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PFA Player of the Year award shortlist: Gerrard and Lallana nominated

Hazard, Sturridge, Suárez and Touré also on shortlist Barkley and Sterling among nominations for youth awardSteven Gerrard, Eden Hazard, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez and Yaya Touré are the six players nominated for this year's Professional Footballers' Association's Players' Player of the Year award. Continue reading...

Jonathan Trott confirms he is unable to 'concentrate fully at all times"

England batsman to take 'further period' away ECB insists it will support's batsman's ongoing rehabilitationJonathan Trott has cited his inability to "concentrate fully at all times" as the reason for his decision to withdraw from his comeback to cricket after a single County Championship appearance.Warwickshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement on Friday morning co

Football League clockwatch live! | Michael Butler

Updates from the Championship, League One and League Two Send sweet nothings to michael.butler@theguardian.com Or you can tweet him @michaelbutler18 Live scoreboard: all the goals as they go in across the UK Burnley ready to clinch promotion, says Trippier Dominic Fifield: Portsmouth owe everything to their community 4.27pm BST And Fleetwood are within a point of an automatic promoti

St Helens 14-33 Wigan | Super League match report

St Helens 14-33 WiganIt was a pass, and a try, that would deserve to win any derby. Sean O'Loughlin, the Wigan captain who had already stretched over for the game's opening score, was set free just inside the St Helens half, ran diagonally across the field as he searched for support, and "just saw Sarge [Dan Sarginson, the right wing] in the corner of my eye".It took a special player to thro

Golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets

Spanish golfer needed medical attention after being attacked by hornets in Kuala LumpurSpanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape a swarm of hornets on Friday.Larrazabal needed medical attention after being attacked by hornets at the 14th hole, the fifth of his round.In my room resting after a long and tough day out there... Head still in pain but i will be 100

Laura Robson out of Wimbledon and French Open with injured wrist

British No1 has not played since Australian Open Announces she will have surgery on Facebook pageLaura Robson has withdrawn from Wimbledon and the French Open to have wrist surgery in America. A light-hearted entry on her Facebook page masked the potential seriousness of the injury, which has troubled her since last summer and will now disrupt a large part of her 2014 season."I wanted to in

Lewis Hamilton shines in practice for Mercedes ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

Hamilton finished 0.141sec ahead of Fernando Alonso Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg came thirdLewis Hamilton missed the first 25 minutes of Friday's second free practice for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix but still finished top of the timings by 0.141sec, ahead of Fernando Alonso and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Hamilton's car had a suspension problem and then he complained about unders

David Ferrer stuns top seed Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo quarter-finals

Eight-time champion Nadal beaten in straight sets Sixth seed Ferrer says he dealt with Nadal's attacksDavid Ferrer claimed a stunning victory over fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.Top seed Nadal, eight times a winner of the French Open, had been aiming to recapture the Monte Carlo title after an eight-year unbeaten stretch at the tou

Scott Quigg only half the story as John Murray seeks lightweight redemption

Switch disrupts super-bantamweight's preparations Murray can complete comeback with victory over old friendScott Quigg's defence of his world title against the late substitute Tshifhiwa Munyai is billed as the main event in Manchester on Saturday, and it could well provide unscheduled drama but the crowd are there in numbers for a fight with more significance than its title suggests.If, as

Yasiel Puig takes Dodgers on a wild ride but there's no defect in his play

*MLB: Five things we learned this week*Cuban star reportedly faces death threats*Yankees' Tanaka is the real deal*Astros fans see beginning of beginning*Cubs forecast: cloudy with chance of meatballsYasiel Puig is still acclimatising to everyday life in the US, while dealing with the on-field adjustment that comes with moving from Cubas Serie Nacional to Major League Baseball. Now

Bernard Hopkins ready to write a fresh chapter against Beibut Shumenov

Hopkins defends his IBF title at age of 49 against Kazakh Paulie Malignaggi gets another title shot on undercardIt is long odds that Bernard Hopkins had access to the writing of Gabriel García Márquez in 1982, the year the celebrated Colombian writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Hopkins was a Philadelphia street punk newly delivered into the care of the Pennsylvania State Correc

Gareth Bale's goal for Real Madrid against Barcelona stuns Usain Bolt

'He's the fastest footballer in the world,' says Jamaican sprinter Double Olympic champion Hicham El Guerrouj also 'amazed' Sid Lowe: how Bale's wonder goal wowed SpainBale's first season at Madrid: an appraisalUsain Bolt has joined the chorus of appreciation for Gareth Bale's stunning Copa del Rey final winner against Barcelona on Wednesday night.The Welshman's stunning 85th-minute winne

Ferrari use Enzo's old method to recruit much-needed new broom | Richard Williams

Marco Mattiacci arrives from commercial side of Ferrari operation and is unencumbered with Formula One baggageEveryone liked Stefano Domenicali. That was the problem. Ferrari's team principal was a nice man in a world where niceness, even when accompanied by extreme competence, is usually considered to be the virtue of losers.Domenicali, who resigned suddenly at the start of this week, had b

It is time to love the IPL, cricket's whizziest pop-up sideshow | Barney Ronay

Bats continue to swish and the money keeps rolling, convincing IPL7 of its place at the centre of the sporting universeWelcome back, then, the Indian Premier League. As of Wednesday morning the IPL is among us again, busily re-establishing itself as cricket's whizziest, gaudiest pop-up western town of a sporting sideshow, not to mention by its own figures the second most lucrative sports compet

