Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’

Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from ThursdayAnastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year‑old in her home city of Tver, just over 100 miles from Moscow, and realised she had an unerring knack for hitting trebles and doubles – and beating the older boys at her youth club. “I wasn’t very well liked,” she laughs. “I think that’s what toughened me up, because I’ve always had to be amongst the boys. Being a girl I have had to fight for my spot.”Not a great deal has changed in the intervening two decades. But having qualified for one of two new women’s spots at this year’s expanded PDC World Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday, the 34-year-old Dobromyslova intends to make the most of her opportunity. “You don’t realise how many emotions I have,” she says. “I’m excited, I’m nervous and I know playing in front of thousands of people will be challenging. But with a bit of luck, who knows what could happen?” Continue reading...

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Leroy Sané’s fine double fires Manchester City past Hoffenheim

Leroy Sané scored both goals as the Group F winners cruised to a fourth victory but for the second game in a row a Manchester City player seemed to be singled out by opposing fans and this time it was the German.The 22-year-old appeared to receive some heightened abuse from Hoffenheim fans when taking a first-half corner. After what happened to Raheem Sterling at Chelsea on Saturday – four home fans have been suspended pending a club and police investigation into alleged racial invective – Guardiola was asked about the incident involving his match-winner. Continue reading...

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Justin Gimelstob pleads not guilty to assault in Los Angeles

Two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Justin Gimelstob pleads not guilty to a charge of battery causing serious bodily injury in a Los Angeles court.

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Formula E: Best moments so far with driver Sam Bird

British driver Sam Bird talks us through Formula E's best moments since its debut in 2014 and why it's 'more exciting' than F1.

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British Cycling coaches 'jealous' of athletes' success, says BMX champion

Liam Phillips claims body denied cyclists lucrative deals at tribunal for girlfriend Jess VarnishBMX world champion Liam Phillips has claimed that British Cycling denied athletes a chance to capitalise on their success via sponsorship deals at an employment tribunal for his girlfriend, the Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish.Varnish has accused British Cycling of exercising “extreme control” over her and other athletes in her long-running legal attempt to sue the organisation for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal. Continue reading...

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Injured Aaron Mooy ruled out of Socceroos' Asian Cup defence

Midfielder joins Daniel Arzani on sidelinesTom Rogic also injured but clear to play in UAEAustralia have suffered a huge blow ahead of next month’s Asian Cup with confirmation star midfielder Aaron Mooy will miss the tournament due to a knee injury.Huddersfield confirmed on Wednesday the 28-year-old had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee during last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Continue reading...

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FA Cup highlights: Bradford City 4-4 Peterborough

Ivan Toney scores a hat-trick as Peterborough edge out Bradford City in a penalty shootout following an incredible FA Cup second-round replay tie.

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Mo Salah, Liverpool’s kangaroo, looks ready to bounce through winter slog | Barney Ronay

The Egyptian just keeps on keeping on, and does so with a rare lightness, hinting at what may be to come in the next monthsJust past the half hour at a chilly, angsty Anfield Mo Salah was suddenly free in space on the edge of the Napoli box, scampering in on goal in that bouncy style, hair flapping, legs whirring like a cartoon kangaroo. Salah had time to look up, pause and nudge a doomed pass across the six-yard box in the vague direction of Sadio Mané. There was a groan from the stands, but not much of a groan. The one thing they know for sure about Salah around here is that he just keeps on keeping on. Some footballers are relentless in a pained kind of way, tied to the rack, teeth clenched, head down. Salah has a lightness to him. He keeps coming because he knows in the end the game will open up, that his ability to glide and spring sideways with preternatural speed will find the right pocket of space. Related: Salah and Alisson heroics ensure Liverpool qualify at Napoli’s expense Continue reading...

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Leicester hope Manu Tuilagi will put passion for club before cash

• Leicester fear centre could be lured away next summer • ‘I think his heart is in a Tigers’ shirt,’ says Geordan MurphyGeordan Murphy is hoping Manu Tuilagi’s passion for Leicester will keep the England centre at Welford Road next season.The 27-year-old, who made his Leicester debut in 2010, is out of contract in the summer and the club’s interim director of rugby admitted that, if it came down solely to money, the Tigers would lose out. Toulon are among those wanting to sign the 2013 Lion. Continue reading...

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Mourinho praises Manchester United's improved attitude with Pogba on bench again – video

José Mourinho praised his team’s effort after Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford. The result ended United’s run of four games without a win and Mourinho said the convincing nature of their victory should earn the ‘respect’ of fans.He confirmed that Paul Pogba, an unused substitute against Fulham, will return to the starting lineup against Valencia next week, adding that the game would be a chance for the France midfielder to ‘show everyone how good he is’.Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham Continue reading...

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Manchester City 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim: Qualification 'incredible success', says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's qualification for the Champions League last 16 was an "incredible success", says manager Pep Guardiola.

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David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

Our cartoonist on why it’s hard to exaggerate the vilification Raheem Sterling has been subjected to in recent yearsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

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