Man Utd v Liverpool preview: Impossible not to give Solskjaer job

Kevin Kilbane and Mark Lawrenson praise Manchester United's interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and say it is 'impossible' not to give the Norwegian the job.

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Conor O’Shea’s long wait goes on and there is little respite for Italy

Sergio Parisse’s absence will make life even more difficult when Ireland visit RomeThe waiting goes on for Conor O’Shea. After three years as Italy’s head coach, he still has to taste victory in the Six Nations and it is set to be unlucky 13 for the former Ireland full-back when his countrymen visit Rome on Sunday.Since losing in the Italian capital six years ago, Ireland have taken it out on the Azzurri. The average score in the past three meetings between the sides is 59-11 in favour of the Six Nations champions, who go into the game knowing that only a bonus-point victory, and a substantial contribution to their points difference, will keep them in contention for the title, regardless of the outcome in Cardiff the day before. Continue reading...

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Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal?

A key question from the tragedy involving Cardiff’s £15m signing relates to the role of McKay, who is not a registered intermediaryThe agent Willie McKay has been unusually public about the central role he played in the transfer of Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff City, given the player’s tragic death in the fallen private plane in the Channel on 21 January.Mark McKay, Willie’s son, had a mandate from Nantes to sell Sala to a UK club for 10% of the eventual £15m fee, and Willie McKay told the Guardian that he worked feverishly to interest Cardiff, persuade Sala to sign and cement the deal. His work included arranging two private flights for Cardiff’s manager, Neil Warnock, to watch Sala play for Nantes. Continue reading...

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Six Nations: Gregory Alldritt try deep in added time earns France bonus point win

Gregory Alldritt scores his second try of the game eight minutes into added time to earn France a bonus point win against Scotland in their Six Nations tie.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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Cardiff 1-5 Watford: Neil Warnock laments 'bizarre' penalty call

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock feels the "bizarre" first-half decision not to award his side a penalty affected his players in the second half where they went on to lose 5-1 to Watford.

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Hamed v Eubank, Nani mocks Rio, and Jossy's Giants cameos

This week’s roundup also features Wales v England memories, Sir Charles Barkley and Francis Benali1) On Saturday, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will finally settle their longstanding beef: who was made to look sillier by George Groves? On which point, Naseem Hamed delivered a brilliantly withering assessment of Eubank’s performance against Groves, so withering that it required a second stanza; perhaps he was avenging this absolute rinsing he suffered at the hands of Eubank Sr. And for old time’s sake here are Groves and Carl Froch showing how it’s done, and here’s the best of the Prince. Related: Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight Continue reading...

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Champions League, angry Ronaldo and a Row 32 penalty – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Nick Miller discuss everything looking like handball in slow-motion, goalless draws, Cristiano Ronaldo reacting like Ronaldo reacts to a defeat, the penalty which made it to Row 32 and P!nkJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last couple of days of football, starting with Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Schalke, having come back from a goal and a man down to take an advantage into the second leg. Continue reading...

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Chris Eubank Jr stuns James DeGale with a points win at O2 Arena

Chris Eubank Jr scores a huge points win over two-time world champion James DeGale at London's O2 Arena.

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Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona: Lionel Messi scores 50th hat-trick in win

Lionel Messi scores the 50th hat-trick of his career as Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla and go 10 points clear.

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Zenit fans give team fiery welcome before Europa League tie – video

Zenit fans gave a stirring welcome to their team as they approached the stadium on Thursday. Zenit were heading towards the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg for their Europa League tie with Fenerbahce. A must-win game for them after a 1-0 defeat away, and perhaps it made all the difference the home side going on to win 3-1 on the night Continue reading...

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France turn screw with late fourth try as Scotland’s losing Paris run continues

• France 27-10 Scotland• French atone for debacle at TwickenhamFrance have remembered at last. Beautiful rugby is all very well but without the route to victory they have found it empty of late. On a sunny afternoon in Paris they played beautifully and with the bloody-mindedness to make sure that, this time, there would be no forgetting to win.Scotland arrived with a team stripped by injury. It showed. The scoreline flatters them. They found plenty of scope for expression themselves but each gap taken felt like an isolated flash rather than the sustained coherence of France’s play. After a shaky start Blair Kinghorn looked threatening in attack, as did Peter Horne, the replacements for Scotland’s most high-profile absences, but there was a lack of authority, not least up front, where France dominated the set piece. Continue reading...

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Rory McIlroy shooting for a Mexico stand-off with Dustin Johnson

• McIlroy trails American by four shots entering WGC final round• Northern Irishman hoping Johnson repeats tendency to wobbleThis feels like the closing round golf has been waiting for. Although predicting the outcome of tournaments is a fool’s errand, Dustin Johnson versus Rory McIlroy here carries the heavyweight billing necessary for a sport which has been dogged by negative publicity in recent times. If it does become just the two of them, nobody is likely to complain.It is advantage Johnson, to the tune of four shots, with 18 holes to play but recent history favours McIlroy. Since 2010 no player has won more times on the PGA Tour from a trailingposition before a Sunday ball was struck. McIlroy is aiming for win number eight in that category. Johnson won this WGC in 2017; McIlroy is chasing a first success since prevailing in emphatic style at Bay Hill last March. Continue reading...

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Abbie Scott warns England that Wales are different beast at home

England have made a blistering start to their Six Nations campaign but their captain is warning against complacencyAfter such an emphatic start to the Six Nations, chalking up two wins and 92 points, complacency might be the most dangerous opponent for England’s women in Cardiff at lunchtime on Sunday.Not so, according to the Red Roses’ new captain, Abbie Scott. “Wales will be a big challenge,” says the Harlequins lock. “They’re a different beast away. We can’t be complacent. We’ve played here before and lost.” Continue reading...

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Jürgen Klopp says a win at United will still be worth only three points

• Liverpool manager plays down Old Trafford showdown• Solskjær: ‘I think all of Manchester will be supporting us’Jürgen Klopp does a great line in deadpan humour. Asked, rather irritatingly, if he was aware of the significance of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday he replied: “Of course. It’s the only game we have at the weekend.” Related: Solskjær: beating Liverpool would be ‘worthy of Manchester United history’ Continue reading...

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Burnley 2-1 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino 'crossed line' with Mike Dean confrontation

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he may have "crossed the line" after confronting referee Mike Dean following Tottenham's 2-1 defeat at Burnley.

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Breakdancing at the Olympics? Bring it on... | Alex Clark

The Games are now far removed from their origins, so let’s embrace all arcane pursuitsGood for Paco Boxy, the face of British breakdancing, who came out with a punchy – one might say nominatively characteristic – comment on hearing that the sport was to be included (pending ratification) in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.“A lot of people will look at breakdancing as just spinning on your head or doing the worm,” he said, “but the people that I know train like athletes. They go to the gym swimming, train every day. For this to go in the Olympics is massive.” Continue reading...

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