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  1. FFA to close centre of excellence to provide more youth opportunities — April 26, 2017
  2. Mike Tancred steps down from AOC position pending bullying investigation — April 26, 2017
  3. Serena Williams indicates she will return to tennis after birth of child — April 24, 2017
  4. FA Cup, Scottish Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points — April 24, 2017
  5. FA Cup semi-final win gives Chelsea momentum in title race, says Conte – video — April 22, 2017

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Apr 26

FFA to close centre of excellence to provide more youth opportunities

  • Facility in Canberra, which caters for just 24 boys, will close in August
  • Fewer than half attendees have gone on to become professionals

The centre of excellence in Canberra will shut its doors later this year as Football Federation Australia seeks to “better use its resources” in a new “decentralised and expanded system”.

The facility, based at the Australian Institute of Sport, will close as part of FFA’s strategy to provide opportunities for more young Australian players, both male and female, within club settings.

Related: Melbourne City’s desperately timid ending is a microcosm of their slump | Jonathan Howcroft

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Apr 26

Mike Tancred steps down from AOC position pending bullying investigation

Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director temporarily relinquishes post after complaints made by Fiona De Jong

Mike Tancred, the Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director, has stepped down from his position while any investigation into claims of bullying within the organisation is undertaken.

AOC chief executive Fiona De Jong brought complaints to light over the weekend, prompting AOC president John Coates to call an executive meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the accusations.

Related: John Coates denies AOC bullying and claims vindictive campaign against him

Related: Australian Olympic Committee calls crisis meeting after allegations of threats

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Apr 24

Serena Williams indicates she will return to tennis after birth of child

  • Star writes message to her unborn baby in Instagram post
  • Williams reclaims world No1 spot from Angelique Kerber

In her first public statement since her pregnancy was announced, Serena Williams has indicated she intends to return to tennis after the birth of her first child.

Williams posted a message to her baby on her Instagram account on Monday. “I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you,” wrote Williams. The baby is due later this year.

My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. from the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. -Your Mommy

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Apr 24

FA Cup, Scottish Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points

Christian Benteke returns to haunt Liverpool, Wayne Rooney is up for the Manchester derby while Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers has a problem for next season

This is the first time Pep Guardiola has failed to win a trophy in any of his eight seasons as a manager and, however it is dressed up, that amounts to a crashing disappointing bearing in mind the level of expectation at Manchester City and their near-obsession with appointing him. A reasonable argument could be made that Guardiola would be facing the sack were it not for his record of 21 trophies in seven years at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and it will be intriguing to see what the club’s chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, makes of it in his usual end-of-season review. Mubarak described Manuel Pellegrini’s final season at the club, when City won the Capital One Cup, finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the semi‑finals of the Champions League, as the bare minimum. Guardiola’s team have accumulated more league points than the 32-game mark last season, 64 to 57, but they have regressed in every other way. “Next season we will be stronger,” Guardiola said. He had better be right because the people in charge in Abu Dhabi will not tolerate a repeat. Daniel Taylor

Related: Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year

Related: Imperial age of Manchester City yet to dawn despite Pep Guardiola’s arrival | Paul Doyle

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Apr 22

FA Cup semi-final win gives Chelsea momentum in title race, says Conte – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is thrilled after watching his side beat Tottenham 4-2 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday. The Italian believes that the victory can provide Chelsea with some momentum in the Premier League title race. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino meanwhile reflects that he is proud of his team’s effort despite the loss

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Apr 21

Neil Robertson says video game addiction damaged snooker career

  • 2010 World Champion was obsessed with Fifa and World of Warcraft
  • ‘The years I had the 100 centuries, I should probably had around 120’

Australia’s former world snooker champion Neil Robertson says an addiction to video games across his career has harmed both his professional and personal life.

The 35-year-old Melburnian says longstanding obsessions with the Fifa football games, World of Warcraft and League of Legends deprived him of sleep and adversely affected his performances.

