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The NFL still has a domestic violence problem – and Ray Rice could help solve it

Players are still being arrested for beating up women – maybe they need one of their own to warn them of the price of abuseOn 28 August last year, shamed by the mishandling of the Ray Rice case, the NFL announced a stringent new domestic violence policy. As a refresher, highlights include a six-game ban for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second.Unfortunately the new policy has do

Roberto Di Matteo resigns as Schalke coach after disagreement with club

• Di Matteo: ‘It became clear that the club had a different emphasis’• Schalke had failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League• Italian manager had taken over at Bundesliga side last October• Raphael Honigstein: Schalke’s moment in the sun … for all the wrong reasonsRoberto Di Matteo resigned from Schalke on Tuesday after the Italian said a difference of opinion over plans for next

County cricket – live!

All the action with Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire 10.31am BST Graham Hardcastle sets up the dayGood morning and welcome to the county blog, where we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for what is almost certain to be the final day and myself at Taunton. 10.26am BST Morning all, Today we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove fo

Fan view: Brendan Rodgers – should Liverpool give him more time?

The manager is under pressure following Liverpool’s disappointing season and disastrous 6-1 final day thrashing by Stoke. Here, two Liverpool supporters debate whether he deserves to stay on at AnfieldSean Rogers, tactical analyst for The Anfield Wrap podcast Continue reading...

David Squires on … Louis van Gaal and the end of the season

In the final cartoon from his series this season, David Squires finds the Manchester United manager heading for the stage … Continue reading...

Goalkeeper fined for sipping water while opponents scored from set piece

• Chongqing Lifan’s Sui Weijie stood oblivious during quickly taken free-kick• Player fined 50,000 yuan and says: ‘I made a terrible mistake’• More from the amazing world of sportQuenching his thirst while on duty proved costly for Chongqing Lifan goalkeeper Sui Weijie, who has been fined for sipping water as their opponents equalised in a Chinese Super League match, local media reported on

Ronda Rousey makes $3m a year: but most UFC fighters don't get what they deserve

I used to be an MMA fan until I discovered how many of its athletes are treated in a brutal sportIn June, UFC champion Ronda Rousey will appear in the film adaption of Entourage. It is one of Rousey’s many mainstream incursions, which also recently included a place on the cover of Sports Illustrated.Her bosses at UFC, as you might guess, are overjoyed by the attention. Ronda Rousey’s profi

How Danny won over Zenit hearts – and the void he may leave behind | Jonathan Wilson

Seven years after joining Zenit St Petersburg, the Portugal midfielder is set to leave as a legend. But his departure could heighten claims that Zenit are boringWhen Danny joined Zenit St Petersburg from Dynamo Moscow for €30m in 2008, he was greeted with widespread scepticism. This was, after all, a Zenit team that, inspired by Andrey Arshavin and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, had just won the Uefa C

Rafael Benítez 99% certain to get Real Madrid job – Carlo Ancelotti’s agent

• Ernesto Bronzetti: ‘Benítez is 99% sure to go to Real’• ‘At Real Madrid you can be sacked if you don’t win trophies in a season’• Club confirm Ancelotti’s departure after trophyless seasonRafael Benítez is “99%” certain to be the next Real Madrid coach, according to Carlo Ancelotti’s agent.After weeks of speculation about his future, Ancelotti was sacked as Madrid manager on Monday wit

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to make move for Benfica’s Eduardo Salvio?

Today’s fluff has learned its linesAs you have probably heard, Jürgen Klopp has announced that he intends to take a complete break from football as he walks the earth for six months, possibly wandering town to town, stopping in each one for about 60 minutes including commercials, which is just long enough to save some hard-up family from a gang of thugs or foil a ruthless property developer’s p

Mick Malthouse departure a disastrously-executed exercise in public relations | Russell Jackson

The decision to offload their coach is a dreary microcosm of Carlton’s muddled, mostly failing quest to define what their once-great club stands for in 2015 Related: Mick Malthouse sacked as Carlton coach after 'loss of trust' at AFL club After a disastrous start to the 2015 season, Carlton’s 718-game coach Mick Malthouse has been sacked from his job with immediate effect. You definitely c

