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Talking Horses: Wednesday’s best bets plus the latest racing news

Days Ahead looks a contender at a decent price when he runs at Wincanton, while Lord Windermere is making the headlinesHow interesting to see that Lord Windermere has been committed to the Grand National, particularly since he hardly looks well handicapped in light of the way he ran in the Gold Cup. If the weights were being set now, he could reasonably expect to be a few pounds lower. Continu

Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels denies ‘promising’ to join Manchester United

• Defender rejects ‘invented’ reports of Old Trafford move• Hummels remains under contract at Dortmund until 2017• The Rumour Mill: Arsenal in for Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy?Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels has dismissed reports that he has agreed a deal with Louis van Gaal to join Manchester United.The Germany defender has long been a target for several top European clubs and recently sa

America’s Cup teams in controversial move to reduce boat size

• Luna Rossa and Team NZ unhappy with move• Way could be clear for Oracle to retain trophyThe America’s Cup teams have voted to reduce the size of boats to be sailed in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda, a cost-cutting move that could lead to the two strongest challengers dropping out.The organisers said a majority of teams favoured the move from 62ft (AC62) catamarans to AC45s in the 45ft to 50f

As analytics enlighten across sports, tennis remains stuck in dark age

Tennis has an analytics problem – and it’s time for the decentralized powers governing the sport to play ball with the publicAs the language of sports grows evermore entwined with analytics, new words and ideas are created from numbers. In baseball, ‘WAR’ (Wins Above Replacement) measures each player’s contributions to his team’s success based on data from each event on the field. In hockey,

Argentina beat Ecuador in second straight Copa América warm-up victory

• Argentina, without Lionel Messi, win 2-1 in New Jersey• Mexico beat Paraguay 1-0; Venezuela beat Peru 1-0• Sportblog: Can Martino end Argentina’s cup drought?Argentina beat Ecuador 2-1 to notch a second straight Copa América warm-up victory without Lionel Messi at a freezing MetLife stadium in New Jersey.In other friendlies in the United States ahead of the 11 June-4 July tournament in C

USA's draw against Switzerland: five things we learned

Jurgen Klinsmann showed well against a strong Switzerland side, but another late-game swoon continues an alarming patternAfter playing a Denmark team who were in buoyant Euro qualifying form, the USA arrived in Switzerland with more days’ practice under their belts, and knowing they’d be facing a well-drilled but hardly explosive Swiss side featuring several changes from their own qualifier a

Real Madrid agree £23m deal for Porto’s Brazil international defender Danilo

• 23-year-old Brazil right-back will join Real next season• Danilo, who joined Porto in January 2012, signs six-year deal • Javier Hernández reveals frustration at lack of playing time• Zinedine Zidane expresses interest in managing Real one dayReal Madrid have reached an agreement with Porto to sign their Brazil right-back Danilo for a fee of £23m.The 23-year-old Brazil international, wh

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to move for Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy?

Today’s tish and fipsy is all just one, massive, really, really funny jokeArsenal have been pretty good in the second half of this season. Mesut Özil has ben quietly impressive, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain one of their most consistent players, Alexis Sánchez has fallen away a little but is still one of the signings of the season, Santi Cazorla has evolved into a slightly different but hugely impres

Novak Djokovic survives early scare to reach Miami Open quarter-finals

• Djokovic battles back against unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov• Andy Murray beats Kevin Anderson in 500th career win• Carla Suárez Navarro to face Andrea Petkovic in semi-finalReigning champion Novak Djokovic dug deep to avoid a shock exit at the hands of Alexandr Dolgopolov before powering into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.The unseeded Dolgopolov – ranked 65th in the world, 64 place

English Institute of Sport data chief: "You can't argue with the statistics"

Stafford Murray’s data analytics efforts at London 2012 helped deliver success for Team GB. Here he talks to Eleanor Dallaway about the power of data in modern sport Stafford Murray is head of performance analysis at the English Institute of Sport, where he has worked since its inception – thanks to government lottery funding and consequential financial investment in sport science – in 2002.