Related: Nick Littlehales: the man who showed Cristiano Ronaldo how to sleep | Russell Jackson

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Apr 20

Tony Adams’ moves, Munster in Europe and a London Marathon timelapse

This week’s roundup also features stunning running rugby, Harry Redknapp’s stories, and Andy Murray teaching Roger Federer how to backhand slice

1) Tony Adams caught the eye last week with his novel approach to getting his message across to his Granada players in his first training session as manager. But he’s far from the first manager to make an exhibition of himself on camera. Duisburg manager Norbert Meier didn’t exactly cover himself in glory when he took this tumble on the touchline. Mick McCarthy once saw a ghost (though he does have his smoother moments). With Roy Hodgson you can take your pick – you can have the headbang, the face rub or the robot power-down. And of course, there’s John Sitton.

2) Munster take on Saracens, the reigning champions, in the first of this weekend’s European Champions Cup semi-finals. Munster have a fine history in European competition: here is the late Anthony Foley remembering Munster’s 2006 European triumph alongside Ronan O’Gara in the documentary Axel, and Irish rugby journalist George Hook recalling their 2003 ‘miracle match’ against Gloucester. Munster’s all-Irish clash with Leinster in the 2009 Heineken Cup proved a day to remember while Leinster pulled off a brilliant comeback win in the 2011 tournament inspired by Jonny Sexton.

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Apr 18

Harry Redknapp parachutes in to take over as Birmingham City manager

• Gianfranco Zola resigned on Monday, with just two wins in 22 games
• Blues have slumped to brink of Championship relegation zone

Birmingham City have appointed Harry Redknapp as manager of the struggling Championship club following Gianfranco Zola’s resignation on Monday. The move marks a surprise comeback for Redknapp more than two years since he left Queens Park Rangers, his most recent club management role.

A statement read: “The club is delighted to announce that Harry Redknapp is Blues’ new manager. The vastly experienced Redknapp has agreed to replace Gianfranco Zola, who resigned on Monday. Redknapp has enjoyed notable success as a manager at AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR.

Related: Gianfranco Zola resigns as Birmingham manager after Burton defeat

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Apr 17

Ellen White fires Birmingham to FA Cup final in shootout win against Chelsea

• Women’s FA Cup semi-final: Birmingham 1-1 Chelsea; aet
• Birmingham win 4-2 on penalties

Ellen White scored the penalty that took Birmingham City Ladies into the women’s FA Cup final after a tense shootout with Chelsea in Solihull.

The England forward kept her composure to send Birmingham to Wembley on 13 May after a 4-2 spot-kick success. Eni Aluko and Millie Bright missed their penalties, which meant Chelsea were denied a third consecutive trip to Wembley, while Birmingham will make their second final appearance. They beat Chelsea in the 2012 final.

Related: Manchester City into Women’s FA Cup final as Melissa Lawley sinks Liverpool

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Apr 17

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

Lukaku and Barkley owe Koeman a lot, Wilshere’s Bournemouth loan has proved a damp squib and Mignolet finally proving a positive game-changer for Liverpool

Related: Marcus Rashford offers Manchester United a brighter, faster future | Barney Ronay

Related: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Related: Roberto Firmino seals victory for Liverpool at West Bromwich Albion

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Apr 17

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

Lukaku and Barkley owe Koeman a lot, Wilshere’s Bournemouth loan has proved a damp squib and Mignolet finally proving a positive game-changer for Liverpool

Related: Marcus Rashford offers Manchester United a brighter, faster future | Barney Ronay

Related: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Related: Roberto Firmino seals victory for Liverpool at West Bromwich Albion

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Apr 11

#bedsforawayfans: Dortmund and Monaco supporters show solidarity after attack

• Fans show spirit of togetherness after Dortmund team bus hit by explosions
• Police praise reaction of supporters after stadium was evacuated

Borussia Dortmund and Monaco supporters showed their solidarity in the wake of Tuesday night’s attack on the Dortmund team bus as visitors from the south of France forced to spend another night in the German city were offered emergency accommodation via social media using the hashtag #bedsforawayfans.

