Strachan and O'Neill want poppy ban 'common sense'

Strachan and O'Neill want poppy ban 'common sense'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O’Neill want “common sense” to prevail over the ban on teams displaying poppies. Last year, Fifa fined all four home nations for their use of the poppy to commemorate Armistice Day, deeming it to be a political symbol. But the ban is now set to be lifted by world football’s governing body. “If it gets ratified, that’s just common sense,” said Strachan. England and Scotland…

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'I'd take pay cut to avoid burning out'

'I'd take pay cut to avoid burning out'

Media playback is not supported on this device England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola says he would take a pay cut to play less rugby and believes players are at risk of “burning out”. Vunipola learned on Sunday he will be out for four months after injuring a knee during Sarries’ defeat of Sale. The 24-year-old had only recently returned after a year blighted by knee and shoulder problems, the latter forcing him out…

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Moeen hits 53-ball century in England win – highlights & report

Moeen hits 53-ball century in England win – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Third Royal London one-day international, Bristol England 369-9 (50 overs): Moeen 102 (57), Root 84 (79) West Indies 245 (39.1 overs): Gayle 94 (78), Plunkett 5-52 England won by 124 runs; lead five-match series 2-0 Scorecard Moeen Ali hit an exhilarating 53-ball century in England’s 124-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international in Bristol. At one stage, Moeen took 61 runs from 14 deliveries…

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Parker beats Hughie Fury to retain WBO heavyweight title

Parker beats Hughie Fury to retain WBO heavyweight title

Hughie Fury failed in his first shot at a world title as New Zealand’s Joseph Parker retained his WBO heavyweight championship with a controversial points win at the Manchester Arena. Parker was the aggressor throughout, with Briton Fury happy to box off his jab, and the visiting fighter finished strongly, landing solid shots late on. The scorecards were divided, one had it a 114-114 draw, the other two giving it to the champion by 118-110….

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Man City score five as Palace set unwanted record

Man City score five as Palace set unwanted record

Premier League leaders Manchester City eventually overpowered a Crystal Palace side who became the first team in English Football League history to start a season with six defeats and no goals. City were only top alphabetically before kick-off, but now lead neighbours Manchester United on goal difference after continuing a prolific start to the new campaign that has seen them score 22 goals in their past five matches. They had to wait until the very…

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It's not the way I wanted to leave Chelsea – Costa

It's not the way I wanted to leave Chelsea – Costa

Diego Costa says he did not want to leave Chelsea on bad terms and that he has “special affection” for the club. Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea to bring the striker, 28, back to the Spanish club. Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil. “I’m not going to be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also very happy, playing in a…

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League Cup can be waste of energy – Guardiola

League Cup can be waste of energy – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has questioned the Carabao Cup, saying it can be a waste of energy that you get little credit for winning. Guardiola’s comments come after Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho said some clubs could be better off without the League Cup. The City boss made eight changes for Wednesday’s 2-1 win at West Brom. “The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of energy,” said…

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I'd like a female England coach to replace Sampson – Smith

I'd like a female England coach to replace Sampson – Smith

The England women’s new coach should be female, says the national team’s record goalscorer Kelly Smith. Mark Sampson, 34, was sacked on Wednesday after evidence emerged of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour in a previous role. “I think they’ll take their time on getting the right person, they can’t be hasty,” said Smith, who has ruled herself out of contention for the role. “I’d like to see a female take over, but we’ll have to see…

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