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A first five-for for McKerr but Derbyshire are made to battle

A first five-for for McKerr but Derbyshire are made to battle

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CONOR McKerr picked up a maiden five-wicket haul in only his second first-class match but Derbyshire ended the first day of their Specsavers County Championship match only even against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. McKerr, the 19-year-old on loan from Surrey, took 5-87 as Derbyshire bowled Northamptonshire out for 218 but they then struggled to 153-6 at the close, trailing by 65. There was also concern for Derbyshire as Luis Reece left the field in the morning session complaining of breathlessness and was taken to Kettering General Hospital, where he was kept in overnight. Derbyshire arrived buoyed by a near-miss at Trent Bridge and, with McKerr to add an edge to their attack, hurried Northants away from 134-3, when Rob Newton and Ben Duckett were going well in a stand of ...
Hull City’s appointment of Leonid Slutsky would be a real coup say journalists who know him best

Hull City’s appointment of Leonid Slutsky would be a real coup say journalists who know him best

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With many still reeling from the loss of Marco Silva, Hull City fans' frustrations may be tempered with the news the Tigers could be set for a real coup. Although currently in Russia, Leonid Slutsky has emerged as a front runner to become the next City manager this summer as the club look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. While he may not be a household name in England, any manager who has won three league titles in one of the best leagues in the world is sure to appeal to the Allam family. Much like Silva, Slutsky would arrive in England relatively unknown, just another foreigner who may provoke a reaction from two certain football pundits. Read more at http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/hull-city-s-appointment-of-leonid-slutsky-would-be-a-real-coup-...
Wigan-bound Chey Dunkley says farewell after turning down three contract offers at Oxford United

Wigan-bound Chey Dunkley says farewell after turning down three contract offers at Oxford United

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CHEY Dunkley thanked Oxford United for the opportunities given to him in the last two and a half years as he became the latest player to move on. The centre back signed a three-year deal with Wigan Athletic, who will play again in Sky Bet League One following relegation from the Championship. It is a blow for the U’s, who felt they had tabled Dunkley a competitive offer to stay. But the 25-year-old instead became Paul Cook’s first signing for the Latics. While he was clearly keen to move on, the defender, who made 96 appearances for the U’s after signing from Kidderminster Harriers in 2014, left a farewell message on his Twitter account. “So much to say, but we’ll keep it professional,” he wrote. “I’d like to start by thanking everyone associated with Oxford United FC
Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote dies aged 30

Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote dies aged 30

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Ivorian, best known for equaliser in 4-4 draw with Arsenal, collapsed and died while training with Chinese club. Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday. Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.   "It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises," Tiote's spokesman Emanuele Palladino said.   "We cannot ...
Champions League Final: Real Madrid Confirms Its Spot as World’s Best

Champions League Final: Real Madrid Confirms Its Spot as World’s Best

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CreditGlyn Kirk/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Real Madrid resoundingly restated its case as the world’s best soccer club on Saturday, getting two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and outclassing the Italian champion Juventus, 4-1, in the Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales. The victory made Real Madrid the first team to repeat in the Champions League era, and the first to win consecutive titles in the competition since A.C. Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the tournament was known as the European Cup. Real Madrid’s title was its 12th, extending its record, and its third in four years. Ronaldo scored in each half, and on similar plays — clinical finishes inside the penalty area after he had found a pocket to receive a pass from a teammate on the right wing. Casemiro scored Madrid’
Champions League Final 2017: Head-to-Head Record Before Juventus vs. Real Madrid

Champions League Final 2017: Head-to-Head Record Before Juventus vs. Real Madrid

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Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images There is nothing to choose between Juventus and Real Madrid before they meet in the 2017 UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday, June 3. Historically, each team has inflicted costly defeats on the other in some of Europe's premier club competitions. In fact, as UEFA's official website has detailed, "both clubs have eight wins and two draws, with Juve scoring 21 goals to Madrid's 18." Each side is also in similarly strong recent form, having won their last three matches, per Sky Sports, and finished the season as champions of their respective domestic leagues. This is the 19th meeting between these powers of the European game.  Interestingly, games in the Champions League era have fallen into two distinct categories. Notably, Juvent
NBA Finals 2017: What makes Cavs vs. Warriors different from 2016?

NBA Finals 2017: What makes Cavs vs. Warriors different from 2016?

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The Cavs and Warriors are playing in their third consecutive NBA Finals, but that doesn’t mean everything is the same. Most of the pieces are similar, but there are a lot of changes in both of these teams over the course of the past year, some bigger than others. Honorable mention: Steve Kerr's health  We’ll get to the five biggest differences later, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the absence of Steve Kerr on the court for Golden State. The record-setting coach hasn’t been on the bench since the second game of this year’s playoffs as he deals with lingering issues from back surgery last year. But Kerr not coaching the Finals (assuming he doesn’t return) probably won’t be too big of a deal considering the Warriors have done just fine without him. He’s still with the team on t
First things first for new Barcelona coach: beat Real Madrid

First things first for new Barcelona coach: beat Real Madrid

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Contract signed, Valverde intends to instantly make up lost ground   Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde wants to start his tenure as Barcelona coach in the best way possible, by beating Real Madrid. Shortly after becoming Barcelona’s 57th coach on Thursday, Valverde said his first goal was to get ready for a trio of “clasico” matches coming over the next few months. “It makes the challenge we have ahead of us even bigger,” Valverde said about Barcelona’s friendly against Madrid in Miami on July 29 before the curtain-raising Spanish Super Cup in August. “I just arrived, and I still have to think about everything, but it is important that the players find their form in the warm-up matches before the Super Cup,” Valverde said at his first news conference near Camp Nou. “W
Champion Muguruza survives Kontaveit scare

Champion Muguruza survives Kontaveit scare

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                        Venus stellar as she keeps Williams name in Paris in straight sets win over Nara Paris: Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza rallied from a set down to beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday and reach the third round. After dropping the opening set to the world No. 53, Muguruza found herself in deep trouble at 3-1 down in the second but recovered to secure a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 victory. The Spaniard will meet Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, the 27th seed, for a place in the fourth round. With superstar sister Serena away pregnant, it was left to 36-year-old Venus to carry the standard for the Williams family at Roland Garros on Wednesday, with a second-round thumping of Japan’s Kurumi Nara. Seeded 10th here, Venus ground her Japanese
The last time Zinedine Zidane was in a Juve-Real final, things were black and white

The last time Zinedine Zidane was in a Juve-Real final, things were black and white

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Rosario, Argentina: For Uruguay’s Paolo Montero, Juventus versus Real Madrid means more than just this Saturday’s Champions League final: it recalls a similar night 19 years ago with his then Juve teammate Zinedine Zidane. Now manager of Argentine side Rosario, Montero, 45, spoke to AFP about that match as the French maestro, 44, leads Real as coach into their first final against the Italian side since that night. Revenge Saturday’s match is a chance for Juventus to settle the score after Real’s narrow 1-0 victory in Amsterdam in May 1998. “We both went into the final as favourites... It was a very even match which was decided by a little thing, they scored against us after a deflection,” Montero said. Predrag Mijatovic tucked away the only goal of the match to win the t