Premiership's Stinger and Pro12's Judgement Day showcase club rugby | Paul Rees

'The double-header is a good example of what can be built up over time: it is now a major part of our calendar,' says the Premiership's Mark McCafferty of an innovation here to stayWhen Premiership Rugby announced at the turn of the decade that it was aiming to emulate football's Championship in terms of popular support, the general reaction was one of incredulity. Leicester apart, no club regu

Paddy Lowe and Mercedes look to put F1's new world on the map

Mercedes are flying and their technical guru would like those at the top of F1 to share their enthusiasm for the new rulesPaddy Lowe, the technical wizard behind Mercedes' early domination of the Formula One season, says the sport's leading figures should work harder to promote their "brilliant" product."The leadership of F1 has a duty to promote it," Lowe says in an exclusive interview with

Newcastle Knights 6-32 Brisbane Broncos | NRL match report

*Newcastle Knights 6-32 Brisbane BroncosA superb defensive effort at Hunter Stadium helped Brisbane end a two-game losing streak.In front of a crowd of 22,254, the Broncos' goalline defence was first class in the 32-6 victory over Newcastle. Continue reading...

Sport picture of the day: Christ on a bike

The world's most famous cycling fan and designer of the world's largest bike, Didi Senft aka El Diablo, has been been slaving away in his workshop on his latest creation. He's spent 100 hours creating this beast which commemorates the 2014 World Cup Continue reading...

Melbourne Rebels 22-16 Western Force | Super Rugby match report

*Melbourne Rebels 22-16 Western ForceThe Melbourne Rebels put the brakes on the Western Force's winning run with a hard-earned 22-16 victory.The Rebels made amends for their early-season humiliation at the hands of the Force and stopped the Perth franchise's surge at five successive wins. Continue reading...

NBA playoffs: Miami prepare for Atlanta as they seek third straight title

The first round of the playoffs kicks off on Saturday, and while the West looks strong as ever, the East minus Miami is weakThe 2014 NBA playoffs kick off on Saturday, and the Lakers, the Celtics and the Knicks will all be sitting home. In their place are the Raptors, the Bobcats and the Trail Blazers. Excited to see Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo? Well, don't be,

Manly Sea Eagles 26-21 North Queensland Cowboys | NRL match report

*Manly Sea Eagles 26-21 North Queensland CowboysManly secured a 26-21 come-from-behind win over North Queensland on the back of a highly controversial obstruction ruling.Kieran Foran laid on the matchwinning try for Jamie Buhrer in the 78th minute after Johnathan Thurston had two minutes earlier kicked the Cowboys one point clear. Continue reading...

Steve Davis may be handed World Snooker tour wild card by Barry Hearn

Hearn's proposal receives backing from within snooker Ronnie O'Sullivan readies for Crucible title defenceThe controversial proposal by Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, to hand Steve Davis a tour wild card for next season has received support from within the sport.The six-times world champion lost early in qualifying for this year's Crucible tournament, which begins on Saturday,

Talking Horses: Best bets for racing's first ever Good Friday card | Greg Wood

Our man analyses Lingfield's groundbreaking Good Friday card, plus the climax of our tipping competitionIt will be a small piece of racing history that is made at Lingfield this afternoon when one of the 11 runners in the opening race passes the post in front, but history all the same as British racing records its first winner on Good Friday. It will be well worth it for the winning connections

Ronnie O'Sullivan ready for Crucible defence as new fans go snooker loopy | Barry Glendenning

The five-times winner heads for the world championship on top form, with snooker given a new lease of life under Barry HearnRonnie O'Sullivan will begin his defence of the world championship he won for the fifth time last year with "professional snooker players feeling like they have a full-time job again", according to the 1997 world champion, Ken Doherty.Boasting total prize money of £1.2m

Paul Lambert stands firm as Aston Villa takeover rumours mount

Lambert accepts he can't afford a repeat of this season 'Nobody wants to hear criticism regardless of who you are'Paul Lambert accepts he will not survive a repeat of this season, with the Aston Villa manager fully aware that, irrespective of the support he retains in the boardroom at the end of another turbulent week, the club's increasingly disillusioned fans will have a significant say on h

Brendan Rodgers warns Liverpool to learn from Manchester City dip

City's draw against Sunderland a warning sign, says Rodgers Premier League leaders told: there is nothing guaranteedBrendan Rodgers believes Manchester City's faltering title challenge will serve as a warning against complacency to Liverpool when they take their pursuit of the Premier League to struggling Norwich City on Sunday.Liverpool's prospects of a first title win since 1990 were enha

The sports quiz of the week: Copa del Rey, Bubba Watson and the Conference

Featuring the King of Spain, Masters greats, extortionate pay, religious leaders, the London Marathon and Crawley Town Continue reading...

South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-15 Canterbury Bulldogs | NRL match report

*South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-15 Canterbury BulldogsTrent Hodkinson's 78th-minute field goal sealed a 15-14 victory for Canterbury over a patched-up South Sydney in a stirring Good Friday encounter at ANZ Stadium.It is the third week in a row the Bulldogs have won a game through a field goal and by a single point, with Hodkinson repeating his heroics from last week's win over the Warriors. Th

Joy of Six: football pantomime villains

From the loathing for Pepe's playacting to the puzzling rancour Michael Owen inspires, football fans love to hate a bad guy Continue reading...

Canterbury Bulldogs squeeze out South Sydney with late field goal

Rabbitohs 14-15 Bulldogs Trent Hodkinson seals comeback with two minutes to go Third straight single-point win for BulldogsTrent Hodkinson's 78th-minute field goal sealed a 15-14 victory for Canterbury over a patched-up South Sydney in a stirring Good Friday NRL encounter at ANZ Stadium.It was the third week in a row the Bulldogs had won a game through a field goal and by a single p

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