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Australia v Pakistan: first Test, day three – live!

Updates from the third day of play at the Gabba Any thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 11.46pm GMT It was a hard day’s work yesterday for Pakistan. Shaheen Afridi bowled 18 overs, young Naseem Shah bowled 16 of them at pace, and Yasir Shah the spinner bowled 28. They’ll need to somehow find the reserves to go again today. Yasir looked good at times but bowled too many release balls. The two faster bowlers had good spells but couldn’t break through. Imran Khan, who bowled so well in the tour match, wa[..]

‘Are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ – Mourinho looks to reboot Spurs stars | David Hytner

Old mischief already evident as new Tottenham manager holds court with press and players José Mourinho had a question for Dele Alli, the Spurs midfielder, who has long since mislaid his best form. “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother,” Mourinho says. “He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Play like Dele.’” It was a classic piece of Mourinho kidology, the kind of move he has pulled on numerous occasions and with which he seeks to establish a connection; to motivate. It is so easy to picture the sce[..]

Emma Hayes: ‘The WSL is the best league in the world. This is a utopia’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Chelsea manager, who has pulled off the signing of Australia captain Sam Kerr, believes the English game is surging forward “I struggle with putting these limitations on things: ‘don’t play in big stadiums,’ ‘don’t pay women too much’. Why? Why do we have these conversations? We should be aiming for the fucking top of the sky because you know what? If the product grows, so will the rest of it. Don’t limit it. In fact, invest more.” Emma Hayes oozes passion for women’s football from every pore. A week af[..]

Pep Guardiola ‘incredibly satisfied’ and pledges his future to Manchester City

• Manager says he will not leave if City fail to win title • Guardiola’s current contract runs until summer 2021 Pep Guardiola has said he intends to stay at Manchester City even if they do not win the title this season to claim a third consecutive Premier League crown. Guardiola, contracted at the club until summer 2021, said on Friday: “I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign for th[..]

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah may play through pain barrier at Crystal Palace

• Jürgen Klopp waits on Egyptian forward’s ankle injury • Klopp: ‘It’s still kind of there. We have to be sensible’ Jürgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah must continue to play with pain but allayed concerns the Liverpool forward needs surgery on the ankle injury that has troubled him for seven weeks. Salah has trained during the international break although remains a doubt for the Premier League leaders’ visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 27-year-old suffered the injury when fouled by Hamza Choudhury in[..]

Unai Emery tells Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira to improve for holding role

• Manager says midfielder has lacked consistency this season • Emery held talks with Uruguayan during international break Lucas Torreira faces further frustration if he wants a return to Arsenal’s holding midfield position, according to Unai Emery, who believes the player’s consistency has dropped this season and that he is not yet equipped to play in his preferred role. Talks have taken place between the pair this week following suggestions, made during the international break, that the Uruguayan is unsett[..]

Moise Kean will ‘definitely not’ leave Everton in January, says Marco Silva

• Italy coach and player’s father suggested Kean needs new club • Selling young forward ‘doesn’t make sense for us’, says Silva Marco Silva has said there is no prospect of Moise Kean leaving Everton in January despite the Italy international’s difficult start to life in the Premier League. The teenager has yet to score for Everton and has started only two league games, plus two in the Carabao Cup, since his £29m transfer from Juventus in the summer. Kean’s problems mounted before the international period w[..]

Frank Lampard’s season at Manchester City helped shape his coaching career

• ‘It opened my eyes to another club and structure’ • Lampard takes Chelsea to his former club on Saturday Frank Lampard has said his year at Manchester City introduced him to a different style of football and played a part in shaping his managerial approach. Lampard was nearing retirement when he left Chelsea in 2014 and he feels spending a season in Manchester before finishing his playing career at New York City FC gave him an idea of how he wanted to coach. He caused a stir when he joined City, who were [..]

Mike Riley admits VAR has ‘long way to go’ before it can be deemed successful

• Referees’ head sure system will become quicker and better • Priority is preventing VARs imposing mistakes on referees Mike Riley has admitted there is “still a long way to go” before VAR can be considered a success in the Premier League, as the manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) sought to defuse tension over the controversial new technology. Last week, Riley received the backing of Premier League clubs over VAR, despite the near-endless furore over its use since the start of [..]

