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Tottenham v Chelsea: Carabao Cup fourth round – live!
Tottenham v Chelsea: Carabao Cup fourth round – live!

50 mins: Bergwijn cuts in from the right before blasting a shot that screams way high of goal.

48 mins: A very positive start to the half from Spurs, who have had almost all of the possession but haven’t really tested the Chelsea defence.

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The Spin | Somerset v Essex was a final that evoked their glory days of the 80s
The Spin | Somerset v Essex was a final that evoked their glory days of the 80s

In the era of Richards, Botham, Fletcher and Gooch, football had yet to swamp cricket and humour pervaded the rivalry

The two best teams in county cricket battled for the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s. Despite the absence of spectators it was an earnest, engaging contest and a curious throwback to four decades ago when Essex and Somerset were also two of the best and most entertaining sides in the country.

This is not so surprising if you recall some of the personnel: the trinity of Viv Richards, Ian Botham and Joel Garner at Somerset and Keith Fletcher, Graham Gooch and John Lever at Essex were instantly recognised on TV screens against a backdrop of packed stands at Chelmsford or Taunton. Cricket had yet to be swamped by what is now quaintly described as association football; Botham was probably the most recognisable of all English sportsmen; Jim Laker was still lugubriously droppin’ his gs to a large audience on BBC TV.

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Gary O’Toole: 'There are people like George Gibney in every sphere of society' | Donald McRae
Gary O’Toole: 'There are people like George Gibney in every sphere of society' | Donald McRae

The Irish Olympic swimmer turned surgeon has played a central role in a 28-year fight to bring his former coach to justice

“You know the old story of Pandora’s box?” Gary O’Toole asks quietly on another evening of lockdown in Dublin. The former Irish Olympic swimmer is now an orthopaedic surgeon but he has done more than anyone to expose the sustained child sex abuse some of his friends endured when they swam alongside him in the 1970s and 80s.

O’Toole is a key witness in the early episodes of a gripping new BBC podcast called Where is George Gibney? It is presented and produced by Mark Horgan – the brother of the former rugby international Shane, and their sister, Sharon, the actor and writer. O’Toole now compares Mark, the youngest Horgan, who also works for the renowned Second Captains podcast in Dublin, to Pandora.

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The Klopp-Keane exchange tells us much about how football has changed | Jonathan Wilson
The Klopp-Keane exchange tells us much about how football has changed | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool are not so much sloppy as playing the popular high-risk game that late-period Alex Ferguson eschewed

Football has changed. Most disagreements between managers and pundits are tedious affairs, rooted in complex and broadly impenetrable codes of respect and of concern only to professional axe-grinders. But the slightly spiky exchange between Roy Keane and Jürgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Monday was fascinating, less for the soap opera element of a bullish Klopp interrogating an awkwardly smirking Keane, or for Keane’s dry “touchy … imagine if they’d lost” rejoinder, but for what it revealed about how the two men view the game, and what that says about its evolution.

️ "Did Mr Keane say it was a sloppy performance? Maybe he is speaking about another game..."

Jurgen Klopp v Roy Keane pic.twitter.com/MIw47L6N0o

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The Fiver | Fulham and the need to post criticism on Social Media Disgrace Twitter
The Fiver | Fulham and the need to post criticism on Social Media Disgrace Twitter

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Even in the immediate aftermath of Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League, Scott Parker seemed strangely forlorn. As if he realised that, in masterminding unlikely victory over a strangely subdued Brentford, he might have made a terrible mistake. Summoned for a pitchside interview, he was close to tears as he spoke of his immense pride in his team who “had achieved what they’ve achieved” despite the “gaping wounds” which had been caused by Fulham’s relegation the previous season. Gaping wounds he insisted were “still there” and had “yet to heal”. Parker went on to talk about how difficult it was to enjoy “the moments” as a manager, saying the reality is you can’t really. “We live in a profession where you win a game, you lose the next one and you’re deemed as a failure.” The young manager’s raw, searing honesty was enough to bring a tear to a glass eye … even before some wag set his interview to a soundtrack of The Streets.

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The Fiver | A weekend of Premier League football that put the ‘ugh’ in laughable
The Fiver | A weekend of Premier League football that put the ‘ugh’ in laughable

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“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” That old Gary Lineker quote needs an upgrade. Premier League football is a complicated game: 22 men chase a ball around for 100 minutes and at the end, everyone wonders what the hell just happened. Your friendly neighbourhood Fiver (not to be confused with our evil doppelganger, FiVAR, which bores everyone to tears and is widely blamed for completely ruining foot … wait, hang on) is still reeling from a weekend of football that put the ‘ugh’ in laughable.

