The 'disrespectful' sledge fuelling the Sharks-Panthers rivalry

The words uttered after Cronulla won their maiden title could propel them to their next one. The 2016 premiership victory was labelled “soft” at the time by Penrith supremo Phil Gould, despite the Sharks outlasting a star-studded Melbourne in a gripping decider. The Sharks haven’t lost a game to the Panthers since, with the players chanting “three cheers for Gus” after […]

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Chelsea star Matt Miazga brutally mocks Mexico's Diego Lainez for being short

Miazga, who stands 6ft 4ins, did not exactly see eye-to-eye with his 5ft 6ins opponent during the friendly clash between the United States and Mexico last night. And in one flashpoint, Miazga looked down his nose – quite literally – at Lainez. The current Nantes star and Lainez came together and squared up. Lainez fumed in Miazga's direction, with the […]

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Chelsea, Man City and West Ham among clubs to have ‘exaggerated attendances’ by up to 17,000 a match

Manchester City, Chelsea and West Ham are among the sides who it has been claimed look like they are exaggerating the number of people watching them in action. Arsenal have long been mocked for giving out official attendances which were wildly above the genuine number of bums on seats. And now research by the BBC appears to suggest they are […]

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Cricket reforms cannot be 'clever' marketing exercise, says ACA boss

Australian cricket's players union has called on Cricket Australia to give their new chief executive a mandate for change to enact the recommendations from the ongoing reviews into the game. Just days out before the start of the domestic season, the head of the Australian Cricketers Association Greg Dyer has warned the governing body there are no short cuts out […]

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Arsenal given Lucas Torreira injury boost ahead of Newcastle clash as midfielder trains alongside Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette

The Uruguayan star came off at half-time of his country's 4-1 win over Mexico on Saturday. He was pictured with an ice pack in Texas after picking up a knock which some feared would keep him out of Arsenal's trip to Newcastle on Saturday. But according to the Standard, the midfielder has recovered sufficiently and will be available for Unai […]

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Why Barcelona rejected chance to sign Marco Asensio for £4m

As Marco Asensio ripped open Croatia’s defence for the umpteenth time on Tuesday night, his performance no doubt raised several wry smiles in Barcelona. For instead of representing the La Liga champions on international duty, he does so as Real Madrid’s rising star. In 2014, Barcelona agreed a fee with Real Mallorca for Asensio with the forward so thrilled he […]

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Serena Williams umpire breaks silence over sexism allegations

Carlos Ramos, the umpire at the centre of the Serena Williams storm, has broken his silence on the incident. Williams was beaten by Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final and fined $17,000 for three code violations, which included ‘verbally abusing’ umpire Ramos. The 36-year-old accused Ramos of sexism with several figureheads from across the sport wading into the debate. Ramos had […]

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New chapter: Dumped Maddinson ready to forge new path with Victoria

Former Test batsman Nic Maddinson is set to take his first step towards what he hopes will be an international comeback when he lines up for Victoria in the JLT domestic one-day series, beginning on Sunday. The tournament will start early this year and finish on October 10, giving the national selectors a chance to analyse talent ahead of the […]

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