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  • Olympics 2020: Anna Kiesenhofer takes road race...
    by Adam Collins (now), with Daniel Harris Geoff Lemon, Jonathan Howcroft, Bryan Armen Graham and Tom Lutz (earlier) on July 25, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Flurry of shock golds on second day of action in TokyoGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Adam with your thoughts or tweet @collinsadam 7.02pm BST This is what it’s all about. Ahmed Hafanoui’s family. Wow. The one thing the world could use right now is an explosion of joy so complete, intense and overwhelming that there is enough for us all to share in it ... (cover your ears: the shrieks of excitement are WILD) […]

  • Charlotte Dujardin cruises into Olympic...
    by Guardian sport and agencies on July 25, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Dujardin superb aboard major championship debutant GioAdam Peaty into Monday’s 100m breaststroke finalThe defending champion Charlotte Dujardin produced an inspired performance as she cruised into Wednesday’s Olympic individual dressage final. Dujardin, gold medallist at London 2012 and in Rio, scored 80.963% aboard major championship debutant Gio to complete a clean sweep of British qualifiers.Her double Games winner Valegro was retired after Rio but Dujardin continues to work her magic, […]

  • Alice Capsey announces herself as Oval...
    by Jonathan Liew at Lord's on July 25, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Invincibles win by 15 runs; men’s fixture is rained offSixteen-year-old Capsey hits matchwinning 59 off 41 ballsAlice Capsey had plenty of time to contemplate her opening gambit here. She watched the first 10 balls of the Oval Invincibles innings from the non-striker’s end, seeing her opening partner Georgia Adams getting bowled and the No 3 Grace Gibbs hit three boundaries. Then, facing her very first delivery, she danced down the pitch and clouted Naomi Dattani straight over midwicket for […]

  • Minjee Lee overturns seven-shot deficit to win...
    by PA Media on July 25, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    • Lee cards final round 64 to win first major title • Final round leader Jeongeun Lee6 found water in play-off lossAustralia’s Minjee Lee overturned a seven-shot deficit before beating South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 in a play-off to win her first major title in the Evian Championship.Lee carded a final round of 64 to set the clubhouse target of 18 under par and briefly held a two-shot lead when she made a fourth birdie in the last five holes on the last. Continue reading...

  • Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky set for showdown...
    by Kieran Pender at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    As swimmers battle with morning heats, US star was fastest qualifier, but Australian says she has ‘a bit more left in the tank’The Tokyo 2020 Olympic swim meet poses interesting tactical dilemmas for competitors. Like any major competition, athletes need to swim through their heat, and sometimes a semi-final, ahead of the medal swim. It is a delicate dance – swimmers must leave enough in the pool to ensure they qualify for the final, preferably earning a central lane, without burning too […]

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  • Depay gets debut goal as Barcelona maintain perfect pre-season record
    on July 25, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman declared “it’s all positive” after a second friendly win in succession was secured and new addition Memphis Depay netted on debut. Goals from Gerard Pique, Rey Manaj and Depay – the Netherlands forward smashed in a penalty – earned Saturday’s 3-1 pre-season triumph against Segunda Division’s Girona. This followed Wednesday’s opening 4-0 victory versus 10-man Gimnastic. “I think the game has had more rhythm, also our opponent, Girona, is a good team that tries to play and it was a good game for preseason,” he said. “There was rhythm, a lot of play on both sides and I’m happy to have added more minutes and the players who have joined the most recently have played. It’s all positive.” He added: “Depay has played more minutes than expected but he is a high quality player, he has shown it at certain moments of the game and it is important because in the attacking positions you have to have competition and this is very good.” Barca – who finished third in La Liga – next play Stuttgart on Saturday.

  • Barcelona and Juventus consider swapping Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala
    on July 21, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Barcelona and Juventus are considering the option of a swap deal which would see Antoine Griezmann and  Paulo Dybala go in opposite directions, according to L’Equipe. Both players are deemed surplus to requirements at their current clubs and a trade could be beneficial for all parties. Barcelona in particular are desperate to offload Griezmann as they seek to cut their wage bill. However, talks regarding this proposed move is still in the early stages but the two clubs enjoy a good relationship and a trade is quite possible.

