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1. Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final – live!20:43[−]

82 mins: Final sub for Fulham - Fredericks is off for Christie. Fredericks should have been showered and changed by now, perhaps getting an early bite of the post-match pizza.

80 mins: Cyrus ‘The Virus” Christie due to come on in a minute for Fulham. Hourihane is limping off and is replaced by Scott Hogan, his Ireland team-mates.

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2. England v Pakistan: first Test, day three – live!20:42[−]

So, at last, England win a session, and all because Ed Smith opted to go west in search of a young man to bowl some spin. Dom Bess hasn’t taken a Test wicket yet, but he has made a fifty – and proved that he can stand the heat in a kitchen which, when he walked in, had all the smoke alarms going off at once.

He has been expertly shepherded by a more senior son of Somerset, Jos Buttler. Their partnership for the seventh wicket is an unbeaten 125, which is more than double the next best England stand in this match (57). Pakistan were on fire in mid-afternoon, but the evening belongs to England, who lead by 56 and live to fight another session, at least. Thanks for your company: the emails have been as entertaining as the ebb-and-flow.

78th over: England 235-6 (Buttler 66, Bess 55) The final over of the day: Bess facing Amir, keeping him out, keeping him out – and then creaming a four through the covers off the very last ball. Ah, the audacity of youth.

“Tim.” Yes, John Starbuck. “I don’t use any of those terms myself [75th over], so have no preference. There really ought to be a website for arcane cricket-related insults. Perhaps there is? My main gripe though is people thinking my surname ends in a S as well as starting with one.” Ouch – I plead guilty, but have done some hasty corrections now. “I’m not a coffee company (even though I’ve had a discount there now and again on the strength of it). I believe they picked the name because they’d read Moby-Dick, in which Mr Starbuck is the First Mate, whose gloomy predictions are never believed but all come true.” Classy.

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3. Real Madrid v Liverpool: Champions League final 2018 – live!20:41[−]

The teams are in, and as expected.

Real Madrid (4-D-2) Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro; Modric, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo.

“Hi Rob,” says Hubert O’Hearn. “Glad you drew the lucky straw to do tonight’s MBM. Well, from my point of view it’s a lucky straw, other opinions (your own for instance) are available. At least your fingers will be doing worthy tasks while my own will be alternating among nail chewing, crisp grabbing, liquid clutching signs of nerves of the sort that make younger generations think, ‘Maybe it’s time Dad shouldn’t be driving any more.’ Good thing the kids are an ocean away in Canada. Here’s to a brilliant match. Cheers!”

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4. Romanised causes 25-1 shock in Irish 2,000 Guineas at Curragh20:20[−]
• Aidan O’Brien trio are second, third, fourth to Ken Condon colt
• ‘I’m in shock. It’s amazing to win a Classic,’ says winning trainer

Romanised was a 25-1 shock winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas here, providing a first taste of Classic glory for his trainer, Ken Condon, described by some here as the nicest man in Irish racing. That accolade would take plenty of winning but Condon has won little else, having not had a winner since last July until this unheralded colt stunned his opposition.

“It’s the stuff of dreams,” said the 43-year-old Condon, the first trainer to welcome a Classic winner back to the spacious new winner’s enclosure here, part of a €70m (?61.3m) facelift for Ireland’s main Flat racecourse. “We’ve been struggling just even to get a winner. But we knew he was a lovely horse.”

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5. Details of plan to fix Sri Lanka-England Test revealed by al-Jazeera19:09[−]
• Footage shows groundsman saying he can tailor pitch
• Sri Lanka Cricket says it will cooperate with ICC investigation

Sri Lanka Cricket has pledged to cooperate fully with anti-corruption officers as the sport awaits the broadcast of an investigation by al?Jazeera that is understood to allege details of a plan to fix England’s first Test match in Galle this November.

Some footage from the documentary Cricket’s Match-Fixers, which will be televised on Sunday, has already been made public, which allegedly reveals the groundsman at Galle telling an undercover reporter he can tailor the pitch to produce a specified outcome for betting purposes. This is understood to have been alleged to have taken place before two previous Test matches in Galle, too: Sri Lanka versus India in July last year, where the tourists amassed 600 in their first innings on a pitch made to be a batting paradise, and against Australia in August 2016, when the visitors lost in two and a half days on a deliberately turning track.