Zimbabwe Cricket chairman declares Pakistan ‘safe’ for international matches

• Chairman Wilson Manase urges Test-playing nations to revisit country• Manase: ‘Pakistan have done great work’ to create safe environment• Nations have refused to tour country since 2009 attack on Sri Lankan team• Pakistan welcomes Zimbabwean cricketers amid tight securityThe Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Wilson Manase has declared Pakistan safe for international cricket after two matches of th

Phil Stubbins sacked by struggling A-League club Newcastle Jets

*FFA announce Jets are looking for a new manager for next season*Decision driven by desire for fresh start at club, says Damien de BohunNewcastle coach Phil Stubbins has become another casualty of the struggling A-League club, owners Football Federation Australia announcing it would seek a new manager as part of a cleanout for the 2015-16 season.It also appears that all his assistants wi

Pakistan spinner Raza Hasan handed two-year ban after failed drug test

• Hasan has played one ODI and 10 T20 matches for Pakistan• Player was notified in March of ‘adverse analytical finding’ from urine sample• Pakistan welcomes Zimbabwean cricketers amid tight securityThe Pakistan spin bowler Raza Hasan has been banned for two years after failing a drug test.The 22-year-old left-armer returned an “adverse analytical finding” from a urine sample taken during

Carlton's Chris Judd and Dale Thomas distraught by Mick Malthouse sacking

*Judd sad for ‘wonderful coach’ Malthouse, who has been ‘through the ringer’*Thomas leaves training looking emotional Related: Mick Malthouse sacked as Carlton coach amid acrimony at struggling AFL club A sad Chris Judd has called on Carlton fans to stick by the AFL club and interim boss John Barker as they begin the Blues’ rebuilding effort. Carlton sacked Mick Malthouse on Tuesday afte

Ben Stokes inspires England to win thrilling Test against New Zealand

• England 389 & 478; New Zealand 523 & 220• England win by 124 runs• Day five at Lord’s; as it happenedBank holiday Monday. People’s Day at Lord’s, Dad and his lad for 20 quid. Ninety minutes before play and the queue for tickets already stretched three or four deep around two sides of the ground and up the Wellington Road to St John’s Wood tube station. By noon 20,000 were in the stands, w

Carlo Ancelotti: Real Madrid confirm the departure of manager

• Italian will leave his post with immediate effect • Ancelotti expected to take a break next season due to back surgery • Ancelotti’s surgery set to rule him out of running for West Ham job • Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard makes first-team debut at age 16Real Madrid have confirmed the departure of Carlo Ancelotti after two seasons at the Santiago Bernabéu. Florentino Pérez, the Real presid

Houston Rockets stay alive in NBA finals with Game Four win over Golden State

*Golden State Warriors 115-128 Houston Rockets*Golden State lead series 3-1Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to a start-to-finish 128-115 victory over Golden State on Monday to stave off elimination from the NBA playoffs.The Rockets scored 45 points in the first quarter equaling a playoff record to quickly get on top. They were up by 22 in

Mick Malthouse sacked as Carlton coach after 'loss of trust' at AFL club

*Sacking brings down curtain on Malthouse’s coaching career*John Barker to take charge while search begins for new full-time coach*Russell Jackson: ‘A disastrously-executed exercise in public relations’Mick Malthouse’s AFL coaching career is over with Carlton moving swiftly to show him the door after relations between the two parties became increasingly fractured and ultimately irreparabl

Swans star Adam Goodes disappointed by boos from Melbourne AFL crowds

*Sydney Swans veteran jeered by sections of MCG crowd at weekend*‘It affects my family, my partner and friends who are at the game,’ says GoodesSydney Swans great Adam Goodes says he is “incredibly disappointed” he gets booed in Melbourne and has no idea why it happens. Dual Brownlow Medallist Goodes was jeered by some spectators in the MCG crowd whenever he touched the ball in Sydney’s AFL

