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Last Update: September 18, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Last Update: September 18, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Last Update: September 18, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Internazionale v Tottenham: Champions League Group B – live!
Internazionale v Tottenham: Champions League Group B – live!

Mauricio Pochettino speaks: Explaining the five changes he’s made from the defeat against Liverpool on Saturday to BT Sport, he says: “We have five changes because we are in that period of the season when we need to rotate the squad,” he says. “Some players are tired. The circumstances are a lot different to last season.”

And on how he’ll line up his team: “We try to use a different formation in different periods of the game,” he says. “Sometimes diamond, sometimes two strikers, sometimes two players out wide.”

Internazionale: Handanovic, Skriniar, de Vrij, Miranda, Asamoah, Politano, Vecino, Brozovic, Perisic, Nainggolan, Icardi.

Subs: Padelli, Balde, Ranocchia, Valero, D’Ambrosio, Candreva, Berni.

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England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly
England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly

The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.com

There is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their women’s sevens players in 2011, the rest of the women’s rugby world has been playing catch-up – off the pitch at least – in the game’s rapid acceleration towards the pro ranks.

Related: RFU's full-time contracts for England women's team 'hugely significant'

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Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven: Champions League – live!
Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven: Champions League – live!

Fifteen minutes to kickoff, give or take. Here’s a look ahead at some of the other big fixtures this week.

Related: Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele

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County cricket: Sussex v Warwickshire, Somerset v Surrey and more – live!
County cricket: Sussex v Warwickshire, Somerset v Surrey and more – live!

That’s all for now until the round-up. It has been a lively day away from the live action too with two important news stories breaking.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have both been charged with two counts of bringing the game into disrepute and face a two-day cricket disciplinary hearing this December:

Related: Ben Stokes and Alex Hales charged with bringing cricket into disrepute

Related: Adil Rashid to sign new contract at Yorkshire as an all-format cricketer

Related: Surrey and Worcestershire bookend table but share much in between | The Spin

“It’s all happening at Headingley. Hampshire are 33-3 in reply to 184. Jack Brooks has taken two wickets and is whipping up the crowd in his final home appearance. We still have 19 overs to bowl tonight.”

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Enzo Calzaghe obituary
Enzo Calzaghe obituary

Trainer who propelled his son Joe to success as one of Britain’s greatest boxing champions

When the question “Who is the greatest boxer ever to come out of Britain?” is asked, there are many, especially in Wales, who would volunteer the name of Joe Calzaghe, who never lost in 46 professional fights and became the greatest super-middleweight of his generation. His father, Enzo Calzaghe, who has died aged 69, was the man who shaped Joe’s talent and trained him from the day he took up the sport to his retirement in 2009.

Joe was under no illusions as to the important role his father had played in his successes. “If it wasn’t for him, I’d never have laced up gloves in the first place,” he said. “I think we’re a great team. We stuck together through the ups and the downs, even when people were saying I should get rid of him because he had never boxed. But he knew exactly what to say to me at the right time in a fight, and he was the perfect trainer for me.”

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The Celtic diehards helping football tackle the taboo around periods
The Celtic diehards helping football tackle the taboo around periods

Few would expect football clubs to be at the forefront of an effort to break the taboo around periods. Yet here we are

“Sorry to spoil your breakfasts with talk of periods,” tweeted one supporter of the On the Ball campaign, “but as a teenager who suddenly got her period at Stockport away & had to spend the whole afternoon and journey home on the coach with only a wedge of toilet paper & in a panic, this sort of thing would have been very welcome.”

Few would expect football clubs to be at the forefront of an effort to break the taboo around periods. Yet here we are. In less than five months 29 grounds have responded to the campaign of three female Celtic season-ticket holders and now stock free sanitary products.

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Kevin Beattie obituary
Kevin Beattie obituary

Footballer who was central to the success of Ipswich Town’s cup-winning side of the 1970s and 80s

When Ipswich Town were a footballing power in the late 1970s and early 80s, Kevin Beattie was at the core of their success. A central defender of unusual poise and class, he was the best player in a team that not only won the FA and Uefa cups but gave the great Liverpool side of that era a run for their money in the league.

