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Barcelona stun Sevilla with comeback to end awful week in Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (aet, 3-2 on aggregate) Gerard Piqué’s last-gasp equaliser sets up extra-time win Barcelona will play their ninth Copa del Rey final in 12 years but this was anything but routine, the route there torturous and dramatic. Marc André ter-Stegen saved a Lucas Ocampos penalty that would have taken Sevilla through before Gerard Piqué scored with the last touch of normal time to ...

Katie Ledecky wins by 21 seconds at comeback meet after one-year break

Ledecky wins 1500m free by 21.37sec at San Antonio meet Olympic hero will swim 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 in Tokyo Lochte entered in five events in bid to make fifth Olympics Katie Ledecky made a winning return to national competition for the first time in a year on Wednesday, winning the 1500m freestyle by an eye-popping 21.37sec at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet in San Antonio, Texas. The five-tim...

Lewis Hamilton's priority in 2021 is to increase diversity in F1

British driver could win record eighth title Mercedes to continue racing in black livery Lewis Hamilton has said his priority this year is making a significant difference to improving diversity in Formula One, rather than chasing a record-breaking eighth championship. He echoed the Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha’s recent comments that it is more important to have “uncomfortable conversati...

'We have to find a spark,' says Solskjær after Manchester United draw at Palace

Latest stalemate leaves United 14 points behind leaders ‘Three games without scoring sounds a lot. It’s a bit of a worry’ Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted Manchester United’s lack of cutting edge is a “worry” after his side were held to a third successive goalless draw to leave them 14 points behind the leaders Manchester City before the derby on Sunday. United managed one shot on target at Sel...

Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea can reach standard set by Manchester City

Manager insists his team can challenge for next year’s title Chelsea visit Liverpool in Premier League on Thursday Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea are capable of reaching the standards set by Liverpool and Manchester City in the past four years but the manager knows there is no guarantee he will have as much time to prove himself as Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were given. Chelsea have lagged behind the leaders since winning the Premier League in 2017 and Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard o...

José Mourinho cautious about unleashing Gareth Bale for Tottenham

Improving Bale scored twice in 4-0 win against Burnley Mourinho: ‘After a player is injured, you have to be patient’ José Mourinho has made it clear that Gareth Bale’s minutes must still be managed with the utmost care and said he was undecided about whether to start him at Fulham on Thursday. Bale, on a season’s loan at Tottenham from Real Madrid, has finally found some form and rhythm, catching the eye to varying degrees in his past five appearances. He was dangerous as a half-time substitu...

Arsenal frustrated over Europa League trip to Greece days before facing Spurs

Arteta’s side must travel for first leg against Olympiacos Tottenham can prepare for 14 March derby locally Mikel Arteta has reflected Arsenal’s frustration at a fixture switch that will leave them going into the north London derby on 14 March on the back of a seven-hour round trip to Greece, while Tottenham are able to prepare locally. Arsenal and Spurs had been drawn to play away in the first legs of their Europa League last-16 ties, three days before they meet at the Emirates Stadium. Cont...

Fran Kirby strike helps Chelsea defeat Atlético Madrid despite Ingle red card

A Maren Mjelde penalty and low strike from Fran Kirby helped a resilient Chelsea take control of their last-16 Champions League tie with Atlético Madrid after the home side were reduced to 10 players early on. Goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger was the hero as her two penalty saves, the first following the sending off of Wales international Sophie Ingle and the second after she came hurtling out erra...

Rangers' Alfredo Morelos finally sinks Livingston but Steven Gerrard sent off

Steven Gerrard faces an Old Firm sweat after being sent off for launching a furious rant at the referee John Beaton during Rangers’ 1-0 win at Livingston. The Light Blues manager marched onto the pitch at the Tony Macaroni Arena at half-time to complain after seeing Alfredo Morelos booked for diving despite having clearly been fouled in the penalty area just before the break. It was from his second-half perch in Livi’s main stand that he lapped up Morelos’ 87th-minute winner as the Colombian ...

Chloe Kelly shines as Manchester City take charge of last-16 tie with Fiorentina

Gareth Taylor maintains his team are good enough to win the Champions League and, on this evidence at least, it is difficult to disbelieve the Manchester City manager. Chloe Kelly’s vibrantly incisive wing play thoroughly unhinged the Italian visitors who were second best to an irrepressible City in every department and cannot be looking forward to the second leg in Florence next Thursday. Even Taylor, something of a perfectionist, appeared quietly delighted – and with Kelly in particular. “C...

Norwich surge 10 points clear at top as Emi Buendía brilliance beats Brentford

Norwich City took a giant step towards an immediate return to the Premier League by beating their nearest challengers Brentford 1-0 at Carrow Road. A sixth successive Championship victory for Daniel Farke’s side took them 10 points clear at the top of the table with just 12 matches left to play. It was a fourth defeat in six games for Brentford, who now appear to be battling Swansea and Watford for the second automatic promotion place. Continue reading...

Kelechi Iheanacho's screamer for Leicester lights up draw at Burnley

This was something of an oddity of a match: open but lacking copious goalscoring chances, much of the play occurring between the two boxes. By the final whistle Burnley had 29 points, six clear of Fulham in the final relegation position, while Leicester had reached 50, six better than fifth-placed Chelsea in the race for a Champions League berth. Both Sean Dyche and Brendan Rodgers would have preferred victory, of course, but at this stage of the campaign the Burnley and Leicester managers ca...

Tokyo Olympics will be closed to fans from abroad, hints Games organiser

‘Situation is tough,’ says committee president Japanese press report decision has been made The new president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has hinted that foreign fans will not be allowed at this summer’s Games amid reports in the Japanese press that a decision had already been made to exclude them. “If the situation is tough and it would make the [Japanese] consumers concerned, that is a situation we need to avoid from happening,” the committee president, Seiko Hashimoto, told r...

David McGoldrick gives 10-man Sheffield United win over Aston Villa

Ten-man Sheffield United kept their faint hopes of a miraculous escape from relegation alive after bravely hanging on to defeat Aston Villa. David McGoldrick’s first-half strike proved to be enough to ensure only a fourth league win of the season for the Blades, while also putting a dent in Villa’s hopes of qualifying for Europe next season. But how Chris Wilder’s side had to do it the hard way, after Phil Jagielka was sent off for a foul on Anwar El Ghazi with over half an hour remaining. In...

Pitch battle is a proxy for India and England's 150-year struggle for control | Andy Bull

Arguments between the two go beneath the Ahmedabad surface to stir up antipathies rooted in the colonial relationship “ I have a question back: what is a good cricket surface? Who defines it?” – Ravichandran Ashwin In Ramachandra Guha’s history of Indian cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field , he describes the disdain the British showed towards the first Indians who played the game, tells how on...
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