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Netball: Comm Games gold medallist Bianca Chatfield to retire

A year after calling time on her international netball career at the Commonwealth Games, Bianca Chatfield has decided to say farewell to the sport for goodAfter a decorated 17 years of playing elite netball, Bianca Chatfield has called time on her career.The Melbourne Vixens captain and Commonwealth Games gold medallist will retire at the end of the trans-Tasman championship season.BREA

A-League tactics: Sydney FC opens old wounds against Jets | Kate Cohen

Sydney’s 4-3 win against Newcastle exposed the same weaknesses in the Jets defence they had exploited in the corresponding fixture six weeks previousIt’s said that a mistake is not a mistake if you repeat it and that is what Newcastle Jets must feel after their 4-3 loss to Sydney FC on Friday night. While it was an exciting match, ultimately it was one where Sydney triumphed by taking advanta

NRL: five things we learned from round seven | Matt Cleary

Manly’s basket case season continues; Storm show their colours; Raiders stick to an age-old formula; the Sharks swim again; and Newcastle exploit the flanksCouple of injuries, star halves signed elsewhere and suddenly Manly can’t beat an egg for an egg white omelette. Happens to the best of them. But to Manly, hardly at all. Even with the comp-evening salary cap, Manly’s been great for a deca

Neil Robertson surges into second round on back of obsessive practice

• The 33-year-old Australian secures a 10-2 victory over Jamie Jones• Former champion reveals new training regime in quest for greatness• John Higgins and Graeme Dott ease into second roundNeil Robertson revealed his harsh new practice regime which he hopes will lift him among the game’s all-time greats after storming into the second round of the World Championship.The 2010 champion rattle

Asada decision to walk away makes a mockery of doping scandal investigation

Two years of trauma and allegations that amounted to very little have only served to tarnish the reputations of Australian athletesThe chief of Australia’s anti-doping police on Monday retreated from his public lectern and his employers issued a press statement. “Asada CEO Ben McDevitt has today announced that he will not appeal to the AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal in respect of the findin

The Gallery: Jordan Henderson

This week’s winner is Morgan Jones, who gets a copy of Shirt Tales & Short Stories: the lost world of football kits. Get in touch to claim your prize. Next week we’d like your takes on Paul Pogba. Send your efforts to by noon on Monday 27 April as a jpeg, complete with a _caption_. Anyone who forgets will be drafted on to Bayern Munich’s medical staff Continue reading...

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United | Under-21 match report

• Leicester City Under-21s 1-1 Manchester United Under-21s• Dutch striker plays for 62 minutes and sets up equaliserRobin van Persie made his return from an ankle injury in Manchester United Under-21s 1-1 draw at Leicester City.The Holland international striker was on the bench for the Premier League defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but played 62 minutes for the under

Kumar Sangakkara pushes Kevin Pietersen case for England return

• Surrey team-mate believes England would back KP’s return• ‘I just hope they iron out their differences,’ Sri Lankan says• Pietersen frustrated after scoring only 19 against GlamorganKumar Sangakkara enjoyed his first experience of batting with Kevin Pietersen at Surrey and believes the England team want him back in international cricket.The pair spent 37 minutes together at the crease on

West Ham face compensation risk over state aid for Olympic Stadium refit

• ‘Prior approval’ for deal was not sought from European Commission • Club could be liable for ‘millions’ if EC ruled state aid rules brokenFresh questions have been raised over whether West Ham’s deal to move into the Olympic Stadium contravenes European state aid laws, potentially leaving the club liable for millions in compensation.London Assembly members, European state aid experts and

Lewis Hamilton comfortable with Mercedes amid Ferrari speculation

• Hamilton: ‘I feel more comfortable than I did in last year’s car’• Ferrari deny discussions with driver, whose contract ends this year• F1: five things we learned from the Bahrain Grand PrixAs Formula One completes its opening flyaway rounds and enters a short break before the next race in Barcelona on 10 May, Lewis Hamilton – who has won three of the four races thus far – believes his car