Beattie, who has died aged 64 of a heart attack, was hailed by Ipswich fans as the club’s greatest ever player. But a greater measure of his standing was the universal respect he generated among his peers, who recognised not just his great technical prowess but the courage, strength and application that went with it. His ability to win the ball and then distribute it with calm precision drew comparisons with Bobby Moore, and of his generation there were few English footballers more highly rated within the game.

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A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle
A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the Berlin Marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec on Sunday but advances in shoe technology, carbohydrate drinks and mindsets may close the gap further

When Eliud Kipchoge woke to a dazzling Monday morning in Berlin he was greeted with global headlines lauding him as a “long-distance Usain Bolt” and “the fastest man in the world”. No wonder, given that he had just “pulverised” – as Marca put it – the marathon world record by 78 seconds.

According to Die Welt, the Kenyan had also performed another feat of wizardry by contradicting the late Czech runner Emil Zatopek, in 1954 the first man to break the 29‑minute barrier in the 10,000m and a visionary who famously said that “fish float, birds fly, and humans run”. The paper insisted: “The 33-year-old did not run. He flew to a new world best.”

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The Fiver | The significance of that trainspotting cow
The Fiver | The significance of that trainspotting cow

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Sound the Big Cup klaxon, because European football’s elite club competition is back for yet another season of transcontinental intrigue. Between now and 1 June, Europe’s finest will duke it out across 125 matches, travelling tens of thousands of miles to play a minimum of 187 hours and 30 minutes of football between them. It’s a hell of palaver, but the time-saving alternative – simply not bothering and just handing the trophy to Sergio Ramos again next May – isn’t quite as lucrative. And besides, last year’s final, which featured an English club, attracted a UK audience of almost 4.2m on subscription channel BT Sport.

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Thomas Tuchel returns to Liverpool with scars and a point to prove
Thomas Tuchel returns to Liverpool with scars and a point to prove

PSG’s manager resumes his rivalry with Jürgen Klopp two years after his Borussia Dortmund were beaten in an Anfield epic

When Thomas Tuchel steps out at Anfield on Tuesday the memories will come flooding back. He will wince at how the Kop sucked in that late Dejan Lovren header and what it felt like to be on the wrong end of Jürgen Klopp’s red wave. He will remember how Liverpool drew inspiration in a frenzied atmosphere, fighting back from an almost impossible position to win their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund in April 2016, and it will not be easy for him to ignore the lingering mental scars.

It was one of the great European comebacks and if it was sweet for Klopp to beat the man who had replaced him at Dortmund a year earlier, imagine how galling it must have been for Tuchel to fall short against his predecessor. He was powerless to resist when Liverpool made that Istanbul sequel, and Paris Saint-Germain’s manager will be desperate to write a new narrative when the rivalry resumes on Tuesday evening.

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Champions League: previews for the big matches this week
Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

Form guide, fitness news and facts on Inter v Spurs, Liverpool v PSG, Manchester City v Lyon and Real Madrid v Roma

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Tottenham’s two previous trips to San Siro have been eventful to say the least. Eight years have passed since Gareth Bale announced himself on the European stage with a second-half hat-trick in Milan. Those goals weren’t enough for Spurs to avoid defeat on the night, having conceded four goals before the break, but they did go through as group winners – along with Inter. Spurs’ most recent visit to San Siro, for the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie in 2013, ended in sheer relief. Spurs went into the game with a 3-0 lead from the first leg but again conceded four, only scraping through thanks to a late away goal from Emmanuel Adebayor.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 500th career goal with stunning spinning volley – video
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 500th career goal with stunning spinning volley – video

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal on Saturday in LA Galaxy's 5-3 loss to Toronto. The 36-year-old Swedish striker has now joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 goals for club and country

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Marathon world record smashed by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin – video
Marathon world record smashed by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin – video

Eliud Kipchoge produced an astonishing run to break the men's world marathon record in Berlin.

The Kenyan clocked two hours, one minute and 39 seconds, beating compatriot Dennis Kimetto's mark - also set in Berlin in 2014- by one minute and 18 seconds.

His achievment was all the more remarkable give that he  had to run the last 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) alone after his pacemakers dropped out early.

