Danni Wyatt: ‘It’s about getting those horrible thoughts out of your head’

Wyatt has become England’s key T20 player over the past year or so and attributes her improved performances in limited-overs cricket to relaxation and perspectiveDanni Wyatt has been having trouble sleeping. Not that England Women’s best T20 player over the last year or so was being kept up worrying about her form. Before flying out to India for six limited-overs games over the next few weeks, Wyatt was staying near the National Performance Centre at Loughborough University. Unfortunately her digs were right next to the student union.Still, the way Wyatt has played since a breakthrough innings in Australia a year and a half ago, she could probably not sleep a wink and still hit a match-winning knock. With England in heavy bother at 16 for four in the first T20 of the 2017 Ashes, Wyatt hit 50 off 36 balls and, even though England lost, she was pushed up to open. In the final game of the series she hit an extraordinary 57-ball 100 which levelled the Ashes. Continue reading...

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'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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Chris Gayle declares himself ‘greatest player’ and wants Hundred invite

• ‘I will set the trend for you,’ says West Indian before ODI series• Jason Roy hits 110 off 82 balls in England warm-up gameChris Gayle, the veteran West Indies opener and self-styled “Universe Boss”, has warned English cricket that The Hundred will not be a success unless “the greatest player in the world” is invited along. In other words: Chris Gayle.After missing tours to India and Bangladesh in order to pursue short-form contracts, the 39-year-old Jamaican makes his West Indies return against England on Wednesday in the first one-day international at the Kensington Oval. After training on Sunday he served up his latest display of self-confidence. Continue reading...

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Martina Navratilova criticised over 'cheating' trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Continue reading...

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Pro Piacenza beaten 20-0 after naming team of just seven teenagers

• Club would have been thrown out of league for forfeiting match• All seven were teenagers; Hicham Kanis scored six for CuneoSerie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza have endured a tough season, resulting in point deductions and forfeiting matches, but their latest setback was almost beyond belief as they were able to field only seven players in a 20-0 defeat at mid-table Cuneo. Related: Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona Continue reading...

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Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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F1 2019: A look at the cars for the new season

With the 2019 season starting next month, the teams have unveiled their new cars prior to testing in Barcelona Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Neal Maupay misses a fantastic chance for Swansea against Brentford

Brentford's Neal Maupay misses a glorious opportunity, firing over from close range during Brentford's 4-1 defeat by Swansea in their fifth round FA Cup tie at the Liberty Stadium.

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Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to sacrifice her happiness after split from coach

World number one Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to "sacrifice" her happiness following her split from coach Sascha Bajin.

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Alexis Sánchez goals will start to flow like ketchup, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

• Manchester United manager backs his Chilean forward• Sánchez looks to rediscover form against Chelsea in FA CupOle Gunnar Solskjær has denied Alexis Sánchez is past his best, saying that once the Chilean forward scores it will be like squeezing a “bottle of ketchup” and his best form will be released.Sánchez has struggled since he joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January last year. He has scored only once in the league this season – in October – and once more in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Arsenal. He scored only three times for United in the second half of last season and his touch and confidence are a continuing problem. Continue reading...

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Brett Morris hat-trick powers Roosters past Wigan in World Club Challenge

• World Club Challenge: Wigan 8-20 Sydney Roosters• Sydney side start superbly and ride second-half pressureTrent Robinson had promised in the buildup to the World Club Challenge that, irrespective of the purported attitude from Australian rugby league to the event, his Sydney Roosters were here to respect both the competition and the Super League champions, Wigan. That respect may well have been pivotal in ensuring the Roosters were crowned world champions for a record-equalling fourth time.History awaited Wigan, who knew that victory against the all-conquering NRL premiers would ensure they became the first side in rugby league history to win the World Club Challenge five times. They will look back on a desperately below-par opening quarter as their downfall – but can stand proud for their performance thereafter. Continue reading...

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Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the Middle East, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football continues apace. Last month, Qatar’s extraordinary win in the Asian Cup was noisily welcomed by Fifa, presumably as retrospective justification for its decision to award the tiny Gulf state the 2022 World Cup. And in some of the regional countries currently blockading Qatar, the headlines on news coverage of the final show just how close the whole peace-dream is to becoming a reality. Which is to say, not very close, if they still can’t mention the match winner in a match report. As the UAE’s Gulf News had it: “Japan come up short in Asian Cup final.” That said, it did have two articles about the final. The headline on the other was: “The Samurai’s extra confidence caused their loss.” Related: Privileged sport officials willing to sacrifice Hakeem al-Araibi's life should be expunged | Craig Foster Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Goalkeeper Frank Fielding nearly scores last-gasp goal against Wolves

Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding comes up for a corner late in injury time but his effort is saved by John Ruddy as Wolves hang on win.

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The weekend's top five Scottish Premiership goals

Inch-perfect set pieces, curled shots in to the top corner and even an odd volley poked in to the back of the net featured among the best goals from this weekend's action.

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Ryan Giggs: ‘It didn’t work for United but Van Gaal was brilliant for me’

The Wales manager discusses the loneliness of his job, what Manchester United should do next and why he turned to a psychologist“I think every manager feels that loneliness,” Ryan Giggs says as he identifies the usually unspoken difficulty at the core of his work. The manager of Wales since January 2018, Giggs has had nine games to get used to the isolation.“I’m lucky to have great staff around me and, during the week, you’re constantly in meetings and on the training ground. But it’s that hour before the game, when the coaches take the lads out to warm up, that you feel it. You’re alone in the dressing room and you’ve done everything you can. That’s a lonely time. There’s nothing left to do. You’re on your own.” Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Swansea City 4-1 Brentford highlights

Watch highlights as Swansea come from behind to beat fellow Championship side Brentford and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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Football rumours: Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all is standing here beside itself As Chelsea embark on a crucial make-or-break nine-day period in their season, the mood of their manager Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to be improved by talk linking Zinedine Zidane with his job. Chelsea entertain Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight and in the wake of humiliating defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Manchester City, Sarri is a man under pressure. Assorted news outlets say Zidane would be interested in replacing him, but only if he’s guaranteed a £200m war-chest, a major say in recruitment, an assurance that Eden Hazard will stay at the club and the moon in a pail of water. Related: Maurizio Sarri must be given more time to adapt Chelsea, says Gianfranco Zola Continue reading...

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Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey's legendary 1966 side. However it's Banks's twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is often best remembered for, a save deemed 'one of the greatest feats of goalkeeping'Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81 Continue reading...

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