  • Al Jazira appoints former Liverpool man James Gow to lead its academy
    on July 19, 2021 at 8:59 am

    As part of Al Jazira’s ambitious plans to further develop its regional-leading academy, the Club is pleased to announce it has appointed James Gow as its new Academy Technical Director. Abu Dhabi represents the latest stop in Gow’s illustrious career following a wealth of experience acquired in some of the biggest academies and clubs in England, Australia, China and Singapore. He arrives following 12 successful years in various roles with Liverpool FC where he was most recently the International Academy Technical Director in Australia, managing and developing over 30 coaches while also initiating the sports science and a performance analysis departments. The Englishman embarked on his career at Liverpool FC in 2008 as a young coach working in the club’s community department working on inclusion initiatives for children and adults with disabilities and work with youth in underprivileged areas. Gow then took a role as a performance analyst intern in 2011 whilst studying at university, servicing both The Academy and the First Team and working with some of the world’s biggest football stars on introducing an individual player-focused development system. Gow also successfully led the long-term player development programme during his time as Head of Coaching at Liverpool FC’s International Football Academy in Guilin, China between 2014 and 2015. Gow’s appointment comes as part of Al Jazira’s latest continued efforts and philosophy to develop young talent from its academy. Last season served as a great testament to the Club’s academy strategy, as 17 academy graduates featured in the 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League title winning squad. As part of the Club’s long-term strategy, it’s also seeking to further develop players to play abroad in Europe in the near future. Commenting on the appointment, Al Jazira Chief Executive Officer, Ali Youssef Al Hammadi said: “We are very happy to welcome James as the new leader of Al Jazira’s academy. Today’s appointment of an internationally experienced Academy Technical Director is a clear testament to the importance we place on continually growing our football academy. Thanks to our leadership’s guidance and great trust in our home-grown talent, we take massive pride in being home to one of the Middle East’s best academies.” He added: “Driven by our investment across all age-groups, we have a very strong structure in place to build on the great title-winning success of last season in the upcoming years. While Al Jazira’s academy functions with an eye on the future of the first team, our long-term plan focuses on developing young talent on both the sporting and personal fronts to represent the Club in the biggest global stages.” Expressing his delight in joining Al Jazira, newly appointed Academy Technical Director James Gow said: “I am very happy to arrive at the home of the UAE champions. Al Jazira is renowned across the region for its academy and it’s truly a great honour to lead it going forward. I found Al Jazira to be the most suitable step in my career as I was attracted by the strong foundations put in place by the Club’s leadership and the ambitious long-term vision and plans to cement itself as a leading example.” He continued: “I am excited about the future, and I am confident that my experience will help to develop the academy’s functions across all fronts. The UAE is home to many great talents, and it’s great to see many of them are graduates of Al Jazira’s academy. We look to build on this great success going forward. As a team, we have a big task ahead and a great responsibility to fulfill and I look forward to getting straight to work!” Opening its doors to youngsters in 2004, Al Jazira’s academy has been consistently graduating players into the club’s senior fold while feeding the UAE national teams with talent. Over the last three seasons alone, the prolific academy has graduated 17 players into the first team, with at least six of them regularly starting for the Club. Of the players representing the UAE national team across the youth age groups all the way to U-23, at least 24 players graduated from Al Jazira Academy, with another seven in the senior national team. From his side, Al Jazira’s Sporting Director Mads Davidsen said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, it brings me great pleasure to welcome James to the ever-growing Al Jazira family. We are building an environment which possesses a diversity of cultures and a high-level of experiences from across the world, and James’ proven global track record leading academies for some of the biggest clubs and organisations matches our ambition to do just that. He added: “James’ appointment comes as part of our plans to develop our local coaching staff and to offer them the best possible guidance from someone who worked at the highest international stage. As we gear up towards a more focused player development approach across all our age-groups, James’ work will include redesigning our existing program and develop both technical and tactical periodisation planning.” Finishing with a First Class Honours in his degree in Science and Football from Liverpool John Moores University, Gow began immediately working full-time with Liverpool FC delivering coach and leadership education courses across the world for the club. During his studies he also undertook a role supporting the senior squad at the English Football Association (FA) as a performance analyst, providing data analysis to the national team during the European Championships in 2012 and the World Cup qualifiers in 2013. Previously, the UEFA A license holder undertook the role of an Academy Director in one of Singapore’s leading football academies where he led a team of over 25 coaches while implementing a technical programme for over 800 young players. ‘The Pride of Abu Dhabi’ will be hoping to replicate last season’s massive success and will embark on their quest to defend their title in the 2021-22 season starting from August this year. The Club will also be representing the UAE in the upcoming season of the AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier football competition.

