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Richard Sherman says Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams

  • Sherman tells ESPN: ‘It has nothing to do with football. You can see that’
  • ‘It’s difficult to see because he’s played at such a high level’

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams for his political protest last season.

Related: ‘A form of punishment’: Colin Kaepernick and the history of blackballing in sports

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Email throws fresh light on British Cycling’s burying of bullying

• Bullying was one of key findings of an internal review in 2012
• Correspondence with UK Sport made no mention of problem

The extent to which British Cycling failed to deal with allegations of bullying when they surfaced more than four years ago – as well as what UK Sport knew about the problems in the velodrome – is revealed by correspondence between the two bodies obtained by a Freedom of Information request by ITV.

An email from the former British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake to UK Sport, sent to the chief executive officer Liz Nicholl in December 2012, makes no mention of bullying in his summary of an internal review conducted by Peter King, despite it being one of its key findings. Instead Drake talks about King identifying “weaknesses in the senior management and middle management structure” , which is suspected to be a reference to the tensions between the then performance director Dave Brailsford, his assistant Shane Sutton and team psychiatrist Steve Peters – as well as other issues.

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Republic of Ireland v Wales: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

6.57pm GMT

As for Ireland, James McCarthy has passed a late fitness test, but beyond that it’s fairly ugly, injuries-wise. Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Harry Arter, Wes Hoolahan, Daryl Murphy, Rob Elliot, Paul McShane and Liam Kelly are all injured, Robbie Brady is suspended but Seamus Coleman and Shane Long, who missed some training in the week, are both fit to start.

6.55pm GMT

So that’s the same Wales XI that started that game against Belgium in the summer, the first time Chris Coleman has been able to name his strongest team since. Go on then, here’s that goal…

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Former scout arrested in historical football sexual abuse investigation

• Harry Dunn, 84, charged by police in Edinburgh over non-recent offences
• Dunn said to have worked as scout for Liverpool, Chelsea and Rangers

A former youth football scout has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical abuse in the sport.

Harry Dunn, 84, is said to have worked for clubs including Rangers, Liverpool and Chelsea during his career and has been arrested by police in Edinburgh.

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Former scout arrested in historical football sexual abuse investigation

• Harry Dunn, 84, charged by police in Edinburgh over non-recent offences
• Dunn said to have worked as scout for Liverpool, Chelsea and Rangers

A former youth football scout has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical abuse in the sport.

Harry Dunn, 84, is said to have worked for clubs including Rangers, Liverpool and Chelsea during his career and has been arrested by police in Edinburgh.

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England players return as Premiership clubs seek to bask in Six Nations glow | Gerard Meagher

England and Six Nations have hogged the best players for seven weeks but Premiership clubs are now at full strength to make a push for the play-offs

Anyone attending a Premiership match this weekend may find it worthwhile leafing through the programme. It may be a little bit shinier than usual as clubs go on the charm offensive, looking to bask in the Six Nations afterglow, and a chief executive or chairman may have something to say.

Twelve months ago it was the Saracens owner, Nigel Wray, who bemoaned the “rank stupidity” of the rugby calendar, describing a system whereby Premiership clubs lose their players to internationals for a large chunk of the season as “absolute nonsense”. Now, however, the tone is likely to be more upbeat. Changes to the calendar are due after the next World Cup so expect a degree of triumphalism and reassurance that from then on clubs will not be missing their international stars – this on the weekend that 19 of the England squad who lost to Ireland last Saturday return to action.

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Eric Dier urges England fans to behave ‘the right way’ after Germany incidents

• England supporters booed German anthem and sang about world wars
• Dier calls on fans to be ‘respectful’ for Wembley qualifier against Lithuania

Eric Dier has urged England supporters to be respectful and back the team “in the right way” after the unsavoury behaviour of some fans during the friendly in Germany on Wednesday.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was marred by fans booing the German national anthem and singing distasteful songs about the first and second world wars, actions the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, described as “inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing”.

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England v Lithuania: Eric Dier urges Wembley fans to be 'respectful'

England v Lithuania, World Cup qualifyingDate: Sunday, 26 March Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.England midfielder Eric Dier says fans must be “respectful” …

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England v Lithuania: Eric Dier urges Wembley fans to be 'respectful'

England v Lithuania, World Cup qualifyingDate: Sunday, 26 March Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.England midfielder Eric Dier says fans must be “respectful” …

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The Fiver | Shirtless, oiled and with a cross of St George painted across his face

In today’s Fiver: World Cup qualifiers, Mickey Mouse football and more

It’s pretty easy to wonder what the point of international football is these days. It isn’t, and hasn’t been for a while, as good as club football; it can be followed by cavalcades of tumbling halfwits whose primary method of self-expression is to sing songs about a war that ended 40 years before they were born; managers are left with thousand-yard stares, their lives turned into punchlines for the crime of not winning a World Cup; players who don’t perform to the demanded standard end up on the front page of a paper for buying their mum a sink. It would probably be better if we just wrote the whole thing off as a bad job, but today, The Fiver is choosing positivity. We are choosing to embrace it. We are choosing life. Or at least we’re choosing to accept that it’s here, it probably isn’t going away, so we might as well tolerate it in the best humour we can.

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Uwe Rösler: ‘English football is fantastic – wow. But you also have a dark side’

Former Manchester City striker is working wonders at Fleetwood but feels too many clubs’ structures are flawed, leaving talented managers on the scrapheap

Shortly before Uwe Rösler accepted an offer on the eve of this season to become the Fleetwood Town manager, the German signed up for a masters degree in sporting directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University, eager to learn more about leadership and the role that he believes can help to solve English football’s “dark side”.

