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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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Aaron Rodgers to miss 'significant' time after collarbone surgery

  • Green Bay quarterback broke collarbone on Sunday afternoon
  • Packers admit star’s season may well be over

Aaron Rodgers will undergo surgery after breaking his collarbone on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says.

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Will Colin Kaepernick's collusion case win him a place back in the NFL?

The former 49ers quarterback has accused NFL team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league. But how likely is he to win his case?

Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, a further escalation in his tense relationship with the league that began with his refusal to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of the treatment of racial injustice in the United States.

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Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez rediscovers ruthless streak to peg back West Brom

Riyad Mahrez chose the perfect moment to finally rediscover his goalscoring touch as Craig Shakespeare’s faith in the Algerian was repaid with an equalising goal that ensured Leicester avoided the ignominy of three successive home Premier League defeats by the skin of their teeth.

That Shakespeare has now followed a certain Claudio Ranieri in not recording a victory in six league matches – a run which ended with the Italian’s sacking in February – is an unwanted statistic with his side in the bottom three, although the re-emergence of the player who did so much to inspire the famous title-winning season will be more welcome in these parts.

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Top NFL commentator sorry for comparing New York Giants' form to Weinstein

  • Veteran broadcaster makes comments during NBC’s Sunday Night Football
  • Hollywood producer Weinstein accused of multiple sexual assaults

Al Michaels, one of America’s most respected sports commentators, has apologised after jokingly comparing the New York Giants’ problems to those of the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse.

Michaels made the comments during NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which regularly draws audiences in excess of 25 million. Referring to the Giants poor start to the season – they had not won a game before Sunday – Michaels said: “And let’s face it: the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, and they’re up by 14 points!” His co-commentator, Cris Collinsworth added: “only my LA guy comes up with that one.”

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José Mourinho wants big pay rise at Manchester United to sign new contract
• Mourinho not seeking move but wants deal to reflect success at Old Trafford
• Manager, who earns around £15m a year, won two trophies last season

José Mourinho is minded to sign a new contract at Manchester United but will do so only if he believes the terms reflect his achievements at the club and its current status under him.

Related: José Mourinho heaps praise on the ‘special’ ones at Paris Saint-Germain

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Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms | David Hytner
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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A week after Mike Pence walks out on 49ers protest, players kneel again

  • 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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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Anthony Knockaert could make the difference for Brighton, Pablo Zabaleta fed up with West Ham’s ill-discipline and Kevin de Bruyne is drawing more praise

Mark Hughes was in no doubt he had witnessed the favourites for the title. “Clearly I would say that after being beaten 7-2 but they do look significantly better than anybody else in the league in terms of our experience,” he said. Of City’s potential rivals Hughes has guided Stoke to a 1-0 win over Arsenal, a 2-2 draw with Manchester United and endured a 4-0 home reverse against Chelsea. “We’ve faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and we’ve acquitted ourselves fine. But they were just very clinical. The difference was De Bruyne’s understanding of what needed to be done. The quality of his passing, the weight of his passes and his understanding of the angles in terms of releasing people. You can see the reaction of his team-mates. As soon as he gets on the ball they expect him to put the right ball in at the right moment with the right pace. That’s the influence that he has on the team.” Jamie Jackson

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Revealed: the 14-word email that puts FA’s Greg Clarke under fresh scrutiny
• Chairman issued curt reply to PFA’s Aluko document in Mark Sampson case
• ‘I’ve no idea why you are sending me this. Perhaps you could enlighten me?’

Greg Clarke’s position as chairman of the Football Association is likely to come under severe scrutiny after new revelations about his handling of the alleged‑racism scandal and cover-up that has led to his organisation being summoned to a parliamentary inquiry to explain the Mark Sampson affair.

Two weeks after Clarke publicly praised Eni Aluko for reporting alleged racism within the England Women’s football set-up, the Guardian can reveal his 14-word reply after initially being told of claims that the FA had put together an internal inquiry that was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “designed to close down the complaint and absolve Mark Sampson”.

