Wilf McGuinness: ‘I thought Munich was the end, that United were finished’

The 82-year-old former Manchester United player and coach talks about the air disaster, Sir Matt Busby and playing for £20 a weekWilf McGuinness is 82 but his face lights up with vivid memories of the man who had such an impact on his life. “Matt Busby was a god,” McGuinness says simply as he looks up with an expression of gratitude and awe and remembers the football manager who turned Manchester United into one of the world’s greatest clubs. “We

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Saracens’ Mark McCall admits trophies tarnished ‘in lots of people’s eyes’

• Club were hit by 35-point deduction for breaching rules• McCall believes relationships at Saracens under threatSaracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists not everything is black and white regarding the club’s breach of salary cap rules and insisted “all the facts of the case” will come out but admits the club’s achievements have been tarnished in the eyes of some fans.The Premiership champions concluded a challenging few days on Sunday with a 21-12 win over Gloucester and now turn

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Chris Woakes and Sam Curran vying for England selection against New Zealand

•Joe Root’s XI for next week’s first Test is taking shape•Ben Stokes’ return sets tough choice for seamer slotChris Woakes or Sam Curran is shaping up to be the final selection debate for England before next week’s first Test against New Zealand.Joe Denly’s appearance as a sub fielder on day two of England’s practice match in Whangarei – one of toil as the New Zealand XI made 285 for four from 76 overs – points to his fitness after an

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Chelsea Women pull off major coup in signing Australia striker Sam Kerr

• Chelsea beat rivals to land striker on two-and-a-half year deal• Kerr has won five consecutive golden boots in US and AustraliaChelsea have beaten a host of top European clubs to the signing of the Australia striker Sam Kerr on a two-and-a-half year deal.After Kerr announced she would not be returning to Perth Glory in Australia’s W-League, having finished the NWSL season with Chicago Red Stars, European teams, including the Champions League holders Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, were linked

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Gareth Southgate was right to lay down marker over Raheem Sterling | Barney Ronay

An England manager has nothing but mystique and soft power. If they don’t use it they become irrelevantHappy thousandth everyone. Another month, another England landmark. Welcome to the 1,000th overblown mini-drama to enliven an otherwise deathly international break.Congratulations are due on all sides. First to Raheem Sterling for instigating a significant but far from terminal training-ground bust-up. Second to the Premier League, the world’s greatest sporting soap opera, for granting us this spin-off episode and finally to the FA for

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Southgate tries to put brakes on but Sterling v Gomez will run and run | David Hytner

England manager wanted to draw a line under the squad bust-up but there is little chance of that given the protagonists and the backdrop of the Premier League title raceTo recap, England’s star player, a trailblazer and one of the most popular in the country, has been at the heart of a bust-up with a teammate on international duty. It has seen him punished with a one-game internal suspension and the simmering Premier League title rivalry between Manchester City and

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Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem: ATP Finals – live!

Game by game coverage of Tuesday evening’s matchFederer overpowers Berrettini to warm up for Djokovic clashGet in touch with Tumaini by email or on Twitter 8.53pm GMTFirst set: Novak Djokovic 5-4* Dominic Thiem: Djokovic comes through a big mini-battle there, recovering from 15-30 down. Amid the brutal, violent ballstriking, Thiem is starting to show off his variety and he drew out a Djokovic backhand error with floaty slice to bring up 15-30. Thiem had a huge chance on a short

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Czech Republic v England: women’s international football friendly – live!

Updates from the 7.15pm GMT kick-offNeville admits form has been ‘unacceptable’You can email Paul here or tweet him here 8.53pm GMT80 min: Svitkova has a go from 30 yards. Telford deals with it without fuss, which is commendable seen as how she’s had nothing to do in this half until then other than stand around in the snow. 8.50pm GMT78 min: Hemp, who has made a big impact since her introduction, races down the left and sends over a low

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Shane Sutton storms out of medical tribunal after denying doping and lying

Sutton denied bullying Dr Richard Freeman into ordering Testogel ‘I have never ordered any Testogel, I swear’Ex-Team Sky head coach said he passed 100 drugs testsShane Sutton, the former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky, dramatically stormed out of a medical tribunal on Tuesday after denying accusations he was a doper and serial liar.Under an astonishing to-and-fro during cross-examination, Sutton furiously denied that he had bullied Dr Richard Freeman, who he worked alongside, into ordering 30 sachets of

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Joe Gomez left with scratch below right eye after clash with Raheem Sterling

