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Date registered: September 27, 2014
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  1. Six Nations 2017 verdict: Guardian writers give their highs and lows — March 20, 2017
  2. Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action — March 20, 2017
  3. Nick Kyrgios shocks Novak Djokovic to set up Roger Federer clash — March 16, 2017
  4. Clint Dempsey returns to USA squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers — March 15, 2017
  5. MLS must scrap salary cap to compete with China, says Andrea Pirlo — March 14, 2017

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Mar 20

Six Nations 2017 verdict: Guardian writers give their highs and lows

From Michele Campagnaro’s solo try against England to Leigh Halfpenny’s performances, here are the highlights and lowlights from 2017’s tournament

Louis Picamoles and Sam Warburton have both been consistently influential but the all-round excellence of Joe Launchbury was central to England’s title effort. Robert Kitson

Related: Bravo England on 18 in a row but Cyprus beat rats, kicks and punches for 24 | Simon Burnton

Related: Wales superb but pay price for Elliot Daly’s moment of brilliance | Michael Aylwin

Related: Georgia on the mind but unable to break into Six Nations elite | Michael Aylwin

Related: What the All Blacks will have learned about Lions from this Six Nations so far | Paul Rees

Related: France’s prevailing dark arts against Wales offer rugby bloodgate reminder | Michael Aylwin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/20/six-nations-2017-verdict-guardian-writers-highs-and-lows

Mar 20

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Watford are slipping towards dangerous territory, Chelsea fancy their chances of staying unbeaten from hereon in and Tony Pulis is finally showing his softer side

Claude Puel does not make many headlines with his quotes to the media. Indeed it is often a challenge for the press simply to hear him. The Southampton manager routinely whispers his way through his news conferences and it has been easy to suspect that the microphone at St Mary’s is faulty. It was working at White Hart Lane, however, and if Puel did not exactly thunder into it he made the point that his Southampton team ought to have had a penalty for Ben Davies’s challenge on Dusan Tadic. Put it this way, he said, if Tottenham were going to get one for Steven Davis’s tackle on Dele Alli, Tadic deserved one too. He had a point. Puel was also unhappy Alli’s penalty had come while Southampton were unable to introduce Shane Long for the injured Manolo Gabbiadini. Puel and his Southampton team were on the wrong side of the marginal calls. David Hytner

Match report: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton

Wenger determined to stay on as Arsenal manager
Match report: West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Arsenal
Secrecy over contract will do little to silence Wenger’s detractors

If I was going to climb Everest I would want him by my side

Match report: Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City

Match report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
Allardyce looks to Crystal Palace chairman to keep Zaha

Match report: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
Guardiola: Manchester City draw with Liverpool ‘one of my happiest days’
Barney Ronay: Sterling adds improvised flourish to Guardiola’s solid lines
Michael Cox: Klopp and Guardiola cancel each other out in frantic contest

Match report: Everton 4-0 Hull City
Daniel Taylor: Lukaku’s ambition is the same as Ronald Koeman’s

I know we’ll take that fighting spirit for the rest of the season

Manchester United’s Mourinho refuses to discuss Middlesbrough spat
Match report: Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United

Match report: Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea

Maybe I would have been better going into Ukraine’s civil war than Sunderland

Match report: Sunderland 0-0 Burnley
Said & Done: ‘I’m carrying on with my career, dude. I’m starting over’

Match report: West Ham United 2-3 Leicester City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/premier-league-10-talking-points

Mar 16

Nick Kyrgios shocks Novak Djokovic to set up Roger Federer clash

• Australian wins 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals
• Federer beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in Australian Open final re-run

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios beat world No2 Novak Djokovic for the second time in as many weeks to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells, where he will face Roger Federer.

The 21-year-old won 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) inside 110 minutes, with his serve again coming to the fore, as it did in Acapulco 12 days earlier, before veteran Federer saw off his longtime rival Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, in a re-run of January’s Australian Open final.

Related: Nick Kyrgios shocks world No2 Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/16/nick-kyrgios-beats-novak-djokovic-indian-wells-roger-federer-rafael-nadal

Mar 15

Clint Dempsey returns to USA squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers

  • Seattle Sounders star had been sidelined with an irregular heartbeat
  • Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron also return for vital double-header

Clint Dempsey, the US national team’s second top scorer of all time, is back in the mix to try to spark his team’s World Cup qualifying campaign into life next week.

