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19h00 23  octobre
Revealed: Greg Clarke’s real role in controversial Project Big Picture talks
Exclusive by David Conn
FA chairman initiated process and discussed breakaway threatSuggested more big six money and was involved beyond spring The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, is under increasing pressure to explain the accounts he has given about his role in the Project Big Picture proposals to reshape...
21h28 23  octobre
England fury as Barbarians’ Covid-19 breaches force cancellation
Gerard Meagher
Barbarians players discovered to have had second night outScrapped match could cost the RFU up to 1mEngland’s autumn internationals campaign descended into farce on Friday when their opening match on Sunday was called off after the Rugby Football Union discovered a second breach of Covid-19...
21h06 23  octobre
Leeds unstoppable as Patrick Bamford hat-trick bursts Aston Villa bubble
Paul Doyle at Villa Park
Many people said Patrick Bamford was not cut out for the Premier League. Many people reckoned Aston Villa were about to climb to the top of the table for the first time in nine years. All those people were made to look idiotic as Leeds ran Villa ragged and clinched victory thanks to a wonderful hat...
16h11 23  octobre
Meet Tao Geoghegan Hart: the under-the-radar Brit with a shot at Giro glory
William Fotheringham
Strong showings in the final stages over the weekend could secure a first Grand Tour win for the London-born Scot In the last couple of weeks, Italian television commentators have grown to love Tao Geoghegan Hart. It’s partly the attacking attitude which has put the 25-year-old London-born Scot in...
20h46 23  octobre
Fraser Brown fires eight-try Scotland to easy warm up win over Georgia
PA Media
Scotland 48-7 GeorgiaDarcy Graham and captain Brown score two tries apieceFraser Brown scored two tries on his first appearance as Scotland captain as Gregor Townsend’s side returned to action with an eight-try victory over Georgia. With Stuart Hogg aiming to complete a trophy double with the new...
21h00 23  octobre
Rob Baxter seeks ’big Exeter-type’ display against Wasps to seal double
Robert Kitson
Exeter’s drive should give them edge against depleted WaspsWasps pack weakened in aftermath of Covid outbreakAt the end of the longest Premiership campaign on record there remains little sign of Exeter coasting towards the chequered flag. Last week’s Champions Cup success, if anything, has merely...
21h00 23  octobre
Wasps’ Jack Willis: ’I’d trade all my awards to win the Premiership’
Robert Kitson
Flanker has won all the individual honours this season to put himself firmly in England contention and with a title in sightThere are three main reasons why a depleted Wasps still believe they can surprise the newly-minted European champions Exeter in this year’s Premiership final. The first is the...
17h13 23  octobre
Hamilton and Mercedes well placed to thrive on Portimà o’s slopes
Giles Richards in Portimão
Algarve track offers a stunning setting for F1’s return to Portugal and one on which Mercedes drivers look the likeliest winnersThe Portuguese Grand Prix, returning to the calendar after a 24-year absence, is revelling in its day in the sun. This Covid-enforced one-off race has been set on a...
20h55 23  octobre
Josh Simm runs in hat-trick in St Helens’ Super League demolition of Leeds
Aaron Bower Totally Wicked Stadium
St Helens 40-8 LeedsChampions set for Super League play-offs after winSt Helens all but secured their place in the Super League play-offs after a comfortable victory against an under-strength Leeds Rhinos. With the new Challenge Cup holders only five days removed from their success at Wembley...
16h06 23  octobre
Cheltenham get sponsors boost as season of uncertainty gets under way
Greg Wood at Cheltenham
Track in advance talks with firms after high-profile backers quitRacing set to continue with no crowds, including at FestivalThe new season at Cheltenham opened in near-silence here on Friday, seven months after the packed stands on Gold Cup day in mid-March supplied one of the abiding images of...
16h59 23  octobre
Former Team Sky doctor raised concerns over multiple injections
Sean Ingle
Dr David Hulse warned that Wada rules could be breachedWarning given to Richard Freeman and Sky managers in 2010A former Team Sky doctor raised concerns in 2010 that new medical protocols introduced after a disappointing first season in professional cycling might breach World Anti-Doping Agency...
19h00 23  octobre
David Pocock: ’I’ve got a lot more comfortable just being a bit weird and different’ Emma Kemp
Emma Kemp
The retired Australian rugby great on his full-time move into conservation, where his love of nature came from, and being an introvertDavid Pocock is planning a dinner party. The guest list is already proving a toilsome task when he realises he is allowed to invite the dead along with the living. ...