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Dejan Lovren accuses Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face
• Liverpool defender says Manchester United player ‘could move away’
• FA backs referee in deciding Lukaku should not face any action

Dejan Lovren has made the startling claim that Romelu Lukaku deliberately kicked him in the face during Liverpool’s goalless draw against Manchester United.

The Croatia international made the accusation in Slovenia, where Liverpool are preparing for Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Maribor, after it was confirmed Lukaku will face no action over a seemingly accidental collision between the pair on Saturday.

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Harry Kane can be one-club man like Roma legend Totti, says Pochettino
• Spurs manager says Kane was very emotional watching Totti’s final game
• Pochettino discusses his own future before Real Madrid match

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Harry Kane was caught up in the emotion that surrounded Francesco Totti’s final game for Roma and the Tottenham Hotspur manager expressed hope that his striker could also prove to be a one-club man.

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

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Mike Ashley puts Newcastle United up for sale and seeks exit by Christmas
• Statement confirms Ashley is actively attempting to sell club
• Option of staggered payments is being offered to potential suitors

Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United, has formally confirmed he is actively attempting to sell the club.

Although the Sports Direct founder has been open to offers for the Premier League club since the turn of this year, Ashley on Monday instructed St James’ Park officials to issue a public statement clarifying his intentions.

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FA inquiry leader receives counselling after hearing victims’ accounts of abuse
• Clive Sheldon QC has taken up the FA’s offer of support
• Independent inquiry has already met 15 survivors

The details relayed by child sex abuse victims to the Football Association’s independent inquiry are so harrowing that the barrister leading the investigation has begun seeing a counsellor to look after his own mental health.

Clive Sheldon QC and some members of his team have taken up the offer of psychological help, paid for by the FA, as part of the inquiry into abuse suffered by players from the 1970s to 2005. The inquiry, which began last December following allegations first made by Andy Woodward to the Guardian, has now met 15 survivors and will likely hear from a further 20 to 30 victims.

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Hyde get MK Dons and Truro earn Charlton trip in FA Cup first-round draw

Eighth-tier Hyde were drawn at home to MK Dons, while Heybridge Swifts were drawn away at Exeter Town and Charlton host Truro

Hyde United, from the eighth tier of English football, have been handed a home draw against League One MK Dons in the FA Cup first round.

Hyde, who sit seventh in the Evo-Stik North table, beat Scarborough on Sunday to earn a place in the draw and earn the chance to welcome one of the round’s bigger names to Ewen Fields.

That’s it from me here, but join me here for Leicester City v West Brom – live!

Related: Leicester City v West Brom: Premier League – live!

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From Zaha to Mourinho: the Premier League happiness index – Football Weekly

Max Rushden and co on the upsets at Palace and Watford, Ronald Koeman’s embarrassment of riches, Andy Carroll’s thinking and naked Norwegians

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Max Rushden is joined by returning Irishman Barry Glendenning, fake Irishman Lars Sivertsen and the returning Englishman Dominic Fifield to review all of the weekend’s big action.

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Raheem Sterling: I didn’t think for one minute about joining Arsenal
• Manchester City forward ‘didn’t believe a word’ of transfer rumour in August
• Sterling is joint top-scorer for Premier League leaders with seven goals

Raheem Sterling has stated he did not “think one minute” about Arsenal’s wish to buy him in the summer, when he learned of the club’s interest.

The forward was wanted by the Gunners as part of a deal that would have taken Alexis Sánchez to Manchester City. However Pep Guardiola did not contemplate allowing the 22-year-old to leave and Sterling has rewarded the manager’s faith by scoring six in the Premier League, seven in all competitions.

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Socceroos rise to 43rd in latest Fifa world rankings

  • Ange Postecoglou’s side move up seven places after Syria win
  • Ranking means Australia could be seeded at tournament in Russia

Australia’s progress to the brink of the World Cup finals has been recognised by Fifa with a rise up the world rankings to 43rd following the Socceroos’ Asian playoff win last week.

