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Poland 0-1 Scotland

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Captain Scott Brown scored Scotland's winner for the second match running as Gordon Strachan's side claimed victory over Poland in Warsaw.

The hosts had created the better chances with Ludovic Obraniak and Arkadiusz Milik denied by David Marshall in the first half.

Kamil Glik headed Poland's best chance wide after the break.

And Brown compounded the home side's frustration when he lashed a loose ball past Wojciech Szczesny from 19 yards.

The midfielder had scored from a similar range against Norway in November and, as on that occasion, one goal proved to be enough for the Scots.

Poland and Scotland will meet again in the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and Strachan had stressed the friendly should not be regarded as a dress rehearsal .

With Darren Fletcher named as a substitute, Brown continued with the armband and made an important interception deep in his own half early on.

Obraniak had the game's first effort, his long-range curler looping towards goal and drawing a save from Marshall.

The Cardiff keeper made another fine stop when Milik fired in a dipping shot that bounced awkwardly in front of goal.

Poland were in the ascendancy, but the visitors created arguably the best opening of the first half shortly after Slawomir Peszko and Brown had been booked for an altercation in midfield.

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Annie Power goes for the World

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Unbeaten mare Annie Power is set to take her chance in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham next week with Ruby Walsh riding.

 

The six-year-old also holds entries in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, and her target at Prestbury Park has been the subject of speculation for many weeks.

 

But speaking after racing at Leopardstown on Sunday, trainer Willie Mullins outlined the big staying prize on Thursday week as the intended destination for the Rich Ricci-owned daughter of Shirocco.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho unhappy about his teams fixture schedule

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho unhappy about his teams fixture schedule | Sports News | Scoop.it

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has complained about his team's schedule of games ahead of Saturday's match with west London rivals Fulham.

 

Mourinho is unhappy his side return to action three days after their Champions League game against Galatasaray in Istanbul.

The Blues manager is in agreement with Fulham counterpart Felix Magath, who believes his team may be able to take advantage of tired opponents at Craven Cottage.

 

"I have to praise Magath because he was the first one to say it's a different match because Chelsea had this situation in midweek," Mourinho said.


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"With the special situation that the game was so far away and we don't play on Sunday, which will be difficult, we play on Saturday, which will make it more difficult.

 

"And Magath knows that as he has experience at this level because he's been in European competitions with other clubs for many years."

And Mourinho has given his backing to midfielder Frank Lampard, who also complained about the frequency of games for Chelsea in two competitions.

 

Mourinho added: "When a player like Frank Lampard, who has a right to speak having played an unbelievable number of seasons and matches in this club, he's played more than 100 matches with the England side, he's not a man that normally speaks a lot, he's not the type of player who is trying to show his opinion and to express his feelings.

"I think when a player like him and a man like him, expresses his feelings about that, I think this country should listen."

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adidas Unveils the World's First Knitted Football Boot | Hypebeast

adidas Unveils the World's First Knitted Football Boot | Hypebeast | Sports News | Scoop.it
adidas has today unveiled the Samba primeknit — the worlds first knitted football boot. Promising an unparalleled second-skin fit, each boot is created from a single piece of yarn that's been treated for water resistance.
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Cue Card will miss the Cheltenham Festival due to injury

Cue Card will miss the Cheltenham Festival due to injury | Sports News | Scoop.it

Cue Card has been ruled of the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a setback.

A dual Festival winner having claimed the Champion Bumper in 2010 and the Ryanair Chase last year, the eight-year-old appeared bound for a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup this time around following success in the Betfair Chase at Haydock and a fine second in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

However, with little over two weeks to go, Cue Card has pulled muscles and Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard has had no option but to take him out of the Betfred-sponsored Gold Cup and Ryanair Chase reckoning.

Tizzard said: "Unfortunately he has pulled muscles behind and he won't be running at the Cheltenham Festival.

"We first noticed it last week. It was only a small thing then and it is only small now, but we cantered him this morning and he is still not right.