11h58 23  octobre
Phil Neville needs to give England’s young talent the chance to shine
Suzanne Wrack
Manager starts preparing in Germany on Tuesday for a future he will not be part of and must look beyond the old guardIn a sense the pandemic has done Phil Neville a favour by disrupting a narrative of pretty drastic England decline. Defeat by the USA in the World Cup semi-finals in 2019 kicked off...
10h52 23  octobre
England cricketers’ win bonuses slashed by half in ECB cuts
Exclusive by Ali Martin
Men’s team agree to changes in latest cost-cutting measuresFirst reduction since central contracts came in 20 years agoThe England men’s team have agreed to their win bonuses being slashed in half as part of an overall 15% cut to their pay package for the next 12 months.After losses of 100m this...
14h29 23  octobre
Ireland hope to summon Six Nations spirit of 2014 with Italy victory
Paul Rees
Ireland will go top if they win by more than 10 points Italy will have a shout in how we play,’ Andy Farrell saidThe Ireland captain, Jonathan Sexton, has said what matters most is a victory against Italy, but unless it comes wrapped with a bonus point it will relegate their title aspirations to...
07h00 23  octobre
Chess: Alireza Firouzja surges to target Magnus Carlsen’s all-time records
Leonard Barden
Exiled Iranian 17-year-old must wait until at least January for his next tilt at Norway’s world championAlireza Firouzja, the 17-year-old fast rising star of international chess, is currently improving at a rate which could even surpass landmarks set by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, more than...
15h50 23  octobre
Josef Cerny wins shortened 19th stage of Giro d’Italia after riders protest
Stage more than halved in distance amid bad weatherSam Bennett sprints to stage four victory at VueltaTeam Ineos’s Tao Geoghegan Hart remains just 15 seconds off the lead after a chaotic 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia.Josef Cerny was to first to cross the line in Asti after the stage was halved in...
11h54 22  octobre
Sport England reports three million fewer people active during lockdown
Sean Ingle Chief sports reporter
Big jump in numbers cycling for leisure and home exercising Vital importance of keeping gyms open stressed in key reportNearly 14 million adults in England did less than 30 minutes of exercise a week between mid-March and mid-May, the latest Sport England Active Lives survey has found, with the...
04h05 23  octobre
David Pocock retires: Australian great quits rugby to focus on conservation efforts
Mike Hytner
Former Wallabies star will not return to Panasonic Wild Knights Time was right’ to call time on 15-year careerDavid Pocock, one of the finest rugby union players to represent Australia, has announced his retirement from the sport, saying the time was right to hang up his playing boots.The...
16h33 23  octobre
Barcelona v Madrid: a silent clásico for teams with little to shout about
Sid Lowe in Madrid
Saturday’s meeting will be their first behind closed doors and rocky starts bring an element of fear for both clubsEven after 118 years, 244 competitive games, 96 wins each, and 804 goals, there’s still room for something new, something different. Since Madrid CF and FC Barcelona first faced each...
11h18 23  octobre
Great Portuguese GPs: from Porto’s pavements to Senna’s crowning F1 win
Giles Richards
As F1 returns to Portugal for the first time in 24 years this weekend, we look back at five epic grands prix from the pastThe Boavista street circuit in Porto hosted the first Portuguese F1 grand prix, posing a tough challenge over tramlines, drains and cobblestones, requiring bravery and finesse....
19h00 23  octobre
From also-rans to the verge of greatness: Tigers’ stunning four-year AFL turnaround Scott Heinrich
Scott Heinrich
Richmond’s journey to a third grand final in four years is nothing short of astonishing considering where the club was in 2016As easy as it is to take for granted how very good Richmond are these days, it is just as easy to forget how very ordinary they were not long ago. Prior to 2017, the Tigers...
09h00 23  octobre
NFL parity means even bad teams are good at something. Unless they’re the Jets
Oliver Connolly
From owner to coach to the actual players on the field, the Jets are a hot mess. But by keeping things the way they are, the team may benefit in the long runJust when you think things can’t get any worse, you hire Adam Gase.Coaches are rarely as good or bad as they appear in the moment. Except for...
08h00 23  octobre
Home runs, dunks, Rubik’s Cubes and strikes: is Mookie Betts the perfect athlete?
Hunter Felt
The Dodgers outfielder can dunk, catch passes from a quarterback and bowl perfect games. Luckily for MLB, he stuck with baseballBaseball is extraordinarily lucky to have Mookie Betts. It’s not just the fact that Betts is, once again, in the World Series and providing memorable highlights. It’s not...