Ange Postecoglou’s side beat Syria, ranked 77, over two legs to set up a final qualifying playoff with Honduras in November and lay the platform for an unprecedented third seeding at the 2018 tournament – should Australia reach Russia.

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Bernard Tomic slumps in qualifying for ATP event in Antwerp

  • Former world No17 loses in straight sets to Aldin Šetkić
  • Risks missing out on automatic qualification for Australian Open

Bernard Tomic’s forgettable tennis season has continued, with the 24-year-old losing in the final round of qualifying for the Antwerp ATP 250 event.

Tomic, currently the world No144, lost 6-7 (3-7), 5-7 to 29-year-old Aldin Šetkić of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Anthony Joshua to fight Carlos Takam after Kubrat Pulev is forced to withdraw
• Bulgarian challenger suffers shoulder injury in training
• Joshua will now face France’s Takam on 28 October

Carlos Takam has replaced Kubrat Pulev as the challenger to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on 28 October after a shoulder injury forced the Bulgarian to withdraw.

Pulev had been the mandatory challenger to the IBF and WBA champion but the 36-year-old Bulgarian will miss out on the world title fight in Cardiff after hurting his shoulder while sparring.

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Warren Gatland hits back at sniping from his Lions flanker Sean O’Brien
• Ireland forward had claimed a whitewash of the All Blacks was feasible
• Wales coach rules out third spell in charge of Lions on 2021 tour

Warren Gatland said he was hurt by Sean O’Brien’s public criticism of the coaching on the summer British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and revealed he would not be seeking the head coach’s position for a third successive trip in 2021 because there were times this year when he “hated” aspects of the job.

Gatland was speaking for the first time since O’Brien made his remarks in a radio interview a month ago. The Ireland flanker, who started all three Tests, claimed a more attacking gameplan from the start would have delivered a 3-0 series whitewash, that the backs coach, Rob Howley, struggled to get his message across and that in future the Lions should have the best coaches.

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NFL Week Six: Aaron Rodgers hurt as Packers fall to Vikings – video highlights

Aaron Rodgers could miss the remainder of the 2017 NFL season after breaking his collarbone in Green Bay’s loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Elsewhere, Kansas City lost for the first time this year at home to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants registered the team’s first win of the season in Denver

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Aaron Rodgers' injury shows how quickly Super Bowl dream can be dashed

No player is bigger than their team. But the Green Bay Packers quarterback, who broke his collarbone on Sunday, comes close

The cruelest thing about the NFL is how quickly Super Bowl dreams can die.

For five games and seven minutes the Green Bay Packers had to believe they were legitimate contenders to win the NFC and play again in the league’s championship game. On Sunday morning they walked into this season’s Super Bowl stadium – US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis – the leaders in the NFC North with a 4-1 record, a formidable defense and the player who may be the best quarterback in the NFL: Aaron Rodgers.

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Colin Kaepernick to file lawsuit against NFL owners over collusion

  • 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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Aaron Rodgers could miss rest of Packers season after breaking collarbone

  • 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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Bruce Arena is gone. Should US Soccer president Sunil Gulati be next?

The veteran coach could not right the systemic failure within the game in America. Maybe it’s time to look at the structure itself

Bruce Arena’s failure was not an individual failure. It’s a systemic failure that shows the United States does not yet have the soccer culture tens of millions of its citizens want.

US Soccer could not be “fixed” in Arena’s 11-month stint as the men’s national team coach. The realistic hope was that he could do what he did at the 2002 World Cup – get the most out of a couple of exceptional talents, paper over the team’s weaknesses and hope for the best.

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Six candidates who could succeed Bruce Arena as USA coach

The US failed to make the 2018 World Cup after a shambolic qualifying campaign. Here are the coaches who could lead the charge to Qatar 2022

Porter had an undistinguished playing career that ended early due to injury but he is one of the better young coaches in MLS. He led the Portland Timbers to their first ever MLS Cup victory in 2015 and was successful working with younger players during his time in college soccer, where he won a national title with Akron. His teams tend to play possession based football. Porter’s time as USA Under-23 coach will count as a negative: they failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics under his leadership.