"He hasn't got any better and you can't be going to Cheltenham 90 per cent.

"The horse has looked after me for the last four years and it is my turn to look after him now.

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Jan Vertonghen hints at exit if Tottenham fail to qualify for Champions League

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Jan Vertonghen has hinted he could leave Tottenham if they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

The Belgium international centre-back says he will not make any decision until after the World Cup.

But Vertonghen, who joined Spurs from Ajax in a £9.6m deal in 2012, admits that he cannot be sure he will still be at White Hart Lane at the start of next season if the north Londoners fail to finish in the top four.

"Those are always difficult questions," Vertonghen, who signed a four-year deal with the club when he joined, told the Evening Standard.

"What I want is to be playing in the Champions League with Tottenham, so I hope we get in this year.

"Do I have a decision to make if we don't? I can't say anything about that. Let's see after the end of the season, after the World Cup."

The 1-0 defeat to Norwich on Sunday left Spurs trailing six points behind Liverpool, who occupy fourth place.

Tim Sherwood's men will go to Anfield at the end of March and they also have matches with Chelsea and Arsenal before the end of the season.

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Liverpool 4-3 Swansea City

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Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool beat Swansea in a thriller to tighten their grip on fourth place in the Premier League.
Sturridge's opener came two minutes in and Henderson soon bent in a second.
But Jonjo Shelvey pulled one back with a fine 20-yard shot and Wilfried Bony headed in off Martin Skrtel to level.
Sturridge headed in his second from Luis Suarez's cross but Bony pulled Swansea level from the penalty spot before Henderson stabbed in the winner.
The best and worst of Liverpool was once again on show as the Reds closed the gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea to four points.
But manager Brendan Rodgers was once again relying on his team's attacking class to override its defensive deficiencies as they maintained their bid to end a five-season exile from the Champions League.
There were flashes of fine forward play as Sturridge became only the second player to score in eight consecutive Premier League matches, taking his tally to 18 league goals for the season in the process.
The Reds are now the Premier League's top scorers with 70 goals but looked ragged at the back far too often for Rodgers's comfort

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Premier League: Luis Suarez says he is now dreaming of success with Liverpool

Premier League: Luis Suarez says he is now dreaming of success with Liverpool | Sports News | Scoop.it

Luis Suarez believes he can achieve his 'dreams' at Liverpool, one of those being playing in the Champions League.

The Uruguay forward has enjoyed a wonderful campaign thus far, with 23 goals in his 21 Premier League games and 10 assists.

Suarez, who last summer asked for a move away from Anfield, insists he could not be happier at the club, who he is determined to lead into the Champions League for the first time since 2010.

The Reds are currently three points clear of Tottenham in fourth, but just four points off leaders Chelsea - and Suarez is hopeful they can maintain their form and reach Europe's elite tournament.

"I want to be there with Liverpool. It's an unbelievable competition. It's where we want to be - playing against the top teams in Europe," Suarez told the Liverpool Echo.

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UEFA Champions League: Arsene Wenger claims "everything went against Arsenal" in Bayern clash

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Arsene Wenger was left to lament Arsenal's missed chances as they lost their UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg tie 2-0 to Bayern Munich.

The Gunners could have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Mesut Ozil was tripped in the box by Jerome Boateng.

Arsenal's German playmaker nonchalantly chipped the spot-kick into the hands of his childhood friend Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal, before Yaya Sanogo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both missed early chances.

After a hot start, Arsenal soon cooled and the defending champions eased their way into the game and should have taken the lead themselves just before the break when Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for a collision with Arjen Robben.

David Alaba missed the subsequent penalty but Bayern came to fore in the second period as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller both fired beyond substitute goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.


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"Tonight, everything went against us," Wenger told Sky Sports afterwards.

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Arsenal v Bay Munich - 19th Feb 2014 Preview - Champions League

Arsenal v Bay Munich - 19th Feb 2014 Preview - Champions League | Sports News | Scoop.it

Arsenal will be hoping to learn from the mistakes of last season when they take on Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the second year in a row.

