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Southampton hold Bournemouth but Manolo Gabbiadini blows chance of win

The Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, admitted his side were below their best as they stuttered to a goalless draw against Southampton. “I don’t think we really got going. It’s frustrating from our perspective, we know we can play better than that,” he …

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Wayne Rooney’s stunning free-kick continues DC United’s remarkable revival

Team were bottom of Eastern Conference when Rooney arrivedEnglishman has scored 10 goals in 18 apperancesWayne Rooney rolled back the years as his stunning 30-yard free-kick earned DC United a 1-0 home win over Toronto. The former England cap…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/oct/18/wayne-rooney-free-kick-goal-dc-united-mls-toronto-fc

Simona Halep pulls out of season-ending WTA Finals because of injury

Kiki Bertens replaces world No 1 in SingaporeJohanna Konta reaches Kremlin Cup quarter-finalsSimona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s WTA Finals in Singapore because of a back injury. The world No 1, who has a herniated disc, had hoped to be fit but…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan takes it to the max with ‘hellhole’ 147 break

• Fifteenth career maximum secured at English Open• O’Sullivan had said Crawley venue smelled of urineTwo days after Ronnie O’Sullivan described the venue as a “hellhole”, the five-times world champion treated the crowd at the K2 Leisure Centre in Craw…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/17/ronnie-osullivan-max-147-break-hellhole-english-open

Scotland call up England youth player Sam Skinner for autumn internationals

• Exeter second rower among Scotland coach’s uncapped trio • Scarlets’ Sam Johnson has represented New Zealand Under-20sGregor Townsend has included the uncapped trio of Sam Skinner, Sam Johnson and Blade Thomson in his Scotland squad for the autumn Te…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/17/scotland-rugby-union--squad-gregor-townsend-autumn-internationals-sam-skinner-johnson

Wales name uncapped wings Holmes and Morgan in autumn internationals squad

• Wales face Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa• Lions return but injured Faletau and Scott Williams missingUncapped wings Jonah Holmes and Luke Morgan have been named in Wales’s autumn Test squad. The 26-year-olds, who play for Leicester and …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/16/wales-squad-autumn-internationals-rugby-union

Sri Lanka ‘not distracted’ by Sanath Jayasuriya case for ODI series

• Former opener stresses ‘integrity and transparency’• Tom Curran favourite to replace Liam Dawson for third ODIThe grass-banked Pallekele Stadium should provide a pleasant setting for the resumption of Sri Lanka and England’s rain-affected one-day ser…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov challenges Mayweather to fight: ‘There is only one king’

MMA fighter under temporary ban after ugly end to UFC 229McGregor v Mayweather showdown in 2017 earned millionsKhabib Nurmagomedov has challenged Floyd Mayweather to a showdown, telling his fellow undefeated fighter: “In the jungle there is only one ki…

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Deontay Wilder apologises for ‘injuring’ mascot on television show

• Heavyweight champion invited to show his punching power• Wilder due to fight Tyson Fury on 1 December in Los AngelesDeontay Wilder has apologised if a punch he landed on a mascot on a television show injured the person inside the costume.The WBC heav…

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Eddie Pepperell seals dramatic victory over Björk at British Masters

• Pepperell follows up Qatar triumph with win at Walton Heath•Triumph almost certainly ensures Master’s debut next yearEddie Pepperell defied miserable conditions to win his second European Tour title of the season in the British Masters – and with it …

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Dom Manfredi: from injury and HGVs to driving Wigan’s Grand Final win | Aaron Bower

The winger, who scored two tries in the 12-4 victory over Warrington, nearly quit rugby league but has ‘climbed Everest’Given the sheer multitude of stories attached to Wigan’s Grand Final victory against Warrington on Saturday night, it was not hard t…

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Eddie Pepperell in the driving seat going into British Masters final round

• Englishman three shots ahead after third-round 71• Group of four including Jordan Smith on six underEddie Pepperell will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the British Masters as he seeks the second European Tour title of his career.Peppere…

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Eoin Morgan leads England to victory over Sri Lanka in rain-hit second ODI

• England 278-9; Sri Lanka 140-5 (29 ov, target 279)• Tourists win by 31 runs via DLS method as rain stops playEoin Morgan paved the way for a comfortable England victory over Sri Lanka with a captain’s innings of 92 in the second one-day international…

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Pepperell sets sights on British Masters ‘domination’ as Fleetwood hits 77

• England’s Pepperell adds a 69 to his 67 for eight-under• Fleetwood failed to record a birdie in second-round Eddie Pepperell expressed his intention to “dominate” the British Masters after Tommy Fleetwood suffered a nightmare day on the greens at Wal…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/12/tommy-fleetwood-eddie-pepperell-golf-british-masters

Root unmoved by Warne’s call for Buttler to be England Test captain

• Root says his batting is unaffected by leadership role• ‘I am comfortable with where we are at as a team and my role’It almost comes with the territory for an England captain to have his job questioned by Shane Warne. But Joe Root is comfortable the …

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Katie Boulter and Kyle Edmund fall to defeats in China quarter-finals

Boulter loses 7-5, 0-6, 3-6 to top seed Karolina PliskovaEdmund goes down in straight sets to Alexander ZverevKatie Boulter’s run in the Tianjin Open was brought to an end after a battling three-set defeat to top seed and former world No 1 Karolina Pli…

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