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6. Saracens champions again as Chris Wyles leads conquest of Exeter19:06[−]
• Premiership final: Exeter 10-27 Saracens
• Two tries from Chris Wyles help Sarries regain crown

It was apt that Chris Wyles signed off his Saracens career with two tries after another final in which the team that had finished first came second. Exeter lacked the wiles of their opponents, sticking to the possession formula that has brought them so much reward this season without taking ownership of the game after the opening 10 minutes.

Sarries did not touch the ball in that time, apart from Sean Maitland dropping Nic White’s box-kick, but it was the period when the match was won and lost. As Exeter took play through phase after phase, Saracens met them head-on, protecting the gainline by fanning out and rarely competing for possession at the breakdown to allow them to rush up.

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7. Chris Froome set for Giro d’Italia glory despite being spat at by fan17:23[−]
• Team Sky rider adds to his lead on penultimate stage
• Victory in Rome would give him all three Grand Tours

Shortly after Chris Froome conquered the final summit of this year’s Giro d’Italia, and the realisation sunk in that he would be the first Briton to win the maglia rosa, he described the race as the “battle of his career”. Yet strangely after three weeks of vicious riding, the last significant skirmish on the road to Cervinia saw barely a blow attempted – at least on the road.

Off it, however, it was a different story. For while Froome was cheered on by the majority of the huge crowd, he was also reminded that not everyone believes in him as one spectator rushed out and spat at him three kilometres from the finish. Afterwards Froome said that he had not seen the incident. But his team-mate Wout Poels certainly did, looking around in understandable horror.

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8. Daniel Ricciardo takes Monaco F1 pole from Vettel with Hamilton third17:11[−]
• Red Bull’s Ricciardo tops Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
• But Max Verstappen to start at the back after crash in practice

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo went into this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix publicly seeking redemption for the team error that cost him an almost certain win here two years ago. His journey is not yet over and Monaco can bite in the most unforgiving fashion but with an absolutely emphatic pole position the Australian has given himself every chance finally to banish the bad memories.

Ricciardo delivered pole, only the second of his career having started from the top spot in the ill-fated 2016 race, with an exemplary lap that topped a weekend where no one has been able to match him. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was in second and Lewis Hamilton, who leads the German by 17 points in the world championship, was in third.

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9. Mika H?kkinen: ‘Monaco is very demanding. If you are panic, you are in the wall’16:47[−]
Formula One double world champion recalls the day his luck changed in Monte Carlo and how having fun on the track led to his first title in 1998

“I have never forgotten what James Hunt said to me: ‘Remember, Mika, remember to have fun,’” recalls the double world champion Mika H?kkinen, relaxing on a yacht in Monaco beside the very car that enabled him to fulfil Hunt’s bidding. H?kkinen believes his win here 20 years ago, on the way to his first Formula One title, was the stand?out performance of his career and that the drivers who take to the streets on Sunday still face the ultimate test in Monte Carlo.

Hunt’s words had been delivered to an intense young Finn in 1991. By 1998, after a life-changing accident and some tough years in F1, he was finally able to do as the British champion advised and revel in his endeavour. “When I did the first test in ’98 I felt the car was fast whatever I did, turn or break, it did exactly what I wanted,” he says. “I told myself: ‘Now is the time. You can win the world championship’.”

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10. Simon Yates shows guts to suggest future glory despite Giro collapse | William Fotheringham15:11[−]
The Briton’s breakdown raises questions of his team’s strategy but was a reminder that participants are human after all

It will come as little comfort to Simon Yates after losing the pink jersey of the Giro d’Italia on Friday, but he is not alone in his fate. The race has witnessed some epic collapses in its closing mountain stages in recent years. In 2016, Vincenzo Nibali, famously, took advantage of a catastrophic breakdown and crash by the Dutchman Stephen Kruijswijk en route to the French ski resort of Risoul with two days to go, while in 2002, the young Australian Cadel Evans cracked with four days remaining, slipping from pink jersey to an anonymous 14th overall.

It is the eternal fascination of stage racing, for the onlooker at least, that this sort of disastrous event can happen and occasionally does. In an era where fans and media have become used to the idea that everything can be predicted and dialled in, it is a welcome reminder that the participants are human beings, as frail as the rest of us for all the superhuman feats that they attempt, and usually achieve.

