• Football

    Slovenia 0-0 England: Joe Hart saves England's blushes as Three Lions fail to roar in Ljubljana

    For Wayne Rooney came the realisation that, yes, watching England can be this hard-going. But managing them? Only now will Gareth Southgate appreciate how difficult that is too.It would be ludicrous to suggest Southgate made a mistake axing Rooney from the England side. The time had most certainly arrived and England's interim boss still deserves credit for taking such a bold step.But he must have endured moments here at the Stozice Stadium when he began to question his own judgement, and finally turned to the England captain after 73 minutes in search of some much-needed composure and leadership. Slovenia came ...

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  • Football

    Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland: Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira strike early to maintain perfect start

    By the time the German fans were doing a Mexican wave in the rain and the Northern Ireland supporters began singing the theme tune from The Dam Busters, it was all over. There were 20 minutes on the clock.This victory for the world champions was as routine as it was predictable, albeit a respectable one for Michael O Neil s side after they went two goals down so early at the HDI Arena in Hannover.In fact, the only notable thing about it was that Joachim Low s 94th win as coach equalled the German record. Julian Draxler lashed in a ...

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  • F1

    Nico Rosberg slams talk that Lewis Hamilton is in 'meltdown' mode, insisting 'it's complete rubbish'

    Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg poured scorn on suggestions that Mercedes team mate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton is in 'meltdown' mode after losing ground in the title battle.'It's complete rubbish,' the German, winner of nine grands prix so far this season, said as he and Hamilton joined factory-based employees on Tuesday to celebrate the team's third successive constructors' championship.'He's on it as ever before, fully motivated and does massive work hours also. I've seldom seen that from him in the last years, such a large amount,' he told Sky Sports television at the team's Brackley headquarters. Nico ...

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  • Football

    Tammy Abraham has top-flight quality, says England Under 21 interim boss Aidy Boothroyd after debut goals

    England Under 21 interim boss Aidy Boothroyd hailed Tammy Abraham's dream debut after he helped dismantle Bosnia 5-0.The Bristol City striker, on loan from Chelsea, marked his full bow with two goals and has now netted 13 times in 15 games for club and country this season.John Swift, Josh Onomah and Duncan Watmore also scored as the Young Lions, who had already qualified for Euro 2017, ended the campaign unbeaten and top of Group 9. Tammy Abraham scored twice as England Under 21s comfortably beat Bosnia 5-0 in Walsall Abraham concluded the rout with a wonderful chip over the keeper ...

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  • Golf

    Danny Willett's brother Peter defends his comments about American Ryder Cup fans but says the timing of his article was 'atrocious'

    Danny Willett's brother has defended his controversial comments about American Ryder Cup fans, although he admits the timing of his article was 'atrocious'.School teacher Peter Willett penned a column for National Club Golfer magazine which described American fans as a 'braying mob of imbeciles', 'basement-dwelling irritants' and 'cretins'.The article was published on the eve of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, where Europe suffered a 17-11 defeat which was marred by heckling from some American fans towards members of the European team. Danny Willett's brother has defended the comments he made about American Ryder Cup fans Peter Willett described American fans ...

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  • Golf

    US Open champion Dustin Johnson voted PGA Tour Player of the Year after maiden major title at Oakmont

    US Open champion Dustin Johnson has been voted the PGA Tour's player of the year after a hugely successful season.As well as claiming his first major title at Oakmont, Johnson won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on his next appearance and the BMW Championship during the FedEx Cup play-offs.That victory took the 32-year-old to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, but he missed out on the overall title and US$10 million bonus after Rory McIlroy won the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. US Open champion Dustin Johnson has been voted the PGA Tour's player of the year Rory McIlroy won the ...

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  • Football

    Liverpool sign three-year global partnership deal with Malaysia Airlines

    Liverpool have signed a lucrative three-year deal with Malaysia Airlines, who will become the club's official global airline partner.The Anfield club have a huge fanbase in the Far East, with an estimated 140 million supporters, and the partnership replaces the deal with Garuda International which ended earlier this year.Liverpool players will act as ambassadors for the airline while academy coaches will provide football clinics in Malaysia for young players. Liverpool's partnership with Malaysia Airlines replaces the deal with Garuda International Gary McAllister (third from left) poses for a picture alongside Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew (centre) Billy Hogan, Liverpool's chief commercial ...

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  • Football

    Manchester United's Juan Mata takes break from preparing for Liverpool clash to launch latest Loewe fragrance

    Juan Mata has had some time to kill after being overlooked by Julen Lopetegui for Spain's World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.The playmaker was at the Indulge Fragrance Store at the intu Trafford Centre to help promote Loewe, a Spanish fragrance company.Mata is an ambassador for Loewe and was at the store to talk about their new scent Loewe001 as he met United supporters and signed autographs. Juan Mata visited the Indulge Fragrance Store to promote Loewe's latest fragrance The Spanish midfielder is an ambassador for Loewe and was promoting their new fragrance Mata met Manchester United supporters and ...