Stuart Hogg: ‘I was a bit scared but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made’

The high-profile Exeter signing will come up against his former club Glasgow this weekend in their Champions Cup match Not long after Exeter Chiefs had completed the most satisfying away display in their European history in La Rochelle last weekend, the newly arrived Stuart Hogg felt Rob Baxter’s arm around his shoulder. “He said to me: ‘That’s why you signed here, for days like that,’” recalls Hogg, now resident in Devon having relocated south from his native Scotland. “He was right. I loved it.” Related: [..]

Dan Evans holds nerve as Britain beat Germany in Davis Cup quarter-final

• Evans defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (2) • Kyle Edmund beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets As this crazy Davis Cup tournament splutters towards its weekend climax, Great Britain will return to the semi-finals for the third time in five years on Saturday hoping Andy Murray has recovered from the thigh strain that kept him out of Friday’s quarter-final win over Germany. The team captain, Leon Smith – not to mention fans hoping to get away from Caja Mágica on the outskirts of Madrid be[..]

New Zealand v England: first Test, day three – live!

Over-by-over updates from Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui Curran felt ‘bleak’ before delivering Williamson’s wicket Drop Niall an email | Tweet @niallmcveigh 5.26pm GMT Hello and welcome, wherever you are. England have the edge here after two days of play, with Kane Williamson gone for 51 and New Zealand resuming on 144-4, still some 200 runs behind. All that remains is for the tourists to tidy up the tail, then glide into an imperious lead before sunset. Of course, this being The England Cricket Team, nothing [..]

UK Athletics to review position of Zara Hyde Peters as new chief executive

• Hyde Peters accused of failing to alert club to husband’s ban • ‘There can be no compromise on welfare and safeguarding’ Zara Hyde Peters’ position as the new chief executive of UK Athletics is under review after questions were raised over whether she allowed her husband to coach at a local athletics club after he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Hyde Peters, who is due to start her £200,000 role on 1 December, is accused of failing to alert members of Coventry Godiva Har[..]

What makes José Mourinho special? Former players give Spurs an insight | Fabrizio Romano

José Mourinho had plenty of success at Porto, Internazionale and Real Madrid and players who worked for him at those clubs reveal just how demanding the Portuguese manager can be José Mourinho is sincere, clear and says things to your face. He always gets the most out of his players. But the most impressive thing about José is his tactical preparation – he knows every player and every opponent perfectly. He always has the solution. Continue reading...

Cyrname presents threat to Altior’s record-breaking winning run | Greg Wood

The duel at Ascot in the Christy 1965 Chase is likely to provide Altior with the toughest test since his hurdling debut in 2015 If the secret of winning a battle is to fight it on a field of your choosing, then Cyrname should probably be favourite for his hugely anticipated head-to-head with Altior at Ascot on Saturday afternoon. The track, the trip and the right-handed direction of travel all look ideal for Cyrname – but Harry Cobden, his jockey, knows it is not that simple. “He’s certainly been very effec[..]

Sports quiz of the week: songs, animals, goals and sex tips

Who has no champagne? Who loves poultry? Who is punching? Wales fans sang “Wales, golf, Madrid” to Gareth Bale during their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday night. What did they sing to Joe Allen? “Wales, Pirlo, Stoke” “Wales, chickens, Stoke” “Wales, snooker, Stoke” “Wales, Swansea, Stoke” How has Indian academic Dhruv Prajapati paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar? He wrote a thesis about Tendulkar’s batting technique and won the Nobel prize for physics He named a newly discovered species of spider after the cr[..]

Lawyer calls for GMC to push Daily Mail for Shane Sutton documents release

• Richard Freeman’s QC makes plea during medical tribunal • Freeman charged with ordering performance-enhancing drug The lawyer representing the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman in his medical tribunal has called on the General Medical Council to apply pressure on the Daily Mail to release documents relevant to the case. Mary O’Rourke QC wants the Mail to release the witness statement or affidavit signed by the former British Cycling and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton which she a[..]