Cricket World Cup star Mitchell Starc sidelined for up to three weeks

*Starc experienced soreness in his knee towards the end of the World Cup*Set for short period of recovery before heading off for Test tours Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc, the player of the tournament at the recent cricket World Cup, will be out for up to three weeks after suffering a minor knee injury. The 25-year-old left-arm paceman climbed to the top of the world’s one-day inte

Essendon doping scandal: former Wada chief laments AFL club's inaction

*John Fahey regrets unsuccessful court action taken by Bombers*Calls for review of Asada processes after lengthy investigationFormer Wada president John Fahey has criticised Essendon for prolonging the two-year supplements scandal and also called for a review of “cumbersome” Asada regulations.The AFL’s independent anti-doping tribunal on Tuesday found 34 past and present Essendon players

Mexico 1-0 Paraguay – as it happened

11.00pm ET And that’s that. We had a rock and roll first-half with an early goal, furious attacking and some zingy fouls. The second-half descended into a series of substitutions, but Paraguay probably edged it. Mexico really looked like they could win it four- or five-nil in the early minutes but once Paraguay exerted themselves physically it was a much more equal game. 10.56pm ET 90

Essendon doping verdict: no end in sight and no winners in sorry saga | Kathryn Kernohan

With the Essendon supplements saga set to drag on further still, the AFL is in danger of losing disillusioned fansThe week before a new AFL season used to feel like Christmas to me. There was the nervous anticipation of seeing how new recruits would fit into my side, assessing how players would return from injuries and the excitement of receiving my membership card in the mail. I’d be unasham

Asada defer decision on appeal of AFL anti-doping tribunal's verdict on Essendon

*Asada confirms an appeal is ‘a very live option’*Calls for Stephen Dank to produce records of injectionsAsada will delay making a decision on whether to appeal the AFL’s anti-doping tribunal verdict on the Essendon players at the centre of the supplement program scandal.But Australia’s anti-doping body confirmed they are considering an appeal, to be lodged within 21 days of Tuesday’s ve

England’s Andros Townsend hits back at critics after Italy draw

• Winger ‘desperate to get on the pitch and silence a few critics’• Roy Hodgson says Tottenham player ‘is a game-changer’• Italy 1-1 England: Daniel Taylor’s match report• Dominic Fifield: Kane gets real taste of international football against Italy• Simon Burnton: Five talking points from the Turin friendlyAndros Townsend secured England an unlikely draw in Italy before hitting back at his

Italy 1-1 England: five talking points from the friendly in Turin | Simon Burnton

England’s first-half diamond dulled their shining lights, while Italy’s reputation as masters of the defensive dark arts remained undimmed• Italy 1-1 England: Daniel Taylor’s match report from Turin• Dominic Fifield: Kane gets real taste of international football against ItalyEngland’s first-half midfield diamond, with Fabian Delph on the left and Jordan Henderson on the other side, offered v

Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde | Friendly international match report

• Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde• Goals from Odaïr Fortes and Gegé seal winA second-half sending off for André Pinto capped a miserable evening for a second-string Portugal side, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Cape Verde in a friendly in Estoril.Portugal fielded none of the players who beat Serbia in Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday and were undone by two first-half goals scored within six minutes o

Andy Murray reaches 500 milestone in Miami Open but it is no cakewalk

• Murray beats Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach quarter-finals • ‘I have a number in mind before I finish my career,’ says MurrayAndy Murray racked up his 500th career win by beating Kevin Anderson over three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Open. He needed a little over two hours to dispatch the South African 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, passing an important personal milestone while makin

England’s Harry Kane gets real taste of international football against Italy | Dominic Fifield

Harry Kane is left isolated leading the England line on his first start although he had chances to beat Gianluigi Buffon• Match report: Italy 1-1 England• Talking points from TurinIn hindsight, the writing had been on the wall from this game’s opening exchange. Only 16 seconds had elapsed when Jordan Henderson collected in midfield, spied Harry Kane apparently free of Giorgio Chiellini’s shac