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  • Tennis

    World No 1 Angelique Kerber safely into Hong Kong Open second round as she makes light work of Maria Sakkari

    World No 1 Angelique Kerber booked a safe passage into the second round of the Hong Kong Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Maria Sakkari of Greece.The German top seed quickly recovered from losing her opening service game to twice break the 21-year-old and go on to close out what was a routine victory in one hour and 22 minutes.Also safely through to the second round was third seed Johanna Konta as the British No 1 beat compatriot Naomi Broady 6-2, 6-2 to maintain her progress from reaching the China Open final. Angelique Kerber, pictured last week in Beijing, ...

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  • Football

    Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer likens Geoffrey Kondogbia to Paul Pogba and insists he has the characteristics to 'become a top player'

    Inter Milan manager has given high praise to Geoffrey Kondogbia by comparing him to compatriot and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.However, it hasn't all been rosy between the pair. Back in September, De Boer criticised Kondogbia for his performance in Inter's 1-1 draw with Bologna.As a result of Kondogbia's underwhelming display, the defensive midfielder was substituted in the 28th minute of the match. Geoffrey Kondogbia (left) was given very high praise by Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer The Dutch manager had some tough words for Kondogbia after his display against Bologna GEOFFREY KONDOGBIA 2016-17 SERIE A STATS Appearances - ...

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  • Sports News

    Russian athlete Tatyana Lysenko stripped of London 2012 Olympic gold medal for doping

    The International Olympic Committee has stripped hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko of the gold medal she won at London 2012 as part of its re-testing programme of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Games.Using the latest detection techniques, a stored urine sample from the 33-year-old Russian tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol.Lysenko, who served a two-year drugs ban between 2007 and 2009, is reported to have failed another test in April this year. A world champion in 2011 and 2013, she now almost certainly faces a lifetime ban. Tatyana Lysenko has been stripped of her London 2012 Olympic gold medal ...

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  • Football

    England U21 5-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina U21: Tammy Abraham nets twice as Young Lions round off Euro 2017 qualification in style

    Their qualification mission had already been accomplished, but that didn't stop England putting on a brilliant show as they cruised to victory over Bosnia.It was a credit to the professionalism of these young players, under the interim leadership of Aidy Boothroyd, that they racked up five goals despite already knowing they'll be in Poland for the European Under-21 Championship finals next summer.It would have been all-too-easy to sit back and simply stroke the ball around, especially having taken an early two-goal lead, but these young tyros ensured everyone present got full value for their 1 entrance fee. John Swift opened ...

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  • Football

    GRAHAM POLL: There's no reason whatsoever to question the appointment of Anthony Taylor to Liverpool's showdown with Manchester United at Anfield

    Anthony Taylor is a trusted member of the select group of referees and one it s most senior officials. His appointment to referee Monday evening s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United should certainly not raise any eyebrows despite him living and working in the Manchester area. Taylor has already taken charge of Manchester United s 2-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League this season and refereed them three times last season and Liverpool four times. Anthony Taylor has been appointed to officiate Liverpool's clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Monday, despite the fact he lives ...

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  • Football

    Inside Cristiano Ronaldo's hotel: Real Madrid star's latest venture promises the 'true CR7 lifestyle'

    At the launch of his new flagship hotel last week, Cristiano Ronaldo told his assembled, selected group of friends, family and guests: When I was young I had the dream of having my own hotel. It might sound an unusual ambition for a young footballer but Ronaldo has rarely taken the usual route and this latest venture is in every way a reflection of that.With a look to life after football, the Real Madrid superstar s second hotel Pestana CR7 Lisboa promises to offer a true CR7 lifestyle and marks of his ego are sprinkled throughout. Cristiano Ronaldo has launched ...

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  • Rugby

    Andy Powell announces retirement from rugby, bringing to an end one of the sport's most colourful careers

    Former Wales and British Lions forward Andy Powell has retired from rugby aged 35 after failing to recover from a knee injury.The 2009 Lions tourist helped Merthyr win promotion to the Welsh Premiership after joining from Newport Gwent Dragons in 2015.But the 23-cap back-rower has been unable to shake off his latest injury problem and has admitted defeat in his bid to return to action. Former Wales forward Andy Powell has announced his official retirement from rugby Powell was one of rugby's most colourful figures and represented the British Lions in 2009 Powell made his Wales debut in 2008 but after ...

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