Jürgen Klopp ready for dangerous threat of Bayern Munich – video

Liverpool host five-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Speaking before the game, Jürgen Klopp discussed the 'outstanding' atmosphere he's anticipating at Anfield. Bayern travel to Merseyside with five key players missing, however Liverpool aren't without their own issues, with Virgil van Dijk suspended Continue reading...

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Barcelona held in Champions League at Lyon after failing to take chances

Barcelona failed to score despite managing 25 shots in their goalless stalemate at Lyon in the Champions League last-16 first leg, leaving the tie finely balanced.Only five of the visitors’ attempts were on target but neither Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé nor the disappointing Luis Suárez could beat the Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, at the Groupama Stadium. Continue reading...

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Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a dismal habit that shows us sport at its most small-minded and should have been banned long ago. But this week it has done the world a favour.In the Test in St Lucia, the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel was bad-mouthing the England captain, Joe Root. What Gabriel said the stump microphone did not catch but it did bring us Root’s reply: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Continue reading...

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Is Tottenham's run of 30 league games without a draw a record? | The Knowledge

Plus: Old Trafford’s mysterious semi-final snub, back-to-back penalty misses and unused subs. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Tottenham have currently played 30 consecutive Premier League games without drawing one,” notes Wouter van Dael. “What is the longest ever such league run?”The short answer is that Spurs are Premier League record-breakers, Wouter, but only just. “Bolton previously held this title with a run of 28 games between March and December 2011,” writes James Clarke. “But in the wider context of English league history, Spurs have a long way to go yet. Twenty-nine clubs have had longer streaks without a draw at some point – and seven have gone more than 40 consecutive league games without a stalemate: Birmingham (43 games), Walsall (44), Leicester (44), Bradford Park Avenue (44), Stoke (46), Sunderland (46) and Aston Villa (51). Although it is probably worth noting that Sunderland’s is the most recent of these, coming comparatively recently in 1908-09. The slightly interesting quirk here is that five of these seven draw-less clubs are midlands teams.Season 2017-1830 Apr Spurs 2-0 Watford5 May West Brom 1-0 Spurs9 May Spurs 1-0 Newcastle13 May Spurs 5-4 Leicester Continue reading...

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Matija Nastasic: ‘I told Pellegrini it was better for everyone if I left City’

The defender’s career in Manchester ended in frustration but he has flourished at Schalke and is confident his current side can upset his old one in their Champions League meetingIt is with matter-of-fact delivery, rather than obvious emotion or regret, that Matija Nastasic recounts the meeting that in effect brought about his departure from Manchester City. He had made a rapid impact after arriving from Fiorentina as a 19-year-old in 2012 but, two and a half years on, had fallen off Manuel Pellegrini’s radar with no obvious explanation bar some niggling injuries he had long since overcome.“I was thinking a lot: ‘What is the problem?’” he says. “After some time I spoke with Pellegrini and he explained I had to wait for my chance. In the end there were not so many opportunities to play. There was no issue between us but I couldn’t understand why it was like that and told him that I felt I could help the team more, that I should have more playing time at that moment and that, if it was not possible at City, then it would be better for everybody that I changed club.” Continue reading...

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Steve Stricker confirmed as USA captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

• 51-year-old handed honour in home state of Wisconsin• Stricker was vice-captain at last three eventsSteve Stricker will captain the United States in the 2020 Ryder Cup in his home state of Wisconsin, the PGA of America has announced.Stricker, who lives just over two hours away from the host venue of Whistling Straits, has made three appearances in the biennial contest as a player, most recently when losing all four of his matches in Europe’s victory at Medinah in 2012. Continue reading...

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'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

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LGBT group drops Martina Navratilova over transgender comments

• 18-time grand slam winner no longer Athlete Ally ambassador• Navratilova also loses place on advisory boardMartina Navratilova has been removed as an ambassador by Athlete Ally, an organisation that supports LGBT athletes, following her comments on transgender inclusion. Related: Martina Navratilova criticised over 'cheating' trans women comments Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Zidane to replace Sarri at Chelsea?

Today’s fluff is the vicinityChelsea are already lining up replacements for Maurizio Sarri, who could receive 1,000 Nicorette patches as compensation for being sacked less than a year into his contract. The Italian is likely to be sacked after his team’s 17-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this weekend and Chelsea are thinking about which unfortunate sap to appoint next, with Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard’s Derby County manager Frank Lampard the early frontrunners. Let’s just hope the west Londoners know they’ll be legally obliged to change their name to Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard’s Chelsea if they go with the latter. Continue reading...

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Rachael Blackmore: Jump jockey seeking to become first female champion

Meet Rachael Blackmore - the rider looking to make history by winning the Irish championship.