Israel 0-1 Belgium | Euro 2016 qualifier match report

Belgium held on to beat Israel 1-0 in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Tel Aviv, despite Vincent Kompany being sent off midway through the second half.Marouane Fellaini, the Manchester United midfielder, scored from close range in the 10th minute to earn a victory that put Belgium top of Group B, ahead of Wales on goal difference. But they had to play the last third of the game with 10 men after Ko

Holland 2-0 Spain | Friendly international match report

Holland beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday to earn embattled coach Guus Hiddink some breathing space after a poor start to his second term in charge of the Dutch national team.Center back Stefan de Vrij and midfielder Davy Klaassen scored first-half goals for the home side in the morale-boosting victory. Related: Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde | Friendly international match report Relate

Italy 1-1 England | Friendly international match report

• Five talking points from the friendly in Turin• Dominic Fifield: Italy give Kane real taste of international footballAs Gary Lineker volunteered, let’s hope Harry Kane can come out of this worrying goals slump. England’s man of the moment found it difficult on his first start although in fairness he was not the only one struggling for momentum before the substitute Andros Townsend sugarcoa

Italy v England: international friendly – as it happened | Nick Ames

Harry Kane did not score but Andros Townsend very much did, cracking in a second-half equaliser to Graziano Pellè’s goal within eight minutes of coming on 9.42pm BST So, that wasn’t so bad was it? Italy deserved their 1-0 lead, with England looking tentative and disjointed despite Rooney hitting the bar. Things improved after the interval, with Michael Carrick’s introduction corresponding

Holland 2-0 Spain: international friendly – as it happened! | Alan Smith

Holland scored twice inside the opening 16 minutes against Spain in a dull fixture at the Amsterdam Arena 9.36pm BST That is that. There were two goals inside 16 minutes. The rest of the first half was dull. The second half was scrappy and saw 10 substitutions. Thanks for reading! Bye! 9.35pm BST 90 min+3: Counting down the seconds with some non-descript passing across the Holland de

USC athletic director to skip playoff meetings due to 'religious freedom' law

*USC AD to boycott College Football Playoff meetings over new law*Pat Haden, who has a gay son, made the announcement on Twitter*Indiana is home to NCAA headquarters and next week’s Final FourUSC athletic director Pat Haden said on Tuesday he will boycott the College Football Playoff selection committee meetings in Indianapolis this week due to a new Indiana law critics allege could allow

World Cup ticket website keeps angry fans waiting more than seven hours

• Supporters angry at all-day wait for Rugby World Cup tickets• Organisers admit ‘very high level of demand’ for latest batch• Debbie Jevans leaves with England’s plans in good shapeFans had to wait more than seven hours after the latest batch of Rugby World Cup tickets were released on the tournament’s website. Tickets went on sale at 9.30am on Tuesday with supporters venting their frustrati

England v Italy: friendly international – in pictures

All the best images from Turin where Roy Hodgson’s men are looking for revenge after their 2-1 defeat to the Azzurri at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Continue reading...

Football agents fear ‘wild west’ as Fifa reforms seek to cap fees

It’s goodbye agents, hello ‘intermediaries’ under new rules deregulating licensing to individual countries but some fear this could lead to less, not more, oversight• Agents made £155m on international deals in 2014, Fifa revealsNot many people empathise with football agents. Often depicted as the embodiment of the game’s post‑1992 years of excess, those who help broker transfers and secure lu

Switzerland prove no respite for USA's late-game woes

*US have conceded eight goals after 80th minute in as many games*Valentin Stocker’s late strike cancels out Brek Shea opener*Switzerland v USA – as it happenedA late goal has once again proved the undoing of Jürgen Klinsmann’s US side, who depart Zürich with no answer to their end of games troubles. At least this time it wasn’t a fatal blow.Klinsmann is using the year between World and

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