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The prison where murderers play for Manchester United | David Goldblatt

Luzira was once the most notorious prison in Uganda. Now it’s home to what is surely the world’s most elaborate prison football league – and a model for the transformative power of the beautiful game15 March, friendlyWard Two 1 – 1 Ward SevenA decade ago, Opio Moses was a lowly policeman out in the sticks of Eastern Uganda with a complicated love life. He had fallen for the wrong woman. One

Warriors beat Rockets to make their first NBA finals since 1975

*Houston Rockets 90-104 Golden State Warriors*Warriors win series 4-1Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.After decades of wishing and waiting for this moment, the Warriors have finally arrived

NHL Western Conference finals: Blackhawks beat Ducks to force Game 7

*Anaheim Ducks 2-5 Chicago Blackhawks*Series tied at 3-3Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second to help the Blackhawks hand the Ducks their first regulation loss of the pla

Former Fifa kingpin Jack Warner spends night in jail after corruption arrest

Trinidadian appeared in court to hear eight counts of fraud but a delay in processing his US$395,000 bail meant a night in the cells Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner was spending Wednesday night in jail in Trinidad, after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of US authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international football.

Spinner Fawad Ahmed enhances Test claim as Australia toil in Antigua

*Ahmed takes two wickets on first day of cricket tour of Caribbean*Australia play first Test against West Indies next weekA pair of wickets helped boost Fawad Ahmed’s Test chances but Australia have been made to work hard on day one of their tour match in Antigua.The tourists began their tour of the Caribbean perfectly, nabbing three quick wickets in a rain-affected opening session at th

Fifa arrests: 'Australia has been treated like a mug,' says Nick Xenophon, calling for World Cup bid refund – video

Independent senator Nick Xenophon calls for Australia to get a refund of $40m for its failed attempt to host the World Cup in 2022. His comments come after the US's top prosecutors accused nine senior current or former Fifa officials of "hijacking" international football to run "a World Cup of fraud" to line their pockets with $150m Continue reading...

'Old bastards!' Latin America delights in Fifa arrests after years of impunity

Legends including Diego Maradona and José Luis Chilavert applaud FBI swoop but others lament it has taken a foreign agency to tackle obvious corruptionFrom Diego Maradona’s delight to the denials of regional football bosses, Latin America has lapped up the unfolding Fifa corruption scandal, which has almost exclusively embroiled officials and businessmen representing the region.“They calle

Samantha Stosur remains on course to meet Sharapova at French Open

*Stosur beats Amandine Hesse 6-0, 6-1 *Daria Gavrilova and Ajla Tomljanovic both fall in second roundLong-time standard bearer Samantha Stosur is once again Australia’s last survivor in the French Open women’s singles following second-round exits for European imports Daria Gavrilova and Ajla Tomljanovic.Gavrilova retired with an abdominal strain after conceding the first set 6-1 against

Maroons do just enough to get over line in underwhelming State of Origin opener | Paul Connolly

Game One of the 2015 Origin series failed to live up to the pre-match hype with Queensland far from their best and NSW error-prone and wasteful Related: Queensland sneak past New South Wales to win State of Origin 2015 game one Game One of an Origin series is typically preceded by so much drum beating, trumpet blaring and flag waving that it’s extraordinary it so often lives up to the hype

David Squires on ... Tottenham and Chelsea's post-season trips to Australia | Cartoon

David Squires looks ahead to the visits of Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to Australia, where they will both play friendlies against Sydney FC Continue reading...

Steven Gerrard’s MLS debut with LA Galaxy set for mid-July

• Galaxy coach Bruce Arena wants him for friendly cup tournament• Midfielder says he is looking forward to serving Liverpool againSteven Gerrard is expected to make his debut for Los Angeles Galaxy on 11 July.The midfielder signed off a 28-year association with Liverpool in Sunday’s 6-1 defeat at Stoke. He is on a break in Dubai with his team-mates but will soon begin preparations for a new

Amir Khan determined to stay focused on Chris Algieri fight

• British fighter dismisses talk of possible bout against Floyd Mayweather• ‘I don’t want to look past this fight. I’ve made that mistake before’Amir Khan is focused entirely on the task at hand as he prepares to take on Chris Algieri in New York on Friday night.Khan has been tipped by many to be the next opponent for pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather since the undefeated welterweight b

Sport picture of the day: all eyes on the court

Shooting something reflective so that the shiny surface shows the subject of the image is an old staple of photography. This example is a particularly well composed and executed example Continue reading...

Sunderland could turn to Steve McClaren as Dick Advocaat leaves

• Dutchman led Sunderland to Premier League survival• Advocaat: ‘At certain moments in your life you have to make a decision’• Former Derby and England manager McClaren potential targetDick Advocaat has turned down the chance to become Sunderland’s permanent head coach, leaving the club bitterly disappointed and forcing them to embark on a managerial search that could see them compete with Ne

Adrian Peterson 'can play for us or he cannot play', says Vikings coach

*Running back has not attended optional workouts*Peterson feels team did not support himCoach Mike Zimmer cut right to the chase on Wednesday when asked about the situation surrounding his disgruntled running back.“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said on the second day of optional practices that Peterson skipped. “He’s not going to play f

