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Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend’s action

Liverpools defensive frailties, Wayne Rooneys nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester Uniteds unsung heroes 1) Looking beyond Lukaku is the key The excellence of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will attract most attention, but equally crucial was went on around them. Because Jos Mourinho omitted Ander Herrera completely unnecessary against opposition likely to sit deep he could pick an extra attacker, and whether that was Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford, the trident roaming behind Lukaku offered craft, pace, movement and numbers. Last…

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On my radar: Jazzy Jeffs cultural highlights

The DJ and producer on Jay-Zs new album, the Philadelphia 76ers and the great taste of blue crab Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Parents Just Dont Understand (1988). The groups second Grammy was earned for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Shep Gordon: Hes kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump. Photograph: Dogwoof This is about Shep Gordons life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. Its one of the most special documentaries Ive ever seen definitely…

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Shapovalov shocks Nadal to become youngest ever Masters quarter-finalist

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal before a partisan crowd in Montreal to become the youngest ever Masters quarter-finalist Canadian teenager DenisShapovalovupset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night. The 18-year-oldShapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, advanced to a quarterfinal meeting Friday night with Frances Adrian Mannarino, who defeated Hyeon Chung of South Korea 6-3, 6-3. Shapovalovhas taken major strides this week to reach his goal of cracking the worlds top 100 with wins over Rogerio Dutra Silva and…

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Jordan Spieth rambling his way towards golfs elite club in record time | Scott Murray

The Texan is only 24 and may feel like he has run out of worlds to conquer if he completes the career slam on Sunday by winning the US PGA Championship One of the most gloriously overblown lines in the history of sports broadcasting was delivered in 1984 by the peerless darts commentator Sid Waddell. Contemplating Eric Bristows effortless dominion over his peers, Waddell mused: When Alexander of Macedon was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer. Bristow is only 27. You have to…

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Premier League 2017-18 preview No11: Manchester City | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola appears to have addressed last seasons defensive frailties but will they have time to defend if the manager sticks to an attacking philosophy? Guardian writers predicted position 1st (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jacksons prediction but the average of our writers tips) Last seasons position 3rd Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker) 15-8 Pep Guardiolas challenge can be crystallised into a simple question: will the manager allow Manchester City to defend this season? to Chelsea (3-1) and following an embarrassing last-16 second leg. His side arrived…

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‘I don’t want tension’: Indian boxer beats China rival then offers belt back to heal border rift

Vijender Singh makes gesture of peace to Zulpikar Maimaitiali amid increasingly tense stand-off in Himalayas An Indian boxer won a title fight against a Chinese opponent before offering to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations which are locked in a territorial dispute in the Himalayas. Vijender Singh beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on points on Saturday to retain his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and take his opponents WBO Oriental super middleweight belt. After the unanimous verdict in Mumbai, Singh hugged Bollywood star Amitabh…

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Bolts time finally runs out, but he departs as the greatest champion of all

Injury took its toll and perhaps his last 100m was one too many. Tim Adams watches the poignant end for a peerless competitor The roar was not the same. This time around the cacophony of Super Saturday had a sadder, even an angrier note. Five years on from securing his legend at the 2012 Olympics, Usain Bolt had hoped to bow out of the sport he has for so long electrified, with one last trademark burst of unanswerable speed and joy. In the event, his last act as a solo…

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Jon Jones smashes Daniel Cormier to reclaim title, then calls out Brock Lesnar

Jon Jones reclaims light heavyweight title with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim Jon Jones had barely reclaimed his UFC title when he called out Brock Lesnar to be his next opponent. And Lesnar was listening. Right after Jones stopped Daniel Cormier in the third round at UFC 214 on Saturday, he reignited his growing rivalry with Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion. Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40…

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Mikey Garcia stays unbeaten with unanimous decision over Adrien Broner

Mikey Garcia ran his record to a perfect 37 wins in 37 fights with a one-sided beatdown of Adrien Broner on Saturday night in Brooklyn Mikey Garcia was already a three-division champion and one of the worlds best fighters at any weight when a prolonged contractual spat with Top Rank supremo Bob Arum left him sidelined for more than two years. Now the southern California native is back and better than ever. The unbeaten 29-year-old from Oxnard solidified his pound-for-pound credentials on Saturday night in Brooklyn, delivering a master class…

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Gerard Piqu winner lifts Barcelona over Real Madrid in pulsating friendly

Barcelona drew first blood against their rivals ahead of the upcoming season with a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in Miami Barcelona drew first blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami. The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season. Physically we are in good shape, the team is…

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Manchester United end US tour with underwhelming display in loss to Barcelona

Manchester United closed their pre-season tour of America on a dissonant note by losing 1-0 to Barcelona in what was a pedestrian showing from Jos Mourinhos outfit Manchester United closed their pre-season tour of America on a dissonant note by losing this fifth outing in what was a pedestrian showing from Jos Mourinhos outfit. The manager has serially stressed results do not matter and Uniteds time here is all about fitness and team gelling. Thus he will return home content with the five matches that have certainly kick-started that process….

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

Jos Mourinhos men prevailed on penalties in Santa Clara after Jesse Lingards opener had been cancelled out by Casemiro Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly. Levis Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Reals, and to a lesser extent Uniteds, appeal to Californias large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved…

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Jose Mourinho guarantees David De Gea is staying with Manchester United

Uniteds managers says he is 100% certain De Gea is not leaving for Real Madrid or any other club Jose Mourinho has guaranteed 100% that 5-2 against Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0 against Manchester City. After the Real encounter United move onto Washington DC for their final match against Barcelona on Wednesday before flying back to Manchester. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/23/jose-mourinho-guarantees-david-de-gea-is-staying-with-manchester-united

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Jordan Spieth weathers Royal Birkdale storm to take control at the Open | Andy Bull

Jordan Spieth holds a two-shot lead after mastering the elements but the Texan was just happy to be inside at the end of a typical British summer day Jordan Spieth got to experience one of the great British traditions at Royal Birkdale, a wet, windy afternoon at the seaside. It was a day out so damp, so dismal, that eventually even the Pollyannas in the crowd telling everyone itll soon blow over had to admit that it was going to do no such thing and to join the scurry for…

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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigns amid reports of escort call

Mississippi football head coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five years in charge of one of the college games most famous teams Mississippi football head coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five years in charge of one of the college games most famous teams amid reports he had called a phone number associated with an escort service. Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said that Freeze had resigned after saying he had been involved in a pattern of personal conduct inconsistent with the standard of expectations for the leader of our…

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