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11. What can Arsenal expect with Unai Emery? ‘He wanted to light a fire inside us’14:07[−]

Marco Andreolli played under Arsenal’s manager at Sevilla and says the Spaniard has all the skills to succeed in England

Arsenal have appointed a winner. That is something that is clear the moment you meet Unai Emery. He constantly thinks about winning and the trophies he has won during his coaching career speak for him. Even at Paris Saint-Germain, where they expected more in the Champions League than he was able to deliver, he proved he knew how to win.

Emery has one great quality: he is an extraordinary motivator. His speciality is preparing for matches, speaking at great length to his players. I remember when I was at Sevilla we had long squad meetings where he would first show various tactical videos and then motivational films. He wanted to really get us going, to light a fire inside us. More than once we stayed literally for hours in a room watching motivational videos, so when we got to the game we were really hungry for success.

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12. The Derby 2018: jumps start puts Oisin Murphy on path to breakthrough14:02[−]
The 22-year-old is already one of Flat’s leading riders and Roaring Lion offers the chance to seal his first Group One win in the Classic

Which winning jockey in the Derby at Epsom also rode a winner of the Gold Cup at Cheltenham? It is a trick question, of course, but it will have a fair answer if Oisin Murphy can steer Roaring Lion to victory in the most celebrated Classic of all at Epsom next Saturday.

At only 22 Murphy is already established as one of the Flat weighing room’s leading riders and the No 1 jockey for Sheikh Fahad al-Thani’s Qatar Racing. His roots, though, are in jumping, both over National Hunt obstacles and in the show-jumping arena, and his first job in racing was as a stable lad and work rider with his “Uncle Jim” – better known to jump fans as Jim Culloty, one of four winning trainers in the Cheltenham Gold Cup who also won the race as a jockey.

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13. Sterling Brown and the tasing of the black American dream | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar12:00[−]

Milwaukee police didn’t just assault a basketball player, they damaged the hopes young people of color have of a better life

Another day, another black man violently assaulted by five rogue police officers for the ever-increasing crime of BWB (breathing while black). This time it was NBA player Sterling Brown. In January, the Bucks rookie was confronted by Milwaukee police at Walgreens for a parking infraction, which resulted in a compliant Brown being wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, tased, arrested – and given a parking ticket. The recently released police body-cam footage was called “disturbing” by Milwaukee’s mayor. Particularly in a city that Bucks president Peter Feigin once called “the most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced in my life”. The officers involved have since been disciplined. Now what? Bygones?

Related: After my experience with Milwaukee Police, I have to tell my story | Sterling Brown

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14. Eddie Jones set to name English replacement for coach Paul Gustard11:27[−]
  • England will have like-for-like replacement, says Jones
  • Elliot Daly named ahead of Danny Cipriani at full-back

Eddie Jones has revealed that the list of candidates to be his new defence coach is exclusively English as he closes in on Paul Gustard’s successor. The Australian also confirmed it would be a like-for-like replacement rather than a quick fix and dismissed suggestions Gustard’s position on the South Africa tour next month would be undermined by his departure immediately after the three-Test series.

Jones has started interviewing potential replacements and all are English. That would appear to rule out two Australians – Brad Davis, currently employed by the Ospreys, and the Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor – while strengthening the chances of Shaun Edwards, Alex Sanderson and Shaun Wane.

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15. AB de Villiers departs and leaves a Picasso-sized hole in cricket | Barney Ronay11:00[−]

AB de Villiers learned his craft before T20 was invented but made the game look easy, regardless of the format

It seems odd now but English people really did used to hate Pablo Picasso, godfather of cubism and the great all-format all-rounder of 20th century art. When Picasso died in 1973 Kingsley Amis wrote in a letter to Philip Larkin: “I see Pablo the piss-poor paint-pusher has fallen off the hooks at last.” Thirty years earlier Winston Churchill is said to have expressed a willingness to “kick him up the backside” if he saw Picasso walking down Whitehall. Evelyn Waugh went through a period of routinely signing off his letters “Death To Picasso!”

Weird. Foreign. Improvisational. Both eyes on same side of face. This seems to have been the basic tone of the objections to Pablo the paint-pusher, who is, needless to say, still going pretty strong and is this year expected to break his own single-year record of $568m of piss-poor artworks sold.

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16. Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success | Paul MacInnes11:00[−]

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager for

When Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham had a net spend of around ?3m this season and their most expensive signing, the forward Rui Fonte, has been a conspicuous failure. No, the Cardiff manager was talking about the passing. Top in the division for completion (83.1%) and total passes (24,857), Fulham were also the side with the most accurate short passes, second most shots on target and the highest average possession.