Joe Hart: Manchester City have team spirit to put things right next season

• Goalkeeper says: ‘We’ve let ourselves down at key moments’• Champions lie fourth in Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea• ‘We feel like we can get through whatever gets thrown at us’• David Silva gets all-clear after cheek and collarbone fracture fears• Jamie Jackson: five key areas for City to addressJoe Hart insists the present Manchester City squad is able to put things rig

Liverpool set for Memphis Depay duel with Manchester United

• PSV Eindhoven forward has scored 20 goals this season• Liverpool could lose out over likely lack of Champions League next season• PSV technical director confirms United have called about player• Andy Hunter: Brendan Rodgers and his nearly men are almost out of excusesLiverpool are set to compete with Manchester United for the signature of Memphis Depay this summer but face a major challeng

Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar could stay after Tim Sherwood transformation

• Free agent was widely expected to leave Villa Park in summer• Dutchman, linked with Manchester United, hints at change of heartRon Vlaar has said the transformative effect of Tim Sherwood on Aston Villa means it is not a foregone conclusion the centre-back will leave the FA Cup finalists when his contract expires this summer.The Holland international had been widely expected to leave Vill

Question of state aid still lingers over West Ham’s luxurious new home | Owen Gibson

A lack of transparency in the deal that led to Premier League club’s move to the Olympic Stadium risks creating another legacy embarrassmentAt Westfield shopping centre in Stratford on the fringes of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a sleek retail unit nestles alongside upmarket shops. Look a little closer and it becomes clear this is not a mobile phone store or a luxury watch retailer but

Chelsea catch Manchester City cold in Youth Cup final first leg

Two goals for Tammy Abraham and a late addition from Dominic Solanke showed how Chelsea’s young, homegrown talent is coming of ageIn this clash of English football’s two richest clubs that offered a repeat of the 2008 Youth Cup final the ratio of young English hopefuls to those hailing from overseas was of prime interest.The answer was six in the Manchester City XI and eight for Chelsea plus

Serena Williams: I’m not yet ready for the clay-court season

• Williams beat Sara Errani in three sets in Fed Cup on Sunday• ‘Today has been a big eye-opener’Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup had been a real “eye-opener” as the clay-court season gets into full swing.The world No1 won 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 on Sunday against the dogged Italian to take her career record over her to 8-0 but the American was not impressed. Cont

Manny Pacquiao cut short in conference call for Floyd Mayweather bout

• Huge media interest leads to call system melting down• Mayweather due to have call on Wednesday before 2 May fight• Pacquiao confident in trainingManny Pacquiao literally got two words in before a conference call about his fight with Floyd Mayweather was abruptly cancelled.A spokesman for Pacquiao’s promoter blamed technical difficulties for the cancellation, partly because of the large

Richard Oliver hits hundred to give Worcestershire lead over Sussex

• Sussex 345 & 8-0; Worcestershire 389 - second day• Craig Cachopa drops three catches including Oliver twiceThe Sussex batsman Craig Cachopa was born in South Africa, captained the New Zealand Under-19 side and clutches a Portuguese passport, and he appeared to be contemplating his exotic background when he spilled three catches.Sussex have won six of their last seven home matches against

Bayern’s Pep Guardiola declines to look further than Porto return leg

• ‘Last few months have been most challenging of my managerial career’• Bayern, 3-1 down, without Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben for second leg• Guardiola will become Manchester City manager, says ScholesIt has not been the easiest of weeks for Pep Guardiola. After the very public falling-out with Bayern Munich’s feted club doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt,following the 3-1 defeat agai

Yorkshire’s Alex Lees takes responsibility with century against Notts

• Nottinghamshire 428; Yorkshire 226-3• Alex Lees hits 100 after Alex Hales is out for 236Alex Lees revelled in his role as Yorkshire’s young fogey to thwart one of the teams billed as most likely to challenge for their County Championship pennant this season.Just half-a-dozen days past his 22nd birthday, Lees struck his seventh first-class hundred on the ground where Yorkshire sealed the t

