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County Championship: Lancashire v Worcestershire, Hampshire v Notts - live!
County Championship: Lancashire v Worcestershire, Hampshire v Notts - live!

Somerset all out 164. Warwickshire need 239 to win. I’d say their chances are zero. Don’t hate me.

Durham have recovered from 0/0 to 75-4, Josh Shaw 3-18. And Glamorgan all out 346 - trailing Derbyshire by 32. Rampauls 5-94.

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Kevin Durant is the NBA's best player, but the Warriors are way more fun without him
Kevin Durant is the NBA's best player, but the Warriors are way more fun without him

Golden State have reached their fifth NBA finals in a row but KD has missed time through injury. His absence has brought joy back to the team

The first thing you need to know is a cold hard fact: the Warriors are a better team with Kevin Durant on the floor. The discourse surrounding Golden State’s fifth-straight trip the NBA finals might have you think otherwise. The Warriors wrapped up the series sweep on Monday with a 119-117 overtime win in Portland. They did so without Durant, currently the best player in the world.

This series wasn’t always easy. The Blazers held leads of 17 points or more during three games of the series. It didn’t matter. It rarely does against these Warriors. Once they get rolling, really rolling, and the threes are falling, Curry is scoring, and (pardon the rhyme) Draymond starts soaring, there’s nothing anyone can do. Leads disintegrate in the blink of an eye.

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Baseball's 106mph barrier: have pitchers reached the limits of their velocity?
Baseball's 106mph barrier: have pitchers reached the limits of their velocity?

The 100mph fastball used to be a rarity: now it’s an everyday occurrence in Major League Baseball. But the human body may not be built for such speeds

Sidd Finch was almost too good to be true. The rookie pitcher, while in spring training with the New York Mets, was reported to have shattered pitching records by throwing a 168mph fastball with pinpoint accuracy. Proclaimed as a yogi and virtuoso on the French horn, Finch was in fact, too good to be true, the subject of an elaborate April Fools’ Day hoax by sports writer George Plimpton and Sports Illustrated.But the Finch story serves as a reminder that speed captivates our attention like few other sporting attributes.

Once upon a time, throwing a pitch faster than 100mph was rare, the four-minute mile of baseball. That is, until Cuban émigré Aroldis Chapman, pitching for the Reds, Cubs and Yankees, made 100mph fastballs commonplace. Others have yo-yoed above and below triple digits, but Chapman has beaten the 100mph barrier pitch after pitch, game after game, and season after season. Just as Roger Bannister’s mile opened the floodgates for other four-minute milers, Chapman seemingly paved the way for a new generation of flamethrowers.

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Andy Murray hints at doubles spot at Wimbledon before possible singles return
Andy Murray hints at doubles spot at Wimbledon before possible singles return

• Scot confident he can return to competitive tennis
• ‘I don’t have pain, I just need to see how good the hip can get’

Andy Murray is confident he can return to competitive tennis and has hinted at a doubles spot at Wimbledon. In January the two-times Wimbledon champion announced plans to retire after this year’s championship due to injury, expressing doubt as to whether he would even make it to the All England Club.

Murray has all but ruled out an appearance in the singles draw nearly four months after surgery on a career-threatening hip problem but he could return to SW19 by playing in the men’s doubles.

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Women’s World Cup ticket fiasco shows Fifa’s capacity for chaos
Women’s World Cup ticket fiasco shows Fifa’s capacity for chaos

Organiser’s reaction when it emerged some tickets booked together are not next to one another left a lot to be desired

Following the still simmering fury over Uefa’s choice of Baku for the Europa League final and its corporate-heavy ticket policy for both its showpiece men’s competitions, Fifa has given us an outstanding proverbial ‘hold my beer’ moment.

Just 18 days before hosts France open the Women’s World Cup against South Korea at Parc des Princes a number of fans have found that tickets purchased at the same time are not next to one another. Families and friends heading to the tournament face being split up.

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Vincent Kompany walks into a mess at Anderlecht – can he save them?
Vincent Kompany walks into a mess at Anderlecht – can he save them?

With no European football for the first time in 56 years and unrest off the pitch, the Belgian club’s appointment of their former defender as player-manager is a remarkable stunt

On Sunday, on as dark a day as imaginable in Anderlecht’s history, Belgium’s record champions stunned the world with the appointment of their biggest international icon of the last 25 years. Enter Vincent Kompany, stronger than any PR machine the club could possibly have built.

The name Anderlecht suddenly hummed around the football world again. Missing out on European football for the first time in 56 years and the last game of a disastrous season against Gent, another painful defeat, suddenly did not matter any more to the long-suffering fans.