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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 … the Colourful XI tragedy

Fifteen Dutch footballers were among 176 people who died in a 1989 plane crash. Edu Nandlal, one of the survivors, tells his story of the disaster

Edu Nandlal couldn’t sleep. Many of the other passengers on Surinam Airways flight 764 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Paramaribo Zanderij had decided to get some rest on the 12-hour journey. But this was the first time Nandlal had returned to Suriname since leaving for the Netherlands after the military coup in 1980. He wanted to see home as the plane approached.

Most were still sleeping when the flight began its descent, in the early hours of Wednesday 7 June 1989. Nandlal looked out of the window and saw lights from houses in the jungle shining. Then he felt something hit the plane. And then something else. “Shit,” he thought, “I’m dead.”

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The Fiver | Like a stag-do on a trolley dash at Sergio Georgini’s

In today’s Fiver: lookalikes, Roberto Mancini and fish being hurled at fans

It’s been two seasons since Pep Guardiola arrived in Manchester with a penchant for dressing his entire squad and staff in exactly the same clothes as him, thus making their arrival at grounds look like a stag do on a trolley dash at Sergio Georgini’s. In fact, he’s got so far under David Silva’s skin that the midfielder has taken a razor to his head and had a bit of a go at a beard, in what appears to be an attempt at getting himself work as a Pep lookalike at Fake Faces, “the UK’s leading lookalikes agency” (instant quotes available, though it may have been a while since ‘David Beckham’ or ‘Juan Seba Verón’ had many enquiries).

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The Joy of Six: the best of Michael Owen | Jacob Steinberg

One of England’s most gifted players, Michael Owen’s playing career has taken in big derby goals, a famous Cup final win and that goal against Argentina

Michael Owen might have become a mild figure of fun in retirement, mocked for his stubborn hatred of films, castigated for that YouTube clip of him goading a 13-year-old goalkeeper and widely criticised for his punditry, but the bantz can make it easy to forget what a brilliant footballer he was at his peak – one of the most gifted ever produced by England.

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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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Wild World Cup qualifiers, the Heineken Cup's humble start and Las Vegas heroes | Classic YouTube

This week’s round-up also features wingsuit madness, an miss that could make Ronny Rosenthal feel good about himself and post-truth era commentary

1) The climax of the World Cup qualifiers were as good as they have been in around two decades. Mo Salah single-handedly hauled Egypt to Russia 2018, opening the scoring and then holding his nerve to hammer home a 95th-minute penalty to beat Congo 2-1. It sparked wild celebrations on the streets of Cairo and it was all too much for this fan in his living room. Panama City witnessed a similar explosion of joy when Roman Torres lashed home a late winner to seal a 2-1 win over Costa Rica and turn the Estadio Rommel Fernández into a giant bouncy castle. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi scaled the heights in Ecuador with a sublime hat-trick to ensure Argentina will indeed go to the ball. And how do you celebrate becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup? If you’re Iceland, like this, of course.

2) Just some wingsuit madness.

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Extraordinary response to Aluko allegations puts Greg Clarke in line of fire | Daniel Taylor
The curt, dismissive, almost implausible response sent by the FA chairman on receiving an email detailing Eni Aluko’s allegations against Mark Sampson means his appearance in front of MPs may be his final act in the job

“I’ve no idea why you are sending me this. Perhaps you could enlighten me?”

It’s not the response that would ordinarily be expected from the leader of an organisation that purports to take the fight against racism seriously and had just been sent a six-page document claiming that a cover-up involving a racial allegation had taken place within his own structure.

