Wednesday, June 28

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Record Chelsea bid for Sandro

Record Chelsea bid for Sandro

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Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a £61 million (S$107 million) deal for Alex Sandro with Juventus that would make the left-back the most expensive defender in the world. The Premier League champions would also break their transfer record, set when they signed Fernando Torres for £50 million from Liverpool in 2011. The fee would eclipse the £50 million that Chelsea received when they sold David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain three years ago. Sandro, 26, indicated to Juventus on Sunday that he was keen to move to London after the Italian champions attempted to persuade him to stay. Juventus have offered the Brazil international an improvement on his £75,000-a-week deal, which runs until 2022, but are unlikely to keep him against his wishes. He can expect to be paid at lea
Federer set to wield the SABR at Wimbledon

Federer set to wield the SABR at Wimbledon

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What started as a bit of fun may just have led to a masterstroke. It was the summer of 2015 when, on the suggestion of his coach, Severin Luthi, Federer unleashed the SABR, the “Sneak Attack By Roger”. Charging forward as his opponent tossed the ball, Federer would return serve on the half-volley, rushing the server. The tactic gave Federer an extra dimension and put doubt into the mind of his opponents, who were never sure if and when he would try it. But it seems that the SABR may have also been the catalyst for the improvement in Federer’s backhand that was so instrumental in helping him to Australian Open victory at the start of this year, and looks set to spearhead his assault on Wimbledon. At 35, after six months out following knee surgery, Federer stunned the tennis
Top 10 Best Football Managers in the World

Top 10 Best Football Managers in the World

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Who are the best football managers? Managing a football team requires a diverse array of talents and a substantial knowledge of the game. As well as being tactically astute, managers should be able to work individually with players to motivate and discipline them. Their instructions need to be communicated effectively, and they must anticipate the physical and psychological condition of their players. Of special importance is a manager's ability to make intelligent substitutions and tactical changes during matches. As a prerequisite, managers need to earn the respect of their players by leading them competently. Many talented tacticians fail because they don't have the authority to lead. It takes a special kind of individual to be both an artist and a drill sergeant. The followin...
James could go west to join West at Clippers

James could go west to join West at Clippers

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On opposite sides of America on Monday, two seemingly unrelated events could set in motion a massive change for LeBron James and the entire National Basketball Association (NBA). In Los Angeles, Jerry West sat on a stage smiling as he was introduced as the newest addition to the Clippers. And in Cleveland, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin released separate statements explaining how Griffin's successful three-year tenure in charge of the team's basketball operations - including three straight trips to the NBA Finals and a title last year - had come to an end. Hanging over both events is the contract of James, which comes to an end a year from now. If James, still the NBA's best player even as he enters a season in which he'll turn 33, decides to leav...
Tennis: Murray in a rut with Wimbledon imminent

Tennis: Murray in a rut with Wimbledon imminent

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Andy Murray admitted he has little chance of retaining his Wimbledon title next month, if he plays the way he did in losing to world No. 90 Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Queen's Club Championships . The five-time tournament winner admitted the shock 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 defeat was "a big blow" so close to Wimbledon. The world No. 1 said: "This tournament has given me great preparation in the past. When I have done well here, Wimbledon has tended to go pretty well, too. But if I play like that, I certainly won't win Wimbledon." Thompson, who has been on the Tour for less than four years and had never won a Tour-level grass-court match before Tuesday, was drafted in as a late lucky loser after Aljaz Bedene withdrew in the morning with an injured wrist. Murray conceded t...
Russia’s World Cup 2018 battling racism, human rights abuse, hooligans and Vladimir Putin

Russia’s World Cup 2018 battling racism, human rights abuse, hooligans and Vladimir Putin

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On that unforgettable December night at FIFA's Zurich headquarters, then-president Sepp Blatter — with the dramatic pause of a man who knew full well the magnitude of his actions — took a card out of an envelope, read its contents and set football's unstoppable wheels in motion. That was 2,386 days ago now, and with only 365 days left the eyes of the world are beginning to turn to eastern Europe and the vast expanses of Russia. There's a World Cup on the horizon, and judgement day is only one year away. The biggest thing in Russia 2018's favour is its proximity to Qatar 2022, a tournament that continues to unravel before qualification has even begun, and whose failure could have lasting consequences for one of world sport's great events. But to look past Russia is to wilfully
Nadal tops Wawrinka for record 10th French Open

Nadal tops Wawrinka for record 10th French Open

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His clay-court prowess as unassailable as ever, Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title by dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final Sunday. No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era, which began in 1968.  The 31-year-old Nadal was overwhelmingly good from start to finish against Wawrinka - and over the past two weeks en route to La Decima, Spanish for "10th." Not only did Nadal win every set he played in the tournament, he dropped a total of only 35 games, the second fewest by any man on the way to any title at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era with all matches being best-of-five-sets. Along with improving to 10-0 in finals at Roland Garros, Nadal increased his career haul to 15 Grand Slam trophies, b
Rangers forward Jesper Fast undergoes hip surgery, out 5 months

Rangers forward Jesper Fast undergoes hip surgery, out 5 months

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Rangers forward Jesper Fast underwent successful left hip surgery and will be out for about five months. Fast, 25, skated in 68 regular-season games last season, scoring six goals and adding 15 assists. The defensive forward and standout penalty killer had a plus-6 rating. Fast also had three goals and three assists in 12 playoff games. He was selected for the Blueshirts' Players' Player Award for the second consecutive season. Oscar Lindberg had similar surgery early last May but on both hips simultaneously. He returned on Oct. 23 but had a slow start to the season. Fast and Lindberg are both restricted free agents. Both players seem worth consideration from Vegas in this month’s expansion draft, but it remains to be seen how Fast’s surgery impacts the Golden Knights’ think
Derby County man Ikechi Anya reckons Scotland have ‘good chance’ of beating England

Derby County man Ikechi Anya reckons Scotland have ‘good chance’ of beating England

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Derby County wide man Ikechi Anya believes Scotland have a "good chance" of beating England this weekend. Anya is part of the Scottish squad preparing to take on the Auld Enemy in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday (5pm), along with Rams team-mate Chris Martin. England currently top Group F with four wins and a draw from their five fixtures so far, while Martin's late winner against Slovenia last time out kept the fourth-placed Scots' qualification hopes alive. Anya, who has 26 caps to his name, has played against England twice before - in a 3-1 friendly defeat at Celtic Park in 2014 and a 3-0 loss at Wembley in November as part of the current campaign. So, the 29-year-old hopes it will be third time lucky for him. "I've been lucky enough to play in a few of...
Melbourne RFC on the rise after fantastic season

Melbourne RFC on the rise after fantastic season

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Melbourne are aiming to build on their on-field success which was led this season by the 1sts who won the Midlands Two East (North) title to clinch promotion to Midlands One East. The club has also taken huge strides forward off the field, building a new clubhouse, in partnership with MSP, and forming an academy. The 1sts also won the Notts, Lincs and Derbys Shield and they were runners-up in the Derbyshire County Cup, losing to Glossop in the final. The under-17s reached the Midlands national finals, while the club's Stags (social) team won the Nottinghamshire RFU Security Plus Pennant League and reached the Derbyshire RFU   Melbourne's development squad reached the final of the Derbyshire Pennant, where they lost to Leesbrook 1sts. And Melbourne Minxes (female ...