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Australia v India: second Test, day two – live

Josh Hazlewood has claimed five wickets on his debut as Australia try to restrict India at the Gabba. Follow live over-by-over coverage with Geoff Lemon.Email him at geoff.lemon@theguardian.comDay one – as it happenedHeadingley and Old Trafford to host Ashes Tests in 2019 1.04pm AEST 108th over: India 407-9 (Yadav 9)The umpires get into position just in time for _another over b

Jon Drummond, Tyson Gay’s ex-coach, banned for eight years over doping

• Drummond was US relay coach at London Olympics• Gay tested positive in 2013 and banned for one year in MayThe American sprinter Tyson Gay’s former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations, the US Anti-Doping Agency said.An independent arbitration panel found Drummond possessed, trafficked and administered banned performance-enhancing substances to an athlet

James Horwill to join Harlequins and Adam Ashley-Cooper bound for France

*Lock to quit Queensland Reds after 2015 Rugby World Cup*Fellow Wallaby veteran to join Bordeaux from WaratahsEuropean Rugby Champions Cup - talking pointsRajiv Maharaj: Wallabies’ terrible year not without hopeVeteran Wallabies James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper have announced they will depart Australian rugby after the 2015 World Cup.Queensland lock Horwill has signed a three-

Liverpool’s ‘outstanding’ win over Bournemouth gives Rodgers new hope

• Manager believes win shows return to form for his team• ‘Our first half was as good as I’ve seen this season’• Match report: Bournemouth 1-3 LiverpoolBrendan Rodgers spied evidence that Liverpool are returning to the form which propelled them into last season’s title race after his team produced an “outstanding” performance to prevail at Bournemouth and secure a Capital One Cup semi-final a

Christmas truce: a mythical football match revisited 100 years later

Game between British and German forces commemorates match that was, or wasn’t, played in no man’s land“You know the match never even happened, said the curmudgeonly Aldershot cabby. “Nah, just a myth. Mind you, Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas neither.” He’d still not finished. “And Father Christmas actually used to be green till they turned him red for a Coke ad.”On Wednesday night a football

Club World Cup: Auckland City bow out after pushing San Lorenzo to extra time

*Part-timers held South American champions 1-1 after 90 minutes*Argentinians will face Real Madrid in the finalNew Zealanders part-timers stun hosts in Club World CupWestern Sydney lose fifth-place playoff matchAuckland City’s giant-killing run at the Club World Cup is over - but not before threatening another stunning upset.It took extra time for South American champions San Lore

European Tour welcomes two women to its board

• Sophie Goldschmidt and Jutta of Rosenborg appointed• Hunt for George O’Grady’s replacement ongoingWomen will be represented on the European Tour’s board for the first time after Sophie Goldschmidt and Jutta of Rosenborg were named on Wednesday as non-executive directors.The appointments highlight the Tour’s move towards a more commercial approach to business, but they are also notable on

Scunthorpe set FA Cup record by beating Worcester 14-13 on penalties

• Marathon shootout after extra time beats previous high mark• Tally equals most penalties scored in English professional footballScunthorpe United beat Worcester City 14-13 on penalties in their FA Cup second-round replay at Aggborough on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.Miguel Ángel Llera tucked home the winning shot at 10.45pm after Wayne Thomas had Worcester’s 16th ef

Usain Bolt says any plan to cut 200m from Olympics would be ‘ridiculous’

• Newspaper said 200m one of five athletics events to be cut• ‘I think that’s just stupid,’ says six-times Olympic championUsain Bolt, the six-times Olympic champion, said reports suggesting the 200m is among five athletics events at risk of being cut from the Olympic programme are “ridiculous” and it must not be allowed to happen.“Normally I’m not a controversial person but I think that’s

Toulon’s Delon Armitage banned for 12 weeks over fan abuse at Leicester

• Rant at supporters earns full-back suspension until March• Previous poor disciplinary record taken into account• Martin Castrogiovanni given suspended four-match banDelon Armitage has been banned from rugby for 12 weeks for abusing Leicester fans during this month’s European Champions’ Cup game at Welford Road. The Toulon full-back was found guilty at a disciplinary hearing in London after