Related: Cold open: Minnesota United brutally exposed as ill-equipped for the task

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/15/clint-dempsey-usa-soccer-world-cup-qualifiers

Mar 14

MLS must scrap salary cap to compete with China, says Andrea Pirlo

  • NYC FC star: ‘If you want to compete, you have to get rid of restrictions’
  • Pirlo says he misses Champions League matches but doesn’t regret move

Andrea Pirlo says MLS must scrap its salary cap and end its restrictions on foreign players if it wants to keep pace with the Chinese Super League’s riches.

Pirlo, who helped his New York City FC team to a 4-0 win over DC United on Sunday, said that if it wants to compete, MLS has “got to get rid of any restrictions” on transfers and end the rule which allows only three so-called designated players to earn big money beyond each team’s set budget.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/14/andrea-pirlo-mls-salary-cap-china

Mar 13

Pooley criticises Brailsford over role at British Cycling: ‘A fish rots from the head’

• Olympic silver medallist says she was shocked by report into team’s culture
• ‘People need to look at who was setting that culture’

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley has accused Sir Dave Brailsford of allegedly overseeing a culture of fear at British Cycling.

Last week a draft review into the culture of British Cycling – where Brailsford spent 10 years as performance director – found an internal investigation into the track cyclist Jess Varnish’s dismissal last year, as well as her allegations of sexism, had been covered up. Varnish has already called for the resignation of the entire board, including new chairman Jonathan Browning, who replaced Bob Howden as the chairman last month but was a nonexecutive director on British Cycling’s board from April 2014 onwards.

Related: Andy Murray leads British exodus at Indian Wells with loss to Vasek Pospisil

Trying to get home but keep getting held up by #parisnice2017 Can I just join in? ‍♂️ #training @ParisNice #ParisNice pic.twitter.com/5AZLiy8rLP

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/13/pooley-brailsford-british-cycling-fish-head

Mar 13

Premier League and FA Cup: talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsène Wenger overcomes resistance to change, Aitor Karanka wants fighters more than Stewart Downing, and José Mourinho has more pressing concerns than getting revenge at Chelsea

One of the many criticisms routinely directed at Arsène Wenger concerns his tactical conservatism and it is fair to say that he has seldom deviated from his preferred and predictable 4-2-3-1 in recent years. But on the back of a crucial drop in form Wenger has actually started the last two games with a new plan, playing 4-3-3 against Bayern Munich and Lincoln to address the malfunctioning midfield by adding an extra man. He thinks some of his midfielders, namely Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, benefit from being in a three and perhaps it is also designed to relieve some pressure on the struggling Granit Xhaka. Although he has had to change things around in both games (after Laurent Koscielny’s red card against Bayern and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hamstring strain against Lincoln) it is revealing that Wenger is trying something tactically new in a bid to save Arsenal’s season. It is, of course, a credit to Lincoln that he would play his strongest team, in its potentially most solid guise, against the non-league flagbearers.

We know we have a top manager in charge and we’re right behind Aitor

Related: Danny Cowley revels in Lincoln’s brush with big time and praises Arsène Wenger | Amy Lawrence

Related: Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make perfect at Manchester City | Louise Taylor

It’s not an ideal situation when you have a game the night before, any game – never mind rugby league.

Related: Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/13/premier-league-fa-cup-talking-points

Mar 12

David Lemieux back in title hunt after devastating knockout of Curtis Stevens

• Lemieux knocked Stevens out in one-punch stoppage
• Potential opponents now include Canelo Álvarez

David Lemieux delivered an early candidate for knockout of the year with a devastating one-punch stoppage of Curtis Stevens in Saturday’s 10-round middleweight bout at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs), the prodigious puncher from Montreal and former IBF middleweight champion, overcame a dodgy start to back his opponent up along the ropes in the third round and connect with a left hook that left Stevens splayed unconscious beneath the ropes.