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Sports quiz of the week: big waves, tough ground and the birds in the sky
Sports quiz of the week: big waves, tough ground and the birds in the sky

Who went long? Who can’t lose? Who didn’t play ball?

Kalju FC played Levadia in the Estonian Premier League this week. What happened 13 seconds into the match?

The referee pulled his hamstring and the game had to be called off

The Kalju goalkeeper walked off the field, later claiming he heard an opponent coughing

The Kalju manager substituted one of his players – even though he had not touched the ball yet

One of the goalposts blew over in the wind and the game was abandoned

In last week’s quiz we predicted that the players at the US Open might struggle at Winged Foot golf club. How many players at the tournament finished under par?

None

One

Two

Three

Tottenham will play Chelsea in the fourth round of the League Cup. How many games have Spurs played to reach the last-16?

None

One

Two

Three

Why was a non-league game between Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town interrupted for 20 minutes?

Ilkley players left early as they are now in lockdown

The players and officials agreed to a long half-time break so they could observe the eclipse of the moon

Government rules changed during the match and the referee did not know whether they should continue

An alpaca ran on to the pitch

Bayern Munich won their latest trophy on Thursday night, beating Sevilla in the Super Cup in Budapest. When did Bayern last lose a game of football?

March 2020

January 2020

December 2019

October 2019

The French Open begins at Roland Garros on Sunday. Rafa Nadal is the favourite to win the men’s singles tournament. If he is successful, how many grand slams will Nadal have won?

18

20

22

24

Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic have dominated men’s tennis for a generation. When was the last time a man born outside Europe won a grand slam?

2006

2009

2012

2015

Sheffield United are playing Leeds United this weekend. When was the last time the two clubs met in the Premier League?

1994

1999

2004

They have never met in the Premier League.

Big wave surfer Doug Falter lost his board in a wipeout in Hawaii two years ago. Where did it turn up this week?

In the same beach he lost it

In the Philippines

In the Bermuda Triangle

Bognor Regis

Why did the Brazil women’s football team have to take a few minutes break during a match this week?

They stopped playing as they realised the assistant referee was playing games on his phone

Brazil had four players sent off, so the referee decided to give them a “time out” to calm down

A parrot landed on the head of one of the players

A small plane made a crash landing on the pitch

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Hard lines. Have a great weekend

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Hard lines. Have a great weekend

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Hard lines. Have a great weekend

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A fine score. Have a great weekend

6 and above.

A fine score. Have a great weekend

7 and above.

A very fine score indeed. Have a great weekend

8 and above.

A very fine score indeed. Have a great weekend

9 and above.

A very fine score indeed. Have a great weekend

0 and above.

Hard lines Have a great weekend

10 and above.

A superb score. Have a great weekend

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The Breakdown | Alex Goode delivers as Saracens keep chasing Champions Cup miracle
The Breakdown | Alex Goode delivers as Saracens keep chasing Champions Cup miracle

Wounded champions will look to defy odds again at Racing 92 and are a team at its most dangerous when backed into a corner

A dejected Leinster supporter was to the point a few hours after his side’s Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to the holders. “I don’t like Saracens, the way they play or the manner in which they conduct themselves,” he said. “But hats off to them: much as I do not like to admit it, that was one of the best performances I have ever seen in any sport.”

Saracens may have won the Champions Cup in three of the last four seasons, beating Saturday’s semi-final opponents Racing 92 in Lyon four years ago to take home the trophy for the first time, but they were rank outsiders in Dublin having seen 10 players either leave or go out on loan during lockdown and lost Owen Farrell to suspension.

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Will grounds stay empty for another six months? – Football Weekly Extra
Will grounds stay empty for another six months? – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Philippe Auclair, Anne-Marie Batson, Simon Burnton and Sean Ingle to discuss the implications of not allowing fans into grounds for the next six months. There’s the quickest substitution ever, a look at Manchester United’s defence and a weekend preview

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Max and the pod discuss the latest coronavirus restrictions in the English game. Is it right to keep fans out? Will clubs get financial support from the government? And what does this mean lower down the football pyramid.

