Bolt deal with Mariners 'unlikely' without financial help

Sprint legend Usain Bolt is "unlikely" to sign a deal with Central Coast Mariners without a financial contribution from a "third-party", say the club.

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FA Cup first-round draw: Haringey face Wimbledon as Met Police play Newport

Metropolitan Police will face League Two side Newport CountyPortsmouth await either Chippenham Town or Maidenhead United 7.44pm BST Haringey Borough will host AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup first round. Boro, who are 16th in the Isthmian League Premier Division, reached the first round proper for the first time in their history with a 2-1 win at home to Poole Town on Saturday. Neal Ardley’s Dons are 21st in League One, four divisions higher than the Coles Park side. Seventh tier Met Police, who play in the Southern League Premier Division South, will host Newport County. They beat Havant & Waterlooville 1-0 on Saturday to reach the first round for the first time in six years and will welcome Newport, who are fourth in League Two. League One strugglers Shrewsbury host Salford, who are top of the National League, while Sunderland go to Port Vale and Bromley host Peterborough. Portsmouth, who won the Cup in 2008, will travel to Chippenham or Maidenhead, who face a replay on Tuesday. Walsall host 1989 winners Coventry and 2017 quarter finalists Lincoln face Northampton. National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough will play League Two Oldham. Morecambe host Warrington or Halifax and Barnsley play Notts County. While Tranmere, back in the EFL after winning promotion from the National League last season, host Hemel Hempstead or Oxford City.The ties will be played 9-12 November. 7.24pm BST Well, how about that? Portsmouth await the winner of the replay between Chippenham Town and Maidenhead United, while Haringey Borough will host AFC Wimbledon. The Metropolitan Police will face League Two side Newport County, while Salford City will travel to Shrewsbury Town. Weston-super-Mare will take on either Harrogate or Wrexham. Continue reading...

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Non-league Hampton face Oldham in FA Cup - full first-round draw

National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough have the chance of pulling off an FA Cup shock after they draw League Two club Oldham Athletic the first round.

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Para-athlete Adenegan wins Young Sports Personality

Para-athlete Kare Adenegan is chosen as the winner of the 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

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Arsenal 3-1 Leicester: Unai Emery praises Gunners' 'high quality' football

Manager Unai Emery praises Arsenal's second-half performance in their 3-1 Premier League win over Leicester City.

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Buoyant Kimi Räikkönen relieved finally to win again with perfect drive | Giles Richards

Former world champion’s typically forthright reaction after US Grand Prix reveals frustration of five-year wait for victoryKimi Räikkönen is clearly a popular winner and there was a sense of relief that in his fifth year since rejoining Ferrari he returned his first win for the team in his second stint. It was a long time coming, 2,044 days since his last victory, for Lotus at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. “Fucking finally” was the Finn’s typically forthright reaction. He had earned it, with a perfectly executed drive begun by beating Lewis Hamilton through turn one. Ferrari may have dispensed with his services next season but the US Grand Prix proved that Sauber will have a driver still able to bring the team on. He was buoyant afterwards but pleasingly refused to bow to any form of hyperbole. On the time it had taken finally to win again Kimi stayed assuredly Kimi. “It hasn’t really been a big deal for me,” he said. “It’s been a much bigger deal for other people. If it comes, it comes; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t change my life one bit.” Continue reading...

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England’s domestic rugby union season to extend deep into summer | Robert Kitson

• Premiership will include mid-season breaks• Apologies to Cardiff Blues and Glasgow for colour clashThe much-debated changes to England’s traditional domestic rugby calendar will be announced on Tuesday at Twickenham. Rather than lasting from early September to late May the Premiership season will extend deep into June with all summer tours earmarked for July.Despite months of compromise talks between the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association, the schedule is set to generate further intense debate, with the closing weeks of the domestic campaign and the summer Tests potentially now clashing with long-established cricket, tennis and golf events. Continue reading...

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Mourinho wants to 'see out' Man Utd contract after Real Madrid link

Jose Mourinho says he is "happy" at Manchester United and wants to "see out" contract at the club after being linked with a return to Real Madrid.

