PSG’s Neymar a doubt for Manchester United tie after metatarsal injury

• Tuchel worried after Brazilian suffers recurrence of injury• Barcelona lose to Sevilla in Copa del Rey quarter-finalNeymar is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League tie against Manchester United after suffering a recurrence of a metatarsal injury in his right foot during a 2-0 victory over Racing Strasbourg in the French Cup on Wednesday.The Brazil striker left the pitch after an hour after Strasbourg’s midfielder Moataz Zemzemi attempted to tackle him three times before the referee, Johan Hamel, awarded a free-kick. He was taken to hospital for precautionary tests, with manager Thomas Tuchel admitting he is worried about the forward’s condition and blaming the referee for not blowing for a foul sooner. Continue reading...

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'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

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‘Subdued’ Cardiff City players train as Emiliano Sala dominates thoughts

• Mood flat and sombre as Sala’s disappearance casts shadow• Neil Warnock said to be in ‘state of shock’ at situationCardiff City’s players returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since the news broke that Emiliano Sala, their club-record signing, was on board a plane that disappeared near the Channel Islands on Monday evening.The session that took place at their Vale of Glamorgan base was described as flat and subdued as staff and players were consumed by thoughts of Sala and the realisation that he should have been out on the pitch training alongside them. Continue reading...

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Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers: Jordan Jones winner renders Jermain Defoe goal meaningless

Jordan Jones scores the winner against the club he will join this summer, as Kilmarnock came from behind to beat Rangers and move into second place in the Scottish Premiership.

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Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...

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Eden Hazard 'has to do more', says Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard "has to do more" after the Belgian admitted he had "frustrated all my coaches" throughout his career.

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Frenkie de Jong to join Barcelona in €75m summer transfer from Ajax

• 21-year-old will join Barça on five-year contract on 1 July• Toulouse’s Jean-Clair Todibo also agrees summer moveThe Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong will join Barcelona this summer on a five-year contract for €75m (£65.3m), the La Liga club have announced. Related: Gonzalo Higuaín: ‘infernal machine’ ready to relaunch career at Chelsea | Marcus Christenson Continue reading...

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Gonzalo Higuaín joins Chelsea from Juventus on loan with option to buy

Forward joins from Juventus after ending Milan loanChelsea can buy Higuaín outright for £31.3m Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuaín. The 31-year-old has moved to Stamford Bridge on loan until the end of the season and will wear the No 9 shirt.Higuaín will reunite with Maurizio Sarri after ending his loan at Milan in order to seal his move from parent club Juventus. Sarri was head coach at Napoli when Higuaín equalled the all-time Serie A scoring record for a single season, scoring 36 goals in 2015-16. Continue reading...

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'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

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Talking Horses: Too Darn Hot matches Frankel with two-year-old rating

John Gosden’s colt allotted rating of 126 – the same mark Frankel received at the end of his juvenile seasonToo Darn Hot’s exceptional form in his juvenile campaign last season has just received the official seal of approval from British Horseracing Authority’s handicappers, with John Gosden’s colt allotted a rating of 126 in the 2018 two-year-old classification – the same mark that Frankel received at the end of his juvenile season in 2010. No two-year-old has been given a higher mark since Xaar in 1997.Frankel was joint-top in the ratings eight years ago, alongside Dream Ahead, but Too Darn Hot is 5lb clear of Charlie Appleby’s Quorto, with the Middle Park Stakes winner, Ten Sovereigns, from the Aidan O’Brien stable in Ireland, another pound further back on 120 Michael Bell’s Pretty Pollyanna, on 116, is last season’s top-rated juvenile filly. Continue reading...

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Maurizio Sarri: Eden Hazard 'has to do more' for Chelsea – video

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri said his main creative force Eden Hazard ‘is more of an individual player than a leader’, and urged the Belgian international to improve his level of performanceMaurizio Sarri questions Eden Hazard’s ability to be a leader for Chelsea Continue reading...

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