England manager Roy Hodgson to honour victims of Bradford City fire

• Hodgson will join FA chairman, Greg Dyke, at Valley Parade on Saturday• Bradford City’s final home game will mark 30th anniversary of the blaze • 56: The Story of the Bradford Fire by Martin FletcherRoy Hodgson intends to visit Bradford City this weekend after informing the Football Association he wants a Saturday off watching Premier League football so he can pay tribute to the 56 people w

Steven Davies’ double-century for Surrey has Kumar Sangakkara purring

• Surrey 563-7dec; Glamorgan 124-2• Steven Davies hits maiden double-century from 290 balls• Country cricket – as it happenedThe Surrey captain, Gareth Batty, struck late in the evening session to remove his Glamorgan opposite number and complete a dominant day two in which Steven Davies chalked up a maiden double-century in first-class cricket.Jacques Rudolph had been leading the fightbac

Jonathan Trott’s travails limit England optimism before second Test

• Moeen Ali likely to return against West Indies at No7• ‘I think Trott will have benefited from first Test,’ says Alastair Cook • England left frustrated by first-Test drawThere is some optimism surrounding the England team, not just within its bounds but among those supporters following them to the Caribbean. The first Test in Antigua was a tough one in challenging conditions for bowlers an

Senior police chief admits Hillsborough report flattered police efforts

Terry Wain, who produced the South Yorkshire Police’s report on the football disaster in 1989, tells inquest that he may have got certain details wrongA senior South Yorkshire police officer who produced the force’s report on how 96 people died at Hillsborough in 1989 has admitted the report was wrong and favoured the police in some details, but denied a “deliberate plan” to blame alleged mis

Jack Grealish in Aston Villa dreamland with FA Cup final date in diary

The stylish 19-year-old blossomed against Liverpool in the semi-final to follow in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, who played in the 1905 final• Stuart James: Tim Sherwood deserved his Wembley touchline celebrationJack Grealish expressed all the natural instincts of an excitable football fan steeped in FA Cup lore when the competition went into shock overdrive in January. “Chelsea 2-4

European Champions Cup organisers fear half-empty Twickenham final

• Only 8,000 French fans are expected for Toulon v Clermont• Less than half the stadium’s 82,000 seats have been sold• Delon Armitage is an injury doubt for Champions Cup finalOrganisers fear there may be 40,000 empty seats when Clermont Auvergne and Toulon contest the European Champions Cup final at Twickenham on Saturday week. The 82,000-capacity stadium is set to be half empty for the firs

Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL 2015 – as it happened

Kolkata Knight Riders absolutely dominated Delhi Daredevils from the toss onwards, an excellent team effort in the field allowing Gautam Gambhir to supervise a chase that they executed with ease 6.53pm BST That was a very fine all-round effort from Kolkata. Gambhir called correctly, presided over excellent bowling and fielding, and then handled the batting himself, his artistry and composu

No decisions taken over Tony McCoy rides on retirement day at Sandown

• Champion jockey has plenty of options for final mounts• Mr Mole confirmed on course for the Celebration ChaselThe identity of the horse that will carry Tony McCoy into retirement remained unclear on Monday evening, with the sport’s most successful jockey confirmed only as the rider of Mr Mole in the Grade One Celebration Chase on the final day of the 2014-15 season and McCoy’s record-brea

Leicester sign Australia international wing Peter Betham from Waratahs

• Betham, capped twice by the Wallabies, has signed for next season• Richard Cockerill: We have been looking for strength in back three• Leicester prepare for game against America’s rugby convertsLeicester have signed the Australia wing Peter Betham from the Super Rugby champions, the NSW Waratahs, for next season.The 26-year-old has played twice for the Wallabies, making his debut in 2013

Celtic write to SFA to demand explanation for Scottish Cup referee display

• Celtic denied penalty against Inverness in 3-2 defeat• Club want to know ‘why such an obvious error was made’Celtic have written to the Scottish Football Association to demand answers after they were denied a penalty in Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Inverness.Caley Thistle clinched a 3-2 win at Hampden and a place in the 30 May final with Falkirk but only after r

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