• Injury visible during England’s training session on Tuesday• Sterling also training despite being left out of next matchJoe Gomez had a scratch beneath his right eye when taking part in England’s open training on Tuesday as a result of the altercation with Raheem Sterling.The Manchester City forward was also involved in the session, despite being dropped by Gareth Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley because of the incident. Continue reading…

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The Spin | Richard Hadlee put brilliance above bravado in one of the greatest careers

The New Zealand all-rounder had no time for posturing or histrionics, but stood alone as a master of the seamer’s craftThese days, everything has to be arranged and everything has to be ranked, particularly in sport. This is not all bad – in different times, Justin Langer might never have taught us the importance of “elite professionalism, elite learning, elite mateship and elite humility” – but for that, there is a quid pro quo. Naturally, much of the blame for

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England’s Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley record debut centuries in tour match

England finish day one on 283 for three v New Zealand XI‘I don’t really fear too many people now,’ says SibleyDom Sibley and Zak Crawley could scarcely have wished to make a better first impression on their first day for England, compiling promising centuries such that their captain, Joe Root, spent a good chunk of it waiting in the pavilion.England’s plan in Test cricket under their new head coach, Chris Silverwood, sees Root back at No 4 and it is

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F1 reveals plans for net-zero carbon footprint and sustainable products

Initiative sets two-pronged target over next decade Chase Carey: ‘We hope to make a positive impact’Formula One has announced ambitious plans to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, and have all grands prix using sustainable products by 2025.The globe-travelling sport, which next season will feature a record 22 races, and with proposals to have 25 per year at some stage in the next decade, naturally has a significant impact when it comes to carbon emissions. But following a 12-month

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Genesis, Revelation … Exodus: has Guardiola reached City endgame? | Barney Ronay

Guardiola is generally in one of three phases of engagement – it is tempting to conclude we are in this third stage now, that the Pep exodus has begunThis is the end, beautiful friend. Or rather, it may just be a vision of it. Watching Pep Guardiola capering on the Anfield touchline on Sunday – skinny legs splayed, arms flailing, black quilted jacket bouncing about like an angry rubber ball – was at least confirmation of one thing. Manchester City’s

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England drop Raheem Sterling for Euro qualifier over clash with Joe Gomez

• Forward to miss Montenegro game after ‘disturbance’• Gareth Southgate: ‘Emotions from Sunday’s game were still raw’Raheem Sterling has been dropped for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after a bust-up with Joe Gomez at St George’s Park.Emotions were still running high on Monday afternoon following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City 24 hours earlier and the title rivalry spilled over into the England camp. City’s Sterling and Liverpool’s Gomez were involved in a heated clash towards the

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Alexander Zverev makes it sixth time lucky against Rafael Nadal at ATP Finals

• Zverev beats world No 1 Nadal 6-2, 6-4• Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (5), 6-4They call it stormy Monday – except in the literature for the ATP Tour Finals, which labelled day two “momentous” – and so it proved, calamitously so, for Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal.The fourth iteration of the season-ending tournament, 50 years after it began in an art museum in Tokyo, has a year to run in London to close out 11 years of extraordinary

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Chris Silverwood preaches old-school Test batting values as new era dawns | Ali Martin

England’s new head coach wants his batsmen to concentrate on building an innings in his first Test series against New ZealandAnd now for something completely different. After an inexperienced England T20 side wrapped up a 3-2 series win over New Zealand – needing Super Over: The Sequel to get the job done – attention switches to Test cricket and Chris Silverwood’s biggest challenge as the new head coach.Now, something that will likely be mentioned a bit over the coming weeks

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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: ATP Finals group stage – live!

Live updates from the O2 Arena in London‘Goose bumps’ and ‘pure joy’ for Tsitsipas at ATP FinalsDrop Tumaini an email | Tweet @tumcarayol 8.50pm GMTThat sublime forehand down the line earlier.Crushed it @AlexZverev #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/g5O7tqmao4 8.48pm GMTNadal struggled badly and looked a shadow of himself in truth, but what a flawless set of tennis from Sascha Zverev, sealed with yet another incredible service game. He lost 4 points on serve throughout. You don’t do that against Rafael Nadal. Continue reading…

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Neil Warnock leaves Cardiff City by mutual consent

• Manager departs Championship club with immediate effect• Warnock led Cardiff’s promotion campaign in 2017-18Neil Warnock has left Cardiff by mutual consent. The 70-year-old was appointed manager in October 2016 with the club second from bottom in the Championship and guided them to the Premier League in 2018. Related: Michael O’Neill makes instant impact at Stoke as top three win in Championship Continue reading…

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Shane Sutton testimony at Freeman tribunal delayed by legal arguments