23-10-2018



Bertens stuns Kerber in thrilling final set at WTA Finals

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber loses a thrilling final set to Kiki Bertens at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

23-10-2018



Usain Bolt's A-League deal on rocks after Mariners' meagre offer

Club say deal ‘unlikely’ without third-party fundingFormer sprinter to sit out training during negotiationsUsain Bolt’s A-League bid could end this week after the Central Coast Mariners excluded the Olympic great from team training until his contract offer impasse is resolved.Bolt scored two goals in his maiden start for the Mariners in a practice game more than a week ago with the club confirming on Tuesday they tabled a contract to the Jamaican sprint star, who has been on an indefinite trial since mid-August. Continue reading...

23-10-2018



NFL: Kareem Hunt, Phillip Rivers & Mitch Trubisky star in plays of the week

Kareem Hunt cannot be stopped in this week's NFL plays of the week, which also features Philip Rivers throwing bombs at Wembley and some clever running from Mitch Trubisky.

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 14-21 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

23-10-2018



Talking Horses: 'Fast-Track' qualifiers and a lack of Exeter runners

Swissterious could be the first name into the reckoning for next April’s All-Weather Finals Day at LingfieldYou can be sure that winter is on the way when the first of the “Fast-Track” qualifiers for next April’s All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield hoves into view, and the six-furlong conditions event for juveniles at Newcastle, which guarantees a slot in the £150,000 Three-Year-Old Final on Good Friday, is one of the highlights of a valuable card on the Tapeta.In fact, there is more than £100,000 on offer in prize money, which is impressive for a Tuesday afternoon in late October, and Swissterious (3.40) could be the first name into the reckoning for Finals day if he can bounce back from a slightly disappointing performance in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar earlier this month. Continue reading...

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David Squires on … José Mourinho's big day back at Chelsea

Our cartoonist looks back at an eventful afternoon at the Bridge for Chelsea and Manchester UnitedView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading...

23-10-2018



Wada: Beckie Scott's bullying claims should be investigated - Ireland's anti-doping chief

Ireland joins Canada and Australia in calling for an investigation into allegations of bullying against some senior World Anti-Doping Agency officials.

23-10-2018



'I'm tempted to call her the best female boxer I've seen' - Costello & Bunce on Dubois

Caroline Dubois could be the 'best female boxer' Mike Costello has seen or is perhaps the best young athlete in the world for Steve Bunce.

23-10-2018



Mesut Özil orchestrates Arsenal in full flow to quench Leicester’s fire

For Unai Emery the theme of the evening was the perfect 10. It is now 10 victories on the spin in all competitions for his energetically developing Arsenal – seven of them in the Premier League – and the manager owed it all to the maestro in the No 10 shirt.Mesut Özil had one of those games in which everything came off for him and he was a joy to watch. When he was withdrawn towards the end, after scoring one and playing a central role in Arsenal’s other two – tapped home by the substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – he received a stirring ovation. For the first time in his Arsenal career, Özil had worn the captain’s armband from the outset. How it inspired him. Continue reading...

23-10-2018



I didn't prepare correctly and was beaten fair and square - McGregor

Conor McGregor admits he did not prepare correctly for his defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov, but will return with confidence.

23-10-2018



'My lawyers are confident': Cristiano Ronaldo addresses rape allegation – video

Cristiano Ronaldo says he and his lawyers are confident he will be cleared of an allegation of rape, with the Juventus player declaring himself a 'happy man' prior to facing former club Manchester United in the Champions League.The 33-year-old is being sued by a woman in the United States, Kathryn Mayorga, who claims he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Ronaldo firmly denied the allegation of rape in a Twitter post and did so again in a surprising appearance at the pre-match press conference at Old Trafford. 'I know I am an example,' he said. 'I know, 100%. On the pitch and outside (of) the pitch, so I am always smiling, I am a happy man. The truth always comes in first position' Continue reading...

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