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Wolfsburg | Bundesliga match report

• Dortmund let one-goal lead slip twice• Gladbach up to third, Leverkusen win but go fourthBorussia Dortmund remain in the Bundesliga relegation play-off spot after twice letting a one-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw with second-placed Wolfsburg.Jürgen Klopp’s men have suffered a dramatic fall from grace this season but would have been hoping to give their fans something to cheer in their

Liverpool draw Chelsea in Capital One Cup semi-finals

• Tottenham play Sheffield United in other last-four game• Two ties take place in weeks of 18 and 25 JanuaryLiverpool will play Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup while Tottenham Hotspur take on the League One side Sheffield United.Liverpool won 3-1 at Bournemouth on Wednesday and Chelsea put out a strong side to win by the same margin at Derby County on Tuesday. Continue re

Liverpool victory over Bournemouth calms the crisis talk – for now | Alan Smith

Brendan Rodgers’ shaky side showed enough nous to win a potentially difficult League Cup tie on the south coast• Match report: Bournemouth 1 Liverpool 3At the turn of this month the Capital One Cup quarter-final would not have been very high on Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers’ list of priorities. There was a sense at full-time, however, of a big weight being lifted from the manager’s shoulders.

Oliver Jarvis lands star Audi role for World Endurance Championship

• Audi sign Oliver Jarvis as full-time factory driver• Briton replaces nine-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen• Anthony Davidson wins 2014 World Endurance ChampionshipThe British driver Oliver Jarvis has been signed as the new full-time factory driver for Audi to compete in the 2015 World Endurance Championship. He will be replacing the nine-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen who retired af

Olympics could include mixed cycling events, says UCI’s Brian Cookson

• Proposed Olympic reforms seeking 50% female participation• Cookson says road time trial or team sprint could be mixed• Cookson warns Astana future is still in the balanceMixed team events on road or track could be among possible innovations in the cycling programme at the Olympic Games after 2020, Brian Cookson has told the Guardian. The UCI president cited the road time trial, the team spr

Australia's sporting year 2014: the best and worst in clips and quips

From Ashes triumph to the Socceroos’ plucky failure, and from wardrobe malfunctions to musical disasters, 2014 was a year to cherishThis is a tough one to call. The Western Sydney Wanderers surely had even code-warrior bores in their corner as they took out the Asian Champions League title. Magnificently led throughout the year by Meg Lanning, the Southern Stars claimed the World Twenty20 to

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Newcastle United | Capital One Cup quarter-final match report

This time it was Newcastle United who switched off. A mere 34 seconds were on the clock at the beginning of the second half when Nacer Chadli was allowed to drift unchallenged from left to right before drilling a low shot past the hapless Jak Alnwick.Newcastle had won the league fixture 2-1 at this stadium in October on the back of Sammy Ameobi’s goal just seven seconds into the second half.

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool | Capital One Cup quarter-final match report

Liverpool at last have some respite. A side left traumatised in the Champions League and so horribly off the pace in the top flight have conjured some conviction in the Capital One Cup, with a semi-final to follow in the new year. Bournemouth were edged out here, not straightforwardly but ultimately with something to spare, to fire Brendan Rodgers’ hopes of claiming silverware. Chelsea remain a

Bournemouth v Liverpool: Capital One Cup – as it happened

Goals from Sterling and Markovic ease pressure on Brendan Rodgers 9.38pm GMT Rodgers’ team did what they had to do - and then some: they didn’t merely avoid a confidence-sapping defeat, they strode into the League Cup semi-final with style. Granted, the opposition were from a division below but Bournemouth showed plenty of quality and Liverpool performed in a way that can let them believe

San Francisco 49ers release Ray McDonald after sexual assault allegations

*Player’s home was searched on Tuesday*Woman claims she was ‘possibly’ assaultedThe San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after it emerged police had searched his home following allegations of sexual assault.“We as an organization have notified [McDonald] and his agent that he will be terminated, released immediately,” the 49ers general manager, Trent Baalke, s

