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Bayern Munich 10 Manchester City | Champions League match report

*The best images from the Allianz Arena*Jamie Jackson: Touré fails to turn upFor Manchester City, it was a wretched way to lose and a lesson, perhaps, about just how brutal football can be at this level. They had subdued Bayern Munich until the moment the clock ticked over into its 90th minute, and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated he had left his technical area and was straying dangerously

Liverpools Brendan Rodgers pays tribute to Mario Balotellis work rate

Rodgers pleased after Balotelli opens account Liverpool manager believes striker will improve with fitness Match report: Liverpool 2-1 LudogoretsBrendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli needs time to adapt at Anfield but showed on the clubs Champions League return he is willing to meet the demands required of a Liverpool striker.Balotelli opened his Liverpool account on Tuesday with an imp

Paul Hartley a Cardiff target with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to leave

Dundees manager is a surprise frontrunner for role Tony Pulis and Karl Robinson also linked with positionPaul Hartley, the Dundee manager, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City. After a day of talks following consecutive home defeats and a disappointing start to the season, Cardiff are likely to announce on Thursday that Solskjaer has pa

Chelsea 1-1 Schalke | Champions League match report

*The best images from Stamford Bridge*Barney Ronay: Hazard sparkles despite drawThe Champions League has checked Chelseas early season momentum. An opportunity to ease themselves into their European campaign was passed up here, a lead surrendered against patched-up opponents who had apparently been there for the taking. The sight of Schalke players celebrating wildly on the turf at the fina

Yorkshires Andrew Gale will have chance to clear name at ECB hearing

Captain faces disciplinary panel over alleged racial offence Player was charged over incident against Lancashire Yorkshire fury over Gale celebration banThe Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale, will be given the opportunity to clear his name of an alleged racial offence when he appears before the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board, probably during the next week. Gale has bee

RFU apologises for use of Victoria Cross on new England kit

New £90 England rugby top features Victoria Cross design Charity angered by use of VC for marketing purposes RFU also criticised for releasing multiple new stripsThe Rugby Football Union has apologised to those who may have taken offence at the England playing kit. The Canterbury-manufactured shirts feature images of the Victoria Cross in the form of small rubber grips across the chest area t

Europes Paul McGinley happy handling onus of being Ryder Cup favourites

Captain knows anything can happen in top-level sport but sees his job as minimising the chance of underdogs prevailingPaul McGinley has pointed towards a lesson from his first sporting love as invaluable as he seeks to handle Europes status as strong Ryder Cup favourites appropriately .McGinley was present this month at Croke Park as Dublin, as short as 1-10 with many bookmakers, were upst

Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges

*Incident follows series of problems for NFL*Running back has been deactivated from teamArizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.The Cardinals said they became aware of the

How Sydney Swans built The Bloods culture | Luke Ablett

I was there as the Swans embarked on their long era of success. But it was a taxing process for the playersOn Friday night my old club Sydney will line up in another preliminary final, their sixth in the last 12 years. I told myself for years that after I finished playing I wouldnt care about footy but on this weekend two years ago, when things were tight at half-time in the Swans preliminary

Adelaide Crows sacking of Brenton Sanderson was 'brutal'

*Decision comes after review by senior figures*Former coach will get $1.4m payoutSenior Adelaide Crows players and the AFL clubs favourite son have fingerprints on the axe that suddenly fell on Brenton Sanderson as coach.Sanderson was sacked on Wednesday after a review featuring club great, Brownlow medallist Mark Ricciuto, in a decision seen as the most brutal in the Crows history. Ricc

Carolina Panthers remove Greg Hardy from active roster

Defensive end was convicted in July of a assault on a woman and communicating threats but is appealing the rulingThe Carolina Panthers have placed Greg Hardy on the exempt-commissioners permission list, meaning the Pro Bowl defensive end has been removed from the teams active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved.The decision comes just hours after the Vikings took a similar

Rugby World Cup 2015: England still after a missing ingredient or two | Robert Kitson

Exactly a year until the kick-off of the 2015 World Cup, Stuart Lancaster wants his players psychologically ready to focus for seven weeks on the goal of lifting the World CupExactly a year to the day before the 1991 Rugby World Cup, the last to be hosted in England, the then Australian captain, Nick Farr-Jones, received a phone call from his national coach, Bob Dwyer. The message was simple: h

Rob Howley defends Leigh Halfpenny in Toulon groin injury dispute

Says injury happened before player signed for French club Accuses owner Mourad Boudjellal of undermining moraleCardiff interested if Toulon terminate Halfpennys contractThe Wales attack coach, Rob Howley, has reacted to Mourad Boudjellals threat to terminate Leigh Halfpennys contract in a dispute over a groin injury by accusing the Toulon owner of undermining club morale, adding that he expec

Chris Rogers digs in against Somerset to throw Middlesex a lifeline

Somerset 523-9dec ; Middlesex 223 & 140-1 Opener hits 97 not out but Englands Sam Robson fails againThe virtues of divisional cricket were on display at the County Ground. In another era when faced with a first-innings deficit of 300 runs in mid-September with a day and a half to go many sides would have taken the view that it was too late in a long and arduous season for heroic, rearguard act

Premiership Rugby confirms salary cap level will rise to £5.5m

Each club can nominate up to two excluded players Mark McCafferty: emphasis on increasing home-grown players Changes made to stop English players heading overseasPremiership Rugby officials have confirmed changes to the leagues salary cap from next season.As expected, the base salary cap level will rise to £5.1m, plus £400,000 in home-grown player credits. This seasons salary cap is set at

Horse racing tips: Thursday 18 September

The David OMeara-trained Anderiego rates the best bet on the first day of the Ayr Gold Cup meetingAyr1.40 Farham 2.10 Get Knotted 2.40 Jinky 3.10 Anderiego (nb) 3.40 Caras Request 4.10 Almanack 4.40 Presburg (nap) 5.10 Testa Rossa Continue reading...