The Gunners were knocked out on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw at the same stage of the competition 12 months ago, when the damage was done in the first leg at Emirates Stadium.

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Bayern scored twice inside the opening 21 minutes on that occasion as they ran out 3-1 winners, but Arsene Wenger has insisted that his side are now in 'much better mental shape', exactly one year on.

Arsenal will bemoan their failure to again to finish top of their group, having missed out to Borussia Dortmund on goal difference following a 2-0 defeat by Napoli on matchday six, but they have otherwise had a very encouraging campaign to suggest that Wenger's optimism is well-founded.

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Currently second in the Premier League, just a point behind title rivals Chelsea, and through to the FA Cup quarter-finals, Arsenal are still fighting on three fronts to end their well-documented trophy drought.

There have been one or two blips along the way, such as a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool earlier in February, and midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted Arsenal must play more intelligently against Bayern than they did last year to ensure the tie is still alive going into the return leg at the Allianz Arena on March 11.

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Champions League: Barcelonas Pedro says Man City clash is biggest game of season so far

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Barcelona star Pedro has told Sky Sports that their game with Manchester City is their most important so far.

The Spain forward is expected to feature in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 with City at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

Pedro admits that City would not have been Barca's first choice for opponents at this stage, but he insists that if you want to win the tournament, then you have to beat the big teams.


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"Really we would have preferred another rival in the draw," he said, "but if Barcelona dreams of the final in Lisbon, it is obligatory to beat the big rivals - and City is on that list.

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Is Australia the world's best Test cricket team? - Sydney Morning Herald

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Is Australia the world's best Test cricket team?
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But Test cricket supremacy is more of a matter of opinion than in most sports. The official ICC Test rankings are complicated.
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Team USA shares the top position in the Sochi 2014 medal ranking - Sport Balla

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Team USA shares the top position in the Sochi 2014 medal ranking

Yes, it is true! Finally we can relax as Team USA has reached on top of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which is now being held in the city of Sochi in Russia. Even though there were a few hurdles in the way, Team USA has finally made it to the top in terms of medal counts. But this is not all. They are now sharing the top position in the medal ranking with our archival Russia. Things couldn’t get any more interesting and now we are excited to see who will win the race and which one will fall behind.

Now that Team USA has reached to the position that we have been praying for, we can breathe normally again. But the American athletes in Team USA are not taking it slightly. They are even more confident and motivated to sustain their supremacy and position in this race and they are already lined up to get more medals in the upcoming events. Alike them, we are also expecting the same and we certainly do not want fall behind from Russian athletes who are in better condition home ground comfort.


Read more at http://www.sportballa.com/2014/02/131407/team-usa-shares-top-position-sochi-2014-medal-ranking#3iIShpOOsRfqvUmC.99

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Rugby World Cup 2015: first tickets go on sale

Rugby World Cup 2015: first tickets go on sale | Sports News | Scoop.it

It is currently the only way for England supporters to guarantee themselves a ticket for the event, which takes place from September 18 to October 31, 2015. Official ticket-only sales begin in September.

The packages, offered by England Rugby Travel, the official travel firm for the tournament, range from £179 per person – for a ticket to see England play at the City of Manchester Stadium on October 10, plus coach travel – to £1,799 per person – for a two-night stay at the Doubletree Hotel Westminster and tickets to the final on October 31.

England’s first fixture will be at Twickenham on September 18, against the winner of the Oceania qualification section (most likely to be Fiji). They will remain at Twickenham then play Wales on September 26, and they face Australia on October 3. Their final pool fixture will be in Manchester on October 10 against a play-off opponent yet to be decided.

Should they qualify, they are likely to play South Africa or Scotland, again at Twickenham, on either October 17 or 18. Both semi-finals (October 24 & 25), and the final (October 31), also take place at the home of England Rugby.