Katrina Grant set for ANZ Championship player first – a disciplinary hearing

*Central Pulse captain Katrina Grant referred to disciplinary officer *Will become first player to face hearing in ANZ Championship history New Zealand international Katrina Grant is to become the first player to face a disciplinary hearing in the trans Tasman netball competition’s eight-year history.The Central Pulse captain has been referred to the ANZ Championship’s disciplinary offi

Carlton set to make decision on coach Mick Malthouse's future

*Malthouse told he has two weeks to turn around situation at embattled club*‘I don’t really get it,’ says Blues coach, who will only leave if sacked Related: Under-fire Mick Malthouse given two games to turn around Carlton fortunes Carlton coach Mick Malthouse is set to be sacked as Carlton coach on Tuesday after slamming the club’s board and chief executive Steven Trigg in an incendiary

US media brands Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova a 'dirty player'

*Australian involved in three incidents during NBA Eastern Conference Finals*‘To say that these are just a series of unfortunate events is naive at best’Debate is raging in the US about whether Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova is a dirty player. The 17 points he scored against the Atlanta Hawks in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ overtime victory on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Ea

Nick Kyrgios among six Australians through to French Open second round

*Kyrgios, Tomic, Kokkinakis, Stosur, Gavrilova and Tomljanovic through*Australia’s best start to tournament at Roland Garros in five years Related: First Australian in action at French Open Olivia Rogowska suffers collapse Nick Kyrgios hailed Australia’s “unbelievable” start to the French Open after leading six through to the second round at Roland Garros. Kyrgios and fellow seeded flagb

Manchester United’s target Nicolás Otamendi set to force Valencia exit

• Argentinian’s agent says he has told club president he wants out• ‘If chance arose to leave he’d do everything possible to make it happen’• Louis van Gaal tells Radamel Falcao he is no longer wantedManchester United have been put on alert after the agent of Nicolás Otamendi claimed the Argentina central defender will force his way out of Valencia if he has to in order to leave.Louis van

Rafael Nadal must silence French Open fans and doubters in first round

Defeat by the 18-year-old qualifier Quentin Halys would be the biggest upset in tennis history and inspire an orgy of speculation about the Spaniard’s futureRoger Federer’s vow on Monday to continue playing tennis until after the 2016 Olympics in Rio thrilled his millions of followers, of course – but there is lingering doubt about the longevity of the Swiss’s enduring rival, Rafael Nadal.Wh

Roma defeat Lazio in derby to secure Champions League qualification

Roma secured an automatic place in the Champions League group phase with a 2-1 win over Lazio in a heated Rome derby on Monday night.Roma’s French centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the former Newcastle player, decided the match with his first goal of the season when he headed home an 85th-minute free-kick. Continue reading...

French Open 2015: Britain’s Aljaz Bedene spirited in defeat

• Former Slovenian beaten 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 on grand slam debut• Bedene shows admirable fight against Austria’s Dominic ThiemFamily and friends, the curious and a few stragglers, crammed into Court No5 on the first Monday of the French Open to see if the fuss about Great Britain’s latest tennis acquisition, Aljaz Bedene – once of Slovenia and latterly of Welwyn Garden City – was warranted. It

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool signings show a flaw that cannot be ignored | Barney Ronay

Luis Suárez’s exit, Steven Gerrard’s retirement and Raheem Sterling’s wanderlust have tested Rodgers but what might do for him now is his transfer policy• Rodgers backed by FSG to walk through Liverpool stormBefore Liverpool’s 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of the season Brendan Rodgers had already announced that he was “150% certain” he would remain in his job next season. As with so ma

England’s dramatic finale gives People’s Monday the finish it deserves | Vic Marks

There was a special crowd at Lord’s for day five of the first Test and they were served up special fare as New Zealand were beaten to complete a memorable Test• Mike Selvey: Stokes takes the limelight in thrilling winSo now everyone heads for Headingley, some elated, some dejected, all exhausted. New Zealand must be bewildered. How often has a team had their opponents 30 for four within the

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