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September 26th, 2017 by admin

• England and Leicester scrum-half joins debate over early-season injuries
• ‘Players have power to strike but I don’t think any player wants to get to that’

Another senior England international has claimed leading players are “at the limit” of what their bodies can sustain amid rising concern over the number of injuries in the early weeks of the season. Leicester’s Ben Youngs says the players currently wish to avoid strike action but reveals there is increasing disquiet in dressing rooms about the sport’s attrition rate.

The topic of player welfare was impossible to avoid in Oxford, where England are engaged in a three-day camp, with Billy Vunipola the latest long-term casualty and eight other squad members unable to train fully. According to Youngs, the game grows steadily more demanding and common sense is needed in terms of season length.

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September 26th, 2017 by admin

• Enable to be added to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe field at cost of €120,000
• Cracksman missing from entry list after first forfeit stage

Any flickering hope among his backers that Cracksman might remain in the running for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday was extinguished on Monday morning, when the easy winner of the Prix Niel, one of the main Arc trials, was missing from a list of 20 contenders after the first forfeit stage. Enable, his stable companion at John Gosden’s Newmarket yard, is currently missing too, but will be added to the field at Wednesday’s supplementary stage at a cost of €120,000 (£105,500).

The mood music around Cracksman’s participation this weekend had been so downbeat since his win in the Niel that the ante-post market had effectively discounted him already. As a result Enable, the winner of four Group Ones already this season, is steady in the betting at a top price of 10-11. Each-way opposition to the favourite is beginning to focus on Ulysses, the Eclipse and International Stakes winner, and Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George, who was third last year behind his stable companions Found, who has since retired, and Highland Reel, who is expected to be in the field again on Sunday.

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September 26th, 2017 by admin

Former US soldier and one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times posts letter to Twitter saying she is ‘not authorized to enter Canada’

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who served seven years in military prison after instigating one of the biggest breaches of classified data in US history, has said she has been barred from entering Canada.

Related: ‘This is a police state': Chelsea Manning accuses Harvard of caving to CIA

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September 26th, 2017 by admin

Foriegn minister Jorge Arreaza’s retaliates after US sanctions and a new travel ban against Venezuela, as well as harsh words from Trump

Venezuela’s top diplomat has accused Donald Trump of acting like “the world’s emperor,” after the US president denounced the government of Nicolás Maduro on the global stage of the UN General Assembly.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza’s speech at assembly came a day after Trump signed a travel ban affecting some Venezuelan officials, and nearly a week after Trump denounced turmoil-racked Venezuela’s “corrupt regime” in his own address to the assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders.

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September 26th, 2017 by admin

• Mica McNeill says decision to keep three men’s teams is ‘confusing’
• UK Sport monitoring bobsleigh’s governing body after ‘overspend’

The decision to continue funding all three men’s British bobsleigh teams while cutting financial backing for the only women’s crew has been branded “confusing” by the driver who started an online campaign to keep her Olympic dream afloat.

Mica McNeill said she wants people at the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association to be held accountable after financial “mismanagement” led to a £50,000 overspend at the governing body.

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September 25th, 2017 by admin

With Romelu Lukaku and Álvaro Morata blazing attacking trails since their spotlight Premier League moves, Alexandre Lacazette has had to be more patient, more steady, in his adaptation to the stage occupied by elite strikers. Having scored with his first meaningful touch as an Arsenal player on the opening day of the season, it has been a slower burn introduction. He excelled here against a dogged and robust West Brom. His two goals – one poached on the rebound and the other cracked in from the penalty spot, turned a potentially sticky encounter into a useful three points.

Related: Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – as it happened

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September 25th, 2017 by admin

A sleazy, uneasy tale of terrible parents, this was the creepiest outing so far for the reverse crime drama

So the supremely creepy truth about Patrick Barker – the city type with the Kingsman glasses who we saw fleeing the country in episode one – emerges. He was having an affair with Sally, his wife Rebecca’s 20-year-old daughter from another marriage. When Rebecca caught the icky couple in bed, a distressed Sally brained her with a trophy Patrick had received for “thought leadership” in 2003. His subsequent thought leadership involved desecrating Rebecca’s body and dumping it in a children’s playpark to make it seem like the work of the acid killer.

Despite Patrick’s gory efforts at misdirection, Gabriel seemed to intuit that there was something off about him. But Richard Dormer’s raspy DCI abandoned the Barker investigation to track down his own daughter, Hannah, who had bunked off school to do some serious booze preloading before an illicit rave. In the end – also the beginning – Gabriel and Shepard caught up with a semi-conscious Hannah barely in time to save her from a sexual assault. In other words, this was the grimmest, grubbiest Rellik yet.

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September 25th, 2017 by admin

The Ukrainian side, who last played in their own stadium three years ago, shocked Napoli in the first round of games and now take on Manchester City

Shakhtar Donetsk took little time to hurl the cat among the pigeons in a Champions League group most observers expected to be dominated by Napoli and Manchester City, with the Ukrainian side and Feyenoord making up the numbers. While the Dutch champions duly crumbled at home against City in the last round of fixtures, the Ukrainian side’s 2-1 victory against the Italian league leaders was one of few surprises across the competition.

Related: Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna: ‘We have lost our homes, our stadium and our fans’

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September 25th, 2017 by admin

• Mané, Coutinho, Firmino and Salah all available for Spartak match
• Klopp says Moscow fixture is not the place for ‘all the artists’

Jürgen Klopp seemed genuinely excited by his first visit to Moscow and the formidable police presence that greeted Liverpool’s arrival at Sheremetyevo Airport. The prospect of finally unleashing his most talented attacking quartet provided another adrenalin-rush but Spartak Moscow away, he cautioned, might not be the place for “all the artists”.

Bans, Barcelona and back injuries have prevented the Liverpool manager fielding Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah from the start of a competitive fixture this season. They shared seven minutes on the pitch in the opening Champions League draw with Sevilla but not since the defeat of Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup on 1 August has the fluid foursome opened a contest for Klopp. That may change at the Otkrytie Arena, home of the struggling champions of Russia, although there was a pragmatism to the Liverpool manager as he considered his impressive options for the second game in Group E.

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September 25th, 2017 by admin

The Big Two may have rewritten the record books but the Spurs striker’s statistics show he is closing the gap and may even dream of winning the Ballon d’Or

To Harry Kane it is a numbers game and, like every football fan in Europe, the Tottenham Hotspur striker is in awe of those posted by two players in particular. You know who they are. There was a time when a goalscorer would be feted for getting 20 in a league season; for reaching a ratio of one in every two matches. That was in the era before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Related: Harry Kane is already one of best strikers in the world, says Pochettino

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