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Harry Kane is a 'complete player', says Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane – video

Zinedine Zidane has hailed Harry Kane as a complete footballer before Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Tottenham at the Bernabéu. Kane is in superb form, having scored 15 goals in his last 11 games for club and country

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Hertha Berlin players ‘take a knee’ in solidarity with NFL protests – video

Hertha Berlin showed support for NFL players in the US by kneeling before their home game with Schalke. The club’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while coaching staff, officials and substitutes took a knee off it. NFL players have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms during the national anthem before games. On Twitter, Hertha said: 'Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!' The Bundesliga club lost the game 2-0

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José Mourinho and Jürgen Klopp react to Anfield stalemate – video

Following the goalless draw at Anfield, the managers of Liverpool and Manchester United spell out their interpretation of the game. José Mourinho concedes that Liverpool’s midfield was better than his, while Jürgen Klopp praises his team’s defending and laments their inability to convert their big chance

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Manchester United will embrace Anfield atmosphere, says José Mourinho – video

José Mourinho says his Manchester United side will be faced with 'huge animosity' at Anfield on Saturday but is confident his players will relish the atmosphere on Merseyside. 'This is want we want. It's beautiful to play at Anfield,' says the United manager

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Bruce Arena accepts responsibility for USA's World Cup failure – video

USA head coach, Bruce Arena, says he is to blame for his side's failure to reach next year's tournament. The US  were defeated 2-1 by Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifier and will miss the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. 'We should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility for that,' says Arena

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89 trailer: documentary recounts Arsenal's dramatic title win at Anfield – video

89 tells the story of Arsenal's dramatic win at Anfield in May 1989 when Michael Thomas's late goal secured the first division title for the Gunners. Featuring interviews with Lee Dixon, George Graham, Tony Adams and Thomas himself, the documentary will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download on 20 November (Australia on 29 November)

Golden Goal: Alan Smith for Arsenal v Liverpool (1989)

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Messi hat-trick secures World Cup place for Argentina – video highlights

Argentina qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 win over Ecuador on Tuesday night. The 2014 runners-up were outside the four South American qualifying spots going into the match and went behind in the first minute, but a Lionel Messi hat-trick guaranteed his side’s progress

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Argentina in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup – video

Argentina take on Ecuador in Quito in their final World Cup qualifier needing to win to secure at least a place in the play-offs. A frustrating campaign, including their recent goalless draw with Peru, has left their qualification hopes in the balance. Beaten finalists in their last three international tournaments, they last won in Quito back in 2001.

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Republic of Ireland's Martin O'Neill: 'We had to come here to win in Cardiff' – video

The Republic of Ireland beat Wales 1-0 to book their place in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. James McClean scored the only goal to leave Martin O’Neill celebrating one of his more satisfying nights as national team manager. For Wales the wait continues, with defeat ending their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

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Kevin Cadle, former basketball coach and Sky presenter, dies aged 62

  • American took charge of the British, English and Scottish national teams
  • Alongside his coaching career, Cadle was popular figure on Sky Sports

Kevin Cadle, the former Great Britain basketball coach and longtime NFL and NBA broadcaster with Sky Sports, has died at the age of 62.

The American coached the Scotland and England basketball teams as well as leading Britain’s team at the qualification tournament for the 1992 Olympics.

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Donald Trump blasts NFL anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a bitch off the field'

  • President rips NFL players who have kneeled in fiery Alabama speech
  • Trump encourages fans to leave stadium if they see players kneeling

Donald Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama on Friday night, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said at a rally for Republican senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special election next week to remain in the seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

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Henry Fraser: ‘There were so many moments before my accident I took for granted’
A freak accident on a Portuguese beach left the sport-obsessed teenager and promising rugby player at the Saracens academy paralysed from the shoulders down. Now 25, he has found a new path with his remarkable artwork

On a blustery grey afternoon, which reminds Henry Fraser that winter is coming, it is light and quiet inside. His easel is to the left, where his latest intricate painting can be seen, as Fraser talks about an enriching life. Only his face and neck are alive with movement for his entire body is paralysed from the shoulders down. But Fraser addresses the devastating paralysis he suffered eight years ago, when he was 17, with a calm acceptance underpinned by defiance.