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Pardew fined £100,000 by Newcastle

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Newcastle United have fined manager Alan Pardew £100,000 and given him a formal warning for headbutting

 

Pardew, 52, was sent to the stand for the incident during the second half of the Magpies' 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

 

"We have held discussions with Alan, who has offered his sincere apologies," said a club statement. "It is clear he deeply regrets his actions."

 

The Football Association has said it will investigate the incident.

With the Magpies 3-1 up, Pardew was angered when Meyler shoved past him in an attempt to retrieve the ball to take a throw-in.

 

The pair came together, with the former Reading and Southampton boss pushing his head into the face of the Hull player.

 

A fracas involving players and staff from both sides followed and, when the crowd was dispersed, Meyler was booked and Pardew sent from the touchline.

 

Speaking after the match, Pardew said: "I did not mean any damage to the guy but I have moved my head forward. I tried to push him away with my head.

 

"I apologise to everyone. I should not have got involved in it.

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How Olympians Stay Motivated

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Until the 1990s, Olympic figure skating included a segment called “compulsory figures,” in which athletes would slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice, and judges would inspect the resulting swirls and loops to determine much of the skater’s overall score. These “figures” gave the sport its name, but they were gradually phased out because not even the most ardent skating fans would watch the tedious process on TV. Today’s competitive figure skaters only do what their predecessors called the “free skating” portion—fast-paced programs set to music, packed with jumps and dance moves.
When American figure skater Dorothy Hamill won gold in the ladies’ single competition in 1976, compulsory figures were the first event. They played a decisive role in whether the skater would medal. Hamill adored skating, but training to execute the figures perfectly at the Olympiahalle in Innsbruck that year was, frankly, kind of miserable.
“I would spend four hours a day going in circles and trying to perfect the compulsory figures, and no one ever saw those but the judges,” Hamill told me. “They were so complicated and so hard to perfect. I changed coaches just to get someone to help me with my compulsory figures.”
At the time, Hamill was 19 years old and living in Colorado with her mother, who had moved with her daughter from their family’s home in Connecticut so that Hamill could focus on training to the exclusion of almost everything else. Each day, she awoke early and skated in the morning, then went to school, then skated after school, then had dinner (steak was big for athletes back then, when they could afford it), and then skated for another two hours.
Full days of training consisted of four hours of practicing compulsory figures, then two hours of free skating, then running through the short program and the long program, and then … repeat.
“The same thing, day in and day out,” she said.
Many Olympic winter sports involve feats of incredible dynamism and gravity-defying stunts, making it seem as though the life of an elite winter athlete would be a nonstop adventure full of half-pipes and triple Axels. And to some extent, it is. But what audiences don’t see are the grueling practice sessions that involve hours of repetitive, muscle-straining movements.
A 2009 Boston Globe article about a school for Olympic snowboarders described a typical day as, “up at dawn, stretch, watch video of the previous day, hit the slopes till lunch, go to class, do more conditioning, eat dinner, and then go to study hall for an hour and a half. At most, they get about an hour of “free time” a day, but it’s usually used for homework.”
With schedules like that, some of the most successful athletes aren’t necessarily the strongest or fastest, but simply the ones who are best at staying motivated.
“A lot of times before you physically give out, you give out mentally,” said Thomas Hong, a high-school student and speed skater who placed 11th at the Olympic trials this year. “You know you’re going to be sore for a while, you know how bad it’s going to hurt you.”
Hamill said part of what spurred her on were the sacrifices that her parents and coaches had made. She wasn’t very interested in school, and most of the family’s money went to her training. It was skating or bust.
“I had a commitment to myself and all the people who were helping me skate,” she said. “It’s like a marriage, you don’t walk away from it. It was a huge investment in everyone’s life—my mom and my brothers and sisters and coaches.”
And most of the time, she said, the training was enjoyable. But some of the time, “it really wasn’t.”
We can’t all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog.