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Vintage skied penalties, BMX twin sisters and triathlon sportsmanship | Classic YouTube
Vintage skied penalties, BMX twin sisters and triathlon sportsmanship | Classic YouTube

This week’s highlights also include interloping cows, heartening sportsmanship and a 159ft putt from Michael Phelps

1) Aylesbury United’s Ollie Hogg re-popularised an old classic on Monday night: the skied penalty. Here, see for yourself. It’s a beauty, clearing the stand behind the goal and sailing off into the night. Keisuke Honda did much the same in an Asian Cup game against UAE in 2015, only he didn’t have the excuse of a dodgy pitch to fall back on. The usually ice-cool Eden Hazard has sent a penalty into orbit before, too. So has Sergio Ramos. What? No sympathy? And who could forget David Beckham’s glorious shank at Euro 2004? “He’s skied it, and Turkey have got a lot to say about it.” At least his wasn’t in a World Cup final. Jonathan Soriano’s calamitous thump and miss for Salzburg in 2012 takes some beating. But Neymar is always up to a challenge. How can we forget that miss against Colombia in 2012?

A feast of penalties tonight in the FA Cup tie I was at.

Four penalties in the 90 mins, one scored by each side & a further two missed by Aylesbury United.

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Moneyfields 2

Moneyfields then won the shoot out 4-3 (after 7 pens each). pic.twitter.com/Gj1noF25zG

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Golden Goal: Lakhdar Belloumi for Algeria v West Germany (1982) | Simon Burnton
Golden Goal: Lakhdar Belloumi for Algeria v West Germany (1982) | Simon Burnton

Belloumi, a great denied a move to Europe by age and violence, stunned an overconfident West Germany at the World Cup

This year the Premier League posted a video compilation of the fastest goals from kick-off. They were all scored within seconds of the game starting, ignoring the mid-match instant post-kick-off goal, but give a taste of the genre as a whole, populated as it almost entirely is by defensive blunders and hopeful hoofs, goals that almost all rely on a convenient ricochet or two at some point in the buildup.

In 1982, against West Germany, Algeria scored a goal similar in its speed following a restart, but here there are no hoofs or ricochets, just 23 seconds of teamwork and precision. They produced this in the most exacting circumstances: immediately after conceding an equaliser against massively favoured European giants, in their country’s first World Cup finals fixture. “We were,” the goalscorer, Lakhdar Belloumi, later said, “the Brazilians of Africa.” And for at least half a minute in Gijón, the world saw it.

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No sign of peace at Barcelona as Messi simmers and Suárez says goodbye | Sid Lowe
No sign of peace at Barcelona as Messi simmers and Suárez says goodbye | Sid Lowe

As their La Liga season starts on Sunday, the Camp Nou club are still in turmoil. Can playing matches lift the mood?

‘It’s been a mad month; lots of things you would never have imagined happened,” Luis Suárez said and it wasn’t over yet – at least not for the men he was leaving behind. On Thursday afternoon, the Uruguayan sat at the Camp Nou, holding back the tears as he announced his departure after six years and 198 goals. On Friday morning, two days before the start of their season, Lionel Messi turned up for training alone, the absence of his best friend hitting home and the Argentinian hitting out.

“I was already getting the idea into my head, but today I walked into the dressing room and the penny dropped,” Barcelona’s captain wrote. “How hard it’s going to be to not share every day with you. It’s going to be strange to see you in a different shirt and even more so to play against you. You deserved to depart as what you are: one of the most important players in the club’s history. Not for them to kick you out like they did. But truth is, nothing surprises me any more.”

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Dean Jones, brilliant attacking batsman and punchy character | Vic Marks
Dean Jones, brilliant attacking batsman and punchy character | Vic Marks

The Australian, who has died at 59, averaged over 46 in Tests and revolutionised one-day cricket, as well as being a no-nonsense coach and pundit

Dean Jones, who died suddenly in Mumbai where he had been doing media work on the IPL, was never one of those Australians who seemed to be riddled with self-doubt. Maybe this is why in recent years he spent so much time on the modern T20 circuit as a pundit, not noted for his discretion, and also as an old-fashioned, no-nonsense coach, most recently for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.

However Jones will, rightly, be remembered more for his prowess as a cricketer in the 1980s and 1990s. He was in the vanguard of Australia’s revival. Back in 1984 the side were in the doldrums; Kim Hughes’s tormented period in charge was about to come to an abrupt end and the team needed fresh talent, energy and self-belief, qualities that Jones soon provided in abundance. He always gave the impression he had few doubts about his capacity to succeed at the highest level.

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