.@lemieuxboxing knocks @AssassinStevens out cold in round 3. #LemieuxStevens pic.twitter.com/plNMOBxCNU

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/12/david-lemieux-curtis-stevens-knockout-of-the-year

Mar 11

Floyd Mayweather says he’s coming out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor

  • Boxer tells crowd at promotional event: ‘Simple and plain, let’s fight in June’
  • ‘I don’t want to hear any more excuses about the money, about the UFC’

It has been dismissed as one long promotional tease – but maybe Floyd Mayweather is serious about fighting Conor McGregor after all.

After many weeks of hints and intimations, Mayweather announced that he was officially coming out of retirement to take on UFC’s biggest star – and wants the much-hyped mega-fight to happen in June.

Related: Floyd Mayweather can cash in on mismatch with Conor McGregor | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/11/floyd-mayweather-retirement-conor-mcgregor-fight

Mar 10

Brighton ease past Derby to move level on points with leaders Newcastle

Brighton and Hove Albion eased past Derby County to win 3-0 and move level on points with Newcastle United at the top of the Championship.

The Seagulls’ eighth home league win out of 10 stretched the gap between them and third-placed Huddersfield to nine points, although the Terriers have two games in hand.

Related: Norwich sack Alex Neil as manager with club off Championship promotion pace

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/10/brighton-hove-albion-derby-county-match-report-anthony-knockaert-sam-baldock-glenn-murray

Mar 10

Jess Varnish calls on British Cycling board to resign after leaked report

• 26-year-old said body ‘threw her under a bus’ over sexism claims
• Leaked report gave damning verdict on ‘dysfunctional’ leadership

Jess Varnish has called for the entire board of British Cycling to resign and claims she has been “thrown under the bus” by the governing body. The 26-year-old, who was dropped from cycling’s elite programme last year before the Rio Olympics, believes the truth is finally emerging of the culture within the organisation.

A draft version of the findings of an internal investigation into her removal were leaked this week to the Daily Mail and it accuses the board of “sanitising” and even “reversing” the findings of the British Cycling grievance officer Alex Russell’s report in an attempt to clear the former technical director Shane Sutton.

Related: Golden glare from Brailsford’s success allowed autocracy to develop in shadows | Andy Bull

Related: Team Sky are hoist by their own petard with admissions of amateurism | Marina Hyde

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/10/dave-brailsford-team-sky-will-not-quit

Mar 09

Barcelona 6-1 PSG: the internet reacts to an absurd football game

Barcelona humiliated Paris Saint-Germain as they produced one of the greatest comebacks of all time – and gave football fans something to talk about online

In any sane world, Luis Suárez is sent off for his second preposterous dive of the night, Barcelona fall heroically short and Paris Saint-Germain slip into the last eight feeling mightily relieved that they didn’t just blow a 4-0 lead and humiliate themselves in front of the watching world. But football rarely gives us the most sensible outcome when there is history to be written.

Suárez stayed on the pitch; Barcelona scored six goals; Paris Saint-Germain became the Atlanta Falcons of Europe; and football fans were treated to one of the most memorable comebacks they will ever see. For some it was the miracle of the millennium, for others it was the crime of the century. Either way, it was the most compelling football match of the season. This is how the world saw it.

This night was …
#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/cpIXJwwVRr

Sergi Roberto’s goal is 100x better with the Titanic music… #BARCA #scenes pic.twitter.com/kmLzL6aEFp

COME OOOOONNN thank you all all all of you VISCA BARÇA and all our supporters pic.twitter.com/yCRWhVTuXl

Luis Suarez with a disgusting dive……Ban him? pic.twitter.com/3wdLVxxztn

PSG didn’t know that they were going up against the best divers in the world…Neymar..Suarez Olympic diverspic.twitter.com/zBmUFo9yIU

#PortadaDeOvación | Jueves 9 de marzo de 2017.

Toda la información deportiva está en: ►https://t.co/6RaaS3caNtpic.twitter.com/qwO0RtA1MY

1 – Barcelona’s 95th min goal came from a free-kick given after a foul on goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen on the opposition half. History. pic.twitter.com/Ps6aalmkeF

Welcome to the comeback club!