19h00 23  octobre
Frank Lampard still way off winning formula at fragmented Chelsea Jacob Steinberg
Jacob Steinberg
Club has faced criticism as being both vulnerable and dull, with the manager searching for balance and blendThe first goalless draw of the Frank Lampard era answered old questions and raised new ones. Chelsea flipped the narrative on its head as they battled Sevilla in the Champions League on...
21h30 23  octobre
Ole Gunnar Solskjà r defends media ’target’ Mason Greenwood after illness
Jamie Jackson
Intense scrutiny comes with playing for United, says Solskjà rManager hopes forward will be well enough to face ChelseaOle Gunnar Solskjà r is not concerned that Mason Greenwood is making a target of himself, the manager stating that this comes with the territory of playing for Manchester United...
21h20 23  octobre
Lyle Taylor hits first goal for Nottingham Forest to rescue point against Derby
PA Media
Lyle Taylor rescued a point for Nottingham Forest with his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Derby at the City Ground.Taylor poked home from close range in the 64th minute to cancel out Martyn Waghorn’s brilliant first-half opener. The Rams had enjoyed the better of the first-half chances...
12h45 23  octobre
Mesut Özil’s agent says Mikel Arteta has ’failed to be honest’ about player
Nick Ames
Arsenal manager said this week he had failed’ ÖzilAgent: You failed to be fair, honest and transparent’Mesut Özil’s agent has ramped up the playmaker’s dispute with Arsenal by claiming Mikel Arteta has not been truthful about the reasons for exiling him from the squad.It seems certain Özil has...
16h00 23  octobre
Tomas Soucek: ’We went to Hackney Marshes - it was incredible’
Jacob Steinberg
The West Ham midfielder on training in lockdown, his marathon-running mother and being called the new Fellaini’Sometimes people noticed the tall figure going through his training drills with help from his wife and young daughter. London had gone into lockdown and Tomas Soucek, who had joined West...
23h18 22  octobre
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Barry Glendenning, Paul Doyle and Nick Ames
Axel Tuanzebe should start, Everton’s and Aston Villa’s credentials will be tested and Rhian Brewster returns to AnfieldFollowing their last-ditch heroics against Tottenham, West Ham host Manchester City and in this white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of a season not even the combined forces of Mystic...
12h00 23  octobre
Mourinho confident Son Heung-min will commit bulk of career to Tottenham
David Hytner
Forward contracted to club until June 2023 He would like to commit his future to the club for more time’José Mourinho believes that Son Heung-min is ready to commit the remainder of his peak years to Tottenham. The 28-year-old forward, who has scored nine goals in his past six appearances, is...
09h00 23  octobre
Bristol City’s Dean Holden: ’I know there was a clamour for a bigger name’
Ben Fisher
The manager, whose team are second in the Championship, is using a freezing lake and the pub in his hunt for successWith the Championship activating full throttle, an unforgiving schedule poses endless challenges from logistics to fatigue and fitness. For Bristol City, Saturday’s match at home to...
11h57 22  octobre
Things need to change’: Zidane reacts to Real Madrid’s shock defeat to Shakhtar - video
Paul Campbell
Zinedine Zidane admitted it was ’a bad match and a bad night’ after his Real Madrid side lost at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday. The Ukrainian team had been depleted by coronavirus cases and were playing with only a few regulars. Shakhtar opened up a...
10h12 22  octobre
Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta: ’I feel that I have failed with Mesut Özil’ - video
Guardian sport
Mikel Arteta has said he must bear the brunt of responsibility for Mesut Özil’s demise at Arsenal after the midfielder was left out of the team’s 25-man Premier League squad. The Gunners’ head coach said he felt he had not been able to get the best out of the club’s highest-paid player,...
08h52 21  octobre
Liverpool highly critical of Everton challenges in Merseyside derby - video
Paul Rees
Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum has criticised the ’completely stupid’ tackle made by Jordan Pickford on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby last weekend. A heavy challenge in the second half saw Van Dijk sustain a long-term injury. ’Accidents can always happen in football ... But, the way they...
13h41 20  octobre
I was not expecting this’: Bruno Fernandes surprised with captaincy during press conference - video
Guardian sport
Bruno Fernandes will captain Manchester United in their Champions League opening game with PSG on Tuesday after Harry Maguire was ruled out through injury. The Portuguese midfielder was surprised with the news during a press conference with his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjà r. ’The captain sits next...
11h17 20  octobre
Football is a working-class sport, it should be affordable’: Bilic slams PPV matches - video
Simon Burnton
The West Brom manager, Slaven Bilic, has slammed the decision to make some Premier League football matches available via a pay-per-view service. ’I always used to say that football is not polo, football is not golf. Football is sport for the masses ... it’s a working-class sport,’ said Bilic....