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Joe Marler has no regrets over England absence despite pull of Wales tussle

• Prop has had no call from Eddie Jones despite Vunipola injury• Marler happy out of England fray but Wales is ‘incredible’ gameJoe Marler has admitted he would love to be playing for England against Wales on Saturday but insists he has no regrets over his international retirement despite Mako Vunipola’s injury-enforced absence.England head to Cardiff light on experience at loosehead prop after Vunipola was ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury, leaving Eddie Jones to choose between Ben Moon and Ellis Genge, who have five Test starts between them. Marler revealed Jones has not been in contact about coming out of retirement and, while he did not completely close the door on doing so in the future, he said adding to his 59 England caps was “highly unlikely”. He did concede that England versus Wales was his favourite fixture to play in because of the hostility of the Welsh supporters. Continue reading...

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Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Why away task suits Reds' strengths - Mark Lawrenson

Liverpool might feel disappointed to draw with Bayern Munich, but ex-Reds defender Mark Lawrenson feels they are in a strong position.

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Jordan Henderson steps up to show the value of meat and potatoes | Barney Ronay

The Liverpool captain is often maligned but he outshone more expensive dishes such as Thiago and James in his side’s hard-fought 0-0 draw with Bayern MunichThey came to Anfield expecting fire and light and red-shirted vengeance. They came scenting one of those hair-raising nights when the air seems to throb with wild, skirling possibilities. They may, on reflection, have slightly misread the situation.In the buildup to this Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich Jürgen Klopp had promised “passion football”, presumably a sub-genre of the usual heavy metal style: speed-metal football, Lancashire pomp-rock. Continue reading...

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West Indies v England: first ODI – live!

Updates from the first ODI in BarbadosYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsThe Spin: Questions facing England ahead of the World Cup 3.18pm GMT 4th over: West Indies 18-0 (Gayle 3, Campbell 13) Gayle misses a vile, leaden-footed yahoo at a wide delivery from Wood. If he had connected with that it would have gone all the way to Grenada. Another fine over from Wood, just one from it. He looks encouragingly sharp. 3.13pm GMT 3rd over: West Indies 17-0 (Gayle 3, Campbell 12) Gayle has started slowly, as you’d expect, and ignores a slower ball from Woakes outside off stump. He usually takes a bit of time to get his eye in during a T20 innings, never mind in ODIs. In other news, Campbell gets a fortunate boundary with an inside edge past the stumps. Woakes has started excellently, even if figures of 2-0-12-0 do not suggest as much.“Afternoon Rob,” says Andrew Benzeval. “Surely MJ Gatting’s ill-advised reverse sweep was the ‘87 final?” Continue reading...

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Why the future of the World Club Challenge must be secured

Sunday night was a big success. The Super League and NRL should be working together to ensure this contest lives on By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredAnyone doubting the status of the World Club Challenge should have seen the evidence in Wigan on Sunday evening. Giant flags, a serious burst of fireworks, and the NRL and Super League trophies greeted the players as they walked out at the DW Stadium. Amid all the ceremony, it felt as if there were more people on the pitch before kick-off than have been in the stands at some League One games this season. Wigan’s hotels were full and there were even tinkers selling half-and-half scarves outside, for goodness’ sake.Yet after an interminable wait to collect their medals from Martin Offiah – looking like Cluedo’s Reverend Green in an extraordinary outfit - the victorious Roosters players seemed faintly embarrassed to be on stage after a ‘trial game’, looking at the strategically-placed bottles as if to say, “Champers, after that - really?”. But their achievement sunk in and they were still in their dressing room celebrating 80 minutes after the final hooter. Continue reading...

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The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone's managerial career

Before Simeone took charge at Atlético Madrid, he kept Catania in Serie A – thanks in part to a great result against JuventusBy Greg Lea for These Football TimesIt is difficult to overstate Diego Simeone’s achievements as Atlético Madrid manager. When he replaced Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, the club appeared to be consigned to mid-table in La Liga. They had won the Europa League 18 months before he arrived at the club under Quique Sánchez Flores, but a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009 were the height of the club’s domestic achievements in the previous decade. The season before Simeone took over, Atlético finished behind Valencia, Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao in seventh place, 38 points behind champions Barcelona and just 15 above the relegation zone.That Atlético smashed the seemingly impregnable duopoly Barcelona and Real Madrid had established in La Liga to lift the title in 2014 – just three years into Simeone’s reign – is nothing short of sensational. He had already secured the club’s 10th Copa del Rey and another Europa League and Super Cup in his first two campaigns, as well as reaching the 2014 Champions League final, but his triumph in La Liga was undoubtedly the pinnacle. It is impossible to fluke your way to a league championship. Continue reading...

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'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

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