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Author Archive for Paul MacInnes

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Gareth Southgate adds light to England squad selection

Manager says he has to decide whether good club form translates into being able to adapt to international footballIt has come to something when the hot topic of conversation at an international break is the problem of cramming all the available talent …

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Gareth Southgate adds light to England squad selection

Manager says he has to decide whether good club form translates into being able to adapt to international footballIt has come to something when the hot topic of conversation at an international break is the problem of cramming all the available talent …

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Mauricio Pochettino looks to his past for Bayern Munich pick-me-up

Spurs’ manager once lost 6-0 in Argentina and went on to win the league so he will not overreact after Champions League lossMauricio Pochettino has taken a shellacking before. After the 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich, the Tottenham manager was asked wheth…

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Stars embrace the Hundred amid a background of cricket scepticism

• Stokes picked by Superchargers, Archer by Southern Brave• Woakes says free to air coverage can help competition take off“We’re in east London, it’s a new competition, and there’s a 43-year-old ECB guy wearing jeans,” says Rob Calder, by way of buildi…

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Five biggest challenges facing Premier League’s new chief executive | Paul MacInnes

David Pemsel, the incoming chief executive at the Premier League, has plenty to work on when he takes up the reinsWhen the Premier League was formed in 1992, football clubs were, by and large, owned by local businessmen. Peter Swales, then the chairman…

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Sailors plot their course to Tokyo as Team GB names its first Olympians

• Rio winners Hannah Mills and Giles Scott among 12-strong team• Mark England says selection is one of Britain’s best everTokyo has begun to take shape on the horizon for the sailors who became Great Britain’s first athletes to be selected for next sum…

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Rejuvenated Kieran Trippier making a quick impression at Atlético Madrid

The former Spurs right-back hinted he was unwanted at his old club, but is making the most of a fresh start in SpainA few months ago, Kieran Trippier was mingling in the stands of the Wanda Metropolitano. It was the end of the Champions League final an…

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England must keep style evolving towards Euro 2020, says Southgate

Manager insists squad is no longer haunted by past failures but has to learn from disappointing Nations League finalsWhether Gareth Southgate likes it or not, he has become more than just a football manager. In a time of turmoil for Britain, the Englan…

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QPR urge Uefa to act strongly over racist abuse in under-18 game in Spain

• Team left pitch in protest of abuse in Andalucia last week• QPR’s chief executive praises players and staff for their actionsQueens Park Rangers have called on Uefa to take stronger action against racism after their under-18 team were forced to leave…

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VAR’s Premier League bow provides cocktail of contrived and serious | Paul MacInnes

Grey areas were eliminated, celebrations compromised and dying swans killed off on the top flight’s opening weekendThe first weekend of VAR went well – in the sense that the new refereeing technology worked as it was supposed to. But does that mean eve…

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Spurs ‘vulnerable’ to bids for players from Europe, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Manager wary of effects of longer European transfer window• ‘Any club from Europe can create a big problem’Tottenham are going into the season having significantly strengthened their squad but Mauricio Pochettino remains wary of European rivals poach…

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VAR VAR voom! The Premier League gets set for video referees | Paul MacInnes

Video Assistant Referees finally arrive in the Premier League this season, ready to correct ‘clear and obvious’ errors. At least, that’s the plan …It’s the moment nobody’s been waiting for but most agree had to arrive at some point: the Video Assistant…

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Nafissatou Thiam: ‘Seeing Katarina do well pushed me to go even further’

The Olympic, world and European heptathlon champion discusses her preparations for Doha 2019, her rivalry with Katarina Johnson-Thompson and why she is ‘not even close’ to her ultimate goalAll eyes will be on the long jump pit in Birmingham next weeken…

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Tour de Pologne suspends racing in tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht

• Young Belgian rider died following crash on Monday• Teammates cross finish line together in neutralised stageRacing in the Tour de Pologne was suspended on Tuesday, as cycling paid tribute to the life of Bjorg Lambrecht who died after a crash on Mond…

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Nottingham Forest issue suspension over ‘racist’ posts aimed at Derby’s Duane Holmes

• Police investigate social media messages by apparent Forest fan• Club will take further action when criminal process is overPolice have opened an inquiry into racist messages allegedly sent to Derby County’s Duane Holmes by someone claiming to be a N…

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Seven men arrested after tube fight before Community Shield match

• Men arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after station fight• British Transport Police appeals for witnesses to come forwardSeven football fans have been arrested after fighting broke out on the London Underground before the Community Shield mat…

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England’s Suzy Petty hopes to help GB hockey team make it to Olympics | Paul MacInnes

Hockey star admits she’s feeling pressure as qualification for the 2016 gold medallists rides on success in upcoming European ChampionshipsSuzy Petty is in an unusually stressful position. The 27-year-old has forced her way into the Great Britain women…

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Team GB must deliver more than just medals at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo | Paul MacInnes

British Olympic Association sets new goals that will include currying favour with the hosts and inspiring future generationsThe slogan of the British Olympic movement used to be straightforward and decidedly unsentimental. Now, as the countdown to Toky…

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Team GB must deliver more than just medals at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo | Paul MacInnes

British Olympic Association sets new goals that will include currying favour with the hosts and inspiring future generationsThe slogan of the British Olympic movement used to be straightforward and decidedly unsentimental. Now, as the countdown to Toky…

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Dina Asher-Smith energised by the hype as world’s best meet in London | Paul MacInnes

Three European gold medals raised expectations but the sprinter views Anniversary Games as a step on the way to bigger titlesAmid a flurry of fond reminiscence and surrounded by a plethora of yoghurt products, the stars of track and field have arrived …