Davis Cup 2019: Great Britain v Germany quarter-final – live!

Live updates from the two singles and one doubles match Canada beat Australia after Kyrgios pulls out with injury Drop Tumaini an email | Tweet @tumcarayol 6.02pm GMT Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 5-5* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund moves through another solid hold to level the set. The German is beginning to impose himself in the rallies, but at 30-15 he over-hit a backhand return. On game point, Edmund sealed the hold with a brilliant backhand down the line winner. 5.57pm GMT Second set: Kyle E[..]

'I wouldn't manage Tottenham' - Lampard insists he will never follow Mourinho – video

The Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised his former boss José Mourinho on Friday, after the Portuguese was appointed at Tottenham Hotspur this week. However, Lampard added he will never follow in Mourinho's footsteps as and when he moves on from Chelsea. He said: "No disrespect to Tottenham ... I can firmly say no. And you can replay that again in 10 years or whatever you want. No, it wouldn't happen." Continue reading...

Tommy Fleetwood hot on heels of Mike Lorenzo-Vera in Dubai

• Southport man three adrift of surprise leader with 36 holes left • Rory McIlroy slips to minus six at World Tour Championship Two weeks and $7.5m could completely alter perceptions of Tommy Fleetwood’s year. “Frustrating” is the term used by Fleetwood to describe what preceded last Sunday’s play-off success at the Nedbank Challenge. On face value this is slightly harsh; Fleetwood was second in the Open and returned a string of high finishes on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet the 28-year-old has long since[..]

Miracle man Cazorla dances on as last of Spain’s pioneer generation | Barney Ronay

Watching Santi Cazorla against Romania it was hard to shake this sense of a player with an unusual grasp of time A few years ago the American novelist Nicholson Baker wrote a book about a man with the power to stop the world around him. In this state, called “the fermata”, his hero is able to peer into people’s pockets, examine their sock drawers, set in order, solve and – this being Baker – indulge in a series of energetically detailed 12-hour onanism marathons, while the physical world waits for permissio[..]

Slaven Bilic: ‘West Ham is a very difficult club to manage’

The Croat on how he is enjoying life at West Brom and why his wife thinks he is ‘a pain in the arse’ when he doesn’t have a job Slaven Bilic is rowing back to the early days of his West Ham United reign and the time he felt compelled to alter the pre-match playlist in his fourth league game in charge, a fruitful trip to Liverpool – their first win at Anfield for 52 years – following successive defeats. “Roy Keane said it can’t be Abba [playing] before a game and I agree with that. Before the game, we are al[..]

Eni Aluko will leave Juventus early and return to Britain at end of month

• Former England striker won three trophies with club • ‘My time in Juventus is complete and fulfilled’ The former England striker Eni Aluko is to leave Juventus at the end of this month, six months earlier than planned. She will return to Britain to consider the next step in her career, having won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana in her year and a half there, as well as finishing last season as the club’s top scorer. “It’s just a matter of feeling like my time in Juventus is complete a[..]

Diego Maradona stays as Gimnasia manager following outcry by fans

• Supporters protested after Maradona quit on Wednesday • Took job on condition Gabriel Pellegrino stayed as president Just two days after announcing his departure as manager of struggling Argentinian first division side Gimnasia y Esgrima, Diego Maradona has now decided to stay in the role. Maradona said in an Instagram post on Friday: “I am very happy to say that I am still the technical director of Gimnasia y Esgrima. Continue reading...

Rugby league has become competitive – but only in the southern hemisphere

While the rise of Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea is brilliant, the wealthiest investors are in Europe and North America By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required “You all need to have a good look at what’s happened with the international game over the last five or six years,” said Wayne Bennett after the Lions lost to Papua New Guinea. “You’ve seen the emergence of Tonga. You’ve seen how much Papua New Guinea and Samoa have improved. So, while we’ve got to swallow a bitter pill as Great Britain, on the oth[..]