• Sutton expected to finally give evidence on Tuesday• Tribunal assessing Freeman’s suitability to practise medicineShane Sutton’s eagerly-awaited testimony at the Dr Richard Freeman medical tribunal was delayed by hours of legal argument behind closed doors on Monday.However Sutton, who was formerly the head coach at British Cycling and Team Sky, is finally expected to give evidence on Tuesday to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, which is assessing Freeman’s suitability to continue to practise medicine. Continue reading…

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Stefanos Tsitsipas gets off to a winning start at the ATP Finals

• Greek Tsitsipas beats Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (5), 6-4• ‘One of the most important victories of my career so far’They call it Stormy Monday – except in the literature for the ATP Tour Finals, which labelled day two “momentous” – and, mightily as he tried to live up to the billing, Stefanos Tsitsipas had to settle for merely excellent in beating Daniil Medvedev at the sixth attempt.Medvedev has been on an absolute tear this season – 29-4 since Wimbledon, reaching

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Kieran Trippier: ‘Everywhere I go they shout Rooney at me. Everyone’

The defender on how Diego Costa created his nickname at Atlético Madrid, what went wrong at Tottenham and missing the dartsFor one brief moment Kieran Trippier sounds worried. The England defender is talking about how his Atlético Madrid teammate Diego Costa calls him Rooney and how that means everyone else calls him Rooney too when a thought crosses his mind. “It’s just because I’m the only English player here and Rooney’s the only one he’s heard of; it could have

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Arsenal say Unai Emery is ‘the right man for the job’ and will stand by him

• Club urges fans to get behind manager and struggling team• Xhaka says he is ready to play again after captaincy furoreArsenal’s hierarchy have given Unai Emery a public vote of confidence, backing him to turn their fortunes around but adding a clear caveat that the team’s form must improve.Emery’s position has come under increasing scrutiny after a turbulent start to the season that, on the pitch, has brought a run of one win in six league games. They are

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Manchester City ‘much better’ side but the luck is with Liverpool, says Rodri

• Midfielder says City could have won game and title race not over• Pep Guardiola will not face FA action over his conduct at AnfieldRodri has claimed Manchester City were “much better” than Liverpool despite Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield and that everything is going the way of the league leaders. Related: Liverpool’s symmetrical full-backs have turned them into world leaders | Barney Ronay Continue reading…

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High time that Nike and the IAAF did the right thing by athletes | Sean Ingle

The stars of track and field need a powerful and independent union to protect them from abuse from the sportswear giant and the mismanagement of the governing bodyWhat more can one say about Nike except that in a hotly contested field it once again leads the way in being the biggest hypocrite in global sport?It urges women to Dream Crazier, throwing the spotlight on female stars who have shattered barriers and inspired the next generation, while also telling others, such

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The man who changed the world of sports mascots forever

Mascots were quite dull until Dave Raymond came along. He changed that, winning friends – and an enemy – along the wayYou probably know Dave Raymond. Or, at least, if you’ve paid any attention to sport and particularly American sport over the last 40 years or so, you know Dave Raymond’s work.Not on the field, though: just to the side. For 15 years, Raymond was the man inside the suit of the Phanatic, the Philadelphia Phillies anarchic giant green mascot,

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Dominic Thiem upsets Roger Federer in straight sets in ATP Finals

• Austrian Thiem beats Federer 7-5, 7-5 in evening game• Novak Djokovic defeats Matteo Berrettini 6-2, 6-1Novak Djokovic does not expect Roger Federer to be scarred by the trauma of losing to him in the longest Wimbledon final of them all when they meet for the 49th time in London this week. Early evidence suggests that is a charitable assessment. Related: ATP Tour Finals: Novak Djokovic eyes history but threats old and new lurk Continue reading…

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Liverpool’s symmetrical full-backs have turned them into world leaders | Barney Ronay

For all the protests from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, this match was not settled by marginal refereeing decisionsIt is the hardest thing in any sport to make astonishingly difficult things look astonishingly simple. With 13 minutes gone at Anfield Liverpool produced a piece of play that seemed to stop the day, a perfect little miniature of bold, simple lines, carved across the pitch, like a Miró line drawing.It took six seconds, four touches and three diagonal movements for the

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Saracens make Premiership survival a priority over European glory

The under-fire club prepare for more ire from opposing crowds after their reception from Gloucester’s ShedNever mind that Gloucester had lost, the music blaring out in the players’ area after the match included Pink Floyd’s Money with its lines “Think I’ll buy me a football team” and “Don’t give me that do-goody-good bullshit.” Money can’t buy you love. Related: Saracens plead their innocence but rugby union’s whole structure is on trial | Michael Aylwin Continue reading…

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Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem: ATP Finals group stage – live!

