a disappointed exit from the Champions League last week. Guardiola also jokingly brushes off suggestions that he should more effectively coach his players on how to finish goal-scoring opportunities

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'I'd rather win Europa League than finish fourth in the league,' says José Mourinho – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho admits that he would prefer to win the Europa League than finish fourth in the Premier League this season, as his team move to fifth after a 3-1 win at Middlesborough on Sunday. Mourinho praises the attitude of his team, who were missing many first choice players

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Arséne Wenger promises decision on his Arsenal future 'soon' – video

Arsenal manager Arséne Wenger says he will soon make a decision on his future at the club, following a 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Arsenal have lost four of their last five league games, and face losing out on Champions League qualification next year

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Runners, riders and racegoers at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival – in pictures

Fresh from retaining the award for Specialist Sports Portfolio at the British Sports Journalism Awards in February, horse racing photographer Alan Crowhurst was at Cheltenham to train his lens on this year’s Festival

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Andre Agassi: ‘One day your entire way of life ends. It’s a kind of death’ | Donald McRae
The former world No1 reflects on life after tennis married to another of the sport’s greats, Steffi Graf, and says: ‘If I went back in time I would probably retire sooner’

Eight years ago, in his raw and poignant autobiography, Open, Andre Agassi wrote: “My father yells everything twice, sometimes three times, sometimes 10. Harder, he says, harder. Hit earlier. Damn it Andre, hit earlier, Crowd the ball, crowd the ball. Now he’s crowding me. He’s yelling. It’s not enough to hit everything the dragon fires at me: my father wants me to hit harder and faster than the dragon. He wants me to beat the dragon.”

Related: Roger Federer continues to defy time and critics with Indian Wells win

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Manny Pacquiao provokes storm by calling gay people ‘worse than animals’
• Pacquiao, running for senate in the Philippines, causes outrage
• Boxer made comments in video posted on local TV5’s election site

Manny Pacquiao has provoked a storm of controversy in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”. The 37-year-old, who is running for a seat in the Philippines senate in May’s elections as a conservative Christian, made the remark in a video posted on local TV5’s election site.

“It’s common sense,” the eight times world champion, who later apologised, said. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”

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All 16 teams left in the 2017 NCAA tournament – ranked

The Sweet 16 is set after four frenetic days. Which of the teams left standing has the best chance of cutting down the next in Phoenix?

Fifty-two of the 68 schools that entered the NCAA tournament have been sent home. Here’s a look at who’s left – and who’s got the best chance of cutting down the nets in Phoenix.

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Hoop Dreams: where are the main figures now?

Twenty years after the landmark documentary was cruelly snubbed at the Oscars, we take a look at where the principals are today

In 1986, filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert set out to film a 30-minute PBS documentary on playground basketball as a window into Chicago’s street culture. Some 300 hours of footage and three years of editing later, Hoop Dreams emerged overnight as a landmark documentary. Roger Ebert labeled it the best film of the 1990s (ahead of Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and Fargo), and its exclusion from the Best Documentary category at the 1995 Academy Awards led to a restructuring of how the category was evaluated.

The parallel narratives of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two promising teenage players mired in the urban blight of inner-city Chicago, represented the common American dream of underprivileged youth seeking an escape through basketball. Both began as freshmen at the upscale St Joseph’s in Westchester, Illinois, the former high school of NBA Hall of Famer and Chicago folk hero Isiah Thomas. Because of an inability to meet tuition demands (and coach Gene Pingatore’s skepticism about his size), Agee would transfer to the public Marshall High School while Gates remained at St Joe’s all four years. Neither would win a state title or play in the NBA, but their legacies live on through what’s become the essential document on grassroots sports in America.

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Ben Flower: Every single day I regret my brutal attack on Lance Hohaia
Wigan Warriors’ shamed prop talks about his savage Grand Final blows which rocked the sport and put rugby league in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Now he’s ready to return to the Super League, after his six-month ban, promising he’s a changed man
• Ben Flower’s brutal punch raises questions over state of rugby league

“I regret it every day,” Ben Flower says simply of the terrible violence he unleashed at the start of rugby league’s Grand Final last October. In the second minute of a clash between bitter local rivals, Wigan’s powerful prop spilled a pass near the opposition try line and was clipped by the forearm of St Helens’ Lance Hohaia. Flower reacted with clinical savagery.