Saracens turn to England World Cup stars to ignite Champions Cup defence

• Elliot Daly will make his Saracens debut against Ospreys • Mako Vunipola, George Kruis and Jamie George also in the 23 Saracens wiill parade three of England’s World Cup finalists, including debutant Elliot Daly, as they attempt to lift the gloom generated by the salary cap scandal by igniting their Champions Cup defence. Related: The Breakdown | France are getting serious again – but will they end a decade of decline? Continue reading...

Euro 2020 play-offs: Scotland draw Israel and Belfast could host all-Irish final

• Scotland to play Israel at Hampden Park, but drawn away in final • Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland | Slovakia v Republic Scotland will host Israel in the Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs next March while Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill could enjoy a Windsor Park farewell in a winner-takes-all clash against the Republic. Those were the results of a draw conducted in Nyon on Friday morning as Uefa determined the pairings of the 16 teams in the hunt for the four remaining places at next summ[..]

‘There is a lot of noise over Gareth’: Zidane happy Bale’s back at Real Madrid

• Manager backs Wales forward after criticism over flag • ‘There are a lot of comments outside but I’m not interested’ Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale remains part of his plans, despite the fallout that followed him celebrating qualification for Euro 2020 behind a Wales flag that bore the slogan: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” The flag was inspired by remarks made by the former Madrid player and sporting director Pedja Mijatovic who said his impression is that Madrid[..]

Petr Cech: ‘Frank Lampard sets the tone – he has done a remarkable job’

Petr Cech says that while nothing beats playing after ending his glittering career he is enjoying his new role at Stamford Bridge “That was part of the education,” Petr Cech says when asked about visiting Theresienstadt during his youth in the Czech Republic. “They try to use it every single day to educate the young generation. Last year I was doing this for Czech television and the guest who was with me was a lady who was a Holocaust survivor thanks to the Nicholas Winton trains. There were six trains comi[..]

Chess: Magnus Carlsen ‘won’t count’ Norway league games in record streak

World champion calls them ‘Tivi-esque’ in dig at Sergei Tiviakov, the rival claimant to the longest run in classical without defeat Magnus Carlsen is aiming for a record 111-game unbeaten streak, but the world champion has just made it harder for himself by announcing that he will exclude his Norwegian league games from his total. The No 1 thought he had established a new record when he surpassed Ding Liren’s 100-game mark against elite opposition, but then the Russian-Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov volubly promo[..]

Southampton v Portsmouth: the strange story of the south coast derby

Take two cities steeped in war, tragedy, violence and football and you have a derby worth watching A film by Copa90 When Harry Redknapp stepped down as Portsmouth manager in November 2004, he said he needed “a break”. Portsmouth fans did not expect that break to end a fortnight later with the nightmarish scene of Redknapp hoisting a Southampton scarf above his head on the pitch at St Mary’s. Redknapp had helped to revive Portsmouth’s fortunes and now he was joining their bitter rivals. It added fuel to an a[..]

Welcome back José: football photographers such as me are delighted

When Mourinho is in the dugout you have to keep one eye on the pitch and one on the touchline. He is pure box office On Thursday I bumped into a couple of friends of mine, both dyed-in-the-wool Spurs fans. Before I even spoke to them, their shoulders slumped in unison and they let out a joint groan. It was as if they had just been summoned for collective root canal surgery. “Its not going to end prettily,” they grumbled. “Hang on,” I said. “He hasn’t even started.” Continue reading...

England’s Sam Curran felt ‘bleak’ before delivering Kane Williamson’s wicket

• England 353 all out; New Zealand 144-4 • Williamson’s late dismissal gives tourists the edge The virtue of being an all-rounder means you are never out of the game. And so while Sam Curran felt “bleak” after the second golden duck of his Test career, it was also the driving force behind his golden arm delivering the cherished wicket of Kane Williamson. Curran’s previous first-baller came against Sri Lanka in Pallekelle last winter but a side injury sustained earlier on in the match meant he wasn’t able to[..]

Did Bradley Wright-Philips' success show MLS's weakness or its strength?

