Bournemouth’s Josh King misses penalty to let Wolves off the hook

Joshua King missed an 85th-minute penalty as Bournemouth were forced to settle for a point against in-form Wolves in a contentious game containing three spot-kicks.King struck his late effort against the right post having earlier given the Cherries a first-half lead from 12 yards. Raúl Jiménez earned the visitors a share of the points by calmly converting the second penalty of the afternoon with seven minutes remaining. Continue reading...

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Meet Haris Rauf, Pakistan cricket’s latest speed-demon Cinderella man

The ballad of Haris Rauf is interesting to an English cricket fan. Mainly because it just couldn’t happen here at the momentGutted for Pitbull. It has been a hard week for the Miami-based chart ace, sport’s own king of the tournament opening ceremony. Pitbull was booked to perform at the opening of the Pakistan Super League at the Dubai Cricket Stadium last weekend.This was of course a hugely exciting prospect. As anyone who witnessed his set at the Brazil 2014 World Cup will be aware, Pitbull gives great opening ceremony, a style of performance that doesn’t really involve singing or rapping, but is more a matter of standing on a lighted plinth looking purposeful and occasionally pointing at things. Continue reading...

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Manchester City beat Arsenal in penalty shootout to win Continental Cup

• Continental League Cup final: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City • City win 4-2 on pens; Karen Bardsley saves two penaltiesThe Manchester City manager, Nick Cushing, was full of praise for Karen Bardsley after her two penalty shootout saves gave Manchester City a Continental League Cup final win against a depleted and exhausted Arsenal.“She is an incredible goalkeeper and an incredible person. I know when we play KB she comes out with big saves in big moments,”said Cushing. 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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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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Walt claims Kempton’s big prize to sound fanfare for the Bambi stables

• Small-time owner praises winning trainer Neil Mulholland • In Newcastle’s Eider, Caroline Bailey has her biggest successSaturday’s two feature races showed once again that those with only a small stake in jump racing are still able to carry off a big prize. The Eider at Newcastle fell to Crosspark, providing Northamptonshire’s Caroline Bailey with the most notable success of her long career, while the main prize here went to the Neil Mulholland-trained Walt, whose owner nearly quit the game a year ago after losing the only other horse he had.“We had one called Burns Cross,” Phil Simmonds recalled as he fussed over Walt in the winner’s enclosure, “and unfortunately he had a small injury on his foot. He went to the best veterinary surgeon we could find, in Newmarket, but unfortunately he died coming round from the operation; he broke his neck. Continue reading...

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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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Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Nothing can match the feeling of having your hand raised after a fight’

Brighton super-middleweight has one last chance to show that he can live with a top operator on Saturday when he takes on James DeGale in a bout which will leave the loser with nowhere to go“This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,” Chris Eubank Jr says quietly, rocking gently on a plastic chair in a tiny office tucked away in his gym on Hove seafront. He nods intently as he considers his battle against James DeGale at the O2 in London on Saturday night. “It’s definitely the one where I have the most to lose. A loss would leave me in no man’s land. DeGale is in exactly the same position. We both cannot afford defeat. We’re both on the edge and someone’s going to fall.”I have asked just one opening question and Eubank has cut to the heart. He and DeGale are preparing for a bout which will surely leave the loser facing the end of his career. Of course this is boxing and so a controversial decision or a narrow defeat might persuade the defeated fighter that one last shot at redemption is possible. But both men recognise their future, and long-term reputations, could be decided this weekend. Continue reading...

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Why is Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer MLB's most hated man?

A climate skeptic and Twitter troll, the pitcher claims he’s only good at two things: ‘throwing baseballs and pissing people off’He may not be the most reviled man in US sports just yet, but Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer seems hell-bent on earning the title. The 28-year-old has been irritating opponents, fans and even his own teammates for years, which makes it all the more amusing that the most recent headlines he’s made have involved him complaining about his own well-deserved bad reputation.Few can quibble with Bauer’s production on the field: he’s an All-Star starting pitcher who went 12-2 last year for the Indians with a 2.21 ERA. He also likes to portray himself as an iconoclastic rebel, the last honest man. “I’m good at two things in this world,” he said in a recent Sports Illustrated profile, “throwing baseballs and pissing people off.” The story also goes into detail about his unconventional training methods, which include pumping electricity into his brain. Continue reading...

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'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...

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Six Nations: Tom Curry bursts through to give England lead against Wales

Tom Curry exposes the Wales defence to give England the lead in their Six Nations tie at the Principality Stadium.

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Mark Wood not losing sleep over Jofra Archer’s imminent England arrival

• Archer will be eligible for England on 17 March• ‘I wouldn’t say I’m up at night worried,’ says WoodJofra Archer will qualify to play for England on 17 March but Mark Wood, while acknowledging the Barbados-born fast bowler represents a threat to his own World Cup spot, claims not to be losing any sleep over it at present.Wood was the pick of England’s attack on Friday as they suffered their first one-day international defeat to West Indies in four years, a thrilling 26-run win for the hosts at a teeming Kensington Oval that left the five-match series locked at 1-1 heading to Grenada. Continue reading...

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Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

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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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