It needs an iron will to prosper as Fraser has done against devastating odds. The former academy player at Saracens, where his brother Will was a stalwart of the squad which won the Premiership and successive European Champions Cups, is now a mouth artist and the author of a moving book about the lessons he learned from paralysis.

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Ray Lewis: Ravens shunned Kaepernick due to 'racist' tweet from girlfriend

  • Former Baltimore star says Django Unchained tweet angered team owner
  • Many believe quarterback is out of league due to protest over racial injustice

The latest reason for Colin Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL is apparently not down to his throwing accuracy, his wage demands or his protest against injustice in the United States. Instead, Ray Lewis claims a “racist” tweet sent by his girlfriend Nessa Diab stopped the Baltimore Ravens from signing the quarterback.

Kaepernick attracted huge amount of publicity last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem – which many say has led to his failure to find a new team. The Ravens were said to have been close to signing Kaepernick, but Lewis, the team’s most famous former player, said Diab’s tweet ended that conversation.

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Frankie Dettori: the Turf’s 46-year-old comeback kid predicts more big-race success | Frankie Dettori
Jockey who has won a Derby, a King George and two Arcs since almost quitting aims to ride until past 50 – and has a special target at Ascot’s Champions Day

From the security of a hugely successful 2017, Frankie Dettori reflects on the desperate days of 2013, when it seemed as though his storied career had only a few pages left to run and not very exciting ones, at that. “I was weeks away from actually retiring,” he said on Monday, chatting happily on his way to a quiet afternoon at Yarmouth, where he would win the big race with his only ride of the day.

Three minutes’ work, another useful chunk of prize money in the bank and the Italian was able to make the short journey back to his Newmarket home, doubtless reflecting all the way on the pleasures of being back at the top of the racing world, looking forward to some fine Champions Day rides at Ascot this Saturday. But there was a point, four years ago, when such good times seemed gone for ever.

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Wallabies' rugby league converts out to prove they are a risk worth taking | Bret Harris

As the great league experiment of the early 2000s showed, there can be rewards amid the risks with players from the 13-a-side code

Could the Wallabies be on the cusp of a rugby league-led recovery? Should Karmichael Hunt be selected alongside Israel Folau and Marika Koroibete for the third Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night, it will be the first time three high profile rugby league converts have played together for the Wallabies since Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri and Mat Rogers.

And it would not be a coincidence. Like former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who recruited Sailor, Tuqiri and Rogers, current Australia coach Michael Cheika is fascinated with rugby league. Cheika loves watching the game and incorporating NRL team plays into the Wallabies’ attack. He would be itching to get Folau, Koroibete and Hunt onto the field at the same time.

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Aaron Judge: how the Yankees slugger could become baseball's richest player

The outfielder combines huge power with modesty and charisma. He could stand to make hundreds of millions if he continues to dominate pitchers

Prior to the night of 10 July, Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees’ 6ft 7in, 282lbs rookie right fielder, had already hammered out a reputation as a prodigious young slugger, having blasted 30 home runs, at an average of 416 feet, in the Yankees’ first 89 games.

But then came the annual Home Run Derby in Miami, which Judge won by bashing 47 dingers. Those 47 home runs covered a distance of four miles – and caused yet another sizable aftershock in the already impressive, and still growing, Aaron Judge marketing earthquake.

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

  • 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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Wales face World Cup without Rhys Webb under selection policy change
• Players with 60 or more Wales caps can play globally and remain eligible
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Wales face going to the World Cup in Japan without two of the players who toured New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions this summer following a change in the policy governing players who are based in France and England.

The old, complicated format, which put a cap on the number of exiles the Wales head coach Warren Gatland was allowed to select and only applied to players who had turned down a contract offer from one of Wales’s four regions, was replaced on Monday with a rule that snares players with fewer than 60 caps who from now on base themselves outside the country.

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