Within minutes of confirmation that the Champions League quarter-final first leg will be replayed on Wednesday night, the Bundesliga club sent out a tweet informing Monaco supporters that a scheme to house them for the night was already under way. That was followed soon after by an offer from the Ligue 1 side to subsidise their fans up to €80 (£68) to stay in local hotels before the rearranged game, which will kick off at 5.45pm UK time.

Related: Borussia Dortmund’s Watzke: ‘The team is in shock. We must get through this’

#bedforawayfans and #tableforawayfans es sind alle hungrig pic.twitter.com/h4TChsRNY9

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Apr 11

Juventus’ Paulo Dybala leaves Barcelona with another mountain to climb

If Barcelona end up winning the Champions League they will have done it the hard way. After their extraordinary comeback against Paris Saint-German in the previous round, they will need to do something similar against Juventus after being well beaten in the quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday night.

Paulo Dybala was the catalyst for Juventus as they took a deal of revenge for their defeat by Barcelona in the 2015 final. He scored two excellent first-half goals – both the product of sweet left-footed finishes – to give his side a momentum they never relinquished. The veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini added to Barcelona’s misery when he scored from a corner in the second half.

Related: Juventus v Barcelona: Champions League quarter-final first leg – as it happened

Related: Barcelona’s Neymar to miss clásico after extra ban for ‘sarcastic applause’

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Apr 10

St Helens sack Keiron Cunningham after poor start to Super League season

• ‘It is both upsetting and disappointing that it has ended at this point’
• Saints in seventh place in Super League after disappointing start

Keiron Cunningham has been sacked as head coach of St Helens, the Super League club have announced.

Related: Super League intensifies efforts to tempt union players to switch codes

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Apr 10

Rugby union talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Saracens show relentlessness of champions, Sale’s academy proves productive while Exeter fail to convince in victory again

The scramble for fourth place, and with it a trip to one of three clubs who have lost two home matches between them in the league this season, both suffered by Exeter, looks to be going to the final round after Bath’s late rally at Twickenham. Bath’s decision to move a fixture they had only lost once at home in 11 years to London was made for commercial rather than rugby reasons, a desire to expand their fanbase before the Recreation Ground’s redevelopment when the club aim to become self-sufficient and no longer rely on the chairman Bruce Craig’s deep pockets. They have not looked championship material all season, painting a confused picture, if in vivid colours, and for once they came from behind against opponents whose collapses on the road this season extended into a third coach’s reign following the departures of Richard Cockerill and Aaron Mauger. Matt O’Connor sat in the stand before his first full week of training and watched his side blow an eight-point lead in the final 11 minutes. The Tigers look to have the better run-in of the three teams chasing fourth, but the fickle nature of the trio this season, summed up in the 80 minutes at HQ, means only uncertainty is certain. Paul Rees

Related: Bristol sink closer to relegation but Exeter have to work hard for win

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Apr 10

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

Bournemouth may struggle to hold on to Joshua King, Leicester got no help from the broadcasters but Daniel Levy deserves his due for Spurs’ fine season
The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Once the fight for Premier League survival is over, Bournemouth might have another battle on their hands: retaining the services of Joshua King. The striker, signed by Eddie Howe for a snip at £1m from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2015, scored his 13th goal of the season against Chelsea on Saturday evening. Despite winning several admirers since gaining passage to the top flight, Bournemouth are yet to be scavenged for players by bigger clubs. Matt Ritchie was sold to Newcastle United last year but they have not had to regularly bat away interest in key players. Until now, perhaps, with King, the 25-year-old Norway striker who signed a new four-year deal in August, enhancing his reputation week-on-week. “When we started to work together, I found him a great lad, really wanting to achieve, and we’ve just given him the opportunity to do that,” Howe said. Ben Fisher

Related: Romelu Lukaku revives Everton as Leicester City lose way in a thriller

Related: Blossoming talents of Tottenham’s Dele Alli can take him to the very top | Sachin Nakrani

Related: Slaven Bilic refuses to relax and takes positives from West Ham’s tough season

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