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Dominance and difficult questions for Manchester City – Football Weekly
Dominance and difficult questions for Manchester City – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Mark Langdon discuss Manchester City 6-0 Watford, the price of supremacy, the Women’s Champions League, a rare crestfallen goalscoring keeper and botched Panenkas

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We look back at the FA Cup final, which Manchester City won 6-0, casting Watford aside like a team which wasn’t assembled by one of the greatest football managers in history at great expense. We discuss the line of questioning pursued by the Associated Press’s Rob Harris, which angered Pep Guardiola, and the implications of living with a team this much better than the rest.

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Niki Lauda: looking back at the life of a Formula One legend – video obituary
Niki Lauda: looking back at the life of a Formula One legend – video obituary

The three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, regarded as one of the finest racers of all time, has died at 70 after battling declining health.

In 1976, Lauda was almost killed at the German Grand Prix in one of the most famous accidents in the history of motorsport, but went on to make a remarkable recovery.

Chase Carey, the chairman and chief executive of the Formula One group, said: 'His love of racing and the courage he demonstrated were simply extraordinary and he inspired so many fans.'

The Austrian also became a successful airline entrepreneur and went on to have senior roles in F1 management, most recently as non-executive chairman at Mercedes since 2012, where he helped bring Lewis Hamilton to the team.

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'I'm a different species': Deontay Wilder celebrates first-round KO of Breazeale – video
'I'm a different species': Deontay Wilder celebrates first-round KO of Breazeale – video

Deontay Wilder needed all of 137 seconds to knockout mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in the ninth successful defence of his WBC heavyweight title. His victory at the Barclays Center comes less than six months after a split draw with Tyson Fury.

Speaking after the fight, the American addressed the potential super-fights in the pipeline for the newly revitalised heavyweight division, including a rematch with Fury and a four-belt unification bout with Anthony Joshua, assuring fans they were imminent.

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The Fiver | Barely audible above the loud honking sounds of Real Madrid’s Mbappé Klaxon
The Fiver | Barely audible above the loud honking sounds of Real Madrid’s Mbappé Klaxon

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Rather than celebrate their success as you might expect normal football folk to do, many Manchester City fans appear to have marked the conclusion of the most successful season in their club’s history by raging and frothing at the mouth over perceived media bias against their club. They are not alone, as at the end of another season of domestic dominance fans of a propaganda wing owned by other powerful people in the Middle East have also been left with a sour taste in their mouths. Leading the Ligue 1 table by 16 points with just one round of fixtures to go, Paris Saint-Germain are unlikely to be caught and had cause for further celebration at a glitzy awards do on Sunday night when their striker and local lad done good, Kylian Mbappé, was crowned Ligue 1 player of the year.

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Football transfer rumours: Harry Maguire to Manchester City?
Football transfer rumours: Harry Maguire to Manchester City?

Today’s tell-all is twisting my melon, man

The imminent departure of Vincent Kompany from Manchester City will leave some big boots vacant and the Daily Mail reckons Harry Maguire is the man Pep Guardiola would like to fill them. A longtime Manchester United target, the man some call “Slabhead” was singled out for praise by Guardiola at the end of Leicester’s defeat at the hands of City earlier this month. In a climate where Liverpool saw fit to pay what turned out to be a bargain £75m for Virgil van Dijk, Maguire’s current employers will demand the same or more for a proven 26-year-old England international who has four years left on his current deal.

What now for Gareth Bale, who has been told in no certain terms that he does not have a future at Real Madrid. Despite rumours that he rarely talks to any of his teammates, the Wales international is reported to have told them he is happy to spend the remaining three years of his contract going through the motions on the training ground while working on his short game out on the golf course. Such comments are almost certainly designed to force Real Madrid into offering him a whacking great pay-off so he can do one to Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur.

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Has the goal of the season ever been scored on the opening day? | The Knowledge
Has the goal of the season ever been scored on the opening day? | The Knowledge

Plus: winning runs that didn’t deliver a title, late-blooming international stalwarts and Bob Crompton’s Wembley drought. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“What is the earliest goal scored in a league season that went on to win goal of the season?” wonders Tom Kingsbury. “Similarly for individual club goal of the season winners, has there been a winner from the first goal/match?”

“A quick Wikipedia reveals that Gerry Francis (possibly) used the powers bestowed on him by his glorious mullet to win goal of the season in 1975-76 with an opening-day strike for eventual league runners-up QPR against eventual league winners Liverpool in a 2-0 victory,” writes Mike Coxon.

