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Talking Horses: Great Field makes long-awaited comeback at Navan

The exciting novice chaser should extend his unbeaten run on Friday and add to Willie Mullins’s hand for the Punchestown Festival next month The new Flat turf season opens with the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon, but there are still more than two dozen Grade One events over jumps to squeeze in before the jumps campaign winds down at the end of next month. With that in mind,...

Sports quiz of the week: England v Netherlands, Gareth Bale and meat

Who hit the heights in London? Who scored at Wembley? And who collapsed? Related: José Mourinho or Donald Trump: who said it? Ronald Koeman begins his tenure as the Netherlands manager against England at Wembley this weekend. In which year did Koeman score the winning goal in a European Cup final at Wembley? 1988 1990 1992 1994 What was the score the last time England played the Netherlands in ...

I'm used to being unpopular says Gareth Southgate – video

Speaking before his England side’s friendly with the Netherlands, Gareth Southgate addressed questions about the recent political tensions between Britain and Russia and how a negative reaction at this year’s World Cup might affect his team’s chances Continue reading...

Manchester City title stroll should not distract from strength of competition | Jonathan Wilson

We may not have had a tight title race since 2013-14 but the Premier League is still more competitive than its rivals The title race was in effect over about four months before the final snows of winter. Even if Manchester City do not wrap up the championship against Manchester United on 7 April, they will surely do so at Tottenham a week later or, if the wheels really fall off, at home to Swan...

Football’s latest arms race: the battle for Europe’s best youngsters intensifies | Stephen Ganavas

Away from the Neymars and Coutinhos, the continent’s top clubs are increasingly targeting players between 16 and 18, such as Jadon Sancho and Willem Geubbels Jadon Sancho’s move last summer from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund made a clear statement: here was an elite prospect who would no longer wait patiently for an opportunity to play senior football. Sancho exploded on to the scene at ...

Gymnastics World Cup – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins was given exclusive access at Arena Birmingham to photograph some of the best gymnasts in the world as they competed for prestigious titles at this major global event. The all-around competitions featured eight women and eight men representing their respective countries Continue reading...

Nat Sciver stars as England's women cruise to T20 victory over Australia

Australia 149-8; England 150-2 – England win by eight wickets Nat Sciver and Tammy Beaumont secure comfortable win Half-centuries from Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont in Mumbai guided England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Australia in the women’s T20 Tri-Series in Mumbai. After winning the toss and opting to field, England restricted Australia to 149 for eight, despite the hosts’...

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson reaches landmark against England before rain hits

• First Test: England 58; New Zealand 229-4 • Williamson hits record 18th Test hundred before rain ends play England were powerless to stop Kane Williamson registering a New Zealand record 18th Test century on a rain-wrecked second day of the day-night Test at Eden Park. Williamson, who made 102, completed his century, going one above team-mate Ross Taylor and Martin Crowe, before James Anderso...

Raptors, Rockets or revolts? The biggest threats to the Cavaliers-Warriors duopoly

Cleveland are the weakest they’ve been in years while Golden State are not the invincibles they once were. How likely is the old guard to change? Less than three weeks remain in the NBA regular season and the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors have lost four times in two weeks and in the Eastern Conference the Cleveland Cavaliers are closer to ninth place than they are to first. Could this be...

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal in for Oblak, Evans and Schalke's Meyer?

Today’s tittle-tattle has the funk on José Mourinho has big plans to funk up Manchester United. But for his process to pay off, he needs to make a few more groovy signings. The problem is, some of his former clubs, as if fuelled by the bitterness of jilted lovers are out to sabotage him. Internazionale – to whom he gave a Champions League victory, no less – intend to show their gratitude by sna...

Gareth Southgate reveals ‘disgusting’ racial abuse of young players

• Southgate says racism in England more of a concern than in Russia • ‘We’ve got to get our own house in order’ says England manager Gareth Southgate claims England must address its own problems with racism before it can criticise Russia over the matter after revealing members of the national set-up’s junior sides had endured “disgusting” racial abuse on social media. The national manager was a...

Gianluigi Buffon hits out at Italy critics as he prepares to face Lionel Messi

• Italy to take on Argentina in Manchester friendly • ‘People enjoy controversy ... I’m not here to showcase’ Gianluigi Buffon issued a stern rebuke to his critics as he arrived in England to add to his record cap tally with Italy. The veteran goalkeeper announced his retirement from international football after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup last November but later reversed his deci...

Spain’s Sergio Ramos aims to break Iker Casillas’s caps record

* Real Madrid defender has former teammate’s mark in his sights * Ramos will make his 150th appearance against Germany on Friday Spain captain Sergio Ramos has spoken of his desire to become his country’s most-capped player of all-time, as he prepares to make his 150th appearance for La Roja against Germany on Friday. The record, held by Iker Casillas, stands at 167 caps but Ramos has that numb...

England fringe players get chance as Gareth Southgate seeks elusive plan

The manager says he is ‘not concerned’ about his side as the World Cup looms but England face the Netherlands burdened by a host of still unanswered questions Eighty days until the England team fly to the World Cup, Gareth Southgate leant back in his chair at the Steigenberger hotel in Amsterdam and insisted he was “not concerned”. But was he ever going to admit the opposite? England are still ...

Dustin Johnson falls by the Match Play wayside but Rory McIlroy stays alive

• World No 1 loses 4&3 to Adam Hadwin and misses knockout stage • Timely wins for Northern Irishman, Fleetwood and Poulter Dustin Johnson may take solace from the fact this year’s pre-Masters slip was not of the physical variety. A year after Johnson, already with a WGC title secured, appeared unbeatable when cantering to success at another – the 2017 Match Play – he was unceremoniously bundled...
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