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Jameis Winston is enjoying his time playing Florida State baseball

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A few minutes before the Yankees opened their Grapefruit League slate Tuesday with an exhibition game at George M. Steinbrenner Field, manager Joe Girardi looked at the stands and then made an observation to the guy throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. "Coach Girardi said it was the first time they ever had a spring training game where they were outnumbered in fans," Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Some may have come to see Fisher, the one-time Clemson baseball recruit who threw a strike and then headed back to Tallahassee for offseason conditioning. But most came to see the guy who played the final four innings in left field and went 0-for-2 at the plate. Jameis Winston, winner of a little football trophy and quarterback of the defending national champion who will spend most of his days this spring either pitching or playing in the outfield for the Florida State baseball team. Winston does not intend for Tuesday to be his final appearance against a Major League club, despite what the current realities of the NFL and Major League Baseball suggest. He still hopes to play in both leagues, just like former Seminole Deion Sanders and just like Bo Jackson, who grew up in the same area of suburban Birmingham as Winston."I want to play both for as long as I can," Winston said after a performance that included a groundout and a strikeout.
Logic suggests Winston eventually will have to choose, and the obvious choice seems to be football. But logic suggests that redshirt freshman quarterbacks are unlikely to win the Heisman Trophy and the national title, and Winston already did that. So why not keep dreaming until he's forced to make a choice?
Winston, who was drafted in the 15th round by the Rangers after he graduated high school in 2012, did not get to show off his best baseball side Tuesday. He's a switch-hitting outfielder, but his true talent lies -- shockingly -- in his right arm. As a pitcher, he throws a mid-90s fastball. He will serve as Florida State's closer this season when it doesn't interfere with spring practice. He could have pitched Tuesday, but coach Mike Martin said Winston's arm was a little "tender," which might have been coachspeak for "We're saving him for Miami this weekend." Martin believes Winston has the talent to play in the majors. Martin coached Sanders at Florida State as well as Buster Posey and a host of other future big leaguers, so he knows of what he speaks. For the sake of practicality, Martin believes that if Winston did play pro baseball, it would be as a pitcher. "I really think he's such a good pitcher that it's going to be easier for him playing two sports to develop as a pitcher/quarterback than as an outfielder/quarterback," Martin said. "But, like Deion, you don't put anything by these unbelievable athletes."
Of course, Winston's baseball dreams likely will earn him a "DOESN'T LOVE THE GAME OF FOOTBALL HERP DERP DERP" quote from everyone's favorite talent evaluator Anonymous NFL Scout come pre-draft season next year. (Yes. Winston has said he plans to spend four years at Florida State. Plans can change.) But Winston loves both. That's why Fisher, who will readily admit that he's a bit of a control freak, doesn't only allow but encourages Winston to play baseball. "It has to be a true passion. To be good at both sports at the level he's playing them -- we're talking about a national championship football team and a top-two or top-three ranked baseball team -- you can't go out there and say, "I'm going to do this part-time,'" Fisher said. "There's got to be a true passion and commitment to doing it because of time constraints in football with the mental side of it and the technical side of it. If he can do it, more power to him. That's why he's special."
Fisher allows Winston an opportunity he didn't allow himself. Fisher left Clemson because he realized he was a quarterback and not a second baseman. He transferred to Salem in West Virginia and then to Samford in Alabama and played quarterback at each. But Fisher sees an equal passion in Winston for both sports. So he and Martin have cordially worked out a plan that allows Winston to play both. Winston will miss some baseball for spring practice, just as he did last year when he was trying to beat out Jacob Coker and Clint Trickett for the starting quarterback job. "I love two-sport guys. I love guys who have the ability to do that," Fisher said. "I think it's very good for his football. Baseball is a game of failure. You fail a lot. How you handle those situations can help you as a football player."
Winston hasn't failed much as a college football player. He still hasn't lost as the starter. He failed twice at the plate Tuesday against Bryan Mitchell, a 2009 draftee who likely will start this season in the minors. So maybe baseball can also help keep him grounded after some unprecedented success on the football field. Still, the question hangs in the air every time Winston takes the mound or picks up a bat: Could he really pull off the Deion/Bo double?
Sheer positional logistics suggest that would be nearly impossible. Sanders was a cornerback. Jackson was a tailback. They could miss time with their football teams and plug right back into their positions and produce. Some NFL team will build its entire offense around Winston, so the idea of him taking time away -- and taxing his arm -- into September or (Winston hopes) October probably would cause the cranial combustion of a sleep-on-a-cot-in-the-office coordinator.