His first punch knocked out Hohaia. The real damage was done in the next few shocking seconds. Crouching low over the stricken Hohaia, Flower landed an even more devastating second blow which rocked the head of his unconscious opponent. In front of 76,000 at Old Trafford and millions on television, Flower became the first man to be sent off in a Grand Final .

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Tiger Woods opens up on racial slurs that drove his desire for dominance | Ewan Murray
Former world No1 says in book on his extraordinary triumph at the 1997 Masters ‘I wanted us to be colour blind. Twenty years later, that has yet to happen’

It is sad a reminder of Tiger Woods’s brilliance arrives at a point when his career has never been clouded in more doubt. With little over a fortnight to go until the Masters, the 41-year-old still cannot confirm his participation as he battles recurring back problems. Still, there was an upbeat Woods in Manhattan on Monday as he launched The 1997 Masters: My Story. Woods’s decline has not diminished the level of focus on his every move as exhibited by disappointment at the book store when fans were limited to one copy per person.

Twenty years ago Woods was not so much at the peak of his powers as offering a sign of things to come. He prevailed at Augusta by a dozen shots to claim his first major, thereby endorsing every theory that existed since childhood that he would prove a golfing phenomenon. This book is notable for being in existence at all, Woods being so guarded in his public dealings, and therefore provides superb and so rare detail of the thought processes of this golfing genius. When Tiger speaks people still sit up and take notice.

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Jason Day pays tribute to family after finally completing difficult journey

  • Tough upbringing on Australian’s mind after winning US PGA Championship
  • Day also reveals important role played by Greg Norman in more recent times

An emotional Jason Day reflected on the deep sacrifices made by his mother after claiming his first major title, the US PGA Championship, on Sunday evening in Wisconsin.

Day’s father, Alvin, died when the golfer was just 12 years of age. That sparked a period of turmoil in the youngster’s life which culminated in Dening, his mother, sending him to a boarding school in a bid to moderate his behaviour and boost his golf. Both, needless to say, transpired.

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Max Verstappen: ‘My biggest critic is my dad. Everything else is just a breeze’
The 19-year-old Red Bull driver is full of self-belief and will not change his attacking style for the new Formula One season

Max Verstappen is too young to be cynical and too enthusiastic to be jaded by the Formula One circus. Yet sitting down with the 19-year-old is still somewhat disconcerting. The Red Bull driver, a grand prix winner after two seasons, looks and sounds like a teenager but his words convey such conviction it is difficult to marry the youth occasionally fiddling with his phone to the driver explaining he has no fear battling former world champions. His belief is absolute.

The latter is a word Verstappen uses a lot. When asked if he is ready to take on Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, beginning at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, the Dutchman is unequivocal. “Absolutely. For me it doesn’t matter if you are fighting a world champion or not,” he says. “I’m not worried about that.”

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Starting over again: AFL season begins with round characterised by contrasts | Craig Little

Carlton and Richmond get the new campaign underway in one of a number of opening-round games to throw up the kind of contrasts that make for great art

To quote Mickey and Sylvia, love is strange. On Thursday night, a 70,000-strong, noisy, passionate chorus is expected to accompany the AFL season opener between two football clubs who more closely resemble a decades-long conceptual art project.

While it may be a hard-fought contest between two of the best-supported clubs in Carlton and Richmond, it is lamentably low-stakes. In terms of aesthetics for a marquee game, it is a bit like Kenny G doing a retrospective of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.

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Chris Paul’s Fast Hands and Gruesome Fingers
Paul, the Clippers’ ball-hawking guard, has paid a price — multiple injuries to his fingers — for collecting more steals than any other active N.B.A. player.

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The overwhelming favorite for the Dubai World Cup title ran "perfectly" in a pre-race drill at the Meydan circuit.

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The returning Saint who’s all grown up
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The new status quo
The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced on Thursday, drugs price and as we expected there are a couple of Pirates planning to participate. Team Canada will be of the most interest to Pirate fans. Russell Martin will be the starting catcher, and the Bucs

The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced on Thursday, drugs price and as we expected there are a couple of Pirates planning to participate.

Team Canada will be of the most interest to Pirate fans. Russell Martin will be the starting catcher, and the Bucs

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