  • Al Jazira strikes academic scholarship agreement with renowned Spanish university ISDE
    on July 18, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Al Jazira and Spanish university Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) are pleased to announce the signing of a new academic scholarship cooperation agreement that will see the Abu Dhabi club offered five scholarship seats on an annual basis. As the first collaboration of its kind between a Middle Eastern club and ISDE, the UAE champions will be offered five semi-scholarship seats for the university’s world-class sports programs, representing a 50-per-cent discount of the original fee, to its players, employees, coaching staff and executives. Interested registrants can apply for a variety of easily accessible online postgraduate master’s programs such as Global Sports Management, International Sports Law and Markets, Industry Sports and Entertainment Law. The cooperation comes as part of the Pride of Abu Dhabi’s extensive investment in its pursuit of excellence across all areas of the club. It represents one of the many examples bringing to life the club’s leadership’s vision for Al Jazira to become a successful example for clubs in the UAE, Asia and the rest of the world. Commenting on the cooperation, Al Jazira Chief Executive Officer Ali Youssef Al Hammadi said: “Everyone at Al Jazira shares the commitment to continually break boundaries and find innovative ways for growth. “This cooperation with a leading sports education institution will undoubtedly enable many of our trusted staff members to grow both academically and professionally, and ultimately bring back their new skills to the benefit of our Club. Education is a very important pillar at Al Jazira, and following this year’s programmes for our community’s school kids, we are delighted to now extend our investment into higher education. “The cooperation particularly brings us immense pride as we become the first club in the Middle East to sign an agreement of this kind with ISDE.” Recognised globally for its sports management and law courses, ISDE replicates work environments of leading law firms and companies, offering its students access to the same tools they would gain in the workplace. Boasting an alumni community of 30,000+ professionals across the globe, the university is home to campuses in Spain and the United States located from Madrid and New York to Barcelona and the northwestern region of Asutrias. The modern Spanish university is in partnership with over 250 law firms and companies across 50+ countries. It is also in collaboration with world-leading academic institutions such as New York University, Georgetown, University of Miami and Jindal Global University, among others. On the sports front, ISDE is in partnership with Spanish giants FC Barcelona, who are currently sponsoring several masters programs. Marking the new agreement, Juan José Sánchez Puig, CEO of ISDE, points out that “with this agreement, ISDE offers Al Jazira’s athletes a profound international experience, excellence in training, as proven year after year with its outstanding position in the best international rankings. As well as an extraordinary digital training, that brings our students closer to success.”

  • Lionel Messi renewal talks at Barcelona ‘progressing adequately’, says Laporta
    on July 13, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Lengthy talks about extending out-of-contract superstar Lionel Messi’s historic stay at Barcelona are “progressing adequately”, according to president Joan Laporta. Messi, 34, witnessed his record-breaking 18-year attachment – which has contained 672 goals in 778 games and 34 major trophies – to the Catalans come to an official end on July 1 when his last deal expired. Difficulties complying with La Liga’s financial fair play rules have complicated discussions between the parties about a renewal. Laporta, however, was optimistic about a successful conclusion during the presentation of Mago Pop’s show ‘Nothing is impossible’. “[Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately,” he said. “All the Catalans, Barcelona, Catalonia and the entire football world are happy because Leo won the Copa America. “It is very exciting to see the best player in football history get excited about winning a title like this and he made all of us cry with joy. “He is very happy, we are all happy, I am happy for Leo who has managed [to win the Copa America], together with his team-mates, and that Argentina are once again in the elite, and [I am] also [happy] for [Sergio] Aguero. “I am happy for Messi’s family, for Argentina, for Barcelona who are recognised, admired and loved for having this bond with Leo.” Messi was player of the tournament last weekend when Argentina beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final, ending his senior international trophy drought.