Adrian Peterson case exposes America's blurred lines between discipline and abuse

*Indictment of Vikings star brings pressure to revisit state laws*As a country, weve drawn the line in a rather vague place*Jeb Lund: Adrian Peterson and what our fathers did to us*Vikings suspend Peterson indefinitely over allegationsReggie Bush, the Detroit Lions running back, called in to a radio station in defence of Adrian Peterson, indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless

R&A prepares to break down 260-year-old barrier and admit women as members

Result expected between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday Muirfield to start talks in readiness to follow suitIn Scotlands other historic Thursday vote, members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews are expected to pass a motion in favour of women being admitted as members.The 260-year-old institution, which has been the cornerstone of golf for that period, announced in March that a ballot w

Chris Rushworth falls just short of 10-wicket innings haul for Durham

Durham seamer takes 15 for 95 in 20 overs Durham (392) bt Northants (83 & 90) by an innings & 219 runsFollow the action with the live cricket blogThe Durham seamer Chris Rushworth fell agonisingly short of becoming the third bowler to take a 10-wicket innings haul in the County Championship.Rushworth has been the leader of Durhams attack this season in the injury-enforced absence of Graha

Chris Froome heads Great Britain team for Road World Championships

British team named for championships in Spain Armitstead leads strong six-rider womens squad Millar named captain for his final Great Britain race Millars career: Highs, lows and rock bottomChris Froome will lead a British team full of options for the Road World Championships in Spain later this month.Froome, the 2013 Tour de France winner and runner-up in the Vuelta a Españawhich finish

Richie McGrath and Kate Walton face corruption charges over 57 races

Scottish National-winning jockeys case set for November Both have been charged with passing on inside informationRichie McGrath, who won the 2003 Scottish Grand National on Ryalux, will face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel along with the former trainer Kate Walton in November to answer charges of passing on inside information. The panel will also consider whether McGrath, a

Paul McGinley has no concerns over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell

Ryder Cup pair are involved in court case Judge wants sides to engage in mediation Rory McIlroy needs break after FedEx excessThe European captain Paul McGinley insists he has no concerns over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowells relationship ahead of next weeks Ryder Cup.The Northern Irish pair have played together six times in the last two contests but are currently involved, directly and i

Rugby World Cup diary: preparing for our All Blacks challenge | Mike Petri

The USA scrum-half on balancing life as a dad and a teacher with preparing for the biggest challenge in the Eagles history when New Zealand come to visitOur countdown to the World Cup begins on 1 November, when we play the All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago. It is just six weeks away and I have only three more games I can play.My team, New York Athletic Club (NYAC), is a founding member

County cricket as it happened

With Vic Marks at Taunton, where Somerset are hosting Middlesex in the County Championship Division One 2.24pm BST Mike Selvey sends some food for thought Yesterday I watched an extremely poor Leicestershire side get roundly hammered by a moderate Essex team. It was pretty embarrassing, the standard risible and I commented as such in a match report. It was only being honest. I found it

Orioles and Nationals capture division flags, Angels reach the playoffs

Corks pop around Major League Baseball as October and the playoffs draw near. Plus, updates on the wild-card racesBetween the 1998 and 2013, the Baltimore Orioles spent a total of nine days in first place during the month of August. In 2014, they weretops in the American League East for all of its 31 days, carrying that momentum straight through to Tuesday when they became AL East champs for

The UCI have better things to worry about than 'unacceptable' cycling kits

The head of the UCI should remember that his job is to do something constructive about the real issues facing womens cycling and stop reacting to silly controversies on TwitterColombian womens cycling kit unacceptable, says UCITheres no disguising it, the Colombian womens cycling strip is a shocker. But while many of us look, file away under cycling fashion crime, and move on Footon Servetto

The Power List: the 10 sides to fear at Rugby World Cup 2015 | Robert Kitson

As the one-year countdown to the Rugby World Cup begins on Thursday, we present our lowdown on the form and state of the strongest-looking nations Five matches to target in 2015 Our guide to getting tickets Paul Reess pick of intriguing and affordable matchesWell out in front with 12 months to go, as usual. No one makes opponents pay for mistakes as ruthlessly and tactically the All Blacks r

Chelsea v Schalke: Champions League live! | Ian McCourt

*Updates from the Group G clash at Stamford Bridge*Click here to see how Manchester City are doing in Munich*Keep up with the rest of the nights goals and games*Email your fears to*Or package them in 140 characters or less @ianmccourt*And check out the best images from the game 9.38pm BST And what a result that was for Schalke. They may be strugglin

Ole Gunnar Solskjaers future as Cardiff manager in doubt after Boro defeat

Norwegian has won only five of 25 league games Relegated club lie 17th in ChampionshipOle Gunnar Solskjaers future as Cardiff manager is in doubt after the Norwegian held talks with the clubs hierarchy in London on Wednesday.The former Manchester United striker left Molde in January to succeed Malky Mackay and wasappointed on a 12-month rolling contract by the clubs unpredictable owner Vinc

Arsène Wenger tells Arsenal fans to be patient with Danny Welbeck

New £16m striker fails to score on second start since signing Manager also concerned with Jack Wilsheres ankle injuryArsenal lose 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund No Hollywood dream script for Mesut ÖzilArsène Wenger insists Danny Welbeck needs time to settle at Arsenal after the England striker was wasteful against Borussia Dortmund.The Gunners opened their Champions League Group D campaign w

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