Related: Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

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17. Magnificent LeBron James keeps Cavaliers alive in NBA playoffs with 46 points06:18[−]
  • Cleveland 109-99 Celtics, levels Eastern Conference finals
  • Decisive Game 7 in series now set for Boston on Sunday

LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury to beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 on Friday night and force a Game 7.

James, playing in what could be his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance as he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his future this off-season.

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18. Talking Horses: Battaash can burn off rivals in Temple Stakes02:11[−]
The credentials of this Prix de l’Abbaye winner are hard to fault at Haydock

There are a few things for odds-on gamblers to worry about as Battaash (4.00) returns to the track in Saturday’s Temple Stakes at Haydock. Personally, if I’m going to back something at 8-11 or similar, I prefer to know that this race is the big day.

No such comfort is available because the Haydock contest is a reappearance run, intended to get the freshness out of this zippy sort before Royal Ascot. He is giving weight to all his rivals and is partnered by the owner’s second jockey because the No 1 has gone to Ireland for the day. All the same the credentials of this Prix de l’Abbaye winner are hard to fault. He is easily the most likely winner and I would rather be with him than against him, even at such short odds.

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19. Mark Hughes signs three-year contract with Southampton after great escape01:04[−]
• Former Stoke manager commits his future to 2021
• Hughes calls on fans to build on end-of-season revival

Mark Hughes has been rewarded for keeping Southampton in the Premier League with a three-year deal.

The former Wales, Manchester City and Stoke manager was charged with keeping the Saints in the top flight when he took over in March in place of Mauricio Pellegrino. Having achieved that, he is now contracted to stay at St Mary’s - along with his assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki - until the summer of 2021.

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20. Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months00:30[−]

Both of the manager’s parents have died this year beating Fulham in the Championship play-off final might provide a little respite

When Steve Bruce is asked whether work on strengthening the team will start immediately if Aston Villa win promotion to the Premier League on Saturday, the first thought that comes into his head has nothing to do with new signings. “The one thing I need this year, more than any other year, is a holiday,” he says.

The Championship can be a grind at the best of times with all those Saturday-Tuesday fixtures and all the more so when a 46-game season is extended by another three weeks because of the play-offs, but Bruce is looking forward to a break for reasons that transcend football.

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21. Johanna Konta believes she has the game to prosper on the clay of Paris00:30[−]

British No1 faces Yulia Putintseva in the first round of the French Open having fallen to 22nd in the world rankings

Johanna Konta insists she is comfortable playing on clay – despite a thin r?sum? in five visits to Roland Garros. It says much for her self-belief.

“This is only my third French Open main draw by ranking,” she said, “so I think it would be a little bit unfair to say completely that my record is terrible. I would like to give it a few more years.”

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22. Warrington stun Hull with storming second-half comeback00:03[−]
• Warrington 30-12 Hull FC
• Harvey Livett leads the way with a try and five goals

By the end this felt like a night where there were grounds for optimism in both camps, despite the slightly lop-sided result. For Warrington there was the satisfaction not only of an instant return to winning ways but of a second-half performance which solidified their position inside Super League’s play-off places.

With the side trailing 12-0 at half-time questions might have been asked of Steve Price and his side as they appeared destined for a second consecutive defeat. A run then of 30 points answered many of those questions but what prompted such a dramatic turnaround will not appear in too many coaching manuals.

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23. Wentworth wizard Rory McIlroy charges three shots clear of the fieldПт., 25 мая[−]
• ‘That 65 is best round I’ve ever seen,’ says partner Noren
• PGA debutant Horsfield and Fleetwood fly flag for England

Another day returned another Rory McIlroy milestone at Wentworth. After the Northern Irishman had produced his finest opening round at the PGA Championship he recorded a 65 on day two, playing the West Course bogey-free for the first time.

Related: Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn completes his selection of vice-captains

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24. Rafael Nadal still sees Novak Djokovic as main contender amid pretendersПт., 25 мая[−]

The French Open champion steadfastly sees the Serb, despite his struggles with injury, as ‘one of the candidates to win’

For all the inclination in some quarters to park Novak Djokovic in the past, given his slow recovery from injury, the rival who has played him most, Rafael Nadal, refuses to join the clamour.

