Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale

• Senior suggests Junior may struggle with mental approach• ‘It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I’m not convinced he will win’The trouble with boxing is that the real thing is invariably preceded by faux outrage and empty rhetoric, but it was nonetheless a minor jolt to hear Chris Eubank admit he was “petrified” about the outcome of his son’s career-defining fight against James DeGale on Saturday night.Senior (or “English”, to use his preferred handle) was the master of surprises in his fighting days and did not disappoint in his role as father and sometime adviser to Eubank Jr when he declared: “It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I am petrified he may not win this.” He added: “I’m not convinced [Junior] will win, because James DeGale has pedigree in terms of being [an Olympic] gold medallist, twice a world champion. It’s real. I respect the man’s abilities. Junior has it – but who turns up on the night? Continue reading...

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Why is Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer MLB's most hated man?

A climate skeptic and Twitter troll, the pitcher claims he’s only good at two things: ‘throwing baseballs and pissing people off’He may not be the most reviled man in US sports just yet, but Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer seems hell-bent on earning the title. The 28-year-old has been irritating opponents, fans and even his own teammates for years, which makes it all the more amusing that the most recent headlines he’s made have involved him complaining about his own well-deserved bad reputation.Few can quibble with Bauer’s production on the field: he’s an All-Star starting pitcher who went 12-2 last year for the Indians with a 2.21 ERA. He also likes to portray himself as an iconoclastic rebel, the last honest man. “I’m good at two things in this world,” he said in a recent Sports Illustrated profile, “throwing baseballs and pissing people off.” The story also goes into detail about his unconventional training methods, which include pumping electricity into his brain. Continue reading...

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Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...

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Faulty Nike trainer injures Zion Williamson 33 seconds into college basketball game – video

Zion Williamson hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was forced off with a knee injury after just 33 seconds after his faulty Nike trainer blew out. Williamson was the likely No 1 pick for the NBA Draft in June. Many notable faces watched on including US president Barack Obama and film director Spike Lee. The North Carolina Tar Heels went on to win 88-72 on Wednesday Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blast top-ranked Duke Continue reading...

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Is Tottenham's run of 30 league games without a draw a record? | The Knowledge

Plus: Old Trafford’s mysterious semi-final snub, back-to-back penalty misses and unused subs. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Tottenham have currently played 30 consecutive Premier League games without drawing one,” notes Wouter van Dael. “What is the longest ever such league run?”The short answer is that Spurs are Premier League record-breakers, Wouter, but only just. “Bolton previously held this title with a run of 28 games between March and December 2011,” writes James Clarke. “But in the wider context of English league history, Spurs have a long way to go yet. Twenty-nine clubs have had longer streaks without a draw at some point – and seven have gone more than 40 consecutive league games without a stalemate: Birmingham (43 games), Walsall (44), Leicester (44), Bradford Park Avenue (44), Stoke (46), Sunderland (46) and Aston Villa (51). Although it is probably worth noting that Sunderland’s is the most recent of these, coming comparatively recently in 1908-09. The slightly interesting quirk here is that five of these seven draw-less clubs are midlands teams.Season 2017-1830 Apr Spurs 2-0 Watford5 May West Brom 1-0 Spurs9 May Spurs 1-0 Newcastle13 May Spurs 5-4 Leicester Continue reading...

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Manchester City fan in ‘critical condition’ after alleged assault in Germany

• Supporter in hospital following attack after Schalke game• City staff have remained in Germany to offer supportA Manchester City supporter is fighting for his life following an alleged assault during the Champions League match against Schalke on Wednesday, German police have confirmed.The unnamed 32-year-old man is in a critical condition after sustaining “massive trauma to his skull and brain” near the away section at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Police Gelsenkirchen added that there was “an acute danger to life”. Continue reading...

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Rory McIlroy takes one-shot lead in WGC-Mexico Championship

Rory McIlroy is one shot ahead after the first day of the WGC-Mexico Championship.