 

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Premier League clubs 'wasted' £1.2bn

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Premier League football clubs have "wasted" £1.2bn over the last ten years through buying and selling players, a financial analyst has told the BBC.

Stephen Clapham calculated the difference in cost between the money clubs spent in buying players, and the amount gained through transfer sales.

Mr Clapham said the only three clubs to make a profit were Watford, who only competed in the league for one of the ten seasons studied, Manchester United and Arsenal.

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Nadal Captures 62nd Title In Rio - ATP World Tour

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The Spaniard moved up to joint-seventh with Guillermo Vilas in the Open Era title leaders list. He is two trophies behind fifth-placed Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.
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Wayne Rooney agrees new Man Utd contract worth up to £300,000 a week.

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-and-a-half year contract worth up to £300,000 a week.

The 28-year-old England international will extend his current contract by four years, tying him to the club until June 2019.
His old deal, which would have expired next year, paid up to £250,000 a week.
Rooney joined United from Everton in August 2004 and is only 42 goals shy of passing Bobby Charlton's record total of 249 for United.
The former Everton forward has taken 430 games in all competitions to score his 208 goals for the Red Devils.
The club have yet to confirm the contract but BBC sports editor David Bond said the deal had been agreed.
Speaking at a United news conference on Friday, manager David Moyes said: "As soon as we have the information to give you, we will give you it.
"Everyone knows how important a player he is. He is a terrific football player and if we can get it done it will be great."

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Mizner Trail compromise proposal could put homes on golf course - Sun-Sentinel

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Mizner Trail compromise proposal could put homes on golf course Sun-Sentinel A new compromise proposal from the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, which represents residents, calls for allowing 202 homes on the golf course instead of the 288...
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Female football player earns respect in professional debut 

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Jen Welter, 36, appeared in five plays during the Texas Revolution's season opener Saturday. Welter is believed to be the first female non-kicker to play professional football.

The nation's first professional football player is earning respect from teammates and opponents alike.

Jen Welter became the first non-kicker professional female football player when she debuted for the Texas Revolution Saturday in the team's season opener at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Tex.

The 36-year-old football nut who played rugby while a student at Boston College because "it was the closest I could come to playing football" got to experience the real impact of the game when she made her debut at running back for the first time in her life. She finished the game with three carries for -1 yards.

 

 

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Odds on Paul Nicholls' horses for Cheltenham - Horse racing with ...

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Paul Nicholls could take two of his stable stars to Exeter on Friday for a racecourse gallop. The Ditcheat handler has earmarked the track as an ideal day out for his Cheltenham Gold Cup challenger Silviniaco Conti, BetVictor's 3/1 ...
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Tapiture pulls away to win Southwest Stakes - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

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Jesus Navas: Barcelona fear Man City threat

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JESUS NAVAS believes Manchester City can signal their arrival at European football’s top table by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League.

Winger Navas knows the Catalan team better than most having played against them a dozen times in his years with Sevilla and alongside many of their players with Spain’s national team.

And though he acknowledges Barca are still a formidableside, he believes they are not as strong as their peak years under Pep Guardiola from 2009 to 2011.

“Maybe they are not playing as well as three or four years ago,” said Navas. “The cycles in football do not last forever.

“Barca have set such high standards that it is very, very difficult to keep playing with that kind of style year in, year out. Your rivals study the way you play and find a tactic to counteract your strengths.”

Navas does not believe Barcelona – 6-0 winners over second-from-bottom Rayo Vallecano on Saturday – will be looking forward to facing a City side with so many imports from La Liga, including manager Manuel Pellegrini, who enjoyed a good record against them during his time at Villarreal.

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