Paul MacInnes

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Tottenham are forced back to Wembley by safety concerns at home

• Premier League matches with Liverpool and Cardiff moved• Spurs pay undisclosed amount to reserve national stadiumQuestions have been raised over the safety of Tottenham’s new stadium after the club announced it is to delay the opening of the £850m ve…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/13/tottenham-fallback-venue-wembley-national-stadium

Eleven Sports viewers miss Brooks Koepka win US PGA Championship

• Britain’s newest sports broadcaster criticised• Video feed problems hinder coverage of the golf majorEleven Sports endured a challenging start to life as Britain’s newest sports broadcaster after its coverage of the US PGA Championship encounter…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/13/eleven-sports-pga-championship-brooks-koepka

Why Mauricio Pochettino is wrong to criticise shorter transfer window | Paul MacInnes

Tottenham manager feels Premier League clubs are at a disadvantage because of their self-imposed deadline but the drawbacks are few and apply only to the biggest clubsThe habitually genial Mauricio Pochettino has shown another side to his character of …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/08/mauricio-pochettino-criticise-shorter-transfer-window-tottenham

Championship 2018-19 season preview

Big-spending Nottingham Forest will hope they can do a Wolves but the English second tier remains unpredictableThe Championship has a reputation as an exciting, unpredictable division and this season the outcome seems even more uncertain than usual. Wi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/aug/01/championship-season-preview-2018-19

Usain Bolt’s football dream keeps on running but reality fails to keep pace

The Jamaican sprint star was linked to a trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners but once again the hype machine overtook both sporting and financial considerationsGosford is a small town with big ambitions. Nestled on Australia’s central coast…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/21/usain-bolt-football-dream-central-coast-mariners

Ronaldo and Serena defy the race against time for elite athletes | Paul MacInnes

Athletes confront middle age sooner than mere mortals and beating the clock is tougher each yearBeing an athlete must give you a messed-up perspective on mortality. On the one hand you are the very model of physical perfection, able to run faster, jump…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/18/elite-athletes-age-cristiano-ronaldo-serena-williams

Wimbledon diary: a man dressed as a trophy and grass rumours

Chris Fava is Strawberry Man and this year is dressing up to look like the men’s singles trophy, even in 30CMid-afternoon here and one name was on everybody’s lips. How could he do this? Did he have no shame? On the other hand, even after everything, w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/09/wimbledon-diary-man-trophy-grass-rumours

Wimbledon diary: bungling Boris Becker makes diplomatic gaffes

Former champion swore at Sue Barker and stole a joke from Martina Navratilova as the BBC coverage got under wayThere is nothing like a shock to kick-start the SW19 fortnight and that is exactly what happened when Boris Becker swore at Sue Barker before…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/02/wimbledon-diary-bungling-boris-becker-diplomatic-gaffes

UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/14/uk-sport-change-funding-olympic-paralympic-games

Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success | Paul MacInnes

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager forWhen Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham…

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Romelu Lukaku’s fitness only cloud on José Mourinho’s horizon before final

• Striker has until ‘last moment’ to recover from ankle injury• Manager says he is ‘curious’ about Antonio Conte’s futureThe fitness of Romelu Lukaku is José Mourinho’s sole matter of concern as the Manchester United manager prepares for the FA Cup fin…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/18/jose-mourinho-chelsea-fa-cup-final-romelu-lukaku

Mourinho will wait until ‘last moment’ to decide if Lukaku is fit for FA Cup final

• Romelu Lukaku to get last-minute fitness check, says Mourinho• Mourinho promises ‘entertaining’ final against ChelseaJosé Mourinho has said Romelu Lukaku will undergo a last-minute fitness test on an ankle injury before deciding whether Manchester Un…

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Fulham out to make up for lost time in Championship play-off with Derby | Paul MacInnes

Slavisa Jokanovic takes his team to Pride Park for a semi-final first leg on Friday evening and with a big duck to breakThe Fulham juggernaut hit a pothole last weekend. A team unbeaten in 23 Championship matches got turned over by 20th‑placed Birmingh…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/10/fulham-championship-playoff-semi-final-derby-slavisa-jokanovic

Trusting himself lets Mark Williams perform at his peak when bums turn squeaky | Paul MacInnes

Williams’ triumph at the Crucible, and Charlie Austin’s performance for Southampton, showed how top performers shrug off pressure by concentrating on what they do bestOn Monday evening I stood adjacent to history. Waiting for the delayed evening sessio…

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Mark Williams shows youngsters naked truth about snooker’s veterans

By winning a third world title at 43, in a thrilling final against the 42-year-old John Higgins, Mark Williams showed millennials the older generation still have what it takesTuesday morning and in the cafes of Sheffield’s Millennium Square, talk was s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/08/mark-williams-snooker-world-title-john-higgins

Advantage Cardiff but Fulham still hope Reading can lend a hand

Cardiff need only a home win against Reading for automatic promotion to the Premier League on Sunday but Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is undauntedThree weeks ago Slavisa Jokanovic joked that Cardiff City, his main rival for promotion, would drop po…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/04/cardiff-fulham-promotion-premier-league-championship