  • Patrick Mahomes tried to be a cornerback at Chiefs practice today
    by Braulio Perez on July 25, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback was showcasing his talents in more ways than one way on Sunday over at training camp.  For the Kansas City Chiefs, the return of training camp means Patrick Mahomes is getting ready to try and help the team get back to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season. Mahomes, fresh Patrick Mahomes tried to be a cornerback at Chiefs practice today - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • 5 Michael Thomas replacements to help Saints avoid losing start to 2021
    by Brad Berreman on July 25, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    With Michael Thomas out into the regular season, the New Orleans Saints should be looking at these five candidates to help fill the void. After Drew Brees’ retirement, the New Orleans Saints will have a new starting quarterback this season. Whether it’s Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, or some combination of the two, they will 5 Michael Thomas replacements to help Saints avoid losing start to 2021 - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Watch: CeeDee Lamb one-handed catch at Cowboys training camp
    by Braulio Perez on July 25, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is wasting no time putting on a show ahead of the 2021 season arriving.  Training camps are underway and folks across the country are chomping at the bit for the 2021 season to arrive. For the Dallas Cowboys, they’ve got high expectations for this campaign, especially with a healthy Watch: CeeDee Lamb one-handed catch at Cowboys training camp - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Tom Brady’s latest stunt has Twitter losing its mind
    by Braulio Perez on July 25, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is ready for his 22nd NFL season and he’s entering training camp having blown people’s minds on social media.  The ageless wonder continues to impress. Yes, we’re talking about the one and only Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller is getting ready to start his 22nd NFL season, Tom Brady’s latest stunt has Twitter losing its mind - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Deshaun Watson is reporting to Texans, but wants a trade
    by FanSided Staff on July 25, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is reporting to training camp, but he reportedly still wants out with a trade soon. Deshaun Watson will be present for the start of Houston Texans training camp. If he, and perhaps the team has it their way, Watson won’t be there to end it. On Sunday morning, Watson is Deshaun Watson is reporting to Texans, but wants a trade - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

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  • Australia are missing Shaun Marsh’s experience in eye-opening tour
    by Arnab Bhattacharya on July 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    As Trevor Hohns announced that Steve Smith would not be travelling to the Caribbean and Bangladesh for Australia’s white-ball series against the West Indies and Bangladesh, there was a proven white-ball player for Australia who I had pencilled as Smith’s replacement: Shaun Marsh. As Australia’s batsmen have struggled for the most part on tour, it

  • Underrated Azzurri: Three under-the-radar Italians to keep an eye on
    by Luca Larocca on July 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Following their mammoth success at Wembley a fortnight ago, the new-look Italian national team have had their gems gain mass attention across the footballing globe. Memorable performances came from Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, Juventus’ Federico Chiesa, and the defensive revelation of Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola. This along with young Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, and who can forget

  • Test XIs we should have had: 1981 Ashes
    by Stephen Vagg on July 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    This article in my series of Test XIs I believe we should have had looks at the 1981 Ashes, aka every English cricket fan’s favourite series. We all know the details, right? Australia lead 1-0 going into the third Test… where England are 7-135 in the second dig, rated 500-1 to win… Dennis Lillee and

  • ‘Staying in the trenches together’: Patty Mills carries Boomers home in gritty Nigeria battle
    by Justin Robertson on July 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The Boomers’ Olympic campaign has started with a bang. You can thank a rampant Patty Mills for that. After what seemed to be a game headed for a dog fight in the final quarter, Mills broke the backs of a sluggish Nigerian team with precision perimeter shooting (five-from-seven) and 25 points during their Olympic opener

  • The Titans’ forwards dominate the helpless Dragons
    by Anton on July 25, 2021 at 6:35 am

    The Gold Coast Titans have absolutely run through the St George Illawarra Dragons thanks to an incredible performance from the Titans’ froward pack and a Dragons side that made 13 errors and missed nearly double the amount of tackles than the Gold Coast. The first thing I want to point out is the benches from