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England consider appointing Chris Silverwood as next head coach

• Ashley Giles praises bowling coach’s discipline and toughness• Stokes and Buttler rested for Malan and Billings in T20 squadChris Silverwood has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Trevor Bayliss as the England head coach after Ashley Giles, the national team’s director of cricket, revealed he is set on appointing one individual for the role.Giles rejoined the Caribbean tour in time to see England’s astonishing six-wicket victory against West Indies on Wednesday and after consulting with members of the Test and one-day setups on his two visits – including the respective team captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan – he has veered away from splitting the position by way of format. Continue reading...

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Wales v England: Eddie Jones tells his Six Nations visitors to relish Cardiff hostility

Coach Eddie Jones says England have to relish taking on an entire nation when they play Wales in the Six Nations in Cardiff.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Justified hype at Old Trafford, Manuel Lanzini returns, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans seeks the consistency that eluded him at Monaco and Spurs must be careful at BurnleySometimes you just have to stoke the hype. The ramifications of Sunday’s fixture at Old Trafford could ripple out for years. A victory for Manchester United would deal a serious blow to Liverpool’s hopes of landing that long-awaited title. And if Jürgen Klopp’s team fall short this season, then winning the league will be exponentially more difficult for them in future, especially with title jitters close to institutionalised among their fanbase. That, in turn, would make a United victory particularly satisfying for their supporters and increase the chances of Ole Gunnar Solskjær being appointed as the club’s permanent manager (and a bonus offshoot of that could be, if reports are to be believed, that Chelsea get to thinking it would be a good idea to promote Gianfranco Zola). Continue reading...

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Watch: Were officials right to send off Kilmarnock's Bachmann against Rangers?

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke called goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann's sending off in his side's 5-0 Scottish Cup fifth-round replay hammering by Rangers "a joke". Is he right?

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Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Jurgen Klopp admits draw was 'not the game we dreamed of'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp describes his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie as "not perfect but good enough to work with".

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Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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‘I’ve had to hold back animal Harry Kane’s Spurs return,’ says Pochettino

• Tottenham striker back in training after ankle injury• ‘I don’t care if he feels ready or wants to play or not’Mauricio Pochettino has praised the “animal” qualities that have enabled Harry Kane to fight back from an ankle injury to the point where he could return to action at Burnley on Saturday. The striker has missed seven Tottenham matches since damaging the ankle in the defeat by Manchester United on 13 January.“Everyone knows that Harry is an animal – he wants to be ready as soon as possible,” Pochettino said. “He did everything to try to recover and of course the injury that he suffered is tough to recover from. We’re so happy that in the last 10 days he was fantastic, back in training again, and he can be available again. It’s going to be a massive impact for everyone [when he returns]. Continue reading...

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Where is Gordon Taylor’s PFA review? No doubt he’s beavering away | Marina Hyde

The world’s highest-paid union official promised a review in November but it appears to be moving at a glacial paceI don’t know the Latin for “look busy and it’ll die down” – but whatever it is, it could do with being carved above the lintel of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s office in Manchester.This is the stronghold of the organisation’s chief executive Gordon Taylor, who has been in charge for just the 40 years so far. That is slightly shy of someone like Cameroonian dictator Paul Biya, who has notched up 43 years of tireless service to his subjects. But as far as comparisons with other bosses in the humanitarian sector are concerned, there’s really no one to remotely touch him in terms of longevity. Certainly not since Mother Teresa left us. Continue reading...

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Man City fan in critical condition following assault after Schalke game

A Manchester City fan is in a critical condition in hospital after he was assaulted following their Champions League win over Schalke in Germany.

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Widnes cancel Sheffield game as administration threat looms

• Championship fixture with Sheffield postponed• Wakefield back on track with triumph over CatalansThe threat of administration at Widnes appears an increasing possibility following the postponement of Sunday’s Championship home match against Sheffield.Widnes, the world champions in 1989, announced on Monday they were facing significant cash-flow problems after a consortium decided against a takeover of the club, who were relegated from Super League last season following a seven-year stay. Continue reading...

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Celtic: Jeremy Toljan red 'took game away' in Valencia - Brendan Rodgers

Jeremy Toljan's sending-off "took the game away" from Celtic, says Brendan Rodgers after his side's European season ends.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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