While the sans-culottes might be baying at the castle walls in Paris – Kyle Edmund and Cam Norrie under the British flag, alongside Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Dominic Thiem, a wounded Nick Kyrgios and a handful of others – there is no strong evidence to suggest the 117th staging of the French Open will witness the total collapse of the ancient regime.

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25. Wimbledon confirms it has no plans to rebrand ladies' tournamentПт., 25 мая[−]

All England Lawn Tennis Club to keep name despite calls to modernise use of language

Wimbledon does not intend to change the name of its ladies’ tournament to “women’s” despite the positive reaction garnered by Chelsea football club rebranding its women’s team.

The ladies’ singles has run concurrently to the gentlemen’s at the championships since 1884, but the gentlemen’s tournament is more commonly referred to as the men’s by the players themselves and on TV commentary.

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26. From gang life to team spirit: the youth mentor using cricket to turn lives aroundПт., 25 мая[−]

Ex-convict and urban youth specialist Tanayah Sam knows first-hand the allure of gangs – and he’s using cricket to show youngsters an alternative path

Tanayah Sam says things you wouldn’t expect to hear in the classroom. During his workshop, at St Edmund Campion Catholic School near Birmingham, he tells a group of children how he was expelled from school for stabbing a schoolmate with a screwdriver – and how, as a teenager, he spent years running with gangs, carrying guns and knives, and dealing drugs.

The urban youth specialist stares into the eyes of each member of his audience in turn as he explains what it was like to serve time in 11 different prisons. He tells the children, some as young as 12, about a friend who was stabbed to death 16 years ago: “I buried him.” He talks about a different friend who is in prison for life. “He asked me to tell you not to repeat his mistakes,” he says.

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27. Not the only game in town: how Liverpool discovered cricketПт., 25 мая[−]

The city’s schoolchildren love their football, and few other sports get a look-in, but charity Chance to Shine is on a mission to bring cricket to the masses

When you think about Liverpool and sport, you probably think of its Premiership football clubs, Liverpool and Everton. You might even think of boxing: the city is home to some of the sport’s greatest exponents, including recent former world champion Tony Bellew and former British and Commonwealth champion David Price.

But few people would associate Liverpool with cricket.

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28. Street cricket: the sport transforming Birmingham kids' livesПт., 25 мая[−]

In inner-city areas where children have few facilities, it’s easy to fall in with a bad crowd. One 12-year-old chose a different path, and is now a graduate, cricket coach and teacher

At 12 years old Siraj Ali wasn’t a bad kid. But, like many of the young people he grew up with in the outskirts of Birmingham, he’d hang out on the street at night, sometimes get in trouble at school, and had anger management issues that could boil over.

“The area that I come from, the crime rates are really high,” says Ali, a decade later. “In and outside school I was getting into a lot of trouble. I wasn’t being myself. I was being dragged into the wrong crowd.”

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29. Can cricket become the game of choice for young BME women?Пт., 25 мая[−]

Cricket has a huge following among the BME community – particularly south Asians – yet few women try their hand at the sport. Two Leicestershire women have set out to change that

Growing up in Pakistan, Nafeesa Katib remembers watching cricket with her siblings on a TV hired at the weekend as a treat. It wasn’t a viewing choice at the time – it was the only thing being broadcast – but she remembers it fondly. “Even if we didn’t like cricket we had to watch it, and in the end all of us fell in love with the game,” she says.

She remembers thinking: “Where are all the women on the cricket field?” That thought stuck with her after she moved to the UK as a teenager. Now 41, and living in Leicestershire with her husband and two children of her own, she is helping to redress that imbalance, in her role as a cricket coach for girls aged eight to 14.

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30. The Fiver | Occasions like these are not to be missedПт., 25 мая[−]

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It has been a financial, logistical and physical nightmare but The Fiver has finally completed its journey and all that remains is to fritter away 24 hours or so before kick-off in Saturday’s Big Cup final. The overland trek was gruelling, there have been outrageous bribes, costly misunderstandings and a particularly heated argument over the state of our accommodation, not to mention of our personal hygiene, but all that matters is that when the players of Liverpool and Real Madrid stride out on to the pitch in Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium, The Fiver will be roaring them on from our favourite stool at The Lengthy Barf. Occasions like these are not to be missed! And where else would we be?

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31. Arsenal in talks with defender Stephan Lichtsteiner over free transferПт., 25 мая[−]
• Unai Emery targets 34-year-old Switzerland captain
• Lichtsteiner leaves Juventus as a free agent this summer

Arsenal are in talks to sign Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free when his contract at Juventus expires this summer, with the right-back among Unai Emery’s targets.