Congrats on an unbelievable win, @FCBarcelona! pic.twitter.com/UNnEj4wMeJ

Thanks, @Patriots! It’s great to have friends who are so inspiring!
https://t.co/yn8BNBvwzf

Arsenal: nobody does spectacular Champions League exits like us

PSG: hold our beer

“And the winner is: PSG.
Oh wait… it’s Barcelona. You won guys. This is not a joke.” pic.twitter.com/i1By4So6w0

#Neymar Neymar Neymaaar game changer @neymarjr
⚽️⚽️
#FCBPSG #UCL

Congratulations to @FCBarcelona! They punished the fear of #Paris.

Lose 4-0.
Resign.
Lull them into a false sense of security.
Come back and win 6-1.
Luis Enrique. pic.twitter.com/Xa618dBJNf

Watch those magical final minutes back with our team…

@GaryLineker
@rioferdy5
Gerrard
@themichaelowen https://t.co/YRg8PxlYHU

At the Etihad for Man City Stoke. https://t.co/SHw0VUlJSV

What is David Silva doing at Camp Nou with a #Barca scarf? #barcapsg pic.twitter.com/MuRE1ozRWa

Watching the end of Barcelona v PSG game.. pic.twitter.com/JQzXyUoEpb

La une de «L’Equipe» après l’incroyable exploit du Barça face au PSG https://t.co/O06KebXJSh pic.twitter.com/T5hlumooc9

4 – Paris Saint-Germain have completed only four passes between Barcelona’s fourth goal (Neymar; 87:24) and the final whistle. Panic. pic.twitter.com/XmAB71tpsW

Good morning Barça fans!

No, you didn’t dream it – it really happened! #WeDidIt pic.twitter.com/nzdf0I0thx

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/09/barcelona-psg-paris-saint-germain-champions-league-internet-reacts

Mar 08

‘Snake eyes’ for Manny Pacquiao as big-money bout with Amir Khan called off

  • Pacquiao’s just-announced fight with Khan for 23 April is now off
  • Promoter: $38m from unnamed investment group never turned up

Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Amir Khan is off after a promised $38m from an unnamed investment group failed to materialize.

The Filipino boxer and eight-division champion had previously been in advanced talks to fight Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane, but reversed course when approached by a group of investors to fight Khan in the United Arab Emirates on 23 April.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/07/manny-pacquiao-amir-khan-fight-canceled-boxing-bob-arum

Mar 07

Serena Williams to cede No1 ranking after Indian Wells injury withdrawal

  • Williams withdraws from Indian Wells and Miami due to knee injury
  • Angelique Kerber will reclaim No1 ranking regardless of her finish

Serena Williams has withdrawn from this week’s tournament at Indian Wells due to a left knee injury, a decision that will cost her the world No1 ranking she reclaimed at the Australian Open.

“Sadly, I have to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open,” Williams said in a statement. “I have not been able to train due to my knees and am disappointed I cannot be there.

Related: What everyone is getting wrong about Serena Williams’ return to Indian Wells

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/07/serena-williams-no1-ranking-indian-wells-withdraw

Mar 07

Championship round-up: Brighton bounce back and Huddersfield sink Villa

• Chris Hughton’s side see off bottom club Rotherham 2-0
• Huddersfield keep in automatic promotion hunt; Fulham deny Leeds

Goals from Anthony Knockaert and Solly March helped Brighton recover from their recent slump to win 2-0 against bottom side Rotherham and cut the gap with Newcastle to just three points. Chris Hughton’s side went into the match having lost both of their fixtures against Newcastle and Nottingham Forest but took the lead just after half-time when Knockaert found the net after shots from Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock had been blocked. March made the points safe 11 minutes from time with his second league goal of the season.

Related: Reading hold firm to earn a point and slow down Newcastle’s promotion push

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/07/championship-roundup-brighton-bounce-back-huddersfield-aston-villa-rotherham

Mar 07

MLS players would prefer Ibrahimovic to Messi and say Portland have best fans

  • Annual ESPN players’ poll reveals Swede is top designated player pick
  • Portland fans considered league’s best, ahead of Seattle Sounders
  • ‘The discrepancy between DPs and minimum salary guys in insane’

Today’s MLS players believe Portland Timbers have the best fans, think regular salaries are much too low, and would love to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic join the league – more so than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Related: What to watch in MLS this season: 22 teams, top talent and Tata Martino

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/07/mls-portland-timbers-fans-ibrahimovic-messi

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