Fifa in crisis as officials who presided over 'World Cup of fraud' are arrested

FBI investigation into corruption leads to dawn raids in Zurich, while Swiss authorities look into bids for 2018 and 2022 World CupsFifa has been plunged into an unprecedented crisis by the arrest of senior officials in dawn raids in Zurich following a long-running FBI investigation, while Swiss authorities simultaneously launched an inquiry into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. A

Rory McIlroy walks down memory lane with Rickie Fowler at Royal County Down

Best of friends are relishing a return to the venue where they met as callow youths at the 2007 Walker CupRory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler might appear too young for reflective glances towards their youth, but the reality of this week suggests otherwise. Eight years have flown by since McIlroy and Fowler faced off as teenage amateurs in the Walker Cup at Royal County Down, a big moment in their r

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes to miss most of next season with knee injury

• Cruciate ligament damage will sideline Barnes for months • Burnley hit by spate of similar injuries in recent timesThe Burnley striker Ashley Barnes will miss the majority of next season after suffering a serious knee injury.The 25-year-old sustained anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in Sunday’s final-day Premier League victory over Aston Villa. He will unde

Fifa arrests: Jack Warner plays down corruption allegations – video

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner responds to allegations over his involvement in a scandal engulfing football's governing body on Wednesday. Warner is among several officials to be indicted. Seven were arrested on US corruption charges during a morning raid and face extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022

England’s Dylan Hartley may miss World Cup after receiving four-week ban

• Northampton hooker will not be available for first match of tournament• Hartley pleads guilty to headbutting Saracens’ Jamie GeorgeDylan Hartley faces missing the World Cup after receiving a four-week ban for striking an opponent with his head during Northampton’s Premiership play-off semi-final against Saracens last weekend. He will miss the three warm-up matches in August and September and

Fit-again John Gregory’s heart still aches over Aston Villa’s lost FA Cup final

After surgery to replace the heart valve that forced him to leave Crawley, manager who lost the 2000 final to Chelsea hopes Tim Sherwood can go one betterThe first thing to report is that John Gregory is in good health. Sitting in a restaurant in central London, Gregory looks and sounds remarkably well for a man who underwent open heart surgery at the start of the year and it says much about th

Worcester beat Bristol with last kick to secure promotion to Premiership

• Worcester 30-30 Bristol; Worcester win 59-58 on aggregateThere have been some dramatic Championship finales but none to rival Worcester’s extraordinary scramble back into the Premiership on Wednesday night, when a try from Chris Pennell in the final minute gave Ryan Lamb the chance to seal promotion with a conversion. Over it went to condemn Bristol to yet another crushing disappointmentA

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2-3 Sevilla | Europa League final match report

In the end, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s sense of their own destiny was not enough. Sevilla, playing their familiar attractive football, became the first side to win the Europa League for the fourth time – astonishingly only nine years after they won it for the first time.While José Antonio Reyes offered a reminder of his energy and inventiveness for an hour, this was really the victory of two men

Dnipro v Sevilla: Europa League final – live!

*Sevilla retain trophy after entertaining final*Spaniards also win place in next season’s Champions League 9.39pm BST Sevilla have won the Europa League! For a record fourth time! Their reward is GLORY. And a place in next season’s Champions League group stages. Dnipro showed many admirable qualities and deserve praise for their part in an entertaining tournament and final, but the bette

Steve Bell on the Fifa corruption arrests – cartoon

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Is this the beginning of the end for the Fifa that Blatter built?

Charges and arrests of officials put question mark over the ability of Sepp Blatter to survive another scandalThe stylish lobby of the five-star Baur au Lac hotel on the shores of Lake Zurich is where Fifa’s secrets have traditionally gone to die.If Fifa’s $255m (£166m) black and chrome HQ high above Zurich is where the official business is done from Sepp Blatter’s presidential suite and t

Coca-Cola says corruption has 'tarnished' the World Cup

Hours after news of the ‘hijacking’ accusations broke, Coca-Cola became the first major sponsor to call for Fifa to put its house in orderCoca-Cola, one of football’s biggest sponsors, said Wednesday the allegations of corruption now swirling around Fifa, soccer’s governing body, have “tarnished” the reputation of the World Cup.Hours after the justice department accused nine senior current

The FBI may have struck at Fifa but soccer in the US has been tarnished

Wednesday’s arrests raise questions about some figures who are deeply involved in the soccer business in the United StatesSo, in the most extraordinary fashion, the United States has finally found itself at the epicenter of the soccer world. The star of one of the biggest days in American soccer history was not, however, a talented young Californian striker or a brave goalkeeper from New J

Ernie Els says European Tour missed a trick not retaining Rory McIlroy

• Els: ‘Rory could have been the next Seve Ballesteros’• World No1 has residence in America where he plays most his golfErnie Els believes the European Tour has passed up an opportunity to retain Rory McIlroy on a permanent basis, despite the riches of its equivalent in the United States, with the South African insisting golf’s world No1 could have been promoted as a modern day Seve Ballestero

Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea commit to playing in New Zealand

• Young All Blacks say they will play for another four Super Rugby seasons• Deal keeps Retallick at Waikato Chiefs and Savea at Wellington HurricanesBrodie Retallick, the world player of the year, and the winger Julian Savea have committed to playing in New Zealand until after the 2019 World Cup. The NZR chief executive, Steve Tew, described the retention of the 24-year-old Savea and the 23-ye

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