The 34-year-old, who is expected to captain Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia, could become the Arsenal head coach’s first signing.

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32. Monaco GP: where peril pushes F1 drivers to ‘another dimension’Пт., 25 мая[−]
Forget the glamour, the street circuit is still the most demanding test where the slightest error can lead to a big crash

Formula One has long been happy to paint the Monaco Grand Prix with the very broadest of brush stokes. Here then, the streets of the Principality glory in the sport’s glamour, its ostentatious wealth over a weekend that embraces the spotlight and the celebrities it attracts beneath the clamour of a thousand flashbulbs. It is yachts and it is parties on yachts, where people come to be seen and F1 in turn sells itself to the world in the sunshine by the sea.

A bold and not a little brash picture is but the facade of a meeting that remains the most demanding test in Formula One. What really matters here is what happens behind the wheel and Monaco is still the drivers’ race.

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33. World Cup stunning moments: Gordon Banks is strickenПт., 25 мая[−]

England’s goalkeeper was laid low by food poisoning before their quarter-final – during a World Cup that saw little go right

It was Friday 12 June. The previous day England, without playing at all well, had beaten Czechoslovakia 1-0 to secure second place in Group C and qualification for the quarter-finals. All four ties were to be played on the Sunday, giving the team a couple of days off. Alf Ramsey decided that there was enough slack in his schedule to allow a little downtime.

Not far from the Hilton, where England’s team was based, was the Guadalajara Country Club, a swanky golf course with tennis courts, swimming pools and swanky bar attached that apparently charged ?1,500 a year – the equivalent of ?19,000 today – for membership. Many English football figures, including Joe Mercer, Don Revie and a few players’ wives, had based themselves there for the tournament and the players had been demanding a chance to visit every time their coach trundled past. Finally Ramsey relented.

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34. Sports quiz of the week: Unai Emery, Liverpool and a dirty mouthПт., 25 мая[−]

Who beat Real Madrid? Who can’t count? Who petitioned Fifa?

Who scored two goals against Real Madrid in the European Cup in the 1980-81 season, when Liverpool won the trophy?

Alan Kennedy

Karl Kennedy

Susan Kennedy

Des Kennedy

Which of these players has won the Champions League with both Liverpool and Real Madrid?

Steve McManaman

Nicolas Anelka

Xabi Alonso

?lvaro Arbeloa

Fernando Morientes

Michael Owen

Zinedine Zidane is aiming to lead his club to three straight European Cups. Which other manager has achieved this feat?

Bob Paisley

Carlo Ancelotti

Pep Guardiola

Brian Clough

No one. He would be the first

Why was Stephen Curry’s mother Sonya unimpressed by his performance for the Golden State Warriors against the Houston Rockets this week?

He was caught swearing on TV

He did not wave to her in the crowd

He only scored 40 points

He “passed the ball to team-mates too much”

Unai Emery has won three European trophies. How many have Arsenal won?

None

Two

Four

Six

In which city will a man from Majorca and a woman from Riga start defending their titles on Sunday?

London

Paris

Melbourne

New York

Who said: "Right now I have a biological age of 23. I can keep playing until I'm 41”?

Rafa Nadal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo

Roger Federer

What request did France captain Hugo Lloris, Australia captain Mile Jedinak and Denmark captain Simon Kjaer make to Fifa this week?

To "show compassion" to an opponent who has been banned for taking cocaine

To change the times of their matches at the World Cup

To let them sing the full versions of their national anthems at the World Cup

To grant their fans more tickets for World Cup matches

What is notable about the Vegas Golden Knights’ appearance in the final of the Stanley Cup?

Their coach said he would ‘gamble every cent he owns on the strip’ if they made it this far

Every member of their squad is a teenager

The team are owned by Floyd Mayweather, who bought them for $1

This is their first ever season

The Women's Champions League final was goalless after 90 minutes. What was the score after 120 minutes?

Wolfsburg 1-4 Lyon

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Not bad

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Decent

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Impressive

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Terrible

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35. Chelsea hold Maurizio Sarri talks as they consider Antonio Conte replacementsПт., 25 мая[−]
  • Sarri leaving Napoli after guiding club to second in Serie A
  • Chelsea hierarchy continue to weigh up Conte’s future

Chelsea will meet Maurizio Sarri’s representatives on Friday as they consider potential successors to Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to exit the club this summer.