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Benfica women set Portuguese record with 28-0 win over Ponte de Frielas – video
Benfica women set Portuguese record with 28-0 win over Ponte de Frielas – video

Benfica's women's team enjoyed a 28-0 thrashing on their debut in the Portuguese second division. They opened the scoring two minutes into their match against Ponte de Frielas, were 16-0 up at half-time and went on to set a new record in the country for the largest margin of victory in senior football. Although Benfica's squad features a number of internationals, as a newly-formed team they have been required to compete in the second tier of the women's league.

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The Fiver | All the urgency of a dog that knows it’s being taken to the vet
The Fiver | All the urgency of a dog that knows it’s being taken to the vet

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In the run-up to Liverpool’s win over Tottenham on Saturday, Sky Sports broadcast some pre-match filler they’d recorded earlier in the week, in which Christian Eriksen and Ben Davies beat Harry Kane and Eric Dier in a round at their training ground’s putting green. While it was all just a bit of fun, Dier was clearly embarrassed to lip out while standing over a tiddler and his performance in the subsequent football match suggested that the golf course isn’t the only sporting arena in which he appears to have developed the yips. Of course it would be unfair to single out Dier, when so many of his team-mates played so poorly, putting in a collective performance that suggested the little trophy handed to Eriksen and Davies will be the only one presented to anyone in a Tottenham shirt this season.

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Sports quiz of the week: Golovkin v Álvarez, Osaka and footballers in tutus
Sports quiz of the week: Golovkin v Álvarez, Osaka and footballers in tutus

Who had a magic touch? Who is getting on? Who travels badly?

• Tennis quiz: tantrums and meltdowns

RB Leipzig coach Ralf Ragnick has installed a “wheel of misfortune” to help determine how misbehaving players should be punished? Which of these forfeits is not on the wheel?

Train in a tutu

Work in the club shop

Serve food in the canteen

Buy gifts for the club’s employees

Pay a fine

Which of these statements about new US Open champion Naomi Osaka is false?

She was only one year old when Serena Williams first won the US Open

She has a 100% record against Serena Williams

She was born in New York

She is the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament

Premier League leaders Liverpool face their toughest challenge of the season so far on Saturday, when they visit Tottenham. Liverpool struggled in recent away matches against their closest rivals. At which of these grounds did they pick up any points last season?

The Etihad, Manchester City

Old Trafford, Manchester United

Wembley, Tottenham

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea

None of them

What feat did Gavin Whyte achieve this week?

He became the youngest cricketer to win the County Championship

He scored with his first touch in international football

He scored the first hat trick in Nations League history

He became the first golfer from Belgium to be picked for the Ryder Cup

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez meet in Las Vegas on Saturday night for their long-awaited rematch 364 days after their controversial draw at the same venue. Who is the only boxer to have defeated either man in the professional ranks?

Manny Pacquiao

Bernard Hopkins

Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan

The teams are in for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Which US player is older than the Europe team captain?

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson

Bryson DeChambeau

Bubba Watson

The Ryder Cup is being played in continental Europe for only the second time this year. France are hosts this year; which country hosted in 1997?

Italy

Spain

Portugal

Luxembourg

George Weah played for Liberia against Nigeria aged 51 on Tuesday. What was his son Tim doing that day?

Managing the Nigeria team

Playing up front alongside his father

Playing for USA against Mexico in Nashville

Meeting Theresa May in his role as Liberia's economics minister

What did Rikki Clarke do for the first time in 2002 and for the second time this week?

He won a US Open doubles title

He scored for Luxembourg against San Marino

He won the County Championship with Surrey

He raced in a Formula 1 grand prix

What is remarkable about Surrey’s title winners?

No one in their squad has ever played Test cricket for England

They have not lost a game all season

All of their players are under the age of 23

They also won both the One-Day Cup and the T20 Blast

1 and above.

Ah well, better luck next week

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Ah well, better luck next week

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Ah well, better luck next week

3 and above.

Ah well, better luck next week

5 and above.

A fine performance. Enjoy your weekend

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A fine performance. Enjoy your weekend

7 and above.

You hero. Have a great weekend. You've earned it

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You hero. Have a great weekend. You've earned it

9 and above.