An affable and intelligent man, Rösler has a huge amount of affection for the English game and talks with a mixture of pride and excitement about scoring goals for Manchester City at Maine Road, the special atmosphere at grounds up and down the country, and the part that everyone at Fleetwood is playing in their record-breaking season in League One. Yet the 48-year-old also sounds dismayed at the way so many clubs operate, in particular in the Championship, where he has personal experience of the managerial merry-go-round that has been in full swing once again this season.

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Uwe Rösler: ‘English football is fantastic – wow. But you also have a dark side’

Former Manchester City striker is working wonders at Fleetwood but feels too many clubs’ structures are flawed, leaving talented managers on the scrapheap

Shortly before Uwe Rösler accepted an offer on the eve of this season to become the Fleetwood Town manager, the German signed up for a masters degree in sporting directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University, eager to learn more about leadership and the role that he believes can help to solve English football’s “dark side”.

An affable and intelligent man, Rösler has a huge amount of affection for the English game and talks with a mixture of pride and excitement about scoring goals for Manchester City at Maine Road, the special atmosphere at grounds up and down the country, and the part that everyone at Fleetwood is playing in their record-breaking season in League One. Yet the 48-year-old also sounds dismayed at the way so many clubs operate, in particular in the Championship, where he has personal experience of the managerial merry-go-round that has been in full swing once again this season.

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Who could begrudge Lukas Podolski his Roy of the Rovers ending? | Jason Humphreys

Lukas Podolski’s professionalism, jovial charm and steely determination helped him to win 130 caps and score 49 goals for Germany. He earned every last one

By Jason Humphreys for Englische Woche, part of the Guardian Sport Network

An hour after playing his 130th and last game for Germany, and after scoring the winner with a trademark left-booted hammer, Lukas Podolski made an impromptu appearance on a sports chat show, still wearing his full kit complete with captain’s armband and boots. Still buzzing from the night’s events, he stood there with muddied knees and a wide smile spread across his face as the bemused technician fitted a microphone under his sweaty, grass-stained shirt.

That he had taken the time to gatecrash the show, long after his media duties were over, goes some way to explaining the extent of the heartfelt send-off he had received on the pitch earlier in the evening.

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Tiger Woods’ toils go on but magical Masters moment of 1997 still resonates | Richard Williams

Watching Tiger Woods now is a struggle but the 20th anniversary of his first Augusta triumph stirs memories of a first-day tee shot that signalled his greatness

The morning at Augusta National had been spent following Lee Westwood, an early starter in the first round of the 1997 Masters. At 23, the Englishman was making his Masters debut. Just to remind him of where he was, his drive off the first tee flew into an enormous sand trap, setting up a double bogey.

Four hours later, as a chastened Westwood was signing for a five‑over‑par 77, news was coming in from the front nine about a worse catastrophe that appeared to be about to engulf an even younger player. Making his much anticipated professional bow in a major tournament, the 21‑year‑old Eldrick “Tiger” Woods had taken 40 strokes to complete the first half of his opening round, his imminent humiliation forcing its way to the top of the day’s agenda.

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Tiger Woods’ toils go on but magical Masters moment of 1997 still resonates | Richard Williams

Watching Tiger Woods now is a struggle but the 20th anniversary of his first Augusta triumph stirs memories of a first-day tee shot that signalled his greatness

The morning at Augusta National had been spent following Lee Westwood, an early starter in the first round of the 1997 Masters. At 23, the Englishman was making his Masters debut. Just to remind him of where he was, his drive off the first tee flew into an enormous sand trap, setting up a double bogey.

Four hours later, as a chastened Westwood was signing for a five‑over‑par 77, news was coming in from the front nine about a worse catastrophe that appeared to be about to engulf an even younger player. Making his much anticipated professional bow in a major tournament, the 21‑year‑old Eldrick “Tiger” Woods had taken 40 strokes to complete the first half of his opening round, his imminent humiliation forcing its way to the top of the day’s agenda.

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Soccer – Content Koscielny focused on big finish

Laurent Koscielny says he is settled at Arsenal and is in no rush to leave the club in the summer.

The 31-year-old has started 200 Premier League matches for Arsene Wenger’s team since joining the club almost seven years ago.
“I feel good at Arsenal…

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Soccer – Content Koscielny focused on big finish

Laurent Koscielny says he is settled at Arsenal and is in no rush to leave the club in the summer.

The 31-year-old has started 200 Premier League matches for Arsene Wenger’s team since joining the club almost seven years ago.
“I feel good at Arsenal…

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Soccer – Vertonghen keen to close the gap

Belgium international Jan Vertonghen thinks Tottenham can still win the Premier League title although he accepts it will be tough to overhaul Chelsea.

Spurs are ten points behind Antonio Conte’s side with ten games of the season remaining and are 20/…

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Soccer – Gibson added to squad for Lithuania game

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has been drafted into the England squad by Gareth Southgate for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Gibson replaces the injured Chris Smalling, who has returned to Manchester United, while Chelsea’s Gary …

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Giampaolo Pazzini, new Wembley’s first goalscorer, feels the emotions 10 years on

The striker took only 30 seconds to register the rebuilt stadium’s first goal for Italy Under-21s, ended with a hat-trick and is still moved by a standing ovation from England’s fans when he was substituted

Exactly 10 years have passed since Giampaolo Pazzini scored the first goal, and then the first hat-trick, at the new Wembley Stadium. The stand-out performer in a 3-3 draw between England’s and Italy’s Under-21 sides, he still remembers the fine details: from the sound of the crowd to the way his first shot skipped off Anton Ferdinand’s thigh on its way into the top corner.

In fact, just about the only thing Pazzini doesn’t remember about that day is the fact he should have scored four. With just over 10 minutes left to play the England goalkeeper Lee Camp parried an Arturo Lupoli shot into his path only for him to drag the ball wide from six yards out.

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