The Stamford Bridge side continue to weigh up the future of Conte, who warned Chelsea they would be losing a “serial winner” if they decided to replace him after winning the FA Cup at Wembley last weekend.

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36. Why the Vegas Golden Knights are already the best expansion team in sportsПт., 25 мая[−]

For Las Vegas, the Knights are the long awaited major sports league franchise, that was undeniably worth waiting for

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37. Football transfer rumours: Tottenham to sign Wilfried Zaha?Пт., 25 мая[−]

Today’s fluff is just gathering pace

Mauricio Pochettino sat down beside himself, draped his right arm across his shoulders and looked smilingly into the camera as Spurs staged another shoot to mark the signing of a big new contract. Then the manager ordered the club to get down to more business. And so, Spurs are preparing lucrative offers for Kayla the Eagle, the Crystals cheerleading ensemble and a bust of Roy Hodgson, all in an effort to make Wilfried Zaha feel at home at the new White Hart Lane. Then all Spurs will have to do is convince Crystal Palace to sell their prize asset, so we could be about to find out whether Daniel Levy likes being hardballed. The Spurs chairman is already wincing in anticipation, with ?100m having been mentioned as a possible fee for Zaha.

Related: Liverpool to step up pursuit of Lyon’s ?70m-rated Nabil Fekir

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38. World Cup Fiver | The curious incident of the opossum and denied timeЧт., 24 мая[−]

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News that Peru fans have been protesting in the streets against the doping ban imposed on the country’s captain, Paolo Guerrero, has got the Fiver looking forward to some thrilling attacking football from the South American side and wondering again about a vengeful marsupial. We may be extrapolating too much from the precedent set by Peru’s 1970 campaign but you knew the risks when you signed up for this guff. And the fact is that 1970 was Peru’s most successful World Cup and it, too, was preceded by popular rage against a perceived injustice – and followed by a curious incident of an opossum and denied time.

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39. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'We want respect for the anthem' – videoЧт., 24 мая[−]

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league wants respect for the American national anthem after introducing new rules following a spate of protests by players over the past two seasons. Scores of players have knelt during the national anthem in protest against social injustice in the United States. The new rules would allow players to stay in the locker room during the anthem if they choose, but there would be fines for teams whose players do kneel during the anthem


NFL introduces new rules and fines to promote respect for national anthem

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40. Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The BreakdownЧт., 24 мая[−]

The irresistible force meets the immovable object when Exeter play Saracens while Leinster are favourites against Scarlets

The season, domestically at least, ends this weekend. As it came in, so it goes out with players queuing for surgery. Artificial pitches have come under scrutiny after Jack Willis, John Barclay and Steffon Armitage suffered leg injuries in the last month that will keep them out of action for between six months and a year but other factors, such as fatigue, come into play.

It is not so much the number of matches players take part in but the cumulative effect of training. Mako Vunipola, who was with the Lions in New Zealand, will make his 32nd appearance of the campaign on Saturday when Saracens meet Exeter in the Premiership final.

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41. Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli: ‘My project to reshape European football’Ср., 23 мая[−]

European Club Association chairman hits out at Gianni Infantino’s Club World Cup plan and wants more Champions League games for the elite and fewer domestic matches

European football’s gilded elite assembling for Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev will be more abuzz with intrigue than normal after Uefa’s public slapdown of the Fifa president Gianni Infantino’s effort to railroad through a new format for the Club World Cup. Increasingly influential in the thick of it will be Andrea Agnelli, fourth-generation scion of the famed Fiat- and Juventus-founding dynasty, chairman of Juve since 2010 and, since September, of the powerful European Club Association (ECA).

Trim in his grey pinstripe suit, talking assuredly at the Guardian offices this week while in London for a board meeting of Fiat Chrysler – turnover €111bn last year – the 42-year-old Agnelli came to bury Infantino’s grand plan. But, as he explains, it becomes clear that he sees this row as a mere squall in a six-year quest towards his own vision, which many in football may find more challenging, its ambition no less than “a big project in reshaping European football”.