You hero. Have a great weekend. You've earned it

0 and above.

Ah well, better luck next week

10 and above.

Perfection. You hero. Have a great weekend. You've earned it

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Sublime swerve, motorbike madness and an introduction to Kin-Ball | Classic YouTube
Sublime swerve, motorbike madness and an introduction to Kin-Ball | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features T20 action, the best of Wesley Sneijder and Marshawn Lynch’s philosophy

1) Geraldao Dutra Pereira or Geraldão, a centre-back by trade, scored probably the greatest swerving free-kick of all time that you haven’t seen for Cruzeiro in 1986.

2) Burt Reynolds, who died last week aged 82, was a college football running back before he headed for Hollywood and starred in one of cinema’s most famous gridiron depictions in the Longest Yard, a tale of a former NFL player recruiting a group of prisoners to play against their guards. Here’s a trailer for the 1974 film. Until Vinnie Jones made Mean Machine, a football-based remake in 2001, the closest UK equivalent to The Longest Yard’s in-game action was this scene from 1979’s Porridge: The Movie.

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When athletes retire we face the most difficult question: who are we? | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
When athletes retire we face the most difficult question: who are we? | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Sports stars spend their youth lauded for their grace and strength. How do we stop ourselves from becoming ‘a tattered coat upon a stick’ when glory fades?

Professional athletes are shooting stars: they burn bright as they flame across the sky, then suddenly fade into quiet darkness. Movie stars, best-selling authors, and platinum musicians can stay affixed in the firmament of celebrity for decades, twinkling on our Twitter feeds and Entertainment Weekly covers. But years of physical abuse of our bodies through training and competing wears down athletes – and our importance – to stiff, aching, Advil-popping appendages. The useless appendix of the entertainment business. How are we to stay relevant in society beyond yakking endlessly about our glory days?

Those glory days for most pro athletes are short. The average career in the NFL is a little over three years. In the NBA, the average it is 4.8 years, and in MLB, it’s 5.6. Most of these athletes have trained for 10 or more years to get to the pros – and for most it’s over quickly. They’ve had a quick taste and are out the door before they become addicted. But for athletes who have managed to beat the odds and stay in the sports spotlight for many years, our final bow can feel a little too final. Kobe Bryant (20 years), Derek Jeter (19 years), John Stockton (19 years), Jack Nicklaus (25 years), Mark Messier (26 years), Nolan Ryan (27 years), Gordie Howe (34 years), Pele (22 years), me (20 years) and many others with double-digit years in the gladiatorial arena are relatively young when we retire, usually in our 30s or 40s. Which is when we ask ourselves the existential question: who am I now?

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The day Donald Trump's narcissism killed the USFL
The day Donald Trump's narcissism killed the USFL

Although the president is a constant critic of the NFL, he unintentionally helped the league during a hapless turn as a witness in a 1986 lawsuit

As its third season came toward a close, the United States Football League filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL, claiming it had established a monopoly with respect to television broadcasting rights. The suit was led by Donald Trump, the New Jersey Generals owner who was convinced his league would win and, as a result, force a merger with the NFL. Held over 42 days in the United States District Court in Manhattan, it was one of the most eagerly anticipated trials in the history of modern sports. And the USFL seemed to have a good shot – until Trump stepped up …

The NFL’s lead attorney, Frank Rothman, utilized an approach that was the 180-degree opposite of [USFL attorney Harvey] Myerson’s. He didn’t beat people down. He didn’t scream, rant, snarl. A distinguished 59-year-old with broad shoulders and gray hair, Rothman was the former CEO of MGM/UA Entertainment, and he exuded a natural dignity. He sat back, let Myerson do his dance (as the entity that led the suit, the USFL was first to call witnesses), then meticulously went about making the NFL’s case that the USFL, by moving to fall, dug its own grave. “They had everything their way at the beginning,” Rothman said. “They had the jury they wanted. They hammered away at the Harvard [presentation]. Myerson was pitching the little guys versus the big guys. I would go back and tell the NFL people, ‘Listen, when we get our turn we can start turning this thing around. We have to be patient.’ But, actually, it didn’t take that long.”

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