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The Fiver | We will never have another referee like Mike Dean
The Fiver | We will never have another referee like Mike Dean

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Purveyor of no-look yellow cards, hider of souvenir hat-trick footballs up the back of his shirt, Premier League centurion of “off you pop” dismissals, pedantic pacer of 10-yard distances and … er, occasional carrier of golf bags on the Ladies European Tour, Mike Dean has been a fixture on the Premier League refereeing circuit for 19 years and in that time has developed something of a reputation for making big games all about … well, him. Much like David Brent, we will never have another referee like him, somebody who’s basically a chilled-out entertainer. An occasionally pompous showman who has endeavoured to keep his personal football allegiances carefully hidden through the cunning ruse of convincing fans the length and breadth of the country he is biased against every team, on Monday night there was a suggestion he let the mask slip.

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Sports quiz: exceptional losers
Sports quiz: exceptional losers

Liverpool lost just one match in the Premier League this season but still finished second. They are not alone in their bad luck

Liverpool just lost one game in the Premier League this season but finished second. Which Italian club went a full season unbeaten but did not win the Serie A title?

Torino

Perugia

Juventus

Milan

Liverpool finished with 97 points in the Premier League – just one behind Manchester City. What was the record for a second-placed team before this season?

79

84

89

93

French cyclist Raymond Poulidor had three second-place finishes and five third-place finishes in the Tour de France, yet he never won the race and he never even wore the yellow jersey. What nickname was Poulidor given by cycling fans?

The Podium Poser

The Water Carrier

The Eternal Second

The Perfect Number Two

West Germany pulled off one of the great upsets in football history when they beat Hungary in the World Cup final in 1954. Hungary had gone unbeaten for 31 games across five years – including a victory over West Germany earlier in the competition. What was the score in that group match?

Hungary 2-0 West Germany

Hungary 4-1 West Germany

Hungary 7-1 West Germany

Hungary 8-3 West Germany

Jimmy White reached six World Snooker Championship finals but lost them all. Which of these players did not beat him in a final?

Steve Davis

John Parrott

Stephen Hendry

Alex Higgins

Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors in his golf career. How many times did he finish as the runner-up?

Never

Once

19

35

Which footballer has runners-up medals for the World Cup, the European Championship and the Champions League?

Dejan Lovren

Thierry Henry

Franck Ribéry

Michael Ballack

Franziska van Almsick won 10 Olympic medals but no golds. In which sport did she compete?

High jump

Swimming

Steeplechase

Shot put

Neither Rafa Nadal nor Roger Federer deserved to lose the men’s final at Wimbledon in 2008. At what time did Nadal win that epic contest?

7.59pm

8.25pm

9.15pm

11.40pm

In 2007, the New England Patriots won all 16 of their regular season games in the NFL, breaking the record for victories in a single regular season. Which team beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl?

Pittsburg Steelers

Denver Broncos

New York Giants

New York Jets

1 and above.

That is not an exceptional score

2 and above.

That is not an exceptional score

3 and above.

That is not an exceptional score

4 and above.

That is not an exceptional score

5 and above.

That's not an exceptional score. That's bang-average

6 and above.

That's not an exceptional score. That's bang-average

7 and above.

You are an exceptional loser

8 and above.

You are an exceptional loser

9 and above.

You are an exceptional loser

0 and above.

That is not an exceptional score

10 and above.

You're no loser

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At home with Vincent Kompany: 'Setbacks, racism – everything fed my fire'
At home with Vincent Kompany: 'Setbacks, racism – everything fed my fire'

The Manchester City captain talks frankly about the wrong path he nearly took as a teenager, ‘lunatic’ politicians and life after football

It is 10am on an early spring day when I pull up at the electric gates of Vincent Kompany’s home. In the drizzle, the Manchester sprawl has given way to the leafy streets of Cheshire, where long driveways announce the grand houses of the affluent. Kompany answers the door in a black T-shirt and jeans, having just finished a workout. It’s March, and Manchester City’s battle-hardened captain and central defender is only now returning to fitness after a six-week layoff for a calf injury. “I wasn’t feeling great today, so an extra session in the gym is the way to get through it,” he says, a towel draped around his neck, his gentle Belgian accent blending with Manc vowels.

At 6ft 4in, Kompany’s stature is reassuring rather than intimidating. He makes green juice in a whizzy little machine that the players are testing. “Sometimes I have a berry one as a treat,” he says, tidying up. We take them into his home office, where we talk for the next two hours. A whiteboard marked out with a football pitch stands against one wall. On the top row of his bookshelves, trophies line up like toy soldiers; below them are biographies of Mandela, Gandhi, Obama; histories of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country that Kompany’s father, Pierre, left as a political refugee in 1975; biographies of Sir Alex Ferguson and Kompany’s teammate Sergio Agüero.

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