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42. 'I am very demanding': Unai Emery unveiled by Arsenal – videoСр., 23 мая[−]

Unai Emery has spoken to the media for the first time after being unveiled as Arsenal's new manager. The 46-year-old replaces Ars?ne Wenger at the Emirates Stadium after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the last season. In his press conference Emery outlined his plans to utilise possession of the ball and high intensity pressing off it

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43. AB de Villiers: 'I have had my turn and, to be honest, I am tired' – videoСр., 23 мая[−]

South Africa's AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket. The 34-year-old batsman has withdrawn with immediate effect. In a video posted on his Twitter feed, he said: 'I have had my turn and, to be honest, I am tired.' De Villiers played 114 Test matches, 227 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals

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44. TV presenter tackles runaway racehorse at Chepstow – videoСр., 23 мая[−]

A TV presenter took matters into her own hands after a loose horse galloped around Chepstow racecourse. The horse had unseated its rider after one furlong. At The Races presenter Hayley Moore managed to stop the runaway by blocking its path. She was pushed to the ground in the process, but did manage to cling on to the horse’s harness

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45. Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina HydeСр., 23 мая[−]
Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-event

After the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials defected. Heroes, every one of them, in an era when switching from east to west – or vice versa – made the humans themselves prized trophies, coveted propaganda wins in the endless Cold War dick-measuring contest. Following last month’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast it has been revealed that around 200 athletes and officials have outstayed their visas and are now seeking asylum. (Another 50 remain in the country illegally.) It is not called defecting today, you’ll note, even if it is from the sort of places that first world countries like Australia love to define themselves against.

Related: Almost 200 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seek asylum in Australia

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46. Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 'It would be stupid to rule England out' – videoСр., 23 мая[−]

England's Ruben Loftus-Cheek is confident that England can have a successful campaign at the World Cup in Russia. Speaking at St George's Park, he added: 'I wouldn't be intimidated by any player or team and I think that is fundamental in football'

We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says Kane

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47. World Cup stunning moments: Germany humiliate Brazil 7-1 | Simon BurntonСр., 23 мая[−]

Germany conjured football of a savagery unwitnessed against significant opposition in the tournament’s history

When it comes to the World Cup, hosting is supposed to help. Just ask Uruguay (1930), Italy (1934), England (1966), West Germany (1974), Argentina (1978) and France (1998), or Sweden (1958), Chile (1962) and South Korea (2002), who unexpectedly finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Rival teams should be cowed by the passion and the number of home fans, the hosts buoyed.

Not this time. “You looked at the faces of the Brazilian players when they walked on the pitch during the World Cup and it looked like they were about to compete in the Hunger Games,” said Zico, great Brazilian midfielder of the 1970s and 80s. “They weren’t enjoying the moment and that made things harder for them. The moment they met a team of the same pedigree they were caught out.”

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48. 'They're not going to shoot directly from kick-off, are they?' – videoВт., 22 мая[−]

The U-14s Scottish Cup final got off to a dramatic start with a goal direct from kick-off. The game was being played between Spartans FC and St Andrew's Boys Club. Louis MacLachlan's goal came in under four seconds.

The amazing world of sport section

Video courtesy of SYFA TV


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49. Restless fretting about cricket’s health could be its great strength | The SpinВт., 22 мая[−]
A morbid obsession with its own death has caused cricket to adapt and evolve – and is perhaps the reason why it is still being played and watched all these years later

Summer came late in 1906, and the spring, harried by a keen north-east wind, hardly stopped at all. May was cold and grey, frosty till the third Sunday. It was dismal weather for cricket. The season started on Wednesday the 2nd, but no one came to watch. Lord’s was empty. The Oval was empty. Old Trafford was empty. The press began to fret. On 27 May the Observer published a leader called The Necessity for Cricket Reform. It asked if the game had outlived its popularity. “Matches are being finished, but the crowds do not come,” the editorial read. “Cricket seems to have grown too old fashioned for these go-ahead times.”

The Observer wasn’t the only one worrying. The next year’s Wisden recalled “all sorts of gloomy forebodings”. Until “the sun came out and all was well”. By the far side of the summer, England was in the middle of a long, late heatwave. George Hirst did the double-double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets, but Yorkshire were still pipped by Kent, who won 11 championship matches in a row, thanks in part to their brilliant young all-rounder Frank Woolley. It was one of the great seasons of the Golden Age, and when it was over, “no more was heard as to cricket being on the wane”.

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50. The 100 best footballers in the world 2017Вт., 19 дек. 2017[−]

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.

Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10
Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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51. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverageПн., 15 мая 2017[−]

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thing

Let our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing.

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