12h49 16  octobre
Ole Gunnar Solskjà r on Manchester United’s poor start to the season - video
David Squires
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjà r has admitted his side has started the new season badly and vowed that performances will improve.United have one win and two losses in their three Premier League games so far this campaign, including a humiliating 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham a...
12h26 23  octobre
Sports quiz of the week: rugby records, reversing years and a returning race
Giles Richards
Who proved himself? Who is forever young? Who kept his eye in?The Six Nations returns on Saturday, when Ireland play Italy in a game that was originally scheduled for early March. This is not the first time the tournament has been played so late in the year. Why were some games delayed until...
07h00 22  octobre
The ’George Best match’, Jane Couch the hero and an epic cycling sprint Classic YouTube
Simon Burnton
Also featuring Paulo Futre giving Peter Schmeichel the eyes and Richard Osman v Linda Robson - at darts1) Not many footballers have their name given to stuff, but George Best was one such player. In more recent times, it went to an airport, but 53 years ago this week the George Best match took...
09h01 22  octobre
The Breakdown Chemistry counts when it comes to Eddie Jones’s selection methods
Marcus Christenson, Jim Powell and Garry Blight
England’s coach has his favourites and one of his foibles is not always trusting Premiership form as a barometer When Andy Farrell named his Ireland squad last week, attention focused not on who had been selected but on the scrum-half, John Cooney, who had been omitted after being on the bench for...
08h45 21  octobre
Tattoo officer and hip-hop talent scout: unlikely football club jobs The Knowledge
Donald McRae
Plus: clubs with long waits for a former player to score for England and record international scorers in consecutive yearsMail us your questions or tweet TheKnowledge GU Massive Attack star Robert Del Naja (aka 3D) was appointed as Forest Green’s art director last week. Have any other clubs got...
09h30 20  octobre
The Spin Cannonball Cricket: the indoor revolution that failed to take off
Suzanne Wrack
Once hailed as the future and huge in Australia, for some reason the idea was not a hit. But it could be back in 2021It was in this week in 1985 that the Guardian first reported on a new form of indoor cricket, apparently set to take the nation by storm. A centre had opened in Wellingborough,...
10h31 20  octobre
David Squires on ... a tale of two Jordans and rough justice on Merseyside
Archie Bland
Our cartoonist looks back on a wild derby, unwanted workplace interactions and 57-year-old men dancing in empty stadiumsBuy a Squires cartoon in the Guardian print shopAnd take a look through David’s archive treasure trove Continue reading...
14h30 11  octobre
The Joy of Six: Lewis Hamilton’s greatest F1 grand prix victories Giles Richards
From his 2008 heroics in the Silverstone rain to winning from 14th on the grid at Hockenheim a decade later, Hamilton has delivered some unforgettable moments over the yearsHamilton’s greatest recovery drive may still be his fightback from 18th to second in Turkey at a GP2 race but then there was...
11h00 22  septembre
Golden Goal: Lakhdar Belloumi for Algeria v West Germany (1982) Simon Burnton
Belloumi, a great denied a move to Europe by age and violence, stunned an overconfident West Germany at the World CupThis year the Premier League posted a video compilation of the fastest goals from kick-off. They were all scored within seconds of the game starting, ignoring the mid-match instant...
23h01 07  octobre
Next Generation 2020: 60 of the best young talents in world football
The Tanzanian Mbappé’, Juan Pablo à ngel’s son and the next Kai Havertz are among our players born in 2003. Check the progress of our 2019 selection 2018 2017 2016 2015 Continue reading...
23h00 19  octobre
Arsène Wenger: ’A sense of anger, humiliation, hate ... every defeat is still a scar on my heart’ Donald McRae
Former Arsenal manager reflects on his 22 years in charge of the club, how hurt he was by malicious rumours when he first arrived and how he has managed to move on from his life’s obsessionArsène Wenger still believes he could milk a cow but, as he says with a smile: I haven’t tried for a long...
15h56 19  octobre
What Sergio Agüero did to Sian Massey-Ellis was not OK - just ask any woman Suzanne Wrack
Those who defend the Manchester City striker’s grabbing of the official are blind to the context that makes it indefensible After Sergio Agüero had vented his frustrations at Sian Massey-Ellis for not awarding a throw-in in the 41st minute of Manchester City’s 1-0 win against Arsenal on Saturday,...
09h48 16  octobre
Chess’s cheating crisis: ’paranoia has become the culture’
As the game enjoys a boom online, players ranging from grandmasters to preteens are getting caught computer doping’In one chess tournament, five of the top six were disqualified for cheating. In another, the doting parents of 10-year-old competitors furiously rejected evidence that their darlings...