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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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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Sports quiz of the week: losing, posing, dancing and talking trash

Who isn’t tough? Who didn’t show up? Who is going arty?Liverpool visit Manchester United on Sunday. Who were the world champions the last time Liverpool won at Old Trafford?FranceGermanySpainBrazilThe organisers of the Olympics are considering four new sports for the Games in Paris in 2024: surfing, climbing, skateboarding and…ChessSnookerBreakdancingSquashItalian football club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 by AC Cuneo last weekend. What was their excuse?They started the match with just seven players Six of their starters were teenagers Their 18-year-old captain had to double up as their manager All of the above As we approach the midpoint of the Six Nations, two teams remain unbeaten: England and…France IrelandScotlandWalesNicolò Zaniolo has been in great form this year, scoring important goals for Roma in Italy and the Champions League. But what did the 19-year-old have to do this week?Resit his driving test for the 10th time Do a month of military service Ask his mum to stop posting selfies online Take a week off for freshers week at the University of Rome Manchester City face Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday. Who did they beat in last year’s final?ChelseaSouthamptonArsenalWiganJarrell Miller has started the trash talk before his fight with Anthony Joshua, calling the British fighter, a “fraud”, “prick”, “square” and “giant pussy”. What else did Miller say to Joshua?"How tough can you be? Your cops don’t even got guns!""He ain’t nothing but a fat man. I’m going to punch him in his beer belly""My style is impetuous, my defence is impregnable and I’m just ferocious” "He’s too ugly to be world champion"Who said: “I cannot switch off. I have to accept it. I have this football virus. When I wake up in the morning, I think immediately about what game is on that day. That is my life”?David CameronArsène WengerJosé Mourinho Conor McGregorWhy has rugby player Nico Lee been banned for 13 weeks?He crept up behind a referee and pulled down his shortsHe peed on an opponent’s leg in a scrum He “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opponent’s faceHe walked up to the opposition’s manager and did the wanker sign in his faceManchester City goalkeeper Ederson did three of these things in his team’s 3-2 win against Schalke on Wednesday night. Which of them did he not do?Concede a goalSet up a goalReceive a yellow cardSave a shot1 and above.Oh dear2 and above.Oh dear3 and above.Not a bad effort4 and above.Not a bad effort5 and above.A fine effort6 and above.A fine effort7 and above.A fine score. Have a great weekend8 and above.A fine score. Have a great weekend9 and above.A very fine score. Have a great weekend0 and above.Oh dear10 and above.You genius. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

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García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality | Ewan Murray

Spaniard’s petulance, Kuchar’s thrifty touch and Holmes’s slow play sit uneasily with the public but Tiger Woods offers hopeThe World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship is an unlikely saviour for the sport. At the first staging of this tournament, in 2017, players and caddies were affected by sickness to such an extent that an emergency ward by the 18th green would have been a valid addition. The impact on last year was inevitable; Rory McIlroy gave the event a miss despite a $10m prize pot, as again did Jason Day. The tournament seen by many as a beacon of light, having prised WGC status away from the Donald Trump-owned Doral site in Miami, was floundering. Related: Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf? 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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Six Nations 2019: Scotland failed to match 'demands of jersey' v France - Gregor Townsend

Scotland failed to deliver the performance "the jersey should demand" in their poor loss to France, says Gregor Townsend.

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Pep Guardiola: Manchester United win would be good for title race

A Manchester United win against Liverpool would be a good result in the title race, says Pep Guardiola.

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The Fiver | Sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!“The protection of minors,” Fifa wrote in a statement issued today regarding Chelsea’s apparently repeated and flagrant flaunting of regulations concerning the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, “is a key element in Fifa’s regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount.” Continue reading...

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Anthony Joshua shoved by Jarrell Miller at foul-mouthed and bad-tempered press conference – video

Anthony Joshua's first press conference with Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller got off to a heated start when he was shoved by the American before a word had been said. Miller went on to accuse Joshua of being 'fake', an 'Uncle Tom' and a 'giant pussy', sparking an expletive-laden back-and-forth between the two heavyweight rivals across the press conference table at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua Continue reading...

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Six Nations: 'Absolutely sensational!' Josh Adams seals Wales victory

Josh Adams seals victory for Wales against England in their Six Nations tie to make it 12 successive wins.

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What is the longest gap between two meetings of the same football teams? | The Knowledge

Plus: sent off after scoring a hat-trick, outscoring your age in a season and putting a corner flag to different use. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“When Newport played Manchester City in the FA Cup, it was the first time that the fixture had been played for more than 56 years,” writes Mark Meadowcroft. “The last match, on 24 October 1962 (2-1 to City at Maine Road in the League Cup) was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the week after Love Me Do first charted. Is there a longer gap between two meetings of the same opponents?”Yes there is, Mark. Our first suggestion comes from Simon Cook: “Arsenal played Brentford on 26 September 2018 in the League Cup, 71 years after their last meeting on 26 May 1947.” Continue reading...

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Burnley’s Ashley Barnes sinks Spurs then Pochettino confronts referee

Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino should have been wary about describing this game as a cup final for his players. Everybody knows Tottenham rarely last long in the cups and defeat at the hands of a more determined Burnley should now bring an end to talk of the title run-in turning into a three-horse race. The Spurs manager admitted as much and is likely to face an FA charge after venting his fury at the referee at the final whistle.Spurs did not look much like title contenders, unable to convert 70% of possession into clear threats on goal and short of inspiration when tasked with breaking down Burnley’s dogged lines of defence. Harry Kane played and scored but with limited chances the home side finished better and deservedly took the points with goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. Continue reading...

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Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Eddie Jones’s words about Wales prove to be a warning, not a wind-up | Andy Bull

England’s coach talked up his opponents endlessly in the run-up to their Cardiff showdown. They duly deliveredIf you ask the locals around Cardiff, there are a lot of words they might use to describe the English. Humble is not one. In fact if you are waiting for one of them to say that, you will never catch that last train out of town. The same goes for Eddie Jones. “Arrogance,” Jones once said, “is only bad when you lose. If you’re winning and you’re arrogant, it’s just self-belief.”Of course England were winning, until now – six of their last seven coming into this match, the odd loss that one-point defeat by New Zealand and the last two victories among the best they have achieved in recent years. Despite that Jones played it ever-so-humble in the run-up to this match. Continue reading...

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