Europa League: Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny returns in easy 1-0 win over Qarabag

Laurent Koscielny plays for the first time since May as Arsenal complete the Europa League group stage with an easy win over Qarabag.

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Martin Glenn resigns as FA chief executive after challenge-packed tenure

CEO will leave after four years after 2018-19 seasonFootball Association chairman Greg Clarke pays tribute Martin Glenn has resigned as the Football Association’s chief executive and is to leave his role at the end of the season, bringing to an end four years characterised by institutional change and public controversy.The 58-year-old has presided over a historically successful period for England’s teams and kickstarted the growth of the women’s game in the country. He has also found himself embroiled in various scandals, from the Eni Aluko affair to the departure of Sam Allardyce after 67 days. Most recently, he was left embarrassed when the proposed sale of Wembley stadium fell through after objections from the FA’s council. Continue reading...

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Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...

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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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Tottenham’s manager Pochettino tips his hat to ‘hard-working’ chairman Levy

• ‘Fantastic recognition’ deserved for work on stadium project• He needs to feel the love from fans and the club, manager addsMauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham fans that Daniel Levy deserves “fantastic recognition” for the club’s new stadium rather than being made a scapegoat for the delays, as he talked up the chairman’s other side and how badly he was suffering.Spurs hope to be playing in the ground by early February, although the timings look tight. They confirmed the latest delay on Wednesday when they said the Manchester United game scheduled for 13 January will be played at Wembley, their temporary home. Continue reading...

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Leicester hope Manu Tuilagi will put passion for club before cash

• Leicester fear centre could be lured away next summer • ‘I think his heart is in a Tigers’ shirt,’ says Geordan MurphyGeordan Murphy is hoping Manu Tuilagi’s passion for Leicester will keep the England centre at Welford Road next season.The 27-year-old, who made his Leicester debut in 2010, is out of contract in the summer and the club’s interim director of rugby admitted that, if it came down solely to money, the Tigers would lose out. Toulon are among those wanting to sign the 2013 Lion. Continue reading...

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Paul Sherwen obituary

Cyclist, television commentator and broadcaster who became one of the defining voices of his sportPaul Sherwen, who has died of a heart attack aged 62, was a pioneering member of the group of English-speaking cyclists nicknamed the Foreign Legion, a doughty five-times Tour de France finisher and, together with Phil Liggett, half of the Channel 4 commentary pairing that brought the race into British sitting rooms daily for the first time during the late 1980s.“Phil and Paul” became the voices of the Tour de France across the English-speaking world: the voluble Liggett described the action and the more measured Sherwen detailed moves and personalities. For a generation of fans – initially in the UK, later across most of the English-speaking world – they were the defining voices of the sport. By this year, Sherwen had attended 40 tours. Continue reading...

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Pete Shelley's Tour de force, Miami's Miracle and Premier Passions | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play. Continue reading...

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Aston Villa remove Kevin MacDonald from coaching after new bullying claims

• Gareth Farrelly alleges he and others were targeted in 1990s• Villa launch independent investigation and report claims to FAAston Villa have suspended their long-serving youth coach Kevin MacDonald from working with players, after a former graduate of the club, Gareth Farrelly, came forward to tell the Guardian about his claims of relentless bullying from MacDonald in the mid-1990s.Farrelly accused the coach of “incredibly aggressive, constant verbal and physical bullying” and said it “took me to a place at 20 that nobody should have to go to. And I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” Continue reading...

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Michael Jordan says slap of one of his Hornets players was 'only love'

Charlotte owner frustrated after player ran on to court‘It was like a big brother and little brother tap’Michael Jordan, whose intense competitive spirit along with his otherworldly athletic talent propelled him to six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls, has taken that fire into his role as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.Jordan slapped Malik Monk on the back of the head after the guard ran on to the court to celebrate with 0.3 seconds left in Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. The Hornets were penalised for having too many men on the court – and the Pistons were given a technical foul shot – but Charlotte still squeaked home 108-107. Continue reading...

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Jimmy Gressier retains Euro U-23 Cross Country title but faceplants on finish line – video

Jimmy Gressier successfully defended his men’s under-23 European Cross Country title in the Netherlands on Sunday, but the runner’s failed celebration are likely what will be remembered best. Continue reading...

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Rapid Vienna 1-0 Rangers: Europa League exit for Steven Gerrard's side

Steven Gerrard's Rangers fail to reach the Europa League last 32 as Rapid Vienna progress thanks to a late Dejan Ljubicic winner in Austria.

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Rangers crash out after Dejan Ljubicic fires late winner for Rapid Vienna

Steven Gerrard said Rangers will need January reinforcements after watching his side miss out on the Europa League last 32.Rangers needed to beat Rapid Vienna in their final Group G match if they were to follow Villarreal through to the knockout rounds. Their remarkable journey that started on 12 July as they were forced to battle through four qualifiers came to an end after Dejan Ljubicic’s late winner sealed victory for Rapid. Continue reading...

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Jess Varnish tribunal: British Cycling coaches had 'complete' control over riders, says Dr Richard Freeman

British Cycling coaches had "complete" control over its athletes, according to evidence heard at ex-rider Jess Varnish's employment tribunal.

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Bradford City 4-4 Peterborough: Toney's brilliant half-way line goal in FA Cup replay

Ivan Toney scores a free-kick from the halfway line during Peterborough's thrilling FA Cup second round replay win over Bradford City.

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing it reshapes and even deforms the whole competition. So it was with the state-sponsored German grand prix teams in the 1930s, with East African distance runners over the past two decades and with football clubs benefiting today from the sovereign wealth of Arab states. Team Sky’s recent dominance of cycling’s major events can be measured on that scale.Many will mourn the passing of a name that helped bring British riders to the forefront of the sport: first Bradley Wiggins, then Chris Froome and most recently Geraint Thomas. When Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012 it was the fulfilment of what had long appeared an impossible dream. By the time of Thomas’s recent Tour victory – a sixth for Sky in seven years – it seemed almost commonplace. Froome’s victories in the Vuelta a España in 2017 and this year’s Giro d’Italia meant he and the team held all three grand tour jerseys simultaneously. Continue reading...

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Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

The world No 2 darts player went from winning £7 in pubs to winning the PDC world championship within 18 months, but, he says, quick success ‘drained me’“Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in his voice. “You don’t know where they come from but you can feel that something’s going to happen. I had that feeling when I won the worlds. I had that feeling when I won the Challenge Tour. They’re like premonitions.”Cross shakes his head and smiles at the mysterious force of the past two years. His life has been transformed from being an electrician who won £7 after victory in a pub tournament, to becoming the world champion of darts 18 months later. Cross won £400,000 on 1 January 2018 when, in the PDC world championship final, he crushed his hero, Phil Taylor, at the end of his first year as a professional. Since then, Cross put on five stone in weight and was disconcerted when the lives of his wife and three children were threatened by a crank who was offended by his stunning rise. Continue reading...

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Celtic survive Craig Gordon’s calamity to advance in Europa League

Even in such a rich and varied history, it is unlikely Celtic Park has hosted as strange a European occasion as this. With the Scottish champions in the depths of despair and supporters heading for exits after Salzburg did their bit for Red Bull relations, unlikely salvation arrived from a Norwegian in Germany. Celtic owe a debt of gratitude to Tore Reginiussen, whose 86th-minute strike stunned Leipzig.Salzburg’s victory here would have been enough to see their commercial cousins into the last 32 of the Europa League at Celtic’s expense had the Bundesliga team kept their side of the bargain. Instead, Rosenborg’s late equaliser in Leipzig rendered this defeat for Celtic irrelevant. Continue reading...

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