Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...

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‘#weareNOTgymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul | Andy Bull

The International Gymnastics Federation wants to recognise parkour as a new discipline, with a view to Olympic inclusion in 2024. But the parkour community is opposing the FIG’s effortsThe Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of Lisses. She is a 20m tall triangular wall, rutted and pocked with concrete knobs, ledges and gullies. In the late 1980s David Belle and his friends would come here to swing, leap and bound from one of her nooks to the next until they made it all the way to the platform at the top. They were not only playing but training. There was a discipline to it. Because it all grew out of the obstacle course techniques David was taught by his father, Raymond, who had been a soldier and a fireman. They called it “parcours” or “route”. Related: Penalty flops and flips, Grand Final memories and Parkour 3.0 | Classic YouTube Continue reading...

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Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. 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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David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

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Ronnie O'Sullivan: Steve Davis would 'love' to see Sports Personality nomination

Record-breaking Ronnie O'Sullivan should be nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, says six-time world champion Steve Davis.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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The Fiver | Drink in every minute of one of English football’s great rivalries

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Now that all those no-good hipsters have stopped prattling on about the Copa Libertadores final – “Foreign muck!” The Fiver’s English cousin, $exually Repressed Morris Dancing Fiver, rapped on Sunday night – the moment all true football fans have been waiting for is almost upon us. All you posers can stop pretending that you’ve heard of Boca Juniors, River Plate and Carlos Tevez. So what if you can point out Argentina on a map of the world? Whoop dee doo! Nobody cares! What was the score again? Don’t care! Everton versus Watford is only a few hours away and The Fiver needs to make sure it’s in position to drink in every minute of one of English football’s great rivalries. Continue reading...

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Racism in football: have you witnessed abuse at a match in the UK?

After a troubling week with two high-profile incidents in the Premier League, we want to hear from fansRaheem Sterling says sections of the media “fuel racism” in football after being the subject of alleged racist abuse during a Premier League match on Saturday. The England and Manchester City forward wrote on his Instagram account that young black footballers are treated differently to their white counterparts and, because of reporting like this, he expects no better from fans. Related: Raheem Sterling has kicked up a storm but as ever the outrage will pass | Stan Collymore Continue reading...

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Chelsea suspend supporters after alleged racial abuse of Raheem Sterling

• Four fans banned while club conduct investigation• Chelsea vow to ‘support any criminal prosecutions’Chelsea have suspended four people from attending their matches, pending further investigations into allegations of racial abuse directed towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.The incident occurred during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Harry Kane or Richarlison to Barcelona?

Today’s tell-all is on holiday by mistake More used to seeing their Merseyside rivals Liverpool having their best South American players cherry-picked by a certain Spanish side, Everton fans will be none-too-pleased to wake up to the news that Barcelona are giving Richarlison the glad eye. Speculation abounds that the Brazilian, who will face his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Luis Suárez, but only if La Liga’s leaders are unsuccessful in their preferred bid to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

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Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

• Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots• Everton manager preparing to face his old club WatfordMarco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting his striker could become the 20-goal-a-season man Everton have struggled to find since parting with Romelu Lukaku.That might be a big task if Richarlison, who cost Everton £35m to acquire from Watford, has to keep playing in wide positions rather than as a central striker, though Silva feels he has plenty of goals still to come. Continue reading...

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'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan passes Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbican on Sunday.His triumph, which came a quarter of a century after he won his first United Kingdom crown as a 17-year-old, also saw O’Sullivan nudge ahead of Stephen Hendry with 19 ‘triple crown’ titles – comprising the World and UK Championships and the Masters. Continue reading...

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Nigel Melville: Premiership clubs must spend cash boost on facilities, not wages

Premiership clubs must spend a prospective cash boost on facilities, Rugby Football Union boss Nigel Melville warns.

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Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the final round of matches in the group stages of the Champions League, European rugby union and the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

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