Western Sydney Wanderers lose again at Club World Cup

*Campaign ends with defeat in shoot-out against African champions* Fifth-place playoff deadlocked 2-2 in normal timeTony Popovic blasts referee after Cruz Azul defeatGareth Bale scores as Real Madrid cruise into finalWestern Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.Wandere

Los Angeles the logical choice as US prepares 2024 Olympic bid

LA has the pre-existing infrastructure to cope with the summer Games – but most of all the city is an affordable choiceThe United States Olympic Committee has been atypically measured and tight-lipped while plotting a course to bring the Summer Games back to American soil for the first time in 28 years, a process that began with last year’s initial contact to the mayors of 35 American cities

Freemason police officers tried to ‘shift blame’ after Hillsborough disaster, inquest told

Police constable tells inquest representing 75 victims’ families he did not come forward about masonic meeting earlier for fears over his jobSenior South Yorkshire police officers who were freemasons orchestrated a “masonic conspiracy” to shift the blame after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, the inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims have been told.Maxwell Groome, a constable at the t

The Sochi Olympics legacy: ‘The city now feels like a ghost town’

The Russian winter games passed off successfully enough. But with Russia in political and economic turmoil, what next for the Black Sea resort – and its unfinished white elephants?• February 2014: Olympic roadshow occupies SochiThe Winter Olympics in Sochi were meant to be the culmination of Vladimir Putin’s 14 years in charge of Russia; a sign that the country was able to host major world ev

I didn’t campaign for Tom Jones’s Delilah to be banned | Letter: Dafydd Iwan

It has been fascinating to listen to the debate regarding Delilah, especially as it is largely based on the false premise that I launched a campaign to get the song banned (Tom Jones says critics shouldn’t take Delilah so literally, 12 December, Banning songs is not something I would ever advocate – even if it was possible.What I did in my short article for the Cristnogaeth

How Yorkshire won the 2014 Tour de France: the Grandest Départ’s legacy

For Cambridge, Essex and London, but most of all for Yorkshire, hosting the first stages of the world’s greatest bicycle race was a resounding success. And the glow hasn’t faded yet, with participation still riding high and more major races planned• July 2014: A bluffer’s guide to the Tour de FranceFor the 4.8 million people who lined England’s streets for the first three stages of the Tour d

Will season of goodwill last in boardrooms of Premier League? | Louise Taylor

For the first time since 1995-96 all managers in the division are still in place but this unusual truce may not survive the festive period• Last season Paolo Di Canio was the first to go, in SeptemberIan Porterfield is synonymous with May 1973 at Wembley but the scorer of Sunderland’s FA Cup-winning goal against Leeds United has another, rather more obscure, claim to fame.Porterfield, who d

Willie Mullins has Champagne Fever ready for the King George VI Chase

• Trainer recognises tough task chaser faces at Kempton• Boxing Day run will determine Cheltenham Gold Cup plansClonmel Oil Chase winner on course for Christmas highlightHandler prepares his high-class string for the FestivalChampagne Fever, the second-favourite for the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, was pawing at the ground like a bull here on Wednesday as Willie Mullins, his trainer,

Sheffield United hero Marc McNulty delighted with Southampton winner

• McNulty: ‘It’s a dream come true’• Sheffield United in League Cup last four for first time since 2002-03• Match report: Sheffield United 1-0 SouthamptonSheffield United’s match-winner Marc McNulty had to pinch himself after his goal earned the team victory over Southampton and a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final.The 22-year-old bundled the ball home from close range in the second h

Headingley and Old Trafford to host Ashes Test matches in 2019

• Lord’s, The Oval and Edgbaston named as other venues• Taunton to host England v South Africa T20 in 2017Headingley and Old Trafford will play host to Ashes Tests in 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.Lord’s, The Oval and Edgbaston will host the other three Ashes contests as Trent Bridge and Cardiff both miss out after being named to host matches in 2015. Continue rea

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