The Englishman routinely tore through defences in North America after a humdrum career in Europe. But his Red Bulls career was far from a joke Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robbie Keane, Wayne Rooney, David Villa … they all left their mark on Major League Soccer, but none quite as profound (at least statistically) as Bradley Wright-Phillips. That’s right, the same Wright-Phillips who failed to make the grade at Manchester City before becoming a lower-league journeyman at Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, C[..]

EFL appeal against ‘lenient’ Bolton punishment for failing to fulfil fixtures

• League One side had five-point deduction suspended • EFL ‘disappointed by conclusions’ of disciplinary commission The EFL has appealed against Bolton’s suspended five-point penalty for failing to fulfil two league fixtures, declaring the sanction “too lenient”. The League One side, who began the season on minus 12 points after entering administration, cancelled a Championship game against Brentford at the end of the previous campaign and postponed a League One match against Doncaster in August. Continue r[..]

'Hey, horsey!': Harlequins prop Joe Marler goes viral – video

Harlequins and England prop Joe Marler has taken the internet by storm with a drawn-out horse metaphor in a training ground interview. After a heavy defeat against Clermont Auvergne last Saturday, he sent a message to the club's fans in unique fashion: with the voice of an imaginary, 'slightly Irish' horse Continue reading...

Ole Gunnar Solskjær: I feel no extra pressure at Manchester United after Pochettino sacking

• Norwegian insists he is not threatened by ex-Spurs manager • Solskjær: ‘I’ve got the best job in the world’ Ole Gunnar Solskjær has insisted he is not threatened by Mauricio Pochettino now being out of work despite the Argentinian previously being a candidate for the Manchester United job. Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and replaced by José Mourinho as head coach. Yet while Pochettino is now on the market and may still be of interest to United in the future, Solskjær insisted he was[..]

'I'm delighted José's back': Premier League managers react to Mourinho's Spurs move – video

Premier League managers shared their thoughts about the appointment of José Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino's successor at Tottenham Hotspur. Brendan Rodgers said Mourinho is a 'winner' and Graham Potter called him 'a top, top manager'. Meanwhile Arsenal manager Unai Emery admitted he was ‘surprised’ the club decided to part ways with Pochettino and questioned Mourinho's move. He said: 'I don't know why and I don't know how he's going to change their performance' Continue reading...

Transformation from nice to nasty is one Spurs must undergo to be winners | Eni Aluko

Hiring of José Mourinho shows Daniel Levy has changed his mindset and the players must do so too if they are to succeed Tottenham have been a likeable club for such a long time. From David Ginola to Christian Eriksen they have had gifted players and allowed them to play nice football, without winning very much. There have been two League Cups in the past 20 years: this is a team that have not trod on many people’s toes. Outside Arsenal and Chelsea, and even then just for tribal reasons, nobody can really ha[..]

Football transfer rumours: Mourinho to sign Ibrahimovic for Tottenham?

Today’s tell-all is more tangled Slinky than coiled spring Olivier Giroud isn’t happy with his bit-part role at Chelsea, where the emergence of Tammy Abraham as first-choice striker means the Frenchman has featured in just four Premier League matches this season. Crystal Palace, Internazionale, Borussia Dortmund and several top-flight French clubs are all believed to be interested in acquiring his services, but the 33-year-old’s demands for a two-year deal worth £14m in wages are reported to be a bit too sa[..]

Houston Texans take control of AFC South as DeAndre Hopkins burns Colts

Hopkins has 2 TDs, Texans beat Colts 20-17 to top division Colts’ Jacoby Brissett throws for 129 yards in losing effort Determined to bounce back from an embarrassing loss, the Houston Texans used big performances from Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins and solid defense to beat the Indianapolis Colts and move into first place in the AFC South. Watson threw two touchdown passes to Hopkins and finished with 298 yards to help the Texans to the 20-17 win Thursday night. Continue reading...

Premier League news and buildup to Euro 2020 play-off draw – live!

West Ham v Tottenham and Man City v Chelsea buildup Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Email Scott your thoughts or comment below the line 9.10am GMT Where else to start but here? So many questions. Can Wilfried Zaha prosper against depleted leaders Liverpool? Will Teemu Pukki prosper at Goodison Park? Is there any chance of Chelsea upsetting Manchester City? All this and more. Clickity click, be about your business. And enjoy! Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this week[..]