Our game-by-game report of the action in LondonKevin Mitchell: Djokovic eyes history amid threats old and newFrance claim Fed Cup after decisive doubles winEmail [email protected] | Tweet @tumcarayol 8.54pm GMTFirst set: Roger Federer 6-5* Dominic Thiem: Thiem breaks! After streaming through his last four service games and finding such a great rhythm, it’s Federer who blinks first. Federer fought back well from 0-30 to 30-30, but then he badly mistimed a forehand and shanked a backhand long. One bad service

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Fabinho leaves Manchester City fuming and helps Liverpool go eight points clear

There had been little more than millimetres in it during the previous two meetings of English football’s current powerhouses. Remember John Stones’s goalline clearance for Manchester City at the Etihad last January in his team’s 2-1 Premier League win or when Kyle Walker did the same at the very end of the Community Shield at the beginning of this season? City would squeak to victory that day on penalties. Related: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Premier League – live reaction! Continue

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‘I had settled for silver’: Hannah Cockroft breaks T34 100m world record

• Briton seals 11th world title in record time of 16.79• Team-mate Adenegan second in season’s best 17.49Hannah Cockroft claimed a fifth consecutive T34 100m title with a stunning world-record time of 16.79sec at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.In a British one-two Kare Adenegan won silver in a season-best time of 17.49. The 18-year-old had gone into the final as world record holder, having defeated her more experienced rival in the T34 100m at the European Championships in Berlin

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England win T20 series against New Zealand after more super-over drama

Chris Jordan four levels scores in rain-hit T20England then win super over to take T20 series 3-2We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismWhen Chris Jordan pulled the final ball of an 11-overs-a-side thrash for four, the 9,000 or so spectators inside Eden Park could scarcely believe their eyes: England and New Zealand were heading into a super over for the second time this year.What followed in this series decider may have

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Liverpool v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute report as league leaders meet the championsManchester United 3-1 Brighton: Rashford in fine formEmail [email protected] | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.52pm GMT63 mins: Fabinho finds himself in a pocket of space. Shooooot! Screams the crowd. His shot is blocked. 5.51pm GMT61 mins: Jordan Henderson comes off, presumably so he can have more time to endlessly replay that cross and/or backheel flick in his imagination. Milner is on. Continue reading…

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Flawless Novak Djokovic swats aside Matteo Berrettini in ATP Finals

• Serb takes little more than an hour to see off Italian 6-2, 6-1• Roger Federer faces Dominic Thiem on Sunday eveningThe last time we saw Novak Djokovic in London he was wearing down Roger Federer in the longest final in Wimbledon’s history. On Sunday he returned and spent a mere 62 minutes opening his campaign to finish the season as the world No 1 for the sixth time. Related: France claim Fed Cup after decisive doubles win by Garcia

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Marcus Rashford inspires Manchester United to simple win over Brighton

This was as entertaining a Manchester United display as there has been under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Midway through the second half the manager was regaled with the song that pleads not to “take my Solskjær away” in recognition of the verve and vibrancy on show.Afterwards he was thrilled. “Our best performance of the season, you can go back to Chelsea [4-0] but today the reaction after they scored was fantastic,” the Norwegian said. “Sometimes this season when you get one

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Liverpool’s trident v Manchester City’s front three: which has the edge?

Our writers weigh up the respective attacks of the title contenders before their first clash of the season at Anfield on SundayOn individual merit, or in a combined front three, there is no question that Raheem Sterling features. And how to omit Sergio Agüero, with his 173 goals in 249 Premier League games? But that is not the question. As a collective Liverpool’s forward line offers perfect balance: the brains and artistry of Roberto Firmino enabling Sadio Mané, now one

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Wolves v Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute report of the West Midlands derbyWolves v Aston Villa: match previewEmail [email protected] | Tweet @Will_Unwin 2.52pm GMTAt Old Trafford, Manchester United have a 2-0 lead over Brighton. Pereira opened the scoring before Davy Propper turned the ball into his own net. 2.49pm GMTWell … not a great half for Villa who have lost their goalkeeper and a full-back to injury, not to mention the fact Steer was only playing due Heaton’s knock. Wolves have been on top from the

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‘I had settled for silver’: Hannah Cockcroft breaks T34 100m world record

• Briton seals 11th world title in record time of 16.79• Team-mate Adenegan second in season’s best 17.49Hannah Cockcroft claimed a fifth consecutive T34 100m title with a stunning world-record time of 16.79 at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.In a dominant British one-two, European champion Kare Adenegan won silver in a season-best time of 17.49. Continue reading…

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