Copa Libertadores final emerges from flames of unrest

The meeting between River Plate and Flamengo is a one-off affair for the first time in the competition’s history. It has had a troubled birth The decision to play this year’s Copa Libertadores final, the first ever one-legged decider in the competition’s history, in Santiago appeared logical. The city’s Estadio Nacional was newly renovated and Chile hadn’t had a finalist since 1993, so a comfortable and neutral ground for the final was all but assured. And, perhaps more importantly, Chile was still the mark[..]

Critics such as me thought Jon Gruden's Raiders were a joke. We were wrong

The veteran head coach appeared to be building a backwards-looking laughing stock. But now the team look like they have a bright future The Oakland Raiders are a playoff contender and Jon Gruden deserves the bulk of the credit. Twelve months ago, the Raiders and their $100m head coach were a laughing stock. They had traded the team’s two best players, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. The team’s owner was battling with the team’s current landlords in Oakland, was uprooting the team to Las Vegas, and didn’t have[..]

Centurion David Warner clicks with Joe Burns as Australia take control of first Test

Opener rides luck at times on way to 151 not out Partner Burns falls just short of ton with 97 at Gabba Australia have found their answer at the top, with centurion David Warner and Joe Burns hitting the team’s highest opening stand in four years in their pummelling of Pakistan. Warner went to stumps at 151 not out and Joe Burns struck 97 at the Gabba as Australia finished Friday’s second day on 312-1, in reply to Pakistan’s 240. Marnus Labuschagne also joined the run-fest, unbeaten on 55 at the close. Warn[..]

England gain upper hand in first Test against New Zealand

England post 353 before taking four wickets Black Caps trail by 209 runs at stumps on day two The second evening of Mount Mauganui’s maiden Test match was another bathed in spring sunshine and for the supporters who lay back on the grass banks and drank in an absorbing battle for control, it was bliss. Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s captain, was putting on a clinic in frictionless batting and though England’s first innings total of 353 looked competitive – certainly more so than the 295 for eight it had bee[..]

Sophie Molineux takes break from WBBL to focus on mental health

Renegades all-rounder will miss derby with Stars Three men’s internationals have also stepped away Australia and Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Sophie Molineux is the latest cricketer to take a break from the sport to focus on her mental health. The Renegades announced on Friday that Molineux would miss this weekend’s WBBL derby clash with the Melbourne Stars in Ballarat. Elite men’s players Glenn Maxwell, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson have also recently stepped away from the sport for mental health reas[..]

Australia v Pakistan: first Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play at the Gabba New Zealand v England – live first Test coverage! Any thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 1.43am GMT 20th over: Australia 84-0 (Warner 44, Burns 33) Yasir Shah at last, the leg-spinner who was the fastest bowler to 200 wickets in terms of Tests played, beating a long-standing record by Depression-era Australian leggie Clarrie Grimmett. Yasir’s first ball in this Test is too short, and Burns cuts it easily to get off strike. Yasir to a left-hander now, r[..]

Straight from the horse's mouth: England prop Joe Marler delights with interview

Harlequins players will get back on ‘slightly Irish’ horse But not Rugby World Cup star Marler, who ‘can’t ride’ In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old dull, platitudinous interviews are par for the course. Rarely is a pre-match interview worth the effort of listening. Related: European Champions Cup roundup: Quins crushed by rampant Clermont Continue reading...

Australia fall in Davis Cup quarter-final after Nick Kyrgios pulls out with injury

Late replacement John Millman loses singles rubber Doubles defeat seals Australia’s fate in Madrid Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt says a collarbone injury was the reason Nick Kyrgios did not play in the opening singles rubber in the Davis Cup quarter-final defeat to Canada. Australia went down 2-1 with the inspirational Vasik Pospisil the hero for the Canadians who will now face Serbia or Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday. John Peers and Jordan Thompson lost 6-4, 6-4 in the decisive doubles rubber, b[..]